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Here you will find a sampling of news and announcements from EPION.

IEPA Leadership Elections: Vote Now!

IEPA is holding their elections for Vice Presidents of Europe and North America. In the running for VP of North America is EPION’s very own Dr. Chi Cheng! This is a wonderful opportunity to bring EPION’s expertise to the international table. We encourage any IEPA members to cast your vote for IEPA’s leadership. Voting ends July 6 (tomorrow!) at midnight!

Please visit the IEPA website to cast your vote. Voting closes July 6th at midnight. https://iepa.org.au/vp-elect-candidates/ 

Note: It has been brought to our attention that IEPA has had trouble with emails bouncing to many of their Canadian members. If this is the first you are hearing about the election, this may be why!


Chi Cheng

Dr. Chi Cheng: IEPA Candidate Statement

Chi Cheng is Child & Adolescent, Youth Psychiatrist & Assistant Professor in Psychiatry Section, Clinical Sciences at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

I have been a member of IEPA since 2006 and worked in early psychosis intervention for over 12 years. In that time, I have faced the challenges of delivering specialized mental health care to disadvantaged populations across a vast geographic area in northern Canada. The experience has been rewarding and humbling, and I have immense appreciation for the challenges that face my clients, families and communities.

I am running for VP (North America) for the IEPA Board because I want to contribute to IEPA’s commitment to exceptional standards, quality care and early intervention to the full spectrum of mental illnesses. My practice has both clinical and research functions. Over time, my clinical practice has evolved, and increasingly encompasses early intervention across the full spectrum of youth mental health. My research focus is in the intersection of youth mental health, vulnerable populations and rural health services. I am on faculty at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, as Researcher and Child, Adolescent and Youth Psychiatrist.

I have valued the community of the IEPA, and the connection to like-minded people, who believe in improved services for youth experiencing mental illness. This network has decreased the isolation of practicing in rural Canada, and I have valued the generosity of members of IEPA in sharing resources across the globe. I have experience as Co-Chair of the Early Psychosis Intervention Ontario Network (EPION), a provincial network consisting of over 50 programs, individuals who have received services, their families and caregivers. My time with EPION was truly inspiring; I continue to benefit from all that I have learned. I would like to continue my work in youth mental health by contributing to the network of IEPA, and bring to the IEPA Board, my experience as a clinician, researcher and network-leader.


 

Please visit the IEPA website to cast your vote in both categories. Voting closes July 6th at midnight. https://iepa.org.au/vp-elect-candidates/

EPION Spotlight on…Transitions of Care: Report from EPION’s June 15 Consultation

On June 15, some 24 EPION members gathered from across the province.  We met at CAMH in Toronto in a ‘Transitions of Care’ Consultation specifically to address the issue of what comes after Early Intervention and how to support our clients in the transition from EPI programs. The group included a number of clinicians from several disciplines, an individual with lived experience and a family member, who also works as an EPI program Family Educator. (more…)

EPION Spotlight on… Transitions of Care: Assessing Readiness for Transition at Cleghorn

Most early psychosis intervention (EPI) programs are time limited with the goal to increase client independence and functioning so that they can eventually reintegrate into the community. However, while it is accepted that early intervention services lead to better outcomes; questions remain regarding the optimal duration of EPI programs. Recent studies have suggested that the benefits may plateau after 2 years, but this timeline may not apply for all clients. (more…)

EPION Spotlight on…Transitions of Care: Launching NAVIGATE at the CAMH Slaight Centre

The Slaight Centre Early Intervention Service (SCEIS) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) recognized that current recovery outcomes are not good enough and we are called to do better.  As a result, giving patients experiencing early psychosis the best care possible and getting them into care quickly are two important goals of the SCEIS.  To meet these goals, SCEIS launched a new kind of evidence-based care model called NAVIGATE in November 2017.  (more…)

EPION Spotlight on…Metabolic Monitoring: App coming soon!

The EPION Metabolic working group is in the early stages of adapting their paper-based Cardiometabolic Risk Management tool to an interactive, user-friendly app. The Cardiometabolic Risk Management tool provides a structured way to screen and begin metabolic interventions for individuals with mental illness, according to Canadian guidelines. This electronic adaptation was inspired by feedback from the May 2014 EPION Think Tank on Metabolic Disturbances. (more…)

UPCOMING: EPION’s Action-Based Cognitive Remediation (ABCR) Training for EPI Clinicians

SAVE THE DATES: November 20-22, 2018 | Toronto

Psychotherapeutic services are part of best practice for psychosis treatment. To date, with the exception of cognitive remediation, no treatments (including medications) address the neurocognitive impairments that are core features of psychotic disorder and the best predictor of community function and disability. Cognitive remediation approaches have evolved from a passive brain training experience to a true psychotherapeutic experience, resulting in larger and more durable improvements in functioning. The approach proposed here, Action-Based Cognitive Remediation (ABCR), uniquely combines principles of cognitive-behavioural therapies with cognitive training.

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EPION and CCEIP Cannabis Resource Now Available

The Canadian Consortium for Early Intervention in Psychosis (CCEIP) has developed a cannabis resource in a convenient tear-off pad format. The CCEIP has partnered with Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) and EPION to include our logos and share the resource with our members. The CCEIP has offered to print and mail this pad to all EPI programs across the province that are identified on EPION’s website (www.help4psychosis.ca), and has provided us with a pdf version so that additional copies can be printed freely. (more…)

EPION Spotlight on…Metabolic Monitoring: Free Metabolic Management Tools from EPION

EPION has created a number of tools for professionals to use when it comes to metabolic monitoring for individuals on antipsychotic medications. Metabolic monitoring requires regular reviewing of lifestyle and family history as well as tracking of weight, waist circumference, glucose and lipids. It can be challenging to manage this and track this data in a meaningful way. These resources are designed to help healthcare professionals to engage clients in discussions around healthy lifestyle choices and to empower them to set goals and share these with their healthcare team. (more…)

EPION Spotlight on…Metabolic Monitoring: Right from the Start Resource

The EPION Metabolic working group has adapted a guide developed by service users and practitioners from Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust in England. This guide was developed to empower service users to improve the quality of the care they receive. This guide highlights the importance of asking health professionals about your overall health, not just psychosis. Hard copies will be available at the May 11 EPION network meeting.   (more…)