SSPC Conference

In April 2019, we headed over to Toronto for the annual Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture (SSPC) conference. Our intrepid team included research assistant Tristan Supino, LTOA research coordinator Dr. Nicole D’souza, community partner Erin Aleck, and principal investigator Dr. Laurence J. Kirmayer. Erin was actually on her way back from her training session in Eskasoni, N.B., and was happy to join the team to present her poster that was developed in collaboration with Mia Messer, another of the team’s research assistants!

The SSPC is an organization committed to furthering research, clinical care and education of the cultural aspects of mental health and illness, with this year’s conference theme being, “Engagement, Empowerment, Equity: From Theory to Practice”. The LTOA team was there to present their posters that were made in collaboration with LTOA community partners!

First up, Tristan presented the poster he made, in partnership with Stefanie Bryant, about the adaption of the LTOA school-based program with Anishinaabe of Treaty #3. Secondly, Erin presented her poster on the cultural adaptation of LTOA that she did in Nlaka’pamux First Nation. Michaela also presented a poster that was made in collaboration with members from Anishinaabe Abinoojii Family Services (AAFS), presenting their unique LTOA facilitator training model that they developed! Both Dr. Kirmayer and Nicole were also panelists and presenters at the conference and spoke about their experiences and work in the field.

It was an incredibly enriching experience for all attendees, and we enjoyed learning and interacting with other researchers and other professionals who are doing similar work! It was motivating to see how professionals and researchers are integrating culture into their practice and making a point to develop culturally safe spaces!

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