9th Annual Mental Health Symposium



Women and Men and Mental Health Matters

Friday, November 22, 2019
8:25 am to 4:15 pm

Best Western, Lamplighter Inn
591 Wellington Rd, London, ON N6C 4R3
“Free Parking”


REGISTRATION FEES: Prices are per person; includes lunch and refreshment breaks please note any dietary requirements

Early Bird Rate (Ends November 15th, 2019) - $155
Regular Rate (After November 15th, 2019) - $175

Student Rate - $105

University of Western HST# R10816 2587 RT0001

Cancellation Policy: We reserve the right to cancel this program due to insufficient registration or
circumstances beyond our control. For a refund, notice of cancellation must be received in writing three weeks prior to conference date (November 4th, 2019). A $75 administration fee will be applied to all cancelations. We regret that a refund cannot be offered after November 4, 2019.


Overall Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss recent research and developments in Women’s and Men’s Mental Health
  2. Review the impact of gender on mental health matters
  3. Identify, plan and deliver treatment options for gender specific mental illnesses




Morning Plenary: The Past, Present and Future of Perinatal Psychiatry - Dr. Verinder Sharma


  • Describe major developments in perinatal psychiatry over the past 25 years;
  • Learn about the major gaps in our understanding of the assessment and treatment of perinatal psychiatric disorders;
  • Discuss how the understanding of perinatal psychiatric disorders can inform us about the etiology and management of psychiatric disorders in general.

Afternoon Plenary: Two Shades of Grey: Women, Men and Mental Disorders – Dr. Lena Palaniyappan

  • Appreciate that same mental health condition can present very differently in the 2 sexes;
  • Appreciate that personalized medicine in psychiatry has to start with sex and gender.

Management of Sexual Dysfunctions and Mental Health Matters –
Dr. Jeffrey Campbell

  • To understand the impact sexual health may have on a patient and their partner’s mental health;
  • To review the role mental health matters play in influencing male and female sexual health;
  • To discuss an interdisciplinary approach to managing sexual dysfunction.

Management of Peripartum Mental Health Matters - Dr. Verinder Sharma

  • Improve detection and diagnosis of Peripartum psychiatric disorders;
  • Learn about the use of safe and effective strategies to manage psychiatric disorders during and after pregnancy .

Trauma-informed Care: Assessment and Therapy
- Paul Frewen, PhD C. Psych


  • Define trauma-informed care;
  • Recognize evidence-based assessment approaches to determining trauma history and signs of trauma and stressor-related disorders;
  • Recognize evidence-based psychotherapy approaches to trauma therapy.

Complexities of Infanticide – Dr. Giovana Levin


  • Identify risk factors for infanticide and matricide;
  • Learn about legal matters involving infanticide and matricide;
  • Learn about management issues involving infanticide and matricide.

Psychotropics in Pregnancy & the Peripartum Period: Impacts on Fetus & Neonate -
Dr. Facundo Garcia-Bournissen


  • To understand the nature and extent of the potential risks and benefits associated to women exposure to Psychotropics during pregnancy;
  • To review principles of risk evaluation for psychotropic exposure during pregnancy; 
  • To describe neonatal manifestations of pregnancy psychotropic use.

Contact: Kate Hayes
519.685.8500 x76554


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 6.5 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 6.5 Mainpro+ credits.

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


This program has received an educational grant from: Janssen Pharmaceutical, Shire Pharmaceutical, Sunovion and Elvium Pharmaceutical