Join the Centre for Building a Culture of Recovery and the PREFER project for a special workshop on Support Work, Dignity, and Health!

Friday September 21, 2012 from 9am-10pm.

Limited spaces available — register today!


Support Workers as Dignity Workers


Author of “Dignity & Health”

The  “Dignity Model”  &  “Dignity Audit”



Join us as we explore:

  • the processes & structures of dignity violation
  • dignity promotion opportunities
  • the consequences for individual & collective health
  • imagine reform of our systems of health and social care.

Setting Boundaries in Supportive Relationships


An update on a research project on finding balance in setting limits within peer support relationship.



Dr. Nora Jacobson is the author of Dignity and Health, which was just published by Vanderbilt University Press. From 2001 to 2010 she was a scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and she conducted her research on dignity in Toronto. She now lives and works in Wisconsin. You can find her blog at


Dr. Kathryn Storey, PhD. was the Administrative Director for the Regional Acute Mental Health and Addiction Service for North Simcoe Muskoka. Prior to that she was the Chief of the Acute and Community Division at the Mental Health Centre Penetanguishene and remains an employee of the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. She is a registered nurse with an additional undergraduate degree in Psychology and  completed her doctoral thesis  on  leadership of people in recovery.    She continues her work as a consultant, educator and independent contractor specializing in program development and evaluation, and recovery education  consultation.



  • Managers of health, mental health, addiction, & social service programs
  • Policy and decision makers
  • Clinical and social support workers
  • Peer workers
  • Activists
  • Family Members & Friends
  • Peers:  Anyone who is in the role of a “supporter” and a “peer”.
  • Anyone who wants to stimulate thought and potential action towards increasing the responsiveness of social & health services to respect the human rights of those they seek to support.



Date: Friday  September 21, 2012


Fee: $150  Early Bird/$160 Regular/

$75 Student

Location: Branson Site , North York General Hospital

555 Finch Ave. W.  Toronto




Or fax, email, or mail your registration form and mail with cheque payable to: The Krasman Centre, 10121 Yonge St., Richmond Hill, On L4C 1T7




Dignity (Flyer/Poster with details for sharing)


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