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From Surviving to Advising: Pairing mental health service users as advisors to psychiatry residents

People with lived experience of mental health and substance use challenges are invited to apply for a teaching role in an innovative co-produced course that pairs service users as advisors to senior psychiatry residents at the University of Toronto. You will meet with students in small groups and in pairs monthly for 1 hour from January to June 2017. You will also attend monthly peer supervision meetings.

The goals of the project are to increase understanding of recovery among psychiatry residents and to foster the attitudes necessary for these future psychiatrists to deliver person-centered, strengths-based, recovery-oriented care. You will facilitate learning by sharing your perspectives, using narrative to illustrate key points and fostering critical reflection.

They seek individuals with lived experience of mental health and/or substance use challenges who wish to make a positive impact on the future of psychiatry in Ontario. Experience using psychiatric services is essential. You must have excellent oral communication skills and be able to engage students in an open, genuine and collaborative learning process. At least 5 years of lived experience is preferable. Experience working as a peer support worker or system advocate is considered a strong asset.

They are committed to recruiting a diverse group of advisors who represent the service user community in Toronto. Individuals from marginalized and minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

A cash honorarium is offered for each meeting. Meetings with peers and with psychiatry residents are held monthly on Mondays and Thursdays, respectively. Exact dates and times are available on request.

Contact: Sacha Agrawal at sacha.agrawal@camh.ca for more information and to obtain application forms

When: January 2017 – June 2017

 

EXCHANGE FOR CHANGE CAMPAIGN

By: Michael Friedman

I’m super excited to announce our Exchange for Change campaign, which will give anyone who donates $10 or more the chance to receive something in return for their generosity. Funnily enough, we’re running the campaign on Generosity, which is operated by Indigogo.

Come check it out! www.tinyurl.com/selfhelpRC

As a student at the SHRC, I have seen how our programs and services affect the people that access them: Participants will often thank us for our time, be eager to attend the following month’s Community-of-Practice, and convey gratitude when we direct them to a given service within Toronto. This fundraiser is a way for us to sustain our organization, afford to run events and workshops for people that benefit from them, keep our integral programs, such as the ODSP Peer Navigator program, where we work with individuals to identify their strengths, wellness tools and how they can use them, and abilities to keep helping others.

Here are some of the fun things we’re willing to give for a donation:

$10 – A personal ‘Thank You’ e-mail from one of our team members

$25 –  An inspirational picture and quote from our Program Manager, Melissa Corcoran’s, personal collection.

$50 – a spectacular 3-card Tarot reading done by our ODSP Peer Navigator Program Coordinator Sam Warford!**

**For Entertainment purposes only

$100 – a personalized, original Haiku poem, composed by our Executive Director, Chrystal Dean

$200 – A 30-second instrumental jam created by program assistant/musically-inclined Michael Friedman

$350 – a really cool original artwork holiday card, made by our in-house artist/program assistant Deandre Bonnelle

$500 –  A combination of every single prize that has been mentioned before this one (all personalized).

$1000 – A video of the SHRC members going out into the street and creating a video collection of compliments about you specifically!

$10,000+ – A song about you, written by all members of the SHRC team, and performed by Michael (maybe a special guest as well!). Also includes every other prize mentioned so far.

$1,000,000 – We will bestow our secret, one-of-a-kind fountain of youth unto you, so that you may live forever (or perhaps even longer). **

** We don’t really have access to the fountain of youth, but you do look super great today!

Thank you to everyone who donates and helps us spread the word!

Lived Experience Advisory Group

The City of Toronto is seeking individuals who have lived experience with poverty to join the Lived Experience Advisory Group (LEAG). Understanding that poverty affects people differently, this is an open call to everyone who can inform the implementation of the Poverty Reduction Strategy based on their firsthand experience with poverty.

The LEAG is supported by the City of Toronto’s Poverty Reduction Strategy Office.

Please find the application attached, submissions will be accepted until December 3, 2016.

