Mental Health in Corrections: Best Practices and The Secure Treatment Unit Model

Ottawa, Ontario
Thursday, May 03, 2012


Mental Health in Corrections: Best Practices and The Secure Treatment Unit Model
Thursday, May 03, 2012 8:00 AM -
Friday, May 04, 2012 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre
1145 Carling Avenue
Associates in Psychiatry Auditorium
Ottawa, Ontario K1Z 7K4

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The Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) developed a unique contractural relationship with the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group (ROHCG) to provide mental health treatment for serious and complex mentally disordered male offenders serving sentences in ontario correctional facilities.  Since its inception in 2003, the St. Lawrence Valley Correctional and Treatment Centre's Secure Treatment Unit (STU) has been providing schedule 1 psychiatric treatment within a provincial correctional facility to approximately 250 inmates a year.

Presenters will describe the essential and effective working relationship between corrections and mental health staff which has been fundamental to the success of the STU.

Invited speakers from outside the STU will outline the problems mentally disordered offenders present to correctional facilities while MCSCS and ROHCG personnel will describe the development and implementation of programming at the STU.  Workshops will focus on specific programs of each unit of the STU as well as group treatments for anger, sexual offending, trauma, and substance abuse.  Strategies in discharge planning will be described, as what will work with First Nation offenders.

Our Speakers are:

        Dr. Sanjiv Gulati                   Dr. John Bradford
        Dr. Colin Cameron                Dr. Greg Brown
        Dr. Drew Kingston                 Wendy Stewart
        Dr. Sarnia Messina               Dr. Diane Watson
        Alison Davis                         Howard Sapers
        Brian Patterson                    Joanna Follett
        Marilyn Tomkinson              Jane Benson
        Sarah Clarke                        Melinda Turcotte
        Brian Kerr                             Jeffrey Robinson
        Dr. Liam Marshall                Alison Davis
        Greg Williams                      Ms. Margaret Trudeau


Mental health professionals within the community, in-hospital and correctional facilities, as well as police, probation and parole officers, legal professionals, and correctional officers.


Contact Information

Payment Instructions

  • Registration Fee:  $ 295.
    MCSCS Employees:  $ 200.
    Student Fee:         $ 150.

    • Payments by cheque, Visa or Mastercard are accepted.
    • Please make cheques payable to:  ROHCG.
    • Payments by cheques can be mailed before April 13, 2012 at the following address:  ROMHC, Learning and Development, 1414 - 1145 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario  K1Z 7K4 c/o Lucie Moore.
    • Your registration will only be confirmed if you go to the end of the registration process and click on "Finish My Registration".
    • If you do not receive an email confirmation or if you have any questions, please contact us.
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