The Krasman Centre is happy to announce that we will be providing two WRAP facilitator training opportunities.

If you have completed your WRAP (sometimes called WRAP level 1) and are interested in becoming a certified WRAP group facilitator, please see the announcement and application form below. Application Deadlines are: Monday February 24, 2014 for the March training and March 31, 2014 if you are only interested in the May training.

There are two trainings available.

When? 5-day training (9am-5pm each day).

Option 1: Newmarket, Ontario Mon. March 10, Tues. March 11, Wed. March 12, Thurs. March 13, AND Friday March 14, 2014

Option 2: Richmond Hill, Ontario Mon. May 26, Tues. May 27, Wed. May 28, Thurs. May 29, AND Friday May 30, 2014

For more information, please see the files attached.

If you have not completed your own personal WRAP (sometimes called WRAP level 1), you may be interested in some of the upcoming WRAP groups that will be available throughout the Central LHIN. Details about those groups will be forthcoming, but a flyer is also attached.

Help us ensure that peer support workers, volunteer peer supporters, and others who may be interested about this opportunity! Please forward, post, distribute freely.




WRAPFacilitatorTraining_application_MarchUpdate (Word File)

WRAPFacilitatorTraining_application_MarchUpdate (PDF File)


Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

The Summit is a province-wide conference that enables PREFER participants, consumer/survivors, families, allies and professionals to gather and educate one another, be educated, network and share their experience on peer support.

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Branson site – North York General Hospital

555 Finch Avenue West*, Auditorium (lower level)

Keynote Speaker:  Nora Jacobson Peers as Dignity Workers

How dignity violation and dignity promotion affect individual and collective health and how peers are well-suited to be dignity auditors.

“Setting Limits in Peer Support”

ART!  Show & Sale by PREFER participants & consumer survivors

Panel Discussion & Guest Speakers & Networking

REGISTRATION:  FREE for Consumer/Survivors.  There is a $25.00 fee for professionals, family members and allies.  Lunch is included in registration.  Details on how to register can be found in the attachment.  Click here to download: REGISTRATION FORM PREFER Summit 2012


Questions about the Summit?  Contact us at: or by telephone @ 647-203-3726


PREFER Summit Sept 22 Flyer

You have just one week left to send us your application if you would like to join PREFER this summer!

The application deadline is May 22, 2012

You can click here to complete the application form online  or print out and fax/mail/scan and email this application form.


For more information (for yourself or to share/post):

Announcement Flyer (pdf)

Program Brochure (pdf)

Application Form (pdf)

Detailed Program Information and Description (pdf)

Handout from Information Sessions (pdf)


Frequently Asked Questions (with answers) can be found here.


To read more about some of our recovery programs, please visit the following websites.


Like Minds: Peer Support Education 

Pathways to Recovery:

Gaining Autonomy with Medication:  (note: English text appears after the French sections.)

Are you interested in learning more about Peer Support and Recovery? Are you thinking about getting more involved in your community or working as a peer?

Come to an information session to learn about the Peer Recovery Education for Employment & Resilience (PREFER) project! PREFER is an innovative community of learning and mutual support and we are hoping to welcome new members into our education and training program in the coming spring.

Applications are now being accepted from people interested in participating in our education and training program and preparing to provide recovery-supporting peer support in employment, community, or volunteer roles. Bursaries are limited to 60 and allow for all training to be provided at no expense to the participant.

Although we are not offering jobs, this program will offer the skills-training and knowledge that helps get jobs in a new and emerging field of service delivery, as well as transform the current helping system based on lived experience and the knowledge of service users.

At the information sessions, you can learn more about the program, how to apply, and how to make your application stand out. There will be also time for questions and answers.

Please let us know you are coming by leaving your name and contact information by email: or phone 905-780-0491 ext: 125 or Toll-Free: 1-888-780-0724

Monday February 20, 2012 6:30pm-8:00pm     The Krasman Centre, 10121 Yonge St., Richmond Hill, Ontario (just north of Major Mackenzie Drive). *Note: there are cats on the premises; a small threshold at front of entrance.

