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Sixth Annual Spring/Summer Educational Series

Upcoming Summer Series Dates (2019):
June 11 & 25; July 9 & 23; August 13 & 27;
Time: 7:30‐9:30 PM

Location: OMA Offices, 150 Bloor Street West, 9th Floor (Northeast corner of Bloor and Avenue Road)

Cost: No charge, courtesy of the dues‐paying members of the Section

 

You are asked to RSVP for EVERY session you attend prior to each session (at the latest by noon of the Monday preceding the session) to drhappi@aol.com in order to be placed on the list provided to the security guard who monitors admission to the building.

This program is just one of the many educational opportunities our Section provides to OMA members.

The sessions are informal and interactive with no set topic, allowing participants to learn from each other as we explore the challenges arising from delivering mental health care to our patients.
If you have a difficult case, or would like to help out your colleagues by sharing your clinical expertise, or just wonder what your colleagues are struggling with as clinicians, this series is a resource awaiting your discovery.
If you have just attended a conference, or acquired interesting ideas or skills through other educational offerings, this forum allows you to run this information through your colleagues with real world experience so that you can apply your newfound knowledge into your clinical practice.

Usually led by Dr. Harold Pupko or a member of the Section Executive or Education Committee, the focus of the evening is on unleashing the collective wisdom within the room, in a relaxed, collegially supportive environment.

Each session is an independent entity, so you are welcome to join us for even one session. These sessions are eligible for CCI credits from MDPAC when claimed as a discussion with a colleague.

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OMA Section on Primary Care Mental Health – AGM. Please attend.

OMA Section on Primary Care Mental Health Section Annual General Meeting

You are invited to attend our OMA Section’s AGM on Thursday May 23, 2019.

Location: OMA Offices, 150 Bloor Street West, Suite 900, Toronto

7:00 PM SHARP: Business meeting (light dinner provided)

8:15 to 9:00: Evidence Supporting The Need for Medical Psychotherapy:
Dr. Doug Weir

9:00 to 9:30: Cost Effectiveness of Psychotherapy: Seeing the Bigger Perspective: Dr. Sam Gerstein
RSVP: pcmhsection@gmail.com

 

Topic: Evidence Supporting The Need for Medical Psychotherapy
Speaker: Dr. Doug Weir has long been active in the Ontario Medical Association. Dr. Weir has held a number of OMA positions. He was President of the OMA 2012-2013. He was active in the Canadian Medical Association, he was a Delegate to CMA Council 2005–2016, served on the Audit Committee 2009–2013 and the Health Care Transformation Working Group 2014–2015.
Dr. Weir graduated from the University of Calgary medical school in 1977 and completed residency in general psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston in 1981. He completed two years of training at the Hospital for Sick Children in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 1982, he received his specialist RCPSC certificate in psychiatry and his specialist certificate in child and adolescent psychiatry in 2014. He completed training at the Toronto Institute of Psychoanalysis in 1990.
He was honoured with the Jane Chamberlin award from the Association of General Hospital Psychiatric Services. He received the President’s Commendation from the Canadian Psychiatric Association in 2009. In June 2012, he completed the OMA Physician Leadership Development Program. In the spring of 2014 he was one of the founders of the Ontario Working Group on Mental Health and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In October 2016 he joined the Board of the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society as Vice-President. He has been practising psychiatry in Toronto for over 35 years. Currently, Dr. Weir maintains a busy solo practice in psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry and psychoanalysis in Toronto.

Objectives:
1. At the end of this session, participants will be familiar with the January Ontario Ministry of Health proposal to limit psychotherapy.
2. At the end of this session, participants will be able to describe the evidence supporting Physician-Delivered Psychotherapies.
3. At the end of this session, participants will be able to identify the risks associated with limiting the number of psychotherapy sessions, or dose of treatment, without basing it on patient need or evidence poses

Topic: Cost Effectiveness of Psychotherapy: Seeing the Bigger Perspective
Speaker: Dr. Sam Gerstein graduated from the University of Toronto Medical School in 1982, spent the next two decades in Emergency Medicine and then became chief of his department at Humber Memorial Hospital in Toronto. In the last few years at the hospital he began researching the link between the mind and the body, specifically as it relates to stress. He found that there is no illness or injury that stress doesn’t affect and that work stress is the biggest contributors to people’s stress in life – more so than financial and family issues.
He then spent the next few years giving talks in the community about recognizing and managing high work stress. He was inspired by the World Health Organization’s definition of health
This led him to research people who were in “healthy” work positions and wrote a book entitled, Live Your Dreams: Doctors Orders, highlighting some of his
findings. With further training, he transitioned his practice to full time psychotherapy, which is definitely his “healthy work practice”.
Objectives:
1. Speak about the serious impact of untreated mental illness, not only on mental and physical health, but also on society in general
2. Inform our colleagues that there is abundant evidence of effectiveness for psychotherapy delivered by MDs practicing psychotherapy.
3. That we must advocate for ourselves of the importance of not losing this valuable resource, by educating our patients, other MD specialties, the OMA and government representatives, of our findings.

