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Ah! Summertime and Health Promotion by the Lake

The Institute on Addiction Studies (Alcohol & Drug Concerns) is offering mini-institutes on community strategies for health promotion around alcohol and other drugs at their annual conference held at the Kempenfelt Conference Centre on Lake Simcoe (

The one-day Community Strategies Mini-Institute is being offered on Tuesday, July 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for health-promotion professionals, public-health providers and others in the community who address substance abuse prevention initiatives. You'll hear from the Alcohol and other Drug Cluster of the Ontario Health Promotion Resource System, whose members include many of the agencies you trust for accurate, stimulating and supportive resources for your work--groups like the Alcohol Policy Network and the Association to Reduce Alcohol Promotion in Ontario (both projects of the Ontario Public Health Association), Parent Action on Drugs, the Ontario Drug Awareness Partnership, the FOCUS Resource Centre and the Council on Drug Abuse. You'll also have the opportunity to hear from Nancy Dubois, one of the foremost proponents of health promotion in Ontario (and one terrific presenter!) discuss workplace issues and strategies and tools.

If you are new to the substance abuse prevention field--or simply want to renew relationships and catch your breath after a very hectic year--this is the professional development opportunity for you. The cost is $180 for the day and that includes lunch and breaks. Stick around for the Boat Cruise in the evening!

There are also two other mini-institutes that may appeal to you:

1. Developing a Critical Stress Management (CISM) Team, with K. Paul MacKenzie

2. Working with Youth, with Patricia Furze, a social worker with Child and Adolescent Services and Stephen Meredith, from CAMH, who will address Harm Reduction with Youth--What Works.

Ensure your spot today. Call Sandra Caswell at Alcohol & Drug Concerns (416) 293-3400 or toll-free at 1 (877) 893-2227.

Check out the Concerns website for more information about these presentations.