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ACT Transition Readiness Scale (ATR©) Pilot Community of Practice to support recovery and transition

This forum supports Assertive Community Treatment Teams (ACTT) and others interested in client transition and recovery process to share our practice and support the development of new ones.  It centres around the use of The Assertive Community Treatment Transition Readiness Scale© (ATR)developed by Gary Cuddeback, University of North Carolina, a brief and user friendly assessment (available also in French) that can support team and client decision making on transition from ACTT.

Please visit the Community of Practice (CoP) at: , then go to Forums

“EENet Connect is an online community where members of Ontario’s mental health and addictions system can create profiles, share knowledge, and collaborate more effectively with one another. The community reinforces existing relationships, while allowing new connections to take root and grow. “


What research should teach us about bullying and its prevention– Lunch and Learn

From Ron Ensom of Community Committee on Child Abuse (OCCCA).  Learn at Lunch series, It Takes a Community to Address Bullying

  •  on Friday, October 27.
  • The presenter will be Dr. Wendy Craig, Professor and Head of Psychology and Scientific Co-director of PREVNet, Queen’s University. Dr. Craig will discuss what research should teach us about bullying and its prevention.

RSVP by October 20th as seating is limited!
Contact OCCCA at

“Okay. [laughter] How long have you got? I can talk about engagement for a really long time. (P41, executive director)”

This article revisits how workers and organizational systems engage in practice change. It is rich with practical snapshots of individual perspectives from all levels of an organization. It brings a refreshing approach to the front line engaging in organizational… Vision and practice change.

  • a voice at the table;
  • interesting and relevant problem;
  • shared vision and decision making

 For me, especially exciting to see in discussion the endorsement of engaging practitioners themselves to contribute to the research on practice as a way to engage.

… The theme individual participation reflects the definition of medical engagement put forth by Spurgeon et al. ([17], p. 214): “the active and positive contribution of doctors within their normal working roles to maintaining and enhancing the performance of the organisation.” It is also consistent with the CFIR [33] domain characteristics of individuals and the multidimensional employee engagement construct from organizational research, which represents the notion of an individual being engaged in change [23242526]. In contrast, stakeholders in our study predominantly referred to the action of engaging others (with the goal for individuals to be engaged) [23]. This is an important distinction because it implies that engagement is a process or series of actions (arguably, an intervention) and an antecedent to engagement (as a state of being or mechanism). Engagement is not static but rather a process that requires cultivation over time. Like the predominant discourse throughout the implementation science literature, engagement was seen by stakeholders as inviting people to come together to participate across phases of healthcare improvement, from early priority setting to sustainment of initiatives. …

How do stakeholders from multiple hierarchical levels of a large provincial health system define engagement? A qualitative study





Our Clinical Documentation activities…. client centred principles for the future of electronic health records

This document by Canada Health Infoway  is relevant to future directions and to keep in mind as each of us types up our: progress notes, our treatment plans, our assessments, our various forms of the day. Relevant to how we, our managers our VP’s and more importantly our clients and their networks of support; be more closely grounded, better still participate in our daily activities of documentation.


One of the most striking results of this workshop is that although the theme was digital health technology, much of the conversations over the day and a half revolved around relationships and communication. In fact, most of the priorities laid out in the Citizens’ Vision touch on these themes: creating an environment that encourages clinicians to share in decision-making with patients; creating the conditions for patients to take an active role in their care; connecting different parts of the health system to enable better flows of information. This seemed to resonate the most with participants – the promise that digital solutions might help to bridge the gaps between patients, providers, and institutions.


See the Document here

Call for a “renewed” national agency to address social infrastructure

Michael Mendelson of the recently closing Caledon Institute lays out a vision of a new agency to build upon the history of councils working on social welfare.

…Today the National Council of Welfare is gone. The Canadian
Council on Social Development barely exists, limping along with little
national presence. These two core national agencies, which provided a
prominent voice for ‘social Canada,’ are no longer heard. At the same
time, many other national groups that were important to social policy
have also disappeared, such as the Economic Council of Canada. As of
November 2017, the Caledon Institute of Social Policy, to which this author
is affiliated and which has been critical in developing many practical
social policy innovations over the last two and a half decades (most notably
the child benefit system introduced by the new Trudeau government),
will also close up shop.

For Canada to remain a nation that aspires to protect our most
vulnerable citizens while providing equal opportunity for all, we cannot
stand still in the face of the challenges to come. We must evolve and
adapt our social security and development systems to the reality of the
world around us. This is not a task for government alone. Business,
labor, media, religious and Indigenous organizations and many others in
both our economic life and our civil society must play a role.

What Canada is missing is an ‘institutional’ national agency,
which can bring together the many and varied elements of civil society,
government and others towards continuously assessing, improving and
adapting our nation’s social infrastructure to ever-changing circumstances.
But neither the National Council of Welfare nor the Canadian Council
on Social Development as they were established would be suitable for
today’s needs. …

See the proposal here:

Social Workers need to step directly into guiding the organizations we work within

Lynn Sherwood’s article in Eastern OASW Summer Bulletin helps us step back, consider how we can say out loud “…the Emperor has no clothes.”  She outlines the context for the individual worker within the organization and… the context of the organization in the system of care.  

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…It wasn’t supposed to be like this. The profession of social work began back at the turn of the twentieth century as a response to poverty and to the terrible living conditions of new immigrants to Canada. The agencies and organizations we work for have never been affluent, and we have never represented much more than a finger in the dyke, holding back the rising tides of human misery. This knowledge goes with the territory. Our focus on the relationship between individuals and their social environment, on advocacy for social change, has always been fundamental to our profession. However, in recent years ostensibly laudable expectations of efficiency, effectiveness, accountability, measurable outcomes, have devolved into an uncomfortable acceptance of “The Business Model” of providing social services, leaving us struggling to function in impossible, contradictory situations. …

See the article here  (scroll down to the newsletters, open then go to page 20)

Some tools to help us think about implementing evidence in our practice

Health Evidence shares tools that guide practice evidence, developed in collaboration with local public health organizations.  While targeted at public health some of the tools provide useful approaches for emerging front line projects.

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photo by: SpitfireTally-ho! / Spitfire at en.wikipedia

Looking for tools to help you find and use research evidence? Use the Health Evidence™ practice tools to help you work through the evidence-informed decision making process; search for evidence, track your search, and share lessons learned with your public health organization.

Example of tools:

See the current tools at their site here