Recent and Upcoming Webinars

ONTABA Professional Webinar Series - Employment and Human Resources Issues during COVID-19 with Natasha Danson

COVID-19 has changed the workplace in significant ways. This session will review some of the legislative changes that affect the workplace, as well as some common issues that have arisen in the employment context during the pandemic such as: health and safety, reduction in pay, accommodation, and employee engagement. The webinar will provide viewers with practical information about the unexpected and new challenges now faced by behavioural employers and employees alike (including families that employ behavioural support).

Natasha Danson is a partner at the law firm Steinecke Maciura LeBlanc. She practises in all areas of professional regulation and she advises regulators on employment and human resources matters. Natasha volunteers as amicus counsel at the Divisional Court for Pro Bono Ontario. She sits on the University Health Network’s Research and Ethics Board and is a former executive board member of the Ontario Bar Association’s Health Law Section and a former editorial board member for the publication Health Law in Canada

Webinar - Promoting Mental Health in Autistic People : The Importance of Context and Support, with Dr. Jonathan Weiss

Wednesday, May 27th, 2020: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

This webinar will review the state of the evidence and best practice in understanding mental health problems experienced by adolescents and adults on the spectrum. We will discuss how we can use conceptualizations of thriving to move beyond solely deficit models, for understanding and planning supports

Dr. Jonathan Weiss is an associate professor in the department of psychology at York University, a clinical psychologist, and holds the chair in ASD treatment and care research.
 

ONTABA Professional Webinar Series

Webinar - Legal and Professional Issues to Consider when Providing and Receiving Telehealth Services with Richard Steinecke

Providing services remotely during the pandemic is growing exponentially in popularity. However, it also raises special legal and professional issues that practitioners, and recipients of behavioural services and their families/caregivers should consider. Both new and experienced participants in remote behavioural service sessions will benefit from this systematic yet practical presentation of recurring issues.

Richard Steinecke practises law exclusively in the area of professional regulation. He is the editor of the widely read Grey Areas newsletter commenting on recent developments in professional regulation. Because of its comprehensive nature, courts and tribunals have cited his book “A Complete Guide to the Regulated Health Professions Act” dozens of times, even in cases dealing with non-health professions. The book is updated twice a year. Richard is counsel to Steinecke Maciura LeBlanc.

Personal Development Webinar Series - Employment Readiness for Youth and Young Adults with Sarah Southey M.S.W

This series will be geared towards youth and young adults on the autism spectrum.  Skills gained in this webinar series:

  • Resume and cover letter writing with template examples

  • Managing being social at work

  • Interview readiness and sample questions

Sarah is a Social Worker (M.S.W.), and is an affiliate of The Redpath Centre. She see’s clients in Mississauga, Toronto and virtually. She has over 12 years experience working with adolescents and adults with ASD, ADHD, learning disabilities and mental health issues. Sarah focuses her counselling and research on helping people with ASD find and keep meaningful employment. Sarah uses solution-focused and cognitive behavioural therapy techniques in her sessions.

Webinar - Resiliency in Job Searching During COVID-19

Join Sarah for a webinar aimed at understanding job searching during a recession. She will explore how to help you stay focused, efficient and not get overwhelmed during this challenging time. Discussion on how to maintain routine and keep working towards your goals will be explored. Self-care strategies and tips for building experience while our world is in a state of crisis will be covered.

Webinar - Thinking About Strengths, Values and Interests for Career Matching

Confidently acknowledging what one is good at is the first step in deciding what kind of work/education may be a good match. In this one hour workshop, individuals will be challenged to think about the talents and abilities they may bring to a future job. Sarah will guide participants in exercises and suggest resources that will help in identifying interests and skills for a potential job.

Webinar - Resume and Cover Letter Development

Join Sarah Southey, MSW, RSW for tips on how to make your resume and cover letter stand out from the crowd. This workshop will be geared at helping job searchers who are new to the world of job searching make their job search most efficient. Troubleshooting common resume issues such as lack of experience and resume gaps will be addressed. Participants will take away templates and a foundation to further develop their resumes.

Webinar - Interview Skills

We know that individuals with ASD often struggle with social-communication skills making interviewing challenging for many. In this workshop, Sarah Southey, MSW,RSW will take participants through some interview preparation and common questions and answers so job seekers can be best prepared.

Webinar - Social Scenarios at Work

In this workshop, Sarah will use her “Three C’s” approach to understanding and managing being social at work and apply it to a number of different scenarios. Through Context, Communication and Checking-in we will explore how most situations can be more easily resolved with less anxiety

Webinar - Disclosure, Job Searching & Being Social At Work Readiness for Youth and Young Adults

Are you a youth or young adult on the spectrum who is employed or looking for employment? 

Join us for this webinar where we explore if, how and when to disclose additional needs in the workplace. We will also cover how to job search more effectively so that you are making the biggest impact and maximizing your time. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, this practical workshop will cover strategies to manage the social component at work. This webinar is full of tips and tricks to make employment and the search for it much easier.

  • How and when to disclose additional needs in the workplace

  • How to job search more effectively

  • How to manage the social component at work

Personal Development Webinar Series – Wellness & Self Care with Stephanie Moeser,  M.S.W.

In this 4-part webinar series, Stephanie will be discussing strategies and tips to support wellness and stress management. 

There will be an opportunity to learn:

  • New strategies

  • Try mindfulness activities

  • Have fun

Stephanie Moeser, M.S.W., has over 20 years of experience working with parents, caregivers, siblings and neurodiverse people; particularly teens and adults on the spectrum. The primary focus of Stephanie’s practice is providing counselling supports to youth and adults with ASD and their families.

Webinar - Wellness and Self-Care for Parents and Caregivers

This hour is geared towards parents and caregivers of people on the autism spectrum. We will spend some time together discussing the importance of structure and connection during this time. We will look at ways we can shift some expectations we have of ourselves as parents and caregivers and practice some practical and fun strategies to find moments of mindfulness throughout these busy and sometimes unpredictable days.

Webinar - Wellness and Self-Care for Autistic Adults

This hour is directed towards adults on the autism spectrum. We will spend the hour together discussing ways to create and implement structure and routine. We will look at the was some of our automatic thoughts can be causing increased stress and develop some basic strategies to identify when this happens and begin to refocus and shift our thinking. We will find some practical and creative ways to use the power of visualization to bring moments of calm and enjoyment to our days.

Webinar - Self-Care and Mindfulness for Autistic Youth and Teens

This hour is directed towards youth and teens on the autism spectrum. We will spend the hour together discussing ways to create and implement structure and routine. We will look at the was some of our automatic thoughts can be causing increased stress and develop some basic strategies to identify when this happens and begin to refocus and shift our thinking. We will find some practical and creative ways to use the power of visualization to bring moments of calm and enjoyment to our days.

Webinar - Self-Care for Siblings of People on the Autism Spectrum

This hour is geared towards siblings of those on the autism spectrum. We will spend the hour together discussing the importance of structure and routine and the importance of remaining connected to friends. We will find some creative ways to continue connection with others. Sometimes our thoughts can be helpful and sometimes they can cause us more stress and anxiety. We will find ways to replace unhelpful thoughts with helpful ones. And we will talk about fun and helpful things you can do if you are feeling moments of stress or sadness about missing your friends or missing school.

Webinar - Ask the Doctor: A Parent's Guide to Helping Children and Teens through Mental Health Challenges, with Dr. Peter Szatmari, MD.

From two of the top child and adolescent psychiatrists at The Hospital for Sick Children comes an accessible guide to common mental health struggles, such as anxiety and depression, for any parent wondering how to help their child. Join Dr. Szatmari, as we explore his new book Start Here: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Children and Teens through Mental Health Challenges. In this Ask The Doctor webinar, Dr. Szatmari will be answering viewer questions with a focus on mental health challenges.

Dr. Peter Szatmari, MD, is the Chief of the Child and Youth Mental Health Collaborative between the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, The Hospital for Sick Children, and the University of Toronto.

Webinar - Ask the Therapist: Don't Let Corona Infect My Relationship, with Mark Laing, BA and Registered Psychotherapist

We will look at how the stress of COVID-19 can spill into a relationship only to increase conflict and stress. What can you do to keep your relationship intact and healthy during an unprecedented time in history?What can you do to keep your relationship intact and healthy during times of stress and crisis?

  • The role of introvert and extrovert in building conflict.

  • Learn to distinguish between facts and problems in maintaining healthy relationships. 

  • Learn the basic steps in having healthy conversations.

Mark Laing's work centers on marriages in crisis, the effects of affairs, the hopelessness of mood disorders (depression, anxiety, etc.), the frustration of inappropriate anger and the paralysis caused by low self-acceptance. Equipped with an honors degree in clinical psychology and certified as a pastoral counselor, he helps his clients from not only a clinical perspective but from a spiritual one as well.