2018 Geriatric Psychiatry Symposium


registration is closed



Wednesday, October 31, 2018

8:25 am - 4:20 pm

Best Western Lamplighter Inn & Conference Center
591 Wellington Road South, London, ON

Overall Program Learning Objectives:

1. Share evidence informed best practices in mental health and addictions through the lens of the health care provider, patient and caregiver.
2. Facilitate knowledge transfer related to assessment & management approaches of older adults with mental health and/or substance use challenges.
3. Understand lived experiences related to recovery and addictions.
4. Provide opportunities for networking and peer to peer learning.

Keynote Sessions and Lived Experience:

All are welcome to attend the keynote and lived experience presentations—you do not need to register for these session.

Ann Dowsett Johnston

Personal Journey - When Mental Health Derails Us: One Woman's Perspective

Dr. Jonathan Bertram

Cannabis Use and Misuse Issues in Older Adults

Dr. Sharon Koivu

Prescription Drug and Substance use Issues in Older Adults
Who Should Attend?
Psychiatrists, Geriatricians, Family Physicians, Nurses, Psychologists, Researchers, Allied Health Professionals, Residents, Educators and Administrators working with the elderly in Hospitals, Community and Long-Term Care Homes. 

If you have any questions or need an evaluation link please contact:
Kate Hayes CPD Coordinator, Phone: 519.685.8500 ext. 76554 
Email: Kate.Hayes@sjhc.london.on.ca


REGISTRATION FEES:  Prices are per person; includes continental breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon breaks please note any dietary requirements

Early Bird (until Sept. 28, 2018) - $150 (includes HST)
Registration AFTER Sept. 28, 2018 -
$170 (includes HST)
Resident - $110.00 (includes HST)
University of Western HST# R10816 2587 RT0001

Vendors/Exhibitors— please contact Kate Hayes, for vendor pricing, see contact information below.


Please choose one morning session and one afternoon session

We will endeavor to accommodate your choices, however, workshop numbers are limited and may be assigned based on space availability.

  • Lisa Joworski: Intentional Living: Evidence Based Strategies to Enhance Subjective Well-Being
    (PRESENTATION Available on Request only)
    Learning Objectives
    1. Each participant will learn three factors that determine a person’s subjective well-being
    2. Each participant will learn three ways that happiness activities can fit a person’s needs
    3. Each participant will be able to identify five ways to sustain happiness

  • Dr. Jacobi Elliot: Patient and Family Partnerships for Health Care Provisions: From Evidence to Implementation
    (Presentation unavailable)
    Learning Objectives
    1. Develop an understanding of the literature around patient and family caregiver engagement in clinical decision-making and program planning
    2. Develop an understanding of how to use co-design methods (involving patients, family caregivers, and health care providers) to improve experiences.

  • Dr. Jonathan Bertram: Alcohol Use Disorders: Assessment and Management Strategies
    (Presentation unavailable)
    Learning Objectives
    1. Have a better understanding of alcohol use disorders in older adults
    2. Discuss assessment and treatment strategies for older adults with alcohol use disorders

  • Dr. Amer Burhan & Susan Macdonald: Mood and Anxiety Issues in Parkinson's Disease
    (Presentation unavailable)
    Learning Objectives
    1. Discuss psychiatric issues in PD and their impact focusing on mood and anxiety
    2. Discuss management/treatment approaches of psychiatric issues in PD focusing on mood and anxiety

  • PANEL: Dr. Bonnie Purcell, Tammy Matthews, Clara Parra, Leanne Oke: Community Outreach for Seniors with Addiction Issues
    (PRESENTATION Available on Request only)
  • Learning Objectives
    1. To introduce community outreach teams in London-Middlesex that engage with older adults with addiction issues, either as a primary or secondary issue, using a team-based approach
    2. Using a complex case scenario, demonstrate how addiction issues are unique in the senior population and introduce harm reduction approaches, depending on the client’s stage of change

  • Carrie Howard: Aging with a Developmental and/or Intellectual Disability: The Changing Landscape
    (PRESENTATION Available on Request only)
  • Learning Objectives
    1. Identify prevalence of the older adult with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities and the multiple factors they face as they age.
    2. Discuss possible behavior expressions,  interventions, Assessments and considerations for care.

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This event is 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 Continuing Professional Development, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University. You may claim a maximum of 6.25 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by
the Continuing Professional Development, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University for up to 6.25 Mainpro+ credits.

Each participant should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent participating in the educational program.

This program was supported in part by an education grant from the following: Geriatric Nurses Association of Ontario, Otsuka Pharmaceutical and Janssen Pharmaceutical.