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.

Dr. Frances Edye

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.



2:00 to 3:45 pm
Panel discussion with insurers:  What Do We Do, What Do We Want, and Why Do We Need It?

3:45 to 4:15 pm
Networking with snack and beverage break

4:15 to 5:30 pm
Discussion Group:  Challenging Ethical and Therapeutic issues in Treating Third-Party-Funded Clients

5:30 to 6:00 pm
Cash bar, viewing student posters, networking

6:00 pm
Student Poster Competition Awards

6:15 pm
Dinner, AGM and Presentation with Dr. Frances Edye:  The Highs and Low of Dried Cannabis in Mental Health Conditions


The AGM and Conference is subsidized for MPS members and student members.

Members:  $50.00, includes all workshops and attendance at AGM, coffee/tea break, and buffet dinner

Student Members:   $25.00, includes all workshops, coffee/tea break, and buffet dinner

The workshops and presentation are not accredited by MPS but can be used for continuing education credits for the purpose of P.A.M. registration renewal.  Attendance at professional Psychology meetings, including the Manitoba Psychological Society AGM, also can be used for continuing education credits.  Please check with P.A.M. for clarification if you have any questions or concerns.

Attendance at all of the conference workshops and the annual general meeting could be claimed for 4 ½ to 5 hours of continuing education credits (depending on the length of the meeting).

If you wish to utilize attendance at this MPS event to accumulate continuing education credits, it is strongly recommended that you print and bring with you the Verification of Attendance form, available from the P.A.M. website.  You can have it signed by the MPS administrative assistant or another attendee as you leave the event.