Hub Associate Members are members of MeWeRTH and Carleton University community partners with a shared interest in mental health, well-being, resilience and collaboration. You can learn more about our Hub Associate Members below:
Keywords: Substance use, Substance Use Health, Alcohol, Drugs, Addiction, Harm Reduction, Wellness, Engagement, Collaboration, Stigma, Research, Knowledge Mobilization, Pan-Canadian Health Organization
Roles and Responsibilities: The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) is a non-governmental organization that provides national leadership on substance use and to advance solutions to address alcohol- and other drug-related harms. CCSA was created in 1988 by an Act of Parliament and is one of a number of Pan-Canadian Health Organizations.
CCSA’s current Strategic Plan focuses on three primary strategic goals and accompanying priorities:
• Advancing evidence-based knowledge by conducting and synthesizing high quality research;
• Driving collaboration efforts across Canada and internationally; and
• Bridging the gap between what we know and what we do.
CCSA embraces a spirit of openness, collaboration and partnership and actively solicits input, guidance and counsel in all aspects of its work and diverse agenda of activity. The Centre emphasizes impact and, in doing so, strives to ensure that its evidence-informed publications, tools and knowledge mobilization products are accessible, timely and relevant to what is happening in the field and to embrace and include diverse voices and perspectives with tailored resources for specific audiences and stakeholders. CCSA hosts a biennial conference “Issues of Substance” – the largest gathering of researchers, service providers, organizations, and stakeholders in Canada.
Resources and links:
Carleton faculty and students who are interested in exploring opportunities and potential collaborations with CCSA are encouraged to contact Dr. John Weekes, Director of Knowledge Mobilization, CCSA and Adjunct Research Professor of Forensic Psychology and Substance Use, Department of Psychology at email@example.com.
Keywords: Community Partnership, Crisis Intervention, Emergency Response, Safety Planning, Resource Referrals, Student Placements
Campus Safety Services consists of Patrol Services, Parking Services, Technical Services, Emergency Management and the Carleton University Student Emergency Response Team (CUSERT). We operate 24/7, 365 days of the year and respond to all emergencies and calls for service on campus. At CSS we strive address the diverse needs of the Carleton Community for personal safety, protection of property and parking.
We recognize our shared responsibility to maintain order while affording dignity and respect to every individual we meet. Our objective is to improve the quality of life through collaborative community partnerships which promotes a safe and secure campus for all.
Keywords: Community Engagement, Artistic Well-Being, Collaboration, Events, Experiential Learning
Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre (CDCC) is Carleton University’s downtown and Learning Centre dedicated to providing a welcoming, professional and safe environment to foster programming that is multigenerational, diverse, and inclusive. The centre serves a variety of university and community user groups. CDCC strives to ignite creative exploration and rich presentation opportunities, offering a unique event experience in a historical Ottawa heritage venue. CDCC values community collaboration opportunities, fostering the creation of meaningful shared experiences
Keywords: psychological health and safety, safety, prevention, violence and harassment prevention, collaboration, well-being
Roles and Responsibilities
Nancy is the Director of Environmental Health and Safety for Carleton University. In this role, Nancy is responsible for providing leadership, strategic planning and operational risk management in all areas of environmental health and safety, as well as regulatory compliance across the academic, research and operational activities. Psychological Health and Safety is a growing risk to our university and global community, never more so than during this pandemic. Keeping our faculty, staff and students psychologically healthy and safe is a foundational element to keeping them physically safe, engaged and thriving.
Resources and Links
Environmental Health and Safety website: https://carleton.ca/ehs/
Workplace Violence and Harassment Prevention: https://carleton.ca/ehs/programs/health-safety-management/workplace-violence-and-harassment/
Carleton’s Joint Health and Safety Committee: https://carleton.ca/ehs/joint-health-and-safety-committee/
General resources: https://carleton.ca/ehs/resources/
Keywords: student support, student mental health, wellness, resilience, life skills, community engagement, positive relationships, personal development, growth mindset, student-centred, leadership, belonging
Roles and Responsibilities:
Housing and Residence Life Services works to create student focused residence community and strives to continuously provide quality service to support our residents. We are committed to providing opportunities for personal growth and academic development while promoting a safe and inclusive living environment. As well, Living in residence at Carleton University will develop resilient and inclusive leaders who belong and meaningfully contribute to their communities. Personal Development is a foundational piece of our learning experience, as it empowers students to discover, appreciate and strengthen the unique traits that define them. We value the many ways their personal identities intersect and shape who they are, who they will become, how they enter into and are perceived in the world and how their own identities interact with others. As our students grow, they will learn the necessary skills to live independently, both in current and future communities, and recognize the importance of taking ownership of their decisions. Through the exploration of values, strengths and motivations, students are supported in discovering their individual purpose, while intentionally examining their personal goals and future aspirations. When students experience and overcome challenges, they are encouraged to adopt a growth mindset, develop resilience, and see failure as an opportunity for personal reflection and future development. This is in combination with the ongoing discovery of individual holistic wellness will lead to greater future success.
