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Call for public comments: mental health and addiction service organizational standards

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This consultation by Health Standards Organization (HSO) https://healthstandards.org/ on standards for mental health and addiction services seems, rather important if the weaving of: care system change, organizational accreditation and practice change are in play, NOW. • Population health, service planning, and design • Prepared and competent teams • Access to services • Client rights and ethical considerations • Timely, comprehensive, and coordinated services • Medication and prescribing...Read More...

Online group support during the pandemic: A new CICMH podcast episode with Sheena's Place

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The Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health (CICMH) recently released a new episode of the Mental Health on Campus podcast . In this episode, Kaitlyn Axelrod (Program and Outreach Coordinator at Sheena’s Place ) discusses the challenges and successes of facilitating virtual support groups during the COVID-19 pandemic, based on her experience running eating disorder support groups at Sheena’s Place. You can listen to the episode on the CICMH website: https://bit.ly/3HQomGx The Mental...Read More...

Research Snapshot: COVID-19 impacts among 2SLGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness

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What is this research about? 2SLGBTQ+ youth experience significantly higher rates of mental health issues compared to heterosexual and cisgender youth, due to stigma, discrimination and identity-based rejection. During the COVID-19 pandemic, 2SLGBTQ+ youth are experiencing these stressors in increased and new ways, which are seeming to have devastating effects for this population. For example, due to a lack of alternative housing options heightened by the pandemic, some youth have been...Read More...

Chiefs of Ontario call to address increasing opioid overdoses in First Nations communities

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The Chiefs of Ontario together with the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network have released two new reports: Opioid Use, Related Harms, and Access to Treatment among First Nations in Ontario Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on opioid-related poisoning among First Nations in Ontario Together, these reports highlight the increase in opioid poisoning during the COVID-19 pandemic and the urgent need to address the opioid crisis affecting First Nations in Ontario.Read More...

Catch up on queer men's health

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The Gay Men's Sexual Health Alliance recently wrapped up its first virtual conference 'GMSH 2021: queer sex after HIV'. Over four great weeks, nearly two dozen sessions, and over 50 speakers, facilitators, and artists, participants connected on the priorities and issues affecting gay men’s sexual health across Ontario. If you weren't able to join or couldn't enjoy each session- GMSH has you covered. Session recordings are now available so head over to YouTube and get caught up. Watch now: ...Read More...

Mental Health & Addictions North COVID-19 Innovations: Regional Mental Health Assessment Team

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The Challenge To provide a pathway to acute Schedule 1 beds that is clear, consistent, and equitable across Northwestern Ontario. The Goals: Increased capacity for emergency mental health and addiction care to Northwestern Ontario through enhanced regional service and knowledge transfer Reduced unnecessary transfers to Schedule 1 mental health beds Timely transfers and discharges from the regional emergency departments High patient and staff satisfaction Net system incremental cost avoidance...Read More...

Waypoint Leadership Opportunity

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Position Title: Director, Clinical Programs Programs: Acute Assessment & Sans Souci Employment Type : Full Time Posting Date: November 29, 2021 Reporting to the Vice President Clinical Services and Chief Operating Officer, the Director, Clinical Programs will assume responsibility for the overall operation of two regional clinical programs by planning, implementing, integrating, and evaluating a comprehensive range of program activities that ensure and/or support quality focused,...Read More...

Help clients quit smoking with STOP on the Net - Receive 8 weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy

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With support from the Ontario Ministry of Health, the Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients (STOP) Program previously launched the STOP on the Net Program , which provides free nicotine replacement therapy to adults in Ontario (18+) who are interested in quitting tobacco cigarette smoking. We are pleased to announce that we have expanded STOP on the Net to an 8-week treatment program (previously 4 weeks). Eligible participants will receive one kit containing 8 boxes of NRT patches and 4...Read More...

Podcast Interview with a Recovering Video Gaming Addict

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Many of you are familiar with my son's story of gaming addiction, as told by me in my speaking, webinars, and my books. Podcaster and recovered gambling addict, Brian Hatch recently interviewed my son, Jake, on his own, so he could share his journey through gaming addiction and recovery. Jake discusses what led him down the rabbit hole, how he struggled to overcome his compulsion, the support he received, and how he now manages his life, as well as his relationship with the internet, as a...Read More...

