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Supporting Clients Who Drink Beyond the Recommended Limits

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Supporting Clients Who Drink Beyond the Recommended Limits

Level One Core QoC Workshop Series



Part One: Friday, December 3, 2021 | 12:00-2:00 PM EST
Part Two: Friday, December 10, 2021 | 12:00-2:00 PM EST
Part Three: Friday, December 17, 2021 | 12:00-2:00 PM EST


Hosted via Zoom. Participants will be able to attend online or call in over the phone.

Course Description

This three-part interactive and engaging workshop series will enhance the skills of participants to better support clients/patients who drink beyond Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines and/or experience alcohol dependency. This course will provide practical, applicable tools for helping professionals to employ in their work.

Learning Objectives

  • To become familiar with Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines and its functions.
  • To identify the helpers and clients who may benefit from use of the guidelines.
  • To learn about the development of alcohol-use issues including signs, screens, and engagement.
  • To learn about the rights of people with alcohol-use issues in Ontario.
  • To develop an understanding of stigma, prejudice, and discrimination in relation to people with alcohol-use issues.
  • To learn to recognize countertransference, establish boundaries, and manage burn-out in relation to helping people with alcohol-use issues.
  • To understand harm reduction theory and various practices with respect to alcohol use.
  • To explore use of empathy and compassion to employ various interventions.
  • To learn about local resources, telehealth treatment options, online resources, and other COVID-related solutions for helping people with alcohol-use issues.


Facilitator Biography

Karyn Dowdall, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Over the past fourteen years, Karyn Dowdall has worked in the fields of Mental Health and Addictions in the roles of Yoga Teacher, Recovery Coach, and Addictions Counsellor. Currently, Karyn works as a Clinical Therapist for Trafalgar Addiction Treatment Centres. As well, she is a therapist for North Durham Professional Counsellors of Port Perry.
Specializing in substance use and concurrent disorders, Karyn uses mindfulness-based approaches to support her clients. Her aim is to build a comprehensive, holistic, and compassionate understanding of mental health and wellness with her clients and her community.


  • Regular Ticket for Peterborough-Based Participants: FREE
  • Regular Ticket for Participants Outside of Peterborough: $99.00


Who should attend this workshop series?
This workshop series is designed specifically for helping professionals. We define "helping professional" as anyone in a position of interacting with people in providing a service.

How many people can attend?
Registration for this workshop series has been capped at 40 participants.

What is a level one core QoC workshop series?
This refers to a workshop series that is a part of QoC's core curriculum and is offered at a more basic level, though it can be beneficial to anyone regardless of their experience.

Do I need to attend all of the sessions?
Ideally, you will be able to attend all of the sessions, but you must be able to attend at least two out of the three. Attendees will receive certificates of attendance for participating in a minimum of 2/3 sessions.

Will these sessions be recorded?
No. These sessions will not be recorded in order to maintain the privacy of participants. The session slides, however, will be sent out.

What is your refund policy?
We can offer refunds up to seven days before the first session. Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable. After this period, we can accept substitutions. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Who can I contact with further questions?
If you have an accessibility request or any other questions, please contact the QoC Project Lead at or 705-927-3448.

The cost of this workshop series has been subsidized by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).

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