Resources and links:
Health care on campus: https://housing.carleton.ca/current-students/health-and-safety/healthcare-on-campus/
Contact Us: https://housing.carleton.ca/contact-us/
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/CUinRes
Keywords: mental health, psychotherapist, counselling, international students, culture, faith, spirituality, Islam
Role and Responsibilities:
Berak Hussain is a registered Psychotherapist and is the International Students Counsellor at the Health and Counselling clinic at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She has a BA in Psychology and a Master’s in Educational Counselling from the University of Ottawa, and has been counselling students for 13 years now, where she helps students from all sorts of backgrounds through issues ranging from anxiety, depression, stress, culture shock, identity challenges, suicide, relationship issues, abuse and more.
Outside the university, she’s know as The Muslim Counsellor, and is a passionate public speaker in Muslim Mental Health, Social Justice, Domestic Violence, Women’s Issues, Islamic Issues and poetry. She has worked locally and internationally on a variety of mental health initiatives, including spearheading the Serenity Islamic Mental Health Awareness initiative, working tirelessly to break the stigma around the topic within the community. Berak also speaks on a variety of Islamic and Psychological issues bridging the connection and misconceptions around Islam and mental health within Muslim communities, professional, psychological, academic as well as other faith and cultural audiences. Having had successful TV documentaries and educational shows, social media platforms and workshop lecture tours in the UK, Australia, USA and Canada, as well as working with a variety of charity groups developing wellness programs for widows in Iraq, Berak continues to break the taboos around these topics to Muslim and mainstream audiences in more local and international events. Working with youths and parents with cross cultural generational dialogues as well as motivational and mindfulness talks, Berak continues to encourage people to reach their full potential with the motto of: Inspire, Heal, Empower.
Resources and Links:
Counsellor Helps Students and Community Cope with New Stressors: https://hubforgood.carleton.ca/story/counsellor-helps-students-and-community-cope-with-new-stressors/
Exam and Holiday Stress Workshop December 1 2020: https://www.facebook.com/events/417557475919764
Get to Know The Counsellor Berak Hussain:https://fb.watch/1TCz3LHrqB/
Stress Management Workshop info November 3 2020: https://fb.watch/1yE8vpOTDZ/
Ottawa Muslims tackle ‘taboo’ of mental illness: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ottawa-muslims-tackle-taboo-mental-illness-1.3564572
Youtube Channel: https://youtube.com/c/TheMuslimCounsellorBerakHussain
Key Words: student support, student mental health, wellness, resilience, student engagement, spirituality
Role and Responsibilities:
As Carleton’s Wellness Volunteer Liaison for the Student Mental Health Engagement Committee my role is to promote student engagement and foster engagement among the student body at large to help create a thriving community for everyone. I lead a group of volunteers with mental health initiatives that are entirely student-driven. Each committee member may either be representing from a leadership role related to mental health or can be a student at large who has a vested interest in improving the campus climate and overall student wellness.
As Carleton’s Spirituality Student Coordinator for the Spirituality Centre, my role is to develop expanding opportunities for students to cultivate spiritual wellness, to provide feedback from a critical student perspective on new wellness and spirituality initiatives on campus, as well as liaise between the Office of Student Affairs and
Spirituality centre Chaplains. The Centre has been a ground for cultivating spiritual wellbeing as well as developing and enhancing the experience of all community members of Carleton University. Beyond the students who access the Centre’s programs and services, the Centre serves the wider community by modelling pluralism, spiritual and religious diversity, and interfaith harmony.
Outside of work, I am currently completing a bachelors in forensic psychology with a minor in neuroscience and mental health, as well as volunteering with various mental health-related groups, such as the CUSA Wellness Centre, Bridge The Gap, and the Mental Health Champions.
Resources and Links:
Student Mental Health Engagement Committee: https://carleton.ca/wellness/get-involved/smhec/
Carleton Wellness Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/carletonwellness/
Carleton Wellness Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CarletonWellness/
Spirituality Centre: https://carleton.ca/wellness/spirituality/
Wellness Workshops: https://carleton.ca/wellness/events/
Key words: clinical psychology training, personal and professional development, mental health and substance use disorders, psych assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning, leadership
Kim Lassiter is a Carleton University alumna (B.A., Honours in Psychology, 1983), earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology (Ohio University, 1991), and is a licensed psychologist and a certified Health Services Provider Psychologist in North Carolina. Since returning home to Ottawa, Dr. Lassiter worked with the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction before joining Carleton as a Contract Instructor in the Psychology Department, where she has taught lecture classes on mental illness and addiction as well as advanced seminars in clinical skills and the assessment and treatment of substance use disorders.
During her career in the U.S., Dr. Lassiter was recognized with a national award commending her commitment to excellence in clinical training and dedication to best practices in professional psychology doctoral training clinics. She worked across the spectrum of mental health service delivery, from community intervention programs to private practice, outpatient, and residential settings, both as a service provider and as an administrator. She is happiest on a university campus and has worked with students in one capacity or another for most of her career. Her colleagues identify her greatest strengths as communication, collaborative problem solving, and individual and team development. She is delighted to place her clinical training and expertise in service to Carleton University, her alma mater.
