September 15th 2021 – OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH NATURE w/ Steven Esau, PhD, RCC
Dr. Esau works as a Director with a not-for-profit, designing and running creative programs to serve those who have challenges with mental health, substance use and homelessness. He also runs adventure-based programs to connect people outdoors, and provide positive health outcomes. He has a doctorate in Behavioural Health and is a registered clinical counsellor.
Through this presentation, practitioners will become more aware of the benefits of spending time in nature, both from a physical as well as a psychological lens. The presentation will explore the science and world-wide research of interacting with nature, and participants will leave with a better understand of how to incorporate nature more effectively into clinical therapy with clients.
October 20th 2021 – UNDERSTANDING BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER AND WHY DBT IS THE EFFECTIVE TREATMENT w/ Kafui Sawyer, MA, RP
Kafui Sawyer is a Registered Psychotherapist and a Mental Health Consultant for Health Canada. She is a member of the Canadian Psychological Association and an advocate for mental health initiatives amongst racialized communities in Canada. Kafui is also a Clinical Supervisor for practitioners in mental health. Kafui is married with 3 teenage children. She enjoys working with families and helping people be the best they can be!
This presentation will provide an introduction to the Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) diagnosis and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) as a treatment model. Throughout this presentation, participants will come to understand the bio-social model of BPD and its connection to attachment theory and how to assess for BPD. They will learn the difference between cognitive behavioural therapy and DBT, learn how DBT intervenes and receive and introduction to numerous DBT skills.
January 19th 2022 – PnP 101 w/ Matt Adams & Jordan Bond-Gorr
Mat Adams is the Harm Reduction Programs Coordinator at MAX Ottawa, Ontario’s first standalone, by and for, guy into guy health and wellness organization. He has been working in this role since July 2020.
Jordan Bond-Gorr is the Project Assistant – Partynplay.info campaign at the Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance, having more than 5 years of working in harm reduction.
This presentation is intended to introduce the audience to the culture of queer guys sexualized substance use otherwise known as party n play/PnP/Chemsex, discuss some of the barriers that guys who PnP face when looking to access mental health supports and present a new gay sex positive and drug neutral to drug positive approach to working with guys who PnP.
April 13th 2022 – PSILOCYBIN FOR END-OF-LIFE DISTRESS: TREATING CANADA’S FIRST SIX LEGAL PATIENTS w/ Bruce Tobin, PhD, RCC
Bruce Tobin, Ph.D has maintained a private practice in psychotherapy for 40 years in Victoria, BC, as a Registered Clinical Counsellor and also as a Registered Psychologist in the NWT, specializing in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and emotional trauma. Dr. Tobin taught Expressive Therapies at the University of Victoria for 25 years, and was a member of the Graduate Faculty. He is the founder of TheraPsil, a non-profit humanitarian organization devoted to patient advocacy and assessment, and to professional training in psychedelic psychotherapy.
This presentation summarizes recent research using psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy in treatment of anxiety, depression, addiction, PTSD and pain. It will outline clinicians’ ethical responsibility to provide psilocybin treatment under certain circumstances, and will describe patients’ Charter of Rights & Freedoms-based right to access psilocybin for medical use. Dr. Tobin recently provided Canada’s first six legal treatments using the psychedelic substance psilocybin for palliative cancer patients suffering from end-of-life distress. He will describe his patients, their treatment sessions and outcomes, and share his own clinical impressions and personal learning. There will be ample opportunity for participant questions and discussion.
November 27th 2021 – FALL FULL-DAY WORKSHOP SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS: A HUMAN RESPONSE TO TRAUMA~A COMPASSIONATE AND EFFECTIVE FRAMEWORK w/ Amanda Neilson CYW, MSW, RSW
For the past twenty years, Amanda Neilson has provided counselling to people struggling with problematic substance use, and substance use disorders. In partnership with Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services and Algonquin College, Amanda developed and implemented the Umbrella Project, a harm reduction framework for post-secondary institutions. She also has the pleasure of teaching part-time at Algonquin College in the Social Service Worker program. Throughout her career, Amanda has provided training for professionals and community members as well as speaking at several different conferences such as AMHO, CCSA, CACUSS. Fourteen years after finishing her Bachelor degree in Social Work at Carleton University, Amanda completed her Masters in Social Work at the University of Victoria in 2020. She recently began a private practice providing therapy and training, specialized in problematic substance use and substance use disorders from a trauma informed lens.
Our understanding of the problem determines our solutions. When we believe that drug use is the problem, solutions revolve around stopping the use. When we believe that problematic substance use and substance use disorders are a natural and normal response to chronic stress and trauma, we focus on helping the person heal. This engaging and informative workshop focuses on expanding participants’ understanding of problematic substance use and addiction through a trauma informed lens. By including the impact of trauma in the current biopsychosocial model, participants will be able to broaden their intervention strategies and utilize a compassionate framework. Drawing from the works of Dr. Gabor Mate, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, as well as Amanda’s 20 years of experience within the addiction field, this workshop invites participants to share and grow their knowledge to more effectively support clients with substance use issues.