The Robert Veltheer Lecture Series


Lecture Series:

Mental Illness and Stigma

Dr. David Goldbloom

Dr. David Goldbloom

 

7pm on Tuesday Sept 19th, 2017, Dr. David Goldbloom will present on Stigma, Illness and his recent book “How Can I Help, a Week in My Life as a Psychiatrist”. This event will be held at the Plaza Suite, the Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts. Registrations to the free event welcomed by contacting kathleen.mochnacki@gmail.com 

 

Dr Goldbloom completed an honours degree, majoring in Government, at Harvard University and then attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar where he obtained an M.A. in Physiological Sciences.  He trained at McGill University in Medicine and Psychiatry and is a professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Dr. Goldbloom’s activities have been recognized and awarded by his peers and his students. He has authored numerous scientific articles and book chapters.  He is the editor of two textbooks and the co-author with Dr. Pier Bryden of the best selling book  “How Can I Help, a Week in My Life as a Psychiatrist”.  He maintains an active clinical and teaching role at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health where he serves as Senior Medical Advisor. He served as Vice Chair and then Chair of the Board of the Mental Health Commission of Canada from 2007 until 2015.

 

 

Lecture Series:

Cognition in Serious Mental Illness.

 

Dr. Christopher Bowie will present on Cognition and Cognitive Remediation on Mon May 8th at the RHCPA

7pm on Monday, May 8th, 2017, Dr. Bowie  presented on Cognition and Cognitive Remediation in Psychotic Illness. 

 

Dr. Bowie is a Professor and the Director of Clinical Training in the Department of Psychology, and a member of the Psychiatry Department and Centre for Neuroscience Studies, at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He is the Head Consulting Psychologist for the Head’s Up Early Psychosis Intervention Program in Kingston and a Clinician Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. His research interests focus on determining the causes and correlates, and developing treatments for, cognitive deficits in severe mental disorders such as schizophrenia and mood disorders. He completed his Ph.D. at Hofstra University in New York and was awarded the Association for Psychological Science’s award for Top Ranked Dissertation of the year.  He is the author of over 125 peer reviewed scientific publications and several books and book chapters on cognition in mental illness, including a co-editor of: Cognitive Remediation to Improve Functional Outcomes. Currently he is leading multiple trials of cognitive remediation for severe mental disorders and studying early intervention for mental illness.

 

Lecture Series:

Bi-Polar Disorder

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7 pm Thurs Oct 27, 2016, at the Plaza Suite, the Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts, Home on the Hill in partnership with the Pirooz Centre, which serves families of the Iranian Community, presents a lecture on Bi-Polar Disorder by Dr. Rustom Sethna.  Dr. Sethna is Psychiatrist in Chief at Markham Stouffville Hospital, where services are provided to individuals suffering from severe persistent Major Mental illnesses across the lifespan. He is a Fellow of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and has appointments at Queens and McMaster Universities, and The University of Toronto where he is an Assistant Professor and Lecturer respectively. He has subspecialty interests in Neuropsychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry.

 

SEE THE YOUTUBE VIDEO OF DR SETHNA’S PRESENTATION

HERE

 

Lecture Series:

What  Families Need from the Mental Health System

susanMonday, June 20th, 2016, Author, parent, and advocate Susan Inman will present on “What Families Need from the Mental Health System”. This event will take place at the Plaza Suite, the Centre for Performing Arts, in Richmond Hill.

Susan will be introduced by you, Dr. Ivan L. Silver MD MEd FRCP(C), Vice-President Education, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.

Susan’s presentation will focus on the varying needs that families coping with psychotic illnesses have, why we don’t have what is needed, and how we can work to improve mental health services.

Susan’s memoir: After Her Brain Broke, Helping My Daughter Recover Her Sanity has been recommended by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. It has been further recommended by NAMI and EUFAMI, which are the world’s largest organizations advocating for families coping with mental illnesses.

Susan’s many articles on mental illness policies have appeared in a variety of publications including the National Post, The Tyee, the BC Teacher Newsmagazine, the Province, and CMHA Visions magazine.

