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Key Issues that Impact Women's Well-being

9:00 a.m. to 4:30p.m.

Location: Metro-Central YMCA, Toronto

This workshop will focus on exploring social constructs that cut across diagnoses that influence the mental health of women such as gender role socialization and the continuum of violence and other forms of oppression in the lives of women. Dr. Toner will describe innovative and practical assessment and intervention strategies in working with women that move away from a disease model that focuses on psychopathology to a feminist informed empowerment model that promotes validation, self-expression and personal effectiveness.

This lively and interactive workshop will provide you with new and helpful ideas and tools to integrate into your work with women in clinical, educational, and research settings. Practical strategies for exploring the relationship between social factors and various women's health and mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome and eating disorders will be discussed. Common issues and themes for individual and group formats that have been identified in theoretical, research and clinical work will be presented. It will challenge you to look at women's well-being through a lens that is often overlooked or trivialized.

An informational package including a suggested reading list for health professionals and clients will be provided.

In this workshop you will learn:

* To explore the relationship between social constructs and women's health/mental health

* How to integrate feminist principles into our understanding and treatment of women's health/mental health issues

* How to use feminist informed assessment tools and treatment protocols

* To explore interventions at individual, social and political levels

Brenda Toner, Ph.D., C. Psych., is currently Head of the Women's Mental Health and Addiction Research Section at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and Professor and Head of the Women's Mental Health Program in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. Dr. Toner has published and presented on a variety of health related problems that are disproportionately diagnosed in women including eating disorders, anxiety, depression, chronic pelvic pain, chronic fatigue and irritable bowel syndrome.

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