20th Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Care Conference

20th Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Care Conference

2019 Theme: Concurrent Disorders

Target Audience:

Interprofessional/intersectoral teams, family physicians and other primary care providers, mental health care providers, psychiatrists and psychologists, administrators and policy makers, other health disciplines working with primary care and/or community care, consumers and family members, educators and their students, and researchers.

Course Format: Multiple small group sessions with keynote presenters
  • May 10, 2019 to May 11, 2019
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel
7551 Westminster Hwy
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** IMPORTANT HOTEL NOTICE ** At this time, discounted rates at the Sheraton Hotel and the Marriott have both sold out. There are rates at other hotels on Expedia still.


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.

Download the accepted list of poster abstracts for 2019.


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.

Key Speakers


Dr. Anna Ratzliff, MD, PhD. is a national expert on collaborative care and specifically, on training teams to implement and deliver mental health treatment in primary care settings. Her passion for translating complex research ideas into practical real-world applications began when she received her MD and PhD in Anatomy and Neurobiology as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of California at Irvine.  She currently is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington where she has developed expertise in suicide prevention training, mental health workforce development, adult learning best practices, and mentorship. Dr. Ratzliff is the Director of the AIMS Center (Advancing Integrated Mental Health Solutions), is the Director of the UW Integrated Care Training Program for residents and fellows, and leads a national collaborative care training program for the American Psychiatric Association’s Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative grant. For more information on collaborative care please visit the AIMS Center Website (aims.uw.edu), the UW Integrated Care Training Program (ictp.uw.edu).

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Debbie Sesula, MA, RTC, CPS, CPSM is coordinator for North Shore Peer Support Program, North Vancouver, BC. She has over 20 years of experience in peer support ranging from peer support worker, researcher, developer/coordinator of programs and designer/trainer of peer support trainings. Debbie is a member of the Certification Committee, Peer Support Canada, the Hallway Group, Mental Health Commission of Canada and a mentor for Peer Support Canada. She is a recipient of the Consumer Involvement Award through Canadian Mental Health Association, the Courage to Come Back Award through Coast Mental Health and the Resiliency Award through Psychosocial Rehabilitation BC.

Dr. Cornelia (Nel) Wieman,MD, FRCPC. President, The Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada. Is Canada’s first female Indigenous psychiatrist (Anishnawbe – Little Grand Rapids First Nation, Manitoba). In January 2018, Nel joined the First Nations Health Authority in BC as a Senior Medical Officer, Mental Health & Wellness, in the FNHA’s Office of the Chief Medical Officer. From 2013-2018, she was a staff psychiatrist at the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, in CAMH’s Aboriginal Services Unit, Tele-psychiatry Service (Northern Psychiatric Outreach Program), Crisis Clinic and General Assessment Clinic. Since 2016, Nel has also served as the Faculty Advisor to the Indigenous Students’ Health Sciences Office at McMaster University. Prior to this, Nel was a member of the Clinical Support Team at YWCA Toronto’s Elm Centre providing psychiatric services to over 100 women living with serious mental illness and addictions, and was a special consultant to the Chief Public Health Officer of the Public Health Agency of Canada. From 2004-2011, she was the Co-Director of the Indigenous Health Research Development Program and an Assistant Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Nel began her career by providing psychiatric services at the community mental health clinic on Six Nations of the Grand River Territory (1997-2005) after completing her medical degree (1993) and while completing her psychiatry specialty training (1998) at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. In February 2013, Nel was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Dr. Evan Wood, MD, PhD, ABIM, FASAM, FRCPC, ABAM Diplomat. Director of the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use based at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. He is also a professor of medicine at the University of British Columbia, where he helps lead the university’s efforts in the area of addiction prevention and treatment through a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair. Dr. Wood is a general internal medicine specialist and diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine who has been responsible for the creation of a number of addiction clinical and clinical training programs.  His research is funded by the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse and CIHR through the Canadian Research Initiative on Substance Misuse.


Dr. Patricia Conrod is not able to come to the conference anymore but she is sending her Postdoctoral Researcher Dr. Hanie Edalati whom will co-present with Dr. David Smith

Dr. Hanie Edalati Esmailzadeh, PhD. CIHR/IRSC Postdoctoral Fellow, CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center, Department of Psychiatry, University of Montreal, Centre for Research on Children and Families,
School of Social Work, McGill University.

Dr. David Smith, MD, FRCPC. Dr. Smith graduated from Medical School at McGill University and completed his general psychiatry residency and child and adolescent psychiatry training at University of Utah in 1999.
He has practiced in Vernon since 2003.  He was an active participant in several committees with the BC Child and Youth MHSU Collaborative including the co-chair of the Substance Use Working Group.
Through the Collaborative they brought Preventure to their local school district in the North Okanagan, now in its 3rd year. He is currently the medical director for child and adolescent psychiatry for Interior Health Authority.

Skills Gained

Enhance knowledge about interprofessional collaborative practice in mental health, and in particular…

  • Illustrate the value of meaningful engagement of people with lived experience in the design, evaluation and improvement of care services, and in the development of a “culture of collaboration”
  • Exchange knowledge related to collaborative practice in mental health to support replication and successful implementation of innovative and impactful programs (‘evidence-based practice’)
  • Promote the participatory generation of new knowledge by engaging clinician-innovators, service users and others to evaluate and improve programs in practice (‘practice-based evidence’ and quality improvement)
  • Facilitate dialogue between the various stakeholders who have a key role to play in advancing integrated and collaborative mental health care, including clinicians, service users and carers, policymakers and researchers

Pre & Post Conference Options

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    Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Summit
    May 9, 2019
    BC Physicians, Health Authorities, medical associations, Ministry of Health, non-profit and community organizations, RCMP/police, and school faculty (e.g. teachers, counselors, principals)

    Maximize your educational time and register for the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Summit also happening at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel (Richmond, BC) on Thursday, May 9 - right before our Collaborative Conference. Note that registration is separate from the Canadian Collaborative. Use the link below.

    Visit their website to register: http://www.sharedcarebc.ca/results/events-and-outcomes/upcoming-aces-sum...

    Important dates:

    • Registration (Closes on Thursday, April 11th)
    • How to submit an abstract for Poster Presentations [deadline Friday, March 29th]
    • Questions? Please contact Eileen Janel at ejanel@doctorsofbc.ca
    • Please ensure that you booked your hotel under the 20th Collaborative code: Special conference rates starting at $199 CDN per night are offered to conference attendees. If calling please reference the group code CE09AD or else use the special hotel booking link  to register online.  In order to take advantage of the special conference rate, reservations must be made by 5PM PST on April 9, 2019.


Early bird registration: Mon. Apr 8, 2019 | Add to calendar +

Two Day Rates:

EARLY BIRD Ends April 8th!
Regular $499.00
Early Lived Experience & Caregivers $100.00     
Resident/Student $125.00  (proof required)

Regular     $550.00     
Early Lived Experience & Caregivers $100.00     
Resident/Student $145.00     

Daily Rates:  $300.00 if registered by April 8th - fee increase to $350 after April 8.

Cancellations and Refunds


Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel
7571 Westminster Highway
Richmond  British Columbia  V6X1A3

At this time, discounted rates at the Sheraton Hotel and the Marriott have both sold out. There are rates at other hotels on Expedia still.





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