What's new in best practies?

Delirium, Dementia and Depression in Older Adults: Assessment and Care

Nurses and health-care providers who work with older adults are encouraged to attend this session of Nurses in the Know with RNAO to become familiar with practice recommendations in the new best practice guideline: Delirium, Dementia and Depression in Older Adults: Assessment and Care. You will hear some highlights from the newly developed recommendations, get an overview of the guideline’s tools and resources and have an opportunity to ask questions.

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing Review Workshop

This two-day workshop is a comprehensive review course designed to help prepare registered nurses who are writing the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) Certification Examination in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing Specialty in October 2016.

Nurses who are not taking the exam in but are interested in attending this comprehensive review of psychiatric/mental health nursing are also welcome.

Pre-registration is needed.

Stopping the Stigma! The Power of One

Guest Speaker: Mary Lou Holm, RN, CPMHN(C)

Mary Lou is a wife, mother, and grandmother who graduated from Nursing just over 40 years ago.

In 1985, Mary Lou started her journey into Mental Health by developing a severe depression. During her recovery, Mary Lou was a member on Planning Boards in York Region, Board Member for York Support Services and for Ontario Shores for Mental Health Sciences. She began working for CMHA (ACT Team) and for the last four years been part of Cota's ACT Team.


In the most recent Standard, the CNO has answered some important questions related to RN's and RPN's using psychotherapy within their practice.

Do you practice what you preach? Hamilton Event

Do You Practice What You Preach? 
Dealing with your own compassion Fatigue / Mindfulness

Come join the RNAO’s Mental Health Nursing Interest Group (MHNIG) Hamilton Satellite for an invigorating evening of self-care.

This event is open to MHNIG members and non-members because self-care is important for all nurses.

RSVP to Pearl Lall, MHNIG Hamilton rep at


Motivational Interviewing - Radisson Admiral Hotel (Toronto)

Motivational interviewing is a directive, client-centered counseling style for eliciting behaviour change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence. This approach can be utilized in various practice settings and with a wide range of clients. It seeks to understand the individual's frame of reference, particularly via reflective listening, expressing acceptance, and monitoring the client's degree of readiness to change, while affirming the individual's freedom of choice and self-direction.

Communicating with Youth about Cannabis – Key Messages from CCSA’s Substance Abuse in Canada: The Effects of Cannabis Use during Adolescence Report

Thursday October 1, 2015, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (EDT)

Sheena Gereghty, Ph.D., Knowledge Broker, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

Free 7-Week Mental Health Family Education Course

Do you have a family member or a friend with a mental illness and want to learn more about mental health? This course may be for you

Knowledgeable family members, professionals and individuals with lived mental health experience will speak on topics which include: Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Anxiety, Depression, coping with mental illness, communicating with your loved one, estate planning, mental health and the law, community services and more.

Please see attached poster for additional information

Mental Illness and Substance Use Anti-Stigma/Discrimination Intervention for Primary Health Care Providers in Ontario

The Office of Transformative Global Health at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and three Toronto-based Community Health Centres (CHCs), South Riverdale CHC (SRCHC), Central Toronto Community Health Services (CTCHC), and Unison Health and Community Services (UnisonHCS) partnered on an anti-stigma/anti-discrimination project which began in 2010 to reduce stigma and discrimination by Primary Health Care (PHC) providers toward people with mental health and substance use issues. The project partnered with and implemented the pilot at CHCs that predominantly serve vulnerable populations in Toronto, Ontario.

What colour is stigma?

Over the course of a ten-week long workshop series at Unison Health and Community Services (Unison HCS) (in collaboration with CAMH), primary healthcare providers and individuals with lived-experiences of mental illness and substance use issues (consumer/survivors) collaborated to answer these types of questions, to explore stigma, discrimination and recovery in the primary health care setting.