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)

Registration for all participants in our first year of training begins this Friday October 8th. Participants will be using online web-based programs to sign-up for the trainings they require and for participating in monitoring surveys. If you are one of the participants in this year’s training project and need any support with using these programs or require alternate ways of registering and managing your training schedule, please contact the coordinators at: 905-780-0491 ext: 125.

More information from the Orientation Session for Participants

Please see the information sheet regarding monitoring

and a copy of the orientation presentation

Because of the high demand, we have made additional information sessions available in the Toronto Area:

NEW! Wednesday September 1, 2010  5:00-6:00 P.M. at Houselink, 805 Bloor St. West, Toronto

NEW! Wednesday September 8, 2010  12:00 P.M. (noon)- 1:00 PM at Auditorium, North York General Hospital — Branson Site, 555 Finch Ave. West, Toronto

All other information sessions are full.

To reserve a spot for yourself and learn more about this exciting new training initiative, please call 905-780-0491, Toll-Free: 1-888-780-0724, or E-Mail your name, telephone number, and which session you would like to attend, as well as an accommodations you require to: