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RU Interprofessional would like to welcome you to Interprofessional Education Matters!, an interprofessional workshop created for Faculty of Community Services students, staff and faculty members.

The workshops focus on interprofesisonal competencies, such as team functioning, communication, conflict resolution, client-centered care, role clarification and collaborative leadership. These competencies have been identified by the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative as highlighting the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that shape the judgments essential for interprofessional collaborative practice.

The workshops are lead by Ryerson faculty and by community partners engaged in interprofesisonal collaboration. 


RU Interprofessional offers a Letter of Engagement in Interprofessional Education to students in the Faculty of Community Services (FCS) who have participated in three (or more) IPE Matters! workshops during the same academic year. Click here for more information about the Letter of Engagement in Interprofessional Education


The Faculty of Community Services (FCS) is pleased to collaborate with Bridgepoint Active Healthcare. Starting in September 2016 IPE activities at Bridgepoint is open to students from the Faculty of Community Services, including students not placed at the institution. These activitries are referred to as Sessions in Accredited Interprofessional Learning (SAIL).  

FCS students are invited and encouraged to review the schedule below and attend as many sessions as they would like. Please do not forget to RSVP and to sign in to track your IPE engagement.  

Find the W2017 schedule for the Bridgepoint Active Healthcare IPE SAILs here. Learners are encouraged to bring their lunch to the sessions.

Please RSVP to Katherine Brown at



Title: Culture & Communication in the Interprofessional Context

SickKids is committed to providing excellent child and family centered care, and encourages families to collaborate as part of the interprofessional team to provide high quality care and service to our clients.  Within these complex interprofessional environments, issues related to personal & professional culture and communication can arise.  Therefore, it is imperative that interprofessional team members develop an awareness of these issues and cultivate the skills required to work collaboratively with different team members.  In this 2 1/2 -hour workshop, participants will be encouraged to think broadly about the meaning of culture and communication, from their personal and professional perspectives.  Participants will examine these issues in the context of working within interprofessional teams, and their impact on the provision of care to their clients.  Finally, there will be a focus on creating a shared understanding of the interprofessional team and on developing skills to manage conflict in these complex work environments. 



  • Explore the concepts and issues related to culture and communication in an interprofessional setting.
  • Articulate the importance of interprofessional collaboration in the provision of patient / client centered care
  • Discuss the use of effective communication tools that can assist in creating shared understanding of each other.
  • Develop communication skills to effectively address conflict in an interprofessional setting.


SickKids Interprofessional Team:

  • Karen Sappleton, MSED, MSW, RSW - Senior Manager, Child and Family Centred Care and Health Equity (Child and Family Relations, Family Centre, Interpreter Services)
  • Michele Durrant, BScN, MSc - Advanced Nursing Practice Educator
  • Karen Breen-Reid, RN, BScN, MN - Manager, Interprofessional Education


Click here to RSVP to the March 29, 2017 IPE Matters! workshop



Title: Client and family centred care – the foundation for collaborative care for children with disabilities and their families.


Description: How do you engage clients and families in their care and welcome them as members of the team? How do you demonstrate respect?  Join this interactive and engaging IPE session to learn about key client and family centred care behaviours that were developed at a pediatric rehabilitation centre that you can employ to enhance the way you provide information and care.  Participation in this session will give you an opportunity to meet students from other professions, hear the family perspective and reflect on how the provision of client and family centred care is a cornerstone for high quality collaborative care.


  • Amir Karmali, Client and Family Centred Care Specialist, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Darlene Hubley, IPE Leader, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital


Click here to RSVP to the April 4, 2017 IPE Matters! workshop






Title: Including community members on interprofessional teams: do we practice what we preach?

In this RU Interprofessional-led workshop, participants will use the Wolcott Creek online interprofessional simulation as a vehicle to analyze and reflect on a real life issue related to interprofessional collaboration; in this case integrating community members into an interprofessional group.

One of the assumptions of interprofessional practice is that we can and do include clients as equal partners; indeed, the notion of client centredness is one of the primary goals of interprofessional collaborative practice. In a community context, the notion of client extends to community members, and community centredness underlies much of the community development discourse.

The simulation used in this workshop reflects a stakeholder meeting for the community revitalization of Wolcott Creek, a hypothetical urban community. Participants include professionals working in the community and two community members, who have been asked to come together to identify what community needs.  The simulation highlights issues of facilitation, communication, conflict management, group process, implicit and explicit power dynamics and community centredness.  




