brainXchange Webinar

Event Date: Jun 23, 2015


This integrated KTE webinar event is brought ot you by brainXchange in partnership with the Canadian Coalition of Seniors Mental Health, Shoppers Drug Mart and the Public Health Agency of Canada. 

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While it is not a ‘normal’ part of aging, mental illness is a reality for some older adults. Depression is the most common mental illness in later life, contributing to disproportionately high rates of suicide.

Pharmacists are trusted health care providers who have high visibility in the community. With increasingly complex health care needs and the risk of mental health issues among older adults, pharmacists are well positioned to assist their older patients on their path of recovery from mental illness.

This CCCEP accredited educational module prepares pharmacists to incorporate the prevention, identification and treatment of depression and suicide of older patients into their daily practices.

Learning Objectives:  After completion of this webinar pharmacists will be better able to:
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of depression in later life;
  • Identify pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment options to support older adults who are experiencing depression in later life;
  • Appreciate the risk and protective factors of suicide in later life and 
  • Intervene with older patients at risk for suicide based on knowledge of risk and protective factors.

Please note: This accredited teaching module ECCP is open to pharmacists Shoppers Drug Mart / Pharmaprix only until further notice. Only pharmacists Shoppers Drug Mart / Pharmaprix will receive a certificate of acheivement.  

For further information please contact Bonnie Schroeder:


David Conn, M.B., B.Ch, BAO, FRCPC

Dr. Conn is currently the Vice-President of Medical Services and Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. He is the Co-Chair of the Canadian Coalition for Seniors' Mental Health and Chair of the Coalition's National Guidelines Project. He is Past President of the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry.
He completed his Medical Degree at Trinity College, Dublin, and his training in Psychiatry was carried out at the University of Toronto. He subsequently completed a Fellowship in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
He joined the Department of Psychiatry at Baycrest in 1983 and has been the Department Head since 1992. He has a keen interest in telemedicine and is currently the Medical Director of Telehealth Services at Baycrest. He is also Medical Director of the Mood and Related Disorders Clinic and Co-Director of the Brain Health Centre.

Philippe Vincent, Pharmacist, M.Sc., BCPP

Mr. Vincent has been a pharmacist since 2004 at the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal, the largest francophone psychiatric hospital in Canada, Mr. Vincent is currently part of both the intensive psychiatric care unit and the first-episode outpatient clinic. He is actively involved in training pharmacy students and residents at the hospital not only in pharmacotherapy but in the specialized set of interpersonal skills needed when interacting with a clientele suffering from mental illness. His areas of expertise include therapeutic monitoring of psychotropic drugs, treatment of refractory mental illnesses and motivational interviewing.

In addition to his many interests in the field of mental illness, Mr. Vincent is committed to knowledge dissemination. In his short career, he has written six scientific articles, carried out six clinical research projects and given more than 90 presentations. Following a Fellowship in pharmacokinetics of psychotropic medications in Germany, he was named Assistant Clinical Professor (2010) at the University of Montreal where he teaches the psychiatric component of the curriculum to students in the Pharm D. and Master’s programs.

In 2012, after securing the first research grant in pharmacy in the history of the University, he joined the Fernand-Séguin Research Centre as a Research Associate. He was recently certified as a Specialist in Psychiatric Pharmacy by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties in Washington and was named Chair of APES group of expert pharmacists for psychiatry.

Bonnie Schroeder, MSW, RSW
Ms. Schroeder is the Executive Director of the CCSMH and a Part-time Professor at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Social Sciences (Minor in Gerontology). Bonnie has over 20 years of progressive program development, management and evaluation experience in a variety of health, community and social service agencies at the local, regional and national level. Throughout her career, Bonnie has worked primarily with seniors, persons with disabilities and their caregivers. Before joining the CCSMH in 2013, Bonnie was the Director of Caregiving at VON Canada providing strategic leadership and advice on practice, program and policy initiatives related to caregiving, healthy aging, chronic disease management, home care and client safety.