Schreier, B. & Lassiter, K.D. (2010). Competencies for working with sexual orientation and multiple cultural identities. In J. E. Cornish, B. Schreier, L. Nadkarni, L. Metzger, & E. Rodolfa Eds., Handbook of Multicultural Counseling Competencies. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Hatcher, R. L. & Lassiter, K. D. (2007). Initial training in professional psychology: The Practicum Competencies Outline. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 1, 49-63.
Lassiter, K.D. & Arratoon, C. (October 24, 2017). Addictions Staffing: Competencies for the Substance Abuse Workforce. 2017 Territorial Social Services Conference, Toronto, Ontario.
Lassiter, K.D. (August 17, 2015). Building a Multidisciplinary University Counseling Center Training Program. Wake Forest University Counseling Center, Winston Salem, NC.
Lassiter, K.D. (September 10, 2008). Clinical Competencies: Definitions and Models. Texas A & M University, Department of Psychology, 6 hours, College Station, Texas.
Lassiter, K.D. (June 20, 2008). Ethical Clinical Supervision: Suggestions for Best Practice. The Ohio Psychological Association, 6 hours, Cincinnati Ohio.
Lassiter, K.D. (April 4, 2008). Supervision and the Practicum Competencies Outline. Pennsylvania State University Department of Psychology, State College PA.
Lassiter, K.D. (December 1, 2006). The Practicum Competencies Outline: Implementation and Adaptation. The Joint Universities Meeting of Field Supervisors for Clinic Programs, Sydney, Australia.
Lassiter, K.D. (August 2006). Evaluation in Supervision: Best Practices. American Psychological Association Annual Convention, New Orleans.
Keywords: Planning, Continuous Improvement, Leadership & Organizational Development, Wellness, Coaching & Communications
The Office of Quality Initiatives advances a culture of continuous improvement that supports Carleton’s strategic goals. We create opportunities to collaborate, innovate, and develop in order to encourage learning, facilitate engagement, and build community. OQI provides a wide variety of services to grow, inspire and lead; ourselves, our teams and our institution, moving us all forward so the university can share, serve and strive well into the future.
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The Paul Menton Centre coordinates academic accommodations for students with disabilities and offers comprehensive assessments and learning and mental health supports to address the academic and wellness needs of students. Our services go beyond academic accommodations by promoting skill-building opportunities to foster Metacognition, Academic and Mental Health Outcomes, Resilience and Engagement.
Resources and Links:
Individualized learning strategies and disability counselling: https://carleton.ca/pmc/current-students/more/
Summer Study Pods: https://carleton.ca/pmc/2021/spring-summer-study-pods/
Friday Socials: https://carleton.ca/pmc/2021/friday-socials-are-back/
Newsletters – PMC Live Feed: https://carleton.ca/pmc/live-feed/
Psychoeducational Group – Neurodiversity: To be announced this fall
Keywords: mentorship, community, equity, inclusion, student, wellness, events, student-led
The Student Experience Office (SEO) facilitates student-centered learning that enhances the university experience by: offering transition support, leadership opportunities, experiential learning programs, and the Mentorship Network. The Mentorship Network is an initiative that connects Peer Mentors and Mentees across the Carleton campus through mentoring relationships through multiple mentoring programs, such as First Year Connections and Community Connections. Mentors are trained to support students with areas of support such as: transitioning to university life, building a sense of community and belonging, developing skills for success, and positive wellness strategies. Another initiative of the SEO is the Campus Activity Board (CAB). CAB is a student-led group that provides innovative and engaging events for Carleton students. Events vary each semester, but align with one of three pillars: arts and wellness (ex. yoga, paint night), global community (ex. dance workshop), or Ravens traditions (ex. Epic Bingo). In addition to CAB events and the Mentorship Network, the SEO oversees community-based programs for equity deserving groups like the Afro-Caribbean Mentorship Program (ACMP) and Pride celebrations.
Teaching and Learning Services endeavors to promote a culture of student success by providing guidance, resources, and support for Carleton instructors in all aspects of their teaching practice. We recognize that instructors play a key role in supporting student wellness and strive to prepare them for this in a number of ways, including:
- Ideas for course designs and teaching strategies that support student engagement and wellbeing
- Support for articulating course policies that are clear, consistent, and compassionate
- Strategies for creating a sense of classroom community that is safe, supportive, and collaborative
- Sharing resources and information to help instructors recognize signs of student distress and take appropriate next steps
TLS also regularly collaborates with other departments and experts across campus to develop resources, deliver workshops and training events, and engage in discussion with the Carleton teaching community on a wide variety of topics.
Resources and Links:
Teaching and Learning Services: https://carleton.ca/teachinglearning/
Resources for Teaching Online: https://carleton.ca/teachinglearning/transitioning-to-online-teaching/
Resources in support of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: https://carleton.ca/teachinglearning/scholarship-of-teaching-and-learning-sotl/