An archive of her many articles for Huffington Post Canada can be found at: www.huffingtonpost.ca/susan-inman/

 

SEE THE YOUTUBE PRESENTATION BY  SUSAN INMAN  HERE

 

Lecture Series:

The Symptoms of Psychotic Illness

7 pm Wed Nov 25, 2015,  St Mary’s Anglican Church 10030 Yonge Street Richmond Hill
dr-sethnaDr. Rustom Sethna is the Chief of Psychiatry at Markham Stouffville Hospital, where services are provided to individuals suffering from severe persistent Major Mental illnesses across the lifespan. He is a Fellow of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and has appointments at Queens and McMaster Universities, and The University of Toronto where he is an Assistant Professor and Lecturer respectively. He has subspecialty interests in Neuropsychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry.

Registrations welcomed by contacting Kathy at kathleen.mochnacki@gmail.com

Please download and share our flyer for the event.

Please download Dr. Sethna’s PowerPoint presentation

 

Lecture Series:

The Relationship between Marijuana and Psychosis

 

Home on the Hill is very pleased to welcome Dr. Amir Barsoum who will talk on the relationship between marijuana use and psychosis, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 16, 2015, at St. Mary’s Anglican Church, 10030 Yonge Richmond Hill.

Dr. Amir Barsoum

Dr. Amir Barsoum

Dr. Barsoum’s lecture will explore the relationship between marijuana and psychosis. He will describe the symptoms and signs of psychosis, and the current understanding of the biology of psychosis. He will also talk about the effects of marijuana in the brain, and explain the biological rationale as to how marijuana use may trigger psychosis. In addition, Dr. Barsoum has invited a patient to talk about his experience of having suffered from marijuana addiction and marijuana-induced psychosis.

Dr. Barsoum has been a practicing psychiatrist for 15 years. He is currently on staff at Markham Stouffville Hospital, where he practices general psychiatry. He is also on staff at Bellwood Health Services, an addictions facility in Toronto, where he provides consultation for patients with concurrent mental disorders and addictions. In the early part of his career, Dr. Barsoum worked at CAMH, (Queen Street Site), where he cared for patients with severe and persistent mental illness.

This event has been generously funded by our partner, Canadian Mental Health Association of York Region and Simcoe County. All members of our Home on the Hill community are most cordially invited to attend this presentation. Participants may register at kathleen.mochnacki@gmail.com

Please Download our Lecture Series Flyer for this event.


Speakers’ Series:

“Ask the Doctor”

 

Wednesday, March 25th , 2015, 7:00pm,

At St. Mary’s Church 10030 Yonge Street.*

 

Dr. David Dawson

Dr. David Dawson

Home on the Hill is pleased that Dr. David Daw son, former professor of psychiatry at McMaster University, and Psychiatrist in Chief at Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital, will conduct a second session answering questions from family care- givers who are supporting a loved one living with a serious mental illness. Members of the community are also most welcome to attend this event.

Home on the Hill is presenting this opportunity because families are often prevented from accessing health information that they need to
support their loved one. For example, under the current Personal Health Information Protection Act (2004), a relative who may be experiencing paranoia could refuse to sign a consent form that would allow families to have necessary health information. Recommendation 14.1 of the 2013 Family Guidelines of the Mental Health Commission states: “Develop and implement clear protocols for providing necessary information to family caregivers and require mental health service providers to follow them”. The Guidelines also recommends a “cultural shift” to an “individual and family model” of care. Until these recommendations are implemented, Home on the Hill is determined to provide necessary health information to families. Best practices state that client outcomes improve when family caregivers can access clinical guidance.

 

Speakers Series:

Caring for my Son with Mental Illness: A Family’s Perspective

 

 

November 26, 2014 at 7:00pm at St. Mary’s Anglican Church Richmond Hill, ON

Ms. Ana Long will discuss her challenges and successes of providing care for her Schizophrenic son.

ana longAna is a Mother of three adult children, and a Registered Early Childhood Educator. She says, “My youngest son has schizophrenia with concurrent disorders. This illness has greatly impacted the quality of life for my son as well as for me and my family. This is a journey that has forced us into an array of eye-opening experiences, some horrendous and heart-wrenching, but some giving room for hope. Becoming educated in the matters of schizophrenia and related issues has been key to our daily survival, but the greatest source of hope lies in the empathetic non-judgmental professional and personal contacts which support us through our very many challenges.”

