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Exploring Mental Health and Addictions Event 2015

Exploring Mental Health and Addictions 2015 FlyerThe theme of this year’s Harm Reduction Task Force workshop is “Exploring Mental Health and Addictions”, featuring Joe Roberts, Mary Joe Brinson, Will Manos and Dr. Bonham-Carter, to be held on May 26th, 8am-4pm at Maranatha Church.  The cost is $50 and lunch will be provided.

Background of Speakers

Joe Roberts – The most effective leaders in society are those rare individuals who can inspire their audience with a passion that can only come from personal experience. As the President and CEO of an extremely successful multimedia company, Joe Roberts has faced and overcome key business challenges, which confront every modern organization.

Joe is a college graduate with two business diplomas from Loyalist College in Ontario, after which he began his professional career with a photocopier company. He quickly found himself promoted into a leadership and management position with a major audio-visual company. Joe formed his own multimedia company, Mindware and made his first million before he was 35.

What is most amazing about this young man however, is that in 1989 he was living on the streets of Vancouver as a homeless skid row derelict. Drawing on the tremendous courage and determination necessary for his dramatic personal transformation, Joe now uses his amazing story, insightful humor and solid business experience to inspire individuals and organizations to achieve their own remarkable goals!

Will Manos, B.A. Dip., A.T.C – is currently contracted by the PACT Urban Peace Program of Toronto and The John Howard Society of Belleville, both award-winning charitable organizations that empower and support at-risk youth to reach their full potential and fulfill their life plan. In the last several years, Will has worked all over Ontario with many high risk youth offenders. Will’s work explores key self-leadership values such as honesty, integrity and courage. Will supports the youth he works with in their own environments with their individual goals and life’s interactions regarding family, friendships, work and community. Over the past several years, many of Will’s youth clients have been honored by the PACT program for their personal transformations and positive contributions within their communities. Will is a certified member of ICF International Toronto.

Mary Joan Brinson, MSW, RSW – is a skilled and compassionate therapist with over 20 years of experience with helping individuals, couples and families to achieve a sense of happiness, freedom and balance in their lives.  She has a deep commitment to supporting people on a journey of deepening their connections within themselves and their relationships.  She has received advanced clinical training in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy and in helping women with the emotional difficulties experienced during pregnancy and postpartum.

Mary Joan utilizes a variety of clinical approaches to help people connect with their emotions, heal old wounds, and embrace the power of their mind to change how they feel.

Mary Joan received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo and a Masters of Social Work from Carleton University.  She is a Certified Emotionally Focused Couple Therapist and she has dedicated her career to empowering others to embrace who they are, what they need and how to create connections that really matter to them.

Mary Joan enjoys a quiet country life in Tweed, Ontario with her husband Mark and their two children, Eric and Alana.  She works in her thriving private therapy practice in Belleville where she creates powerful connections with the men, women and families she works with.

Dr. Bonham-Carter – is one of 3 physicians who form the collaborative of medical practitioners currently offering services as part of “Change Health Care” to clients with a primary diagnosis of opioid dependence in the South East corridor of Ontario.  Although Dr. Bonham-Carter has more than 20 years’ experience working in collaborative family practice in rural Canada, in recent years his practice has focused on managing patients with opioid dependency and associated substance abuse issue and has been practicing addiction medicine for over ten years.  He also works in the Emergency Department at Northumberland Hills Hospital; working closely with the Lakeshore Community Mental Health and Addiction Services.

Tickets may be purchased ONLINE or at various locations throughout Hastings-Prince Edward.

Please CLICK HERE to download poster.

Watch the promotion video with Joe Roberts.

Representatives of not-for-profit organizations who are registered for the workshop are invited by the Community Services Network and the Children and Youth Services Network to set up a display table for the Community Service Expo which will run during this event.  For more information, contact:

Wendy Anderson, Coordinator, Children and Youth Services Network

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