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Select your courses from this page then enter in the corresponding course number (e.g. A1, B4, C3 etc) on your registration form that can be found by clicking here.
For your convenience courses/workshops are rated by level of experience or difficulty. Please be mindful of course level when making your selection.
Level 1 Level 1 - Entry Level
Entry level courses for those who have little or limited experience in the addictions or helping field.
Level 2
Level 2 - Intermediate
Entry level to advanced. For those with some experience or knowledge in the addictions or helping field.
Level 3
Level 3 - Advanced
For those with substantial experience in the addictions or helping field. Some material is at the clinical level of learning and is suitable for those with post secondary to university level education.
Courses are listed below by date.

The Institute (Addiction Studies Forum Inc) reserves the right to cancel or reschedule all sessions and courses for circumstances that occur that are beyond our control.



Delegates attending the 60th Annual Institute on Addiction Studies are eligible to earn up to a maximum of 26.5 Continuing Educational Units (CEUs) as defined by the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation.


NOTE: CACCF standards often meet or exceed other governing agencies requirements for CEUs (nurses, ATSS, CPGC, etc.) It is the responsibility of the delegate to check with their particular agency for criteria requirements. Addiction Studies Forum Inc. cannot be responsible for agencies who accept or do not accept CACCF standards.
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Sunday July 14th, 2019  

A1 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Children Exposed to Addiction-Compromised Parenting: Children’s Voices over 50 years
Dennis Kimberley BA, MSW, Ph.D., RSW
Level 3
In this workshop, Dennis Kimberley will present on how he attended to children and youth exposed to addictions, over 50 years. His mentor was Margaret Cork, a Canadian who supported children of alcoholics in her 1969 seminal study, “The Forgotten Children”. Using the voices of children and youth (including Indigenous children) and their lived experiences, as presented in their wisdom, and supported by practice wisdom, and research wisdom, Dennis honours the 50th Anniversary of Margaret’s publication by examining assessment and supportive intervention factors associated with risks, harm, compromised development, attachments, resiliences , strengths, and transgenerational issues associated with addiction-compromised parenting, including cannabis addiction, non-substance addictions and concurrent disorders. Integrative and paradoxical approaches are emphasized in the best interest of the affected children, youth, and adult children. He addresses supports for family preservation, parental inclusion, alternative care arrangements, and integrative child-youth centered in vivo interventions.

Dennis Kimberley





Dr. Dennis Kimberley
is a retired professor of social work and private clinician with over 50,000 hours of clinical experience, including as an expert consultant and witness and international consultant and trainer. He has had over 60 years of experience in addressing both children of addicted parents risks and needs, as well as the dynamics of addiction-compromised parenting. His work includes expertise in child risks and compromised parenting compounded by concurrent disorders, non-substance addictions, crime, violence, child-youth maltreatment, including developmental damage in children of addiction-compromised parenting, as adults. Current interests include implications of legalization of cannabis on parenting capacity and child-youth development risks.


A2 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
SMART Recovery®
Cynthia Moore
Level 2
Participants will be introduced to SMART Recovery®, the world’s largest community of mutual support that uses scientific evidence based tools and techniques to help people overcome addiction problems of any kind. SMART Recovery® is an abstinence-based, not- for-profit organization. Our trained facilitators present Rational, Emotive and Cognitive Behaviour therapy tools and techniques. The 5 Stages of Change help people understand where they are in the process of recovery from addiction. Using positive reinforcement and Motivational Interviewing techniques, we encourage those who are willing to make a change.






Cynthia Moore
has spent over fifteen years with a family member that has an addiction problem. During her son’s recovery journey, she gained a profound understanding of addiction’s power over the individual and what treatment options were available. She became part of the addiction treatment industry because she wanted to use her own experiences to help others find a treatment option that works for them. Cynthia did extensive research looking for a scientific, evidence based training program for people looking for an alternative to the 12 Step program. When her son was in treatment in Arizona, the family segment introduced them to the CRAFT approach and SMART recovery. Cynthia dedicated her time to becoming certified as a SMART recovery facilitator. She was trained by Dr. Bob Meyers the founder of CRAFT in May 2014 and she is certified by the Albert Ellis Institute as an REBT practitioner. She started the first SMART recovery chapter in Toronto in July 2013 and is now the Regional Coordinator for Ontario. Over the past eight years, Cynthia has overseen the expansion of SMART recovery meetings in Toronto, which now has seven open meetings per week and five closed meetings at Bellwood and St. Mikes Homes. She also leveraged her training to become a private addiction coach for individuals and families with addiction problems.

