Saturday, November 5, 2011

23rd Annual Conference

The Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia's 23rd Annual Conference, held at the Dalhousie University Club on November 4th, 2011, was attended by over 160 people.



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Please click here to download the conference program
and presenter biographies




Conference Photographs

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Cecilia McRae, president of the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia, prepares to sell raffle tickets on the Recovery Quilt.



Hilary Thorne, the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia's project coordinator, distributes parking passes outside the conference venue.



Annette Murphy (foreground, left), a member of the Conference Organizing Committee, registers a conference participant.



Chris Croke (left) accepts the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia's 2011 Janine Williams Memorial Bursary from Cecilia McRae.



Christine Parsons (left) receives the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia's 2011 Special Bursary from Debbie Gladstone, a member of both the Conference Organizing Committee and the SSNS's Board of Directors.



Dr. Susan R. McGurk delivers the conference's plenary presentation.  To download Dr. McGurk's presentation slides (PDF), please click here.



Dr. McGurk receives a thank you gift from Cecilia McRae, president of the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia.



Dr. David Gardner speaks about antipsychotic medications and their side effects during his keynote address.  To download Dr. Gardner's presentation slides (PDF), please click here.

To purchase Dr. Gardner's book, Antipsychotics and their Side Effects, please click here or here.  For information on the MED ED booklet and accompanying passport, please click here and here.



Dr. Gardner is thanked by Phil Rogers, a member of the Board of Directors of the SSNS, as well as the Board of Directors of the Schizophrenia Society of Canada.



Vince Daigle, a peer support worker with the Healthy Minds Cooperative and co-facilitator of the From Recovery to Discovery Peer Support Group, speaks about peer support.



Donna Methot, a member of the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia's Board of Directors and president of the HRM Chapter of the SSNS, thanks Vince Daigle.



Terry Vernon, a member of the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia's Board of Directors and the Conference Organizing Committee introduces speakers from the Beacon Program.



Valerie Davis presents an overview of the Beacon Program. To download the Beacon Program's presentation slides (PDF), please click here.



Pam Langille, an occupational therapist, talks about the goals and activities of the Beacon Program.



Will Moerman talks about his experience as a participant of the Beacon Program.



Valerie Davis is thanked by Terri Vernon.



Terri Vernon thanks Pam Langille.



Will Moerman receives a thank you gift from Terri Vernon.



John Murphy, a member of the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia's Board of Directors, introduces Dr. Jason Morrison.



Dr. Jason Morrison presents on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and how it can help with relationships.

For a list of references for further reading on CBT for psychosis, please click here (PDF).  These references were provided to the SSNS by Dr. Morrison after the conference.



John Murphy presents Dr. Morrison with a framed Nova Scotia photograph by John (Randy) Ross.



Patrick Burke QC, a member of the Board of Directors of the SSNS, introduces presenters from Connections Halifax and the Mindful Mango Café.



Gail Kelly, an occupational therapist with Connections Halifax, speaks about social enterprises in general and the Mindful Mango Café in particular.



Jude Williams speaks about her life experience and her current position as kitchen supervisor with the Mindful Mango Café.



Marting Hoben talks about his job as supervisor at the Mindful Mango Café.



Patrick Burke thanks the speakers from Connections Halifax and the Mindful Mango Café.



Dr. Zenovia Ursuliak presents on a wellness program that she developed and helped deliver at the Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program.  To download Dr. Ursuliak's presentation slides (PDF), please click here.



Patrick Burke thanks Dr. Ursuliak.



A big THANK YOU to our conference sponsors!


Conference Organizing Committee

Stephen Ayer
Executive Director
Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia

Debby Gladstone
Secretary, Board of Directors
Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia

Annette Murphy
Community Volunteer

Terri Vernon
Director, Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia


All photographs by Stephen Ayer

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