Agenda – Friday October 28
The SSC2016 Agenda is subject to change without notice.
8:30 AM (October 28, 2016)
Schizophrenia Society of
Canada Foundation AGM
9:00 AM (October 28, 2016)
More Than Two Decades of Early Intervention in Psychosis:
What Have We Achieved and What is New?
Dr. Ashok Malla, McGill University
The field of early intervention in psychosis has developed faster than any other in mental health in the past two decades. Much has been accomplished in service development, scaling up of services based on evidence, and influencing social and health policy in many jurisdictions. Much has also been accomplished in research on a better understanding of the early phase of psychosis, in improving outcomes, and in our ability to prevent psychotic episodes.
However, much remains to be done. There are many challenges in treating a first onset of psychosis, in ensuring quick access to high quality of care, and in achieving and maintaining better social and functional outcomes.
In this lecture Dr. Malla provides a brief review of these developments in the field of early psychosis over the past two decades, with special reference to the Canadian context. Dr. Malla will also share new evidence on issues of great importance for health policy such as, how long should EI services be provided. Finally, Dr. Malla will touch upon the influence that the work done in the field of early psychosis is having in shaping youth mental health services in general.
10:00 AM (October 28, 2016)
11:00 AM (October 28, 2016)
11:30 AM (October 28, 2016)
12:30 PM (October 28, 2016)
Conference Luncheon, Presentation by Otsuka
& Performance: Tightrope – a staged reading of a new play in development
This solo play will be a balance between an honest confessional, and the stylized, theatrical lens through which many of Laura’s experiences with mental illness will be conveyed. The first voice piece is comprised of humor, entertainment, philosophical exploration, and heartache.
1:30 PM (October 28, 2016)
Networking & Exhibitor Break
2:00 PM (October 28, 2016)
The Intersection of Justice and Mental Health
This panel will discuss some of the many quandaries that characterize the intersection of persons with serious mental health problems and the criminal justice system. In the past twenty-five years, there have been many improvements in the way in which the justice system understands persons facing such difficult circumstances. For example, there have been reforms in the Criminal Code, greater efforts at providing ongoing professional training for justice professionals, attempts to sensitize some institutions, through diversion policies and mental health courts, and increased scrutiny of penal facilities.
Despite these efforts, the justice system continues to disappoint the citizenry and especially persons labeled with a mental illness.
Professor Kaiser, the moderator, will identify many of the most critical junctures where persons with mental illness and the justice system interact, or collide. He will explain some of the possible outcomes and their implications.
Dr. Baillie will ponder some of the myths and facts of the long-term mental health difficulties that people face, with a focus on psychosis. He will examine how perceptions and assumptions influenced decisions by justice actors and how the person him or herself react to the way he or she is treated.
Justice Schneider will explore alternative methods of managing conflicts at each of these stages. He will elucidate the kinds of contributions that legal actors, as well as healthcare and social service providers, make and will consider where and how are systemic responses can be redirected in the short and long-term.
The Honourable Mr. Justice Schneider
Professor Archie Kaiser
Dr. Patrick Baillie