 

MEMBER TIME REQUIREMENTS

§  Two year term beginning January 2017

§  Two day orientation session, January 13th and 14th (full-day)

§  Two day training, February 25th and 26th (full-day)

§  Monthly meetings (3 hours long, day and time to be determined)

§  Attend and/or participate in local community meetings and activities

 

ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL BE PROVIDED

§  Two day orientation

§  Training and skills development opportunities

§  Recognition

§  TTC fare, child care and food

§  Honorarium $50/meeting and $100/full day activities

§  Attendant care (upon request)

§  Other activities as identified

For more information on the Poverty Reduction Strategy and the Lived Experience Advisory Group please visit www.toronto.ca/toprosperity

Contact: Poverty Reduction Strategy Office| (416) 416.392.3999 | prso@toronto.ca

How to apply
ONLINE: http://cityoftoronto.fluidsurveys.com/s/LEAGapplication/
FAX YOUR APPLICATION FORM
Attn: Poverty Reduction Strategy
Office: 416.392.4976
For a copy of the application form visit our website www.toronto.ca/toprosperity or contact Poverty Reduction Strategy Office at prso@toronto.ca or 416.392.3999

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Upcoming Community of Practice at the SHRC

The Self-Help Resource Centre runs a monthly peer support group for peer support workers and volunteers on the first Thursday of the month. This Community of Practice meeting is an opportunity for peer support group and one-on- one facilitators to get support from other peer facilitators, share valuable resources and experiences, learn and develop professional skills, and brainstorm solutions to challenges in the field.

The topic for this month’s meeting is Compassion and Safety.

 

Please register at registration@selfhelp.on.ca or 416-487- 4355 ext 21

When: December 1, from 4 to 6pm – Lived Experience

What to Bring: Questions and challenges experienced in peer support.

Coffee, tea and light snack will be provided!

 

Registration for our ODSP Peer Navigator Support Group! All are welcome!

The ODSP Peer Navigation Program offers peer support groups and one-on- one support to aid in successfully navigating the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) system while we share resources, build social supports, and develop wellness tools. This program is for people applying to get on ODSP or already on ODSP and recognizes how overcoming challenges within the ODSP system develops valuable skills that can empower us in our future opportunities.

Topics of discussion will include: making connections, peer support, wellness practices, tips for navigating the ODSP system and employment.

Contact us now to register for ODSP peer support groups. The next series will be starting in December, 2016! Spots are filling fast so make sure you sign up early. Groups will take place once a month for 5months.
Participants can register for one of the options listed below:
The 2nd Thursday of each month – Beginning on December 8th, 2016 OR
The 2nd Friday of each month – Beginning on December 9th, 2016

For more information, or to register, please emailregistration@selfhelp.on.ca or call (416) 487-4355

Please let us know of any accommodations we can provide and we willdo our very best to provide them. Light refreshments and TTC tokens will be provided.

Sound Times: 1 year paid internship for Consumer Survivors of the mental health and addictions system, interested in working in the social service sector

Sound Times seeks Community Service Interns

Multiple Positions Available

One Year Paid Internship, with shifts each day Monday through Friday Afternoon and Evening Shifts Required

Location: 280 Parliament Street, Toronto

2340 Dundas Street West, Toronto

Sound Times is funded by the Toronto Central LHIN to provide individual supports, social support, educational, occupational and recreational opportunities, as well as advocating for members to get connected to community resources. As a peer initiative, all services are provided by individuals who use, or have used, the mental health system.

We are expanding our staff group to include Consumer/Survivors committed to completing a year-long intensive internship. The goal of this internship is to acquire the skills, education and understanding necessary to seek employment with organizations affirming the value of lived experience for frontline social service work.

There is no minimum education requirement to apply, though the training will involve workshops and in-house classroom learning with assigned reading.

Candidates interested in applying should submit a resume (if available) to hiring@soundtimes.com. Applicants lacking a resume should apply by means of a written submission outlining why they are a good candidate for this opportunity. There are no deadlines for applications. We conduct ongoing hiring’s based on the needs of the program.

Not all applicants will be selected for interview.

Stella’s Place – Recruiting Two Full-time mental Health Clinicians

Stella’s Place is in the process of building their programming and expanding their staff complement to ensure they can support the young adults who come in their doors seeking service. In January, they will be adding two full-time Mental Health Clinicians to their clinical team to help them collaboratively implement Stella’s Place clinical and recovery programming.

