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2016 Summit on Children & Youth Mental Health Workshops

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Choose 1 of 4 workshops

1:30 - 5:15 p.m.

Together to Live / Vivons, ensemble / Maamaawi Bimaadiziwiin: Supporting Whole Community Approaches to Address Youth Suicide
Presented by Ontario Centre of Excellence
This session will share evidence based programs and services to support youth life promotion/suicide prevention, risk management and postvention throughout the province. The target audience includes direct service providers and organizational and community leaders.

Leading Mentally Healthy Schools: Practical Resources for Principals and Vice-Principals to Enhance Student Mental Well-Being
Presented by Dr. Kathy Short/ School Mental Health Assist
This pre-summit session, designed for principals and vice-principals in Ontario schools, will help to build professional knowledge related to the role of the school leader in supporting student mental health and well-being.

Creating Mentally Healthy Workplaces: We all Have a Role to Play
Presented by Mental Health Commission of Canada
This session is open to all who have an interest in this area.

Resilient, Active and Flourishing
Presented by Dr. Patrick Carney
An overview of a conceptual model for integrating important findings from these three areas of research, followed by the application of these concepts in the elementary and the secondary school environments. This conceptual model can be a particularly powerful approach for working with disadvantaged and clinical populations of youth. A broader focus on strengths, assets and resilience can de-stigmatize and empower such youth. Concrete application and research from a strengths-based high school will be discussed.
The target audience includes mental health professionals and educators.



Choose 1 of 10 workshops

Care for Children and Youth with Mental Disorders
Presented by the Canadian Institute for Health Information
The treatment of mental disorders in children and youth often involves a combination of psychotherapeutic approaches and psychotropic medications. Research into the use of psychotropic medication for treatment of mental disorders and analysis examining trends and patterns in the use of services in a hospital-based setting will be discussed. The increase of emergency department use and rates of inpatient hospitalizations, as well as the increase in the rates of youth 10 to 17 seeking care for mood and anxiety disorders will be covered.

Youth Mental Health and Addictions Champions: A Student Engagement Initiative
Presented by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, School Mental Health ASSIST, Toronto Public Health
The Youth Mental Health and Addiction Champion (YMHAC) highlights new innovations in practice, demonstrating that cross sectoral partnerships between youth, health (including MOHLTC), education, School Mental Health ASSIST (MOE) and social services are critical factors in supporting youth mental health. Based on evidence, this initiative demonstrates that youth have the ability to improve well-being in their schools and communities through influencing, supporting and role modeling with their peer groups. Youth engagement principles were used to train youth as mental health Champions. These Champions learned strategies to increase awareness about mental health promotion and stigma reduction with a goal of fostering supportive, resilient and inclusive school environments.

The YTP: Transitioning Youth into Adult Services
Presented by the Kingston Community Health Centres and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
This didactic presentation will explore the development and implementation of a toolkit, protocol and coaching plan to confirm agreement between agencies regarding methods to help youth make the transition from youth mental health and/or addictions services to adult services. This strategy uses a coordinated care team and an individualized plan to ensure ongoing success for the young person. The Youth Transition Protocol (YTP) improves service provider connectedness and system flow between the child and youth mental health and addictions sector, the adult mental health and addictions sector, and allied sectors.

Communications and Mental Health: Planning for Strategic Success
Presented by Heather Carter and Shawn McKillop
Communication represents the foundational stages of how knowledge transfer exchange will occur. Being proactive in your communications will entice your varied audiences to learn more about upcoming plans for mental health literacy, suicide intervention policy, mental health promotion programs and engage conversation with children and youth about what wellness means to them.

Creating Spaces of Belonging: Aboriginal Perspectives on Mental Health and Well-Being
Presented by Michelle Corneau and Hannah Fowlie
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) recommendations call for a commitment to reducing the number of Aboriginal children in care and to closing the gaps in health outcomes between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples. This session will discuss the implications of the TRC, specifically related to mental health and well-being, on the work of educators and professional support service providers. Our work at the Aboriginal Education Centre focuses on building capacity across the system by raising questions such as: how can all students have a caring adult to turn to when most adults do not understand the colonial legacy and the current impacts on Aboriginal peoples? We will discuss the effectiveness of the model our team developed to address this issue and share our strategies that have proven effective.

Evidence-Based Practices in Promoting Mental Health in Primary School Children
Presented by the Université du Québec à Montréal

Theories and research support an understanding of suicide as a dysfunctional way of coping to alleviate psychological pain. Thus, improving effective coping should prevent suicides. Two programmes that teach young children coping skills have been solidly evaluated: Zippy’s Friends is a 24 week school programme conducted by teachers for children age 6-7, Passport: Skills for Life, a new 17 week school programme involving parents and schools, teaches coping to 9-11 year olds. Evaluations found participants use more coping strategies and have greater emotional awareness. Implementation of these universal mental health promotion programmes can also improve school performance and promises long term benefits for children.