 
Section Chair – Dr. Michael Paré, Toronto
Vice Chair – Dr. Harold Pupko, Toronto
Member-At-Large – Dr. Nicola Yang, Toronto
Tariff Committee Chair – Dr. Muriel van Lierop, Toronto Tariff Committee – Dr. Nadia Brown and Dr. Samuel Gerstein
Education Committee:
Co-Chair – Dr. James Whyte, Hamilton Dr. Chase Everett McMurren, Toronto Dr. Gunilla Likwornik, Toronto
Dr. Harold Pupko, Toronto
Co-Chair – Dr. Michael Paré, Toronto Dr. Christine LeFebvre, Toronto
Dr. Howard Schneider, Toronto
Dr. Nicola Yang, Toronto

 

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Pri-Med Canada Conference

See below topics at the Pri- Med Conference significant for Primary Care Mental Health 

 

Pri-Med Canada
https://www.pri-med.ca/pct/mainpro-workshops.html
The International Centre in Mississauga
May 9-11, 2019
Topic: Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder
This Group Learning program has been certified by the National Office of the College of Family Physicians of Canada for 6 MainPro+ credits (per 3 hour session).
Date: Thursday, May 9th, 2019
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Speakers: Dr. James Whyte, Dr. Joel Shapiro, Dr. Chase Everett McMurren, Dr. Howard Schneider, and Dr. Michael Paré

Dr. Joel Shapiro, M.D., FRCP(C) completed in the psychiatry training at the University of Western Ontario. Joel has an particular interest in psychotherapy and completed specialized training and supervision in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. He also has an interest in Mindfulness and Supportive Therapies. He has previously presented Continuing Professional Development lectures about psychotherapy to psychiatrists, primary care physicians and allied health professionals.

Dr. James Whyte, B.Sc.N., M.D., CCFP is a Family Physician practicing psychotherapy. He has been an adjunct professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and is an adjunct professor at Tyndale University College in the Department of Psychology and has been teaching Counselling and Psychology. James is a member of the OMA Section on Primary Care Mental Health and sits on the executive committee. He is also Co-Chair of the education committee of the Section.)

Dr. ChaseEverett McMurren, BA, BEd, MD, CCFP, is a psychotherapist and the medical director at the Artists’ Health Centre, a home-visiting physician for frail older adults who are homebound, a coroner for the Province of Ontario, and a faculty member in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. McMurren is a mentor in the Collaborative Mental Health Network and also provides psychotherapy supervision to trainees and active practitioners. Dr. McMurren has also trained in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR).

Dr. Howard Schneider, MD, MDPAC(C), CCFP, Family Physician Practicing in Psychotherapy. Howard provides primary care psychiatry and psychotherapy to patients in the Toronto area. Dr Schneider has written a column since 2008 stressing the art and science of combining clinical psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. It is published in the Journal of the Medical Psychotherapy Association of Canada’s (MDPAC).

Dr. Michael Pare, B.Sc., M.Sc., M.Ed., M.D., General Physician Practicing Psychotherapy and Registered Psychotherapist. Michael is Chair of the OMA Section on Primary Care Mental Health and President of the North York General Medical Society. He is coordinator the Medical Clinic for Person Centred Psychotherapy. He is a Teaching Mentor the medical Psychotherapy Association of Canada and the Collaborative Mental Health Care Network of the Ontario College of Family Physicians. Dr. Paré is a recognized expert witness in the field of mental health and, more specifically, primary care mental health and psychotherapy within the field of medicine. Dr. Paré can be reached at michaelpare@rogers.com or at (416) 229-2399 x ext. 120 or (416) 723-1716.
Topic: Keeping Good Professional Boundaries in Medical Practice
This Group Learning program has been certified by the National Office of the College of Family Physicians of Canada for 6 MainPro+ credits (per 3 hour session).
Date: Friday, May 10th, 2019
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Speakers: Dr. Gail Robinson and Dr. Michael Paré

