Keynote Presentations

This year's keynote presentations feature five dynamic and sought-after leaders
in the mental health field. Please see below for full session descriptions.


 
Dr. Susan Rodger, Western University

Dr. Susan Rodger, Western University

DR. SUSAN RODGER

Building Wellness for Educators

Thursday July 20, 8:45-10:15 AM

What does educator wellness look like and how do we know if we have it? This keynote will present recent and converging evidence demonstrating the connections between educator wellness and stress, quality of life, workplace health and safety and student outcomes. We will explore the unique demands placed on educators that influence their own wellness and that of their peers and students, the challenges to health and the opportunities that exist for positive change.  


Dr. Selene Etches, IWK Health Centre

Dr. Selene Etches, IWK Health Centre

Dr. SELene etches

cannabis & Substance Abuse

Thursday July 20, 2:00-3:30 PM

What do you know about your body’s endocannabinoid system? How is it affected by cannabis? This session will focus on all of this and more including an overview of cannabis and methods of cannabis intake, the epidemiology of cannabis use disorders, synthetic cannabinoids, cannabis intoxication and withdrawal symptoms.  Additionally we will cover what can happen if a person drives while taking cannabis, the mental health and cognitive effects of cannabis in adolescence, psychotherapeutic and pharmacological treatments of cannabis use disorders and the potential therapeutic benefits.


Dr. David Gardner, Dalhousie University

Dr. David Gardner, Dalhousie University

Dr. Andrea Murphy, Dalhousie University

Dr. Andrea Murphy, Dalhousie University

DR. DAVID GARDNER & DR. ANDREA MURPHY

MEDICATIONS: WHAT EVERY EDUCATOR SHOULD KNOW

FRIDAY July 21, 8:45-10:15 AM

This presentation will discuss medications commonly used to treat mental illness. We will review the possible side effects, how medication can affect learning and other issues that your students may encounter.


Dr. Stan Kutcher, Sun Life Financial Chair

Dr. Stan Kutcher, Sun Life Financial Chair

Dr. Stan Kutcher

What to do after a tragedy?

Friday July 21, 2:00-3:30 PM

After the death of a student or teacher a school may find itself at a loss as to how (or if) to respond. Some responses may be helpful, while others less so. This keynote will consider what makes a helpful response and what might be less so or even harmful for some. Clear and concise guidelines will be suggested for schools to consider adapting for their needs.