A3 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Self Harm
Tina Hunter RP, RSSW
Level 1
This workshop offers a unique approach to gaining knowledge and understanding on an often misunderstood and uncomfortable topic. Tina candidly and casually shares her own story of engaging in self-abusive behaviour, how it started, why it continued and how she was able to find a healthier way of coping. Tina will also share her experiences of working with those who engage in self harm and the techniques used to walk their journey with them. This workshop will take you from those who may be more at risk, to the signs of those we suspect as engaging in the behaviour, right through to the alternative approaches she uses to help someone who no longer wants to self harm.

Tina Hunter is an Advanced Certified Trauma Practitioner and Certified Trainer with Starr Commonwealth and The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children. She is a Registered Psychotherapist, Registered Social Service Worker, and a Registered Mental Health Services Provider with Health Canada for Crisis Intervention Mental Health Counselling, the Indian Residential Schools Resolution Program for First Nations, and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Tina has many years experience working directly with traumatized children, adolescents and adults as well as supporting and encouraging practitioners who work with this population. Tina is the Client Services Manager at Life's Seasons and besides maintaining her growing client portfolio at the Life's Seasons office and mentoring staff, Tina spends almost half of her professional time serving the First Nations population within their territory. She also continues to consult and facilitate training programs for schools, agencies, and organizations.

Keynote Address (click here for details)
7:00 PM - Sunday, July 14th
Victoria Maxwell BFA
"Crazy for Life
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Plenary Address (click here for details)
9:30 AM - Thursday, July 18th
Jayce Carver
"The Importance of Trans led Organizations & Lateral Violence in Rainbow Communities"

 
Monday July 15th, 2019

B1 9:00 am - 4:30 p.m. (full day session)
Narrative Therapy Approaches to Working with Addictions
Laura Béres MSW, PhD
Level 2
This full day workshop will offer participants the opportunity to become familiar with, or reacquainted with, a particular model of practice, Narrative Therapy, which can provide hope-filled and strength-based approaches to working with people struggling with addictions. The day will begin with an introduction to the theory of Narrative Therapy, a review of the structure and benefits of ‘externalizing conversations’, ‘re-authoring conversations’, and ‘outsider-witnessing’, before moving on to practice these skills together in pairs. The presenter will also model narrative practice skills through a demonstration interview.

Laura Béres, MSW, PhD, is Associate Professor of Social Work at King’s University College at Western University in London, Ontario. She also provides psychotherapy services one evening each week at Daya Counselling Centre. She writes in the areas of Narrative Therapy, and Spirituality and has also previously contributed chapters about using Narrative Therapy approaches to working with addictions. Her books include The Narrative Practitioner (2014) and Practicing Spirituality: Reflections on Meaning-Making in Personal and Professional Contexts (2017).

B2 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Relational & Transgenerational Dynamics of Parenting Patterns Compromised by Addictions
Dennis Kimberley BA, MSW, Ph.D., RSW
Level 3
Dennis Kimberley has worked with families (including Indigenous), where parenting is compromised by diverse addictions. He shares knowledge and experiences based on numerous family, couple, parenting, sibling, and transgenerational family-group interventions— including with addictions, mental health, and child maltreatment interfaces. Complexities of interactional assessment and treatment are explored, beyond initial sobriety and harm reduction, which may be enhanced through individual, couple, family, group, and residential interventions. Dennis balances considerations of parenting capacity and family dynamics influenced by addictions, with family-parenting dynamics influencing the expressions of addictions. He addresses the paradoxes of common, diverse, and relatively unique child-parent-child relational challenges, including functions of apparent dysfunction. Among addictions compromised dynamics explored include: narcissism, secret-keeping, parentification, over-responsibility, conflict, aggression, threats, insecurity, illusionary solutions, surrogate intimacy, manipulative communication, broken promises, confederates in crime, attachment and sexual development risks.

Dennis Kimberley





Dr. Dennis Kimberley
is a retired professor of social work and private clinician with over 50,000 hours of clinical experience, including as an expert consultant and witness and international consultant and trainer. He has had over 60 years of experience in addressing both children of addicted parents risks and needs, as well as the dynamics of addiction-compromised parenting. His work includes expertise in child risks and compromised parenting compounded by concurrent disorders, non-substance addictions, crime, violence, child-youth maltreatment, including developmental damage in children of addiction-compromised parenting, as adults. Current interests include implications of legalization of cannabis on parenting capacity and child-youth development risks.

B3 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Addictions 101, and beyond
Tom Gabriel (Dipl.)ACW, ICADC, CCAC, CTSS
This workshop is for those who are new (or considering a career) in the field of addiction counselling or for those already in the front line who are looking to revisit the educational basics and to brush up their existing skills in addiction counselling. This presentation is ideal for those working in workplace volunteer peer referral programs, union environments (stewards), in human resources or those who already in the helping field and are considering adding addiction counselling certification to their existing credentials. Topics will include an understanding of substance use disorders, addiction, related mental health problems, treatment options, assessment and referral, ethical and boundary issues and navigating complex workplace and legal issues.

