Making the Mind Body Connection in the Treatment of Mental Health Presentation

Hi there 🙂

I hope you’re having a great day today. Today, after a workout, I’m taking some quiet time in a little coffee shop I love to go to in downtown London, Ontario, to meet up for a quiet coffee, to read, write, think, or blog (like I’m doing now:) )

Today I wanted to share some exciting news: This year, a couple of months back, I came across a request for presenter abstracts for the Canadian Mental Health Association National Mental Health For All Conference. The idea of the conference and the entire vision excited me. Right away I knew I wanted to speak at it and knew what I wanted to speak about. So, I made the jump and submitted an abstract. And….well…the abstract was accepted 🙂 AND, a really amazing, talented, and incredibly caring colleague from the LHSC clinical team jumped in when I asked if she wanted to do this with me. Her support, expertise, and extensive knowledge will be so amazing.

The conference will be held in Toronto at the Hilton Toronto from September 28th-30th.
Here is some information from the Mental Health Toronto Website:

“This conference will benefit individuals and organizations across the mental health, mental illness and addiction sectors. Partnerships are in place with the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and the Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse (CCSA) to support program development, marketing and outreach to support the conference.

“Setting this conference apart from past events will be the national focus on information sharing and partnership between Mental Health, Mental Illness and Addiction thought leaders, researchers, policy makers, service providers and front line staff.

“The theme “Together by Design,” reflects that purposeful innovation and collaboration by sector partners are the keys to overcoming barriers, improving access to services and ensuring positive outcomes.”

And here is a short outline of our presentation abstract:

Presentation Date and Time: Thursday, September 29th, 2016 from 11:30 AM-12:30PM

Presenter Names:  Renee Primeau, Wendy Pearson

Presentation Title: Making The Mind Body Connection in the Treatment of Mental Health


Renee Primeau is a Front-Line Mental Health Worker with the Canadian Mental Health Association- Middlesex  Adult Eating Disorders Treatment Program.

This program is a collaborative effort between CMHA-Middlesex Staff and the London Health Sciences Center Clinical Team.

Wendy Pearson is an Eating Disorder Specialist and Registered Psychotherapist working in the Adult Eating Disorders Program with the London Health Sciences Center Clinical team.


Clients who have histories of trauma, abuse, eating disorders, or other mental health concerns can struggle significantly with connecting with their bodies in many ways.

While also being challenging, research has shown that reconnecting with one’s body in a nurturing and compassionate way can be very helpful in healing and coping.

During this presentation, we will discuss how to help clients who are disconnected from themselves,  explore what may contribute to that sense of disconnection, as well as some experiential practices that can promote awareness and insight.


This is a topic both of us are very passionate about and, although definitely a bit nervous, I’m so excited.

We will get together beforehand, collaborate more, put it all together, and share the notes after the presentation when CMHA makes presenter notes available.

Thank you for reading and I hope you’re having a great day today!



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