Category: Mental Health

Champlain Walk in Clinics – addressing mental health … and more

Description of role of the Walk in Clinic model being used here in Ottawa, here is a brief video on Wabano’s  service approachIt would be great to see any evaluations done on this approach in the context of overall population health in Champlain.  Anyone know of one?

General Information on Champlain Walk in Clinics are here:


Webinar “Introduction and History of Cultural Psychiatry”

From: Society for the Study of Psychiatry and CultureCultural Psychiatry 101 Episode 1

5 February 2018

1–2:30 pm (est)

Register here: https://psychiatryandculture.o…tural-psychiatry-101

Introduction and History of Cultural Psychiatry

Presenter: Laurence J. Kirmayer, MD, James McGill Professor and Director, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University

Learning Objectives

  1. To understand the concerns of cultural psychiatry.
  2. To identify the main lines of historical development of cultural psychiatry. 3
  3. To recognize the relevance of current concepts of culture to psychiatric theory, research, and practice.

Laurence J. Kirmayer, MD, FRCPC, FCAHS, FRSC, is James McGill Professor and Director, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University. He is Editor-in-Chief of Transcultural Psychiatry, and Director of the Culture & Mental Health Research Unit at the Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry, Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, where he conducts research on culturally responsive mental health services for immigrants and refugees, the mental health of Indigenous peoples, and the philosophy of psychiatry. He founded and directs the annual Summer Program and Advanced Study Institute in Cultural Psychiatry at McGill and the Network for Aboriginal Mental Health Research. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and the Royal Society of Canada. Co-edited volumes included: Understanding Trauma: Integrating Biological, Clinical, and Cultural Perspectives (Cambridge University Press), and Healing Traditions: The Mental Health of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada (University of British Columbia Press);  Cultural Consultation: Encountering the Other in Mental Health Care (Springer); the DSM-5 Handbook for the Cultural Formulation Interview  (APPI): and Re-Visioning Psychiatry: Cultural Phenomenology, Critical Neuroscience and Global Mental Health (Cambridge).


Medications and therapeutic alliance – the discussion on talking/medication– cure in psychiatry continues

The Mental Health Foundation  continues to focus on research and its implication for practice, in order to advance the Recovery Model in psychiatric care. 

Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care

…In this issue, Totura and colleagues report on a meta-analysis of studies that evaluated the impact of the therapeutic relationship on the outcome of pharmacologic treatment. Noting that the therapeutic alliance has a powerful effect on outcome in psychotherapy, they wondered whether this would also be observed when pharmacotherapy was a dominant component of treatment. They identified eight studies that met their inclusion criteria. A positive therapeutic alliance had a modest effect on outcome. …

…Other interesting questions are raised by this study. The impact of the therapeutic alliance might challenge our notions of drug specificity. Psychiatric drugs have long been classified according to the putative disease targets—antipsychotics, antidepressants, and so on. But in recent years, there have been ever-broadening indications for each of the classes of psychiatric drugs. As the authors note, the effect of the therapeutic relationship on outcomes is widely acknowledged in the context of psychotherapy, but this research has led to questions about the impact of the specificity of any given psychotherapeutic modality. Further research in this area might further erode our notions that the specific pharmacologic actions of psychiatric drugs have as much import as currently presumed.  …

Please see the article that considers the research shared in Psychiatric Services here:

Building our understanding of “psychosis,” let the evidence be discussed!

The British, Mental Elf blog is a venue that supports discussion on how practice can be supported by research, with lively discussion.

The British Psychological Society recently produced a document entitled #UnderstandingPsychosis, which outlined views on definitions, aetiology, treatment and suggestions for improving services for people with psychosis and schizophrenia.

The first edition of this report was covered in a Mental Elf blog in 2014 (Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia: a critique by Laws, Langford and Huda), which focused on the sections on medication, CBT and the medical model (Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia, 2014).

In this blog we focus on revised sections, pertaining to definitionsaetiology and treatment (Cooke, 2017).

See the article here: 

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Narratives of Social Workers involvement in social control in mental health yet wrestling with “the system”

This article provides a view of how the British mental health system framed social work practice under their mental health law. 


The paper explores the notion of ‘dirty work’ in relation to the newly created role of the Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP). An AMHP undertakes various duties set out in the 1983 Mental Health Act, as amended by the 2007 Act, in relation to assessments to make applications for compulsory admission to psychiatric hospital. It has been argued that undertaking this social control function is ‘dirty work’. However, the findings from a study of social work AMHPs in England suggest that the picture is more complex. Extracts from narrative interviews are analysed using dialogical narrative analysis. Rather than being designated as dirty work, AMHP duty was presented as prestigious and as advanced social work. However, through their storytelling, the social workers clearly delineated the aspects of AMHP work that they did designate as dirty, specifically the lack of beds, the complexities of co-ordination and the emotional labour which is an inherent part of the work.

The British Journal of Social Work, Volume 46, Issue 3, 1 April 2016, Pages 703–718,
Published: 26 February 2015

ACT Transition Readiness Scale (ATR©) Pilot Community of Practice to support recovery and transition

This forum supports Assertive Community Treatment Teams (ACTT) and others interested in client transition and recovery process to share our practice and support the development of new ones.  It centres around the use of The Assertive Community Treatment Transition Readiness Scale© (ATR) developed by Gary Cuddeback, University of North Carolina, a brief and user friendly assessment (available also in French) that can support team and client decision making on transition from ACTT.

Please visit the Community of Practice (CoP) at: , then go to Forums

“EENet Connect is an online community where members of Ontario’s mental health and addictions system can create profiles, share knowledge, and collaborate more effectively with one another. The community reinforces existing relationships, while allowing new connections to take root and grow. “

Conference on Sexual Violence & Intersectionality

From the Sexual Assault Support Centre 

At the Intersections– Sexual Violence & Intersectionality

At the Intersections will be a one-day conference consisting of panel discussions & workshops that will focus on increase accessibility to all survivors of sexual violence who experience intersecting marginalizations.

When: June 26th, 2017

Where: City Hall Ottawa – 110 Laurier Ave W, Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1

Time: 8-4pm

Registration: Free

*Limited Space* 

Learn more here: