2013 PSNO Conference: New Directions, New Opportunities
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 Markham, Ontario
CALL FOR WORKSHOPS The Personal Support Network of Ontario (PSNO) invites you to submit a workshop abstract for our Annual Conference New Directions, New Opportunities. Join us and share your expertise, experience and new ideas with our delegates. We anticipate 300 - 350 delegates for a day of outstanding workshops and plenary sessions.
The support work landscape is changing. From the province’s health strategy to the PSW Registry, support workers have a tremendous opportunity to impact the diverse needs of many Ontarians. This conference will focus on the unique contribution Personal Attendants (PA) and Personal Support Workers (PSW) can provide as key participants in Ontario’s long term care support system whether in the community or in long term care homes. We also welcome sessions geared toward PSW Supervisors and PSW Educators. Supervisors and Educators are essential to the ability of a PSW to provide support to Ontarians.
We are calling for presentation abstracts that focus on the role and skills that PA/PSWs can bring, as well as ways that PSW Supervisors and Educators can support PA/PSWs specifically in the areas of best practises in:
Complex client support (Spinal Cord Injury, Dementia Care, Palliative Care, Aggression, etc.)
Team Leadership/Team Participation
Personal Preparation for Support Work
Getting a Handle on Change and Processing Information
The use of new technologies
New ways of working with other health professionals
Abstracts should focus on the following:
Details of the role of the support worker
Practical skills for the support worker
Tangible benefits to the support worker
The Conference Committee also welcomes abstracts that may not fall within the topics above.
SESSION LENGTH Conference Sessions are 55 minutes in length inclusive of a 10 minute question period.
NOTICE OF ACCEPTANCE All applicants will be notified by email or phone of the status of their submission. The contact person will be the only individual contacted regarding the submission.
All confirmed speakers will be sent a package including registration information. Speakers will receive complimentary registration (to a maximum of 2 speakers per session) to the conference. Registration includes all sessions, lunch, comfort breaks and conference materials. All presenters are responsible for any and all travel and accommodation expenses incurred.
PSNO will provide access to a microphone, projector and screen. If necessary laptops can also be provided upon request. Additional AV equipment can be negotiated.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE Deadline for Submission: 5:00 pm (EST), Friday May 10th, 2013
If you are interested in highlights from the 2012 conference, including a list of the sessions which were presented last year, please click here.