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ECHO Ontario Mental Health


Location: Videoconferencing
When: Tuesdays Weekly
Start: September 17, 2019
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.

Session # Presentation Topics
1 Examination and Assessment of Psychiatric Patients
2 H.O.P.E. and Its Role in Mental Health Care / Compassion Fatigue
3 Case Formulation
4 Overview of Research Evidence for Primary Care Providers NEW
5 Suicide Risk Assessment for Children and Youth
6 Sleep: A Psychiatric Vital Sign
7 Depression 1
8 Depression 2
9 Attachment
10 Collaborating Around Adherence to Medications
11 Psychopharmacology
12 Addictions 101
13 Eating Disorders
14 Assessment and Diagnosis of Anxiety Disorders
15 Management of Anxiety Disorders
16 Opioid Use Disorders
17 Gambling and Technology
18 PTSD 1
19 PTSD 2
20 Bipolar Disorder 1
21 Alcohol Use Disorder
22 Neurodevelopmental Disorders NEW
23 Bipolar Disorder 2
24 Screening for Dementia
25 Psychosis/Schizophrenia 1
26 Benzodiazepine Use Disorders
27 Psychosis/Schizophrenia 2
28 Rational Polypharmacy
29 Perinatal Mental Health
30 Motivational Interviewing
31 Assessment and Management of ADHD
32 Introduction to CBT NEW
33 Assessment and Diagnosis of Personality Disorders: Focus on Cluster B
34 Introduction to DBT NEW
35 Accessing Resources NEW
36 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.