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Amanda Doerksen


(204) 982 4940 ext. 236

The conference is for Youth Agencies Alliance Primary ($25) and Partner ($35) Member staff and provides an opportunity to connect with others in the youth serving industry while gaining knowledge and resources related to mental health. *Note: organizations will be invoiced for payments

Registration 930 AM

Welcome & Keynote 10 AM

Marion Cooper (Canadian Mental Health Association)

Workshop # 1: 11 AM - 1230 PM (options)

  • 1.1 Self-Care for Resiliency
    Jackie Hunt (Volunteer Manitoba)
    Experiencing stress reduces your resiliency and will affect your clients and coworkers. For you to be effective, you need to take care of yourself. It’s exactly how you put your own oxygen mask on before assisting anyone else. Learn the phases of prolonged stress, their mental and physical impact, and the four pillars of stress management.


  • 1.2 The Best of Both Worlds
    Larry Brass and Dee Thomas (CMHA)
    Indigenous peoples have been subjugated to colonial projects with devastating effects that have influenced mental health system design and access. Canada’s Mental Health system has been shaped by western medical models of inequitable methodologies that do not support positive mental health, well-being or the inclusion of Indigenous Ways of Knowing. Suicide prevention has often focused on the reduction of associated risk factors, and less on the strengthening of the protective factors, life promotion and ultimately a healing centred approach. In this workshop, you will learn how adopting and integrating multiple world views and perspectives into current programming can provide best care practices for all people who choose to share their lives with you. The goal is to support the inclusion and development of Indigenous Mental health and wellness programming by Indigenous peoples, for Indigenous peoples. 


  • 1.3 Emotional Regulation
    Sandra Franz and Gail Pelletier (MATC)
    This workshop will be an interactive presentation of the neurobiology of regulation and how to recognize early signs of dysregulation and facilitate co-regulation with clients. The role of attachment in emotional regulation will be a central focus.


  • 1.4 Recovery 101
    Glenna Last (CMHA)
    Recovery is the process of re-defining and re-building your life with the experience of mental health issues. This workshop is an opportunity to explore and discuss various approaches to recovery and wellness. Recovery will be defined and explored as an individual journey. Strategies and approaches to recovery will be presented.


  • 1.5 Anxiety and Peer Support
    Kitana (Anxiety Disorders of Manitoba)
    An excess of anxiety works against us. It can limit us, impede our progress in life, and cause great distress. Anxiety can make us feel overwhelmed, vulnerable, and powerless.  When anxiety begins to live our lives for us, this is a problem.  When we make decisions and choose actions to find relief from anxiety, this can make our world smaller. ADAM helps individuals suffering from anxiety by using a peer support model.  All staff, facilitators, and volunteers at ADAM have lived experience with anxiety (and have their anxiety moderated).  As peers, we understand the damaging impacts that anxiety can have. We also know that recovery can be possible. As peers, we provide hope and encouragement through shared experiences. This workshop will present information about anxiety, including the sharing of lived experiences. We will discuss the physical, cognitive, and behavioural patterns found in young people suffering from anxiety.  We will discuss the benefits of the peer support model and the application of this approach at ADAM.

Lunch 1230 PM - 130 PM

Workshop # 2: 130 PM - 3 PM (options)

  • 2.1 Healing Places
    Maddie Newell and Adrian Alphonso (Momenta Inc.)
    Note: Participants should be prepared to be outdoors for this session regardless of weather
    This is an experiential workshop promoting connection to self, the land, and community. This workshop is for individuals interested in understanding how connecting to the land increases resilience and positive mental health outcomes.


  • 2.2 Mindfulness, Meditation, and Yoga For All
    Jennifer Lamoureux (Yoga Jenn, Kid Kit Yoga)
    Note: Please dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat, towel, or blanket for this workshop
    Come join certified Yoga Instructor "Yoga Jenn" in a gentle practice, breathwork, guided meditation and relaxation techniques that can be used for all ages and easily practiced at home. No experience necessary. There will also be time for discussion or questions.


  • 2.3 Practical Strategies for Anxiety in Children and Youth
    Vicki Enns (CTRI)
    Anxiety represents our body’s natural alarm system, signalling the possibility of danger. When this response arises too frequently or intensely and doesn’t match actual situations of danger, it can interfere with life and cause great distress.  Participants will learn a diverse range of skills that can be taught and practiced with children and youth. These skills are designed to highlight the importance of relationships, decrease anxiety and expand the capacity for managing emotions and anxious thought patterns.


  • 2.4 Newcomer Youth and Mental Health
    Heather Roberson and Debbie Froese (Aurora Family Therapy Centre)
    Adolescence is a time of ongoing physical, psychological and social change and can result in many challenges as youth begin to navigate their new roles in their families and communities. This workshop will explore how settlement-related stressors (loss, trauma, interrupted schooling, etc.) can impact youth mental health during this time of transition and change. Participants will be introduced to the main determinants of youth mental health, explore settlement-related stressors and learn how they can support newcomer youth mental health at their organization.


  • 2.5 "I Feel Like I Don't Fit In!" - Paths to Connection
    David Stewart and Danielle Lester
    How many times do we hear this? Youth with no sense of who they are or how they fit in in school, in their peer groups, even in their own families. Feeling alone and isolated, even amongst large groups - not comfortable to approach others or share what they need to feel safe. Struggling to find purpose or meaning and wanting so much to "matter". Can we help them build Paths to Self?... Wellness?... Hope?... Empowerment?  Yes, we can!