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OACAS Conference Flyer- Connect & Collaborate
Published on Monday, 6 February, 2023

School Phobia Training Course
Published on Thursday, 23 February, 2023

YMHC Announces School Phobia Training Course for Educators and Mental Health Professionals


The Youth Mental Health Canada (YMHC) is pleased to announce the upcoming School Phobia Training Course for educators and mental health professionals. The course is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to support young people struggling with school phobia, avoidance, and absence. The program will focus on building mental wellness protective factors, creating proactive and preventative approaches to support young people with school phobia disabilities, and developing needs-based educational models.


The course will cover a range of topics, including the prevalence and impact of school phobia, risk factors for negative outcomes associated with absence from school, and evidence-based interventions for supporting students with school phobia. Participants will engage in meaningful assignments throughout the 12-hour course, enabling them to apply their learning in real-world situations. Successful completion of the course requirements will result in a certificate of completion, which can be used to demonstrate professional development and training.


In addition to instructional content, participants will receive a photocopiable guidebook on supporting students with school phobia, serving as a valuable resource for educators and mental health professionals in supporting students with school phobia. The course will be held on Saturdays from 1 pm to 3 pm EST, starting April 1 and ending May 6, via Zoom, with audio and camera requirements.


Enrollment in the course is limited to 15 participants to ensure a high level of engagement and interaction. The cost of the course is $750 per person, and we encourage participants to register early to secure their spot. Completion of all assignments is required to successfully complete the course.


YMHC's School Phobia Training Course is a comprehensive and essential professional development opportunity for educators and mental health professionals committed to supporting young people with mental health disabilities. Through this course, participants will gain the knowledge and skills needed to make a positive difference in the lives of students struggling with school phobia. 


To apply for the course, please visit the link on the course website We look forward to working with you and helping you make a positive impact on the lives of the young people you serve.


About the trainer:

The trainer of this course is Sheryl Boswell, an educator who has taught elementary, secondary, postsecondary, and adult education in Canada and Africa. Sheryl is the Executive Director of Youth Mental Health Canada, a registered charitable nonprofit organization. She is a child and youth mental health expert and has worked in the field for many years. Through Sheryl’s work, she has contributed to a provincial and national change in education to support students with mental health disabilities. As an educator, she knows that tools for wellness need to be accessible to all young people and their families. These tools include the five mental wellness workbooks and one guidebook on supporting students with school phobia she has written. Sheryl is a member of several international organizations including the International Association of Youth Mental Health and the International Network for School Attendance and has presented workshops on school phobia across Canada and internationally.

YMHC has been conducting international research in this area for over ten years. We published our school phobia survey findings from 2019 to 2021 in 2022 on our school phobia website:


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Published on Thursday, 23 February, 2023

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Published on Thursday, 23 February, 2023

Free training opportunity- Supporting Opioid Harm Reduction
Published on Monday, 6 February, 2023

As we have all come to learn too well, the opioid crisis in Canada has devasting effects on individuals, families, communities, and our health care systems. Tragically, this crisis has worsened since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a staggering 7,560 deaths recorded in 2021.  This represents a 72% increase over 2020!


To address these alarming and increasing figures, Canadian Red Cross through funding from Health Canada, has developed a free, online course, First Aid for Opioid Poisoning Emergencies. The course takes approximately 45-60 minutes to complete.  Attendees

  • Learn bout opioids and how they affect the body
  • Explore factors that can affect the risk of an opioid poisoning
  • Discuss ways to reduce the influence of stigma and gain strategies for self-care
  • Understand how naloxone works and how to administer naloxone 

The course aims to empower participants to become knowledgeable and confident in how to respond to an opioid poisoning emergency, and also enables them to receive a free nasal naloxone kit upon completion of the course*. Naloxone is a life-saving medication that temporarily reverses the life-threatening effects of opioid poisoning.


Interested? For ease, you can click here and REGISTER NOW

SAVE THE DATE- Conference 2023 Flyer
Published on Thursday, 19 January, 2023

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OACAS Check In Zoom meeting (Open to all!)
Published on Wednesday, 22 April, 2020

OACAS is hosting a zoom meeting with attendance counsellors on April 28th! Non-members are welcome to join.

Time: Apr 28, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 972 5421 6229
Password: 8aKf31

See you there!


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