Working Effectively in 5 Sessions or Less! An Evidence-Based Review of the Brief Services Literature in Child and Youth Mental Health
Presented by Dr. David Armstrong

Brief services are defined by the Ministry of Child and Youth Services as a core service to which all children and youth should have access. However, few practitioners have significant training in the identification or delivery of evidence-supported brief interventions that are more likely to produce change. This presentation provides a structured review of effective interventions for different presenting problems that can be completed in under 5 sessions, promising practices, and recommendations based on the current status of the literature.

Creating Effective Learning Environments through Project-Based Learning
Presented by the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board has created educational environments through project-based learning programs that have shown success in re-engaging and retaining in-risk students. Key learnings will be shared through the lens of three creative programs offered at HWDSB: the Young and Expecting Parent Program, Off the Fence, and Nu Steel regarding:

  • Assessing and evaluation through triangulation of data using products, conversations and observations;
  • Embedding multiple course curriculums into one integrated program;
  • Enhancing program through community partnerships;
  • Managing challenges with regards to funding these programs.

Single Ceiling: Lessons Learned from a Community-Wide Assessment of the Mental Health Strengths and Needs of Children and their Families
Presented by the Faculty of Education, Western University

Single Ceiling is an innovative cross-sectoral initiative that represents a new approach to children’s mental health and well-being. The goal of Single Ceiling is to improve care for children and their families by demonstrating an alternative community collaborative model of mental health delivery – all under one roof. Single Ceiling is a collaborative among the Faculty of Education at Western University, the Thames Valley District School Board, two community agencies, Merrymount and the London Child and Youth Network and is committed to on-going research, to moving research into action, to interprofessional education, and to effective community advocacy for fundamental systemic and structural reform in children’s mental health.

Developing and Sharing Online Resources, Tools and Strategies with Teachers and for Teachers to Promote Mental Health and Build Resilience for Students and Teachers
Presented by the Faculty of Education, Western University

Education policy makers are seeking to improve the mental health of students through a variety of policy levers and professional learning initiatives. Yet classroom teachers often feel isolated and overwhelmed when faced with the immediacy of the many needs of their students and their own responses to stress. This session will introduce a new website, a resource developed with and for teachers across Canada, and featuring teacher-to-teacher resources that include podcasts and v-blogs. The website is being built with content collaboratively developed, gathered and presented by teachers, mental health professionals and researchers, allowing teachers to search for support and both practical and evidence-informed information and resources on a variety of topics.


Choose 1 of 11 workshops

Collaboratively Transforming the System in Your Community – Supporting Youth through their Transition to Adult Services
Presented by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

For youth with mental health and substance use concerns, transitioning into adulthood while navigating new and unfamiliar systems can be a challenging time. In northern Ontario, a cross-sectoral groups developed and implemented a protocol to address the specific needs of transition aged youth.

Founded on 4 critical components, the protocol provides a standardized process that defines service pathways and streamlines access across the youth and adult mental health and addictions systems. The protocol and accompanying tools can be replicated and adapted to support different cultural and community needs and a variety of youth transitions.

Internet Gaming Disorders: Clinical Implications of Living in a Digital Wold
Presented by Problem Gambling Services at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare

With increased use of the internet, social gaming and web surfing, online gaming has become incredibly popular and accessible. This presentation will offer an overview of internet gaming disorders. It will highlight best practices, clinical tools, initiatives and provide access to an emerging community of practice.

From Clinic to School: Delivering the Integra Mindfulness Martial Arts Program within the Trillium Lakelands District School Board
Presented by the Integra Program, Child Development Institute and the Trillium Lakelands District School Board

Integra Mindfulness Martial Arts (MMA) is a manualized group treatment program for youth ages 12 to 18 with self-regulation difficulties. Integra MMA teaches youth to stay present with challenging situations, thoughts and tasks rather than withdraw or engage in avoidance promoting behaviours. The program combines evidence-based treatments (mindfulness, cognitive behavior therapy, behavior activation) within an engaging and de-stigmatizing milieu of mixed martial arts and yoga. This presentation will demonstrate the outcomes of a successful community collaboration to bring Integra MMA to Haliburton. We will share evaluation results and implementation lessons learned.

Working Better Together: How the Peel Service Collaborative has been Bridging Formal and Informal Mental Health Addiction Supports to Better Serve all of Peel’s Children, Youth and Families
Presented by the Peel Service Collaborative

The Peel Service Collaborative (PSC), a cross-sectoral collaborative of over 75 service providers (including ethno-specific agencies, school boards, crisis services and corrections), funders, youth and family, shaped an intervention to bridge the collaboration between the informal and formal mental health and addiction supports. This interactive workshop will show participants how the PSC has been building relationships between faith communities and service providers and review key lessons learned. Participants will receive a comprehensive toolkit to support their communities’ bridging of informal and formal mental health and addiction supports.

