The PREFER program has fulfilled its four year funding grant and we are currently no longer offering this program. Our journey represents the accomplishments of many, the creation of a lifetime of connections, the discovery of new friends, and the realization of hopes and dreams. Thank you.
Please visit the website on a regular basis to check for updates, trainings and workshops.
The PREFER Summit 2014 is now full. There is a waitlist available. If you’d like to be notified if someone cancels their registration — you can add yourself to the waitlist at: PREFERSummit.eventbrite.ca
If you would like to have information about your group or organization available at the PREFER Summit, please contact us.
Concerns? Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org 905-780-0491 ext: 125 or 1-888-780-0724
The Peer Recovery Education for Employment and Resilience (PREFER) program of the Centre for Building a Culture of Recovery is proud to announce that its Summit, held in Toronto, Ontario, is scheduled for Saturday March 8th, 2014 and will be available at no cost to people with lived experience of mental health or substance use challenges.
Click Summit 2014_Agenda for a brief agenda for the day (a new window will open).
The Summit is an opportunity for the Participants and Graduates of PREFER who have been receiving education and training in Peer Support and the wider community of People in Recovery, Consumer/Survivors, and Recovery Supporting agencies and partners to network, share skills, knowledge and discuss opportunities for building a systemic culture that supports Recovery and embraces Peer Support. A variety of presentations, networking and learning opportunities will be available throughout the day as people from across the Province gather to talk about recovery, recovery education, and peer support and employment in the mental health system for people with lived experience. The summit promises to be a gathering of leaders in the Peer Support movement across the region.
The PREFER Summit, will be an excellent opportunity for PREFER participants, community members, C/S/X groups, mental health program administrators, social service students, mental health community associations, mental health, addictions, and related service agencies, and foundations to learn from each other, deepen their knowledge of recovery, and gain a greater understanding of peer support and how to implement and support peer recovery education. Participants will also explore supporting self-discovery, recovery, and development through the arts as well as through critical and creative thinking.
Additionally, agencies and groups are welcome to request space for networking.
For more information, or to register for the summit, go to http://prefersummit2014.eventbrite.ca/
Click here for a copy of the flyer (PDF) you can share with others: PREFERSummit2014_flyer (PDF)
The Krasman Centre is happy to announce that we will be providing two WRAP facilitator training opportunities.
If you have completed your WRAP (sometimes called WRAP level 1) and are interested in becoming a certified WRAP group facilitator, please see the announcement and application form below. Application Deadlines are: Monday February 24, 2014 for the March training and March 31, 2014 if you are only interested in the May training.
There are two trainings available.
When? 5-day training (9am-5pm each day).
Option 1: Newmarket, Ontario Mon. March 10, Tues. March 11, Wed. March 12, Thurs. March 13, AND Friday March 14, 2014
Option 2: Richmond Hill, Ontario Mon. May 26, Tues. May 27, Wed. May 28, Thurs. May 29, AND Friday May 30, 2014
For more information, please see the files attached.
If you have not completed your own personal WRAP (sometimes called WRAP level 1), you may be interested in some of the upcoming WRAP groups that will be available throughout the Central LHIN. Details about those groups will be forthcoming, but a flyer is also attached.
Help us ensure that peer support workers, volunteer peer supporters, and others who may be interested about this opportunity! Please forward, post, distribute freely.
Are you interested in learning more about Peer Support and Recovery? Are you thinking about getting more involved in your community or working as a peer?
PREFER is an innovative community of learning and mutual support and we are hoping to welcome new members into our education and training program in the coming spring.
If you’re interested in finding out more, attend an information session!
Wednesday May 1st 5:00pm-6:00pm Krasman Centre, 10121 Yonge St., Richmond Hill
Thursday May 2nd 2:00pm – 4:00pm CAMH — 1001 Queen St. Training Room A, Toronto
More info? See our brochure and program information or Frequently Asked Questions. Ready to Apply? Click here or print and fax/mail/drop off this application form. Applications are due Tuesday May 21, 2013.
What happens then? All applications are reviewed after May 22nd. Applicants may be invited to attend an interview in early June. Training for those joining PREFER starts July 3, 2013 with an Orientation Session.
Questions? Need Support?
