November 19, 2019
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care
500 Church St
We See What We Want to See: Harm Reduction Conference Agenda
|8:30-9:00||Registration & refreshments|
Panel – Stigma and Harm Reduction: Bringing Together Experiences & Perspectives (moderator: Greg Taylor)
|10:45-12:00||Stigma – interactive self-reflection and bias exploration activities (facilitator: Jenny Wylie)|
|12:00-12:30||Lunch (main auditorium)|
|12:30-1:10||Self Care Experiences (optional)
|2:45-4:00||Concurrent workshops (repeated in same locations)|
|4:00-4:30||Final words, closing & feedback (main auditorium)|
*Agenda is subject to change
Posters there will be posters on display which are submissions for the Simcoe Muskoka Addictions Awareness Committee contest. The call was made to design a poster representing harm reduction. Please take some time to check out the posters and place your vote. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place artists will receive a cash prize.
Our panelists bring a variety of experiences – from personal to professional – regarding substance use, stigma and harm reduction. Each will share their own experiences and be open to questions
Kathy Willis: Executive Director, La Maison Rosewood Shelter
Jason Brady: First Responder, Orillia Fire Department
Santosh Sekarhan: Pharmacist, Little Avenue Pharmacy
Stephanie Butler: Community Health Worker, Barrie Community Health Centre
Interactive Self Reflection and Bias Exploration Activities
Biases ….we all have them. Those thoughts and beliefs that influence our perception of other people – often in a negative way. Those biases may be taught, as part of our culture or religion for example, or developed through our own experiences. Those biases can also lead to stigma, whether intentional or otherwise.
Are you aware of your biases? Do you have biases about any of the people you work with? How do you work within your biases to ensure that they are not negatively affecting the people you support? Being aware of and actively addressing our own biases is a part of harm reduction. Biases impact our language, our interpersonal interactions, and our ability to empathize with those who may be dealing with an addiction.
Jenny Wylie and Maria Figliuzzi will engage us in three activities designed to encourage self-reflection about our own biases and the role stigma plays in our own perspectives as well as in our role as service providers.
Self care activities
These optional activities are offered as experiences; they are not to learn about the activities themselves but rather for you to indulge in the experience. Please select one activity only.
Auricular Acupuncture – involves insertion of 5 needles in each ear (or a magnetic bead placed on the back of the ear) by trained specialists. The treatment is accompanied by relaxing music &/or visual imagery for this quiet activity. Benefits have included decreased stress and anxiety, decreased cravings, decreased withdrawal symptoms, improved sleep. No benefits can be guaranteed.
Thank you to certified acudetox specialists from CMHA Simcoe County.
Hand Massage – a short and simple way to get pampered and an easy skill to learn to do yourself. It boosts circulation and can reduce pain, lessen anxiety and improve mood.
Thank you to Mrs. Millar and students from Georgian Bay District Secondary School
Pet Therapy / Therapy Dog – animals are well known to be non-judgemental furry, feathered or scaley companions. Many have special skills beyond that too; some can alert us to health issues or assist us with day-to-day activities, and others just seem to know when a good cuddle is exactly what is needed.
Thank you to Carly & Decker, volunteers from Therapeutic Paws of Canada
- Cannabis Today: Weed Like to Talk – Dr. Bob King
The world of cannabis is rapidly changing with increase use for medical purposes to recreational use becoming legal. This workshop will explore some of some of the ins and outs of cannabis today and the role of cannabis as a harm reduction tool.
- Game On: Let’s Get Technical – Brent Jefkins & Robert Giglione
This will be an interactive discussion of the impacts of technology, gaming and gambling addictions.
Together with the audience, facilitators will explore Risks, Consequences and Trends associated with
these behaviours as well as Harm Reduction Strategies and Counselling Considerations.
- Brick by Brick: Building a Harm Reduction Toolkit – Greg Taylor, Paige Davies, Debbie Manserra & Victoria Weatherston
An in depth conversation and experiential opportunity to acquire new strategies and further understanding about supporting others with a harm reduction focus. Tools and strategies will target the physical, spiritual, mental and social aspects of addiction and harm reduction. Participants will walk away with samples of harm reduction “tools” to use in their everyday lives with clients, family and/or friends.
Jenny Wylie, RP (Mental Health Team Lead, Couchiching Family Health Team)
Maria Figliuzzi, RP (Mental Health and Addictions Counsellor- Youth, CMHA Simcoe County)
Dr. Bob King (Psychiatrist)
Brent Jefkins (Youth Outreach Worker, Youth Gambling Awareness Program, YMCA)
Robert Giglione (Mental Health and Addictions Counsellor- Gambling, Gaming & Tech, CMHA Simcoe County)
Greg Taylor (Counselling Coordinator / Case Manager, Georgian College)
Paige Davies (Mental Health and Addictions Counsellor – Adult, CMHA Simcoe County)
Debbie Manserra (Mental Health and Addictions Counsellor- Youth, CMHA Simcoe County)
Victoria Weatherston (Mental Health and Addictions Counsellor- Youth, CMHA Simcoe County)