Upcoming Educational Sessions

The following sessions are planned with dates set or our being developed with dates to be announced shortly. Please monitor these pages for new information, as well as the News section of the website.

TitleDescription
How to fill out a College payment and expense claim.Volunteers will know that the College offers payment (per diem or stipend) for committee, council meetings and other volunteer work, as well as reimbursing volunteers for expenses incurred when they are performing College duties. For many, the process of submitting a claim has been cumbersome.

On August 1, 2022, the College launched a new streamlined process for submitting these claims, one that requires less work.

In this “how to” session, we will walk you through the new process of how to submit a claim for payment and reimbursement of expenses incurred using the College’s updated on-line process.  
PresenterDr. Brenda Lessard-Rhead, ND (Inactive)
DateAugust 25, 2022
Time10:00 am to 11:30 am
LocationVirtual
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TitleDescription
Demystifying the workings of a committee.Much of the work of the College happens through its committees. This poses a challenge because many people don’t have a great understanding of how committees work or have a high level of apprehension about getting involved. No one wants to look foolish or unprepared.

In this session, we will remove the veil of mystery surrounding how committees work (especially those at the College) and provide important insight into what to expect, how it all works and what it all means. Participants will learn the ins and outs of committee works and what to expect and how to participate fully and easily.  
PresentersShawn Bausch, Public Representative
Dr. Gudrun Welder, ND
DateSeptember 27, 2022
Time10:00 am to 11:30 am
LocationVirtual
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TitleDescription
Getting the Most out of your Volunteering.Most people volunteer because they want to impact their own lives and those of others in a positive way. In some sectors, volunteers are promoting their businesses while in others, they are trying to make connections. When you volunteer, including when you volunteer with the College, there is an implicit expectation that there is something in it for you. Perhaps you make more professional connections, perhaps you meet new people and make new friends, all while giving back not only to society but you’re the profession.

In this session, we will talk about how to make the most out of your volunteer work done with the College. Whether that is from the people you’ll meet or the skills you will learn and hone, volunteering will be of benefit to you…so why not make the most out of it?  
PresentersDr. Brenda Lessard-Rhead, ND (Inactive)
Dr. Amber Vance, ND
DateOctober 13, 2022
Time10:00 am to 11:30 am
LocationVirtual
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TitleDescription
Positive Approaches to Thinking IndependentlyIn today’s world, there’s a lot of discussion about bias, including unconscious bias. When volunteering, one of the most important biases to understand is “group bias” where an individual is influenced in making their decision because the rest of or most of the group have a different decision.

The antidote to group bias is independent thinking. What does it mean to be an independent thinker? How will I know that my decisions are arrived at independently even though I may agree with others at the table?

In this session, you will learn key questions to ask yourself as you debate matters before you to arrive at decisions. You will be able to assure yourself that you decision in one you have arrived at independently of the influence of others, even though you may agree with several or many of your colleagues.  
PresentersDr. Jamuna Kailash, ND Dr. Amber Vance, ND
DateNovember 24, 2022
Time10:00 am to 11:30 am
LocationVirtual
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TitleDescription
Understanding conflicting interests.Everyone knows that if you have a conflict of interest, it’s a bad thing, right? Well, not so fast!   In a world that is becoming increasingly complex, the potential for conflicts of interests is ever present. In fact, most people have them at varying times. Conflicting interests are common and not a bad thing when they are declared and acted upon; however, unresolved, or undeclared conflicts can even bring Governments down.

In this session, you will learn what conflict of interest is about and how they may easily arise in your personal or volunteer life. You will learn that there is no shame in declaring a conflicting interest and you will learn the best practices in how to declare potential conflicts and avoid problems down the road.
PresentersHanno Weinberger, Public Representative
Dr. Gudrun Welder, ND
DateJanuary 17, 2023
Time9:00 am to 10:30 am
LocationVirtual
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TitleDescription
Taking the mystery out of reading a financial statementContrary to popular belief, you do not have to be a Chartered Public Accountant to be able to read and understand financial statements. Ironically, to sit on any Board of Directors in any sector, you must be able to read and understand a financial statement.

In this session, we will review standard financial statements and focus in on the key elements to review and question if need be. Using a standard financial statement, you can quickly understand the stability of an organization, from where its revenues come, and its expenses are incurred. How likely is the organization to survive and at what cost?
PresentersShawn Bausch, Public Representative (and CPA)
Dr. Amber Vance, ND
DateFebruary 15, 2023
Time10:00 am to 11:30 am
LocationVirtual
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TitleDescription
Standards, Guidelines, Policies and Position Statements, oh my!I’m confused… the College has standards of practice, guidelines, policies and position statements. And it’s supposed to mean exactly what?!

In this session, you will dive into the mysterious world of standards of practice, practice guidelines, policies and position statements and come away understanding the differences between then. You will learn where standards come from and how they can positively impact your life as either or both a patient or a practitioner.  
PresentersJeremy Quesnelle, Deputy CEO
Mary-Ellen McKenna, ND (Inactive), Manager of Professional Practice
DateComing in March 2023
Time10:00 am to 11:30 am
LocationVirtual
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TitleDescription
The RHPA? The Naturopathy Act? The Code? Regulations?  Making sense of it all.If the title of this session alone caused you to catch your breath, then this may be THE session for you. Gain important insight into the foundational legislation in Ontario governing the health professions, in particular the naturopathic profession. While you won’t leave this session as an expert, you will be able to reduce the fear and apprehension you may have over references to these legal documents.

In this session you will learn about the key features of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 and its regulations, the Naturopathy Act, 2007 and its regulations as well as the Health Professions Procedural code. You will walk away with a general understanding of how these all work together and impact you as an Ontarian, Naturopathic Doctor and/or as a volunteer.  
PresentersAndrew Parr, CAE, Chief Executive Officer
DateComing in April 2023
Time10:00 am to 11:30 am
LocationVirtual
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Have Questions or Suggestions?

We welcome your questions or suggestions!  Please email the College’s Mentorship Coordinator, Dr. Anthony Moscar, ND at mentorship@collegeofnaturopaths.on.ca.