TITLE: Corrections and Human Trafficking: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
This presentation discusses the role of the nurse and nursing in both correctional mental health and human trafficking, including obstacles, challenges, present needs, successes and future recommendations.
Dr. Sabella is the Seedworks Endowed Associate Professor for Social Justice in UMass Amherst’s College of Nursing. She is also is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, contributing editor for the American Journal of Nursing’s Mental Health Matters column, and co-founder and associate editor for the Journal of Human Trafficking. A former Program Director and a founding member of Dawn’s Place, a residential recovery program for trafficked and prostituted women in Philadelphia, she was also the founder and Director of Project Phoenix, an outreach program which provided support and facilitated groups for prostituted and trafficked women in Philadelphia, including in the Philadelphia Prison System. She has experience working in crisis intervention, substance abuse, domestic violence, and forensic nursing and has provided direct services to vulnerable populations, including mental health services to incarcerated individuals. She has lived and studied in Brazil and has taught Latin, English, English as a second language, Spanish, linguistics, world literature and writing, both at the secondary school level as well as at the university level. In addition, for over ten years she was the director of an international exchange program for college students between Ursinus College and Tohoku Gakuin University in Japan.
Theo Fleury will share his early years when he first discovered the game of hockey and fell in love with the sport, the first moment he stepped on the ice, to the issues he faced as a survivor of abuse, and yet succeeding at an elite NHL career and earning an Olympic Gold Medal, and finally how he overcame his painful past, alcoholism and drug addiction to become an inspirational Victor over life's obstacles.
Former NHL All-Star, Stanley Cup winner and Olympic Gold Medalist
Two-time best selling author of Playing with Fire and Conversations With a Rattlesnake
Person of great life experience
Knowledge in the field of relational trauma
While Theo does enjoy his hockey memories and accolades, he feels honored and blessed in what he does today.
Theo's mission statement is to help as many people get to where they want to go. It has taken shape in many forms, whether meeting people for a brief moment on the street or as a dynamic inspirational speaker with the intention of creating healing through conversation. He loves people, their stories and their journeys. He is committed to daily transformation through personal growth through self-reflection, mindfulness and new action. His compassionate spirit allows others to feel safe and whole through experiencing his vulnerability.
Theo has been awarded the Canadian Humanitarian Award, The Queen's Jubilee Medallion, he is an Honorary Chief and recipient of the Aboriginal Indspire Award. In 2014 Theo was awarded with an honorary doctorate in Science from University of Guelph-Humber for outstanding contributions to the Mental Health of Canadians. Most recently Theo was bestowed with a second honorary doctorate in Laws from Brandon University in recognition for his contributions combating child sexual abuse and for his outstanding efforts to promote healing and recovery.
TITLE: Indigenous Mental Health: Understanding the Challenges, Mitigating Traumatic Experiences Utilizing the Medicine Wheel
Successful mental health engagement with Indigenous peoples remains a challenge. Dr. Holly Graham will discuss some of the clinical issues related to efficacy and cultural clashes that may impact the counselling process and therapeutic approaches for working with Indigenous clients. Holly views her practice through a trauma informed lens, one that is holistic and grounded in the teachings of the medicine wheel with an emphasis on the physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual aspects of the human condition. In addition, she utilizes Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Eye Movement Integration (EMI) and Somatic Experiencing (SE) therapies. Case examples will be discussed.
Dr. Holly Graham is a member of the Thunderchild First Nation. She has worked as a Registered Nurse (RN) in a variety of northern communities, in addition to various other health care environments since 1985.
Holly is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan; and maintains an active practice as a registered doctoral psychologist (Provisional) with trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) being her primary area of interest. Holly's research is focused on Indigenous health, mental health, and well-being.
TITLE: De-stigmatizing Mental Illness: A Filmmaker's Prescription
For generations forensic psychiatric professionals have allowed media extremely limited access to hospitals. Partly, as a result, the public rarely gets to know patients in a sympathetic light. To many they remain monsters -- ugly stereotypes that have persisted almost unchanged since the 19th century. The public has little idea of how successfully patients can be treated. A trio of recent documentaries filmed mainly at the Brockville Mental Health Centre over a five year period -- NCR: Not Criminally Responsible, Out of Mind, Out of Sight and Not Criminally Responsible: Wedding Secrets -- have had surprising success in creating empathy for patients, even those who have committed serious acts of violence. The filmmaker will discuss these issues using the documentary to illustrate why some approaches work better than others
One of Canada’s most acclaimed documentary-makers, John Kastner has won four Emmys and five Emmy nominations, more than any individual in the history of Canadian television, for his documentaries LIFE WITH MURDER, FOUR WOMEN, FIGHTING BACK and THE LIFER AND THE LADY.
His most recent film, Not Criminally Responsible: Wedding Secrets (2106) is the third of three films about forensic psychiatric sufferers, and follows NCR: Not Criminally Responsible (2013) and Out Of Mind, Out Of Sight.
