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Workshop: “Using Expressive Arts in Social Work Practice …” – DAUPHIN, March 23, 24, 30 & 31

Expressive Arts Workshop Poster

Dates:  Thursdays & Fridays, March 23 & 24, March 30 & 31, 2017

Times:  11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Location: Youth Centre, Dauphin Friendship Centre

Fee: $50.00 (for all 4 days)

This workshop is for social workers and other professional helpers who are interested in the integration of expressive arts into their helping practice for self-care, growth, change and transformation. The focus is on experiential applications of photography, visual arts, drumming, singing, drama, movement, dance, and other creative processes.

For more information and to register, please contact: / (204)-474-9239 or

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Shared Leadership: The Pathway to Mental Health & Well-Being Conference – Feb. 10, 2017

“Shared Leadership: The Pathway to Mental Health and Well-being” is the theme of the 2017 Safe Schools Manitoba conference. Student mental health and well-being are priorities for educators, but there is increasing recognition that schools alone cannot meet all the needs of students. A collaborative approach is needed.  The conference will bring together representatives from the K-12 and post-secondary systems, provincial education associations, government, regional health authorities, community agencies, business, and most importantly, students.

The conference will be held on Friday, February 10, 2017 at the Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre (1808 Wellington Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba).

The conference program, with overviews of all keynote and breakout sessions, is now available online. Registration now open!

Posted in Conferences/Training, Eastern/Winnipeg, Events, New information: public, Regional Events |

Impulsivity, sensation seeking increase risk of alcohol and drug use among youths

Adolescence can be a challenging time for both young people and their parents. Adolescents often face temptations to experiment with various substances and, unfortunately, this is the time when problem substance use typically begins. Vulnerability likely stems from at least two changes that occur during adolescence: although there are rapid increases in sensation seeking during early- to mid-adolescence, gradual improvements in impulse control become evident only during later adolescence. This study examines how these processes develop in high-risk youths. Read more

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Mental illness genetically linked to drug use and misuse

There are many reports of drug use leading to mental health problems, and we all know of someone having a few too many drinks to cope with a bad day. Many people who are diagnosed with a mental health disorder indulge in drugs, and vice versa. As severity of both increase, problems arise and they become more difficult to treat. But why substance involvement and psychiatric disorders often co-occur is not well understood.  Read more

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Early marijuana use associated with abnormal brain function, lower IQ

In a new study, scientists have discovered that early marijuana use may result in abnormal brain function and lower IQ.  Read more

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Cannabis reduces creativity, but user generally not aware

Regular users of cannabis are less aware of their own mistakes, and they are not good at creative thinking, concludes new research on the effects of cannabis. Read more

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Sleep habits, adolescent drug and alcohol use linked, shows research

A possible link between pre-adolescent sleep habits and early substance abuse has been identified by researchers. The study found that both sleep duration and sleep quality during late childhood predict alcohol and cannabis use later in adolescence. Read more

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New treatment for depressed smokers trying to quit

Why is quitting smoking particularly difficult for depressed people? Researchers are now testing a new smoking cessation treatment combining medication and behavioral activation therapy targeted at this population. Read more

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Physical activity may offset some of alcohol’s lethal harms

Exercising, at even basic recommended weekly physical activity levels (at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity), may offset some of the harmful effects of drinking alcohol, suggests new research. This first-of-its-kind study found that for alcohol drinkers, physical activity may decrease the risks of dying both from cancer and from ‘all-cause mortality’ that is, deaths from any cause. Read more

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Drinking to belong: Students and low self-esteem

It’s that time of year again, when students old and new are heading to university. Certain behaviors might be expected in the coming months, drinking in particular. Drinking is widespread among student populations, whether for social enrichment or the need to conform. However, many college students experience the darker side of binge drinking; violence, unsafe sex or poor academic performance. New research examines motivations for drinking in students with low self-esteem, finding that these individuals indulge far more than their more confident peers. Read more

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