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Recovery Training Opportunities. June 20-22, 2016

Venue: Valhalla Inn and Conference Centre
Thunder Bay ON
Organizer: PSR/RPS Canada

Recovery Training Opportunities


Enhance your Recovery Skills with Pat Deegan and Karyn Baker
Pat Deegan will be presenting a two-part workshop with a certificate of completion provided to all attendees.

Part One: Clinical Risk Management:  A Framework for Managing Risk: The Dignity of Risk and the Duty to Care. The Neglect-Over Protect Continuum. Clinical Care Scenario 1 and 2 and how to use the Decisional Balance Worksheet.

Part Two: Using Medication in the Recovery Process. Clinical Case Scenario: Highlight of the Journey. Discovering My Reason to use Medication. Tools to Support Optimal use of Medication.  Watchful, Waiting, Medication Discontinuation and Shared Decision-Making.
Bio:  Patricia E. Deegan, Ph.D is a principal with Pat Deegan and Associates, LLC. For over 30 years she has been a thought leader and a disruptive innovator in the field of behavioural health recovery.  Pat founded a health information technology company run by and for people in recovery.  We build web applications that help individuals recovery after a diagnosis of mental illness.  Pat is an activist in the disability rights movement and has lived her own journey of recovery after being diagnosed with schizophrenia as a teenager.  She is an Adjunct Professor at Dartmouth College Giesel School of Medicine and received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Duquesne University.
Bio:  Karyn Baker has worked in mental health since 1985 in a variety of capacities – support worker, community development, education and administration.  Karyn is presently the Campus Mental Health Partnership Lead at Georgian College as well as faculty in the Social Services Worker Program.  Karyn has also trained more than 15 different organizations throughout Ontario on the implementation of a recovery practice.  While Karyn has a BSW and a MSW, it is her client’s and her own family that have taught her the most about recovery.

Karyn Baker will be presenting Everyone is doing Recovery Work –             Or Are We?

Recovery has been a philosophy and practice within the mental health field for over 20 years. Some would argue that the system has changed for the better because of the Recovery approach while others would say that the word has been co-opted to render it meaningless. 

This institute explores in an interactive way:
– What did the forerunners of the Recovery movement really intend for us to do?
– What are the absolute key components of a Recovery Practice?
– What are the skills required to implement these key components?
– How do we measure our success in practicing these skills?



Trauma informed care requires that the health care system or service provider is informed about and sensitive to the impact of trauma.  It requires that healthcare provided is delivered in a manner to accommodate the trauma survivor’s unique vulnerabilities.  Trauma-informed care ensures that the trauma survivor feels safe, that the provider or service setting are experienced as trustworthy and that the survivor is given as much choice and control as possible.  Treatment should not be re-traumatizing due to the uniformed service providers or system.  This workshop will highlight the importance of trauma in the life of our clients/patients.

Bio:  Dr. Diane Whitney is a community based psychiatrist in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Her clinical interests include: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Mood Disorders and Women’s Mental Health.  She clinically works with military members and veterans, police officers as well as EMS personnel/paramedics.  Her clinical practice includes mood and trauma assessments in addition to the provision of individual and group therapy.  Dr. Whitney also acts as the Psychiatric Consultant to the Canadian Mental Health Lambton Kent Rapid Assessment and Intervention Team.  She is an advocate of the Trauma Informed Care approach.


FULL DAY INSTITUTE – PSR Competencies / PSR Registry

Presenters:  Bonita Varga, Regina Casey, Matthew Laing, John Higenbottam and Victoria Huehn
The morning session will focus on the Competencies of Practice for Canadian Psychosocial Rehabilitation Practitioners (2013).  THis will consist of presentations on the Competencies by Bonita Varga, Mental Health Commission of Canada and Regina, Casey, Matthew Laing and John Higenbottam, PSR BC and PSR Canada. The goal of the morning session are that each participant will have a good knowledge of the PSR petencies together with action plans for education and implementation.

The afternoon session will focus on the Psychosocial Rehabilitation Practitioner Registry.  The rationale, structure and operation of the Registry will be presented by Vicky Huehn.  After a short break, this presentation will be followed by a facilitated discussion focusing on how to implement the Registry and establish it as a key tool in the development of a Canadian practitioner workforce of practitioners who have the knowledge and skills to advance recovery oriented practices in this country.


If you have any questions, feel free to contact Sherry Sim, Event Manager at   1-866-655-8548

Canadian Mental Health Association Thunder Bay
200 Van Norman Street
Thunder Bay, On P7A 4B8

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