In 2007 he was honoured by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television with its Achievement Award.
TITLE: Wit, Fit and Balance … Strategies for Success
We have the opportunity to create a positive environment at work, at home and within ourselves. This high energy and interactive presentation sheds a humorous light on the stresses of everyday life and touches on such issues as life balance and effective communication. We can be mindful of the energy we bring with us to life and shift our perspective to better communicate with ourselves and the people we work with.
The pace of change in our lives continues to pick up speed. Not only are we expected to adapt to change, we are expected to embrace it and stay on top! This presentation offers a different perspective on dealing with the everyday stresses we face and emphasizes the fact that humor and how we communicate can play an important role in helping us lead more productive and healthier lives in an ever changing environment. The decisions we make about nutrition, exercise and sleep all play a key role in maintaining life balance. We can also be more aware of how our emotions, perceptions and preconceived ideas can impact our day to day interaction with others. The goal is to create awareness about how we can shift our perspective to build better relationships with the people we work with. Take away these key messages and put them towards a healthier, happier and more productive workplace environment. This motivational life balance presentation delivers insight and practical strategies; pparticipants will leave feeling entertained, empowered and inspired!
Meg, professional speaker and comedienne, is recognized as one of the premiere motivators speaking on life balance and communication in Canada. She combines her remarkable sense of humour with her unique perspective on life to captivate her audience and leave them both motivated and entertained. With over 30 years of experience in the health care industry and as a Registered Nurse in the Operating Room, Meg understands the challenges that healthcare workers face from a first-hand perspective. From Children’s Hospital in Vancouver to St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and finally back to a community hospital close to home, Meg has gained a wide range of experience throughout her career.
Meg has appeared as a keynote speaker and feature performer across North America, sharing the stage with celebrities such as Ellen Degeneres and Ray Romano. Meg is co-author of the book, From the Stage to the Page – Life Lessons from Four Funny Ladies.
TITLE: A Shifting Landscape: Navigating the Gender Spectrum in Correctional Settings
People who identify as transgender, non-binary or gender-fluid or whose gender expression is non-conforming are speaking openly about the impact of systemic barriers, discrimination and hate-motivated violence. Transgender rights are the new frontier of an evolving human rights framework in Canada. Gender identity and expression are now prohibited grounds for discrimination in a number of Canadian provinces and Bill C-16 proposes to add them to the Canadian Human Rights Act. Sex segregated spaces, such as prisons, are very difficult environments for people who identify on the gender spectrum. A number of correctional jurisdictions in Canada have begun to grapple with this issue through changes to policy and training for staff. This session will explore the implications of this shifting landscape for staff and offenders.
Andrea Markowski has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (York University) and a Master of Social Work (Carleton University). She has lived and worked in Toronto, Yellowknife, Ottawa, Edmonton and Winnipeg.
Andrea began her career with the Correctional Service of Canada in 1997 as a Parole Officer in Yellowknife. She has been Area Director in Yellowknife and Winnipeg and Warden at Edmonton Institution for Women prior to her appointed as District Director in 2013. Andrea oversees the administration and delivery of Parole in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and NW Ontario.
Andrea received an IPAC-Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Award in 2012 for her collaboration on Buffalo Sage Wellness House and a Public Service Award of Excellence for her work on Positive Space in 2016. Andrea leads the Correctional Service of Canada Positive Space Initiative and is a member of the Treasury Board Joint Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion in the Public Service.
Andrea and her partner Mary live in Winnipeg with their two moderately well-behaved Labrador Retrievers and spend as much time as they can at their cottage.
TITLE: Recognizing and Responding to Clients with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Individuals with FASD frequently face challenges at all stages of the criminal justice system, from arrest through incarceration, and release back to the community. Given the common characteristics of this disorder, affected individuals can be particularly challenging to work.
This session will discuss new Canadian diagnostic guidelines for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), as well as common misconceptions regarding FASD. Behaviours related to FASD and the strategies, tools and resources that professionals can use to address these behaviours will be reviewed. The importance of using the right language, understanding the sensory piece of FASD, and discharge planning will also be examined.
Andrea Kotlar-Livingston is currently the Acting Executive Director at the FASD Network of Saskatchewan. Previous to that Andrea managed support programs at the Network as well as another non-profit organization in Saskatoon. Her previous experience includes street outreach, being an Educational Assistant, and working with people who have special needs. Andrea has her Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Regina and a Certificate in Harm Reduction from York University. Andrea believes in working from a harm reduction philosophy and "meeting people where they're at".
Shana Mohr is the Training Coordinator for the FASD Network of Saskatchewan and member of the CanFASD Family Advisory Committee. She has trained hundreds of professionals, caregivers, and individuals with intellectual disabilities about the complexities of FASD.
Shana is also the mom to an amazing daughter who lives with FASD and motivates her unlimited passion for the cause. She is where Shana's dedication started and continues to be her most important teacher in the world of FASD.