Upcoming Events

OAMFT Virtual Conference

When: January 16, 2021

Time: 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Free for OAMFT Members!

Featuring: Dr. Jessica Dere & Dr. Lawrence Jackson

OAMFT Members: Free

Students & Retired: $56.50

Non-Members: $113

Special Discounted Rate for AAMFT Members outside of Ontario: $56.50 or Out of Canada: $85.00

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Dr. Jessica Dere, PhD

Jessica Dere is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, at the University of Toronto Scarborough, in the Departments of Psychology and the Graduate Department of Psychological Clinical Science. She obtained a master’s degree in Cultural Psychiatry from McGill University, which laid the foundation for her work in the area of culture and mental health. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Concordia University in 2012. She then completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Social Aetiology of Mental Illness training program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. A culturally-informed approach to mental health is at the heart of her teaching, research, clinical supervision, and clinical practice. Her academic work is driven by a fascination with the interplay between cultural factors and all aspects of mental health and mental illness. She is particularly interested in the role of cultural factors in emotional processes, and the clinical implications of the cultural shaping of emotional experiences. She is also interested in cultural variations in beliefs about mental illness, and the implications of such beliefs in the experience of mental illness and patterns of help-seeking. She has published research on alexithymia, cultural variations in depressive and anxious symptom presentation, and acculturation. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and is a part-time associate at the Cognitive and Interpersonal Therapy Centre in Toronto. 

Dr. Lawrence Jackson, PhD

Lawrence Jackson, PhD, is an assistant professor of Couple & Family Therapy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine. His areas of research include racial disparities and inequalities for people of color, systemic support variables that influence Black male’s academic achievement and mental health outcomes, and cultural sensitivity/awareness for supervisees of color. In addition to his academic role, Dr. Jackson is the owner of The Black Male Therapist LLC, and creator of the social media campaign: Black Therapy Fridays, where he utilizes his social media platforms to normalize mental health in his community. Dr. Jackson also has a private practice in the Las Vegas area where he serves a diverse clientele including couples and families and has created a clothing line to further normalize mental health through the use of fashion. 



Conference Schedule:

9:30 am – Welcome

9:45 am – 1st Presentation with Dr. Jessica Dere

11:45 am – Network Lunch

12:15 pm – Reconvening

12:30 pm – 2nd Presentation with Dr. Lawrence Jackson

2:30 pm – Reconvene and Closing Remarks



Past Events

Recordings of past webinars can be purchased by clicking on the links below.

Friday, June 19th, 2020 – Webinar by Sam Chlebowski, on Transitioning Your Practice to Telehealth

Friday, June 12th, 2020 – Webinar by Bassma Younan, on Ethics Surrounding Online Therapy And Implications For PHIPA Requirements

Friday, June 5th, 2020 – Webinar by Lisa Ferentz, on Navigating the Challenges of the Pandemic and Online Therapy with Trauma Survivors


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