External Events



Excellence in Resident Centred Care (ERCC) Train-the-Trainer Course 
September 22, 2014 – Whitby
This Conestoga College course is 24 hours in length. It is made up of 16 hours of online instruction and an 8 hour in-class workshop. The ERCC Trainer is a person from your organization who, once they complete the course, will become qualified to facilitate onsite. For more information, or to register, visit the RIA website or contact Mary-Lou Van der Horst at (519) 571-1873 x 195 or marylou.vanderhorst@uwaterloo.ca.  


Landscapes of Aging: Critical Issues, Emerging Possibilities
October 16-18, 2014 – Sheraton on the Falls, Niagara Falls
Join the Canadian Association on Gerontology at Canada’s premier multidisciplinary conference for those interested in individual and population aging. This year they will explore the critical issues and emerging possibilities facing our aging populations in Canada and abroad. For more information, or to register, visit the event website.


Cultural Competency Webinar Series: A Cornerstone of High Quality Healthcare and Human Services
Summer – Fall 2014
The delivery of high quality healthcare and human services requires training in cultural competence. Cultural competence is an attribute of those providers who understand the concepts underlying diversity and who value intercultural communication and the elimination of disparities in the delivery of healthcare and human services. Cultural and linguistic differences between providers and patients and clients can present barriers to effective communication, affecting outcomes in many different ways. Poor communication because of cultural or linguistic differences can create unsafe situations. Cultural knowledge, but also adaptability, self-awareness, and other attributes, leads to optimal outcomes. This series will provide a range of topics for both individual providers with direct patient/client contact, and also for administrators of health and human services organizations across all areas accredited by CARF.  For more information, or to register, visit the event website.


Music Care Conference
November 15, 2014
John Aird Centre – Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo
Music Care Conference brings together community pursuing the issues/themes around caring for people with music. The conference identifies & integrates common themes/issues using music across the care spectrum & highlights the social implications of music in care. Participants experience music in a way that contributes to body-mind-spirit care. For more information or to register, visit the conference website or call (905) 852-2499.


2014 GSA Annual Scientific Meeting – Making Connections: From Cells to Society
November 5-9, 2014
Washington, DC
The 2014 conference theme challenges researchers to present their best evidence on aging-related connections they investigate, ranging from the smallest particles examined in the lab to the most macro-level issues examined globally. It challenges educators to evaluate the ties they establish with students and community groups and the links they develop between aging-related research findings and effective pedagogy. It challenges practitioners and advocates to translate science into best practices for aging adults, their networks, and communities. See event website for more details.


Continuing Education for Nurse Practitioners
Care of the Older Adult in Primary Health Care
Presented by the Council of Ontario University Programs in Nursing and in co-operation with the Ontario Nurse Practitioner Program is one of five COUPN continuing education courses developed for nurses providing primary health care. It is a 13-week course offered through distance education using primarily Internet technology. Please visit
http://cefc.np-education.ca for more information.


PSHSA Gentle Persuasive Approach
PSHSA is proud to be offering the choice of two courses for our health care and community care clients in the Gentle Persuasive Approaches™ (GPA) to preventing workplace violence. Created by Advanced Gerontological Education, the GPA is grounded in the principle of person-centred care for dementia patients. Our clients may wish to attend one or both of our GPA courses. To register, visit the PSHSA
website.