Visit the updated EENet website

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We are pleased to announce the launch of a new-and-improved EENet website . You can now access our same resources, news, and upcoming events on a refreshed, user-friendly platform. Features include: a modern, accessible user interface simplified navigation to our initiatives and related resources, news, and events an updated search function to help you find the resources you need. Explore the new EENet website now at kmb.camh.ca/eenet .Read More...

R2R Call for Abstracts Now Open!

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We are excited to announce that we are now accepting abstracts for the upcoming non-profit international conference From Research to Reality: Global Summit on Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Medicine (R2R2022: in-person gathering, Toronto, May 27-29, 2022). Co-sponsored by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health ( CAMH ), the Mental Health Commission of Canada ( MHCC ) and the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction ( CCSA ), this conference will be unique in its: focus on...Read More...

SAVE 20% on your mental health training and education with SickKids CCMH Learning Institute

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Our Black Friday savings have come early - register between November 19 and 29 for any of our December 2021 webinars and enjoy a 20% savings with promo code BlackFriday2021 Don't miss your chance to SAVE 20% on these great mental health training and education opportunities for professionals who work with clients of all ages. This December keep learning, earn CE hours recognized by The Canadian Psychological Association and save. Full details at...Read More...

Research Snapshot: People with intellectual and developmental disabilities show resilience during pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic has been especially hard on marginalized groups, such as people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs) like Down syndrome or autism. For people with IDDs, stressors include the abrupt stop to daily routines and regular contact with friends and family, restricted availability of health services and paid support, and financial difficulties. These stressors are compounded by the challenges people with IDDs face in understanding infection risks and public...Read More...

EENet Webinar: Identity, Culture and Language: Key elements to assisting people living with Dementia in ethnocultural communities

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The onset of dementia can have a devastating impact on an individual’s identity. See how culturally based and linguistically accessible programming and interventions help to reclaim and preserve one’s identity and dignity. Date: Friday December 3, 2021 Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Register now . Learning objectives: Recognizing the importance of culture and language when interacting with people living with dementia in ethnocultural communities. Strategies to support the identity and dignity of...Read More...

EENet Webinar: Best Practices for Language Access in Older Adult Populations: Responding to Emerging Areas of Care

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Best practices when providing language support in services for older adults requires special considerations and strategies. Language access in this context can be made more complex by multiple factors such as mental health, age-related speech and/or hearing loss, family involvement and intervention, and cognitive impairment. A deeper understanding of these dynamics can optimize the outcomes in interpreter-assisted appointments. Learning objectives: Understand the role of the interpreter in...Read More...

Youth Wellness Connection " Let's Chat About Mental Health"

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As a teen, navigating today’s world for youth can be complicated and challenging. Let’s Chat About Mental Health invites teens to join us each month to interact, share and exchange. A chance to chat in a safe space. Each month teens will have one-stop access to mental health navigators, youth council representatives, traditional knowledge keepers and specialists. THIS MONTH: Monday, November 22, 2021 7:30 - 8:30 PM EST Register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/regist...4LbWq8ZjRpkz2qqdzJdk Join...Read More...

Ending Support: "There is a difference between saying ‘you might not need us in the future’ and saying ‘we might not be here for you in the future.”

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A Webinar: " Should we be talking about endings in Housing First?" Research from Housing First England led by Imogen Blood, consultant https://www.homeless.org.uk/imogen-blood "There is a difference between saying ‘you might not need us in the future’ and saying ‘we might not be here for you in the future.” See the blog: https://www.homeless.org.uk/co...ngs-in-housing-first (image: cozy depiction of row housing) See link to Webinar information for the Tuesday November 30th @ 7:00am EST...Read More...

Policy Brief - Considerations for virtual services and supports for substance use and concurrent disorders

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From February - April 2021, the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, the Canadian Psychological Association and Canada Health Infoway, and the Canadian Centre for Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) collected national data on the experience and perceptions of virtual services and supports for substance use and concurrent disorders provided during COVID-19, including education and access to health care or treatment. Two-thirds of those who had used virtual services reported satisfaction with the...Read More...