Tom Gabriel is certified as an International Alcohol and Drug Counsellor (ICADC), a Certified Canadian Addictions Counsellor (CCAC), a Certified Trauma Services Specialist (CTSS) and holds a diploma as an Addiction Care Worker that he received from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. In 2012, he retired from the Police Service but continued to pursue his passion of assisting service members and their families in his current employment with the Toronto Police Association as an EFAP Consultant, Crisis and Addictions Counsellor. In 2012, Tom received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and later in 2016, was the recipient of the Peter Armstrong Award of Excellence from the Renascent Foundation of which both recognized Tom for his work with Police Service Members and families suffering from addiction and related mental health issues. In 2017, he was awarded with the Roly Gatin Award by the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation for his service work during his six years on the CACCF Board of Directors as President, Vice President, Board Secretary and other committee positions.

Tom is presently the President of Addiction Studies Forum Inc. (Annual Institute on Addiction Studies) and has presented in many venues for police agencies, conferences, colleges, private companies and other speaking engagements including appearances on local television, radio and other media releases in regards to addiction and mental health issues. Tom lives in Toronto with his wife of 38 years, has two sons and two grandchildren.


B4 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Courage to Change - Women in Addiction Treatment
Kimberley Quann CCAC
Lynn Wilson ICADC, CCAC, DSW
Level 2

This session is an interactive workshop presented through Power Point and group activities to address 3 major areas that are impacted by addiction in the lives of women. These areas are Relationships (Healthy vs Unhealthy), Empowerment (Dealing with Guilt and Shame) and Self Image (Self Esteem). The participants will learn about the underlying issues that women experience and the barriers that result from these experiences particularly regarding the stigma associated with addiction. Some of the activities for the participants will involve group discussion and role playing. This session takes a solution focused approach to these issues.

Kimberley Quann is a certified addictions counselor with 15 years of experience working in the addiction field and 3 years in the mental health field. She is currently employed at Westover Treatment Centre and has developed the Women's Program for in-house clients as well as facilitating community programs.

Lynn Wilson is a certified addictions counselor with 15 years of experience at Westover Treatment Centre. She has worked in both the Substance Dependence and Co-Dependency Programs. Lynn has helped in facilitating the Women's Program at Westover since its inception.


B5 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Catalyst for Creativity and Courage Playshop
Victoria Maxwell BFA

Research shows creativity, mental health, productivity and wellness are highly correlated. This fun, highly interactive playshop gets people to step out of your comfort zone into their courage and creativity zone. Through improv games, simple writing activities and creativity exercises, participants take away tools that enhance wellness and recovery, boosts confidence and builds resilience. The strategies sharpen focus and presentation skills and improve problem solving and teamwork. Skills learned benefit individuals in the workplace, can be taught to students in any educational setting or used by healthcare professionals with clients. No experience necessary – only willingness!





Victoria Maxwell
is one of the top speakers on the lived experience of mental illness and recovery, wellness and creativity. She’s also a self-proclaimed Wellness Warrior and Bipolar Princess. She lives with bipolar disorder, anxiety and psychosis and has for more than 17 years, been helping people internationally better understand the‘insider’s’ experience of mental illness and recovery; how to create long-lasting wellness and kick start their creativity. The Mental Health Commission of Canada named her theatrical keynote, ‘That’s Just Crazy Talk’, one of the top anti-stigma interventions in the country. When she’s not presenting, you can find her running in the trails on the Sunshine Coast in BC or practicing Chi Kung in the early morning. She feels honored to be able to share her story and sharing her story helps her heal. As Victoria likes to say: “Sometimes... the harder we fall – the higher we bounce.”


B6 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Supporting Substance Involved Women
Heather Elliott BSW, RSW
Level 2
This workshop will outline why women specific substance use treatment is needed. We will explore the differences and similarities in substance use treatment for women vs. men. After discussing the common characteristics of substance involved women, we will examine the impact of women specific issues and how working from best practices can support women to heal from their substance use concerns. Participants will leave this session with an understanding of key concepts and best practices utilized to support substance involved women in moving forward with their recovery goals.

Heather Elliott is the Manager of Quality Improvement & Professional Practice at Addiction Services of Thames Valley. Heather has the responsibility for overseeing the clinical supervision of all clinical staff at ADSTV. She ensures clinical quality assurance through mentoring, coaching and monitoring adherence to professional practice standards. Heather’s clinical work specialized in providing treatment, support, and advocacy for women and families who are struggling with addictions and related concerns including homelessness, poverty, mental health, and trauma. Heather has a passion for supporting women to take back control of their lives and overcome the injustices that they have experienced over their lifetime.

