Final Program

SSPC 41st Annual Meeting


Partnership, Translation, Integration

April 16-18, 2020


Day 1: Thursday, April 16, 2020
TimeSession Speaker/Facilitator
7:30 – 8:30Registration and Breakfast
8:30 – 9:00Welcome Remarks & Housekeeping Details
9:00 – 10:30Hughes and Spiegel Fellowship Award Panel
“They are coming to hurt me,” Cries for Structurally Competent Psychiatric Care from Central American Migrants in the United StatesJonathan Gomez
Cultural Formulation in a Case of Spiritual Possession: Religion, Dissociation, and CultureAndrea Mendiola
Traditional healers’ explanatory models of intellectual disability in Cape TownSiyabulela Mkabile
10:30 – 11:00Break
11:00 – 12:30Symposium 1: Weaving Collaborations and Negotiating Firewalls in Polarized Times
Collective Case Formulation on Violent RadicalizationYann Zoldan, Janique Johnson-Lafleur
What variables do we have in common? Transnational collaborations on violent radicalizationRochelle Frounfelker, Diana Miconi
The Fireman in the Bedroom: Collaborations between Clinicians and Security Agencies in the Field of Violent RadicalizationCecile Rousseau
Workshop 1 : Strategies for Engaging & Collaborating with Refugee Communities to Deliver Mental Health ServicesEmma Cardeli, Osob Issa
Works-in-Progress 1: Trauma, Language, and Culturally Competent Care
Socio-Culturally, Linguistically- Responsive, and Trauma-Informed Approach to Mental Health InterpretationAlisa Miller, Carmen Rosa Norona, Seetha Davis, Emily Hahn
Promoting Cultural Competency at a Mental Health Clinic in Queens, New YorkKartik Sreepada
Introducing a trauma based care curriculum to child caregivers in the island nation of Grenada: A work in progressAbishek Bala, Kai Anderson, Mahela Ashraf, Maryam Davari
Paper session 1: Global Mental Health
Social Withdrawal in Major Depressive Disorder: A Case-Control Study of Hikikomori in JapanAlan Teo
Incómodo: A Mixed-Methods Examination of Primary Care Nurses’ Experiences Managing Depression in Rural GuatemalaShanna Stryker, Rachel Kishton
Mental health of conflict-affected internally displaced persons in Northern Sri Lanka: The COMGAP-S studyShannon Doherty, Giselle Dass
12:30 – 1:45Lunch
1:45 – 3:15Symposium 2 : Promoting Mental Wellness in a Haitian Immigrant Community: Evolution of an Academic-Community PartnershipModerator: Joanne McGriff
A GLOCAL Perspective – Understanding the Impacts of Migration on Mental HealthGilberte Bastien
Engaging Community Partners in Promoting Mental Wellness in Immigrant PopulationsEmmanuela Alce
Workshop 2 : An Experiential Workshop on Cross-Cultural CollaborationSeetha Davis, Alisa Miller, Kenneth Fung, Ted Lo, Lisa Andermann
Workshop 3 : Family and Culture: Navigating Immigrant Family Dynamics Crystal Han, Amanpreet Mashiana, Anique Forrester, Suzanne Monsivais, Elida Benitez, Jana Bhuiyan, Alison Heru
Paper session 2 : Serving Indigenous Communities
Developing a Meaningful and Culturally Safe Collaborative Space for First-Line Workers in Youth Mental Health and Wellness in Nunavik: The Atautsikut Community of Practice (CoP) ExperienceJanique Johnson-Lafleur
Moving Indigenous Mental Wellness Knowledge to Action in a Manitoba First Nation CommunityGrace Kyoon-Achan, Diane Linklater
Mental Health Care and the Mundane Determinants of Health: Balancing the Universal Applications and Local ContextsGerald McKinley
3:15 – 3:30Break
3:30 – 5:00Symposium 3 : Working Separate and Together: Lessons Learned in Global and Local Academic-Community Research Partnerships
On Field Methods and Stigma: Conducting Research on Illness Categories that Do Not Exist LocallyJonathan Yahalom
Integrating a community-partnered participatory research model with the practical limitations of a small research team: A pilot study collecting biomarkers from hard-to-reach populationsSylvanna Vargas
