Mental health conference targets strategies for recovery

(Kingston, ON, Sept. 18/2013)) Issues of recovery are at the heart of an upcoming mental health conference hosted jointly by Hotel Dieu Hospital and Queen’s University.

Registration is still open for the 8th Annual Heads Up! conference of the Early Psychosis Intervention Program of Southeastern Ontario on Monday, Sept. 30. Health care professionals are invited to the day-long Kingston event, which will spotlight what it means to move beyond the symptoms of a mental illness and to use strategies that support a return to a normal life.

"This conference is a great opportunity for health care professionals to hone their clinical skills as tools for helping patients get back to their normal level of functioning," says organizer Dr. Chris Bowie, a Queen’s University professor and head consulting psychologist with the Heads Up! program, which is based at Hotel Dieu.

"We’re offering workshops that target assertiveness skills, sleep hygiene, return-to-work vocational supports and strategies to help people avoid misunderstanding in their personal relationships. Our goal is to tackle issues of recovery in a variety of spheres, social, occupational and academic.

"The kind of clinical and academic information available at the conference will be an excellent resource for anyone involved in mental health, not just those working in the field of psychosis."

The conference also features two distinguished researcher-clinicians speaking on a new social anxiety therapy and on promising approaches for improving cognitive functioning. And taking part in a panel discussion on promoting recovery around mental health illness will be family members, peer support workers, clinicians and administrators from the Heads Up! program at Hotel Dieu.

Psychosis, Beyond the Symptoms: Promoting Functional Recovery takes place Monday, Sept. 30 at the Delta Kingston Waterfront Hotel, 1 Johnson St, Kingston. The registration fee (includes breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks) is $150 (physicians), $125 (non-physicians), $75 (residents/students). To register/for more information, please contact Jane Dumbleton, Heads Up! Early Psychosis Intervention Program, Hotel Dieu Hospital, 613-544-3400, ext. 2550.

Hotel Dieu Hospital is the ambulatory care teaching and research hospital for Kingston and Southeastern Ontario, affiliated with Queen’s University. We provide expert care to more than 500,000 people in the region through specialized programs including pediatrics, medicine, ophthalmology, cardiology, surgery, mental health, oncology and urgent care. We deliver quality, safe health care, while advancing innovative research and educating the health care professionals of the future. Leading the transformation of ambulatory care

L'Hôpital Hôtel-Dieu est l'établissement de soins ambulatoires universitaire pour Kingston et le Sud-Est de l'Ontario affilié à l’Université Queen's. Il fournit des soins spécialisés à plus de 500 000 personnes de la région. Parmi ses services spécialisés, mentionnons les services de pédiatrie, de médecine, d’ophtalmologie, de cardiologie, de chirurgies, de santé mentale, d’oncologie et de soins d'urgence. L'hôpital fournit des services de soins de santé sûrs et de qualité tout en menant des recherches novatrices et en formant les professionnels de la santé de demain. Chef de file pour la transformation des soins ambulatoires

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