Ontario Psychiatric Association Mental Health and Addictions Conference 2021

The Ontario Psychiatric Association's Mental Health and Addictions Conference will take place virtually on Thursday November 11 and Friday November 12, 2021, from 12:30 - 4:45 p.m. EDT.

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Learning objectives

Upon attending the day, attendees will be able to: 

  1. Compare and describe current evidence-based pharmacotherapy options for people who use substances in both the withdrawal and maintenance phase, including opiate agonist treatment and anti-craving medications.
  2. Compare and describe psychotherapy principles and available psychosocial treatments for people who use substances.
  3. Engage in a discussion around various treatment approaches for complex patients presenting with concurrent disorders.
  4. Describe the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on the Treatment of Mental Health and Addictions.


Thursday, November 11, 2021

Friday, November 12, 2021


Valerie Primeau, MD, FRCPC is a bilingual psychiatrist in North Bay. She has been actively involved in the treatment of concurrent disorders. She is the physician lead for the implementation of medically-supervised withdrawal management at the North Bay Regional Health Centre and the rural implementation of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Integrated Care Pathway on alcohol use disorder and depression.

Wiplove Lamba, MD, FRCPC, Dip ABAM, ISAM C, DAPN is an addiction psychiatrist. He has given over 20 workshops at the national level and numerous more at the local and provincial level in helping people build skills in working with those who use substances. He is the regional co-director of Ontario for the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine and the medical co-lead of ECHO Ontario Addiction Medicine and Psychosocial interventions.

Mike Franklyn, BSc, HBSc, MSc, MD, CCFP was a family physician practicing in Sudbury for 25 years prior to his retirement in 2018. He had been providing addiction care to patients in Northeastern and Northwestern Ontario for over 15 years with a special interest in the area of substance use in pregnancy and youth as well as First Nations communities. Dr. Franklyn is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the Northern School of Medicine and a mentor for the OCFP Medical Mentoring in Addiction and Pain.

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