 

To be considered for the position, applicants should have their Master’s degree in a mental health-related discipline (Social Work, Nursing, or Occupational Therapy) and membership in professional college.  Ideally, they will have had at least three years’ experience counselling young adults (16-29 years) in a community mental health setting with demonstrated experience working with diverse populations, utilizing culturally-responsive, trauma-informed, and anti-oppressive approaches.   We are looking for generalists who also have an area of specialization such as Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, family therapy, and individual counselling.

 

Anyone interested can review the position description and submit an application via Charity Village:

http://charityvillage.com/jobs/search-results/job-detail.aspx?id=350478

 

The application deadline is Monday, November 28th, 2016.

Registration for our ODSP Peer Navigator Support Group! All are welcome!

The ODSP Peer Navigation Program offers peer support groups and one-on- one support to aid in successfully navigating the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) system while we share resources, build social supports, and develop wellness tools. This program is for people applying to get on ODSP or already on ODSP and recognizes how overcoming challenges within the ODSP system develops valuable skills that can empower us in our future opportunities.

Topics of discussion will include: making connections, peer support, wellness practices, tips for navigating the ODSP system and employment.

Contact us now to register for ODSP peer support groups. The next series will be starting in December, 2016! Spots are filling fast so make sure you sign up early. Groups will take place once a month for 5months.
Participants can register for one of the options listed below:
The 2nd Thursday of each month – Beginning on December 8th, 2016 OR
The 2nd Friday of each month – Beginning on December 9th, 2016

For more information, or to register, please email registration@selfhelp.on.ca or call (416) 487-4355

Please let us know of any accommodations we can provide and we willdo our very best to provide them. Light refreshments and TTC tokens will be provided.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities – December 3rd

You are cordially invited to come to this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities event in Toronto focused on employment. This is Goal 5 of United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals, on decent work and economic growth.

Elected representatives from all three levels of government are invited to come and speak on government employment initiatives, as well as persons with disabilities to share their employment success stories. Employment agencies are also invited to come and network with job seekers.

Collaborating in the planning of this event are:
_ Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (blindcanadians.ca)
_ Canadian Hearing Society (chs.ca)
_ Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (cilt.ca)

CNIB (www.cnib.ca)
Magnet (www.magnet.today)
National Educational Association of Disabled Students (www.neads.ca)

Date: Saturday, December 3, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Venue: Metro Hall, 55 John St. Room 308 and 309.

Program:
_ 2:00 – 2:10 Welcome
_ 2:10 – 2:40 Government Speeches (To-date: Minister MacCharles, Councillor Wong-Tam)
_ 2: 40 – 3:10 Panel Presentation: Employment success stories from diverse disability groups
_ 3:10 – 3:40 Question and Answer Period
_ 3:40 – 4:20 Networking with Employment Agencies

Refreshments, attendant care and ASL will be provided.

Please RSVP at: 647-947-9022 or aebctoronto@gmail.com

Houselink’ Road to Employment “Building YOUR Career Pathway: Networking Event.

Date:        November 24, 2016

Time:        1-4pm

Place:       The 519 Community Centre

Address: 519 Church St (Church & Wellesley)

 

Your Participants are welcomed to register at www.eventbrite.comby clicking on the flyer’s link and attend this networking to network with representatives of employers, private, government and non-profit companies who have joined Houseelink in this effort to provide employment opportunities speaking with the staff of The following agencies:

 

  • A-WAY Express Courier
  • Fresh Start Cleaning
  • University Of Toronto
  • UPS Canada
  • Service Canada
  • Toronto Employment & Social Services 
  • George Brown College
  • Humber College
  • Building UP Toronto
  • Canadian Council on Rehabilitation & Work
  • DIXON HALL
  • FREE GEEK Toronto
  • Hospitality Workers Training Centre
  • Learning Enrichment Foundation
  • MicroSkills
  • Skills for Change
  • St. Stephen’s Employment Services
  • West Neighbourhood House
  • Woodgreen Employment
  • Youth Employment Services YES

 

Their staff will also promote  educational and training programs that will help participants succeed at entering and changing to the career of their choice and taking a step further their aspirations and dreams started at this event by networking with these companies experts in their own fields.

 

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