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Ottawa's 11th Annual Healthcare Provider Symposium

October 19, 2018 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Centurion Conference & Event Center
170 Colonnade Rd. South
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

*See below for Accreditation details*
This annual ADHD and related disorders Symposium is an educational opportunity designed for all health care providers involved with ADHD patients through the lifespan. The Center for Pediatric Excellence and Children’s Mental Health of Leeds and Grenville are proud to celebrate the 11th  year of this symposium. The Symposium brings together renowned specialists in interactive workshops and plenary sessions each with a focus on updating current thinking on a variety of common problems and emerging issues in identification and treatment of ADHD and related disorders.
The partnerships that have forged through the ADHD symposium have served our community well but there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure that all those involved in the provision of health care and in education are knowledgeable in the identification and treatment of ADHD. This year our theme is COMMUNITY COLLABORATION. In addition to sessions on community collaboration, we will also have a number of community partners with booths and relative community information. There are many resources and we want our participants to go home with a good understanding of the resources available in our region (or if joining us from out of our region what they may look for in their own communities). 
History of the ADHD Symposium
This symposium started as a grassroots initiative to help serve an unmet need in the community. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the most common childhood mental health disorder affecting approximately 5% of children worldwide. Left untreated, this neurobiological disorder leads to many more mental health disorders (such as depression, anxiety, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder and substance abuse) in adolescents and adults.
Eleven years ago the symposium was started by Dr. Judy van Stralen, a community based Pediatrician specializing in ADHD. Since a small half day event with 25 family doctors in attendance, the symposium has grown to an educational event with 250 attendees including doctors, pharmacists, psychologists, social workers, counsellors and educators. With such collaboration in education an interdisciplinary scientific committee now oversees the programming.

Speakers (Select Speakers above for full bios)
Dr. Judy van Stralen - Pediatrician, Ottawa
Denise Delaat – Occupational Therapist, Ottawa
Dr. Garth Smith – Pediatrician and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Kingston
Gilles Charron – Mental Health Worker, Ottawa
Dr. Martin Gignac – Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Montreal
Dr. James Lazowski – Psychiatrist, Ottawa
Dr. Julie Desjardins – Psychologist, Ottawa
Dr. Maria Rogers – Psychologist, University of Ottawa, Ottawa
Dr. Deanna Drahovzal – Psychologist, Ottawa
Rick Green – Comedian and Author, Toronto
Laura Brawn – Disabilities Coordinator, Carleton University, Ottawa
Boris Vukovic – Disabilities Specialist, Carleton University, Ottawa
Elba Villegas-Douglas – Academic and Learning support, University of Ottawa
Saundra Brodkin – Learning Specialist, University of Ottawa, Ottawa
Andrea Finkelstein – Disability Coordinator, Algonquin College
Scientific Content Committee
Chair: Dr. Judy van Stralen
Members: Dr. Brazeau, Dr. Crabtree, Dr. McBride, Dr. G. Smith Dr. Lazowski
Overall Learning Objectives
  • To understand the importance of a team based approached to community mental health care and forge community collaborations in treating patients with ADHD and related disorders.
  • To recognize the presentation of ADHD in children, adolescents and adults.
  • To understand how to manage ADHD through the lifespan. To develop skills in psychopharmacological management of ADHD through the lifespan.
  • To be exposed to current research in ADHD.
  • To understand treatment complexities, including pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions in co-morbid ADHD throughout the lifespan.
  • To understand the impact of legalization of marijuana on community care of youth and adults with ADHD.


Credits for Family Physicians:
This Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by Queen's University for up to 5.75 Group Learning Mainpro+ credits.
Credits for Specialists:
This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by Queen's University Office of CPD. You may claim a maximum of 5.75 hours (credits are automatically calculated).
Credits for Others:
This is an accredited learning activity which provided up to 5.75 hours of Continuing Education                                          


FREE parking is available at the back of the conference center - 250 spaces.

There is additional street parking if necessary and the location is bus accessible.

Please enter the building from the back parking lot and Registration will be just inside the doors.

If you have any questions or are having trouble registering online please call Pamela at:

Dr. van Stralen's office 613-726-7436 

FREE PARKING - 250 spaces available 


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