Upcoming Events

  • Brief Counseling Techniques for Tobacco Use Cessation ~ 17 January 2018

    17th Jan 2018 8:30:am – 17th Jan 2018 12:00:pm

    The Monarch System is a vendor-of-record with Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) and its associated resource centre, the Program Training & Consultation Centre (PTCC). This workshop is sponsored by CCO and it is designed to offer a half-day workshop experience for healthcare professionals to build skills to help their clients in their process toward quitting tobacco use. Participants will learn to build their skills in brief cessation counselling and learn techniques to enhance their clients’ motivation and ability to quit smoking. This workshop is designed to increase confidence in using the 5A’s protocol (Ask, Advise, Assess, Assist, Arrange) and apply motivational interviewing principles through a combination of instructor-led and small group participatory learning activities. This workshop includes information on electronic cigarettes and other emerging issues. Participants will practice techniques, learn strategies, and use tools proven to assist people through the process of quitting smoking and become aware of valuable resources that are available in the community. For complete workshop information and to register, please see the Workshop Promotional Flyer.

  • Monarch Motivational Interviewing Workshop for Physiotherapists & Staff of the TCLHIN ~ 26 January 2018

    26th Jan 2018 9:00:am – 26th Jan 2018 4:00:pm

    This is a Level 1 Monarch System Workshop focused on Applied Motivational Interviewing and Coaching Tools for Physical Therapists and associated Staff/ Health Practitioners within the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network. Funding and support for the workshop come from the Four Villages Community Health Centre in Toronto. Physical Therapists (PTs) from all of the Toronto central community health centres are being invited to attend. The workshop focuses on Motivational Interviewing processes, skills, and tools that might assists PTs in their patient/client communications in service of helping their patients make the behaviour changes that are important in their rehabilitation edeavours. The event will be held at the East End Community Health Centre,1619 Queen St E, Toronto, Ontario  M4L 1G4. For more information, contact Emily Stevenson, Physiotherapy Lead, Toronto Central Community Health Centres, emily@4villages.on.ca

  • A Woman-Centred Approach to Tobacco Use: Cessation and Pregnancy ~ Thunder Bay, Ontario 6 February 2018

    6th Feb 2018 9:00:am – 6th Feb 2018 12:30:pm

    The Monarch System Inc is a vendor-of-record for Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) and its affiliate, the Program Training and Consultation Centre (PTCC). This half-day workshop is CCO/PTCC-supported and -funded; it is based on the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in Women’s Health’s Liberation! Helping Women Quit Smoking: A Brief Intervention Guide. Participants will learn how to prepare women for change within the larger context of their lives using the principles of women-centred care, trauma-informed practice, motivational interviewing, and smoking cessation best practices. You will learn how to begin a client-centred conversation about quitting smoking by preparing women for change within the larger context of their lives. You will be encouraged to engage in a combination of instructor-led and small group participatory learning activities to develop skills and confidence to support women through the process of quitting smoking. Workshop Presenter: Registration for the workshop is limited to 30 participants attending in person. The deadline for registration is January 30, 2018. Please note only confirmed registrants are eligible to attend.The workshop will take place at the Superior EMS Building, 105 Junot Avenue South, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 4X6. For more information about this workshop, see the Promotional Flyer. To register, please contact Kristine Esposti at Kristine.esposti@tbdhu.com or 807-625-5928.

  • Monarch System Motivational Interviewing workshop for Occupational Therapy Students ~ Saturday 3 March 2018

    3rd Mar 2018 9:00:am – 3rd Mar 2018 4:00:pm

    Motivational Interviewing & Coaching Tools for Health Practitioners offered by The Monarch System Inc. is a full‐day interactive workshop in which University of Western Ontario OT students learn and practice communication tools for effective health‐related behaviour change related to their future professional endeavours. This is a highly interactive workshop; it is not a lecture‐style sit‐down‐and‐take‐notes all day type of experience. During the workshop we focus on the acquisition of practical tools that can be used when working with clients/patients who want to manage a health‐related problem and/or promote a health‐related goal. We demonstrate in order to teach the tools/skills, and students start working with the tools during the workshop. We have a variety of break‐out sessions during which students partner‐up and practice the tools with each other, and we provide feedback/assistance as they are practicing the tools. It is important to note that learning to use MI skills necessitates using real-life examples in the break-out sessions; that is, participants learn the tools using real issues relevant to their lives – with complete choice of what they choose to share – and then we work on integrating those skills into your professional repertoire. Each participant receives a workshop folder which includes exercises for the day, additional resources, and a course completion certificate. Please note that registration and ticket purchase close on 31 January 2018. The workshop is facilitated by Dr Jennifer Irwin and Dr Don Morrow. To register for the workshop, please go to this link - note that this workshop is closed to UWO OT students. Contact information for OT students is Katrina Martin kmart83@uwo.ca . For additional information about The Monarch System, the facilitators, our work, or our research, please visit our website at the following link: www.monarchsystem.com