B7 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Counselling Clients with Head Injuries, Brain Damage or Concussion
Beth Reade MD FRCPC
Sarah Wright BA
Level 2
Brain injuries and addictions frequently co-occur. In this workshop we will review: the types and causes of brain injuries and concussions and how to adapt your counseling sessions when a client has them. We will explain strokes, seizures, executive functioning and mental status, the meaning of MoCA and Glasgow Coma Scale scores and describe current best practices in concussion recovery. In this workshop we will practice: how to respectfully gather a useful head injury history, describe a client’s mental state and perform a MoCA cognitive screen.






This year, Dr. Beth Reade is presenting 2 new practical and interactive workshops. (see also course number C5). She is a psychiatrist with over 25 years’ experience with a special interest in treating patients with Co-Occurring Disorders. She worked as the consultant in an inpatient addiction treatment program for over 10 years, is a professor at McMaster University’s Dept of Psychiatry and an enthusiastic teacher.







Sarah Wright has a degree in Psychology and will complete her MSc in Occupational Therapy in August. She has experience working with youth with concussions and their parents at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Her research has focused on training therapists in assessing the ability of youth with brain injuries to get around in their communities.


Tuesday July 16th, 2019

C1 9:00 am - 4:30 p.m. (Full Day Session)
The Impact of Substance Use in the Canadian Central Arctic
Jim Watkin MSW, RSW
Emily Angulalik
Level 2
This workshop will explore the issue of substance use in the Canadian Central Arctic. The workshop will use Inuit cultural practices and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ) Principles to define culturally appropriate responses to substance use while integrating a variety of best practices used in southern recovery settings. By identifying the historical context of substance use, the presenter will address challenges and barriers posed by colonization, Governmental Policy and Intergenerational Trauma as they pertain to substance use, including community restriction and permit regulations. The workshop will also identify the role of culturally appropriate strategies which reflect the experience and reality of life in the north. The use of innovative models reflecting the environment and realities of Arctic life will allow the participants to gain an insight to the reality of substance use and treatment options.

Jim Watkin has provided clinical counselling and advocacy for individuals living with issues of violence and substance use for over 20 years. He has presented throughout Canada and internationally, on a variety of substance use issues. Jim works as an instructor in the Social Service Work Program at Nunavut Arctic College in Cambridge Bay NU. Jim also provides Substance Use counselling and assists with the Land Based Residential Treatment program in Cambridge Bay NU. Jim works to develop a balance in cultural and social work healing methods. He is a subsistence hunter and fisherman, assisting community members and Elders with traditional food.

Emily Angulalik is one of the last descendants of the late Stephen Angulalik, one of the first Inuit Fur Traders in the Canadian Arctic around the early 1920’s. She was born in Yellowknife, NWT and raised in Cambridge Bay and near Perry River in the Queen Maud Gulf, on the Northwest Passage in Nunavut. Emily is currently employed as a language instructor at the Kitikmeot Campus with Nunavut Arctic College. Emily is inspired to work and serve her community to preserve, promote and practice the skills within the language and cultural field through many interactions and listening to vital knowledge speakers and elders in the community. Emily believes it is eminent to know your identity, your language and your culture, and where our ancestors originated from and to remember not to exclude our society we live in today.

C2 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
The New Face of Gambling
Janay Warren BSW, RSW, CPGC, CCAC
Jennifer Forfitt BA, ICADC, CPGC, TITC-CT
Level 2

This presentation will begin with a brief overview of gambling disorder, what drives gambling, warning signs & symptoms, addiction theory and the impacts on the person with problem gambling as well as their loved ones. In addition to this, this presentation will explore the changing faces of gambling including, but not limited to, on-line gambling, advancements in bingo halls, as well as gambling elements in video games. Treatment options and resources such as self-exclusion will be discussed and provided to participants. In this seminar, interactive methods will be used to further aid in experience and education. Participation and discussion will be highly encouraged.

The workshop will conclude with hands-on activities focused on the application of some core principles of implementation process, identification of acceptable or unacceptable adaptations of EIPs to local contexts, identification of our blind spots when it comes to different type of evidence, as well as discussion of the implications of this on service delivery.

Janay Warren has been working in the field of addictions since 2005. She has worked in various roles, including relief counsellor at a women’s treatment facility for substance use, counsellor at a withdrawal management centre and support staff in a residential treatment program for problem gambling and digital dependence. Janay is currently a counsellor at the Centre for Problem Gambling and Digital Dependency at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare in Windsor, Ontario. In addition to her counselling role, Janay has had the opportunity to help create and partake in numerous presentations and workshops throughout her community.

