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The Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Care Conference aims to advance collaborative practice in mental health care in primary care and community settings. Our scope includes intra- and interprofessional collaboration, as well as collaboration with clients and caregivers. We value multiple forms of knowledge and ‘evidence’ including scientific knowledge, pragmatic knowledge of front line healthcare providers and administrators, and experiential knowledge of people using mental health services, and throughout the conference we seek to promote dialogue between these different perspectives.
This year our conference theme addresses concurrent disorders and working collaboratively to enhance care for people living with mental health challenges & addictions . A concurrent disorder is defined as having both a mental health issue and an addiction issue at the same time. Traditionally our health systems have separated mental illness and addiction and therefore two treatment streams have emerged. We now recognize that these two “streams” are intimately tied together and we need to address our clients and families in a holistic way seamlessly collaborating across disciplines, organizations and cultures. North America is facing an opioid crisis and more than ever, we need to work together to understand the underpinnings of concurrent disorders and their impacts on patients, families and communities, create collaborative health care systems and embrace innovation.
Abstract track presentation formats:
A paper presentation (20 minute presentation plus 10 minutes for questions) will address innovative programming, completed research that has been demonstrated through evaluation to have an impact on clinical practice, system design or policy development related to collaborative mental health.
A “works in progress” (WIPs) paper presentation (20 minute presentation plus 15 minutes for coaching plus 10 minutes for questions and comments from the audience) is a relatively new format at the conference, introduced with the understanding that many attendees are innovators who desire (or are expected to) evaluate an innovation, but yet struggle with how to do that effectively. The aim of the WIPs format is to provide presenters and audience members guidance on designing and implementing an evaluation that can contribute to generalizable knowledge and/or to local improvement or sustainment. The presenter will describe the setting, innovation, objectives of the evaluation, and - if known - the proposed methods and measures to be used in the evaluation, followed by questions or areas that they would like help with. Invited Coaches will then provide feedback and answers, while also providing additional educational points about program evaluation, research and/or quality improvement. This is a unique opportunity to obtain assistance and feedback from an invited expert and diverse audience participants in a supportive milieu. In addition to learning objectives for the audience, the presenter will need to identify learning objectives for themselves at the time of abstract submission. ** NOTE Presenters who are selected for this format will be contacted in advance of the conference with a few specific questions that will enable coaches to prepare **.
A poster presentation will address programming or research underway related to the conference theme. The presentation follows previous conference formats, which facilitate face‐to‐face contact with attendees to increase the opportunity for discussion and professional networking.
An workshop presetation (30-60 minutes) provides participants with the opportunity to reflect on and apply the material presented while achieving specific learning objectives. At least half the time should be devoted to active ‘hands-on’ learning and the interactive elements must be described in the abstract submission.
An innovative presentation (30-60 minutes) is one in which the presenter(s) utilize(s) one or a variety of media or formats to address key learning objectives relevant to the conference theme, for example, a film and commentary, interpretive dance, storytelling, performing music, performing a play, etc.