SSCY Centre hosts a monthly learning series on the second Tuesday of each month, from 8:00-9:00 in the Northern Lights room on the second floor.  These sessions will provide an opportunity to learn about and discuss a variety of topics that are relevant to SSCY families, programs, and staff.  Everyone (including SSCY staff, staff at other facilities, and families) is welcome to attend!  You may also watch the sessions as a webinar, either live or as a recording.

Select a session below to learn more, to register for its webinar, or to watch a recording of the session.

Mark your calendars for our upcoming sessions:

April 14th, 2020: Knowledge Translation in Clinical Settings

The Canadian FASD Diagnostic Guidelines (Cook et al 2015) describes the assessments recommended for individuals with prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) in various age groups.  While a diagnostic team is recommended for infants and preschoolers, there are recognized challenges in the diagnostic assessment in the current guidelines. The interpretation of brain domains constituting global impairment in preschoolers is not well described in the literature and there has been broad clinical reluctance to consider the interpretation of clinical assessments as definitively diagnostic in this age group. Over 15 years of multidisciplinary data of infant and preschool data has been analyzed to described observed patterns and make recommendations for preschool diagnostic guidelines. This presentation will focus on the Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology assessments contributing to the preschooler assessment (3 years – 5 years 11 months) for FASD.

In this session you will learn:

  • Briefly review criteria for FASD diagnosis as per the Canadian Diagnostic Guidelines
  • Literature review supporting the need for sensory and language assessments
  • Illustrate the clinical significance for the inclusion of assessing sensory processing skills in preschoolers
  • Review the combined clinical significance of the sensory, motor and language assessments for children with PAE
  • Discuss how our findings can enhance the Canadian Diagnostic Guidelines recommendations for FASD diagnosis in preschoolers

Presented by: Kellsey Scheepers, Occupational Therapist & Shelley Proven, Speech- Language Pathologist

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Vicarious trauma is the psychological impact of repeatedly bearing witness to another person’s trauma – it can be the hidden cost to caring. Vicarious trauma can occur in the course of our daily work activities when working with children with disabilities and medical complexities. This workshop will review causes of vicarious trauma and some signs we are experiencing it. We will also review self-care practices and support resources for health care practitioners.

In this session you will learn:

  • What is vicarious trauma?
  • Why does vicarious trauma happen?
  • How does vicarious trauma impact health practitioners?
  • How to identify signs that additional supports may be needed.
  • Identify self-care strategies for health practitioners.

Presented by: Sandi Mitchell, Organization & Staff Development, WRHA

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Patients’ views of their health status are not typically sought outside of clinical research. Yet the ultimate measure of health system performance is whether it helps people recover from an illness, live well with a chronic condition, and face the end of life with dignity, and the only way to know whether we’ve achieved this is to ask patients themselves. Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) are tools that aim to measure the patient’s perspective of the outcomes of their treatment and care. In this presentation you will learn more about what PROMs are and about how we hope to use PROMs to support patient-centred care in Manitoba.

In this session you will learn:

  • What are patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs)?
  • Why are PROMs important?
  • How can we use PROMs to support patient-centred care in Manitoba?

Presented by: Sarah Kirby, MPH, & Jeanette Edwards, MHA

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Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) is an evidence based therapy that promotes development of skills and function in the affected hand and arm of a person with an impairment on one side of their body (this could be due to a stroke, brain injury or other neurological impairment). It involves the use of a constraint on the non-affected hand and arm along with intense and targeted practice of skills with the weaker hand and arm.

In this session you will learn:

  • What CIMT is, including evidence to support this therapy
  • Current pediatric CIMT practice in Canada/USA
  • CIMT at RCC
  • What resources are available for therapists wishing to implement CIMT with a client
  • Next steps

Presented by: Kim Thiessen, Occupational Therapist

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Community Respite Service has helped families and people with intellectual and physical disabilities by providing quality respite in Manitoba, fostering independence and participation within their communities. CRS is a participant and family centered care organization that strives to provide quality service.

In this session you will learn:

  • What is Community Respite Service Inc. (CRS) and what programs and features do they offer?
  • What are the mission, vision, and goals of the CRS?
  • How does the CRS compare with other respite programs?
    • CRS’ Office Administered program and how it compares to the Provincial TIPPS program
    • CRS’ Self-administered program and how it compares with the Provincial Self-managed program
  • Overnight respite through CRS and other community options
  • CRS’ Respite apartment uses

Presented by: Michelle Hammond, Executive Director for Community Respite Service Inc.

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The RCC/SSCY Family Advisory Council (FAC) is a formal group that was established in 1997 and consists of family members, community members and health care professionals. The advisors meet every other month to provide input and feedback on various strategic goals and initiatives taking place at the RCC/SSCY.

In this session you will learn:

  • About the RCC/SSCY Family Council and what we do
  • History of the Family Advisory Council
  • What makes the Family Advisory Council successful
  • RCC/SSCY Family Network’s current initiatives to support families
  • Upcoming RCC/SSCY Family Network events, where you can access information,   and how to get involved

Presented by: Carrie Felices-Costello, Chair of the Family Advisory Council, & Tessa Plett, BSW RSW, Social Worker at RCC and staff liaison for the Family Advisory Council

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