Synergizing Health Disparities Efforts across Settings in the SER Hispano Project: Facilitators and Barriers of an Interdisciplinary Academic-Community PartnershipGabriela Nagy
Utilizing community-based research to test and refine interventions in global mental health: A pilot evaluation of an emotion-focused intervention for school-going youth in post-earthquake NepalMegan Ramaiya
Workshop 4 : “A Person Is A Person Through Other Persons” – How Culture & Identity Are Constructed Through Relationships & BelongingVincenzo Di Nicola, Anjali Joseph
Paper session 3 : Services for Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Prioritizing Refugees’ Voices: Reconceptualizing Refugee Ethics Protocols in Refugee ResearchNeil Bilotta
An Ethnographic Study of the Subjective Well being and Mental Health Issues of Asylum Seekers in TorontoSwarnalatha Vemuri
Developing Advisory Boards within Community-based Participatory Approaches to Improve Mental Health among Refugee CommunitiesOsob Issa, Naima Agalab, Alisa Miller
5:00 – 7:00Reception (dinner served)
7:00 – 8:00 Town Hall
Day 2: Friday, April 17, 2020
TimeSession Speaker/Facilitator
8:00 – 8:30Registration
8:30 – 8:45Welcome
8:45 – 10:15Plenary : Community Partnered Participatory Research: Overview and Example of DepressionFelica Jones, Kenneth Wells
10:15 – 10:45Break
10:45 – 12:15Symposium 4 : Insights and Lessons Learned in International Mental Health PromotionModerator: Nina Ning
Applying the RE-AIM Framework in International Mental Health Implementation ResearchKenneth P. Fung
Facilitators and Barriers to Interdisciplinary and International Collaborations in Mental Health PromotionWeijia Tan
What Constitutes “Culture” in International Cross-Cultural CollaborationsJenny JW Liu
Workshop 5 : When Life Depends on a Piece of Paper: The Role of Mental Health Workers in Completing Government Paperwork for RefugeesKyle Baird, Jana Bhuiyan, Daniella Schlander, Greg Moore, Daniel Savin
Workshop 6: Applications of Community Engagement Principles to Projects and Research
If you would like to briefly present (and receive feedback on) a proposed/emerging Community Partnered Participatory Research project as part of this session, email; others may attend even if not presenting.
Felica Jones, Kenneth Wells
Paper session 4 : Theorizing Culture
Co-constructing Culture, Mind and Brain: Prospects for InterdisciplinarityLaurence Kirmayer
Understanding the Experience of Latin American Female Asylum Seekers in Quebec: An Intersectional and Narrative ApproachLaura Gallo Tapias
Situating Mental Disorders in Cultural FramesGeorge Eric Jarvis
12:15 – 1:45Lunch & Business Meeting
1:45 – 3:15Symposium 5 : The Role of Research in Promoting Policy Change by Ministries of HealthModerator: Robert Kohn
The Role of PAHO/WHO in Mental Health PromotionClaudina Cayetano
Use of Research in Working with Ministries of Health in Latin America and the CaribbeanJorge Rodriguez
How Does Research from Chile Influence Mental Health Policy Influence Mental Health Policy?Benjamin Vicente
Workshop 7 : Managing power differentials in mental health research and clinical collaborationsBonnie Kaiser, Roberto Lewis-Fernández, Siyabulela Mkabile
Workshop 8 : Collaborating for Asylum Seekers in a Time of Record Forced DisplacementJennifer McQuaid, Katherine McKenzie, Michelle Silva, Ellen Messali
Paper session 5 : Meaning-making
From exile to motherhood: Constructing meaning by means of a narrative clinical approachDelphine Rambeaud-Collin, Julia de Freitas Girardi
“We are all under the same roof”: Coping and meaning making among older Bhutanese with a refugee life experienceBhuwan Gautam, Tej Mishra
The ‘Science of Morals’ of a Psychiatric Emergency ServiceSang Ik Song
3:15 – 3:30Break
3:30 – 5:00Symposium 6 : Measuring Family Emotional Climate in Different Cultural Settings: How To Do It And Why It MattersDiscussant: Robert Kohn
Implications for health care when the psychosocial construct ‘expressed emotion’ is deconstructed by cultural researchAlison Heru
