Caregiver Conference 2019: Supporting the Caregiver Journey

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Caregivers are invited join us for the 2019 Caregiver Conference, Supporting the Caregiver Journey,  which will provide hope, inspiration, and practical tips for caregivers who support someone with a mental health issue.

The Conference Place and Lecture Theatre
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
Whitby, Ontario
Complementary Parking
To be added to a wait list please contact 905.430.4055 ext. 6769.
Saturday May 11, 2019

Conference Program

8:30 - 9:00

Registration and Refreshments

9:00 - 9:30
Caregiving at Ontario Shores
Opening Remarks: Dr. Karima Velji, VP Clinical Services, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences

9:30 - 11:00   
Parenting Through the Storm
Plenary Speaker: Ann Douglas, Parenting Author, Radio Columnist, and parent with lived experience. 
In this encouraging and story-rich presentation, Ann Douglas shares some of her own hard-won wisdom about thriving as a family while weathering one of life’s many storms  (the focus of her recent book Parenting Through the Storm). The presentation is based  on interviews with more than 50 parents who have walked this walk and who are eager  to share their best advice with other parents. Expect a presentation that is kind,  encouraging, and real and that leaves you feeling anything but alone.

11:00 - 11:15  
Break and Information Fair

11:15 - 12:15
Sunnybrook Family Navigation Project
Speaker: Michael Calis, Family Navigator, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Speaker: Tracey Addison, Parent with Lived Experience, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
This talk will provide information about the Sunnybrook Family Navigation Project in regards to clients that we see, our process, impressions of the mental health system, and current statistics  of our impact. Tracey will provide her lens of lived experience in how navigating the system has  been for her, the impact on her family, and her role within the Family Navigation Project.
12:15 - 1:00   
Lunch and Information Fair
A complimentary lunch will be provided.

1:00 - 2:00   

a) Taking Care of the Caregiver: Early Psychosis Intervention for Families
Kaelen Boyd, Policy Analyst, Schizophrenia Society of Ontario 
What are the challenges involved with caregiving? What is the socio-political context of caregiving today? This talk will answer these questions and more while providing reasons to hope and places to find support.
b) The Henson Trust: What Families Need to Know
Andrew Felker, Lawyer, Partner at Walker Head Lawyers
This talk will outline the use of Henson style trusts in estate planning and include how to make sure that your child gets the most possible, why a Henson trust is needed, considerations of who should be Trustees, and long range planning challenges.

2:00 - 2:30   
Break and Information Fair

2:30 - 3:30   

a) Dementia: Support Through the Stages
Melanie Kelly, Clinical Manager, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
Dementia is a progressive illness. As the disease progresses, the role of the caregiver changes. This presentation will highlight the progression of the illness and the impacts it has on the person with Dementia as well as supportive strategies for the family caregiver along the way.

b) The Family Role in Recovery
Holly Harris, Lived Experience Researcher, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
Heather and Mark Harris, Family Caregivers
Mental illness can impact the entire family. Families can provide much needed support and hope for their  loved ones living with mental illness. This presentation will outline the ways in which family caregivers can collaborate with care teams in order to facilitate recovery. Using a recovery lens, this presentation will outline the experiences of families and those living with mental illness and their shared recovery  journeys.

3:30 - 4:00   
They Saw Me Through It All
Aly Ostrowski, Teacher and mental health survivor
When psychosis creeps into your life, you face the world with total vulnerability deprived of all control.  You lose your sanity, your livelihood, your network of friends and your independence, but sometimes, you gain something much more valuable – your family. Join Aly as she shares her harrowing story and the ways in which her immediate family emerged as extraordinary caregivers.  She will share how her family managed her mental illness with wisdom and grace, but more importantly, how they affirmed her inherent value throughout it all. 

4:00 - 4:30
Closing Remarks/Upcoming FRC Events
Pat Hofsepian, Chair, Family Council at Ontario Shores 

This conference is sponsored by
Deer Creek Cares Charitable Foundation
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To be added to a wait list please contact 905.430.4055 ext. 6769.