Tel: 905-780-0491 Ext: 125 Toll-Free: 1-888-780-0724 Fax: 907-780-1960 Email: email@example.com
We ask that you let us know you are planning on coming so that we can plan for enough chairs, but we may not be able to return your call before the information session. Leave your name and contact information and the session you would like to attend by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 905-780-0491 ext: 125 or Toll-Free: 1-888-780-0724
Tuesday November 6th, 2012 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Krasman Centre 10121 Yonge St., Richmond Hill, ON L4C 1T7 (one block north of Major Mackenzie Drive) **Ground floor access with small threshold; friendly senior cat on premises. **Free parking. Accessible by public transportation.
Thursday November 15th, 2012 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm North York General Hospital — Branson Site (Maple Room), 555 Finch Ave., West, Toronto (just west of Bathurst St.) **Wheelchair accessible. **Free parking across the street at North York Centennial Arena at 580 Finch Ave. W.
Powerpoint Presentations from the PREFER Summit 2012 are now available for download and viewing.
Keynote Speaker: Nora Jacobson Peers as Dignity Workers
Panel: Dignity and Peer Support Karen Cox, Constantin Nastic, and Laurie Fortnum (no presentation available).
Reflections on dignity and the uniqueness of dignity work in peer approaches, its impact on workplace culture and peer worker retention, and a family perspective.
PREFER Summit – Evaluation 2012_(Kate Storey)
Setting Limits in Peer Support Kathryn Storey
Keynote Speaker: Stephane Grenier Making Space for Peer Support — Peer Support Accreditation and Certification (Canada)
Activism in Peer Support :The Responsibility of Making Change Becky McFarlane (no presentation available)
For presentations from The Dignity Workshop on Friday September 21, click here: Peers as Dignity Workers (9.21.12) and Friday – Boundaries in Peer Support Relationships_edited and PREFER Summit – Evaluation 2012
Seats have sold out at the PREFER summit for attendees.
If you wish to attend as part of the information fair or as an artist who is displaying their work, please get in touch with Elizabeth or Kalisha as soon as possible. Limited spaces remain and must be booked.
For Information/Resource tables for peer groups, mutal support/self-help groups, consumer survivor run organizations, consumer advocacy groups, etc please contact Elizabeth at email@example.com
Artists contact: Kalisha firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the Centre for Building a Culture of Recovery and the PREFER project for a special workshop on Support Work, Dignity, and Health!
Friday September 21, 2012 from 9am-10pm.
Limited spaces available — register today!
Support Workers as Dignity Workers
NORA JACOBSON, M.A. , Ph.D.
Author of “Dignity & Health”
The “Dignity Model” & “Dignity Audit”
DIGNITY SPEAKS TO EACH OF US.
Join us as we explore:
- the processes & structures of dignity violation
- dignity promotion opportunities
- the consequences for individual & collective health
- imagine reform of our systems of health and social care.
Setting Boundaries in Supportive Relationships
KATHRYN STOREY, RN, M.A. Ph.D.
An update on a research project on finding balance in setting limits within peer support relationship.
Dr. Nora Jacobson is the author of Dignity and Health, which was just published by Vanderbilt University Press. From 2001 to 2010 she was a scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and she conducted her research on dignity in Toronto. She now lives and works in Wisconsin. You can find her blog at www.commonrespect.wordpress.com.
Dr. Kathryn Storey, PhD. was the Administrative Director for the Regional Acute Mental Health and Addiction Service for North Simcoe Muskoka. Prior to that she was the Chief of the Acute and Community Division at the Mental Health Centre Penetanguishene and remains an employee of the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. She is a registered nurse with an additional undergraduate degree in Psychology and completed her doctoral thesis on leadership of people in recovery. She continues her work as a consultant, educator and independent contractor specializing in program development and evaluation, and recovery education consultation.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
- Managers of health, mental health, addiction, & social service programs
- Policy and decision makers
- Clinical and social support workers
- Peer workers
- Family Members & Friends
- Peers: Anyone who is in the role of a “supporter” and a “peer”.
- Anyone who wants to stimulate thought and potential action towards increasing the responsiveness of social & health services to respect the human rights of those they seek to support.
Date: Friday September 21, 2012
Fee: $150 Early Bird/$160 Regular/
Location: Branson Site , North York General Hospital
555 Finch Ave. W. Toronto
Or fax, email, or mail your registration form and mail with cheque payable to: The Krasman Centre, 10121 Yonge St., Richmond Hill, On L4C 1T7
Dignity (Flyer/Poster with details for sharing)