June 18 - 20, 2015

Sheraton Cavalier, Calgary, Alberta

16th Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Care Conference: Jump on the Bandwagon! 

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About the Conference

The Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Care Conference is the leading national conference focused on research and innovations in collaborative mental health care and addictions service delivery within primary care. The program will feature presentations in five topic streams: innovation, prevention, measurement-based care, mental health initiatives in the Patient’s Medical Home (PMH) and systems integration.

A collaborative approach between mental health providers and primary care ultimately improves access and outcomes for patients and helps address efficient use of resources. The conference has the potential to impact the delivery of primary and community-based care, the design of services and the composition of health care teams, research into mental health and addictions, advocacy efforts, public policy and the overall approach to mental health and addictions within the health care system.



Conference Program

Pre-Conference Session 
Calgary Zone Mental Health Day: 2014 Mackid Symposium Follow-Up
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Available presentations:

Breakout 1C:  Depression basics - Rick Ward

Plenary: Overview of eating disorders - Allan S. Kaplan

Optional Evening Symposium
Marijuana for Medical Purposes: ‘Tempest in a Teapot’ or a New Frontier in Medical Therapy?
Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Available presentations:

Marihuana for medical purposes: Standards of practice - Susan Ulan

Sweet leaf or reefer madness: the evidence for marijuana in pain management - Lori Montgomery 

Medicolegal aspects of marihuana for medical purposes - Tim Zmijowskyj



16th Annual Collaborative Mental Health Care Conference: Jump on the Bandwagon!

Conference Program 
Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20, 2015

Available presentations Friday, June 19th:

Concurrent 1A1: Mental health supports for teen parents project - Taylor Cumming

Concurrent 1A2Challenge by choice: A collaborative program for youth with mental illness - Ericka Tricker 

Concurrent 1A3Cible Qualité: A knowledge application program to support the quality of care for anxiety and depression in community‐based primary mental health care teams - Pasquale Roberge,Louise Fournier, Hélène Brouillet, Janie Houle, Catherine Hudon and Martin D. Provencher

Concurrent 1B1A measurement‐based care algorithm for the use of antidepressants in primary care - D. Green and Asmat Khan

Concurrent 1B2:Understanding clinician and client perspectives on collaborative mental health care implementation and evaluation - Nadiya Sunderji,Gwen Jansz, Anjana Aery and Abbas Ghavam‐Rassoul

Concurrent 1B3Designing models for rapid access to youth mental health services in Canada: What can we learn from a contextualizing scoping review? - Madeline Doyle, Kathleen MacDonald, Pamela Harrison and Srividya Iyer

Concurrent 1C1Psychotherapy in family medicine - Saadia Hameed

Concurrent 1C2Interprofessional collaboration in mental health crisis response systems: A scoping review -  Shannon Winters, Lilian Magalhaes and Anne Kinsella

Concurrent 1C3Creating an urgent care pathway for clients from the ED to a mood and anxiety ambulatory service at CAMH -  Laura Loli-Dano and Claudia Tindall

Concurrent 1D1The shared mental health care "in-house" orchestra: patient, physician, clinician, family medicine resident - Wendy Tink, Ryan Leo, Thomas Hong and Jean Leong 

Concurrent 1D2Family Medicine resident training in collaborative mental health care - Kristina Powles  

Concurrent 2A: Elders Advisory Committee

Concurrent 2A: First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum Framework

Concurrent 2B: Innovative programs responding to community needs - Cindy Jing Fang, Amanda Starchuk, Bjorn Johansson and Bruce MacLaurin

Concurrent 2C: Solving medical mysteries: Hidden stresses and unexplained symptoms- David D. Clarke

Concurrent 2D: Traumatized adults in primary care: The challenge of ACEs - Lauren Allan, Dennis Pusch, Cynthia Clark and Thomas Burton

Concurrent 3A: Taking the caregiver guidelines off the shelf: Mobilization toolkit - Mental Health Commission of Canada

Concurrent 3B: Happiness basics: A slice - Renee Joslin

Concurrent 3C: ADHD shared medical visits for caregivers of children & youth: The Hamilton Family Health Team pilot project - Peter Chu, Susan Dance, Brenda Mills and Cynthia Robinson

Concurrent 3D: Opening Pandora's box: Delivering trauma-informed treatment in the medical home - Penny Borghesan, Sherry Harris and Chantelle Klassen

Concurrent 4A1: The East Calgary Family Care Clinic: A model for integrated primary mental health - Kara Irwin, Nureen Pirbhai and Raj Kandola