National Inventory of Mental Health and Substance Use Services and Supports for People Transitioning Out of the Criminal Justice System

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This week, the Mental Health Commission of Canada launched a directory of community-based mental health and substance use services and supports available in Canada for people who are transitioning from the criminal justice system into the community. This national inventory represents a new step towards reducing the barriers to service access that are often experienced by justice-involved persons, especially those who are re-entering the community from correctional settings. Importantly, this...Read More...

Policy Briefs: The Impacts of COVID-19 on 2SLGBTQ+ Youth Experiencing Homelessness

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The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected marginalized groups, including 2SLGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness. According to the literature, this group has been experiencing higher rates of mental health and substance use issues since the pandemic started and also face greater risk of contracting COVID-19 and experiencing worse health outcomes. A research project, led by Dr. Alex Abramovich, sought to examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on 2SLGBTQ+ youth experiencing...Read More...

A $10 opportunity for Youth (16-24)

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The YMCA of Greater Toronto’s Youth Cannabis Awareness Program (YCAP) is running a Digital Media Contest and we need the help of youth ages 16-24 , who are currently residing in Canada, to help determine a winner. The contest challenged youth from across Canada to create a poster and/or video discussing how cannabis use affects youth brain development. Currently, the contest has selected its top 3 poster and top 3 video submissions, and is now looking for youth to fill out a short 5-minute...Read More...

Research Snapshot: Risky drinking during the pandemic

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In early spring 2020, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) became a worldwide pandemic. The social and work-related restrictions that governments put in place to reduce transmission of the virus were unlike any in recent history. Researchers have shown that worldwide mental health has been seriously impacted by the pandemic and government measures. Many researchers have documented the factors associated with anxiety, depression and problematic substance use. Less attention has been paid to...Read More...

Online Course - Treating Concurrent Tobacco and Cannabis Use Disorder

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Registration is now open for the online mini-course "Treating Concurrent Tobacco and Cannabis Use Disorder," offered by the TEACH program at CAMH. Participants will learn to screen for concurrent use disorders and provide tailored cessation interventions. For more information or to register, see the attached flyer or visit https://teach.camhx.ca/moodleRead More...

Research Viewpoint: Ethical and legal issues in psychedelic harm reduction and integration therapy

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What you need to know As public interest grows in the potential for psychedelic substances to treat mental illness and addictions, it is becoming more important for service providers to become educated about how to support clients interested in psychedelic use. In this peer-reviewed article, the researchers highlight the promise of harm reduction and integration therapy (HRIT) and discuss legal and ethical considerations, along with ways to lessen risks to both clients and clinicians...Read More...

Webinar recording: Ensuring safety for all in psychedelic medicine

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On October 28th, EENet hosted a webinar featuring a conversation among key experts in the field of psychedelics research. Panelists discussed their viewpoints on ensuring psychedelic therapies are safe for everyone who could benefit from them, including issues related to regulation, standards of training, and cultural competence. You can now view the recording at this link. This was the second webinar in an EENet webinar series . The series is leading up to From Research to Reality, a global...Read More...

Life of the Party: Canada's Drag Race queens on sass and sobriety

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Watch here. Alcohol and substance use-related challenges are widely documented for LGBTQ+ people. Higher prevalence of alcohol use and alcohol-related challenges stem from minority stress and are experienced alongside societal marginalization, discrimination, and experiences of violence. Alcohol use has been a historical and contemporary fixture of LGBTQ life, especially in larger cities like Toronto, where many social spaces are bars or nightlife venues. "Lack of non-bar space: For many...Read More...

On November 13th #CallACaregiver for World Kindness Day

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Many caregivers say they feel alone and isolated . While family members and friends often ask how the care recipient is doing, they don’t always think to ask how the caregiver is doing. Caregivers have told us this simple gesture of kindness, like calling them to ask how they’re doing, can make such a big difference in their day. The Ontario Caregiver Organization (OCO) is proud to share its Kindness Campaign again this year, which asks people to call or visit a caregiver on November 13 ,...Read More...

