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Call for Presenters: 2021 Conference

The call for presenters for the Virtual OAMHP Annual Conference (September 23 – October 2, 2021) is now open! DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: March 31, 2021 Please submit your proposal to: jlacroix@oamhp.ca Speaker selection will be made before: April 30, 2021 The Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals (OAMHP) is Ontario’s largest Association of mental health…

February 25, 2021

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The call for presenters for the Virtual OAMHP Annual Conference (September 23 – October 2, 2021) is now open!

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: March 31, 2021
Please submit your proposal to: jlacroix@oamhp.ca

Speaker selection will be made before: April 30, 2021

The Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals (OAMHP) is Ontario’s largest Association of mental health professionals, proudly serving over 3,000 members.

This year, our virtual annual conference will be on the topic of the mental health implications of COVID19. We are looking for online conference sessions that can help mental health practitioners understand what we have all gone through and what awaits us as we move into a post-COVID life. Topics can include lessons learned about virtual counselling, new and arising issues with working and schooling from home, impacts on children and students from online schooling and academics, and several other mental health and related impacts of the pandemic such as substance abuse, disordered eating, and delayed grieving. As well, we would like to discuss self-care for mental health professionals, ethical issues in online services, life transitions, and more.

Attendees include professionals within the mental health field, most of whom are members of the OAMHP. Attendees work in a variety of settings, such as community clinics, family health teams, hospitals, colleges, school boards, private practice settings, EAP programmes and other mental healthrelated services. Attendees range from professionals new to the mental health field to those that are experienced in the profession.

This is an open call for conference presenters, for the ability to share your work, teach and inspire others by leading sessions for other professionals in the mental health field. There will be 10-12 learning opportunities (workshops, a keynote speaker, a panel presentation) over the 10-day conference. This is a call for all interested presenters with a conference offering appropriate for Continuing Education Credit for Regulated Mental Health Professionals, including, RP’s, Psychologists, Social Works and others who work in the delivery of the Controlled Act of Psychotherapy.

Session Format/Options

  • Key-Note speaker: 45 minute presentation
  • Training program: 6 hour training with didactic, interactive, and practical learning
  • Workshop: 3 hour interactive session with a strong focus on the practical application of the topic
  • Panel: 3 hour session with 3 or more presenters, providing information and an interactive discussion on a clear topic with time for an interactive question and answer period
  • Practice: guide other presenters through a therapy, meditation, or other practice with an academic or spiritual background, 30 minutes suggested

Key topics

As mentioned above, the topic for our 2021 Conference is “Mental Health and COVID-19.” In your application, please explain how your session will fit within this topic. If you want to submit an application that covers a different topic, feel free to do so – your session topic may be related, or may be a good fit for an independent workshop/presentation throughout the year.

Motivational Factors

Please indicate which category (or categories) your session would fall into. This will allow attendees to better choose their workshops, creating a more engaged audience for you!

  • Conceptual understanding: theory, frameworks, philosophies, science, contemplative practice
  • Inspiring the next generation: education, parenting, youth groups
  • Best practices in virtual therapy: therapeutic alliance, resilience, new approaches, ethical considerations ▪ Serving the underserved: health, wellness, inclusion/diversity, inequality, intervention
  • Personal Suffering: PTSD, trauma, depression, anxiety, stress, grief, injury, pain, death
  • Committing to Practice: courses, solo practice, residential practice, technology/apps, collaboration

Presenter Qualifications

  • Presenters work in the mental health field (e.g. psychologists, registered psychotherapists, social workers, counsellors, consultants) or are professional speakers
    • If you do not consider yourself to be in the professions listed above, OAMHP still welcomes you to apply as you will be considered if your session content is relevant to the attendees and to the conference topic
  • Knowledge of, and experience in, the topic area is expected to be strong
  • Presentations cannot be sales pitches

Presenters will receive:

  • The opportunity to showcase your skills, knowledge, and product
  • Access to OAMHP’s membership

Please note that as a professional association that is non-profit in nature, we try to ensure that our members receive quality learning opportunities at a reasonable cost. Due to the variety of session formats, compensation will be assessed individually, and can include non-monetary compensation such as free attendance at the conference or a table at our exhibitor fair.

Virtual Conference

Given the nature of virtual conferences, the workshops will be recorded and become part of OAMHP’s workshop library. Speakers will be expected to participate in pre-conference tech set-up sessions and be expected to have the technology (internet connection, computer, headset) to adequately engage with the participants in their workshop. OAMHP will be providing the conference platform and tech support and will assist the speakers to ensure participants have the best experience possible.

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