Key Info

Location:

Videoconferencing

When:

Wednesdays Weekly

Time

12:00 - 2:00 p.m. EST

Target Audience:

Healthcare providers that serve First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis clients through Indigenous healthcare services or through organizations with focused programming for Indigenous communities

Fall Module:

October 21 - December 2, 2020

Winter Module:

January 6 - February 10, 2021

Session Structure:

Introductions & Announcements
(15 Minutes)

Didactic Presentation, Comments and Questions
(40 Minutes)

Case Discussion
(50 Minutes)

Library Questions & Wrap-Up
(15 Minutes)

Commitment:

Attend Weekly Sessions
(At Least 60%)

Present a Client Case

Participate in Group Discussions

Provide feedback about sessions and the overall program

Healthcare Resource Team:

Renee Linklater
Co-Lead & Director, Shkaabe Makwa

Allison Crawford
Co-Lead & Psychiatrist

Walter Lindstone
Cultural Resource & Implementation Specialist

Jonathan Bertram
Addiction Medicine Physician

Victor Vien
Psychiatrist

Heidi Maracle
Social Worker & Implementation Specialist

Paula Broeders
Social Worker

First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Wellness

Often approaches to wellness focus on medical ways of knowing to the exclusion of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis knowledge, values and practices for wellness. Support for healthcare providers to address mental health and addiction needs in a culturally-relevant way has been identified as a promising approach for the delivery of mental and physical health services in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities. 

Project Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) Ontario First Nations, Inuit and Métis Wellness promotes an integrated approach to health and wellness that values medical and Indigenous knowledges. Our vision is that ECHO Ontario First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Wellness will build a community of practice that addresses mental and physical wellness from the perspective of wholism, and support primary and community care providers in their support of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis clients/patients.

Cycle 4, launching in October 2020, will address mental health throughout the life cycle over 12 sessions split into a Fall module and a Winter module. The curriculum is in development but you can review a sample curriculum from our last cycle below. Weekly virtual sessions feature a didactic presentation, as well as a case presentation by a community provider with an opportunity to discuss the case and make recommendations.

Target audience: The program is for Ontario-based individuals that serve First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis clients/patients through Indigenous healthcare services/organizations, or through organizations with focused programming for Indigenous communities.

Reasons to join this ECHO program include:

  • Increase your capacity in the management of mental and physical health and addictions in collaboration with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis clients/patients
  • Receive no-cost recommendations from a knowledgeable, multidisciplinary community of practice
  • Reduce feelings of professional isolation
  • Reduce disparities in the quality of care for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis populations
  • Minimize the need for specialist appointments by providing expert level care in a local, culturally relevant environment
  • Receive a certificate of completion following the program
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ECHO Ontario First Nations, Inuit and Métis Wellness Model of Care

Sample Curriculum Schedule for Fall Module (Oct - Dec 2020)

#1
Introduction to the Integrated Model of Wellness, and Personal Care and Resilience

#2
Ceremonies, Medicines and Rites of Passage for Wellness

#3
Understanding Anxiety and Anxiety Interventions

#4
Trauma Interventions

#5
Alcohol Use, Treatment and Physical Complications

#6
Grief and Loss

Sample Curriculum Schedule for Winter Module (Jan - Feb 2021)

#7
Depression

#8
Culturally Informed Suicide Prevention

#9
Vicarious Trauma and Transference

#10
Opioids

#11
Flex Session - Topic TBD

#12
Flex Session - Topic TBD