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2018 conference: Intersections of mental health in LTC


Join us in Toronto on November 5th & 6th for our 2018 conference!

This year's theme is Intersections of mental health in long-term care and we are thrilled to present guest speakers and workshops on the mental health experiences of both residents and caregivers.


Location and dates:

Location: Novotel Toronto North York. 3 Park Home Avenue, Toronto.

Conference: Monday November 5th (conference 9am-4:45pm) & Tuesday November 6th (9am-3:30pm)

Reception: Monday November 5th 5-6:15pm (light hors d'oeuvres and cash bar)

Banquet dinner and performance of No Longer Relevant: Monday November 5th 6:15-9pm


Program highlights:

This year's conference will feature:

  • Presentations on
    • Grief, Aging, and Mental Health
    • Aging and Mental Health- Current Challenges in Long-Term Care
    • Breakout sessions with Family Councils Ontario, Alzheimer Society of Toronto, & Elder Abuse Ontario
    • Navigating Uncharted Waters: Care for Caregivers
    • Depression, Cognitive Impairment, and Late Life Mood Disorders
    • Supporting families in LTC through social work
  • Learning circles and networking opportunities!
  • Banquet dinner and theatre performance of No Longer Relevant
  • Family Council Member of the Year Award ceremony at banquet dinner


Program and agenda:

Monday November 5th

9-10am: Registration & breakfast

9:45-10:15am: Welcome & opening remarks

10:15-11:15am:  Geriatric mental health services in long-term care homes in Ontario
Dr. Carole Cohen

11:15-11:30am: break

11:30am-12:30pm: Aging and Mental Health- Current Challenges in Long-Term Care
Stephanie Saur & Christina Pacheco

12:30-1:30pm: Lunch

1:30-2:45pm: Supporting the caregiver experience: the role of Social Workers & Social Service Workers
Samantha Peck, Family Councils Ontario

2:45-3pm: Afternoon break

3-4:30pm: Breakout sessions

  • Peer Support & Wellbeing of Members - Samantha Peck (Family Councils Ontario)
  • Alzheimer’s Society – Alzheimer Society of Toronto (Erin Hawker)  
  • Elder Abuse & Mental Health – Christine Chan (Elder Abuse Ontario)

4:30pm: Day 1 wrap-up

5-6:15pm: Reception with hors d'oeuvres and cash bar

6:15-9pm: Banquet dinner & Family Council Member Award Ceremony featuring a performance of “No Longer Relevant” by Act 2 Studio Works Play (ticketed separately from conference registration)

Tuesday November 6th

9-9:30am: Breakfast

9:30-9:45am: Welcome and opening remarks

9:45-11:10am: Navigating Uncharted Waters : The Compassionate Caregivers Tips for Staying Afloat
Sandi Robinson

11:10-11:15am: Brief refreshment break

11:15am-12:30pm: Depression, Cognitive Impairment,  and Late Life Mood Disorders in Seniors
Dr. Benoit Mulsant

12:30-1:30pm: Lunch

1:30-3pm: Learning Circles & Networking- Discussion of best practices and conference takeaways

3pm: Conference wrap-up

3:30pm: Conference concludes




2-day conference registration: $50, including materials, continential breakfast, lunch, and breaks

Banquet dinner and theatre performance: $25 (ticketed separately from conference registration)


Register today for the conference and banquet dinner (ticketed separately).