Jennifer Forfitt
is a former Substance Abuse Counsellor who specializes in working with high-risk youth and young offenders. She currently works as a Problem Gambling Counsellor and Intake Worker at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare’s Centre for Problem Gambling and Digital Dependency where she works with those who struggle with problem, gambling, gaming and internet use and their loved ones. She has worked in the field of addictions for over 13 years and has given countless workshops and presentations to various community agencies throughout the years in hopes of reducing the stigma of addictions.


C3 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
H.U.G.S. Program, Helping Youth and Children with Grief
Christine Dernederlanden CTSS

This presentation will explore the H.U.G.S. program, an interactive program designed to
help youth and children deal with trauma and grief. While exploring multiculturalism, interactive art, music and play therapy during the grieving process, participants will also touch on there own perceptions and experiences. The participant will be encouraged to engage during the workshop in various ways to explore all senses during emotional expression of ones trauma. They will explore self care while running a program that aids in the healing of others, along with ideas on how we fund-raise for such a program to be implemented. Christine has trained many organizations including the The Catholic and Public District School Board of Niagara, along with a repertoire of clients from Hospices to Funeral Homes. The H.U.G.S. training is endorsed by the Association of Trauma and Stress Specialists. This endorsement allows participants to use hours of attendance towards certification through A.T.S.S.




Christine Dernederlanden
resides in the Niagara Region of Ontario with her family. She is a wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend, business woman, author, professional speaker, coach and tea addict. Her great passion is helping children, adults and families cope with grief and trauma. Personal experiences led Christine to write her very first book, Where is Robert?. She has been recognized internationally for her work as a humanitarian in the field of Grief and Trauma. Christine is Certified by Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists as a Certified Trauma Services Specialist. She educationally keeps abreast in the field through various avenues including Niagara University, Oklahoma Traumatology, Brock University and National Centre for P.T.S.D. Her first publication Where is Robert?, the grief kit that aided over 6000 families affected by 9/11/01, is the recipient of a certificate of appreciation from the U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald. H Rumsfeld. Her second publication H.U.G.S. Helping Children Understand Grief Sessions was inspired by the grief camps she facilitated with the Friendship Ambassadors who bring dialogue annually to the United Nations and Lions International.

During her years in humanitarian aid, Christine saw a need for the exploration of Empathy and Courage. She is the creator of “Empathy Bear”, an everlasting plush friend that is used world wide to bring comfort and compassion to the grieving. Her title "Where is My Courage?", is a claymation story that helped in aiding the families of the 2016 Fort McMurray Alberta Forest Fires. For her communication style and her exceptional role as a professional speaker, Christine was awarded the 2002 Leadership and Communication Award from the Toastmasters Public Speaking Organization. In 2000, Christine founded Robert’s Press Canada’s Grief Resource Centre. The success of Robert’s Press has noted her as one of Niagara’s most successful business women, a 2001 finalist for Woman of The Year and Entrepreneur of The Year. For the article "Putting All My Problems In Perspective", Christine was awarded the 2001 Standard Literary Prize. Her dedication to her community has awarded her the 2017 Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award. Christine continues to inspire others from her own personal reflection on her experiences.


C4 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
What does Spirituality have to do with Recovery?
Colette Currin CCAC
Level 2
What is the difference between Spirituality and Religion? This presentation will reference the bio-psycho-social holistic treatment model and will explain why we need "more." How undergoing a shift in values (Jung's personality transformation otherwise known as a spiritual experience or awakening), allows us to focus our distinguishing characteristics (immutable traits) in a more positive direction. We will also look at some interesting cross-referencing as to how the 12 Steps have a lot of common ground will all the "evidence-based" modalities.








Colette Currin
is a certified counsellor at Bellwood Treatment Centre in Toronto as well as in private practice. She is a passionate advocate for recovery from addiction drawing from a wide repertoire of skills and knowledge to impact the power of the possible. This includes 25 years of her own personal journey trudging the road of happy destiny.

C5 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Aging Boomers: Assessing and Treating Addiction and Mental Health Issues in Seniors
Beth Reade MD, FRCPC
Level 2

In this workshop we will review: common issues in normal aging, frequent mental illnesses and neurological conditions in seniors such as Stroke, Depression and Dementia and ideas for counseling the elderly with Substance Use Disorders. In this workshop we will practice: using screening tools for Depression and hopelessness in seniors and assessing their suicide risk.







This year, Dr. Beth Reade is presenting 2 new practical and interactive workshops. (see also course number B7). She is a psychiatrist with over 25 years’ experience with a special interest in treating patients with Co-Occurring Disorders. She worked as the consultant in an inpatient addiction treatment program for over 10 years, is a professor at McMaster University’s Dept of Psychiatry and an enthusiastic teacher.


