Women in Mind and Body: Embracing healthy and diverse sexuality in Mental Health

Location Details
1145 Carling Avenue, Ottawa
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Women in Mind brings together leading researchers and practitioners for one of Canada’s only conferences devoted to women’s mental health. Health professionals are invited to spend the day at The Royal exploring the complex relationship between women’s mental health, intimate partner violence, and substance use.


Incorporating women-centred care and recovery into practice challenges us to consider the diversity and complexities of women’s lives including our sexuality, gender identity and gender expression. This exciting conference will bring together leading experts from across the province to discuss healthy sexuality and gender diversity in the context of mental health. Participants will leave with an awareness of current perspectives on sex and gender, as well as practical skills for engaging clients in these important conversations.


  • Dr. Ruthie Neustifter, Couple and Family Therapy Program, University of Guelph 
  • Dr. Peggy Kleinplatz, Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Director of Sex and Couples Therapy Training 
  • Dr. Leah Layman-Pleet, Psychiatrist, Community Practice 
  • Ceara McIntyre and Ayan Ali, Planned Parenthood Ottawa 
  • Fae Johnstone, Community Organizer, Educator & Facilitator, Consultant 
  • Lisa Montroy, Trainer and Public Education Worker,Around the Rainbow, Family Services Ottawa 
  • Lisa Middleton, Midwifery Collective of Ottawa

Learning Objectives

  • gain practical strategies for addressing the mental health needs of diverse populations of women;
  • understand and recognize healthy sexuality;
  • and examine what is currently known about women’s sexuality and gender diversity in relationship to treatment and recovery.

Target Audience

This conference will be of interest to professionals working in various sectors who provide services to women, as well as any person looking to gain knowledge about healthy sexuality and gender diversity.


Regular Rate: $125
Student Rate: $75 (limited availability)


To register, please click here.

For more information

For more information, contact amy.kelly@theroyal.ca or +1 (613) 722-6521, ext. 6570


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