Developing a System of Supports for Transition Age Youth
Presented by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the Canadian Mental Health Association

As part of the System Improvement through Service Collaboratives initiative, partners across Simcoe/Muskoka came together to create a system of supports to improve outcomes for transition age youth (14-29 years old). This system change was driven by implementation of the Transition to Independence Process (TIP) Model, an evidence-based model that gives service providers in child and youth mental health, as well as child welfare, developmental services, youth employment and education, tools to support youth in transitioning to a successful adulthood across five domains (housing, education personal well-being, community life and employment). This presentation will engage the audience by demonstrating the impact on both the system and youth in our communities.

Sustaining Resilient, Positive School Climates with a Systemic Approach to Self-Regulation
Presented by the Community Health Team in Markdale and the Durham District School Board

Practical examples of whole school and classroom self-regulation strategies will be shared within a context of a board-wide self-regulation framework. This presentation will provide an overview of how the Durham District School board strategically linked self-regulation to their safe schools and mental health strategic plans while providing support, training and resources to schools. Participants will have an opportunity to review and reflect on tools designed for tracking and measuring students’ ability to self-regulate in the school setting. Connections between optimal learning states and academic success will be discussed and finding and resources from the DDSB’s collaborative inquiry into self-regulation will be shared.

Collaborative Approaches to Promoting Positive Permanency Outcomes in Openness and Adoption
Presented by the Adoption Council of Ontario; the Children’s Grief Centre, and the Office of the Children’s Lawyer

Promoting positive permanency outcomes for children being adopted from foster care requires collaborative partnerships that can help adopted children, youth and families navigate post adoption openness with birth and foster family. While plans to navigate openness are routine in private adoptions, legislative amendments now necessitate collaboration in the public adoption realm. The Office of the Children’s Lawyer, Child Welfare workers, Adoption Council and Children Mental Health professionals are key players in assessing and supporting openness plans for children and youth moving to adoption. Issues such as grief and loss, identity, cultural connections and the child’s unique life story require careful consideration in planning, education and supporting children and families (birth and adoptive) over the lifetime journey of adoption. This workshop will explore these clinical issues from a child-focused lens with a view to developing assessment and treatment strategies that can be delivered by Children’s Mental Health professionals.

Evaluation of a Population-Based School Mental Health Promotion Program for Young Adolescents: The Healthy Transitions Program
Presented by Ottawa Public Health

This 3-part workshop highlights the steps taken to deliver and evaluate a bilingual universal mental health promotion program, as well as encourage a discussion among presentation participants. Part 1 will provide an overview of the Healthy Transitions (HT) program and how several partners collaborated to deliver class sessions. Part 2 discusses the results of the outcome evaluation conducted. The evaluation suggests improvement in response strategies to stress, worries and problems and the ability to identify warning signs in themselves and friends. Part 3 will be a dialogue with participants about the findings, lessons learned and ideas for moving forward with universal mental health promotion programming in schools.

Intersections: Right Support, Right Provider, Right Time
Presented by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Intersections is an early intervention model that focuses on navigation and coordination of services for youth with suspected mental health, developmental disabilities and/or substance use issues, who are at risk of becoming justice involved, in order to improve well-being and reduce involvement with police services.

The panel will highlight how Intersections has transformed evidence into practice to support the community and its current impact on changing system delivery and making a difference in the lives of children, youth and their families.

Feathers of Hope: A First Nations Youth Actions Plan
Presented by the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth

Feathers of Hope is a youth driven initiative that is supported by the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth in Ontario. It is a process that is established by youth for youth and provides a safe space to inspire a sense of hope and belief that they can be a part of driving the positive change needed in their communities. We achieved this by creating the Feathers of Hope Youth Forums. In these forums, the youth identified a range of mental health issues which are having a devastating effect on First Nations youth and their communities. One painful part is the tragedy of suicide and the unique set of challenges facing First Nations people. This presentation will also touch on the importance of the youth voice in development of policy and programs at all levels and especially at the community level.

Promoting Resilience for Children’s Mental Well-Being – Use of “Reaching In…Reaching Out" in Early Education Classrooms
Presented by the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and the CAS, Ottawa

Research supports student resilience as a key factor in mental health and is an important exit outcome for graduates. Reaching In…Reaching Out (RiRo) is an evidence-based resilience skills training program for service providers who work with children under 8 years. The program helps adults help children to develop the skills necessary to handle life’s challenges, thereby promoting mental health, well-being and optimal development. RiRo uses a relationship-based, cognitive-behavioral and social problem-solving approach adapted from the Penn Resilience Program. This presentation will focus on current program delivery, ongoing accommodations, follow-up strategies and classroom/parent resources adapted for the school setting.