May Ho 
Hong Fook Mental Health Association 
416 4934242 ext. 2243 


Friday May 15th, 2015

8:30 am – 5:00 pm

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$130: including breakfast, lunch and conference materials

 $110:  Group rate for the first 3 registrations (Non-profit organization with budget under $1 million)

Online registration by April 24th, 2015


Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Toronto 
475 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1X7

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Diversity and Equity in Mental Health and Addictions Conference 2015

“Cross-cultural Perspectives on Recovery and Resilience”

Target audience:
Health care providers, settlement service workers, community mental health and addiction workers, peer support workers, school board personnel, policy makers, directors, CEOs for hospital/community agencies, first responders, and funders as well as consumer, family members, students and the community at large. 


 At the end of the conference, participants will be able to:

  1. Reflect on and describe a broadened understanding of the concepts of recovery and resilience inclusive of diversity issues
  2. Define post-traumatic growth and its relation to recovery and resilience in diverse communities
  3. Develop cultural competent and holistic practices including traditional, cultural, spiritual beliefs/healing practices to promote recovery 
  4. Develop skills to foster inter-professional and cross-sectoral collaboration to enhance resilience and promote recovery
  5. Incorporate principles of recovery and resilience in working with diverse communities

Keynote Presenters:

Nora Jacobson, PhD

Senior Scientist,University of Wisconsin-Madison,Wisconsin, USA

Roni Berger, PhD

Professor, Adelphi University School of Social Work,New York, USA


Morning Sessions:

 08:00 am       Breakfast and Registration

 08:30 am       Welcome Remarks

 Dr. Kenneth Fung and Mrs. Bonnie Wong

Opening Prayer by Alison Kiawenniserathe Benedict, Wolf Clan, Mohawk

 09:00 am       Keynote Lecture

 Nora Jacobson, PhD

 Beyond Recovery: Alternative Models for Thinking about Recovery and Resilience in Diverse Communities

 Discussion and Q and A

 Dr. Sajedeh Zahraei

10:15 am       Break

10:30 am       Concurrent Workshops (First Round): (Pick one workshop only)

1. Transformative Power of Peer Support Work

     Mr. Shawn Pendenque

2. Spirituality and Recovery in a Multicultural Context

     Mr. Terry McCullum and Dr. Kenneth Fung

3. Supporting Recovery among Marginalized Populations

     Dr. Susan Eckerle Curwood and Mr. Sam Gruszecki

4. Perspectives on Youth Mental Health: Mental Illness and Recovery

     Ms. Heidi Zhang, Mr. Steve Hung, Dr. Helen Poon & Ms. Pearl Ji-hyon Park

5. Trauma-Informed Care in Mental Healtrh & Addictions Services for Women

     Ms. Kathryn Mettler and Ms. Rosanra Yoon

11:45 pm       Lunch

Afternoon Sessions:

12:45 pm         Keynote Lecture

Roni Berger, PhD

What We Know about Culture and Post-traumatic Growth and How We Can Translate It into Community-based Practice

Discussion and Q and A

Dr. Molyn Leszcz

02:00 pm       Break

02:15 pm       Concurrent Workshops (Second Round): (Pick one workshop only)

6. Guidelines for Recovery Oriented Practice - Responding to the Diverse Needs of Everyone Living in Canada

     Dr. Howard Chodos, Ms. Alison Benedict, Dr. Kenneth Fung &

     Mrs. Bonnie Wong

7. Building Resiliency and Promoting Wellness in High Stress Clinical Environments

     Ms. Melissa Barton and Ms. Moya Teklu

8. Optimizing Transitions from Hospital to Community for Individuals with Complex Mental Health and Addictions Needs from Diverse Communities

     Ms. Heather McDonald

9. Journeys to Promote Mental Health: Opening Doors through Resiliency

     Ms. Pauline Phoi Thi Ho and Ms. Maria Lo

10. Traditional Healing and Recovery

Dr. Ted Lo and Dr. Mami Ishii

03:30 pm       Closing Plenary

Dr. Molyn Leszcz

Closing Remarks

Mr. Terry McCullum

Sessions conducted in English