September 19, 2017
11:30 am to 12:30 pmAdd to Calendar (iCal) Add to Google Calendar
Components of an Evidenced-Based Residential PTSD Program
About the Session:
This presentation will provide an overview of key components in a residential PTSD treatment program. For some Military and First Responders, residential treatment is a beneficial stage in their care and recovery from traumatic stress injuries. While there are evidenced based treatments including Prolonged Exposure Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD, there can be unique considerations delivering these in a residential context. Research examining the implementation of Trauma-Focused CBT in this setting, particularly from the US Department of Veterans Affairs residential PTSD programs, will be reviewed. The development and experience of a Canadian residential program for Military and First Responders will be shared. The role of patient readiness, incorporation of skills training, balancing fidelity and flexibility, and structural considerations will be explored.
Dr. Hester Dunlap is a psychologist in the residential PTSD program for Military and First Responders at Bellwood Health Services, a part of the Edgewood Health Network. She is the former Clinic Head of the Work, Stress, and Health Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and has worked in the area of occupational trauma for over 10 years.
Supporting the Veterans Community: The impact of Mental Health First Aid
About the Session:
The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course was developed in Australia in 2001 and has been under the auspices of the Mental Health Commission of Canada since 2010. Over 220,000 Canadians have been trained in MHFA. The presentation will discuss the origins of MHFA, provide an overview of the MHFA course and the process that was utilised to modify its curriculum to make it relevant, appealing and effective to members of the Veteran community.
Dr. Jennifer Laffier has worked in the field of mental health for 23 years as a counsellor, therapist, and educational/mental health consultant. She is currently a senior lecturer at A University teaching in the areas of mental health and human development.
She conducts research in the areas of teaching and learning, mental health, bullying, youth suicide, at-risk youth, healthy human development, self-injurious behaviours, interventions, emotional intelligence, and resiliency.
She is passionate about bringing mental health first aid to as many people as possible in order to support what she believes is part of an effective national prevention strategy leading to an inclusive society.
Mental Healthcare Utilization of Canadian Veterans in Ontario Following Release
About the Session:
The majority of information about Veteran mental health is derived from national surveys, or from users of specialized services. Our group has developed a population-based resource using longitudinal, routinely collected data to study Veterans residing in Ontario. We can study psychiatric hospitalizations, emergency department and psychiatrist visits, and primary care mental health services. Understanding how Veterans use the public healthcare system is necessary to ensure mental healthcare needs are met following transition to civilian life.
Dr. Alyson Mahar is an epidemiologist specializing in health services research. She has particular interests in access and quality of healthcare for vulnerable Canadians. Alyson currently leads a ground-breaking team using provincial, administrative healthcare data to study the physical and mental health of Canadian Veterans and military families in Ontario.