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Chatham-Kent Addictions Awareness Conference: Shifting the Focus

Chatham, Ontario
November 13, 2012

The Chatham-Kent Community Health Centres (C-K CHC) and the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Mental Health & Addictions Program (CKHA MHAP), are proud to present the Chatham-Kent Addictions Awareness Conference 2012. The conference is a collaborative event between the two agencies, in order to raise awareness, and increase education, around addictions in our community.

The conference will highlight two keynote speakers, in addition to speakers with lived experiences, and the two agencies discussing their own programs. The morning keynote speaker is Ro’nikonkatste (Six Nations), Bill Hill, a Community Social Worker from Regional Mental Health Care in London. His talk, Double Vision: Single Focus, will explore Aboriginal and Mainstream perspectives on health to accomplish wellness. He believes that incorporating aspects of cultural identity into our healthcare treatment will assist in diminishing some of the barriers that stand in the way of wellness and client/clinician relationships.

The afternoon keynote speaker is Dr. Gabor Maté, a Canadian physician, public speaker, and best-selling author. His talk, The Hungry Ghost: A Biopsychosocial Perspective on Addiction, from Heroin to Workaholism, will discuss addictions as more than a disease, but as a response to a distressing life history and life situation. Dr. Maté claims that once we recognize the roots of addiction and the lack it strives (in vain) to fill, we can develop a compassionate approach toward the addict, one that stands the best chance of restoring him or her to wholeness and health. Dr. Gabor Maté’s works have been published internationally in twenty languages. His most recent book is the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction.

Service providers, as well as community members, are welcome to attend this event.

For more information on the speakers and the event, including registration details and ticket price, please go to http://www.ckchc.ca, and look under the "What’s New" tab.