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Here you will find a sampling of news and announcements from 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: 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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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…)

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…)

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…)

Spotlight on…Recreation: The Right Mix with Lynx CoKL

At their City of Kawartha Lakes site, Lynx EPI staff are busy providing clients with a wide variety of recreational group activities that emphasize socialization and community integration. The positive outcomes of these activities are amplified by their careful consideration of group dynamics and their ability to cleverly disguise CBT and psychoeducation within fun and engaging social outings. (more…)

Spotlight on…Recreation: Embracing Community with CMHA-WECB

The Early Intervention Program at CMHA Windsor-Essex County Branch maximizes their community resources in order to offer engaging recreation activities that foster a sense of belonging. While working on their physical fitness, emotional wellbeing, social skills, and vocational goals, EPI clients at CMHA-WECB have had the opportunity to join in on a range of activities including “Mood Walks”, “Hoofin’ It” (a therapeutic walking program with horses), and weekly social drop-in groups. (more…)

Spotlight on…Recreation: On the Move with On Track

For clients in Ottawa’s On Track EPI program, getting back to basics and being able to enjoy meaningful activities is part of the program’s holistic approach to recovery. Therapeutic Recreation activities are offered throughout the week to support clients in their recovery journey and reduce social isolation. The activities provide an opportunity for clients to experience real-life situations, foster new and old interests, and renew their sense of community. (more…)

Spotlight on…Recreation: A Snowy Day with Heads Up!

This past January, a group of staff and clients from The Heads Up! Program visited Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area to enjoy a day of snowshoeing and connecting with nature. The outing was intended to help clients better understand the connection between mind and body health, as well as introducing new skills and ideas for how to creatively incorporate physical activity into their recovery. (more…)