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).


“Ottawa ethnocultural seniors and how we can work together”

Shared by Beverlee McIntosh of SWAG –  …An invitation to all professionals and community members who want to increase their knowledge and understanding of the needs of Ottawa’s ethnocultural seniors and how we can work together to address them. The forum will also provide an opportunity to network and build relationships with different ethnocultural senior groups in our community. 

Wed, 14 March 2018 –8:30 AM – 12:30

Join the Social Planning Council of Ottawa for a discussion and dialogue to address the needs of Ottawa’s ethnocultural seniors.

The event will feature as our keynote speaker Susan Braedley MSW PhD, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Carleton University, on: Learning From/Learning With Ethno-cultural Seniors: Supporting Social Change through Research.

Please see the link below to register

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:

Pat Armstrong helps us think about Canadian delivery of health care

Pat Armstrong’s 15 minute talk encourages us to consider the structure and process’ of long term care (nursing homes).  It shines a light to help us think about the role of “profit” in health care, and perhaps find our own ways to participate in decision making where ever each of us fits in our system of care.



Getting on, hey send an email: “the long overdue business of transforming Ontario’s income security system”

While the deadline to submit comment screeches in, you can send a “supportive brief email” on, The Income Security Advocacy Centre’s efforts to guide policy and operations reform of social assistance.  It  also would be great to hear of other organizations efforts to guide the Ministry of Community and Social Services

Transforming Ontario’s Income Security System

Learn more about the Ontario Patient Ombudsman via their in depth annual report

The 2016/17 Annual Report and website of the Ontario Patient Ombudsman who is mandated to: 

 … champion for fairness in Ontario’s health sector organizations defined as public hospitals, long-term care homes and home and community care services coordinated by the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs, formerly CCACs).

It would be useful to hear from practitioners/clients their local experience here in Ottawa as this new initiative has great potential to contribute to care change/improvements.


Ontario Patient Ombudsman

…we are asking patients and caregivers to continue to be fearless in bringing their complaints to our office and for health sector organizations to be fearless in working with us to help improve Ontario’s healthcare system.

See the report here: