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Your registration is complete! We look forward to your participation at the Durham Catholic Parent Involvement Youth Mental Health Conference 2015. See you on Saturday, April 18!

DCPIC Youth Mental Health Conference 2015

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All Saints Catholic Secondary School 3001 COUNTRY LANE Whitby, L1P 1M1 Canada

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Keynote Speaker: Ann Douglas

Ann Douglas knows what it’s like to parent a child diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Ditto with depression, anorexia, Asperger’s syndrome, and ADHD. Each of her four children has struggled with one or more conditions that fall under the “children’s mental health” umbrella. From Canada’s bestselling and trusted parenting authority comes this honest and authoritative compendium of advice for parents who are living with children who have mental health, neurodevelopmental, or behavioural challenges.

It is based on interviews with experts on children’s mental health as well as parents and young people who have lived with (or who are living with) mental illness. Drawing on her own experience and expertise, Ann Douglas shows you how to cope with worry and frustration about a child’s behaviour; how to effectively advocate for your child and work through treatments; how to manage siblings’ concerns and emotions; and, most importantly, how to thrive as a family.

About Ann:

A passionate and inspiring speaker, Ann delivers keynote addresses and leads small-group workshops at health, parenting, and education conferences across the country.

She has created and delivered parenting courses for high-profile websites such as WebMD and AOL as well as on behalf of government clients and Fortune-500 companies.

She is the national parenting columnist for and the parenting columnist for The New CHEX Daily -- the CBC affiliate station in Peterborough, Ontario. And she recently teamed up with Today's Parent to produce a series of parenting advice videos.

In April 2012, Ann was one of 16 Canadians invited to Rideau Hall to discuss family policy with Canadian Governor-General David Johnston and his wife Sharon Johnston.

Workshop Sessions

Growing Resilient Children

This presentation is focused on resiliency during childhood. Resiliency is the ability of a child to bounce back from challenges and move forward with new knowledge and skills. A child’s ability to be resilient changes and has many ups and downs based on what is going on in his/her life. Children need the support of people who love them to help them learn within a safe and caring environment. There are many things that parents/caregivers can do to support resiliency in your child. This presentation offers some tangible suggestions and tips for parents to try with their children.

Presented by: Jenn Sullivan,RN BScN - Durham Region Public Health

Social Media, Online Safety and Cyberbullying

In today’s growing society, more and more students are using numerous technologies in order to communicate with others. Just as we teach our children about safety in our communities, we also need to teach our youth about safety online. Internet Safety and Cyber bullying is an information based workshop that allows participants to learn about the risks online and the connections they have to cyber bullying. Parents will learn about social networking sites, online gaming, identity theft and many other pertinent issues that affect our children. Cyber bullying will be defined; discussions around how to detect if you are a victim and what you can do if you are a victim will take place.

Presented by: Stacy How, B.A. CYC – DCDSB Consultant

Talking About Mental Illness (TAMI)

The Durham Talking About Mental Illness (TAMI) Coalition is a group of community partners with a shared mission and purpose. The TAMI Coalition is made up of dedicated professionals, representing four school boards and twelve agencies from across Durham Region, with a goal of increasing the knowledge and decreasing the stigma associated with mental illness.

During this session, you will learn more about the TAMI Coalition and our work with schools throughout the Durham Region. You will also hear the personal story of a person with lived experience of Depression. Following the speaker story, there will be an opportunity to ask questions of the speaker.

Presented by: Diane Mullane, C.Psych. Assoc – DCDSB


Substance Abuse (and Dangers Lurking in your Medicine Cabinet)

This session will include a very quick overview of substance use and the effects; drug classifications; we will address what is considered a substance use problem; a brief discussion on concurrent disorders; and information about what are opiates /prescription medication. The 2013 Ontario student drug use and health survey will also be discussed.

Presented by: Andrea Harris, (credentials) - Lakeridge Health


Mental Health Awareness

This session will discuss adolescent development, stress, mental health and mental illness; recognizing signs for possible mental health issues; and how to advocate for, and support your child. Community resources and where to go for assistance will also be provided.

Presented by: Amy Rukaruck, Health Promoter – The Youth Centre

Welcome! Please note that space is limited and registration is on a first-come, first served basis and will give priority to parents/guardians of Durham Catholic students.


8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Registration

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Welcome Remarks

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Keynote Speaker:

Ann Douglas - Author of "Parenting Through the Storm"

10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Refreshment Break and Exhibitors

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Workshop Session 1

11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Refreshment Break and Exhibitors

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Workshop Session 2

12:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Draw and Closing Remarks

Exhibitors Display will include:

  1. Frontenac
  2. Kinark
  3. Durham CAS
  4. Aboriginal Youth
  5. Canadian Mental Health Services of Durham
  6. Ontario Shores

Please note that free childcare services will be offered by certified ECEs.