Geriatric Psychiatry Symposium 2019



25% of this program will be dedicated to participant interaction

Best Western Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre
591 Wellington Road South,
London, ON N6C 4R3

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

 8:25 am - 4:20 pm 


Exhibitors register here

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

Early Bird (Until September 30, 2019) - $150
Regular rate (After September 30, 2019) - $180
Resident rate - $110

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 (October 16th, 2019). A $75 administration fee will be applied to all cancelations. We regret that a refund cannot be offered after the October 16, 2019 date.



** These two workshops are complementary, but can be taken independently


 Overall Event Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand culturally responsive practices and strategies to promote the well-being, safety and capacity of older adults
  2. Discuss how to promote and support quality health care of LGBTQ older adults
  3. Explore clinical practices and research to improve health outcomes and safe transitions in relation to older adults
  4. Provide opportunities for networking & peer to peer learning



Morning Plenary: The Revolving Closet Door: LGBTQ Aging in Relation to Health and Well-Being - Dr. Peter Donahue

  • The historical contexts and policies impacting their lives
  • The unique strengths of and challenges facing older LGBT adults
  • From a life course perspective, how their experiences have shaped their health and well-being as they age and their help-seeking behaviours.

Afternoon Plenary: Consent and Capacity: Issues for the Elderly Population - Dr. Carole Cohen

  • Review the definition of capacity for consent to treatment and place of residence and capacity to manage property/finances.
  • Describe the Ontario consent and capacity legislative framework as it relates to health care professionals working in the community and residential home
Program Overview: The Butterfly Model in Canada - Catarina Versaeval
  • Learn the latest information and evidence about the experience over the last five years among Canadian homes that have adopted the Butterfly Model
  • Learn how this culture of care impacts the well-being of people living in and also for people working in care homes
  • Learn the positive return on investment seen with this Model and culture of care

Workshop 1: Help Me Sleep: Understanding Insomnia and Current Management Strategies - Dr. Jennifer Barr

  • Review  what is typical sleep and sleep related disorders
  • Review definition of insomnia and practical approaches to initial assessment.
  • Review current state of intervention of insomnia with a focus on CBT for insomnia.

Workshop 2: Trauma-Informed Care: Empowering Your Choices and Living Safely With Them - Dr. Stephanie Dubois

  • Review the prevalence of trauma;
  • Discuss the neurobiology of trauma;
  • Assess and Evaluate the impact of trauma on the physical, emotional, and mental health as well as on behaviors and engagement to services;
  • Describe how the current service systems can re-traumatize individuals

Workshop 3: Implementing the Health Quality Ontario Standard for Behavioural Symptoms of Dementia - Dr. Iris Gutmanis

  • Brief review of the Health Quality Ontario standard for Behavioural Symptoms of Dementia
  • Knowledge to action process
  • Effecting practice change: tools and concepts
Workshop 4: Promising Practices in Supporting LGBTQ Older Adults - Dr. Peter Donahue
  • Explore advantages in aging for this population, including resilience and social support networks
  • Introduce evidence-based interventions and tools that can be used in practice with this population
  • Create an opportunity for participants to share their own practices & resources concerning their work with LGBT older adults
Workshop 5: Changing the Status Quo in Dementia Care: The Region of Peel Experience with the Butterfly Model - Mary Connell
  • Describe the multi-pronged approach to successful dementia culture change
  • Apply some non-pharmacological approaches in supporting people living with dementia to be successful in their living environment

Workshop 6: Substance Use Disorders in Geriatric Patients: Considerations for Safe Transitions to Long Term Care - Marilyn White Campbell

  • Geriatric specific tools to screen for SUD in the geriatric population
  • Identify Geriatric Considerations to prepare for transitions to LTCHs including alcohol, nicotine and opiates
  • Review harm reduction strategies for opioid addiction clients wait listed for LTCHs

Workshop 7: Delivering Quality Dementia Care: Translating Evidence Into Practice Through Research: Alzheimer's Disease Agitation in Community and Institutional Settings - Chair: Dr. Amer Burhan, Presenters - Drs. Zainab Bhojani and Mahtab Asadabadi

  • Discuss rationale for measurement-based care for Alzheimer disease agitation;
  • Discuss evidence informed non-pharmacological interventions or Alzheimer disease agitation in community and institutional settings
  • Discuss evidence informed pharmacological intervention for Alzheimer disease agitation in community and institutional settings

Workshop 8: Complmex Capacity Issues in Action: Applying Principles of Capacity to Real Life. - Dr. Carole Cohen

  • Use case examples to review the definitions of capacity and the Ontario legislative framework to decisions regarding treatment, choice of residence and
  • management of property/finances
  • Discuss the complexities of applying these principles in practice
  • Explore the tensions between the test for capacity and what is perceived to be in the patient’s best interests.
  • Explore options for clinicians navigating disagreements with substitute decision makers.

Kate Hayes, CPD Education Coordinator, Phone: 519.685.8500 ext. 76554 Email:


Exhibitors register here

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 5.75 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 5.75 Mainpro+ credits.

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

This program has no commercial support.