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Bringing Cognitive Remediation to B.C.

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Paetzold Lecture Theatre

Vancouver General Hospital

899 West 12th Avenue

Vancouver, British Columbia

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People living with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders often develop profound and disabling cognitive deficits. Even more than positive or negative symptoms, cognitive deficits can impair daily functioning and are a major factor in chronic disability and unemployment. (Hurford, 2011)

However, in recent years, a variety of evidence-based cognitive remediation programs have been developed to help people who have lost cognitive abilities because of psychiatric illnesses. While widely implemented in other countries, Canada is just beginning to recognize the extent of the problems related to cognitive losses and the kinds of resources that we could make available to people.

Cognitive remediation programs are not replacements for the medications that people with psychotic disorders usually need. Instead, cognitive remediation programs serve as an additional treatment to be used along with medication. Medications impact psychotic symptoms while cognitive remediation programs focus on the cognitive losses that are frequently a part of these illnesses.

This conference will describe the kinds of cognitive losses that frequently occur and discuss a variety of evidence-based cognitive remediation programs. Participants will also hear from people in B.C. working on related initiatives and learn about an efficient method developed at Columbia University for training staff to deliver cognitive remediation programs: www.teachrecovery.com.

This conference is sponsored by B.C. Schizophrenia Society (BCSS) with support from B.C. Psychosis Program, B.C. Psychocial Rehabilitation Advanced Practice, B.C. Early Psychosis Intervention program (EPI), UBC Institute of Mental Health (IMH) and Vancouver Coastal Health Family Support and Involvement Team.


Keynote Speakers:
Dr. Alice Medalia (Director, Lieber Recovery Clinic, Columbia University)
Dr. Christopher Bowie (Director, Cognitive & Psychotic Disorders Lab, Queen's University)

For more information about the speakers, visit www.bcss.org


Tentative Schedule:

8:00 AM Registration Opens

9:00 AM Conference welcome, introductions and housekeeping

9:30 AM Keynote Speaker: Dr. Chris Bowie
"Cognition in Mental Disorders: Impairments, Implications and Opportunities for Treatment"

10:45 AM Morning Break

11:00 AM Keynote Speaker: Dr. Alice Medalia
"How to Make Cognitive Health Services A Part of Mental Health Care"
Will include some information on Teach Recovery Program (www.teachrecovery.com)

12:30 PM Lunch (Not included)

1:30 PM Panel 1: Cognition: A Brief Scan of B.C. Initiatives
Panel Moderator: To Be Confirmed
Panelists:
- Dr. Tom Ehmann (B.C. Early Psychosis Intervention Program)
- Dr. Mahesh Menon and Dr. Ivan Torres (BCPP)
- Dr. Amy Burns
- Dr. Todd Woodward (UBC)
- Dr. Randall White (B.C. Psychosis)

2:45 PM Afternoon Break

3:00 PM Panel 2: Next Steps in Implementing Cognitive Remediation in B.C.
Panel Moderator: To Be Confirmed
Panelists:
- Dr. John Higenbottam
- Dr. Regina Casey
- Dr. Chris Bowie
- Dr. Alice Medalia

4:15 PM Closing Remarks

4:30 PM Conference Ends

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Vancouver General Hospital

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