Research Snapshot: Changes in alcohol consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada

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Check out this new Research Snapshot! Changes in alcohol consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada Here is a sneak peek: What you need to know? There is evidence that large-scale disasters lead to emotional distress and increased substance use. Similar patterns have been observed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Alcohol is the most used substance among Canadians during the pandemic. The risk of alcohol-related harms can be experienced from both acute and longer-term consumption.Read More...

Trauma-informed legal practice

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What does a trauma-informed legal system look like? Why is it important? BC Courthouse Library hosted a webinar on trauma-informed legal practice, The topics of the webinar were: A link to the webinar’s slides is here: https://www.courthouselibrary.ca/sites/default/files/inline-files/Trauma%20Informed%20Legal%20Practice%20Presentation%20Materials.pdfRead More...

Trauma-informed courts and tribunals

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Mentally Disabled Do Not Have Fair Access to Justice At the time of the imminent opening of HSJCC’s Community Justice Conference 2021, I appreciate CMHA branches and John Howard Society branches as two of the main organizations that assist people with mental health issues in the criminal justices system. Yet, many mentally disabled with barriers to access justice are not assisted because the system they access is not the Criminal one . HRTO and WSIB are two judicial components that deal with...Read More...

Board Game with purpose to raise Mental Health Awareness re: PTSD/Trauma

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Hello all, I hope this may be of interest to you… if not, my apologies! Delete away! BOARDGAME FOR ENTERTAINMENT AND MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION Would you please spread the word to those you might think would be interested in this? Maybe you might be! On October 26, 2021 at 4 PM EST, I launched a campaign to support the development of a game called Beast of Gevaudan. Besides a game of mystery and intrigue that will provide entertainment for players, I designed the game to also raise awareness of...Read More...

FYI: Board Game with Mental Health Awareness Built In

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Hi all, I hope this may be of interest to you… if not, my apologies! Delete away! BOARDGAME FOR ENTERTAINMENT AND MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION Would you please spread the word to those you might think would be interested in this? Maybe you might be! On October 26, 2021 at 4 PM EST, I launched a campaign to support the development of a game called Beast of Gevaudan. Besides a game of mystery and intrigue that will provide entertainment for players, I designed the game to also raise awareness of...Read More...

Research Viewpoint: Five organizational domains in supporting racial equity in the child and youth mental health sector

· in Children, Youth, and Young Adults · 1 reply RM
What you need to know In the Ontario child and youth mental health sector, there are no consistent strategies, frameworks or guidelines for organizational practices to improve racial equity for clients, family members and staff. The authors of the commentary profiled highlight five organizational practice domains that support the provision of equitable services, including: (1) organizational leadership and commitment, (2) inter-organizational and multi-sectoral partnerships, (3) workforce...Read More...

Pay What You Can Peer Support Groups Meeting The Rest of the Week

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Please pass this link along to your clients or anyone you know that would like to join our pay what you can virtual peer support groups. Or join us yourself! https://www.paywhatyoucanpeersupport.com/weekly-schedule Today: Student Well Being @5pm ET Women's Group for Self Love and Self Esteem @8pm ET Tomorrow: The Recovery Journey @10am ET Mood Disorders @1pm ET Grief @3pm ET Relationships @4:45pm ET Love, Sex and Dating @7pm ET Friday: OCD @7pm ET Saturday: Changing Your Thoughts and Mindset...Read More...

There's still time to register for this week's psychedelics webinar!

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Ensuring safety for all in psychedelic medicine will be hosted by EENet at 1:00 PM Eastern Time on Thursday, October 28th. Our panel of experts will be discussing their viewpoints on ensuring psychedelic therapies are safe for everyone who could benefit from them, including issues related to regulation, standards of training, and cultural competence. Click here for more information and to register We look forward to you joining us!Read More...

The OCAN Jam is today! Click here to join

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The OCAN Jam is TODAY from 9 – 11 am. During this time, experts on the Ontario Common Assessment of Need (OCAN) will provide written responses to stakeholder questions using the EENet Connect online space. HOW TO PARTICIPATE: If you're not a member of EENet Connect: click "JOIN" (top right of screen) to become a member and be part of the OCAN Jam. Once you receive the confirmation email that you’re a member, go to: https://www.eenetconnect.ca/g/...ommunity-of-interest anytime between 9 AM...Read More...