  • Monarch System Level 2 workshop focused on Advanced and Applied Motivational Interviewing & Coaching Tools for Ryerson University’s Health Nutrition Studens ~ 15 March 2018

    15th Mar 2018 8:30:am – 15th Mar 2018 3:30:pm

    This advanced workshop builds on the Monarch System's Introductory MI workshop. Specifically, this Level 2 workshop offering is designed to help students work with patients who seem highly resistant (or apparently highly resistant) to change. Many clients are trapped in a view that they cannot change their behaviours, and this workshop focuses on helping free clients from this experience, in service of fostering meaningful health-related behaviour changes. The event includes additional practice and feedback opportunities to support the immediate integration of the new advanced tools - particularly those related to shifting perspectives and more intensive listening and reflective skills - within participants’ practice and personal lives. For registration and/or more information, please conact Ms Megan Cowan, Practicum Coordinator, Ryerson School of Nutrition, 416-979-5000, ext 7072, email: megan.cowan@ryerson.ca

  • Monarch System Advanced or Level 2 Motivational Interviewing Workshop for Health Professionals ~ 22 March 2018

    22nd Mar 2018 9:00:am – 22nd Mar 2018 4:00:pm

    This Monarch System Level 2 or Advanced Motivational Interviewing (MI) workshop for health professionals is being hosted by the Windsor Essex Community Health Centre and will take place at Caesars Windsor, 377 Riverside Drive East, Windsor, Ontario N9A 7H7, on Thursday 22 March 2018 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; Registration and a light breakfast will occur from 8:00 to 9:00 am. Our Level 2 workshop builds on the skills and processes learned in Level 1 or introductory MI workshops. Participants will learn to work with shifting clients' ambivalent beliefs and/or seemingly locked-in patterns of behaviour toward co-desired, health behaviour changes. We work with progressions in levels of listening, moving status quo talk toward change talk, and process interviewing or working with clients by meeting them wherever they might be in their behavioural practices. For more information and registration, please contact Erin Hodgson, Administrative Assistant, Windsor Essex Community Health Centre, Phone: (519) 997-2823 ext. 331, email: ehodgson@wechc.org, Mailing Address:101-1361 Ouellette Ave., Windsor, Canada N8X 1J6.

  • Motivational Interviewing Monarch Workshop for Health Practitioners ~ Saturday 21 April 2018

    21st Apr 2018 8:30:am – 21st Apr 2018 4:00:pm

    This highly interactive Monarch workshop focuses on the acquisition of practical tools that can be used when health professionals work with clients/patients who want to manage a health-related problem and/or promote a health-related goal. A variety of break-out sessions offer participants the opportunity to practice working with these tools in pairs while receiving feedback/assistance from skilled facilitators. Participants will leave the workshop with additional skills to add to their professional "tool boxes", skills which can help them to assist clients in making positive health behavior change. Some of the specific tools/skills taught and practiced include: moving status talk to change talk; learning how to ask permission in order to engage with clients; helping to anchor behaviour change goals to clients' personal values; dropping assumptions in service of helping the client change behaviours; learning to ask powerful questions; moving with and through apparent client resistance; understanding and gauging client readiness; using ‘tangible’ agreements for helping to get clients motivated to following through on their desired behaviours; and helping people change their perspective in service of making better choices for themselves. These skills are taught such that health practitioners can apply them immediately within the context of their professional practices. Finally, the application of this model of MI to reduce practitioner burn-out is also discussed and explored. Each participant will receive a workshop folder with additional resources as well as a course completion certificate. The workshop will take place at the Best Western Plus Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre 591 Wellington Road, London, ON N6C 4R3 (click here for hotel information and directions). All health professionals are invited to attend; to find out more about the workshop and to take advantage of the early bird rate please to this page for that information and/or to register. Please note that registration is limited in order to keep this workshop fully interactive with the facilitators and participants.

  • Monarch Level 1 MI workshop for Doctor of Pharmacy working professionals at Memorial University, Newfoundland ~ 1 Sept 2018

    1st Sep 2018 9:00:am – 1st Sep 2018 4:00:pm

    This is a Monarch System Inc Level 1, full-day Motivational Interviewing workshop offered as part of a three-day clinical skills course at Memorial University, St John's Newfoundland. Participants will be some 35 working professionals enrolled in Memorial's School of Pharmacy's new Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program. The workshop focuses on Motivational Interviewing processes, skills, and tools that might assist pharmacists in their patient/client communications in service of helping their patients make the behaviour changes that are important in their health-care edeavours. For more information, please contact Elaine Healey, M.Ed., PharmD Program Coordinator, School of Pharmacy, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Room 1751, Health Sciences Centre, St. John’s, NL  A1B 3V6; T  709 777 8675 .