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ECHO Ontario Mental Health


Location: Videoconferencing
When: Tuesdays Weekly
Start: October 17, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
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?



10-Oct-17 ECHO Basics: Aims, Principles and Practical Tips for   Participating in ECHO
17-Oct-17 Examination and Assessment of Psychiatric Patients
24-Oct-17 H.O.P.E. and Its Role in Mental Health Care / Compassion Fatigue
31-Oct-17 Psychopharmacology 101 and Novel Treatments of Psychiatric Conditions
7-Nov-17 Safety Assessment
14-Nov-17 Addictions 101
21-Nov-17 Collaborating Around Adherence to Medications
28-Nov-17 Sleep: A Psychiatric Vital Sign
5-Dec-17 Introduction to DSM 5
12-Dec-17 Clinical Care Pathways and Guidelines
9-Jan-18 Alcohol Use Disorders
16-Jan-18 Assessment and Diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder
23-Jan-18 Management of Major Depressive DIsorder
30-Jan-18 Eating Disorders
6-Feb-18 Assessment and Diagnosis of Anxiety Disorders
13-Feb-18 Management of Anxiety Disorders
20-Feb-18 Opioid Use Disorders
27-Feb-18 Gambling and Technology
6-Mar-18 Assessment and Diagnosis of Trauma and PTSD
20-Mar-18 Management of Trauma and PTSD
27-Mar-18 Attachment
3-Apr-18 Assessment of Bipolar Disorder
10-Apr-18 Managementof Bipolar Disorder
17-Apr-18 Screening for Dementia
24-Apr-18 Benzodiazepine Use Disorders
1-May-18 Assessment of Psychosis
8-May-18 Management of Psychosis
15-May-18 Rational Polypharmacy
22-May-18 Flex Session: To Be Determined
29-May-18 Motivational Interviewing
5-Jun-18 Assessment and Diagnosis of Personality Disorders: Focus on Cluster B
12-Jun-18 Medical Marijuana: Current Guidance
19-Jun-18 Assessment and Management of ADHD
26-Jun-18 Flex Session: To Be Determined
TBD Evening Session 1: Spring
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?
  • Attend weekly 2 hour sessions (one representative from your organization should attend at least 70% of the 24 sessions held)
  • Present 1-2 cases to the group during the cycle.
  • Participate in evaluation activities (e.g., surveys, focus groups).
What is Your Contact Information?

Please email Christine, our Project Coordinator, 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.