Month: May 2016

Gaining Grounds: Women and Harm Reduction

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Harm Reduction

GAINING GROUND: Women & Harm Reduction Workshop

WHEN:    June 14 and 15 from 9:30 – 4:30 pm

WHERE:  United Steel Workers Hall at 25 Cecil Street, Basement in Room C & D. The major intersection is College and Spadina Ave. There is free parking in the back of the building.


“Gaining Ground: Women and Harm Reduction” is an extremely popular two day workshop for health and social service providers in Toronto, designed and lead by community partners, with the support of Toronto Public Health.

We apply a social justice framework to explore the impact of systemic oppression and policies on the sexual health and overall well-being of women who use drugs. Through an exploration of colonization, incarceration, child apprehension, violence against women, and legislation around sex work, speakers share first hand insight on critical topics.

Participants will take away:

  • An understanding of the key issues affecting women who use substances and how to adapt service delivery to meet their needs.
  • Practical tips, tools and strategies for working from a harm reduction perspective.
  • An opportunity to reflect on your practice and to connect to service providers across sectors.

The session will be opened with a traditional Aboriginal smudge ceremony, and cedar or sage may be burned.  It is optional to attend this part of the workshop.

NOTES: Please let us know at registration if you require accommodation.

This is a scent free environment. We are unable to provide lunch.

Bring a USB key if you want copies of the power points

We look forward to having you join us!


Toronto Health Connection @ 416-338-7600


Stop Abuse Conference

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Stop the Abuse is a non-profit conference in support of
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Wednesday, June 8, 2016
50 Great Lakes Drive, Brampton, ON
$125 per person
Registration Begins at 8:00am
*Providing continental breakfast, all day refreshments and warm lunch

Webinar: Mindfulness and the Brain

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Dear friends, 

I’m writing today to let you know about a special offer for those who recently participated in 
The Neuroscience Training Summit. Mindfulness and the Brain, by Jack Kornfield, PhD, and Dan Siegel, MD, is a unique online course that weaves together both contemplative and neuroscientific approaches to inner transformation. 

For the next five days, we will be offering the training at 
50% off

Over the last 20 years, countless studies have demonstrated the power of mindfulness to enhance neural functioning, increase positive emotional states, and improve interpersonal relationships. Despite the widespread research, many still wonder how we can best integrate these discoveries into our personal and professional lives. 

Filled with both theoretical and practical instruction and guided practices, 
Mindfulness and the Brain offers an applied training designed to catalyze new levels of personal transformation and well-being, including how you can: 
  • Learn mindfulness practices which have been shown to reduce suffering and to promote states of resilience and freedom 
  • Learn how the practice of mindfulness creates a “resonance circuit,” which fosters your ability to attune to yourself as well as to attune interpersonally with others 
  • Foster neural integration in yourself and in others—one of the key factors in healing and cultivating deeper states of awareness and compassion 
Via weekly video downloads, you’ll receive more than seven hours of progressive insights and teachings from these renowned experts, spanning the areas of both cutting-edge neuroscience and ancient contemplative wisdom. Additionally, you’ll be taught seven guided practices, which you can apply right away in your personal and professional lives. 

Mindfulness and the Brain for 50% off here

Thank you again for taking part in our recent 
Neuroscience Summit. We hope to have you join another training with us in the future! 

Wishing you well on the journey, 

Matt Licata 

Director of Professional Training 

Sounds True
P.S. To deepen your learning, as part of the program you will also receive two recorded Q&A sessions with Jack Kornfield and Dan Siegel. Sign up here

P.P.S. When you purchase the program, you can also add up to 
10 CE creditsfor a small additional charge. 

About the presenters 

Daniel J. Siegel, MD, currently serves as the director of the Mindsight Institute and co-director of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Siegel is the author of The Mindful Brain and Parenting from the Inside Out. His internationally acclaimed bestselling text, The Developing Mind, has been utilized by a number of organizations including the US Department of Justice, the Vatican, and more. Dr. Siegel is the founding editor of the Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology. 

Jack Kornfield, PhD, trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, Burma, and India and has taught worldwide since 1974. He is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practices to the West. He holds a PhD in clinical psychology and is the cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society and of Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California. He has written more than a dozen books including The Wise Heart; A Path With Heart; After the Ecstasy, the Laundry; and more. 

Get this course for 50% off now here

2 Scott Miller Workshops: How to Improve Therapeutic Skills and Outcomes

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Therapeutic alliance is widely recognized as the crucial component to therapeutic success however, you need to know these two important details: 
  1. The client’s view of the alliance is consistently found to be a better predictor of counselling outcome.
  2. The counsellor’s view of the alliances frequently does NOT correlate with the views of the client
Scott Miller’s upcoming workshops: 
FIT will help you develop organizational structures and procedures to collect feedback from your clients on an ongoing basis and to enable your organization to be responsive while improving. REACH will help you integrate feedback-informed strategies in the delivery of therapy so that you get the information you need to achieve better outcomes.
Please click on the titles above for full workshop descriptions or visit for our full Spring 2016 Series.


Angela Szeto
Leading Edge Seminars


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Canadian Harm Reduction Network


A Workshop for Front Line & Peer Workers

Free Workshop!

Wednesday, June 1/16

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Space is limited



In this interactive workshop we’ll cover:

  • Experiences of overdose
  • Risks of overdose and how to mitigate these
  • How to spot an overdose – opiates and stimulants
  • Responding to overdose, including the use of Naloxone
  • Talking to clients about use, risks, overdose
  • Why your agency and other places in your community need an overdose protocol
  • Emerging issues & trends


Presenters/facilitators: CHRN Staff and Peer Educators

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The Canadian Harm Reduction Network

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Toronto, ON M5S 2H8

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FREE! Neurscience Training Summit

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How to Change Your Brain for Better Relationships, Accelerated Learning, and Increased Happiness


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New Book! By One of Our Own – Shirley Porter

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Shirley Porter


Surviving the Valley: Trauma and Beyond – Now Available!

Nearly ten per cent of the population will suffer Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in their lifetimes and require help during a difficult journey that this book likens to an ascent of out of the valley of the shadow of death.  The author deals with PTSD in plain language and strives to assure trauma survivors that their suffering is not the result of a personal weakness or a defect of character but rather is a by-product of the devastating physiological, emotional, cognitive and sometimes spiritual manifestations of traumatic stress.

 Surviving the Valley: Trauma and Beyond is a unique resource for survivors of trauma, their loved ones and the professionals and organizations who support them.  It offers:

  • an easy-to-understand explanation of how trauma affects the mind and body and description of the stages of healing from trauma;
  • evidence-based information and strategies to decrease distress and enhance coping strategies; and
  • gentle illustrations and quotes from trauma survivors that offer support and “normalize” trauma reactions.

 From the Foreword by Dr. Ruth Lanius:

“Throughout the book, survivors of trauma are offered hope and guidance through the recovery process that will eventually lead them out of the valley of the shadow of death. Specific exercises to manage extreme emotions, pain, and distress are discussed, and making meaning of the traumatic past is encouraged to help the traumatized individuals to see themselves in a new light. Traumatized persons are encouraged to persist in their journey to recovery until they see a way out of their suffering. This book offers hope, inspiration, and an escape from the valley of the shadow of death”

This book is now available through, Chapters-Indigo, and other on-line book sellers.  Shirley also has copies available for sale at a discounted price and will have some at the CCVPS conference in May.