2022 Monthly Webinar Series
The Cultivating Community Wellness Initiative will host monthly Webinars the first Wednesday every month on the Zoom platform covering various topics related to mental health. These Webinars are open to everyone working in Developmental Services and will focus on a variety of topics related to employee mental health and well-being. You can find recordings of each Webinar on this page and information related to upcoming sessions. Click on a topic and date to expand and see more content.
Building Bridges Between Families & Staff
February 3, 2022
In this CCW Webinar, Dr. Yona Lunsky discusses stressors experienced by families during COVID-19 and how trauma-informed care can be inclusive of work with families. Dr. Lunsky shares strategies for building bridges between families and staff as we move through the pandemic.
- Families and staff: How to move from competing to complementary perspectives in The Direct Support Workers Newsletter
Conversations with Developmental Services Staff: Talking Mental Health, Roots and Gender Diversity
March 2, 2022
Join Sue Hutton, Social Worker at CAMH’s Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre, as she hosts a panel of staff working in the Developmental Services sector across Ontario to discuss issues related to mental health, roots, and gender diversity encountered in their work during the pandemic.
Community Living Kingston
Cultural Coordinator, Community Living Six Nations
Community Living Thunder Bay
North Hastings Community Integration Association
During the webinar, questions came up from attendees about resources for gender diversity education in our sector; for both staff as well as the people we support. Below are some links on the subjects:
- Rainbow Health Ontario offers many training opportunities and resources to support staff to learn about the importance of inclusion and mental health for our LGBT2SQ communities
- The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity website is a great resource shared by our panelist Ty McNally
- Our Compass is a documentary film on persons with intellectual disabilities in the LGBT2SQ community
- Website for the agency on the Community Living Six Nations reserve where our panelist Shillene Dale works as Cultural Coordinator
- Baseball for Dad: Our panelist Louri Snider shared how important she feels it is for all staff to have a place they can talk about mental health. Louri shared with the Community of Practice that talking about mental health is a deeply passionate area for her, as she lost her son Mark to suicide in May 2019. Many heartfelt feelings came from the community through the chat function. Thank you Louri for sharing your story with the group.Here is the website Louri has created about mental health and suicide awareness in her son Mark’s name