C6 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Youth Substance Use: A Sociological Perspective
Tara Bruno PhD
Level 1
This workshop will begin with an interactive activity/question posed to the participants, which will hopefully encourage audience reflection and participation. This will be followed by an anecdote of why the presenter ended up in this field. The intro will transition into main objective of the workshop, which is to explain the relevance of the sociological perspective to understanding substance use and addiction. The remaining third of the workshop will introduce the “five-person model”, as developed by members of the YouthREX team. This will be introduced and discussed as a viable alternative or supplement to traditional treatment approaches. Throughout, there will be several opportunities for the audience to engage in discussion about their understanding and experience with youth substance use and addiction.






Tara Bruno
is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at King’s University College in London, ON. She completed her doctoral studies at the University of Toronto in the Department of Sociology with a collaborative program in Addiction Studies through the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Her research and teaching interests focus on high-risk youth, and bringing a sociological lens to the more often individualized explanations of substance use and addiction.

C7 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Meeting the Challenges of Counselling Clients with Trauma and Addictions
David Wright MD, FRCPC
Level 2
In this workshop we will review: facts about trauma and PTSD, how to approach traumatized clients who are early in their addiction recovery, how trauma may alter their addiction recovery and require adjustment of their treatment goals, mistakes commonly made when counseling these clients and ways to work effectively with them while maintaining one’s own health and resiliency. In this workshop we will practice: teaching clients skills in order to stay in the present, maintain their emotional and physical safety and regulate their emotions.






Dr Dave Wright
is an experienced psychiatrist with a special interest in treating traumatized patients, including military veterans, members of Indigenous Nations and First Responders. He co-created and co-lead Canada’s first inpatient PTSD treatment program, teaching patients the skills required to reduce their symptoms, restore functioning and improve their quality of life. He has also been a consultant in a residential addiction treatment facility, in an Operational Stress Injury Clinic and in an outpatient university health centre. Throughout his career, he has developed creative solutions to the challenge of treating people who have both substance use and trauma issues. He is a professor at McMaster University’s Dept of Psychiatry and a thoughtful teacher.

C8 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (Special Evening Session)
Scar of the Feather / Healing Through Song
Corene Cheeseman CAG II, CGC, SSW
H. Neil Monague
Level 1
S.C.A.R. (Spirit, Culture, Attitude, Responsibilities) is a workshop that includes information on the losses and changes experienced by Native Nations since the arrival of other Non-Native Nations. Topics will include residential schools and the changes that have occurred to the various Nations over 500 years. This interactive workshop will also engage participants in a journey of healing through native song. This is an excellent opportunity for counsellors to gain the cultural knowledge and background of Native Nations when working with native clients who are suffering from addiction.

Corene Cheeseman of the Mohawk Nation, Turtle Clan was born and raised on Six Nations in a family of 10 children. A college graduate and Certified Addictions Counsellor, Corene’s background has been in the addictions field for the last 22 years. She presently is an Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug worker at the Hamilton Regional Indian Centre in Ontario.

H. Neil Monague is of the Beausoleil First Nation and has been on spiritual journey for 28 years in which he has gathered much of his traditional teachings from his teachers and surroundings. Dealing with his own spirit has given him the opportunity to embark on a road in helping others to strengthen their own spirit by way of song, drum, and smudge.


Wednesday July 17th, 2019

D1 9:00 am - 4:30 p.m. (Full day session)
Neuroplasticity
Ian Robertson MSW, RSW
Level 3

The adult brain is much more changeable and modifiable than had previously been believed or even understood. There is now a large amount of evidence to show that damaged neural (brain) circuitry resulting from adverse childhood experiences and trauma can be corrected, reshaping our brain anatomy and consequent behaviour, with the right kind of therapeutic interventions. In other words, it is now clear that brain architecture continues to change throughout adulthood, and this can be manipulated in highly beneficial directions. Besides trauma, neuroplasticity has proven to enable people to recover from stroke, injury, improve symptoms of autism, ADD and ADHD, learning disabilities and other brain deficits, pull out of depression and addictions, and reverse obsessive-compulsive patterns. Many people who suffer extreme childhood trauma go on to develop personality disorders as adults; one hallmark of these disorders is rigid, destructive behavioral patterns. Research is now showing, however, that certain therapeutic interventions, due to neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to change itself), can change those behaviors to become more flexible and adaptive (helpful in creating a more successful life). The brain is arguably the most fascinating and impressive organ in the human body. Medical and scientific professionals alike are only beginning to mine its vast complexities. Of particular interest to those involved in the field of trauma recovery is the area of neuroplasticity. This refers to how the brain is wired and its extraordinary capacity to rewire neuro pathways. New pathways can be created through changes in behavior, environment and neuro processes. Not only is the brain capable of creating new pathways, it is designed to do so. The brain is highly resilient and desires flexibility. The incredible thing is that the human brain has a very real desire to heal itself.

