Open Dialogue On Vulnerability
SPIDER launched the Open Dialogue on Vulnerability monthly workshop series. The free half-day workshops aim to:
- increase awareness about situations impacting vulnerable Torontonians and the programs and services available
- build networks across the service system to create opportunities for operation and system level innovation
To date, the Open Dialogue on Vulnerability series has engaged over 4,000 participants including residents, City staff, City Councillors, and service providers in the health and community service sectors from within Toronto and beyond.
|June 16, 2015||Hoarding Responses in Toronto
|This session was geared towards those who would like to learn more about what Hoarding is, what the current municipal and community responses are and what we need to think about as a city to enhance our supports services.
|September 18, 2015||Information Sharing and Privacy for Collaborative Risk Driven Approaches
|This session, presented by FOCUS Rexdale and SPIDER aimed to increase the knowledge of service providers about information sharing, privacy legislation, and effective practices to support risk mitigation. It included a Q&A period and discussed permissiveness and prohibitions within the legislative frameworks (e.g. PHIPA, MFIPPA, etc.) that guide front line service providers.
|October 16, 2015||Exploring Legal Capacity and Consent
|This session aimed to increase the knowledge of service providers about capacity assessments and processes, governing legislation, and opportunities for reform. It included a Q&A period for discussion of practical strategies for “trouble-shooting” when deal with situations of complex or unresolved risk.
|November 20, 2015
|The Mental Health Act: Challenges and Opportunities in the Provision of Care to Vulnerable Torontonians
|This session aimed to increase knowledge about the Mental Health Act and its applications, as well as to explore services and opportunities for innovation. It l included a facilitated discussion regarding the challenges faced in co-ordinating community and hospital care when dealing with complex or unresolved situations of risk.
|December 18, 2015||Winter Preparedness: Reducing Vulnerabilities through Social Safety Networks
|Timed to coincide the second anniversary or the 2013 Ice Storm, this session explored lessons learned and steps being taken to improve responses. It was geared to those who wanting to learn more about emergency preparedness, including community engagement and the development of social safety networks to support Toronto’s most vulnerable.||81|
|2015 Total Open Dialogue on Vulnerability Attendance||668|
|February 19, 2016||Youth Mental Health: Making the Connection||In the spring of 2014, TYES embarked on a pilot project that took a peer support approach to addressing trauma in the Rexdale and Jane & Finch areas. Of the 74 youth who participated in the workshop series, many reported having experienced a traumatic event that continues to affect their resiliency and increase their vulnerability to involvement in violence and crime. This event explored innovations, gaps and next steps for service provision to vulnerable youth experiencing mental health challenges.||270|
|April 15, 2016||Continuing the Exploration of Hoarding||This event continued the conversation about hoarding, with an emphasis on safety, tenancy and legislation. Participants had the opportunity to connect with fire safety, municipal bylaw, and legal experts, as well as experienced landlords and community service providers, working to support individuals with lived experience hoarding.||225|
|May 20, 2016||Continuing the Exploration of Hoarding – Part 2||This event emphasized the creation of solutions and implementation of supports for individuals with lived experience hoarding. Participants gained an understanding of the terminology related to “clutter”, assessment tools, strategies for supporting the decluttering process, and harm reduction approaches employed by housing providers to support tenants.||230|
|September 16, 2016||Identity “We Are”||A discussion about youth and identity. Everyone struggles with the question, “Who am I?” For those concerned with how others perceive them, or who feel a core aspect of themselves, such as gender or race, is not being expressed or valued, the struggle is very real. Hear about service providers and youth as they discuss engaging young people where they are, no matter their identity.||109|
|October 21, 2016||The Value of Lived Experience: The Power of Peers to Impact Systems||This Open Dialogue featured discussion with Peers and Community Organizations that champion peer models: how to create meaningful leadership opportunities, how to avoid tokenism and exploitation of vulnerable people, and how to leverage lived experience to attain system change.||110|
|November 18, 2016||Human Trafficking||This Open Dialogue featured discussion with City of Toronto divisions and community partners regarding human trafficking. It explored the complexities of this issue, including barriers to exiting, legal challenges, as well as collaborative solutions to help support survivors of human trafficking.||168|
|2016 Total Open Dialogue on Vulnerability Attendance||1,112|
|January 20, 2017||Home Unit Takeovers||This Open Dialogue featured:
|February 17, 2017||Family & Community Supports for Those Impacted by Homicide||This Open Dialogue provided:
|March 17, 2017||Complex Care Coordination||This Open Dialogue discussed:
|April 21, 2017||Preventing and Responding to Drug Overdoses||This Open Dialogue explored:
|May 19, 2017||Community Perspectives on Suicide Prevention||This Open Dialogue featured discussion about:
|June 19, 2017||Community Mobilization to Prevent Human Trafficking||This Open Dialogue explored:
|July 27, 2017||TRANSforming Service Provision: The Inclusion of Trans People & Diverse Gender Expression||This Open Dialogue explored:
|September 13, 2017||Mental Health Service Delivery and the Criminal Justice System||
|October 20, 2017||Trauma Informed Practice||Trauma Informed Practices
|November 17, 2017||The Use of Canada Census Data in Developing Supports for Vulnerable Populations||125|
|2017 Total Open Dialogue on Vulnerability Attendance||1,966|
|January 19, 2018||Pest Management Innovation||This Open Dialogue featured:·
|February 16, 2018||Understanding Countering Violent Extremism||This Open Dialogue provided:
|March 17, 2018||Complex Care Coordination||This Open Dialogue discussed:
|April 20, 2018||The Role of Oversight Bodies in Reducing Vulnerabilities||This Open Dialogue explored:
|2018 Total Open Dialogue on Vulnerability Attendance as of March 2018||452|
|Total Open Dialogue Engagement 2015 – 2018 as of March 2018||4,268|