Thursday October 27

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)

Morning Keynote:
More Than Two Decades of Early Intervention in Psychosis:
What Have We Achieved and What is New?
Dr. Ashok Malla, McGill University

mallaThe 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)

Room A:
Family Work

Family Work program mandate: “We include and value families and have a duty of care to them.” The duty of care refers to a responsibility to assist  (read more!)

Jenna MacKinnon
Dani Himmelman

Room B:
The FORBOW Study

Developmental antecedents, early identification, and prevention of severe mental illness in high risk youth.
The longitudinal Families Overcoming Risks and Building Opportunities for Well-being (FORBOW) study aims to discover opportunities for early intervention in offspring of parents with severe mental illness (SMI). (read more!)

Victoria Patterson
Jill Cumby
Lynn MacKenzie

Room C:
Employment, Rehabilitation, Community Living

Achieves Employment Skills Program
The ACHIEVES Employment Skills program was designed in Miramichi in 2004 and has been offered for twelve consecutives years. (read more!)

Kimberly Henderson

In-Community Supported Housing – a Novel Approach
Caldy Grange Supported Housing is based on a model, known as L’Abri en Ville, that has been implemented successfully in Montreal for over 20 years. (read more!)

Linden Gray

The Beacon Program
The Beacon Program is a psychosocial rehabilitation program for young adults with severe and persistent mental illness. (read more!)

Pamela Langille
Betty van Roestel

11:00 AM (October 28, 2016)

Refreshment Break

11:30 AM (October 28, 2016)

Room A:
Peer Support

A panel discussion that highlights peer support today. The many forms of peer support: informal, intentional, community, and within mental health and addictions services. (read more!)

Laura Burke
Andy Cox
Vince Daigle

Room B:
Early Intervention

Key Findings in Early Psychosis
Early detection and optimal stage-specific treatment have been demonstrated to result in better outcomes in Schizophrenia. (read more!)

Dr. David Whitehorn
(Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program)

Relapse Risk Assessment and Intervention in Early Psychosis
Rates of relapse are alarmingly high in young people diagnosed with a first-episode psychosis. (read more!)

Dr. Phil Tibbo
(Canadian Consortium for Early Intervention in Psychosis)

Schizophrenia in Canada: An overview of the public health impacts
Schizophrenia is one of the most debilitating mental illnesses experienced by Canadians. While it is generally accepted that the lifetime prevalence of schizophrenia is… (read more!)

Louise McRae
(Public Health Agency of Canada)

Room C:
Evidence-based Practice & Program Evaluation

Evaluation of a Provincial Mental Health and Addictions Strategy
Together We Can: The plan to improve mental health and addictions care for Nova Scotians is a 5-year Mental Health and Addictions Strategy with five priority areas and 33 action items. (read more!)

Joanna Nemis White
(Strive Health)

Creating Change for Mental Illness – Findings from a national engagement initiative
Over the past decade, the mental health landscape in Canada has improved with increased awareness of and discussion around mental health and addictions issues… (read more!)

Mary Alberti
(Schizophrenia Society of Ontario)

The Bloom Program
The Bloom Program was designed, developed, implemented, and evaluated based on best available evidence, experiential knowledge, and local research findings of the Nova Scotia community pharmacy context. (read more!)

David Gardner

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.

Laura Burke

1:30 PM (October 28, 2016)

Networking & Exhibitor Break

2:00 PM (October 28, 2016)

Legal Panel:
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

3:45 PM (October 28, 2016)

Closing & Thanks