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  • Psychological Manifestations and Treatment of TraumaJun 3, 2018 - Jun 4, 20188:00 am - 5:00 pm


Hotel Fort Garry - LaVerendrye Room

222 Broadway, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3C 0R3

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Psychological Manifestations and Treatment of Trauma

LaVerendrye Room, Hotel Fort Garry

The MPA welcomes you to our Fifth Annual Spring Scientific Conference.

Registration for the MPA Conference INCLUDES COMPLIMENTARY ADMISSION to the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA) annual Continuing Professional Development Institute, to be held June 4th from 1:30 – 5:00 pm in the LaVerendrye Room.

Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

  • 12:00-12:45 pm – Registration

  • 12:45-1:00 pm – Welcome & Introductions

  • 1:00-2:15 pm – Dr. Ruth Lanius
    The Psychological and Neurobiological Dimensions of Trauma in Psychiatric Illness
    By attending this session, the participant will:
    – Understand the comorbidity associated with PTSD
    – Discuss the underlying neurobiology of PTSD

  • 2:15-2:45 pm – Nutritional Break

  • 2:45-4:00 pm – Dr. Ruth Lanius
    Trauma, Dissociation, and Altered Consciousness: Implications for Assessment and Treatment
    By attending this session, the participant will:
    – Discuss how the 5 dimensions of consciousness, including time, thought, body, emotion, and intersubjectivity can be affected by psychological trauma
    – Discuss a dissociative and non-dissociative presentation of each of these dimensions of consciousness

Monday, June 4th, 2018

  • 8:00-8:45 am – Registration and Light Breakfast

  • 8:45-10:00 am – Dr. Natalie Mota
    Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for PTSD: How Far We’ve Come and Where We Can Go
    By attending this session, the participant will:
    – Have a framework for applying CBT in the treatment of trauma-related disorders
    – Be able to recognize the strengths of cognitive behavioural trauma-focused treatments as well as potential avenues for future directions

  • 10:00-10:30 am – Nutritional Break

  • 10:30-11:45 am – Dr. Rehman Abdulrehman
    Why Trauma in Refugees is About More Than What Happened “Back Home”
    By attending this session, the participant will:
    – Have an understanding of the complex and ongoing development of trauma in refugees and their families
    – Appreciate that the development of trauma can occur not only from experiences in ones country of origin, but can continue to develop over a period of acculturation
    – Apply this information in clinical interventions .

  • 11:45 am-12:00 pm – Questions and Wrap-Up

  • 12:00-1:30 pm – Lunch Break (On Your Own)

Canadian Psychiatric Association CPD Institute Presentations

  • 1:30-2:30 pm – Kevin Kjernisted, MD, FRCPC

    Improving Functional Outcomes for Patients with Major Depressive Disorder: The Importance of Motivation and Energy

    At the end of this session, participants should be able to:
    1. Appreciate the importance and need to improve functional outcomes in MDD.
    2. Recognize the significant prevalence and burden of low motivation and energy.
    3. Understand how improving symptoms of low motivation and energy can lead to improved functional outcomes.
    4. Review evidence-based treatments that impact symptoms of motivation and energy.

  • 2:30 – 3:30 p.m – Donald Addington, MBBS, MRCPsych, FRCPC
    Canadian Practice Guidelines for Comprehensive Community Treatment for Schizophrenia and Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders

    At the end of this session, participants should be able to:
    1. Be aware of the range of services required to provide comprehensive community care for schizophrenia and schizophrenia spectrum disorders.
    2. Know how to used fidelity scales to evaluate specific components of individual components.
    3. Know key patient and system level performance measures.

  • 3:30 – 4:00 p.m – Health break

  • 4:00 – 5:00 p.m – Susan Abbey, MD, FRCPC, DFCPA
    MBSR, MBCT and Other MBIs: Which “M” Might Help My Patient?

    At the end of this session, participants should be able to:

    1. Describe several mindfulness-based therapeutic practices.


Dr. Rehman Abdulrehman, C Psych, PhD, is a clinical and consulting psychologist, working individually with clients and with larger organizations. He is the director of Clinic Psychology Manitoba and an assistant professor with the Department of Clinical Health Psychology, in the Max Rady College of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Abdulrehman works locally and internationally, currently also a visiting professor at the State University of Zanzibar, where he teaches and consults on program development in low resource settings. He is a specialist in CBT, with a focus on anxiety and anxiety related disorders, trauma, and cross cultural issues.

Dr. Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry (Keynote Speaker) is the director of the posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) research unit at the University of Western Ontario. She established the Traumatic Stress Service and the Traumatic Stress Service Work-place Program, services that specialize in the treatment and research of PTSD and related comorbid disorders. She currently holds the Harris-Woodman Chair in Mind-Body Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario. She has authored more than 100 published papers and chapters in the field of traumatic stress and is currently funded by several federal funding agencies. She has recently published a book, Healing the traumatized self: consciousness, neuroscience, treatment with Paul Frewen.

Dr. Natalie Mota, PhD, C.Psych, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Manitoba and a Clinical Psychologist at the Operational Stress Injury Clinic in Winnipeg. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed publications with a focus on understanding the psy-chological and physical impacts of trauma exposure in military, first responder, indigenous, and general populations, and on studying resilience factors that mitigate the negative effects of traumatic stress. Her clinical expertise is in the assessment and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorders, and suicidal behaviour.

About the MPA

The MPA’s objectives are to represent psychiatrists within Doctors Manitoba, as well as to provide a formal regional representation to the Canadian Psychiatric Association and its national components. The MPA plays a role in advocating (along with other groups) for the mental health and psychiatric care of Manitobans, promoting our psychiatric profession, addressing the wellbeing of our profession’s practitioners and learners, and fully participating and supporting the ongoing educational needs of its members.

The MPA recognizes and thanks the following Exhibitors, who will present in the Exhibition Area of the conference, North Mezzanine, Fort Garry Hotel: Allergan, Lundbeck, MD Management, Mylan, Shire and Sunovion.


This Event was co-developed with the CPD Medicine Program, University of Manitoba and was planned to achieve scientific integrity, objectivity and balance.

This Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of The College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been approved by the CPD Medicine Program, University of Manitoba for a maximum of 5.0 Mainpro+ credits.

This Event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the CPD Medicine Program, University of Manitoba for a maximum of 5.0 hours. Participants should only claim credit for the actual number of hours attended.

The University of Manitoba CPD Medicine Program is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME).


2018 Fifth Annual Spring Scientific Conference Planning Committee:
Dr. G. Omelan, Chair
Dr. C. Polimeni
Dr. L. Schwartz
Dr. D. Yehudaiff

Printable brochure: MPA 2018 Spring Conference Brochure


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