Ian Robertson






Ian Robertson
currently works as an organizational consultant for establishing high quality agency Standards of Care and effective service delivery approaches. He is a clinical trainer in trauma, mental health, and addictions best practices throughout the province for several hospitals and community -based programs. Ian is also providing consultation and clinical supervision to therapists who operate in private practice and within agency settings. Ian recently, after 32 years of service, retired as the Regional Clinical Supervisor for Addictions and Mental Health at the Niagara Health System. In his earlier years, Ian has worked as a substance abuse counsellor at the Niagara Withdrawal Management Centre, the New Port Centre, as a clinical therapist for Mental Health Services, Regional Facilitator and Trainer for Mental Health, and also consultant for several community organizations. He is certified as a Clinical Traumatologist, Compassion Fatigue Specialist and ARP, and Substance Abuse Counsellor. He is trained in Trauma Incident Reduction (TIR), Level 1 & 2 of EMDR, Threat Assessment, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Process Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Ian has been a speaker at international, national, provincial and regional conferences and an organizational trainer on topics such as substance abuse, trauma, concurrent disorders, mental health, youth at risk, youth threat assessment, Motivational Interviewing, Organizational Trauma-informed Practices, Various Trauma, Trauma and Mindfulness and CBT for Front-line workers. Ian also owns and operates a private practice in Niagara.

D2 9:00 am - 12 noon
Cannabis – Can we see through the smoke?
Sylvie Smith BA, ICADC, RP
Level 1
Cannabis has become significantly more discussed in the past few years due to its legalization and medical use. These recent changes with cannabis confuses its role as a “friend or foe” especially to those in the helping profession who support clients struggling with addiction and misuse of substances. Despite the legalization and prescription use, clients are continuing to ask for support to cut down or abstain from cannabis. Through interactive discussion, this workshop will start with identifying the role that cannabis has had over time and how it has come to be the drug it is today. Also addressed will be the challenge of recent changes and the inundation of contradicting information. This workshop will end with helpful evidence based tools to help support those who want to make changes to their cannabis use.








Sylvie Smith
has worked 20 years in the addictions field including several areas along the substance use continuum. The last 11 years has been with Homewood Community Addiction Services providing individual and group counselling to people struggling with substance use as well as their family members and in the Problem Gambling and Technology Overuse Services supporting clients and their loved ones. Sylvie enjoys presenting education sessions to clients, the community and to other health professionals. She is a Registered Psychotherapist, with the CRPO. She has earned diplomas in Social Service Work and Drug and Alcohol Counselling, as well as a BA in Social Development Studies. She is an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counsellor with the CACCF. Sylvie instructs Addiction in the Family yearly, on campus and on-line at Wilfrid Laurier in the Addiction Certificate Program. Her interest in this topic began while supporting a greater number of clients who were using cannabis daily.

D3 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Men in Recovery
Jordan Anderson RP, ICADC, CCS-AC, OSC
Level 2

Being a person in recovery is no longer a binary issue. Being a man is a spectrum which stretches over gender identification, sexual orientation and the world view of masculinity. In this course, we will explore what being a man can mean to a variety of clients. This course will focus on specific issues and solutions to the spectrum of men in recovery including: adult survivors of childhood abuse, trauma, mental health in male populations, cultural barriers to success, LGBTQ specific issues, masculinity re-defined as both a barrier and asset, suppression or emotion in males at a young age, developing vulnerability, barriers to treatment and referral sources in Ontario for male specific issues.





Jordan Anderson
is a Registered Psychotherapist with a specialization in Opiate addiction, mental health and Tobacco Cessation. Jordan Anderson also has a International Certification as a drug and alcohol counsellor and holds a Canadian Clinical Supervisor Addiction Counsellor certificate with the CACCF. For 5 years, Jordan Anderson worked for Renascent treatment Center in Brooklin, Ont. as the Primary Opiate Specialist and Case manger with adult males in recovery from a variety of concurrent disorders. Jordan is now the Executive Director at Alpha House (a long term recovery centre for men suffering from addiction) for the last 3 years. In addition to Jordan’s current vocational position, he is also a member of the Professional Advisory board with Fleming College and a member of the Harm Reduction Network of Ontario.


D4 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Providing Support for First Responders, helping Professionals, and those in High Trauma Sectors
Lori Gray PhD, C. Psych

Level 2
This presentation will focus on first responders (e.g., paramedics, firefighters, police officers, military personnel, communications officers, nurses, etc.) as well as those within the broader high trauma sector. The presentation will focus on comprehensive mental healthcare, with an emphasis on prevention and early intervention strategies. Discussion will include highlights of the unique dynamics and challenges within the emergency services and high trauma sectors including but not limited to the presentation of mental health struggles, improving engagement in and utilization of psychological services, and developing support programs that best function in this dynamic environment.