Introducing the BAFFS, an Ultrabrief Measure of Family Fnctioning Appropriate for Research and PracticeAbigail Mansfield
The impact of depression on families in different cultures. Is it measurable?Gabor Keitner
Workshop 9 : Enhancing Structural Humility: Using Community Mapping as a Therapeutic ToolAna Ozdoba, Shaina Siber-Sanderowitz, Allison Glasgow, Elizabeth Beckford
Paper session 6 : Partnerships
Medical Residents and Mental Health Services at the Sioux Lookout Zone Hospital, 1969-1996North de Pencier
Negotiating Collaborative Partnerships between Psychiatry and other Mental Health Professionals and the First Nation Population in Northwestern OntarioBobby Chaudhuri
Collaborative approaches of academic-community partnerships: Lessons learned from two case studies on research with structurally vulnerable population groupsNancy Clark
Trainee Case Consultation SessionAmela Blekic, James Griffith, Kenneth Fung, Anna Fiskin
5:00 – 6:00Poster session (see next page for list of topics and presenters)
6:00 – 7:30Documentary Film and discussion : The Healer and the Psychiatrist - US Premiere (Mike Poltorak) In the South Pacific Island group of Tonga, a traditional healer and a Psychiatrist treat spiritual affliction and mental illness in challenging and inspirational ways
5pm-7pmPoster TitlePresenter
Refugee Mental Health Upon Arrival to Kentucky: Correlation of Refugee Health Screener 15 (RHS-15) score to Social and Ethnographic VariablesBarbara Ekeh
When Family Decisions Conflict with Standard of Care: Case Report of a Korean Immigrant with Schizophrenia and Medication-Resistant CatatoniaCrystal Han
Challenges and lessons learned in re-filming the WHO mhGAP training videos for Sri Lankan context - a qualitative studyGergana Manolova
Baksbat, Nelumbo nucifera and Robam Kbach Boran: Exploring perspectives and experiences of a Cambodian idiom of distress through the filmic imageIngrid Norrmen-Smith
The First Episode Psychosis Experience of Filipino-Canadians in Montreal: An Interpretative Phenomenological AnalysisJenna Pastorini
Participatory evaluation of a co-designed group psychosocial intervention to promote wellbeing in GuatemalaKatherine Pizarro
Collaborative Care and Culturally Competent Assessment and Treatment for Refugees: The New Beginnings ClinicLisa Andermann
Substance Use Disorders Among Asian AmericansLucy Lan
Sustainability of a Multicultural Consultation Service within an Academic Medical CenterMacey Arnold
Trauma-informed Care - Translating Theory to Practice in Residential Settings in the Island Nation of Grenada, West IndiesMahela Ashraf
Pilot Study for the Role of Art in Empowering Refugee Children at RISSEMason Lee
A Haitian-led Mental Health Treatment Center in Northern Haiti: The First Step in Expanding Mental Health Services Throughout the RegionMichael Galvin
The Weighty Teenage Years: Weight Assessment Accuracy as a Function of Gender, Sleep, and Depression in Minnesota High School StudentsMolly Fennig
The Role of Primary Care in the Use of Specialty Mental Health ServicesNina Jhaveri
Improving Clinical Practice of Non-Specialist Nurses treating Neuropsychiatric Disorders in Rural Rwanda: a Quality Improvement InitiativeNina Sreshta
Barbadian Perspectives on What Makes a Quality Life: A Bi-Fold Population Qualitative StudyOhemaa Poku
Mental Health Literacy, Education, Stigmatization, and Religiosity in Ghana.Peter Adu
Peer specialists' attitudes towards their work and experience collaborating with other providersSarita Metzger
Clinical Barriers in diagnosis and treatment in an Immigrant Population: A presentation of a complex adolescent case of chronic untreated endocrinopathy with a concurrent psychotic disorderSindhura Suryadevara
Day 3: Saturday, April 18, 2020
8:30 – 10:00Symposium 7 : What Are Best Practices for Engaging Remote and Underserved Populations?
