Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Venue Change: St. Anne’s Centre
20 Morrison Drive, St. Thomas N5R 4S6
The St. Thomas – Elgin Local Immigration Partnership (STELIP) and Southwestern Public Health (SWPH) are excited to once again be hosting Walk with Me, an invaluable occasion for service providers and their clients to come together to educate, inform and engage with others in similar sectors, improving the overall level of service delivery offered to clients throughout the city and county. Featuring enlightening presentations and discussion on a variety of topics, this year’s Walk With Me promises to continue building on the momentum of previous events.
Registration the day of the event opens at 8:30 and the event runs from 9 until 3:30pm.
Why is it called “Walk with Me”?
Attendees at Walk With Me are invited to not only educate themselves on some of the more academic topics of the day, but also on the lived experiences of many of the clients they interact with professionally as a part of their work; to walk with their clients to better understand the various obstacles and challenges faced by many people seeking help, assistance or support.
Walk With Me is primarily a networking opportunity for service providers to expand their referral networks, educate themselves and promote their own work in an effort to improve the overall service delivery and client/customer care of the people they serve daily in their respective places of employment. Many clients are unaware of the scope and variety of services offered in St. Thomas and Elgin County, and a strong referral network and go a long way to correcting that.
What to Expect:
Beginning at 8:30am, this year’s Walk With Me has expanded the event to 3:30pm in order to properly accommodate the exciting and important content and featured expert speakers. As always it will also include a variety of opportunities for networking and learning, with participating agencies encouraged to erect a booth for the service provider showcase. Like last year, it is recommended that agencies send at least two attendees: one to provide information at their own booth, and another to network with representatives at the other booths. You will…
- Meet and connect with other service providers in the community;
- Learn about the full scope of local services and how they might serve your clients;
- Discuss experiences you have had within the community and explore potential areas of collaboration;
- Educate yourself on some of the most relevant topics related to social service provision today.
Front-line service providers that participate in this event will:
- Deepen their knowledge of local services and the connections between them;
- Establish & Strengthen working relationships and collaboration between service providers;
- Develop and expand referral strategies for clients to other agencies;
- Benefit from professional development and learning;
- Bring back content to share with co-workers
Event Program Details
Trauma Informed Care
Dr. Richard Zayed – McKenzie-Zayed Clinical Psychologists
Dr. Zayed earned his Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa and completed his Clinical Psychology Residency at London Health Sciences Centre. He completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Western Ontario (Western University) in the areas of trauma and dissociation. He is registered as a Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario to provide services for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. He is the Past President of the London Regional Psychological Association and a member of the Ontario Psychological Association. He has also served as a reviewer for the Quality Assurance Committee of the College of Psychologists of Ontario.
Dr. Zayed will share his expertise on Trauma Informed Care and will relate it to front-line service provision by covering the following topics:
- Adverse life experiences in the general population;
- Impact of adversity on how we experience the world;
- Relationships as a buffer to adversity;
- Attachment and human relationships;
- Trauma informed care: trauma responsive system;
- Relationships as key to trauma informed care.
Service Provider Showcase
Local Service providers will display booths that highlight services offered and will focus on identifying some of the less known programs that are offered that may meet the needs of clients. The showcase will work to help build better relationships and understanding between front-line service providers.
Speaker Series Micro Panel
Assumptions and stereotypes are generalizations drawn from experience to assist us in understanding and coping with daily interactions and stimuli. While ultimately a helpful tool from our own evolution, stereotypes can also result in oversights and misunderstandings. The micro-panel speakers will share information on their role in dispelling stereotypes that negatively affect their clients in service provision, while individuals that have been affected by stereotypes will also share their experiences with the audience.
Details about speakers will be updated closer to the event date.