Concurrent 4A2: Re-engineering mental health & addiction services across the continuum of outpatient care: Imbedding clinical competencies into lean service delivery - John Moore

Concurrent 4A3: Listening to families: Building collaborative programs to support families affected by parental mental illness and/or addictions - Benjamin Wong

Concurrent 4B1: Psychosocial needs of frontline workers - Jeannette Waegemakers Schiff, Meghan Bell, Annette Lane and Aliza Dadani

Concurrent 4B2: Implementation evaluation of novel integrated service coordination teams - Dima Saab, Anjana Aery, Jason Tan De Bibiana, Arash Nakhost and Vicky Stergiopoulos

Concurrent 4B3: Addressing insomnia in primary care: A collaborative approach: Using CBT focused psychoeducational groups to improve patient outcomes - Tena Hoekstra and Patricia Waymouth

Concurrent 4C2: South East LHIN Addictions and Mental Health redesign: Transforming addictions and mental health services to better serve our residents - Garry Laws and Jennifer Payton

Concurrent 4D1: Managing emotions: A psychoeducational group - Luc Therrien, Crystal Degenhardt and Shelina Merali-Tate

Concurrent 4D2Groups: Gains & Goals: A review of Ottawa's group therapy program - Donna Klinck

PlenaryEmotional vital signs - Robbie Babins-Wagner

Poster: Profiles of collaborative practices in youth mental health (YMH) team newly implemented in primary care - Annie Pontbriand, Lucie Nadeau, Cécile Rousseau and Janique Johnson-Lafleur

Poster: Adverse childhood experiences and adult health outcomes in an Albertan sample - Julia C. Poole, Keith S. Dobson, Dennis Pusch, David Whitsitt, Meghan McKay, Arti Bhosale and the ACEs-Alberta Research Team

Poster: Collaborative care competencies for psychiatrists to support primary mental health care - Nadiya Sunderji, Kristina Powles, Andrea Waddell and Rosalie Steinberg

Plenary: Why collaborative care matters - Lori Raney

Available presentations Saturday, June 20th:

Concurrent 5C1: Closing the gap: Two community-based mental health initiatives - Murli Soni and Marie Dussault

Concurrent 5D: Bridging the gaps for complex pain patients - June S. Bergman, Jean Leong and Debra McDougall

Concurrent 6A1: Child and youth mental health promotion: The role of public health - Jodie Murphy, Maria Pavkovic and Suzanne Vandervoort

Concurrent 6A2: Interprofessional education and collaborative care in youth mental health: The experience and evaluation of transcultural and interorganizational case discussion seminars - Janique Johnson-Lafleur, Cécile Rousseau and Garine Papazian-Zohrabian

Concurrent 6A3: Families amongst the agencies - Noah Spector

Concurrent 6B1: Waiting-list care for depression - Dan Bilsker and Doug Green

Concurrent 6B2: Peer support in primary care & outpatient settings: Two successful Canadian implementations - Magda Czegledi and Susan Miller

Concurrent 6B3: Take one: Time to Talk (T2T): South Calgary's PCN's centralized mental health pilot - Sheena K. Clifford and Patrick Griffin 

Concurrent 6C1: A free book for caregivers of individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental illness: Showcasing an innovation - Sherri Melrose

Concurrent 6C2: Common mental disorders and chronic medical conditions: How can we improve patients' mental health care experience? - Pasquale Roberge

Concurrent 6C3: Weaving the web to care for patients with mental health concerns in primary care - Safia Khalfan, Corinne Bryant and Amanda Berg

Concurrent 6D1: Digitizing ourselves to death - Benjamin Wong

Concurrent 7A: I'm not sick, I'm transgender - Marni Panas

Concurrent 7B: A practical interactive workshop for primary care clinicians on the child and adolescent mental health toolkits updated for DSM-5 - Helen Spenser, Blair Ritchie and Brenda Mills

Concurrent 7C: Accelerating the adoption of recovery-oriented practices within primary care - Howard Chodos

Plenary: Supporting self-efficacy - Gina Kaye Calhoun

Plenary: How experiences shape brain development: Why does it matter? - Judy L. Cameron




The 16th Annual Collaborative Care Conference, Pre-Conference Workshop (2014 Mackid Symposium Follow-up) and Pre-Conference Evening Symposium on Marijuana for Medical Purposes are an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development. Participants can claim up to a maximum of 21.25 study credits.

We sincerely thank the following sponsors:

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