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Dr. B. Duncan McKinlay, Brake Shop Psychologist, receiving the inaugural Sandra D. Lang Memorial Award in 2006 from the Deputy Ministers of both the Ministry of Community & Social Services, and the Ministry of Children & Youth Services.  This award was created to recognize one individual for exceptional contributions to Ontario's children, youth, and families

FORMER "BRAKE SHOP" STUDENT WINS AWARD!

June 2013: Kim Edwards, Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Western Ontario (UWO), has just been honoured by the London psychology community.

The London Regional Psychological Association (LRPA) is pleased to announce that Kim is this year's recipient of the Outstanding Contribution by a Psychology Student. Her nomination letter read in part:

"[Kim] has made outstanding contributions to the London community over the course of her doctoral training here (e.g., Advocacy Through Action leader, Boys and Girls Club of London, stepped in at CPRI, etc.). She recently matched for her predoctoral residency at Sick Kids in Toronto, one of the most sought after placements in Canada! She is an exemplary student and strong lead amongst her peers in her program."

Kim will receive her award at LRPA's Annual General Meeting later this month. Congratulations to you Kim, and we in the Brake Shop wish you great success in your upcoming residency and beyond!

WELCOME TO THE BRAKE SHOP LINDA KENNES, CASE MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR EXTRAORDINAIRE!

September 2012: It's official! After benefitting enormously from her temporary assignment to Brake Shop back in June, our team is excited to learn that Linda Kennes is now our permanent Case Management Coordinator. Prior to her assignment to Brake Shop, Linda was a case management coordinator for General Clinical Services here at CPRI - their loss is most certainly our gain!

CONGRATULATIONS JENNA KONING, NEWLY ANNOINTED COMMUNITY BEHAVIOUR CONSULTANT!

May, 2012: The Brake Shop is thrilled to announce that Jenna Koning is now a Community Behavioural Consultant for our team. Jenna has been our intrepid Case Management Coordinator since 2007, and many a family knows her from the, "Welcome to Brake Shop" introductory video series. Jenna will continue to provide her, "Coming Into the Garage" orientation appointments, and so rest assured hers will continue to be the first friendly face many new patients will have the good fortune to see as they become inducted into the, 'Leaky Brake Club'!

CONGRATULATIONS TO STRATFORD CHILDREN'S SERVICES, BRAKE SHOP COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE AFFILIATE!

April 9, 2012: Click here to read, "'Toolbox' a health-care aid", a London Free Press article which highlights new programming offered at Stratford Children's Services, exported from the CPRI Brake Shop. Those interviewed did an excellent job of describing what Brake Shop programming is (and isn't) and promoting local use of evidence-based practices. Nicely done folks!

WELCOME TO THE LEAKY BRAKE CLUB KIM EDWARDS!

March 29, 2012: In March, the Brake Shop Clinic welcomed Kim Edwards as the new on-call Psychometrist for our team. Kim completed two clinical placements with the Brake Shop, and continues to assist with community presentations and program development. Her research interests include humour, health, and positive psychology.

DR. McKINLAY CO-AUTHOR OF NEW NATIONAL TIC TREATMENT GUIDELINES!

March, 2012: This month's issue of the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry features new, "Canadian guidelines for the evidence-based treatment of tic disorders". CPRI Brake Shop's own Dr. McKinlay was co-author on the two articles comprising these new guidelines: one article covered behaviour therapy, deep brain stimulation, and transcranial magnetic stimulation, while the other focussed on pharmacotherapy. CBIT (the Comprehensive Behavioural Intervention for Tics), which is taught as part of our clinic's Tic Management programming, is now strongly identified as an important first-line treatment!

WELCOME TO THE LEAKY BRAKE CLUB BECKY RICHARDS!

February 21, 2012: In February, the Brake Shop Clinic welcomed Becky Richards as the new Community Behavioural Consultant. Becky has been a Direct Care Counsellor at CPRI for 11 years and has most recently been on Unit 4. She has extensive children’s mental health experience which will be an asset to the clinic.

