Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) Workshop – December 2, 2016

October 28, 2016

A Patient-Centred Approach to the Provision of Care for Physicians and Other Health Care Professionals
Friday, December 2, 2016

MAiD Update & Training

Morning Sessions

  • A Review of Ethical Implications, Eligibility Criteria and Practical Considerations in Delivering MAiD

Afternoon Sessions

  • Workshop: Assessing Grievous & Irremediable in MAiD
  • Workshop: Assessing Capacity & Voluntariness in MAiD
  • Panel Discussion: Impact of MAiD on Health Care and Health Care Providers


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A New Health Promotion Seminar Series

October 26, 2016 | ,

Healthy Sexuality and Our Aging Population

The Health Promotion Seminar Series is a collaborative effort between the Community Health Nurses’ Initiatives Group (CHNIG) and de Souza Institute.  The seminars offer an opportunity for professional development to nurses working in all domains of practice: community or acute care.  Topics are focused on current issues, and provide a means for knowledge transfer, discussion, and resources to apply to practice.

The seminars are free of charge and open to all nurses.  Past presentations were very successful and covered the topics of Smoking Cessation, the Aging at Home Strategy, Chronic Disease Prevention, Cultural Safety, Primary Health Care, and Political Action.  All presentations are archived at

The next seminar is titled: Healthy Sexuality and Our Aging Population presented by Tammy Troute-Wood, RN, MN, and Heather Cobb, BSc., PGCE. Click here for presenter bios

Seminar Description:

We are all sexual beings from birth to death.  For the first time in this country’s history, there are now more people aged 65 and over than there are aged 14 and below. As our communities age, community health nurses are having sexuality conversations with people at all ages and stages. This webinar will increase your capacity and confidence for conversations about healthy sexuality with aging adults.

Seminar Objectives:

  • To increase awareness and knowledge of issues of healthy sexuality and aging including typical age related changes and common sexual dysfunctions
  • To increase knowledge of STIs, HIV and reproductive health considerations in our aging population
  • To increase awareness and skills for working with sexually and gender diverse people and their families.

To view this webinar, please click on the following link or cut and paste into your browser:


The CHNIG Board

Psychosocial Interventions for Suicide Prevention with Older Adults” with Dr. Marnin Heisel, PhD, C.Psych.

October 24, 2016

the University of Toronto’s  Institute for Life Course and Aging is pleased to present 2016-2017 Online Workshop Series



This workshop will be offered only be if there is sufficient enrolment.

When: Monday, November 7th to Sunday, December 4th, 2016 (4 weeks)
ONLINE weekly at your discretion
Cost:  $240 (Students/Seniors $120) Registration Deadline: Monday, Oct. 31st, 2016

Course Objectives:

This 4-week workshop is intended for healthcare professionals and family members of older adults who may be at-risk for suicide. Participants will learn about the scope of the problem of older adult suicide, associated risk and resiliency factors, approaches for identifying individuals who might be at-risk for suicide, a humanistic approach to working with older adults at-risk for suicide, and promising research and clinical and community outreach interventions.

Week one: Suicide among Older Adults: Introduction to a Critical Healthcare Issue
•    Introduction to the topic of Suicide among Older Adults: From sociocultural to clinical considerations
•    The scope of the issue: The impact of suicide among older adults in Canada and Worldwide
•    Mortality statistics: The good, the bad, and the misleading
•    Trends in the demographics of aging, and their impact on suicide mortality and on healthcare needs

Week two: Detecting and Assessing Suicide Risk among Older Adults
•    Introduction to the topic of suicide risk detection among older adults
•    Modes of suicide risk assessment:
·         Clinical interviews
·         Assessment of risk (and resiliency) factors
·         Rating scales/assessment tools
·         Attendance to warning signs
•    Conducting a more comprehensive assessment, attending to both risk and resiliency processes

Week three: Intervening to Decrease Risk for Suicide 
•    Introduction to the topic of suicide prevention: “Levels and populations”
•    Overview of empirical findings of suicide prevention research with older adults
•    How do I work sensitively with older adults at-risk for suicide?
•    The need for vigilance, teamwork, documentation, and self-care

Week four: Putting it All Together
•    Working through a few case examples
•    What promising research is on the horizon?
•    Moving beyond the clinic: Community outreach and support

Instructor: Dr. Marnin J. Heisel, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Marnin is an Associate Professor and Director of Research in the Department of Psychiatry at Western University in London, Ontario, a Scientist with the Lawson Health Research Institute, adjunct faculty member with the University of Rochester Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide in New York State, and a Clinical Psychologist. His research focuses on enhancing psychological resiliency and well-being and working to prevent suicide among older adults. To date, this program of research has contributed a novel measure of suicide ideation among older adults (the Geriatric Suicide Ideation Scale or GSIS), investigated the combined role of positive (e.g., Meaning in Life) and negative psychological factors (e.g., depression or hopelessness) in either increasing or decreasing risk for suicide, developed/modified and tested psychological interventions for older adults potentially at-risk for suicide, and evaluated knowledge gain and attitude change associated with participating in training workshops on older adult suicide prevention.

Registration and payment available online at

Return to work made easier for cancer survivors

October 14, 2016 | ,

Website brings together resources for cancer survivors, healthcare providers, and employers to support staying and returning to work Returning to work after any illness can be a challenge. For cancer survivors, the return to work (RTW) can be especially difficult due to the effects of cancer and its treatment.  Employers may lack understanding of cancer’s … Read more

Music Care Conference Toronto 2016

September 29, 2016

Music Care Conference Toronto 2016 Theme: Dimensions of Music Care WHAT? The Music Care Conference (MCC) is a one day conference bringing together care partners interested in the role music has in quality of living and care. The Toronto 2016 conference will explore dimensions of music care from experts in the field, including: Speakers include: … Read more

Landmark Agreement Standardizes Cancer Care Training

September 27, 2016 | ,

Landmark Agreement Standardizes Cancer Care Training Alberta Health Services Partners with de Souza Institute to Deliver Training Program Standardized cancer care training in Canada is taking a giant step forward with a partnership between Alberta Health Services and de Souza Institute. The multi-year agreement establishes the Oncology Practice Readiness Education Program (O-PREP). This program is … Read more