From Survival to Resistance; From Resistance to Empowerment

The Caring for Self While Caring for Others Series – 2019

Facilitators: Harry Zeit MD and Irina Dumitrache CYT

Date: Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

Location :  OMA Offices, 150 Bloor St. West, Ste. 900 (NE corner of Bloor & Avenue Rd)

Time:   7:30 – 9:30 PM – Please arrive early so that we can start on time.

Cost :   No charge, courtesy of the OMA Section on Primary Care Mental Health

Please RSVP by phone to: 416-229-2399, ext 125 (Ada or Anna), or via e-mail to: michaelpare@rogers.com.

We are living in a period of unprecedented and overwhelming change. Underneath the veneer of our everyday dialogues lies a deep sense of threat and uncertainty. We feel alone and uneasy. An uncomfortable number of articles describe the disconnection and alienation of contemporary life as traumatic.

After seven years of presenting on many aspects of clinician distress and the effects of unremitting stress on our field, the time has come for our series to take an ambitious next step. Can we rise to the challenge of fully facing this time in which our terrors, hopes and dreams lie embedded?

As health care providers, we realize we are not alone in facing endemic burnout and crippling anxieties. This month, an Australian nurses group posted: “I believe many professions face similar issues as we are all connected by human experiences. It’s not who we identify as, be it lawyer, doctor, nurse, teacher, construction worker, police, paramedics etc., humans are connected by suffering & adversity. We’ve all fallen.”

In his preface to Savage Grace: Living Resiliently in the Dark Night of the Globe, Jeff Brown writes: “Truth is the gateway to the moment. It’s also the portal to transformation. At this tenuous and horrifying moment in human history, nothing less will do. We either fiercely confront our challenges, or we slip noisily into the night.”

Who are the ones who will lead us through these challenging times – do they appear from the centre or from the fringes? How do we constellate our impulses to join in pursuit of a better collective dream, one grounded in truth and in sacred activism? Let’s listen to the voices of those who are giving thought and energy to insights at the edge and tap into our inner voices in forging a possible path out of fear and survival physiology and into community, action, vision and empowerment.

In this presentation, attendees will:

  • Review the origins, nature and cost of living in survival physiology
  • Familiarize themselves with current leading edge thinking on collective trauma, sacred activism and possibilities for collective empowerment and transformation
  • Actively reflect on how contemporary challenges in healthcare intersect with challenges of ecology, global economics and social transformation
  • Review and define resilience practices appropriate to our time and the immediate future
  • Engage in a somatic practice in keeping with a time of uncertainty and the need to resource strength and open-ness

For inquiries only about the Caring for Self series, contact Dr. Harry Zeit at harryzeit@sympatico.ca.

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We hope to see you there!



Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder

Date :    Thursday, March 14th, 2019,

Location:   OMA Offices, 150 Bloor Street West, Suite 900, Toronto

Time:          7:30pm – 9:30pm

Who is invited: All Physicians, Residents, and Medical Students

Registration: Free for all Physicians, Residents, and Medical Students, hosted by the OMA Section on Primary Care Mental Health

To register, please contact  : Ada/ Anna at pcmhsection@gmail.com  or  416-229-2399  ext. 125

Speaker:  Dr. Shelley McMain, Ph.D.,C.Psych

Dr. Shelley McMain is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, Canada. She is the Head of the Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic, and a Clinician Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Canada.  Dr. McMain is the President of the North American Society for Psychotherapy Research and Past Co-Chair of the International Society for Psychotherapy Integration. She serves on the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Strategic Planning Committee and on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Linehan Institute. Dr. McMain is a researcher and expert in the treatment of personality disorders and DBT. Dr McMain has delivered more than 300 presentations and authored more than 50 articles, and two books forthcoming. Dr McMain’s work has received several research awards including the distinguished research award from the European Society for the Study of Personality Disorders, the scientific paper prize from the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the research award from the International Society for Improvement and Teaching of DBT.  


1. Describe the theoretical foundation of DBT

2. Summarize the empirical basis of DBT for borderline personality disorder

3. Discuss the essential elements and core strategies of DBT