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When Disaster Strikes, What Will You Do? Thinking through Essential Psychosocial Skills for Health and Mental Health Professionals

Toronto, Ontario
November 20, 2009

8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Mount Sinai Hospital, Ben Sadowski Auditorium, 18th floor

Mount Sinai Hospital, Department of Psychiatry's 20th Academic Day

"As psychiatrists especially, we need to be prepared for deployment to assist using our psychosocial skills in the event of a disaster. So I believe that this day really focuses on critically important aspects related to professionalism and the CanMEDS roles of manager, collaborator, communicator and advocate." -Dr. Paula Ravitz

This Academic Day is designed to help us consider what theory, skills and practice we would need to assist victims of disaster should a wide-scale city crisis occur. It will give participants an important chance to recognize how best to foster resilience in themselves and others, and how their usual work with patients will need to be adapted to assist victims of disaster in Toronto.

This program will be of interest to psychiatrists, GP psychotherapists, family physicians, psychologists, social workers, nurses, paramedics, community workers and other mental health professionals.

Keynote speaker: Rachel Jenkins, MD, FRCPsych., FFOHM., Dist. FAPA--Dr. Jenkins is a psychiatrist, epidemiologist and mental health policy maker. She has been Director, WHO Collaborating Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London since 1997, where she is also Professor of Epidemiology and International Mental Health Policy.

Other speakers include Jack Saul, PhD; Molyn Leszcz, MC, FRCPC; Bob Maunder, MD, FRCPC; Joel Sadavoy, MD, FRCPC; Alan Dick, MSW, RSW; Barb Switzer, RN; Benedicta Lian; and Janice Halper

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If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Connie Kim, Administrative Coordinator, at [email protected].