2011 JEMH Conference

Fifth JEMH Conference on Ethics in Mental Health

Theme: "Ethical Challenges in Service Delivery and Design"
Date: May 12-14, 2011, Thursday (all day), Friday (all day), Saturday (morning)
Location: Trinity Baptist Church, 1905 Springfield Road
Kelowna, British Columbia Canada
Sponsored by: Interior Health
Hosted by: The "Journal of Ethics in Mental Health" (www.jemh.ca) in association with McMaster University (Hamilton, Canada)


Thursday May 12th, 2011




Key Note Speaker: Nancy Nyquist Potter
Professor, Dept. of Philosophy, Core Faculty, Interdisciplinary M.C. in Bioethics and Medical Humanities, University of Louisville, KY

Topic: Blaming and Stereotyping and Their Effects on Healing from Borderline Personality

Nancy Nyquist Potter
Dr. Potter is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy, University of Louisville, KY, and the President of the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry. She is core faculty of the Interdisciplinary Masters Program in Bioethics and Medical Humanities and also teaches courses in Philosophy and Mental Illness, and Race, Gender, and Mental Illness. Her most recent book is Mapping the Edges and the In-Between: A Critical Analysis of Borderline Personality Disorder (Oxford University Press, 2009). She is part of the health care team in Emergency Psychiatry Services once a week. Her current work is on oppositional defiant disorder and the concept of defiance.


The Harms of Help: Exploring Women’s Experiences with Mental Health, Anti-Violence and Addiction Services

Jill Cory, Alexxa Abi-Jaoude, Louise Godard
Woman Abuse Response Program, BC Women's Hospital and Health Centre, Vancouver, B.C.

  Creative Knowledge Exchange:  A Critical Exploration of Social Inequities in Mental Health

Marina Morrow, Cat Omura, Branwen Willow, Julia Weisser, Brenda Jamer
SFU Research and Administration Centre for the Study of Gender Social Inequities and Mental Health, Vancouver, B.C.

  Negotiating Risk Ethically – From Paternalism to Empowerment

Beata Zaleska, RPN, MA
Coast Mental Health Transitional Programs Director, ethics Committee Chair, Coastal Mental Health, Vancouver B.C.

  Mental Health Clients in Hospital:  Sexual Health or Wealth?

Linda McClure, RN, BScN, MSc
Certificate in Clinical Sexology and Sex Education, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, B.C.

  Ethics in ACT... Ethics in Action... Ethics in Traction

John Maher, Senior Editor
Journal of Ethics in Mental Health, Whitby, Ontario

  Assertive Community Treatment - 32 Ethics Vignettes

John Maher, Senior Editor
Journal of Ethics in Mental Health, Whitby, Ontario


Friday May 13th, 2011


Key Note Speaker: Bernard M. Dickens
Professor Emeritus Faculty of Law, Faculty of Medicine and Joint Centre  for Bioethics; Co-Director, International Reproductive and Sexual Health Law Programme, University of Toronto, Ontario

Topic: The Role of Public Health in Mental Health

Bernard M. Dickens
Dr. Dickens is a member of the English Bar and the Ontario Bar, and Professor Emeritus of Health Law and Policy in the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Medicine, and the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto.  He is Departmental Editor for Ethics of the American Journal of Public Health, legal articles co-editor of the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, co-editor of ethical and legal issues of the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, and a member of editorial boards of several journals including the American Journal of Law & Medicine, and Medicine and Law. He has been a member of the Board of Governors of the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics, and is a former Society President.  He also chairs the Ethics Advisory Committee of the Public Health Agency of Canada.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and an Officer of the Order of Canada. 


Hearing (our) Voices: Mental Health, Citizenship, and Inclusion

Barbara Schneider, PhD, Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director
Department of Communication and Culture, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta


Family Members and MH Practitioners: Disagreements and Understanding the Perspective of the Other

Simon Davis, B.Sc., Ph.D. 
Manager, Grandview Woodlands Mental Health Team, Vancouver Coastal Health, Vancouver, B.C.
  Ethical Issues Related to Pragmatic Design Trials in Mental Health - The At Home Chez Soi Project
Diego Silva, Doctoral Student
Collaborative Program in Bioethics, Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto, Ontario
  Self Administration of Medical Marijuana in Care Facilities - Tackling the Ethical Dilemmas

Judy Nicol, Chris Huston, Linda Sawchenko
Interior Health, Central OK Clinical Ethics Committee


The Politics and Ethics of Smoking Bans in Psychiatric Facilities

Stanley Stylianos Program Manager
Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office, Toronto, Ontario


Saturday May 14th, 2011


Front Line Challenges

  Violence in Psychiatric Units - discussion on the impact on the individual and the operational challenges encountered in managing violent patients
Carole Capper
Manager, Hillside Centre Interior Health Adult Psychiatric Centre, Kamloops, B.C.
  Ethical Courage: Speaking out Against Children Being Admitted to an Adult Psychiatric Unit
Rhonda Venoit, RN, BSN
Interior Health, Kamloops, B.C.
  Rural and Remote Mental Health: Unique in Practice, Unique in Ethical Challenges
Tabatha Freimuth MD; Jennifer Broughton MSW; Lyn MacBeath MD; et al
Rural Mental Health & Additions Clinicians Group, Interior Health
  The Great Debate    

Panel debate of controversial issues in mental health and ethics identified by the conference audience.

  • Part 1
  • Part 2