BRAKE SHOP AWARDED DEPUTY MINISTER’S PINNACLE AWARD

February 7, 2012: The Brake Shop team received the Deputy Ministers Pinnacle Award in the category of Service Excellence at a ceremony on February 7th, 2012 as part of a Ministry of Children & Youth Services (MCYS) Leadership Forum. The Deputy Minister indicated the Brake Shop is ‘in-tuned’ with excellence in service delivery using consistent and regular use of client feedback and satisfaction scales ensuring focus on continuous improvement in service delivery, accessibility, and timeliness. The Brake Shop is flexible and creative which positively impacts client outcomes. The Brake Shop provides exemplary assessment, treatment, consultation, training, and research for children/youth 6-18 years with Tourette Syndrome and related mental health disorders and is renowned throughout Ontario, Canada, and internationally.

OUTCOME DATA FOR BRAKE SHOP EDUCATIONAL SERVICES PRESENTED IN BANFF, ALBERTA

March, 2011: A new research poster, co-authored by Brake Shop staff & CPRI's Research Department, indicated very high rates of audience satisfaction with Brake Shop information sessions. It was also found that school in-servicing (peer assemblies) were beneficial for the identified student, resulting in reduced internalizing behaviours, increased peer acceptance, and decreased marginalization by peers.

To view this research poster please click here.

PILOT PROJECT FOR REGULAR TUNE-UP SESSIONS INTRODUCED!

August, 2010: Beginning August 9, 2010, the Brake Shop Clinic will introduce a pilot project for regular monthly tune-up (booster) sessions following treatment programming. These sessions will be available to current or past club members (age 18 or younger) who have completed group or individual programming in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Tic Management or Self Management. Sessions will provide a vehicle for support around new target symptoms, troubleshooting assignments, relapse prevention, strengthening motivation, and will also include regular reviews of techniques learned. Reserve a spot any given month by contacting Brake Shop administrative support.

WELCOME TO THE LEAKY BRAKE CLUB DR. ARMSTRONG!

June 14th, 2010: In July the Brake Shop Clinic welcomes Dr. Sarah Armstrong as the new Psychiatrist for our team. Dr. Armstrong trained in Rochester New York and began work here at CPRI in summer 2009. In addition to providing psychiatric service for the Brake Shop, Dr. Armstrong will also be working in CPRI's Mood Disorders Clinic.

DR. McKINLAY PUBLISHES FIRST PERSON ACCOUNT OF TOURETTE SYNDROME!

April 14th, 2010: Oh What A Tangled (Neural) Web We Weave: A First-Person Account of Tourette Syndrome was published by the Journal of Clinical Psychology Practice in March 2010. In addition to providing insights into the experience of Tourette Syndrome, Dr. McKinlay discusses the logic and utility of Tic Management techniques taught in the Brake Shop clinic.

To read the article please click here.

THE NEXT BRAKE SHOP DVD: COMING TO AN INTAKE PACKAGE NEAR YOU!

January 13th, 2010: The Brake Shop is pleased to introduce a new 13 minute introductory video, entitled Welcome to Brake Shop! This video features Jenna Koning, Case Management Coordinator for the Brake Shop, and familiarizes new 'club members' with our clinic model, resources available to all, and what their admission appointment will look like. This video has already been available for viewing and downloads in a low resolution and multiple-file format from the homepage of our clinic website.

A DVD version of this video has also been produced, and will now be included with all Brake Shop intake packages mailed to families.

A BIG WELCOME TO THE LATEST MEMBER OF OUR TEAM!

January 11th, 2010: Following the departure of Peter Black, the Brake Shop is pleased to welcome our new full-time social worker Sharon Skutovich. Sharon will also act as Clinic Lead for the Brake Shop. Prior to joining us, Sharon completed her Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work at Kings University College (affiliated with the University of Western Ontario). Sharon has been a Child Protection Worker and clinician at the London Children's Aid Society.

BRAKE SHOP ARTICLE ON TIC MANAGEMENT APPEARS IN THE GREEN LEAFLET!

Winter, 2009: The Green Leaflet is the quarterly newsletter of the national Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada (TSFC) and is distributed worldwide to its members. This winter, Issue 1 & 2 (Volume 33) features a cover article by Dr. B. Duncan McKinlay, Brake Shop Psychologist, entitled, "Introducing CBIT: A Comprehensive…BEHAVIOURAL?!... Intervention for Tics?!! Oh for crying out loud…"

In this article, Dr. McKinlay outlines the logic of considering a behavioural treatment for a neurodevelopmental disorder like Tourette Syndrome, speaks to research which demonstrates the well-established evidence base of CBIT, and outlines advantages, shortcomings, and when this treatment would be most appropriate to try.

TODAY'S PARENT MAGAZINE FEATURES DR. McKINLAY!