Ana will be introduced by Marvin Ross.

Marvin received the Hall of Fame Award in 2013 from FAME for recognition of his contribution to the public’s understanding of mental illness, and his untiring advocacy around mental health issues.

And Dr E Fuller Torrey, in his latest edition of the classic “Understanding Schizophrenia A Manual For Families”, called Mr Ross “one of the leading Canadian advocates for individuals with serious psychiatric disorders”.

 

Speakers Series:

Promoting Healthy Living: Balanced Nutrition & Physical Activity for Mental Health

Dr. Michael Sarin

Dr. Michael Sarin

Maria Ricupera

Maria Ricupero R.D., CDE, MHSc

Presented by Dr. Michael Sarin, M.D.,FRCP,CDE and Maria Ricupero, R.D.,CDE, MHSc

 

September 10th, 2014; 7:00P.M St. Mary’s Anglican Church 10030 Yonge Street Richmond Hill Access to parking at McLatchy Lane just west of Yonge on Major Mackenzie on north side.

Overview There is a misconception that obesity is a condition brought on solely by one’s diet and lifestyle choices, but this is only one part of the puzzle. Research has shown that the factors contributing to weight gain, loss and management are variable and complex. This is particularly true for people living with mental illness who are being treated with antipsychotic medications. While these medications can be effective in the management of symptoms, they can also cause patients to be at a greater risk of weight gain, high blood pressure and associated health complications. This education session will present the metabolic influences of physical activity and its contribution to weight management and overall health for people living with schizophrenia and psychotic illness.

Presented by

Dr. Michael Sarin, M.D.,FRCP,CDE Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto Program Physician, Diabetes, Exercise & Healthy Lifestyle Program

Maria Ricupero, R.D.,CDE, MHSc Registered Dietitian Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program, UHN/Toronto Rehab Institute

 

 

Speakers Series:

Stress and Coping.

Dr. Paul Kohn

Dr. Paul Kohn

Home on the Hill is pleased to have Paul M. Kohn, PhD., Professor Emeritus & Senior Scholar, of the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health, at York University as our speaker on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Anglican Church.

Parking is located at 11 McLatchy Lane, Richmond Hill. Dr. Kohn will speak about stress and coping, a subject that he has been researching for some year

Dr Kohn has his Honours BA in Psychology from McMaster and his AM and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Harvard. Prof. Kohn has published 60 articles in refereed journals and 7 chapters in edited books. His main current research interests are in stress, adaptive coping and social support.

Admission is free. Donations are accepted.
For information call Robert Veltheer 905 883-9841


Home on the Hill is pleased to have Paul M. Kohn, PhD., Professor Emeritus & Senior Scholar, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health, at York University as our speaker on Wednesday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Anglican Church, 11 McLatchy Lane, Richmond Hill. Dr. Kohn will speak about stress and coping, a subject that he has been researching for some years.


Past speakers have included:

Dr. Mark Berber, Psychiatrist, January 14, 2014, How To Control Your Anxiety Before It Controls You!

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The Home on the Hill Speakers’ Series was very pleased to have Dr. Mark Berber, staff psychiatrist at Markham Stouffville Hospital speak to us. After his informative and engaging presentation, Dr. Berber answered many questions from the members of the audience. Home on the Hill would like to thank Dr. Berber for his generosity in sharing his expertise on this important topic with the community. For more information, please visit Dr. Berber’s web site.

Dr. David Dawson, Psychiatrist, October 1, 2013, Schizophrenia in Focus.

Marvin Ross, Writer, Publisher and Documentary Film Maker – You can view a scene from Mr. Ross’s film Cutting for Stone here.

The Rev. Dr Derek Davidson, Deacon and GP Psychotherapist, An Overview on Mental Illness, March 19, 2013.