In Their Shoes: Sharing Psychotherapy Stories

by ahnationtalk on February 20, 202069 Views

To coincide with the OPA’s 100-year anniversary, a new exhibit called In Their Shoes: Sharing Psychotherapy Stories will be held during our Annual Conference at the Omni King Edward Hotel in Toronto on March 27, 2020 from 17:00 – 19:00. The event will display shoes with a brief written story from the former owner about a positive long-term/intensive experience with psychotherapy. Following the event, the shoes will be donated to a charitable organization. We are currently seeking submissions from those with lived experience of healing through psychotherapy and would appreciate your support in facilitating the submissions. (Submission instructions are outlined below.) Please consider celebrating these mental health successes by participating in this initiative!

The exhibit will also feature a special performance by the Canadian Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq. Tanya Tagaq is an improvisational singer, an avant-garde composer, and a bestselling author. A member of the Order of Canada, a Polaris Music Prize winner, a JUNO Award winner, and a recipient of multiple honorary doctorates, Tanya Tagaq is one of the country’s most original and distinguished artists. In its many forms, Tanya Tagaq’s art challenges static ideas of genre and culture and contends with themes of environmentalism, human rights, and post-colonial issues.

Submission Instructions for Participants

1. Stories should be a maximum of 100 words and describe your positive experience with an intensive/long-term form of psychotherapy. Please note that stories may need to be edited for stylistic/spacing/content purposes. Up to 25 submissions will be featured in our exhibit.

2. There are two ways to submit.

i) Send us your story and an accompanying photo of your shoes to: . Those submissions that are only done electronically which are selected for the exhibit will be printed and displayed in a frame on-site.


ii) Drop-off your package (shoes and accompanying story) in person/by mail to: Ontario Psychiatric Association, 304-2233 Argentia Road, Mississauga, ON L5N 2X7. The office is open Monday-Friday from 09:00-17:00.

3. Should you wish to attend the exhibit, please include your name and a form of contacting you (e.g. e-mail address or telephone number) with your submission so that we can issue you a complimentary ticket for the exhibit if your submission is selected. You can still opt to designate your submission to be de-identified for the exhibit.

** Regardless of whether the physical shoes submitted are selected for the exhibit, they will be donated to a charity after the event.

Deadline for Submissions – February 29, 2020

If you have any questions please contact the OPA office by e-mail or phone 905-813-0105.


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