8th Annual Mental Health Symposium

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8th Annual Mental Health Symposium

Friday November 16th, 2018

8:25 am - 4:00 pm
Four Points by Sheraton London
1150 Wellington Road South, London, ON

Overall Learning Objectives
  1. Understand the intricate connections between, brain, mind and body.
  2. Appreciate the complexity of these relationships and how it impacts their clinical practice.
  3. Provide the knowledge learned to enhance/improve their relationship with their patients.

Personal Journey

A Patient's Perspective

Morning Plenary Speaker: Dr. Glenda MacQueen


Afternoon Plenary Speaker: Dr. Adrian Owen


Who Should Attend?
Psychiatrists, Family Physicians, Nurses, Psychologists, Researchers, Allied Health Professionals, Educators and Administrators, Community Agencies and Residents (Psychiatry and Family Medicine).

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 and morning and afternoon snacks: please note any dietary requirements.

Early Bird (until October 12, 2018) - $155 (includes HST) 
AFTER October 12, 2018- $175 (includes HST)
Resident/Student Rate - $105 (includes HST) 

University of Western HST# R10816 2587 RT0001


Please choose one morning session and one afternoon session

There are 7 workshops please choose a morning workshop and an afternoon workshop.

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

Morning Sessions (10:55-12:00pm)

  1. Dr. Glenda MacQueen
    Undoing the Cognitive and Brain Changes in Mood Disorders: What Can We Do?
    (10:55 am - 12:00pm)
    1. To review strategies for approaching cognitive dysfunction in depression
    2. To consider whether we can mitigate risk for cognitive dysfunction in depressionand other conditions
    3. To consider potential interventions that might improve or minimize cognitive dysfunction

  2. Dr. Stephanie Dubois
    Beyond The Edge
    (10:55 am - 12:00pm)
    Learning Objectives
    1. Define and build Awareness of what is Primary & Secondary Trauma, Vicarious Trauma, Compassion Fatigue and Burnout
    2. What is the Personal and Professional Impact on You
    3. Strategies at the Personal, Organizational, and Professional Level

  3. Dr. Kevin Shoemaker
    Exercise and Brain Health
    (10:55 am - 12:00pm)
    Learning Objectives
    1. Understand the brain's circuitry associated with exercise: Do these patterns reflect reflex cardiovascular control, sensory inputs from engaged muscle, or emotional aspects of physical work?
    2. Explore current knowledge regarding the impact of a physically active lifestyle on brain structural and functional outcomes.
    3. Explore concerns and opportunities regarding the use of prescribed exercise in the treatment and prevention of brain health focusing on dementia and mental health.
  4. Dr. Shabbir Amanullah
    Mood, Food & Drug Use: Managing Their Complex Relationship
    (10:55 am - 12:00pm)
    Learning Objectives
    1. To recognize the importance of food on the mind and mood.
    2. Substance abuse and it’s impact on the mind

Afternoon Sessions (2:45 pm - 4:00pm)

  1. Dr. Keith Sequeira
    Brain injury: Short and Long Term Consequences and Management
    (2:45 pm - 4:00pm)
    Learning Objectives
    1. Develop familiarity with consequences and treatment of mood, behavior and personality post-brain injury;
    2. Develop expertise with the pharmacologic options for the treatment of mood and behavior post-brain injury.

  2. Dr. Robbie Campbell
    Eating Disorders: Managing The Relentles Pursuit of Thinness
    (2:45 pm - 4:00pm)
    Learning Objectives
    1. To appreciate the complex nature of body image and eating disorders;
    2. To understand the impact of comorbidities on treatment outcomes;
    3. To review available treatment options and need for follow-up care;
    4. To explore research initiatives that bridge the gap between brain, mind and body.

  3. Dr. Geoff Bellingham
    Pain, Sleepless, and Depressed
    (2:45 pm - 4:00pm)
    Learning Objectives
    1. Understand that sleep disturbance and pain are bidirectional
    2. Describe differences between pain related insomnia and typical chronic insomnia disorder
    3. Describe and understand treatment strategies for insomnia for patients with chronic pain

  4. Dr. Geoff Pickering
    Aging: Why Should We Care About Telomeres
    (2:45 pm - 4:00pm)
    Learning Objectives
    1. To understand the distinction between chronological and biological age.
    2. To consider how telomere length and shortening relate to aging, and what patients may be wondering about their telomeres.


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 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: Otsuka Pharmaceutical, Janssen Pharmaceutical and Allergan Pharmaceutical.