Upcoming Activities

St. Michael's Hospital: IPE Series - CANCELLED!!

November 22


To register, please contact Christine Williams: WILLIAMSC@smh.ca

Empowering Patient/Clients: Examples from the HIV Community

November 22

Students learn about episodic disability and its impact on the individual in the context of HIV. As well, they learn how health care providers can facilitate client empowerment and enhanced health literacy. Students will learn from participating client stories and will work in facilitated interprofessional groups to discuss their response to a case.


Students will:

  • Develop an understanding of empowerment and how it contributes to patient/client health
  • Consider how the team can contribute to enabling patient/client empowerment through enhanced collaboration and communication
  • Develop an understanding of the effect of health care professionals’ actions on the patient/client
  • Demonstrate interprofessional interactions to promote patient/client empowerment (collaboration, communication and values and ethics) in the context of a case-based discussion

Ryerson: IPE Matters Series - Riding the Elephant: Encountering Grief and Loss in a Hospital Setting

November 23

Grief and loss are typically associated with death and dying; however, patients and families in a hospital setting can experience grief associated with various aspects of critical and acute health issues. All members of the interprofessional health care team can play an essential role in both recognizing as well as addressing grief and loss. This interactive workshop will examine Alan Wolfelt’s framework for grief and Martin & Doka’s grieving styles and discuss various therapeutic interventions that can be helpful when working with patients and families.  Students will have the opportunity to go through case scenarios in a group setting, identifying the role that different health discipline members would play in developing and implementing care plans for patients.  This session will also aim to discuss issues associated with countertransference as well as strategies to support the professional in doing this difficult work.

Objectives: By the end of the session students will be able to:

  • Recognize how grief can be manifested by patients and familie
  • Recognize the role of different health disciplines when facing issues of grief and loss
  • Provide resources, support and therapeutic interventions to patients and families
  • Discuss the impact of countertransference on health care providers



Amanda Hignell MSW, RSW, and Andrea Dermody, MA, MSW, RSW, St. Michael's Hospital, 30 Bond Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1W8


To register: RSVP to Sanne Kaas-Mason at skaasmason@ryerson.ca