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in collaboration with the Women & HIV/AIDS Initiative (WHAI) at ACT

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Casey House full day symposium
519 Church Street Community Centre – additional details and times TBA

Keynote address:
Synchronizing with our Clients: The essentials of mentalizing & interpersonal psychotherapy
Dr. Paula Ravitz

Additional lectures:
A Wholistic Approach to Trauma Informed Care for People Living with HIV
Dr. Alpna Munshi and Raelene Prieto
Honouring Resilience: HIV and Reproductive Health
Jay MacGillivray
Hearing the Voices of Women: Wisdom from the street-based sex workers needs assessment
Judy Hyndman, Sushi R., Norma Neal and Laura Hanson (Panellists will share a peer-based training session for health care providers on working with and providing care for sex workers. This training is offered by Regent Park Community Health Centre and Street Health, and includes the voices of women with lived experience.)

Registration is required, please email

Laura Hanson has been a community nurse since 2003, working with homeless, non-insured and other marginalized populations in downtown Winnipeg and Toronto. In 2010 Laura completed a master of nursing degree, and she is currently a nurse practitioner at Regent Park Community Health Centre.

Judy Hyndman is a harm reduction worker at Regent Park Community Health Centre who provides support to street involved individuals through outreach, education and drop-in programming. For the last 4 years she’s been involved in numerous community based projects to improve the lives of street involved individuals.

Paula Ravitz is an associate professor of psychiatry, holds the Mt. Sinai Hospital Morgan Firestone psychotherapy chair, and is director of the psychotherapy, humanities and education scholarship division for the University of Toronto, department of psychiatry.

Jay MacGillivray is one of the first registered midwives in Canada. She co-founded the positive pregnancy program (P3) at St Michael’s Hospital, Toronto. This interdisciplinary program works with parents and communities to provide evolving, trauma-aware and culturally-informed sexual and reproductive care for people already living with HIV and for those at greatly increased risk.She has an exclusive clinical focus on HIV, hepatitis, people affected by severe trauma, conflict zones and migration, human trafficking, significant substance use, severe mental illness, and/or coerced sex work in pregnancy.

Alpna Munshi is a psychiatric consultant to Women’s Health in Women’s Hands, where she has been engaging in a dynamic collaborative care model since 2010. She is a full time psychiatrist at CAMH in the mood and anxiety program, where she is part of the women’s trauma stream of the integrated day treatment program.

Norma Jean Neal is a harm reduction worker at Regent Park Community Health Centre working with marginalized women through outreach and education. Norma has been involved in numerous community based projects focused on improving the lives of marginalized women.

Raelene Prieto represents Women’s Health in Women’s Hands CHC with over nine years of experience in therapeutic dialogue and planning. Specializing in cognitive, behavioural, narrative, motivational and strengths-based approaches, she also uses mindfulness meditation to enhance the therapeutic experience. Having earned her M.Ed. in counselling psychology from the University of Toronto, Raelene is a registered psychotherapist with the College for Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.

Sushi R. is a harm reduction worker at Street Health and South Riverdale Community Health Centre. She’s been a harm reduction worker for many years, providing harm reduction education and support to substance users.