The following poster presentations will be available at the 2015 CMHA Ontario Division Conference on the 3rd Floor Foyer:
PP1: WRAP: Wellness Recovery Action Plan
WRAP is a powerful evidence based self-help tool. WRAP was developed more than 20 years ago, by a group of people with lived experience of mental health and addiction issues.
The structured approach of WRAP provides a straight forward methodology for self-awareness and the understanding of recovery. The emphasis of WRAP is empowerment, self-determination and resilience with the use of the key recovery concepts of; hope, education, self-responsibility, self-advocacy and mutual support.
WRAP groups develop and encourage a network of peer support that extends into the community beyond the 8 – 12 week training. WRAP is identified as one of the training tools for individuals that are interested in working and/or volunteering as peer supporters. WRAP can be useful at any stage of recovery and the effective focus on wellness makes it a tool that can be used by anyone.
Presenter: Laurie Fortnum, CMHA York Region & South Simcoe Branch
PP2: Ingersoll Transitional Home
Ingersoll Transitional Home is a facility which provides accommodation and support in conjunction with a program of supportive and rehabilitative services, on a not-for-profit basis.
Our goal is to incorporate the structure and support necessary to achieve the skills required to live independently, thus enabling the individuals involved to maintain permanent housing while achieving self-sufficiency.
A requirement of the program is to meet regularly with a case manager and attend drug/alcohol programing. The transitional home encompasses experienced staff from different skill sets including housing, concurrent and court diversion. This is a new program for CMHA Oxford. We are very proud and excited to be a part of this new endeavour.
Presenter: Susan Forbes, CMHA Housing Oxford
PP3: Eating Disorders: Creating Partnerships, Promoting Recovery
The presentation will discuss the unique and direct partnership between CMHA and London Health Sciences Centre, with a focus on intensive treatment services for adults with eating disorders. More specifically, symptom interruption, refraining from life-threatening eating disorder behaviour by increasing the knowledge and use of effective coping strategies (distress tolerance and emotion regulation skills). Lastly the poster will focus on increasing the use of long-term informal and community supports (community re-integration), connecting to recreation, leisure and family.
Presenter: Christine Myers, CMHA Middlesex
PP4: CMHA Ontario: a leader in Mental Health Public Policy
Learn about the work of the Public Policy team at CMHA Ontario. Reports, backgrounders and briefing notes on current issues will be on display to give you a glimpse into the public policy work happening at the provincial level. The display will cover the five policy portfolios including 1. Health Systems Development, 2. Housing, Employment and the Social Determinants of Health, 3. Health Promotion across the Lifespan, 4. Equity and Social Inclusion and 5. Criminal Justice.
Presenter: Zahir Din, Zahra Ismail, Zarsanga Popal, Dorina Simeonov, Nina Acco Weston, CMHA Ontario
PP5: Knowledge Translation Project and CMHA Ontario
View new resources and evaluation results from Mood Walks, Living Life to the Full for Older Adults, Dietitians and Community Mental Health, Enabling Minds, and other recent knowledge translation projects. Plus, find out how to get involved with our online collaboration portal, CMHA Connects.
Presenter: Scott Mitchell, CMHA Ontario
PP6: CMHA Ontario Communications: Sharing our Achievements
Learn about the work of the CMHA Ontario communications department. Discover how we spread good news about our organization and collaborate with non-traditional partners to advance public discussion about mental health, stigma and discrimination. While our work takes the form of traditional communications vehicles, we have a strong social media presence which will be on display as we tweet throughout the conference using #cmhaONconf.
Presenters: Joe Kim & Elham Bidgoli, CMHA Ontario
PP 7 – Horse Wisdom & Healing – Horses as Mental Health Partners
BITS (Back in the Saddle) is funded by Trillium and offered through Horses at Heart Therapeutic Equestrian Adventures, Inc. The program is facilitated by Deborah Weiss. It is an employment re-integration program combining classroom and hands-on horse experience. This poster will cover what BITS can do for mental health recovery and preparedness for returning to the workplace. Learn about the “tool kit” for success and how the skills carry over in equine therapy in the context of horse and barn care, and finally how they correlate with the new workplace setting.
The poster will share how BITS is part of recovery, supports self-confidence, self discovery, empowerment, responsibility, problem solving skills, and development of preparedness for employment in a non-threatening and supported employment.
Presenters: Lyndsey McKeown & Nancy Gagnon, CMHA York and South Simcoe
PP8: The Role of Accreditation in Measurement for Improvement
Accreditation Canada is committed to incorporating quality measurement into the future evolutions of its accreditation program. Incorporating a focus on outcomes and objective measures of performance into the program will allow for a more comprehensive assessment of quality and safety. As a first step, in January 2014, Accreditation Canada updated its standards sets with improved content for measurement for improvement. The updated standard provides direction of how a team can use indicators to guide its quality improvement and provide safe quality care.
This poster will outline the structure and content of the measurement for improvement standard and highlight resources available to support its use. It will also describe the second phase of the indicator strategy which is being piloted in 2015.
Presenter: Paivi Katlilakokski, Accreditation Canada
PP9: Supporting Employment: A Business to Business Approach
Three quarters of all individuals with mental illness are unemployed; many others are under-employed. Employability is a key factor in recovery for individuals with mental illness. Developing skills and garnering workplace experience is the cornerstone to sustainable employment and, for more and more participants, ultimately less reliance on government sponsored income support programs. When individuals are employed in a meaningful and sustainable capacity, their perspective on life becomes healthier – they build confidence, skills, relationships; they have control, means and an opportunity to be a full participant in society.
Our poster board presentation highlights the key components of our supported employment program at CMHA Windsor Essex including our unique business to business approach that focuses on what employers are looking for in employees and then setting out to match, build and develop our clients’ skills, abilities and knowledge to fit those needs. Included in our presentation is a program video with client interviews on what employment has meant for their recovery, self-esteem and personal growth. The testimonials are powerful reminders of how important of a component employment is to overall recovery and ongoing wellness.
Presenter: Ben Fowler, CMHA Windsor-Essex