A Young Woman’s Journey to Recovery

Gwen is first tentative as she approaches conversation. The young woman, now 22, was betrayed and hurt by those she treasured the most, and her trauma is palpable. One year after her best friend Abbe was brutally killed, Gwen has every reason to be cautious. But when she glances over at Susan Raphael, her former … Continue reading A Young Woman’s Journey to Recovery

How the Nature of Alcohol Nurtured my Young Addiction

Bemelman's Bar, a place I went for fun and comfort.  Susan B. Raphael Reminiscent of a playful kaleidoscope, the sparkling booze-filled bottles that lined the wall tempted my youthful will. There was something magical about that glass wall at Bemelman’s – a former Toronto hotspot – where I once lunched with my father after visiting … Continue reading How the Nature of Alcohol Nurtured my Young Addiction

Young People and Mental Wellness: Why It’s Important to Inspire Easily Influenced Minds

Despite the harmful consequences of substance use that can lead to mental and physical distress, vulnerable youth are still engaging in unsafe behaviors involving drugs and alcohol.

THE CALL FOR AN INTEGRATED FAMILY SYSTEMS MODEL

Liz van Ryn and Victoria Creighton, Pine River Institute Providing transformative family therapy within a therapeutic treatment program is difficult to do. Pine River Institute attempted to meet this challenge by integrating a family systems model throughout their treatment program. The family systems model is largely informed by Satir Family Therapy, given the focus on … Continue reading THE CALL FOR AN INTEGRATED FAMILY SYSTEMS MODEL

University Students’ Mental Health concerns on the rise….

As more students seek mental-health care, they face long waits – or pay out of pocket – as universities struggle with demand High demand for counselling is changing how Canadian campuses get students the help they need – but many still feel they’re falling through the cracksVICTORIA GIBSON PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 14, 2019 Julia Burnham, a … Continue reading University Students’ Mental Health concerns on the rise….