Psychosis: New Perspectives and Bright Horizons
Some information about our exciting line-up of keynote speakers, workshops, symposia and creative performances is below.
Dr. Malla is a professor of psychiatry at McGill University and director of the prevention and early intervention program for psychoses at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute. Dr. Ashok Malla focuses his studies on the early phases of psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia, and on prevention and early intervention of these severe illnesses.
Dr. Walsh is an internationally recognized expert in the field of nutritional medicine. He is president of the non-profit Walsh Research Institute near Chicago and directs physician training programs in the United States, Australia, Ireland, Norway and other countries. Dr. William Walsh has authored more than 200 scientific articles and reports, and has five patents.
Dr. Bassett is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. She is Director of the Clinical Genetics Research Program at the Campbell Research Institute of Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Director of the Dalglish Family Hearts and Minds Clinic at the Toronto General Hospital. Dr. Anne Bassett is an internationally renowned expert in the genetics of complex developmental disorders, especially schizophrenia.
The conference, which expects more than 200 delegates from across Canada, will feature a legal panel with Dr. Patrick Baillie, Justice Richard Schneider and Professor Archie Kaiser.
Some highlights of the workshop sessions that will be available are listed below.
Innovations in Treatments: Modified short term dynamic psychotherapy, Using CBT to bridge the gap between clinical services and recovery, CBT skills training for caregivers.
Community Perspectives: Emerging and best practices in aboriginal mental health, subjective experiences of negative symptoms among youth with psychosis, Families Matter, an innovative education and support program for family and friends.
Community Living: Caldy Grange, an innovative supportive housing model and the Beacon program, a psychosocial rehabilitation program.
Emerging Perspectives: New frontiers in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, FORBOW study, early identification of severe mental illness in high risk youth.
Evidence Based Practice/Program Evaluation: Key findings in early psychosis, relapse and risk assessment and intervention in psychosis, the results from a Schizophrenia Society of Ontario national engagement initiative and evaluation results from our provincial mental health and addictions strategy.
Other workshops will centre around recovery, creating recovery culture with peer support and a peer support panel discussion.
Last but certainly not least we will have artistic performances by our very own Laura Burke and The Park Bench Players.