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The Practice of Yoga in Chronic Pain (Morning and Afternoon)
As an art form, yoga practice and philosophy is also rooted in tapping into our light and darkness, our moon and sun and our heat and cool aspects in order to balance our own energies and achieve the paramount self-enlightened stage. This workshop will work to educate individuals about the art form of yoga and the nuances of thought that go into creating a thoughtful yoga sequence dedicated to needs of different individuals, an art that is difficult to practice with larger classes and the commercialization of yoga. This class will be dedicated to yoga for chronic pain including a demonstration of pranayama (the practice of controlling energy through breath), asana (the physical practice of yoga) and meditation in order to show how a thoughtful combination of different pillars and aspects of yoga may be combined to be accessible to everyone, and also trace back to the original purpose and roots. This workshop will be run by Queen’s Medical Student and Yoga Instructor Alisha Kapur.
*EDIT: this workshop asks that you bring your own yoga mat if possible, as well as a towel to use as a bolster. If you are unable to bring one, some will be provided. We will provide a safe place to keep your mats throughout the conference!*

Communicating with Children in Healthcare Through Play (Morning and Afternoon)
This workshop proposes to educate people about the role of child life specialists in delivering family centred care in pediatric hospital settings by using therapeutic and preparation play techniques to support children’s psychosocial needs. First, the workshop will focus on using the arts and play to explain common diagnoses to children. Secondly, the workshop will focus on preparing children for major procedures. Play is used to allow the child to become familiar with medical equipment, medical sounds and creating coping techniques prior to the surgery. The workshop will allow participants to practice explaining a procedure with developmentally appropriate language to a child. To assist in this explanation, participants will have the ability to demonstrate a simple procedure on a medical doll, such as inserting an IV. This medical doll is commonly used by children, allowing them to act as the doctor and familiarize themselves with the medical equipment prior to a procedure. This workshop will be run by McMaster Child Life Specialist Student Nicky Seligman.

Music & Medicine (Morning Only)
This approximately 30 minute workshop/presentation would explore the relationship between music and medicine, including its role in both healing patients and physician wellness. It will discuss the value of singing and music, presenting anecdotes about the power of music, alongside literature to support its benefits. This would include perspectives of patients (e.g. stories of patients with dementia enlivened by music), and physicians (e.g. its role in physician wellness). It will then incorporate an interactive portion on posture and breathing for singing, which would serve both as basics for singers, and mindfulness/relaxation techniques for non-singers. Finally, there will be a performance of a vocal selection with a medical humanity theme. This workshop will be run by Dr. Kyle Canton, from the CHEO hospital in Ottawa.

Open Studios – A Painting Workshop (Morning Only)
This workshop is run by Kingston local artist and Open Studios Gallery Owner, Vanessa Martin. This workshop functions as a painting class, work with individuals to teach painting techniques. All workshop attendees will leave with their own final painting product.

Diaphragmatic Breathing and Stutters in Children (Morning Only)
This workshop will explore day-to-day fluency strategies in the management of stuttering, specifically targeting diaphragmatic breathing/relaxation, gentle onsets and light contacts through the use of visual and tactile cueing amongst a school-aged population. Attendees will explore how “belly breathing” is taught to patients as a means of correcting a stutter. They will delve into the ideas of gentle onsets, and light contact through play, with the use of balloons and paint. Attendees will learn how strategies are taught in stutter management, and how these are essential for improving communication. This workshop will be run by Speech Language Pathologist, Serena Appalsamy.

Getting Through the Winter – A Painting Workshop (Morning and Afternoon)
Winter, especially post-Christmas, can be a difficult time for many. Art provides a wonderful diversion, and also provides a feeling of accomplishment. This painting workshop will be themed around snow angels, and will encompass the idea of art as therapy – at the end of the workshop, individuals will have a final painting product to be proud of. This workshop will be run by Kingston local artist and Martello Alley Gallery Owner, David Dossett.

Object Study with the Museum of Health Care at Kingston (Morning and Afternoon)
Every object in a museum collection tells a story about a time and place in history. What can these objects reveal about the circumstances of their creation, use, and lifecycle? This workshop will examine a number of objects taken from the collection of the Museum of Health Care at Kingston to explore the ways in which material culture can inform our understanding of history and the health sciences alike. Join Curator Dr. Marla Dobson for an in-depth exploration of the history of health care through object-based study.

Tour of the Anatomy Lab (Afternoon Only)
In this unique workshop, attendees will have the opportunity to see and manipulate real life organs and cadavers. This workshop will be divided into two parts. In the first part, the attendees will visit the Queen’s University Anatomical Museum. Considered to be one of the finest in Canada, the Anatomy Museum contains hundreds of anatomical specimens spanning the entire human body. Attendees will visit different areas of the museum where graduate students will introduce and demonstrate the basic anatomy of various body systems including the musculoskeletal, nervous, circulatory, and digestive systems. The second part of this workshop will take place in the Anatomical Sciences Laboratory, where attendees will have the unique opportunity to see, touch, and learn anatomy from dissected human cadavers. This will provide the opportunity to build upon what they learned in the museum, and put it all together in the context of a real human body. Graduates of the Queen’s Anatomical Sciences Program leading the workshop have been trained to oversee the security of participants visiting the Anatomical Laboratory and Museum. Furthermore, they have experience in the teaching of anatomy to undergraduate and graduate students, high school students and other occasional visitors to the anatomy facility.