Lori Gray is
is a clinical, forensic, and rehabilitation psychologist whose focus has been on supporting our first responders and helping professionals. She provides consultation, early intervention, assessment, treatment, and education for the emergency services and high trauma sectors. Her background includes experiences such as the staff psychologist for one of the largest paramedic services in Canada, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (Psychological Trauma Program and the Law and Mental Health Program), Detroit Receiving Hospital (level one trauma centre in inner city Detroit), Ministry of the Attorney General, Correctional Service of Canada, private practice, and postsecondary teaching.

Dr Gray has received the Future Pioneers of Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association, Early Career Achievement Award from the Canadian Psychological Association Traumatic Stress Section, Odyssey Early Career Achievement Award and GLAD Award for Teaching and Mentorship from the University of Windsor, and other awards from agencies such as the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Canadian Psychological Association, and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

D51:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Playful Self-Care that Promotes Growth for Workers in the Addictions Field
Fergus Vaughan BA(Hons), BSW, RSW
Level 1
This workshop will be a warm, humour-filled discussion about the impacts of vicarious trauma, its prevention, and how we can grow through the experience. As a group, we will review the concepts of vicarious trauma and post-traumatic growth through interactive exercises. Opportunities will be given to share (or not), play and collaboratively create tools that will fit with your own individual and agency needs.







Fergus Vaughan
is a Registered Social Worker who works primarily with children and families at the Thames Valley District School Board, as well as at the private practice of Dr. Amanda Bell and Associates. As a clinician, Fergus has specialized in working with traumatized children and youth, and is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). His passion is sharing knowledge about trauma with other professionals to promote systemic change to meet the needs of people with complex trauma and attachment issues.

D6 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Working with Convicted or Accused Sex Offenders
Jennifer Holt M.Ed., CCC, RP
Level 2
This presentation contains information designed for front-line staff and managers who have convicted or accused sex offenders on their case load. The presentation is focused on empirically-based, best-practice driven information delivered in an engaging manner. Questions are always welcome from the participants. Ms. Holt peppers the workshop with case-studies from her 20 years of practice so to illuminate the research and theory for the participants.
Jennifer Holt graduated from The University of Western Ontario in 1998 with a Masters Degree in Education (Counselling Psychology). An established Psychotherapist with over 20 years of clinical experience in professional practice she has spent her career specializing in working with adults and youths who have engaged in sexual offending behaviour. Ms. Holt has been registered as a Certified Canadian Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) since 2011, and a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists since 2015, and is a Clinical Member in good standing with the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA), the Massachusetts Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (MATSA), and Massachusetts Adolescent Sex Offender Coalition (MASOC). Further, she has been qualified in criminal courts as an expert witness in the area of risk assessment for adult males who sexually offend, and treatment options for those individuals. Ms Holt's skill set regarding assessment and treatment of individuals that sexually offend has been sought out by a variety of associations and agencies. Since 2009, various Children's Aid Societies throughout several counties have requested that she facilitate a one-day workshop for front-line staff who have convicted or accused sex offenders on their case load, and foster parents who have juvenile sex offenders living in their home.

D7 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Making Connections Going Deeper: A Clinician's Guide to Working Deeply with Addiction, Loss and Grieving
Sean Meggeson MA, RP
Level 2
Psychoanalyst, Donald Meltzer once said that addiction is "savory to a bad object." As clinicians how do we get truly close enough to our clients to understand addiction as an object loss? How do we get even closer to help clients understand and process deep, painful loss in an effort to grieve. This workshop will present clinical theory and utilize in vivo role-playing with participants, to help clinicians build skills to get to the heart of healing addiction with the purpose of supporting self growth in both the therapist and the client. Some topics to be discussed: healthy regression and healing. aggression vs. acting out: loving clients vs. merely supporting clients; and, realistic healing vs. myths of healing.
Sean Meggeson is a psychotherapist working in private practice in Toronto. Sean has taught at the Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy and has lectured on a diverse range of topics including addiction, connected parenting (Lacan and Joyce). Sean has a certificate in Addiction Studies and a Diploma in Addiction Care-Work from McMaster University. He presented a workshop at the Annual Institute on Addiction Studies in 2015: "Relational Psychotherapy and the Innate Wisdom of the Client-Centered Approach." Sean also presented a paper entitled "Becoming an Ally in Times or Dread Convergences and Divergences or Anti-Oppression Practice and Relational Work" at the IARPP conference in New York City, 2016. Sean will be presenting a paper at the IARPP conference in 2019.

Thursday July 18th, 2019  
Plenary Address (click here for details)
9:30 AM - Thursday, July 18th
Jayce Carver
"The Importance of Trans led Organizations & Lateral Violence in Rainbow Communities"

        Closing ceremony and Farewell lunch will follow the Plenary Address .
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