Dr. Gail Erlick Robinson, MD, FRCP (C) is a Professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics/Gynecology at the University of Toronto and the Director of the Women’s Mental Health Program at the University Health Network, Toronto. She co-founded the Women’s Mental Health Program at the University of Toronto. She sees patients, lectures, does research and publishes about women’s mental health issues. She has a special interest in the psychological impact of various aspects of women’s reproductive life. She also focuses on violence against women and has been involved in setting guidelines, designing courses and acting as an expert witness in cases concerning sexual abuse, violence against women and boundary violations by authority figures. She was a member of the 2015 Minister of health Task force on Abuse of Patients. She was appointed to the Order of Canada in June 2017 for her pioneering contributions to women’s mental and physical health, and to the advancement of professional regulation in health care. She was appointed to the Order of Ontario in 2013 for her advocacy work re violence against women.

Dr. Michael Pare, B.Sc., M.Sc., M.Ed., M.D., General Physician Practicing Psychotherapy and Registered Psychotherapist. Michael is Chair of the OMA Section on Primary Care Mental Health and President of the North York General Medical Society. He is coordinator the Medical Clinic for Person Centred Psychotherapy. He is a Teaching Mentor the medical Psychotherapy Association of Canada and the Collaborative Mental Health Care Network of the Ontario College of Family Physicians. Dr. Paré is a recognized expert witness in the field of mental health and, more specifically, primary care mental health and psychotherapy within the field of medicine. Dr. Paré can be reached at michaelpare@rogers.com or at (416) 229-2399 x ext. 120 or (416) 723-1716.
Topic: Practical Consideration of Transference & Countertransference in Medical Practice
This Group Learning program has been certified by the National Office of the College of Family Physicians of Canada for 6 MainPro+ credits (per 3 hour session).
Date: Saturday, May 11th, 2019
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Speakers: Dr. Mel Borins and Dr. Michael Paré

Dr. Mel Borins is a family physician, and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is author of Go Away Just for the Health of it and Possibilities-The Pronoic Photosongbook. Dr. Borins is a mentor with MDPAC and has been the Course Director of a Five Weekend Learning Program in Psychotherapy at the University of Toronto since 1998.

Dr. Michael Pare, B.Sc., M.Sc., M.Ed., M.D., General Physician Practicing Psychotherapy and Registered Psychotherapist. Michael is Chair of the OMA Section on Primary Care Mental Health. He is coordinator of the Medical Clinic for Person Centred Psychotherapy. He is a Teaching Mentor of the Medical Psychotherapy Association of Canada, and of the Collaborative Mental Health Care Network of the Ontario College of Family Physicians. Dr. Paré is a recognized expert witness in the field of mental health and, more specifically, primary care mental health and psychotherapy within the field of medicine.

For more information: Please email to Dr. Paré at michaelpare@rogers.com or at (416) 229-2399 x ext. 120 or (416) 723-1716.

 

 

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SPECIAL MEETING: An Evening with Dr. Nancy Whitmore, CPSO Registrar &CEO

Date:                        Wednesday April 3, 2019

Location:               OMA Offices, 150 Bloor Street West, Suite 900 (NE corner of Bloor & Avenue Road)

Time:                       7:30 PM – 9:30 PM (Please arrive on time so we can start promptly)

RSVP:                       pcmhsection@gmail.com  or Ada/Anna at 416-229-2399 ext. 125

If you are unable to attend in person, the dial-in number is 1-866-270-0473. Once connected, the access PIN is 2412726#  (if exercising this option, as a courtesy to all attendees, please mute your phone by pressing *6 so that attendees are not distracted by noise coming from your location)

 

You are invited to attend a special meeting of the section on Primary Care Mental Health with our special guest, Dr. Nancy Whitmore, Registrar and CEO of The College and Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Dr. Whitmore will update us on progress being made at the College and will discuss important issues such as the CPSO complaints process, the newly updated QI/QA peer assessment program at the College and the recent introduction of alternative dispute resolution measures introduced into the complaints process.

Dr. Whitmore joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario as Registrar and CEO in June 2018. Dr. Whitmore oversees all aspects of regulation from registration to public complaints to establishing standards of practice and professionalism for physicians. Dr. Whitmore received her medical degree from the University of Manitoba and completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency at Western University. She is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and a graduate of the MBA program at the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University. Dr. Whitmore has also completed the Executive Training for Research Application (EXTRA) Program at the Canadian Health Services research Foundation where her project work focused on Lean process redesign in healthcare and its role improving quality of care and patient safety.

