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ECHO Ontario Mental Health


Location: Videoconferencing
When: Tuesdays Weekly
Start: September 18, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST
Who: Healthcare Providers

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the University of Toronto are excited to bring to you ECHO Ontario Mental Health at CAMH and UofT. ECHO Ontario Mental Healthaims to help healthcare providers build capacity in the treatment and management of mental health and addictions. The project works to empower healthcare providers to use evidence-based best practices to reduce the need for specialist visits, improving the quality of care for patients seeking treatment for addictions and related disorders in Ontario’s primary care settings.

Whether you are a primary care provider, allied healthcare provider, front line worker, or case manager, don’t hesitate to join ECHO Ontario Mental Health at CAMH and UofT!

Why Join?
  • It’s free. ECHO is fully funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
  • It’s virtual. All you need is a computer and a web cam, or a smartphone.
  • It’s fun. Connect with a growing community of primary and community care providers (including physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers, and more) across the province and build a Community of Practice.
  • Earn CME credits. ECHO has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Ontario Chapter for up to 2.0 Mainpro+ credits per session.
  • It works for you – and our system. ECHO represents a significant opportunity to improve individual knowledge and skills and also reduce disparities in the quality of care for rural and underserved areas.
What Will I Be Learning?

** Please note that these curriculum topics and dates are subject to change.

Date Session
September 18, 2018 Examination and Assessment of Psychiatric Patients
September 25, 2018 H.O.P.E. and Its Role in Mental Health Care / Compassion Fatigue
October 2, 2018 Case Formulation NEW
October 9, 2018 Overview of Research Evidence for Primary Care Providers NEW
October 16, 2018 Suicide Risk Assessment for Children and Youth
October 23, 2018 Sleep: A Psychiatric Vital Sign
October 30, 2018 Depression 1
November 6, 2018 Depression 2
November 13, 2018 Attachment
November 20, 2018 Collaborating Around Adherence to Medications
November 27, 2018 Psychopharmacology
December 4, 2018 Addictions 101
December 11, 2018 Eating Disorders
Winter Break
January 8, 2019 Assessment and Diagnosis of Anxiety Disorders
January 15, 2019 Management of Anxiety Disorders
January 22, 2019 Opioid Use Disorders
January 29, 2019 Gambling and Technology
February 5, 2019 PTSD 1
February 12, 2019 PTSD 2
February 19, 2019 Bipolar Disorder 1
February 26, 2019 Alcohol Use Disorder
March 5, 2019 Neurodevelopmental Disorders NEW
March Break
March 26, 2019 Bipolar Disorder 2
April 2, 2019 Screening for Dementia
April 9, 2019 Psychosis/Schizophrenia 1
April 16, 2019 Benzodiazepine Use Disorders
April 23, 2019 Psychosis/Schizophrenia 2
April 30, 2019 Rational Polypharmacy
May 7, 2019 Perinatal Mental Health
May 14, 2019 Motivational Interviewing
May 21, 2019 Assessment and Management of ADHD
May 28, 2019 Introduction to CBT NEW
June 4, 2019 Assessment and Diagnosis of Personality Disorders: Focus on Cluster B
June 11, 2019 Introduction to DBT NEW
June 18, 2019 Accessing Resources NEW
June 25, 2019 Medical Marijuana: Current Guidance


What is the Structure of the Session?

Each session consists of:

  • Introductions and announcements
  • 20-30 minute presentation on a given topic (e.g., Introduction to OCD).
  • 90 minutes of case-based learning, where healthcare providers (Spokes) present de-identified cases to the Community of Practice and receive recommendations from both the specialist Hub team and other community partner Spokes. All teach, all learn.

Hub Team

ECHO Session

Spoke Sites / Community Partners

ECHO Session- Multi-Screen

What is the Commitment?

Active participation in ECHO Ontario Mental Health includes:

  • Attending a 45 minute orientation session prior to the start of this ECHO program.
  • Attending weekly sessions to your best ability. Those who attend at least 60% of sessions in a given cycle will receive a Certificate of Completion at the conclusion of the cycle.
  • Providing comments and asking questions (we encourage participation by multi-level teams when possible).
  • Completing periodic surveys and other evaluation tools to help us improve our services to healthcare providers and other partners.
  • Presenting anonymized case presentations.
    • Provide clinical updates and de-identified outcome data on patients as needed.
What is Your Contact Information?

Please email Sarah, our Research Analyst, at !


Hub Team

ECHO Session


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Cost?

All of our sessions are free, but require a commitment to actively engage in the peer learning community by sharing experience and presenting cases.

What Equipment is Needed?

ECHO Ontario at CAMH and UofT uses an internet-based video technology called Zoom. Participants can connect to the video sessions through their phone, tablet, laptop, or a computer with a webcam. Technical support is provided.

Is This Only for Physicians?

Any healthcare professional interested in engaging around a topic, sharing their experience, and learning from their peers can attend ECHO sessions. We welcome physicians, nurses, psychologists, counselors, social workers, healthcare administrators, community health workers, pharmacists, and public health practitioners. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Will My Case Presentation Be Confidential?

Only non-identifiable information is shared during the sessions. Our sessions are PHIPA compliant and a secure place to share information.

Can My Client Make an Appointment at ECHO?

Clients do not attend and are not seen during Project ECHO sessions. Instead, these sessions facilitate a way in which community providers connect to specialists and other community partners who help co-manage patients.