Friday, October 2, 2009

SSNS's 21st Annual Conference: Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System


The Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia’s 21st Annual Conference was held on Thursday, October 1st. The theme of this year's conference was Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System, with a focus on mental health courts.

To download a PDF verson of the Conference Program, please click here.


The plenary speaker was Judge Alfred H. Brien of the Saint John Mental Health Court.


Dr. Ruth Carter (right), Director of Forensic Services, IWK Health Centre, and Kimberley Brennan, Acting Manager of Forensic Services, IWK Health Centre, making a presentation on youth and the justice system.


Dr. P. Scott Theriault, Clinical Director, East Coast Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, Clinical Director, Specialty Programs, Capital District Mental Health Program, and Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University, presenting on lack of insight.


Judge Brien answering a question from the audience during the Questions from the Audience / Panel Discussion session. Seated beside Judge Brien is the keynote speaker, Judith McPhee, Executive Director, Policy and Information Management, Nova Scotia Department of Justice.


Members of the panel listening to a question from the audience during the Questions from the Audience / Panel Discussion session. Panel members, from left to right, are Judge Brien, Judith McPhee, Patrick Burke (moderator), Kimberley Brennan, Dr. Carter, and Dr. Theriault.


The conference was held in the Ashley Lounge at the Sea King Club in Shearwater, Nova Scotia.


Conference Master of Ceremonies, Laura Burke (left), with Patrick Burke, a member of the Board of Directors of the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia.


The Recovery Quilt on display at the conference. Congratulations to Dorothy Gregor, the winner of the Recovery Quilt raffle!


Nancy Vidito, the producer of Podium TV, taped both Judge Brien's and Judith McPhee's presentations for broadcast on EastLink Television in late October 2009.


Please click on any photograph to enlarge it.

All photographs by Stephen Ayer.


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