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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 interprofessional 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 interprofessional 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 activities 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 Fall 2017 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


The W2018 IPE Matters! workshops will be posted here. Check back in late December, 2017.


Any questions related to IPE Matters! workshops should be directed to Sanne Kaas-Mason at  





Title: Introduction to Interprofessional Education/Collaboration (IPE/C)

The World Health Organization defines Interprofessional Education (IPE) as occurring:

“..when students from two or more professions learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes”.

WHO Framework for Action on Interprofessional Education & Collaborative Practice (

In this introduction to IPE/C workshop, students will become familiar with interprofessional education (IPE) and competency-based education (CBE) frameworks, including the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative competency framework, titled ‘A National Interprofessional Competency Framework’.  Together, in small interprofessional groups, participants will begin to explore the competency domains and reflect upon on their own professional role in the context of interprofessional practice.

The Ryerson Interprofessional Student Association (RISA) will be on hand to speak to their membership program, and their planned activities for the 2017/2018 academic year.

Facilitator: RU Interprofessional/Sanne Kaas-Mason


  • Date: September 19, 2017
  • Time: 6pm - 8pm
  • Location: KHW 362


Title: An IPE Matters! simulation: Working collaboratively to support family-centered care

Description:This live-actor simulation uses a fictional scenario to help engage participants in reflection and discussion about role clarification and collaboration within a system of service delivery. In the scenario, a live-actor portrays a client, Hannah, who is living in precarious housing with her partner, teenage son, and toddler. The family has recently experienced a decline in quality of life and are new to poverty.  

Through facilitated discussion in small interprofessional teams, participants will simulate a service coordination meeting in a community agency, reflecting on their own professional role and how it applies to the shared delivery of care/service to this client. Participants will further explore how the competencies informing interprofessional collaboration can be useful in coordinated service delivery,

 Learning objectives:

  • To begin to interact with and become exposed to the perspectives of our professional colleagues in order to develop an appreciation for the different professions and professional lenses
  • To explore issues around the delivery of team-based care/service while learning with, from and about each other across disciplines and professions
  • To begin to reflect upon on our own professional role in the context of an interprofessional team and a system of service delivery


Facilitator: RU Interprofessional/Sanne Kaas-Mason

  • Date: September 28, 2017
  • Time: 6pm- 8pm
  • Location: SLC 516



Title: LHION – Lawrence Heights Inter-Organizational Network: Authentic Collaboration – a Journey in Community Networks

Description: This workshop will explore community and neighbourhood networks with a focus on successes and lessons learned from the Lawrence Heights Inter-Organizational Network (LHION).  The LHION is a volunteer-based community network that includes over 40 agencies, residents and grassroots community groups serving the 3 distinct communities of Lawrence Heights, Neptune and Lotherton, and as a network, operates in similar and different ways than other Neighbourhood Action Planning (NAP) or Neighbourhood Action Team (NAT) tables.  As the LHION looks forward and visions a network that can effectively and efficiently action community priorities, the strengthening of its collaborative capacity, and support resident leadership and involvement in decision making has created the need to transform the network using principles of equity.  Participants will hear stories about inclusion and how to build equity in partnerships and also learn of the potential impacts of contributing wholly in community collaborations.


  • Kaydeen Bankasingh, Resident Co-chair of LHION; Staff at Unison Health and Community Services
  • Zestaline Kim, agency co-chair of LHION; resident; Manager of Community Programs at North York Community House



Title: The family’s perspective: Family-centred care and the interprofessional team

This workshop draws on the true-life story of a family with a young child with Leukemia and their experiences with both hospital and community care. Participants will engage in an emerging case-study to consider how the interprofessional team can facilitate and challenge family-centred care.




Title: Disrupting the School to Prison Pipeline – what is YOUR professional role?

Description: This live-actor simulation uses a fictional scenario to engage participants in reflection and discussion about professional roles and responsibilities within a system of service delivery. In the scenario, a live-actor portrays a young Black male who is reflecting on his experience within the school system and beyond.

Through facilitated discussion in small interprofessional groups, participants will explore their own professional role and how they may collaborate to positively impact the outcome.



Jennifer Clarke is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Ryerson. Her teaching and practice are grounded in anti-oppression, critical race feminism, and anti-Black racism perspectives. She uses arts-informed approaches to deconstruct the colonial, racial, and gender power relations in social work education and practice. Her program of research explores the intersection of race and anti-Black racism in child welfare, with a focus on disproportionality and disparity and the pathways of confinement in K-12 public education via zero tolerance/ school-to-prison pipeline; loss and trauma among Black families; and social issues in the Caribbean.

Beverly-Jean Daniel is an assistant professor in the School of Child and Youth Care at Ryerson. She was previously a Program Coordinator of a justice studies program and also has an extensive background in preparing teacher candidates to work with diverse student populations. She had worked for many years with children and students who have been identified as being at-risk and who have experienced varying forms of marginalization. Her work is grounded in anti-oppression  and social justice discourses and her ongoing research focuses on Black student success and disrupting the cradle to prison pipeline.



Title: Riding the Elephant: Encountering Grief and Loss in a Hospital Setting

Description: Grief and loss are typically associated with death and dying; however, patients and families in a hospital setting can experience grief associated with various aspects of critical and acute health issues. All members of the interprofessional health care team can play an essential role in both recognizing as well as addressing grief and loss. This interactive workshop will examine Alan Wolfelt’s framework for grief and Martin & Doka’s grieving styles and discuss various therapeutic interventions that can be helpful when working with patients and families.  Students will have the opportunity to go through case scenarios in a group setting, identifying the role that different health discipline members would play in developing and implementing care plans for patients.  This session will also aim to discuss issues associated with countertransference as well as strategies to support the professional in doing this difficult work.

Objectives: By the end of the session students will be able to:

  • Recognize how grief can be manifested by patients and families
  • Recognize the role of different health disciplines when facing issues of grief and loss
  • Provide resources, support and therapeutic interventions to patients and families
  • Discuss the impact of countertransference on health care providers


Facilitators (from St. Michael's Hospital, 30 Bond Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1W8):

  • Amanda Hignell MSW, RSW (OBS / GYN / NICU)
  • Andrea Dermody, MA, MSW, RSW (Head Injury Clinic)


This workshop is FULL. Please email Sanne Kaas-Mason ar with any questions.



Title: IPE in Action

Description: Effective interprofessional collaboration 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.



  • Marisa Cicero, MSW RSW. Director, Health Disciplines Practice and Education, St. Michael's Hospital
  • Nalini Pandalangat, MSW, RSW, PhD. Director of Newcomer Health & Specialty Services, Sherbourne Health Centre
  • Maritza Sanchez. Executive Director, Jessie's - The June Callwood Centre for Young Women
  • Sue Bookey-Bassett, RN, MEd, PhD(c), Research Consultant, Academic Affairs Research and Innovation, University Health Network




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