Community news

1. October 16

Mood Disorders Ottawa has announced its next Speaker Night, “Cameron, Basil and Sharon: Telling Our Story,” to be held at Southminster Church, 15 Aylmer Avenue, Ottawa (3rd Floor), on Tuesday, October 16, from 7:15 to 9 pm.  There will also be a craft and bake sale before and after the evening’s presentations.  Speaker night is open to members, family, friends, and the public  –  all are welcome.  For information, telephone 613-526-5406 or Email mdogrp@gmail.com.

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2.  October 17

The Ottawa Network for Borderline Personality Disorder (ON-BPD) has announced an upcoming free public lecture, “Stepped Care for Borderline Personality Disorder,” featuring Dr. Ronald Fraser of McGill University’s Health Centre, on Wednesday, October 17, at 7 pm, in The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre’s Auditorium, 1145 Carling Avenue, Ottawa.  This lecture is supported by the Ottawa Community Foundation.

The McGill University Health Centre has developed a stepped care approach for BPD, believing that one size does not necessarily fit all.  The Centre’s research has shown that brief treatment can be effective and that, while some patients still need longer treatment, the results are encouraging for brief treatment as a first step for the majority of patients with BPD.  For details, see the flyer or visit the ON-BPD’s Web site.

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3.  October 17 

OCD Ottawa has announced it will hold an information session, “Overcoming Challenges in Treatment with ERP(Exposure and Response Prevention), featuring Dr. Connie Dalton of the Ottawa Institute of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, on Wednesday, October 17, from 7:30 to 9:30 pm, at Ralph & Sons Diner, 3420 Carling Avenue in Nepean.  This Session is open to individuals living with OCD and their supporters or family members.  An RSVP is required to attend: contact barb@ocdottawa.com.

ERP is the gold standard treatment for OCD.  Critical to treatment outcome is whether ERP is done effectively.  Dr Dalton will discuss case examples to demonstrate ways to work through challenges.  There will be time for questions and open discussion.  A donation of $10 per family or $5 per person is requested to Changing Minds which is currently working to increase knowledge of best practices in treatment and access to specialty treatment programs for OCD.

Note: Dr. Dalton will also give two sessions at the Changing Minds Conference – Best Practices in Treatment for OCD on November 3: “Do’s and Don’ts of Implementing ERP” and “Values-Based  approaches: How to Build Motivation for Change in the Treatment of  OCD.”  (see November 3 entry,  below)

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4.  October 18 & 25

The Royal will offer a Schizophrenia Education Series on four consecutive Thursday evenings, from 6 to 8 pm, starting October 4, at 1145 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, in Conference room 1425.  All are welcome and there is no need to preregister.

For further information, contact one of The Royal’s social workers at 613-722-6521: Sheri Leroux, MSW, RSW, Ext. 6781; Sean O’Keefe, MSW, RSW, Ext. 6639; or Juliet Haynes, MSW, RSW, Ext. 7573.    See the poster for details.

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5.  The Friendship Support Group (FSG) has published its Activity Calendar for the month of October.

The FSG is a peer support group of adults living with mental illness sponsored by the Mental Illness Caregivers Association (MICA).  The Group meets on Wednesdays for an evening of friendship and engagement at the Carlington Community Health Centre, 900 Merivale Road.  For more information, contact Crystal and Sara at 613-860-7800 or Email fsg@micaontario.com.

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6.  October 30

Ottawa Public Health will present a free workshop entitled “Mental Health in the Workplace” on Tuesday, October 30, from 8:30 to 11:30 am (registration begins at 8 am), at the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, 102 Greenview Avenue, Ottawa.  Participants will learn about the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace and how to promote and enhance mental health at work.

Register here.  For more information, contact mentalhealthteam@ottawa.ca or Chanel Brown at 613-580-2424, Ext. 21279.  See the poster for additional details.

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7.  November 3

OCD Ottawa, in collaboration with Changing Minds, will hold their first annual OCD Conference, “Changing Minds Conference 2018,” on Saturday, November 3, from 9 am to 5 pm, at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre, 200 Coventry Road.

This full-day event will bring together individuals living with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), their supporters, and mental health care professionals in a supportive, collaborative, and interactive environment.

In addition to a plenary session and catered lunch with speaker, there will be three breakout sessions, giving the opportunity for participants to choose topics that are most relevant to them, including:

  • Advances in OCD treatment
  • Best practices in biological treatment for OCD
  • Step-by-step guide to exposure response prevention (ERP) delivery
  • CBT treatment for children and youth
  • Replacing accommodation with supportive strategies
  • Increasing motivation for treatment
  • Personal pathways to change and recovery

The initial line-up of speakers includes Dr. Peggy Richter (MD Psych), Dr. Connie Dalton (C.Psych), Dr. Jennifer Karp (C.Psych), Dr. Caitlin Claggett Woods (Supervised C.Psych), and Mark Freeman (mental health author and blogger of Everybody Has a Brain.  (Full line-up and details to follow.)

Tickets:

  • Adults: $100 (Regular $125)
  • Students/Youth: $65 (Regular $75)
  • Professionals: $150 (Regular $175)

Refunds up to 30 days prior to the event will incur a $25 administrative fee.  To register, click here.

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8.  November 19 

The Royal has announced an evening of educational learning, “Love your Brain Event,” that will cover Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), the benefits of Yoga for TBI sufferers, High Performance Neurofeedback (HPN), QEEG brain scans, and much more, on Monday, November 19, from 6 to 9 pm, at The Royal, 1145 Carling Avenue.  The speaking segment will run from 6 to 7:30 pm, and the Yoga segment from 7:45 to 9 pm.

If staying for Yoga and meditation, participants are encouraged to consider bringing a Yoga mat, and a blanket and pillow for support and comfort.  As well, participants should wear loose-fitting and comfortable clothes.  A donation of $15 to the OttawaLoveYourBrain Chapter is suggested.  To contact the organizer, Email Michael at mwjthomas@gmail.com.

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9.  November 22 & 23

The Canadian Mental Health Association Ottawa (CMHA Ottawa) will hold a two-day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshop on Thursday, November 22, and Friday, November 23.  ASIST is the standard training experience for suicide prevention, presented in collaboration with LivingWorks.  The workshop will be held at the CMHA Ottawa office at 1355 Bank Street on the 4th floor, Suite 402, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on both days.  The cost is $250 and $200 for students.

Click here to register.  This workshop will also be offered on December 13 and 14.

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NOTE: The Oasis in Kanata does not endorse the above sessions, programs, research projects, or their content, nor does it derive any benefit from the organizations or individuals involved, but merely wishes to bring the above to your attention.

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