Therapy with Remote Patients: Principle ConceptsJames Griffith
Therapy with a Tajik Refugee from AfghanistanLarry Merkel
Therapy with a West African CoupleJames Griffith
Workshop 10: Cuentanos! How to get away with playing in the clinic

Limited spots available – email to sign up
Eden Almasude, Tully Goldrick, Mikaela Boone, Elizabeth Nearing
Workshop 11 : We’re Right in the Middle of It: Navigating Complex Group Dynamics in Multicultural EducationAnique Forrester, Gabriela Nagy, Seamus Bhatt-Mackin
Works-in-Progress 2: Immigrant and Refugee Health Projects
Refugee Mental Health Care in the Community: Collaboration in Primary CareAzaad Kassam, Kevin Pottie, Olivia Magwood
Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health Project: Building the capacity of Health Service Providers across CanadaClare Pain, Lisa Andermann
Partnership with Families and Communities: Applying the Hispanic Values in a Newly Adapted Recovery Model for HispanicsAndrea Mendiola, Esperanza Díaz
10:00 – 10:30Break
10:30 – 12:00Symposium 8 : The Development of an Educational Partnership and Ethiopian-Canadian Academic Collaboration: The Story of TAAPP and TAAACModerator: Clare Pain
The Development of Psychiatric Education in Ethiopia: 15 years of TAAPPLisa Andermann
Ethiopian Perspectives on an Educational Partnrship: The Toronto Addis Ababa Psychiatry Program (TAAPP)Benyam Worku Dubale
Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration (TAAAC): a relational partnership model for building educational capacity between a high- and low-income university: lessons learnedClare Pain
Workshop 12: Managing cultural diversity problems within familesSteven Wolin, Carlos Sluzki
Workshop 13 : Integration and Empowerment - Expressive Arts Therapy group works with newcomer adults (immigrants and refugees) in TorontoNeslihan Memiguven
Paper session 7 : Serving Minority Communities
Ethnic Differences in Coercive Treatment and its Influence on Help-Seeking among Black First-Episode Psychosis PatientsSommer Knight
Debunking the model minority myth: Trainee reflections on Asian American identity from a cultural humility perspectiveConnie Chen
Towards the Reduction of the Duration of Untreated Psychosis in the US Latinx CommunitySteven Lopez, Alex Kopelowicz
12:00 – 1:00Lunch
1:00 – 2:30Workshop 14 : Using the Cultural Formulation InterviewAndrea Mendiola, G. Eric Jarvis, Kenneth Fung, Lisa Andermann, Azaad Kassam
Workshop 15 : GMH passion project consultation workshop: Examining the bi-directional impact of our workGwen Mitchell, Yusra Ahmad, Omar Reda
Paper session 8 : Interdisciplinary Collaboration
Collaborative Care for Racial/Ethnic Minority Populations in Primary Care: A Systematic ReviewJennifer Hu, Tina Wu, Swathi Damodaran
Improving Behavioral Health screening in primary care through inter-disciplinary collaborationLidija Petrovic-Dovat
Tales From the Sickle Cell Center: Integrating Physical, Behavioral, and Cultural WellbeingBrandon Newsome, Cheks Nwabueze
Paper session 9 : Cross-Cultural Care
A Cross-Cultural Comparative Study of Demoralization and Subjective Incompetence in Italy and in the United StatesJohn de Figueiredo
Urban Hospital Collaboration to Improve Cross-Cultural CareMark Nathanson, Jennifer Traxler, Dhruv Gupta, Anthy Phillips
Cross-cultural, trans-cultural, and global perspectives on mindfulness: Lessons and future directions from comparing Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy and Morita Psychotherapy from JapanHiroe Hu
2:30 – 2:45Break
2:45 – 4:15Workshop 16 : Developing a Crowd-Sourced Repository of Case-Based Modules to Incorporate Sociocultural PerspectivesRuth Marks Case, Belinda Bandstra, Tené Redman
Workshop 17 : Finding Hope in Telling Our Stories: Understanding the Intersection of Discrimination and Shame in the Treatment of Eating Disorders in People of Color and LGBTQ+ Communities Norman Kim
Workshop 18 : Modern Psychiatry Meets Islamic Traditions - Building Cultural Competency In Approaching The Muslim PatientOmar Shareef, Fariha Hossain
Paper session 10 : Caring for Youth and Children
The Use of Information Communication Technologies Among Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Descriptive Qualitative StudyTheoneste Ntalindwa
The study of the non-practice of female genital mutilation in Guinea: Collaborative and inter-disciplinary research project between Canadian and Guinean researchers & translation to Guinean policy-makersDanielle Groleau
Community support for migrant youth: Assessing the effects of young people’s participation in a community-based welcome program in MontrealEmilia Gonzalez

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