November 2, 2022 all-day
Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health (CICMH)

I  would like to take this opportunity to invite you to attend the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health (CICMH) conference, Building New Worlds. We will be hosting our conference online on Wednesday, November 2, 2022.  Our one-day virtual conference will offer 25 workshops featuring best, promising and emerging practices in the sector.  Registration is now open!

We have kept our registration fee at a very reasonable rate allowing many people to attend. The single registration rate is $50 per person.  We have also added a student rate of $40 and a group rate of $35 for groups of 10 plus people.

For your interest and information, please access our conference website for our full program and agenda at:  https://conference.campusmentalhealth.ca/ I am enclosing our Sponsorship/Exhibitor Package for those that may be interested in sponsoring our conference or purchasing an exhibitor booth.

We are excited to announce that we have two Keynote Speakers this year. Our opening keynote is Dr. Jennifer Mullan. Affectionately nicknamed “the Rage Doctor” by peers and clients, Dr. Jennifer Mullan (she/her) is trained as a Clinical Psychologist, and is a published author. She currently serves communities as a Consultant for behavioral and mental health organizations and schools, Ancestral wound worker, and CEO and founder of Decolonizing Therapy, LLC. Dr. Mullan seeks to unpack the oppressive legacy of modern mental health practices, and reconnect practitioners and clients to the roots of our wounding and healing within a sociopolitical lens, most particularly for Queer Indigenous Black Brown People of Color (QIBPOC).

Our afternoon keynote is Andrea Warnick. Andrea is a Registered Psychotherapist and Registered Nurse whose passion lies in helping individuals, families and communities support people of all ages who are grieving an illness or death in their lives. With years of nursing and counselling experience both in Canada and abroad and a Masters degree in Thanatology (the study of dying and death) Andrea brings to her work a rare mixture of medical and psychosocial expertise.

Our five themes for this year’s conference are:

  1. Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

There is a growing movement for institutional leadership and campus frameworks to implement equity, diversity, and inclusivity-related policies to ensure equitable access to services and programming on campus. Province-wide, there has been a focus on understanding the unique needs of students based on the various intersections of their identity such as culture, race, religion, sexual orientation, and physical or mental health disability. Presentations in this stream will address equity-driven and student-driven programming, as well as strategies for the decolonization of campus spaces.

  1. Navigating Transitions

Presentations in this stream will focus on successes, challenges and lessons learned from the rapid shifts of campus mental health services between different modalities and in different contexts. As we continue to shift between these environments, the following areas have come into focus: efficiently navigating the return to campus (for students, faculty, and staff); special considerations for international student populations; creating and engaging students in a safe virtual setting.

  1. Indigenous Student Engagement and Wellness

Presentations in this stream will centre around Indigenous world views grounded in holistic understandings and the value of interrelatedness as a model for wellness and engagement of Indigenous student populations. Areas of focus may include: embracing Indigenous worldviews in campus and learning environments; Indigenous pedagogy and educational interconnections.

  1. Student Engagement

Facilitating connection and belonging among students is vital to counter the increasing experiences of isolation and loneliness in the virtual world. The recent shift away from being physically on campus has highlighted a need to devise innovative strategies to allow students to engage with their institution and their peers in a meaningful way. Presentations in this stream will centre around innovative initiatives that: create meaningful programming outside of the classroom environment for students; utilize peer-to-peer models to create meaningful relationships among students; emphasize communal spaces for students to address mental health and wellness topics; and feature co-design with students.

  1. Substance Use & Harm Reduction

There has been an increase in substance-related harms throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Presentations in this stream will focus on the use and misuse of drugs, alcohol, and other substances by student populations. Example topics might include: trends and patterns in student substance use during the pandemic; harm reduction programming on campus and strategies for reducing substance-related harms.

We have invested in a virtual conference platform that will include a networking component which will offer all participants the ability to connect with one another through chat, zoom and internal texting. You will be able to search by “tags” to connect with attendees who have similar areas of interest.  We encourage everyone to share ideas, collaborate and network with each other.

This year, we will be offering closed captioning in French for all the English presentations.     

We hope that you can join us on Wednesday, November 2nd for the Building New Worlds 2022 Virtual Conference.