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From Survival to Resistance; From Resistance to Empowerment

The Caring for Self While Caring for Others Series – 2019

Facilitators: Harry Zeit MD and Irina Dumitrache CYT

Date: Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

Location :  OMA Offices, 150 Bloor St. West, Ste. 900 (NE corner of Bloor & Avenue Rd)

Time:   7:30 – 9:30 PM – Please arrive early so that we can start on time.

Cost :   No charge, courtesy of the OMA Section on Primary Care Mental Health

Please RSVP by phone to: 416-229-2399, ext 125 (Ada or Anna), or via e-mail to: michaelpare@rogers.com.

We are living in a period of unprecedented and overwhelming change. Underneath the veneer of our everyday dialogues lies a deep sense of threat and uncertainty. We feel alone and uneasy. An uncomfortable number of articles describe the disconnection and alienation of contemporary life as traumatic.

After seven years of presenting on many aspects of clinician distress and the effects of unremitting stress on our field, the time has come for our series to take an ambitious next step. Can we rise to the challenge of fully facing this time in which our terrors, hopes and dreams lie embedded?

As health care providers, we realize we are not alone in facing endemic burnout and crippling anxieties. This month, an Australian nurses group posted: “I believe many professions face similar issues as we are all connected by human experiences. It’s not who we identify as, be it lawyer, doctor, nurse, teacher, construction worker, police, paramedics etc., humans are connected by suffering & adversity. We’ve all fallen.”

In his preface to Savage Grace: Living Resiliently in the Dark Night of the Globe, Jeff Brown writes: “Truth is the gateway to the moment. It’s also the portal to transformation. At this tenuous and horrifying moment in human history, nothing less will do. We either fiercely confront our challenges, or we slip noisily into the night.”

Who are the ones who will lead us through these challenging times – do they appear from the centre or from the fringes? How do we constellate our impulses to join in pursuit of a better collective dream, one grounded in truth and in sacred activism? Let’s listen to the voices of those who are giving thought and energy to insights at the edge and tap into our inner voices in forging a possible path out of fear and survival physiology and into community, action, vision and empowerment.

In this presentation, attendees will:

  • Review the origins, nature and cost of living in survival physiology
  • Familiarize themselves with current leading edge thinking on collective trauma, sacred activism and possibilities for collective empowerment and transformation
  • Actively reflect on how contemporary challenges in healthcare intersect with challenges of ecology, global economics and social transformation
  • Review and define resilience practices appropriate to our time and the immediate future
  • Engage in a somatic practice in keeping with a time of uncertainty and the need to resource strength and open-ness

For inquiries only about the Caring for Self series, contact Dr. Harry Zeit at harryzeit@sympatico.ca.

Stay up to date about upcoming programs and interesting links about past programs by visiting omamentalhealth.wordpress.com. Please click on the “follow” key on that website so that you are regularly updated on educational programs put on by our Section.

We hope to see you there!

 

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Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder

Date :    Thursday, March 14th, 2019,

Location:   OMA Offices, 150 Bloor Street West, Suite 900, Toronto

Time:          7:30pm – 9:30pm

Who is invited: All Physicians, Residents, and Medical Students

Registration: Free for all Physicians, Residents, and Medical Students, hosted by the OMA Section on Primary Care Mental Health

To register, please contact  : Ada/ Anna at pcmhsection@gmail.com  or  416-229-2399  ext. 125

Speaker:  Dr. Shelley McMain, Ph.D.,C.Psych

Dr. Shelley McMain is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, Canada. She is the Head of the Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic, and a Clinician Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Canada.  Dr. McMain is the President of the North American Society for Psychotherapy Research and Past Co-Chair of the International Society for Psychotherapy Integration. She serves on the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Strategic Planning Committee and on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Linehan Institute. Dr. McMain is a researcher and expert in the treatment of personality disorders and DBT. Dr McMain has delivered more than 300 presentations and authored more than 50 articles, and two books forthcoming. Dr McMain’s work has received several research awards including the distinguished research award from the European Society for the Study of Personality Disorders, the scientific paper prize from the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the research award from the International Society for Improvement and Teaching of DBT.  

Objectives:

1. Describe the theoretical foundation of DBT

2. Summarize the empirical basis of DBT for borderline personality disorder

3. Discuss the essential elements and core strategies of DBT

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