November, 2008: Each month, Today's Parent Magazine profiles a different individual for their "Hero" department. In their November 2008 issue they chose to recognize Brake Shop Psychologist Dr. B. Duncan McKinlay, under the title, An Empathetic Voice.

FIRST BRAKE SHOP DVD NOW AVAILABLE FOR SALE FROM THE VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION OF CPRI!

May 20th, 2008: The much-anticipated release of our clinic's first DVD for general sale is now here! Entitled, "Leaky Brakes: What They Are. What They AREN'T", this 74 minute DVD captures the popular presentation given regularly by Dr. B. Duncan McKinlay, Psychologist for the Brake Shop. This DVD has previously been distributed to school boards and Tourette organizations throughout Southwestern Ontario: now it can be yours to own. Click here to order from VOCPRI, the registered charity affiliated with CPRI and the Brake Shop.

All proceeds from the sale of the DVD go to VOCPRI (Registered Charitable Organization License #89249 7249 RPR0001).

BRAKE SHOP FEATURED ON CBC TELEVISION, TORONTO ONTARIO!

February 19th, 2008: An interview with Dr. McKinlay, discussing how to respond to frank questions children have about disorders and differences, aired this week on "Living In Toronto" (hosted by Mary Ito).

BRAKE SHOP ARTICLE FEATURED IN "CANADA CAMPS" MAGAZINE!

January/February, 2008: Check out the January/February edition of "Canada Camps" magazine to find an article on Tourette Syndrome by Dr. McKinlay, aimed to help improve the awareness and knowledge base of camp staff across the country! The magazine's website is at http://www.canadacampsmag.com.

BRAKE SHOP FEATURED ON CIUT 89.5 FM RADIO, TORONTO ONTARIO!

October 19th, 2007: As part of an hour-long show focusing on Tourette Syndrome (TS), "Dr. Dunc" was interviewed on today's installment of, "Beat The System – Propelling the world forward one listener at a time!" Stephen de Wit, host and producer of this radio show, describes "Beat The System" as, "a program of inspiration and education that celebrates human victories and emphasizes the benefits of making a positive change….accomplished by interviewing and learning from individuals who have overcome challenges and hearing their stories of experience, strength and hope…"

An audio podcast of this interview is available; click here to listen or right-click here to download.

"LEAKY BRAKES 101" COURSE BLOG!

May 14th, 2007: An audience member from our spring 2007 course synopsizes lecture content along with her impressions and utilizations of the program materials. Click here to read.

BRAKE SHOP FEATURED IN 'CANADIAN TEACHER'S MAGAZINE'!

January 31st, 2007: An article on Tourette Syndrome which highlights our clinic's work and philosophy appears in the Winter 2007 edition of the Canadian Teacher's Magazine. Authored by Ms. Laura Locke, this magazine is sent to every school in Canada.


DR. McKINLAY HONOURED PROVINCIALLY FOR HIS WORK IN THE BRAKE SHOP!

June 23, 2006: Dr. B. Duncan McKinlay, Psychologist for the Brake Shop, was presented with the inaugural Sandra D. Lang Memorial Award on June 16, 2006 by the Deputy Ministers of the Ministry of Community & Social Services, and the Ministry of Children & Youth Services. This award was established and first conferred by the Government of Ontario in 2006 to recognize one individual for his/her exceptional contributions to Ontario's children, youth, and families.

Dr. McKinlay received this honour for his work in the Brake Shop – an award-winning and nationally-recognized service he created for youth with Tourette Syndrome (TS) & associated conditions at CPRI in London, Ontario, Canada.

BRAKE SHOP PROGRAMMING EVALUATED!

February 2006: CPRI received a Program Evaluation Grant from the Centre of Excellence of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario to conduct an evaluation of the treatments offered by the Brake Shop. The following poster highlights our findings. If you would like more information, please contact the Program Manager of Applied Research, Dr. Shannon Stewart at (519) 858-2774 ext. 2064.

BRAKE SHOP CLINIC IDENTIFIED AS A "LEADING PRACTICE" IN CANADA!

2006: The Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation (CCHSA) team identified our innovative "Brake Shop" model as being a leading national practice in providing service to youth with TS & associated disorders. This clinic model was held up as a best practice within both "Mental Health" and "Delivering Services" , and was noted for what it could contribute to the field across the country and beyond. Find the report by clicking here and selecting "Mental Health" under "Search by Standard".


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