On behalf of the Ontario Psychiatric Association, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the “2021 OPA Expert Series: Challenging Diagnoses”. This series of three interactive seminars approaches familiar diagnoses with a modern lens — recognizing the need for research and mental health care to appreciate sex and gender considerations, and the need for clinicians to be competent in using digital tools and providing virtual care.

We are grateful for the support of our presenters, who are leaders and innovators in their fields, and invite you to review the program overview below.

The OPA’s traditional Annual Conference has been reorganized to bring you compelling learning in a safe format during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Each of these seminars aims to bring in opportunities to learn something new, with ample time for discussions and reflections. We welcome you to join us over three sessions during the winter months, without having to leave your home or office.

Come to learn, come to share, come to connect!  Ensure your OPA membership is up-to-date to ensure you receive a discounted registration rate.


Angela Ho
President-Elect, Ontario Psychiatric Association
Chair, 2021 OPA Expert Series Planning Committee
Chair, OPA Continuing Education Committee

Session I: Mental Health, Sex, and Gender Considerations in Autism
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 – 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EST
Drs. Stephanie H. Ameis & Meng-Chuan Lai
Learn more about Session I
Session II: Essential Tools for Managing Chronic Pain, Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders: Leveraging internet resources
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 – 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EST
Drs. Anthony J. Levinson, Jennifer Wyman
Learn more about Session II
Session III: Treating OCD in the context of COVID
Monday, March 8, 2021 – 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EST
Drs. Peggy Richter, Justine Dembo, Marlene Taube-Schiff, Renato Ramos


This event is an accredited group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA). The specific opinions and content of this event are not necessarily those of the CPA, and are the responsibility of the organizer(s) alone. Accordingly, participants may earn 1 credit per hour of attendance at the accredited sessions, for the maximum of 6 hours (2 hours Jan. 19, 2 hours Feb. 3, and 2 hours Mar. 8, 2021)

This program is an accredited self-assessment program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and was approved by the Canadian Psychiatric Association. You may claim a maximum of 6 hours (credits are automatically calculated).



  • Dr. Angela Ho, MD, FRCPC - Committee Chair
  • Dr. Jon Davine, MD, FRCPC
  • Dr. Diana Kljenak, MD, FRCPC
  • Dr. Renata Villela, MD, FRCPC
  • Halyna Troian, CAE

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