11th Annual Pacific Psychopharmacology Conference

11th Annual Pacific Psychopharmacology Conference

We have moved! This year we are hosting the conference in Richmond!

Target Audience:

Psychiatrists, Primary Care Physicians, Pharmacists, Psychologists, Nurses, and Social Workers

Course Format: Full day plenary with a pre-conference half-day workshop option available.
Westin Wall Centre - Airport
3099 Corvette Way
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Unfortunately, we will not have space for onsite registrations. 


2017 Theme: Translating Knowledge into Practice

A wide range of interesting talks by great speakers, covering a variety of pharmacological interventions in complex areas that affect people with mental health problems.


Fri Sep 22

Learning Objectives for each session can be accessed here.


0730     Breakfast, Registration & Exhibits Open

0830     Opening Remarks
0845     Update and Recent Advances in Psychopharmacology | Dr. Stephan Saklad
0930     Psychotropic Medications in Older Adults: Do They Do More Harm Than Good? | Dr. Dallas Seitz

1015     Health Break

1030     The Role of Insulin Resistance in Treatment of Refractory Bipolar Disorder: Practical Considerations | Dr. Cynthia Calkin
1115     Achieving Better Outcomes Through Integrated Pharmacological and Psychosocial Treatments | Dr. Don Addington

1200     Lunch

1300     Concurrent Sessions I
             A) Applying the Guidelines and Other Measures in First Episode Psychosis | Dr. Don Addington
             B) Cases: Assessment and Management of Mood Disorders in Youth | Dr. Susan Baer
             C) Advances in Psychopharmacological Management of Geriatric Mental Health Conditions | Dr. Dallas Seitz

1345   Time to move between sessions

1400     Concurrent Sessions II
             D) Cases: Natural Health Products in Adolescents with Mental Health Issues | Dr. Dean Elbe
             E) Practical Tips: Concurrent (Mental Health and Addiction) Issues in your Practice: Case Review | Dr. Venu Karapareddy
             F) Psychedelic Medication and Evidence on MDMA: Past, Present, and Future | Mark Haden

1445     Health Break

1500     The Hotel Study: Use of Non-Prescribed and Prescribed Psychotropics | Dr. William Honer
1545     Closing Remarks

1600     Conference Ends

Key Speakers

"Update & Recent Advances in Psychopharmacology"

Stephen R Saklad, PharmD, BCPP
Clinical Professor, Pharmacotherapy Division, University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy
Director, Psychiatric Pharmacology Program, UT Health Center, San Antonio

"Psychotropic Medications in Older Adults: Do they do more harm than good?"

Dallas Seitz, MD, PhD, FRCPC
Assistant Professor, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, Queen's University, Toronto

Pre & Post Conference Options

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    Pre-Conference Anxiety & Insomnia Workshop
    Sep 21, 2017
    Westin Wall Centre - 3099 Corvette Way
    Richmond, BC
    Canada V6X 4K3

    Anxiety and Insomnia: Safe Use of Benzodiazepines and Hypnotics

    Thu Sep 21 | 1300-1600 | Lunch @ 1230
    2.75 MainPro+ / MOC Section 1
    Limit: 50 participants

    • Assessing common anxiety syndromes and insomnia
    • Initiating treatment for anxiety and insomnia in primary care settings
    • Deciding when to use and when to avoid benzodiazepines and sedatives
    • How to manage and withdraw chronic benzodiazepine therapy

    Ric M. Procyshyn, BScPharm, MSc, PharmD, PhD. Psychopharmacologist, BC Mental Health & Addictions Research Institute; Clinical Professor, Psychiatry, UBC; Adjunct Professor, Division of Pharmaceutics & Biopharmaceutics, UBC


    Rashmi Chadha, MBChB,  MScCH, CCFP, MRCGP, ABAM. Medical Consultant, Prescription Review Program, College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia
    Ramandeep  Randhawa, MD, FRCPC.  Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
    Melisa Robichaud, PhD, RPsych.  Clinical Instructor, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, UBC​
    Susan Troesch, Clinical Pharmacist. Mid-Main Community Health Centre, Vancouver, BC


    By Mon Aug 21, 2017:
    Delegates: $109
    Residents/Students: $59

    After Mon Aug 21, 2017:
    Delegates: $119
    Residents/Students: $69



Early bird registration: Mon. Aug 21, 2017 | Add to calendar +

Fri Sept 22

By Mon Aug 21, 2017:
Delegates: $249 online
Residents/Students: $99 online

After Mon Aug 21, 2017:
Delegates: $299 online
Residents/Students: $109 online

Thu Sept 21 | 12:30-16:00
Anxiety and Insomnia: Safe Use of Benzodiazepines and Hypnotics

By Mon Aug 21, 2017:
Delegates: $109 online
Residents/Students: $59 online

After Mon Aug 21, 2017:
Delegates: $119 online
Residents/Students: $69 online

Cancellations and Refunds


The Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport
3099 Corvette Way
Richmond  British Columbia  V6X 4K3

Conference rates start at: $269 CDN per night (plus taxes) for a Traditional Room (other room types also available).

Reservation deadline: August 21, 2017. After this date, rates can not be guaranteed.

Book your room now:

T: 604-303-6565

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