Faculty & Objectives

Speakers & General Topic Areas:

Dr. Horner – First episode psychosis – 10 years after

Dr. Katherine Aitchison – Cannabis and Psychosis

Dr. Ian Dawe – Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery:  Engaging Minds

Overall Learning Objectives:

Consider the relationship between substance use and schizophrenia

Define the causes of relapse in schizophrenia

Describe the challenges and enablers in recovery

Plenary Speaker Learning Objectives:  

Relapse Prevention in Schizophrenia and Advancements |Dr. Bill Honer

  • Describe key assessments for schizophrenia and related disorders according to Canadian Practice Guidelines
  • Provide new evidence from a randomized clinical trial on the duration of treatment in first episode psychosis
  • Evaluate the importance of relapse prevention after the first episode of psychosis

Cannabis and Psychosis: | Dr. Katherine Aitchison

  • Specify by how much cannabis increases the risk of becoming psychotic
  • Name risk factors for psychosis after cannabis consumption
  • Identify a gene associated with psychosis after cannabis consumption

 Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery: Engaging  | Dr. Ian Dawe

  • Review the evidence that contributes to social isolation of people with schizophrenia, psychosis and related mental health.
  • Describe interventions that show success in countering isolation
  • Identify the barriers and enablers to engagement