Monday March 5, 2012 5:30pm-7:00pm    The Krasman Centre, 10121 Yonge St., Richmond Hill, Ontario (just north of Major Mackenzie Drive). *Note: there are cats on the premises; a small threshold at front of entrance.

Wednesday March 14, 2012 4:30pm-6:00pm   North York General Hospital — Branson Site, 555 Finch Ave., West, Toronto (just west of Bathurst St.) **Wheelchair accessible.

Tuesday March 27th, 2012 3:00pm-4:00pm    Houselink Community Homes  Drop-in, 805 Bloor Street West, Toronto (West of Christie Subway Station). **Wheelchair accessible.


Are you part of a group of people who would like to learn more about PREFER?  Is your group in York Region, South Simcoe, or the Toronto Area?  We might be able to come to you!  Please contact us to make arrangements.


The Centre for Building a Culture of Recovery is proud to announce that it is hosting Steven Pocklington from Well Beyond Recovery in delivering a full-day professional development workshop, The Art of Facilitating Self-Determination on April 8, 2011 in Toronto.

The Art of Facilitating Self-Determination is a full-day intensive workshop especially geared to professionals working in mental health and/or addictions, but anyone interested in supporting true self-determination for others is welcome to attend. Participants will learn the fundamentals of creating safe learning environments where people feel welcomed and valued for who they are, and that keep participants engaged and coming back for more. Participants will learn about the principles that govern self-determination and the values that guide this work. They will learn about Intentionality and how to do this work mindfully, and how to sit with discomfort in the difficult situations that predictably arise. Participants will learn and practice how to speak one’s own truth while leaving room for the truths of others; how to effectively introduce oneself and one’s program in ways that make a favorable first impression and draw people in; how to stay true to the role of facilitator or supporter and resist the temptation to “fix, save or advise;” how to make effective presentations and facilitate discussions that are rich and lively and stimulate learning; and, how to attend and respond compassionately when difficult emotions arise during a workshop or during one-on-one work.

About the Trainer: Stephen Pocklington is the founding director and lead trainer for Well Beyond Recovery, an organization that promotes wellbeing and self-determination for all people. With 25 years of experience working in the mental health field (and a lifetime of dealing with why we have such a field), Stephen is committed to expanding the limits of what we think possible for ourselves, and to growing our awareness of the transformational power of companionship and unconditional valuing.

Date, Location, and Cost: The training will be held in downtown Toronto at the Central YMCA, 20 Grosvenor Street near Yonge and Carlton on Friday April 8th, 2011 from 9:00 to 5:00pm. The fee, including lunch, is $160 Regular/$150 Early Bird Discount (on of before March 7)/$75 Student

Registration: To register for the training, please fax, email or mail your completed registration form c/o The Krasman Centre 10121 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 1T7 fax: 905-780-1960 email: Please make all cheques payable to the Krasman Centre and mail them to the address above. Your registration will be confirmed once payment has been received. We are unable to accept cancellations or offer refunds, but you may re-assign your registration to a colleague at no extra cost should you be unable to attend after your registration has been processed.

Questions: If you have any questions or would like more information about this workshop, please contact Elizabeth at or call: 905-780-0491 ext: 125 or visit our website: or Please see the attached files for more information about the workshop and copies of the registration form.

Training Flyer (PDF) Editable Registration Form (word file) Registration Form (PDF) Description of Training (PDF)

The Peer Recovery Education for Employment and Resilience (PREFER) program of the Centre for Building a Culture of Recovery is proud to announce that its First Annual Summit, held in Toronto, Ontario at the Central YMCA (20 Grosvenor Street; near Yonge/College), is scheduled for Saturday April 9th, 2011 and will be available at no cost to people with lived experience of mental health or substance use challenges.

