New Section on Addiction Psychiatry
Under the leadership of our new Council member, Dr. W. Lamba, we established a new section on Addiction Psychiatry. The primary focus of the Section will be on continued professional development of Ontario psychiatrists in substance-related and addictive disorders. This will also include collaborative care opportunities with colleagues. If you would like get involved in the work of the Section, please contact Dr. W. Lamba
OPA Annual Conference
Save the date! The OPA’s Annual Conference will take place on April 7 and 8, 2017, at The Omni King Edward Hotel in Toronto. The Continuing Education Committee has been busy lining up speakers and topics for the Conference program. The OPA Annual Conference is a great place to showcase your clinical and research work and you still have a chance to submit your abstract by October 31, 2016. Click here for the on-line submission form. We look forward to seeing you at the Conference!
New OPA Award
At its September Meeting, the OPA Council made a decision to establish a new yearly tradition and recognize the outstanding contribution of psychiatrists to mental health in Ontario. The new award, “Ontario Psychiatrist of the Year”, will be presented at our Annual Conference. Stay tuned for more details about the Award criteria and nomination process.
OPA Psychotherapy Section's Fall Conference
OPA Psychotherapy Section's Fall Conference took place on October 1. Dr. Louis Castonguay conducted an excellent lecture on "Optimizing psychotherapy by integrating treatment approaches and research findings in clinical practice", which received a very positive feedback from attendees. The Psychotherapy Section's organizing committee is actively looking for speakers for the 2017 and 2018 Conferences. If you have any suggestions for speakers and topics please let us know – we will appreciate your feedback!
OPA Council is regularly recruiting members for our committees. If anyone is interested in participating on one of the OPA committees or becoming more active in the organization, please contact the OPA office. For more information on the OPA Committees please click here.
NEWS FROM THE COALITION OF ONTARIO PSYCHIATRISTS
Youth Suicide Prevention
Earlier this year, the Coalition of Ontario Psychiatrists brought mental health experts from across Ontario to discuss youth suicide in Ontario, and call for action. The resulting report "Stemming the Tide: Strengthening youth suicide prevention in Ontario and in Canada", was developed by Ontario Psychiatrists with input from Ontario policy analysts, national mental health organizations, clinicians, researchers, as well as psychiatrists and individuals with lived experience with suicide. Outlining the current state of mental health and youth suicide, the report points to system gaps and funding issues as areas in need of improvement. Read the complete report here.