PEITF Convention: Visit the School Counsellors’ Booth

The PEITF School Counsellors’ Association will once again have a booth set up at the Annual Convention this week, October 19 & 20. It will be located at the top of the stairs, to the right. Be sure to enter your name for the door prizes.  Here’s a sneak peek at one of the prizes you could win!

Motivational Interviewing book

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September 30 is Orange Shirt Day

The information below was sent to PEI schools today from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

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Dear PEI Educators,

 Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters is a movement that is sweeping our country and YOU are invited to become a part of it! Please click on the link below to view your 1 minute official invitation video!

 Details in video invite will include:

  • A brief overview of how Orange Shirt Day began.

  • Where to access the resource package that has been developed.

  • Request to contact me (Lesley) if your school or class is going to participate.

Resource packages can be found here:

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October 1 – 7: Verbal Abuse Prevention Week


The first week of October is Verbal Abuse Prevention Week. Although it originated in PEI in 1999, it is now a Canada-wide event. It is the result of efforts by an Island family that wanted to do something to counteract the devastating effects of verbal abuse. Schools, families and communities all have a role to play in encouraging everyone to “think before you speak.”

If you know of other useful websites, please comment on them below.

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Free Webinar: Bullying-Responding for Prevention

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“Effective responses to bullying need to address both its impacts and root causes, while also holding perpetrators of bullying meaningfully accountable for their actions. This webinar will push beyond attitudes and responses that rely solely on isolation and punishment and move towards more restorative responses.”

At the end of the one hour webinar, a certificate of completion will be provided, which can be used for 1 CEC with the Canadian Counselling and Psycotherapy Association.

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Mental Health Academy, July 20 & 21, Halifax, N.S.

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The Mental Health Academy is a signature TeenMentalHealth.Org event furthering education in mental health using evidence-based research and programs. This year’s program will feature dynamic leaders in the field of adolescent mental health. The two-day event will cover the latest information on adolescent brain development, school staff self-care, what to do after a tragic death, Anxiety, Depression, Substance Use, Eating Disorders and much more.  The presenters will give you the knowledge, understanding and tools you need to better support students dealing with mental health challenges.

For details and registration, visit: .

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ASIST Tune-Up, May 18

May 18, 9:30 – 12:30, Murchison Centre, Charlottetown

Link to flyer: Tune-up-FlyerMay 2017

Canadian Mental Health Association/P.E.I. Division is hosting a half-day ASIST Tune-up (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training). Every few years, ASIST participants need to ‘tune-up’ their suicide intervention skills in a refresher workshop. The ASIST Tune-Up Workshop is a half-day program which focuses on tuning-up and practicing the suicide risk review and safeplan guide, the suicide intervention model (SIM) as well as reviewing available community resources. Please see the attached registration flyer for more details and how to register for this refresher workshop.

In order to participate in this refresher, you must have completed the full two-day ASIST Workshop Edition 11 (offered since 2014). If you are unsure when you took the ASIST Workshop, the date can be found on your ASIST Certificate and the workshop Edition of your training is on the spine of your Suicide Intervention Handbook, both of which you received during your training. If you did not receive a handbook, you got Edition 11.

If you received your ASIST training prior to 2014, it is recommended you take the full two-day training in order to obtain your ASIST re-certification. Please see post below from February 28for the next ASIST workshop dates.


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Free Webinars for March

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This month’s free webinar from CTRI is Mindfulness: Overview and Awareness.

Achieve’s free webinar for March is Dealing With Difficult People.

Each is approximately one hour in length and is eligible for Continuing Education Credits (CECs) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

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