Your donations to Sasha Menu Courey's fund at Mount Sinai Hospital making waves!

Sasha Menu Courey's fund at Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation was used to expand DBT services in Toronto, with training occurring on November 27th, 2014!

Here are details about this state of the art training that took place extracted from the flyer that was used to promote registration:

"This training opportunity builds upon earlier training and education programs developed by the Toronto Mental Health and Addictions Acute Care Alliance. We are using generous support from The Menu Courey Family to provide state of the art DBT training. The Menu Courey Family have donated and raised funds for this purpose in memory of their daughter Sasha and have made a generous gift to the Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation to sponsor this capacity-building project. These training opportunities are focused on the hospital and community partners of the Toronto Mental Health and Addictions Acute Care Alliance (MHAACA) with the aim of improving access to services for patients with emotional dysregulation in both acute care hospital and community mental health settings. This project is a joint collaboration between the MHAACA, Mount Sinai Hospital Department of Psychiatry, CAMH, and University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry.

Patients with problems related to emotional dysregulation and Borderline Personality Disorder are among the highest utilizers of acute healthcare services and present with challenging difficulties. DBT is an evidence-supported treatment, proven through numerous research trials to effectively help patients who suffer from emotion dysregulation, self-harm, and impulsivity. It is not widely available and many patients who can benefit from this treatment approach do not receive it. This initiative seeks to narrow the gap between need for, and access to DBT-informed care by training front-line workers across our partnership.

GOALS: This training initiative will advance DBT skills to better serve patients with emotional dysregulation amongst MHAACA health care providers in hospital and community health service settings. An allied training component will focus on the provider experience, notably countertransference management and provider resilience in the care of those with affective regulatory difficulties.

FACULTY & FORMAT: Drs. Shelley McMain and Carmen Wiebe, from CAMH, leading Canadian and international DBT experts and trainers, conducted this training comprised of a 2-day large-group workshop (with 75 participants). This will be followed by longitudinal small-group supervision and capacity-building with three select groups of MHAACA health providers (10/group).

WHAT WAS TAUGHT: The course content focused on DBT skills and therapeutic strategies for managing clients who struggle with emotional dysregulation. The curricular content was responsive to the actual practice settings and learning needs of those enrolled, with the longitudinal and case-based teaching of practical DBT skills, such as DBT skills training in group processes (for inpatient or day hospital settings) and/or training in informal DBT skills coaching. Evaluation of the impact and outcomes of this training initiative will be conducted by the CAMH Office of Education."

This represents a critical milestone in our efforts to increase availability of services but this is just a ripple, with your help we hope to make bigger waves in this area. 

If you wish to make a donation to this fund please access the following link:

Sasha Menu Courey Fund at Mount Sinai Foundation

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