The Conference will be conducted in English.


Draft Programme (Subject to Change)


Pre-Conference Workshops, Thursday 8th Oct 2015

Hyatt Regency Hotel, Montreal

Utilising Social Media to Promote Young Peoples Mental Health and Wellbeing

WORKSHOP FULL: This workshop would focus on supporting organisation in utilising social media to promote both their work in the youth mental health field and also to understand how it can be used to improve young peoples mental health and wellbeing.

Implementing the International Youth Mental Health Declaration at the local level

This workshop would work with individuals and organisations to utilise the implementation pack for the framework (to be developed by the conference) that will assist in promoting the key elements of youth mental health at a local and national level.

Coming in Loud and Clear: How to Grow Meaningful Youth Involvement

WORKSHOP FULL: The involvement of youth voice in numerous aspects of mental health services is a growing trend, but youth involvement must be meaningful if it is to be effective. Through the use of first-hand experiences, relevant literature, and problem-solving techniques this workshop will share best practices for the meaningful involvement of youth and help participants develop concrete steps to increasing youth involvement in their own settings.  We will cover meaningful youth involvement and voice in four major aspects of youth mental health:  1) youths’ own treatment and service planning and decision-making, 2) peer-worker roles (e.g. peer mentors, peer specialists), 3) participatory research and evaluation and 4) partnering with youth to produce system and service change.  We will emphasize the involvement of youth with lived experience of mental illness, and will discuss the role of youth without lived experience. Workshop leaders include youth with lived experience and individuals who have engaged youth in mental health systems. Their experience will infuse the workshop with their perspectives, lessons learned, and case examples.  Research findings will be shared to emphasize the most promising practices to increase youth voice.

Participants will learn about:

  • Effective approaches to partnering with youth (e.g. preparing & supporting youth in their roles)
  • The impacts of stigma and how to counter them
  • The balance between youth and family involvement
  • Common barriers and facilitators to youth involvement
  • How to appropriately compensate youth for their involvement
  • How to make paid roles successful
  • How to make unpaid roles engaging and successful
  • The role of social media and technology

This multimedia participatory and practical workshop will emphasize the sharing of experiences, small group problem solving, and whole group discussions utilizing web-based and interactive resources.

Each participant will use the day to develop at least one meaningful and manageable concrete step to increase youth involvement that he or she can implement in his or her setting to increase or improve youth involvement.  The workshop process will model meaningful partnering with youth, and encourage collegial relationships that will support efforts to increase youth voice long after the workshop has ended.

This workshop is targeted at individuals who want to start or increase youth involvement in a meaningful way.  It is intended to benefit those who have no experience with youth involvement, those with lots of experience with youth involvement, and everyone in-between.

Family and Carer engagement in youth mental health

This workshop would explore with participants the importance of family engagement as part of the treatment process and how organisations can ensure they are utilising family inclusive practice as part of their service delivery framework.

How to ensure your practice and the next generation of services are evidenced based – A Practical Approach

This workshop will explore with participants in a practical and real world way how to ensure that service models are informed and guided by evidence. The workshop will explore the different barriers and enablers that impact on the use of evidence in the delivery of treatments and in designing service models.