Title: "Doug-centered" care: our story of raising a child with a rare genetic syndrome

Person-centered care is an important competency domain for interprofessional collaboration. When individual community members or families interact with the health care/community services system, they often do so with an expectation that providers of health and community services collaborate to provide person-centered care, service and support. What they might encounter, however, is a fragmented system with professional and institutional boundaries, which is difficult to navigate. A system where the person receiving care or service is not always put at the centre.  

In this workshop a community member will share her lived experience, interacting with health care and community services providers, as the parent of a child with a rare genetic syndrome, focusing on the following areas:

  • Prenatal care and nutrition
  • Labor and delivery
  • Communication of a diagnosis
  • Inter-institutional transitions in care, from pediatrics, through adolescence and into adulthood
  • Relationship between accessing the health care system and receiving care in the community, family-centered care and the importance of the care team




Title: Walk, Play and Explore: The social-ecological factors that influence a child's mobility behaviour

Description: Canadian children have become more inactive over the past decades; they are spending more time being driven to places, and in front of screens, than ever before. This sedentary lifestyle may have important implications for their physical activity levels and related adverse health outcomes. Using data from recent research conducted on elementary school-going children in Toronto, a short presentation will discuss the relationship between children’s daily movement behaviour and various measures of physical activity, as well as the socio-demographic and built environment-related enablers and barriers to walking, playing, and being active within neighbourhoods.

This discussion will be followed by an interactive workshop that is modelled after a School Travel Planning (STP) stakeholder meeting. Each participant will work with a small group of stakeholders representing their preferred professional organizations such as Toronto Public Health, Toronto City Planning or TDSB, and discuss the potential interventions that may enable walking and cycling to a hypothetical elementary school located within the City.


Raktim Mitra, School of Urban and Regional Planning, B. URP (BUET, 2003); M. URP (BUET, 2005); M. Pl. (Queen’s University, 2007); Ph.D. (University of Toronto, 2011)

Click here for Dr. Mitra's faculty profile



Title: Exploring interprofessional collaboration in post-secondary academic accommodation

Description: This live-actor simulation uses a fictional scenario to help engage participants in reflection and discussion about collaboration within a system of service delivery. In the scenario, the live-actors portray:

  1. an individual, seeking academic accommodation within a post-secondary academic institution, and,
  2. persons working within the system of service delivery itself.

Through facilitated discussion in small interprofessional groups, participants will create an Action Plan with the following in mind:

  • how the competencies informing interprofessional collaboration can be useful in coordinated service delivery,
  • how interactions between the interdependent parts of a system of service delivery can impact the end user,
  • whether interprofessional inter-group collaboration can be effective in changing the culture within a system


Learning objectives:

To explore issues around mental health while learning with, from and about each other across disciplines and professions to develop an appreciation for the different professions and professional lenses

To begin to reflect upon on your own professional role in the context of an interprofessional team and a system of service delivery




Title: IPE in Action

Description: Effective collaboration across multiple disciplines and professions is critical to ensure the delivery of safe and effective care in both healthcare and community services systems. Interprofessional education is an educational strategy aimed at promoting behavior changes in individuals necessary to be successful in interprofessional collaborative practice.

RU Interprofessional invites all learners in the Faculty of Community Services to join us for an interactive panel presentation focused on what interprofessional education (IPE) and interprofessional collaboration (IPC) looks like in practice settings. Representatives from leading health care and community services agencies and institutions will speak about interprofessional education and interprofessional collaboration in their institutions.


  • Bonnie Fleming-Carroll, RN, MN, ACNP, CAE. Associate Chief of Nursing & Inter-Professional Education, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto
  • Maritza Sanchez. Executive Director, Jessie's - The June Callwood Centre for Young Women
  • Lindsay Beavers, PT, MPT, BSc.Kin. Collaborative Learning Specialist, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Sonya Booker, RD, MHA, Collaborative Practice Leader, Department of Interprofessional Practice, St. Joseph's Health Centre





Title: Outbreak Investigation: A case study in interprofessional collaboration

Interprofessional collaboration is integral in healthcare and community service. This workshop puts you into the hot seat during an outbreak investigation.  You will be part of the Outbreak Control Team, an interprofessional team investigating an illness in a children’s ward of a rural hospital.  Time is not on your side.  You have concerned parents asking for answers, you have ill children, you have worried hospital management, you have the local and national media chasing you for answers and, despite all this external pressure, you have to carry out a comprehensive investigation to make sure that you find the right answer.

