This year, our afternoon conference theme is “It’s Complicated: Meeting the Needs of the Insurer and the Insured Client.”
Continuing education this year will be a panel presentation followed by a group discussion during the afternoon and a guest speaker at the evening AGM.
(Please see the bottom of page for information about claiming continuing credits).
Panel Presentation #1: What Do We Do, What Do We Want, and Why Do We Need it?
Representatives from Great-West Life, WCB, MPI, RCMP and DND will present a brief summary of their claims procedures and expectations in the management of psychological injury/disability claims. They will be asked to address the issues and questions identified as of importance in the recent survey of members on this topic.
Group Discussion: Challenging Ethical and Therapeutic Issues in Treating Third-Party-Funded Clients
Drs. Moira Somers and Bruce Tefft, who have experience in dealing with a variety of complex cases and ethical situations, will highlight some of the complexities in treating third-party funded clients. Please come prepared to discuss situations that have been a challenge or conundrum to you in your work with such clients. The insurer representatives will be invited to attend this discussion.
AGM Presentation: The Highs and Lows of Dried Cannabis in Mental Health Conditions. Presenter: Dr. Frances Edye
Description: As mental health professionals, we are being bombarded with a variety of messages as to the safety and effectiveness of marijuana for a variety of conditions. This 45-minute presentation will discuss how much of this is hype and how much is science. There will be 15 minutes for questions and discussion following the presentation.
Presenter: Dr. Frances Edye completed her pharmacy degree by spending her last year doing advanced stereochemistry. After 4 years working as a pharmacist, she enrolled in medical school, graduated, then completed her residency in psychiatry. She works in private practice, teaches at the Universities of Manitoba and Toronto, is a psychiatric consultant to WCB Manitoba and is an expert assessor for the Indian Residential School complex claims process. She is certified in Addiction Medicine. She has provided on-site psychiatric service to remote areas – in the Sioux Lookout Zone where she grew up and also in Nunavut. While providing telemedicine psychiatry to the Sioux Lookout Zone, she was a member of the Suboxone pilot project, which demonstrated the benefits that could be achieved with treatment.