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Holistic crisis planning

There are counterproductive and productive approaches to engaging youth and families in crisis/safety planning. This video series demonstrates both approaches in settings where youth and families may go to receive mental health support  - a school guidance counsellor's office, a hospital emergency room and a children's mental health agency.

Counterproductive approaches, which you'll see first in each video, can lead to the disengagement of the youth/family and to an increase in harm, for example if the youth/family does not return for services or does not use the plan that has been created.

Productive approaches, however, which you'll see following the counterproductive approaches, build trust and engagement between the service provider and the youth/family and reduce harm by creating an authentic plan with realistic actions.  

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Trauma-informed care

"Traumatic events overwhelm the ordinary systems of care that give people a sense of control, connection and meaning," writes Judith Herman in "Trauma and Recovery." So how can health providers and community workers care for people who have experienced trauma? What does it mean to be "trauma-informed?" We invited a group of people who practice trauma-informed care to talk about what it means to be trauma-informed, how it changes their work with clients, and the challenges of trauma-informed care. They also describe the essential components of this approach to care.

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What I want care providers to know: Clients give their perspectives

We asked people who have experienced mental illness to give their perspectives on the care they've received. They describe their experiences leading up to a diagnosis - in hospitals, clinics and doctors offices. They tell us what they needed then and what they need now as they manage their illnesses. And they give concrete tips and advice to clinicians about what works for them, and what does not.

We also asked clinician Wayne Skinner, Deputy Clinical Director, Addictions Program, CAMH, to listen to what they have to say and to give his perspective on the role of the family in care.

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The misconceptions of smoking cessation: A presentation by Dr. Andrew Pipe 

Dr. Andrew Pipe's views on smoking cessation have changed over the decades as research uncovers the neurobiology of tobacco addiction and cessation. In this Grand Rounds presentation to an audience of clinicians he explains what we know about tobacco's powerful influence on the body and brain and describes the successful Ottawa Model for smoking cessation. This video series includes the entire presentation and shorter chapters.

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The causes of psychosis: Dr. Kwame McKenzie explains the research

The causes of psychosis are unclear at this time, but research is pointing to a combination of genetic and environmental factors.  In this series of interviews, Dr. Kwame McKenzie, psychiatrist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, explains current thinking about the causes of psychosis.

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Psychiatrist field notes: Reflections on approaches to care for patients with concurrent disorders

In a series of videos, several psychiatrists share their experiences identifying and treating patients with concurrent disorders. They reflect on how they approached patients early in their careers, what they've learned since then and how they approach patients now. They tell candid stories and give advice to residents about patients with substance use disorders. 

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Simulation and education: Short interviews with Dr. Amitai Ziv

Dr. Amitai ZivAccording to Dr. Amitai Ziv, "What's so beautiful about simulation when it comes to the safety front and the quality front is that simulation, if done right, could really tackle areas of deficiencies and nightmare (situations)." Simulation allows all interested parties (e.g., staff, volunteers, family members) to learn what to do in tough scenarios before encountering them in the real world, where the consequences can be more severe. Built on the concepts of reflection, debriefing and transparency, simulation enhances safety, education and care.

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Forensic Forum series

Forensic Forum is a series of educational sessions for CAMH staff about challenging and timely issues concerning our forensic clients. These videos include:

- Violence, Victimization and Recovery

- Absconding in Forensic Mental Health Services

- Forensic Early Intervention Service

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Strengthening Your Voice

Strengthening Your Voice is a guide with a series of accompanying videos to train people who have experienced prescription opioid use problems to tell their stories publicly. It contains helpful information about:
- preparing a presentation
- managing audience questions and reactions
- paying attention to self-care before, during and after a presentation.

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Clinical practice tips: Effective tapering strategies for prescription opioids

Dr. Peter SelbyIn this series of four videos for family physicians and other health care practitioners, Dr. Peter Selby, chief of the Addictions Division at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, presents guidance around tapering opioids from the Canadian Guideline for Safe and Effective Use of Opioids for Chronic Non-cancer Pain

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Mini-Med School

CAMH Education collaborated with the University of Toronto's School of Continuing Studies, the Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development and the Centre for Effective Practice to present a Mini-Med School. The sessions featured topics on mental health and addiction geared to developing a more informed public, a better caregiver, or a competent guardian.

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The best advice for people considering or taking opioid medications

Stil from the Best advice videoThe Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Dr. Mike Evans, Mercury Films and Canada Health Infoway are very proud to launch a new video that tackles the question, What is the best advice for people on, or about to start, opioid medications? Dr. Evans is known for his unique health videos with almost 6 million YouTube views.

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Quitting smoking is a journey

Quitting smoking is a journeyDrs. Peter Selby and Sophie Soklaridis (CAMH) worked with Dr. Mike Evans (St. Michael's Hospital) and Mercury Films Inc. to create this video what works and what doesn't work when thinking about quitting smoking.

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What Housing Means to Me: The Voices of People Living with Mental Illness

As part of the knowledge exchange activities for the Turning the Key project, mental health consumers told us about their experiences with housing and supports. These are their stories. (More coming soon.)

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What Disturbs Our Blood: A Multi-Generational Case History of a Toronto Medical Family

What Disturbs our BloodWhat Disturbs Our Blood: A Son's Quest to Redeem the PastJames FitzGerald, author of the award-winning memoir, What Disturbs Our Blood: A Son's Quest to Redeem the Past, charts the careers of his grandfather and father -- both Canadian medical pioneers –and unearths long-buried family secrets. Exploring the fine line between high professional achievement and mental illness, he argues that the stigmatization of addiction and suicide can intensify when the patient happens to be a doctor.

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Five Essential Strategies in Motivating Clients to Change

Marilyn HerieMarilyn Herie on Motivational InterviewingMotivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based approach for a range of health behaviours and conditions, including addiction and mental health. Dr. Marilyn Herie shares her top five motivational strategies with an emphasis on practical tips and tools.

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Prescription for Addiction

Prescription for AddictionPrescription for Addiction Prescription for Addiction is a compelling documentary that examines the growing problem of dependence and addiction to opioid pain medications. This 39-minute version includes insights from doctors and health professionals.

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Taking Stock of Tobacco Control

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Kenneth WarnerDr. Kenneth E. Warner of the University of Michigan, School of Public Health, presents Taking Stock of Tobacco Control, the 2011 CAMH Archibald Lecture on the history of and prospects for tobacco control and smoking cessation, examining the success of different measures put in place in the US since the early 1960s.

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Smoking cessation in addiction treatment

Watch the new CAMH Knowledgex video with Dr. Peter Selby, Clinical Director of the Addictions program at CAMH, on why smoking cessation should be a key component of any addiction treatment program.

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