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Saturday, April 21st 2018

Psychiatric Dimensions of Disasters: Inaugural Training Course

Frank G. Sommers, Benoit Mulsant and more
presented by Ontario Medical Association

Mission/Vision Statement

To develop and maintain a well trained committed team of psychiatric specialists able to serve the mental health needs of people and communities affected by disasters, in coordination with emergency and public health responders. Reduction and prevention of post-disaster mental illness, and fostering of resilience, are also our goals.

Frank G. Sommers, MD, FRCPC, DFAPA, DFCPA
Program Chair
Psychiatry, University of Toronto

This event has been formally endorsed by Dr. Benoit Mulsant, Dept. of Psychiatry Professor & Chair, University of Toronto. See official endorsement here .

The program is available here .

Learning Objectives: By the conclusion of the program, attendees will be able to:
• Develop a basic familiarity with the special clinical and research issues surrounding the psychiatric and emotional effects of disasters on victims and relief workers;
• Identify the major psychiatric symptoms and syndromes, which follow a disaster;
• Identify the various clinical options available in treating disaster victims; and
• Identify the complexities of working at a disaster site.

Introduction & Welcome
Frank G. Sommers, MD, FRCPC, DFAPA, DFCPA, Program Chair
Benoit H. Mulsant, MD, FRCPC, DFAPA, Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto

Overview of Disaster Mental Health and Psychiatrists’ Involvement
Anthony T. Ng, MD, DFAPA

Acute Intervention and Needs Assessment
Craig Katz, MD, DFAPA

Post Acute Phase-Adult and Risk Communication
Sander Koyfman, MD

Psychological First Aid-Practice and Pitfalls; Self Care
Joseph Napoli, MD, DLFAPA

Children and Families; Trauma and Grief
Frederick Stoddard, MD, DLFAPA

Morning Speakers’ Panel Discussion; Q&A

Greater Toronto (GTA) Mass Casualty Review
Laurie Mazurik, MD, FRCPC, MBA

Preparing Hospital Staff for Disasters
Robert Maunder, MD, FRCPC

Psychiatric Consultation with Law Enforcement
Peter Collins, MD, FRCPC

Health Emergency Management, Ministry Of Health, Ontario
Clint Shingler, MPA

Legal and Ethical Aspects
CMPA - Colin Johnston, LLB, LLM

Panel Discussion and Closing Remarks
Frank G. Sommers and Speakers


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