Welcome to May and welcome to Mental Health Week. This week, the Canadian Mental Health Association is asking the public to #GetReal about mental health and to name, express, and embrace their emotions to try not to numb the feelings we need to feel. All of us know the power of communicating and stepping into our truth, so we will be engaging and sharing in this throughout the week.
I also want to take this opportunity to extend my most sincere thanks to all of you for the very important work you do in the mental health space, not only this week but all year long. We have been challenged and tested this year, and have risen to meet the demands of our clients and our communities in new and impactful ways.
As we have all pivoted and grown, our association has done the same. This spring, we hired Consort Strategy and have committed to undertaking a Strategic Plan for the association moving forward. This plan will give OAMHP clear direction going forward and help us to align our goals with the needs of our members and the public. We will continue to share updates regarding this plan and how it will be implemented going forward.
I am excited to share that our professional development events continue at full speed despite the challenging times in which we live. The Introduction to Psychodynamic/Psychanalytic Therapy workshop in July is now sold out. We continue to work with the Beck Institute to offer our members a discount of $100 USD off the cost of Beck’s online Essentials of CBT course. The coupon code for this offer can be found in the member benefits section of the Member’s Portal.
Please stay tuned for ongoing news of our annual conference, which I am happy to share will be held September 23 – October 2, 2021. Formally titled, Adapting, Building, Changing: Rethinking Normal in a Post-Pandemic World, this year’s virtual conference will feature workshops including “CBT for Substance Use Disorders” presented by the Beck Institute and “Covid through a Grief Lens: What’s Lost? What’s Left? What’s Possible?” presented by Derek Scott, RSW and certified IFS therapist. If you are a student member interested in showcasing your research, please consider sending us a Poster Abstract by May 31, 2021.
Every day, we are inundated with more news surrounding Ontario’s vaccination rollout. We continue to urge you to keep checking with your local public health units and Ontario.ca for news of eligibility. I take this opportunity to thank the OAMHP Staff, Board, and Committee members for their ongoing dedication and hard work; it is because of their work and flexibility that we continue to be able to serve you during this pandemic.
Once again, I thank you for your work and dedication over this past year and for your participation in your association. As always, I invite you to connect with me and share any feedback you may have.