The OCAN Jam is TOMORROW (Wednesday)! Click here to find out how you can join

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You are invited to join tomorrow's (Wednesday's) Live FAQ session from 9 to 11 AM on the Ontario Common Assessment of Need (OCAN), the standardized assessment tool used in the community mental health sector. During this time, OCAN experts will provide written responses to stakeholder questions using CAMH’s EENET Connect online space. HOW TO PARTICIPATE: If you are already a member of EENet Connect: Click here to become a member of the private OCAN space . If you are not yet a member of EENet...Read More...

Research Snapshot: Use of alcohol and other drugs increased early in COVID-19

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had serious impacts on people’s negative emotions, which is known to affect the use of substances and the development of substance use disorders. An international team of researchers conducted a literature review to look at changes in prevalence, incidence and severity of substance use associated with the pandemic and corresponding public health measures. Read this Research Snapshot for a brief, clear language summary of this study.Read More...

Research Snapshot: Access to Ambulatory Mental Health Care Prior to a Psychiatric Emergency Department Visit

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Check out this new Research Snapshot! Access to Ambulatory Mental Health Care Prior to a Psychiatric Emergency Department Visit Here is a sneak peek: What you need to know? Access to ambulatory mental health and addictions (MHA) services is challenging. There is a lack of evidence about the extent to which individuals use the Emergency Department (ED) as the first point of access to mental health care, particularly when access to ambulatory services is limited. The researchers found that...Read More...

Vote on Your Favourite Youth Created Cannabis Awareness Poster/Video

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The YMCA's YCAP-Y4Y Digital Media Contest has selected it's Top 5 Posters and Top 5 Videos and now we want all of Canada to vote on which poster and video they like best! The contest challenged youth from across Canada to put their creative skills to the test by creating a poster and/or video that raised awareness about how cannabis use affect on youth brain development. Your vote will be used to determine which submissions are the contest's winners and which youths receive cash prizes (up...Read More...

HIRING: Coordinator, Municipal Drug Strategy Coordinator’s Network of Ontario

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Through MOYO Health & Community Services, the Municipal Drug Strategy Coordinator’s Network of Ontario (MDSCNO) is seeking its first ever Network Coordinator to help strengthen the structural capacity of the network and coordinate knowledge exchange activities among its members. We are offering a part-time contract from November 2021 to March 2022 . The selected consultant will be responsible for implementing key priorities identified in the MDSCNO Strategic Plan. The MDSCNO consists of...Read More...

OCAN Jam coming October 27th. Click here for instructions to join!

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The OCAN Jam is coming October 27th from 9 – 11 am. During this time, experts on the Ontario Common Assessment of Need (OCAN) will provide written responses to stakeholder questions using the EENet Connect online space. HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Click "JOIN" (top right of screen) to become a member of EENet Connect and be part of the OCAN Jam. Once you receive the confirmation email that you’re a member, go to: https://www.eenetconnect.ca/g/...ommunity-of-interest to become a member of our private...Read More...

Meet the recipients of Frayme's Learning Through Living Grant Program!

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Earlier this year Frayme launched the Learning Through Living (LTL) Applied Research Grant Program to mobilize diverse lived expertise as a form of evidence to inform active research in the youth mental health and substance use (YMHSU) sector. We are now thrilled to announce the four grant recipients of the LTL Applied Research Grant Program who are receiving grants of up to $50,000 to engage youth and caregivers with lived expertise in research practice through partnership. Learn more about...Read More...

Un groupe de discussion pour les fournisseurs de services des jeunes Noir.e.s (21 octobre 2021)

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Le projet La force dans la structure, par le biais du Conseil canadien pour la réussite des jeunes (CCRJ), souhaite inviter les organisations de service et les organisations dirigées par des Noir.e.s à prendre part à un groupe de discussion ! INSCRIVEZ-VOUS ICI Heure Jeudi 21 octobre 2021 de 13 h 00 à 15 h 00 HNE. Le groupe de discussion ne devrait pas durer plus d'une heure et demie à deux heures. Si vous êtes intéressé.e, veuillez vous inscrire ci-dessous en utilisant le lien fourni. À...Read More...
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