In this scenario, you need to work collaboratively to understand your own role and scope within the scenario, while integrating other disciplines onto the team, ensuring team functioning, effective communication and client-centered care.



  • Richard Meldrum, Associate Director, School of Occupational and Public Health, Ryerson University
  • Eric Liberda, Assistant Professor, School of Occupational and Public Health, Ryerson University
  • Jordan Tustin, Assistant Professor, School of Occupational and Public Health, Ryerson University




Title: Developing my interprofessional self: learning with, from and about upper-year or recently graduated students in the Faculty of Community Services

Students from the Faculty of Community Services (FCS) are educated to become effective problem solvers who can transcend disciplinary boundaries to find lasting solutions to social issues. We know that team-based collaboration is one way to bring the necessary skills, knowledge and experiences for this to the table, especially when that collaboration spans multiple disciplines.

In this interactive workshop, featuring a panel of students/recent grads from FCS programs, participants will have an opportunity to learn with, from and about other disciplines to enhance team functioning and strengthen working relationships by gaining an enriched understanding of their own disciplinary roles as well the roles of other disciplines and professions. Further, the workshop will emphasize how enhanced levels of knowledge about other disciplines can contribute to intergroup prejudice reduction.

The following programs are represented:

  • Child & Youth Care
  • Disability Studies
  • Early Childhood Studies
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition & Food
  • Occupational and Public Health
  • Social Work
  • Urban & Regional Planning



RU Interprofessional




Title: Understanding modes of behaviour in situations of conflict and your role in contributing to a resolution

Interprofessional education (IPE) assumes that seamless collaboration across professional boundaries can improve client care. However, the effectiveness of this collaboration depends in some part upon how well team members can understand, manage and resolve conflict effectively. That is, without effective collaboration and resolution of conflicts, team functioning can be threatened.

In this workshop, led by the Ryerson Interprofessional Students Association (RISA), participants can expect to explore different modes of behavior in situations of conflict, and understand how each mode plays a role in achieving a resolution.

The objectives of the workshop are:

  • Understand different modes of behaviour for handling conflict
  • Identify the mode that relates to you; and how you can adapt to increase your contribution to resolution
  • Arrive at a place where you can choose how to act, rather than just react



Ryerson Interprofessional Student Association (RISA)




Title: Exploring Power in Health Care Teams

Health care teams are inherently faced with complex issues of power distribution based on a variety of  factors.  Individual experiences are a main driver of power perceptions on health care teams. Creating collaborative environments can often assist in equalizing the difficult issue of power on healthcare teams.

In this workshop, led by the Ryerson students and Staff from Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, participants can expect to explore the nature of power and compare perceptions of power based on individual role and the roles of others.

The objectives of the workshop are:

  • Explore the nature of power and natural hierarchies that occur within interprofessional teams
  • Consider personal experiences related to power within roles on health care teams
  • Share views on the potential impact of power within health care teams on patient care
  • Consider how interprofessional  collaboration is impacted by power and how it can be used to balance power in a more equitable way



  • Ryerson Students: Rachel Dies (Nutrition & Food Student Year 4), Maria Brisbane (Child Youth Care Student Year 3) and Arwin Ranjkesh (Social Worker, MSW)
  • Southlake Regional Health Centre Staff:  Zaev Wulffhart (Physician Leader, Regional Cardiac Care Program and Director of Medical Education), and Lorna Bain (Occupational Therapist and Coordinator of Interprofessional Collaboration and Education)




Title: The Death Café

Death Cafés are salon-style conversations about death, conversations often muted in secular, western/ized cultures. These loosely structured conversations are typically guided by questions aimed to animate personal, collective, cultural, political, and/or spiritual exchanges about death.

In this Death Café, we will explore how death is taken up in our interdisciplinary and interprofessional training and practice with a specific aim to surface and engage taken-for-granted rules, ethics, aesthetics and containments of our social and cultural histories of death, grief and mourning.  We will invite participants to think through how death forms points of connection and departure among movements like Not Dead Yet, Black Lives Matter and Walking with our Sisters. We may explore how life and death maybe imagined in future interdisciplinary and interprofessional practice, advocacy and action.

Tea, cookies and cake will be served.

Hosted by:

  • Dr. Eliza Chandler, Assistant Professor School of Disability Studies
  • Dr. Esther Ignagni, Associate Professor School of Disability Studies
  • Kimberlee Collins, Research Associate School of Disability Studies


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