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Convergence seminar series 

Although the University of Toronto (U of T) and Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) researchers and practitioners co-exist in close proximity, there are few opportunities for them to interact. To build meaningful bridges between the two communities, Myra Lefkowitz, the Manager of the University’s Health and Well-being Programs and Services and Carolyn Dewa, Program Head of CAMH’s Work and Well-being Research and Evaluation Program, initiated a Convergence Seminar Series. The purpose of the seminars is to provide an opportunity for the two communities to meet and to learn about improving their working environments and the types of resources available. Recognizing the fact that knowledge exchange only can be achieved through dialogue and discussion, each 90-minute session is designed to include equal parts, didactic and interactive components. The location of the seminars alternate between the University of Toronto and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

In the 2008/09 academic year, six seminars were held that featured innovative topics and speakers from the U of T and CAMH communities. Although many topics were covered, each and every seminar shared a central theme – Mental Health and the Workplace.

“Excellent series with a range of relevant topics. Thank-you for the opportunity to attend!"

 Feedback from participants consistently reported that their expectations for the seminars were met, the speakers were clear and open to questions. Participants also indicated that what they learned in the seminars could be applied in their workplaces. They also disclosed that the seminars provided them with ideas of how to address mental illness in their own workplaces, encouraged them to work on communication with employees, and alerted them to the types of programs and supports available for individuals experiencing mental illness. The most notable finding from the seminar evaluations was how much participants valued having presenters who are experts in their respective fields.

2010 Convergence Seminars

2009 Convergence Semianrs

2008 Convergence Seminars

2010 Convergence Seminars

January 22, 2010

Building a Resilient Workplace: What Can We Learn from Consumer-Run Businesses?

This panel discussion will examine the practices that alternative businesses use to create an environment that supports the mental health of workers.

Seminar Summary

 

February 16, 2010

Key Competencies of a Manager

This panel discussion focuses on aspects of emotional intelligence as well as how to approach and have difficult conversations.

Presentation PDF 

Seminar Summary

 

March 17, 2010

Rebuilding a Team after a Member has a Disability Leave 

This panel discussion will focus on how to work through conflict as a team, tolerating disagreement and building a supportive environment when a member returns from a disability leave related to a mental health problem.

Presentation PDF 

Seminar Summary

 

April 20, 2010

How Can I Help?  How Should I Help?

This panel discussion will consider how co-workers and colleagues can be supportive in the workplace when someone is experiencing a mental health problem.

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Seminar Summary

 

MAY 28, 2010

What Have We Learned?  What Has Worked?

This panel discussion will give seminar participants an opportunity to reflect on what they have learned from the seminars, what they have tried out, what has and has not been successful.

Seminar Summary 

2009 Convergence Seminars

March 4th, 2009

Reducing Lost Time due to Trauma: Lessons from the TTC

Ash Bender, MD, FRCPC, Medical Director, Work, Stress and Health Program, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Lecturer, University of Toronto.

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June 17th, 2009

Pain and Medication Use during Return to Work: "If you don't pick up, you're cut off"

Ellen MacEachen, PhD, Scientist, Institute for Work & Health, Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.

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Seminar Description

2008 Convergence Seminars

July 10th, 2008  

The Demands of Creative Work: Implications for Stress in the Work-Family Interface  
Professor Scott Schieman, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto.

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October 15th, 2008

Physical Activity and Mental Health: Bringing Physical Activity into the Workday
Professor Guy Faulkner, Faculty of Physical Education and Health, University of Toronto.

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October 22nd, 2008

Panel Discussion About Experiences with Disability Return-to-Work and Mental Health: First Person Accounts of Successful Strategies
In collaboration with Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Wellness Committee.

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November 19th, 2008

The Nature of Vulnerability of Depression Relapse

Professor Zindel Segal, Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health/ Morgan Firestone Chair in Psychotherapy, Psychotherapy Program Head, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.

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