The Summit is an opportunity for the Participants who have been receiving education and training in Peer Support and the wider community of People in Recovery, Consumer/Survivors, and Recovery Supporting agencies and partners to network, share skills, knowledge and discuss opportunities for building a systemic culture that supports Recovery and embraces Peer Support. A keynote address by Stephen Pocklington of Well Beyond Recovery will be followed by a variety of networking and learning opportunities as people from across the province gather to talk about recovery, recovery education, and peer support and employment in the mental health system for people with lived experience. The summit promises to be a gathering of leaders in the Peer Support movement across the province.

The First Annual PREFER Summit, then, will be an excellent opportunity for PREFER participants, community members, C/S/X groups, mental health program administrators, social service students, mental health community associations, mental health, addictions, and related service agencies, and foundations to learn from each other, deepen their knowledge of recovery, and gain a greater understanding of peer support and how to implement and support peer recovery education.

We encourage PREFER participants, Peer Support Workers, and especially other people in recovery to submit proposals for presentations and workshops geared towards our themes of Peer Support: ways of doing the work, Recovery, Employment and Working in the System, and Personal Stories of Peer Support. Submissions for interactive workshop formats and joint collaborations that promote introspection and a critical gaze on peer support and building a culture of recovery are highly encouraged. Additional goals include supporting self-discovery, recovery, and development through the arts as well as through critical and creative thinking.

We are currently accepting proposals for participation from our PREFER participants. Any format may be considered, including, but not limited to: a presentation of a paper, narrative, or personal story; audio-visual presentations; visual, musical, theatrical or performance art; posters or written displays, and interactive workshops. Additionally, agencies and groups are welcome to request space for networking. Please use this form to submit a proposal for a presentation or workshop and this form to submit a request to have space for networking, a poster, or art displayed.


Attendance at the summit is free to PREFER participants, Consumers/Survivors and family members. We request that mental health professionals and allies who wish to attend the event, register the for the summit but submit a $25 cheque payable to the Krasman Centre to help defray costs.

Registration can be completed online by going to: or by calling 905-780-0491 ext: 125.

If you have any needs that should be accommodated in order for you to participate fully in this day, or special dietary requirements, we ask that you complete the following Registration Form or call us at: 905-780-0491 ext: 125.

For questions or support in building your presentation or proposal: Please forward correspondence to Elizabeth Carvalho at or Theresa Claxton at or via Fax: 905-780-1960. Tel: 905-780-0491 ext: 125 Toll-Free: 1-888-780-0724

PREFER, Culture of Recovery

c/o The Krasman Centre 10121 Yonge Street Richmond Hill, ON L4C 1T7

Click here for a copy of our Call for Participation

Event Flyer (PDF)

With support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, a new collaborative we have formed made up of the Krasman Centre, Gerstein Centre and Houselink Community Homes has been funded with a four-year grant to develop and coordinate a team of peer recovery educators to develop a series of wellness recovery education programs to their peers in order to support and advance employment and skills development. The project will cover South Simcoe County, York Region and the Greater Toronto Area.

We see our employment focus as educating/preparing the potential workforce of consumer/survivors or people with mental health labels/lived experience; strengthening the recovery-supporting abilities of the workforce; and supporting a culture shift for employers/organizations that is grounded in honouring and working from lived experience perspectives and disciplines such as peer support. All training will be free to participants.

Although we are not offering jobs, this program will offer the skills-training and knowledge that helps get jobs in a new and emerging field of service delivery, as well as transform the current helping system based on lived experience and the knowledge of service users.

If you are interested in participating in this exciting project, please take a look at our brochure and visit our online application form for details. Keep up-to-date by visiting our website at:

Information sessions will be held in Toronto and in York Region on the following dates:

Wednesday September 1, 2010 6:30-7:30pm at Houselink, 805 Bloor St. West, Toronto  FULL

Wednesday September 8, 2010 6:00-7:00pm at Krasman Centre, 10121 Yonge St., Richmond Hill  FULL

Please let us know as soon as possible if you want to attend so that we can guarantee your space and send you up-dated information. Register for one of the upcoming information sessions by emailing your name, contact information, and any accommodations you require to or by leaving a message at: 905-780-0491, ext. 125 or calling toll-free 1-888-780-0724

The application deadline is September 13th, 2010. Please help us spread the word about this exciting new education and training initiative!

