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NPs in Mental Health Virtual Conference

June 17, 2022 @ 8:30 am 3:45 pm

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On Friday, June 17, 2022, join your colleagues for a virtual day-long day of learning.  This conference will bring together Nurse Practitioners from across Ontario together in a virtual format to hear from experts in Mental Health and learn about research outcomes and evidence-based tools to help you better support your patients. 


8:30 am        Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:35 am        Exploring the Connection Between Mood & Attention


  1. Recognize the impact of untreated ADHD in Adults who are diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder
  2. Use appropriate strategies to confirm ADHD
  3. Formulate treatment plans to facilitate recovery for such patients

Dr. Tom Janzen

Natalie Boivin-Eithier, NP

Sponsored by Takeda

9:35 am        Treating opioid use disorder – You are not alone

  1. Brief review of the prevalence and risks of opioid use disorder in Ontario 
  2. Identification of opioid use disorder 
  3. Review of treatment options: Suboxone, Methadone, Kadian 
  4. Buprenorphine how to. 
  5. Community resources: RAAM clinic in Ontario 
  6. Review META:PHI resources: resources, listserv, Addiction-NP listserv and monthly meeting, monthly Nurse Call, monthly webinar, Northern NP CoP

Katie Dunham, NP

Dr. Jennifer Wyman

10:35 am      Screen Break

10:45 am      Safer Opioid Supply Prescribing: NPs responding to the drug poisoning crisis

Program objectives:

  1. Understanding the current drug poisoning crisis and harm-reduction based interventions
  2. Models, approaches, and clinical supports for providing Safer Supply care to your patients
  3. Current clinician and client experiences of Safer Supply programs

Marysia (Mish) Waraksa, NP

11:45 am      Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder: Transference, Countertransference, and Clinical Management

Dr. Daniel Rasic, MD, MSc, FRCPC Psychiatry

12:45 pm      Lunch Break (Conference will resume at 1:15 pm SHARP!)

1:15 pm        “I’m Exhausted But I Can’t Sleep”: Behavioural Strategies for Insomnia and a Review of the DECODE Insomnia Resources 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Using the DECODE Framework, review the factors that drive insomnia and key sleep strategies
  2. Cover the 3 reasons it’s difficult for patients and clients to take consistent action
  3. Review treatment options and resources from DECODE Insomnia

Dr. Cara Ooi

2:15 pm        Recognition and treatment of common mental health concerns in the older adult

Through case study scenarios, Julie & Lynn will provide learners with clinical pearls on recognition and development of a ‘first approach’ treatment plan for older adults with mental health issues. The case studies will include community and LTC scenarios.

Upon completion of this session, learners will be able to:

  1. identify appropriate assessment tools for use in older adults
  2. utilize the evidence to land on a treatment plan for common mental health concerns
  3. demonstrate an understanding of commonly used medications for mental health in this population.

Lynn Haslam-Larmer, NP, PhD

Julie Earle, NP

3:00 pm         Compassion Fatigue: Strategies for Coping

Compassion fatigue occurs across all disciplines however Nurses and Nurse Practitioners have been more predisposed to compassion fatigue especially since the pandemic by repeated exposure of their patients and family suffering, high stress environments, and the continuous giving of self. The consequences of compassion fatigue can negatively impact the nurse, the patient, the organization, and the healthcare system.  This session will address coping strategies to cope with compassion fatigue

Adrienne Kovacs, PhD

3:45 pm         Wrap up and Adjournment

This conference will be recorded. All registered participants will receive a copy of the recording following the conference. (Please allow up to 1 week for the conference recording to be available).


Requests to cancel a registration must be sent in writing to Vanessa Mooney at by Friday, June 10, 2022. Refunds will not be issued after this date, or for conference “no-shows”.

Substitutions can be made without penalty anytime.

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$50.00 – $75.00


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