Latest Event Updates

OCC 50th Anniversary Annual General Meeting and Professional Development

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Please join the OCC for our Annual General Meeting and Professional Development day

Footprints of the Past, Present, and Future

May 16th, 2022 9:00AM to 3:30PM

Featured Panel of Counsellors from the Ontario Colleges that have made an impact on the profession, PD, and round table discussion

No cost – CLICK HERE for additional information

50 Years of OCC/CCCO

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We are celebrating 50 years of OCC/CCCO from 1972 to 2022.

50 years of excellence in providing professional counselling services to Ontario college post-secondary students.

Please stay tuned for further details on our upcoming OCC/CCCO AGM in May when we will be further celebrating the past, present, and future of OCC/CCCO as well as college counselling services…


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Trust you are all staying safe, well and healthy during these unprecedented times. As you practice social distancing and work on providing counselling services to your students remotely, there might be many ethical and legal considerations to consider.
We have created a COVID 19 tab on the website where there are a few resources on the topic and in the coming days and weeks we will post more resources to support the wellbeing of our students and our colleagues. If you would like to contribute to our online library of student mental health and self-care of Counsellors and frontline health care workers, please send me an email.
On behalf of OCC, I invite you all to take some time to share your knowledge and expertise in an online format (videos, articles, webinars etc).
Feel free to send me an email if this is something that interests you at
Wishing you all health, safety and calm. We will get through this.

OCC/CCCO Joint Regional Meeting 2019

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Registration is now open for the OCC/CCCO Joint Regional Meeting!

  • When: December 9, 2019
  • Where: Colleges Ontario (130 Queens Quay East West Tower, Suite 606 Toronto, Ontario M5A 0P6)
  • Cost: The cost is $30.00 for the event and this includes lunch, the business meeting, and a ½ day PD training on treating PTSD, presented by Shirley Porter which is amazing value for your money.

We are making registration available only to OCC/CCCO members and affiliates for the first week, and spaces are limited, so book your spot quickly.  After the first week, if we have any spots remaining, we will be opening up registration to others within the post-secondary community.

If you are a student, new counsellor, or new to the OCC/CCCO community we encourage you to attend and see what OCC/CCCO is all about.    This is a great opportunity for everyone to meet other Counsellors, learn about what is happening across the province within the post-secondary sector, and get some quality PD training as well.

More Information

Please click on “more information” link above to find outmode about the workshop and presenter as well as the agenda and feel free to let me ( or Lavlet Forde ( know if you have any questions about the event.

We hope to see you all there!

Sue Furs, M.A., Registered Psychotherapist

Counsellor, Counselling & Accessibility Services

Seneca College, Seneca@York

416 491 5050 ext. 33095


Gender Based Violence Work in Context: Addressing Structural Violence and Promoting Agency

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Save the Date

Bringing together diverse perspectives from leading researchers, community justice activists, and front-line service providers.

Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Time: 8:30am to 4:30pm

Location: Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre, London, Ontario

Registration opens August, 2019


You’re invited to the 20th Annual Mental Health Conference!

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George Brown College’s Student Success Division and the Center for Preparatory and Liberal Studies are pleased to announce the 20th Annual Mental Health Conference that will discuss Mental Health & Technology: Exploring Possibilities for our Well-being.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
9 am – 4 pm
St. James Campus – 290 Adelaide St. East

Join us for an inspiring and engaging day of learning!


OCC AGM 2019: There’s Still Time to Register!

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What Will Be Happening at the AGM:

Knowledge Exchange

As a part of the AGM we will be facilitating a Knowledge Exchange
We are looking for presenters who would be interested in providing a brief presentation on the following topics:

  • Counselling Innovations at your College
  • Stepped-Care Model
  • Supervision and Peer Supervision
  • Sabbatical

If you are interested in providing a brief presentation at the AGM, please contact the OCC PD Liaisons: Lavlet Forde or Maheen Sayal by Monday May 6th   ​

Registration Details

To register and for more information about the AGM, click on the link below.

OCC Annual General Meeting


Monday May 13th from 9 – 2:30pm

at the

CCVPS Conference @ Mohawk College

Room i126, i-Wing, Fennell Campus, 135 Fennell Ave. W, Hamilton, ON


There is NO COST to attend the AGM and LUNCH will be included

To register and for more information about the AGM, please click on the link: 

To Register




Survey: Request for Participation

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Dear Colleagues

The Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health (CICMH) is implementing an exciting project that aims to support mental health programs and services being offered on Ontario public college and university campuses to evaluate their efforts.  Over the last couple of years, we have developed a suite of evaluation resources that are targeted to the PSE environment, including a toolkit, webinars and resource sheets.

Last year, three campuses also participated in our coaching project. We are now looking for 3 more  mental health programs/services on campuses that are willing looking to enhance their evaluation capacity.  Piloting will involve using the toolkit and other resources to develop and/or implement an evaluation plan.  This evaluation plan will help programs/services learn more about their strengths and areas for growth, and also how their work makes a difference in the lives of students and others.  The project also offers the support of a coach; an evaluation expert in the PSE world that will offer direct, tailored support to programs/services to use the tools and learn about evaluation!

CICMH is hoping for a balance of:

  • Public College and university settings (Ontario only)
  • Urban and rural/remote settings
  • At least one program that involves a collaboration with a community partner.
  • Different types of programs/services (i.e., accessibility offices, student wellness centres, counselling centres)

They also want to consider programs and services that are newer in their journey with evaluation – (i.e.. those that would really benefit from tools/resources and the dedicated support of a champion in order to build their basic capacity). CICMH wants to begin this work by July.

If your college or university is interested in this exciting work please fill out this survey   by May 20, 2019.

Marija Padjen, MSW


Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health

Canadian Mental Health Association — Ontario Division

180 Dundas Street West, Suite 2301

Toronto, ON M5G 1Z8





Homicide Forum

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I was hoping to let you know about an upcoming event for survivors of homicide loss.

There will be some excellent speakers and performers.

Alex Shendelman

Manager, Traumatic Loss Survivor Support Program

Direct: (416) 595-1716


Office address 10 Trinity Square Second Floor

Distress Centres, Box 243 Adelaide P.O., Toronto, ON.,  M5C 2J4