Click here to complete the online application.

Announcement flyer

Program Brochure

Commitment and Application Information (pdf)

Detailed Program Information and Description (pdf)

Recovery through the Lens of Cultural Diversity

This forum is for stakeholders from across the city of Toronto, including consumer/survivors, family members, service providers, researchers, and LHIN representatives.

The morning will include:

  • Descriptions of findings from focus groups with Caribbean,
  • Somali and Tamil communities;
  • Presentation of an enhanced model of recovery;
  • A panel of service providers discussing implications for practice;
  • Opportunity for participant dialogue.

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009 9:00 am – 11:30 pm Location: Debates Room, Hart House 7 Hart House Circle (University of Toronto)


Space is limited. To register please send an email to Deqa Farah at: or Call: 416 482-4103 ext. 223.

Is there ‘Hope for Recovery’?

Every Door Is the Right Door is the Ontario government’s discussion paper on mental health reform. The paper speaks positively of the recovery approach, but the document is rather general and short on specifics. In the interest of clarity, we are holding a public forum that will shed more light on the future of the recovery approach in our province. Public hearings relating to the ‘Every Door’ discussion paper are underway; however, we believe it is necessary to have a focused dialogue on the future of recovery at the local, provincial and federal levels to ensure its coordinated implementation. This event includes formal presentations from government/policy representatives, who will address how they see the recovery approach being implemented in Ontario, followed by responses and questions from a panel of community discussants, and then a moderated discussion with the audience.

Speakers include: Allan Strong – Self-Help Alliance, OPDI (Keynote) Howard Chodos – Mental Health Commission of Canada David Kelly – ON Federation of Community Mental Health & Addiction Programs Jai Mills & Candy Williams – Central East LHIN, MoH Policy representative – TBA Toronto Central LHIN representative – TBA

Community Discussant Panel: Deqa Farah – Community Resource Connections of Toronto Karyn Baker – Family Outreach & Response Program Kate Storey – Centre for Building a Culture of Recovery

Wednesday December 9th, 1-4pm Debates Room, Hart House, U of T (7 Hart House Circle, near Hoskins and Queen’s Park Circle)

This event is organized by the Leadership Project, and the sponsors are Alternatives, Community Resource Connections of Toronto, and the Family Outreach and Response Program. For more information, contact, Brian McKinnon, 416-285-7996, ex. 227;

The Leadership Project and

International Network towards Alternatives and Recovery

present the


Community Revitalization through Mental Health Recovery

Wednesday, June 4th 2008

May Robinson Auditorium

20 West Lodge Avenue, Toronto – Ontario

For more psychosium information contact:

Brian McKinnon at or 416 285 7996 extension 227.

To Register, please download and fill-out the following form:

Psychosium Registration Form



Recovery Education for Mainstream Service Providers: Building & Supporting Recovery Orientation for Clinical Services




The Culture of Recovery ( project advances an agenda for change to systems as well as for people experiencing mental health problems and substance abuse. The Culture of Recovery project intends to form a new set of values and principles consistent with a recovery perspective: autonomy and empowerment; building hope and living from a position of wellness not illness. Recovery Education for Mainstream Providers builds on investments in education for people in recovery and public education.

This workshop is intended for service providers working in the field of Mental Health and Addictions.

Please plan to attend this one day education session for Mainstream Providers who plan

for, lead/manage and deliver clinical services!


Elgin West Community Centre, Palisade B 11099 Bathurst Avenue, Richmond Hill (Ontario) (Bathurst Avenue, just north of Elgin Mills)


Wednesday, May 7th, 2008 10am-5pm Cost: $25.00 (light lunch provided)

To Register: Contact Tanya Shute: 905-780-0491, ext 114

Funded by the Culture of Recovery Project!

Autonomy; choice; hope; wellness; empowerment