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Understanding the ecological approach to mental health promotion to intentionally embed evidence-informed strategies into practice
This session will define mental health promotion (MHP) and why it is a crucial component to supporting health and recovery for people we work with. An ecological approach to upstream evidence-informed MHP interventions within a stepped care model will be highlighted with examples of current initiatives and the promising impact on key populations. The MHP resource hub with an array of available resources and tools to support health care providers in embedding mental health promotion into practice (and our personal lives) will be showcased.
Karen Kyliuk BSW RSW
Mental Health Resource and Education Facilitator, Community Mental Health, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
Karen Kyliuk is a registered social worker with a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Manitoba. Her background includes 30 years + working in the mental health field in various roles; with the last 20 years in mental health promotion at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. Karen is co-chair of the MCSW Complaints Committee and chair of the Winnipeg Suicide Prevention Network.
Karen has been the project lead and developer of several health promotion and education programs such as: Enjoy Life More, SAI, Thrive over 55 and the Ways to Well-being workshop. Recently, she was the project consultant for the Newcomers’ well-being CHAC funded project and co-lead for the Indigenous Ways to Well-being Youth Perspectives project. Karen has been a columnist for both WAVE magazine and the Winnipeg Free Press Balance column on a variety of topics promoting positive mental health and resilience at a population level.
Occupational stress, trauma and resilience
Healthcare workers are exposed to disproportionally high numbers of potentially traumatic events compared to the general population. Kevin will present on the distinction between stress and trauma and provide an overview of common symptoms and reactions following potentially traumatic events. We will conclude with a discussion of strategies for self-care, providing support for colleagues, and helping patients who may have experienced trauma.
Kevin Barber PhD
Psychologist Candidate and Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Health Psychology, University of Manitoba
Kevin Barber is an assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Manitoba. He completed his PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Waterloo and is currently working primarily at the Deer Lodge Operational Stress Injury Clinic. He has trained at multiple Operational Stress Injury Clinics across Canada providing assessment and treatment for members of the RCMP, Canadian Armed Forces, and veterans. He has previously worked at a specialty clinic serving first responder populations including nurses, municipal police, firefighters, and paramedics.