Thank you for your interest in the 19th Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Care Conference!

Call for Abstracts Opens: Thursday, November 16, 2017
Call for Abstracts Closes: January 29, 2018, 11:59PM (Eastern)
Notification of Acceptance: March 7, 2018 

Please take a moment to carefully read the instructions below and prepare all the required information before beginning the abstract submission process. You cannot save your submission or edit it at a later time. We recommend that you prepare your abstract prior to beginning the submission process (ie in Word), as you cannot save your submission or edit it at a later time.
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View Abstract Submission Guidelines Document

The Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Care Conference aims to advance collaborative practice in mental health care in primary care and community settings. Our scope includes intra- and interprofessional collaboration, as well as collaboration with clients and caregivers. We value multiple forms of knowledge and ‘evidence’ including scientific knowledge, pragmatic knowledge of front line healthcare providers and administrators, and experiential knowledge of people using mental health services, and throughout the conference we seek to promote dialogue between these different perspectives.

This year’s conference theme is “Collaborating Across Cultures”.  We define culture broadly to include cultures of people, of organizations and even of different disciplines in the health professions. As providers of mental health care and supporters of people living with mental illness we need to collaborate across these various cultures to provide the best care and support possible. We invite you to submit an abstract and attend the conference to share the work you and your team have been doing in collaborative mental health care.
Proposals Should Include

  • Title of the presentation
  • Presenter name(s)
  • Degree(s), professional designation(s), organization(s)
  • Three learning objective(s) - view the University of Ottawa Guide to Creating Learning Objectives
  • Learning objective(s) for the presenter (for Work in Progress submissions only) 
  • Two literature references (as applicable)
  • Description of presentation/abstract (max 250 words)
An individual/group may submit more than one proposal. Submissions from consumers and family members are particularly encouraged. Accepted proposals must be presented in the language in which they were submitted (English or French). Presenter AND co-presenters of accepted submission are  responsible and required to register for the conference and pay for their own registration fee and travel expenses. Reduced rates are available for patients, families and students.
Criteria for Acceptance

All proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
  • Advances interprofessional collaboration in mental health in primary care and community settings
  • Clarity and impact of the learning objectives
  • Originality
  • Rigor (grounding in literature, evidence of impact)
  • Consistency with the 2018 theme, Collaborating Across Cultures, and the learning objectives of the conference (see previous page)
  • Fit within one or more of the identified four main conference tracks (note you will be asked in the submission to explain how you feel that your abstract fits into the track(s) you choose): 
    • Becoming – this track includes children & youth, newcomers & refugees, parenting and other transitions
    • Belonging – this track promotes inclusion and participation, and meaningful and active engagement of communities in defining their needs and how they should be met; it seeks to promote care that meets the needs of cross cultural communities and marginalized groups such as those experiencing substance use, LGBTQ, and others
    • Ageing – this track reflects care experiences and innovations in the areas of ageing with complexity, ageing in the community, and ageing across cultures
    • Working together – this track reflects the rich opportunities inherent in collaboration across settings and professional cultures, as well as in engagement of mental health service users and carers in quality improvement and research, and also includes innovations in training/education
Presentation Formats

Contributors to the conference are invited to submit proposals for consideration by the Scientific Committee in one of the following formats:
  • A paper presentation (20 minute presentation plus 10 minutes for questions) will address innovative programming, completed research that has been demonstrated through evaluation to have an impact on clinical practice, system design or policy development related to collaborative mental health.
  • A “works in progress” (WIPs) paper presentation (20 minute presentation plus 15 minutes for coaching plus 10 minutes for questions and comments from the audience) is a relatively new format at the conference, introduced with the understanding that many attendees are innovators who desire (or are expected to) evaluate an innovation, but yet struggle with how to do that effectively. The aim of the WIPs format is to provide presenters and audience members guidance on designing and implementing an evaluation that can contribute to generalizable knowledge and/or to local improvement or sustainment. The presenter will describe the setting, innovation, objectives of the evaluation, and - if known - the proposed methods and measures to be used in the evaluation, followed by questions or areas that they would like help with. Invited Coaches will then provide feedback and answers, while also providing additional educational points about program evaluation, research and/or quality improvement. This is a unique opportunity to obtain assistance and feedback from an invited expert and diverse audience participants in a supportive milieu. In addition to learning objectives for the audience, the presenter will need to identify learning objectives for themselves at the time of abstract submission. Presenters who are selected for this format will be contacted in advance of the conference with a few specific questions that will enable coaches to prepare.
  • A poster presentation will address programming or research underway related to the conference theme. The presentation follows previous conference formats, which facilitate face‐to‐face contact with attendees to increase the opportunity for academic discussion and professional networking.
  • An interactive workshop (60-90 minutes) provides participants with the opportunity to reflect on and apply the material presented while achieving specific learning objectives. At least half the time should be devoted to active ‘hands-on’ learning.
  • An innovative presentation (20-90 minutes) is one in which the presenter(s) utilize(s) one or a variety of media or formats to address key learning objectives relevant to the conference theme, for example, a film and commentary, interpretive dance, storytelling, performing music, performing a play, etc.
  • A symposium (60-90 minutes combined) will include 3 or 4 papers and/or presentations on a common theme. All papers and presenters for the symposium must be listed at the time of abstract submission.

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