Psychiatric Dimensions of Disasters

5th Annual CME Training Course
Psychiatry, University of Toronto

Join us Friday, June 3, 2022 (09:00 to 12:00 EDT; World Local Time) for a FREE virtual event. Open to All Healthcare Professionals.

Learning Objectives:

After active engagement in this program, participants will be better able to:

  • Enhance knowledge and reflect on the impacts of the SARS‑CoV‑2 Pandemic in Canada, US and Internationally
  • Reflect on lessons learned on the mental health impacts of this pandemic on societies, communities, families, adults and children
  • Increase preparation, including resilience, for meeting mental health challenges in the post pandemic period

Schedule-at-a-Glance (Click on name for bio)

09:00 – 09:05

Introduction & Welcome

Frank G. Sommers, MD, FRCPC, DLFAPA, DFCPA

Program Chair
Founding Chair, Section of Disaster Psychiatry, Canadian Psychiatric Association and Disaster Psychiatry Canada, University of Toronto

Benoit H. Mulsant, MD, FRCPC, DFAPA

Professor and Labatt Family Chair, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto

09:05 – 10:25

International Roundtable
Moderators: Robert Ursano & Frank Sommers

Robert J. Ursano, MD, DLFAPA

Professor, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
Founding Director, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS); Department of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda; Editor: Textbook of Disaster Psychiatry

  • Australia

Alexander C. McFarlane AO, MB. BS. (Hons) MD. Dip. Psychother. FRANZCP

Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry
The University of Adelaide

  • Israel

Ran Balicer, MD, PhD, MPH

Professor of Public Health, Ben-Gurion University, Chairman, National Expert Advisory Team on Covid-19 Response

  • Japan

Jun Shigemura, MD, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Mejiro University, Saitama

  • Singapore

John Wong Chee Meng, MD, PhD

Professor, Mental Health and Neuroscience; Director, Mind Science Center; Senior Consultant Psychiatrist, Dept of Psychological Medicine, National University of Singapore & National University Hospital

10:25 – 10:30


10:30 – 11:50

North American Roundtable
Moderators: Benoit Mulsant & Frank Sommers

  • Canada

Kenneth P. Fung, MSc, MD, FRCPC

Director, Global Mental Health & Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto; Clinical Director, Asian Initiative in Mental Health Program, Toronto Western Hospital

Rima Styra, MD, MEd, FRCPC

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Director, Division of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, University of Toronto

  • USA

Joshua Morganstein, MD, DFAPA

Chair, APA Committee on Psychiatric Dimensions of Disaster; Captain, US Public Health Service; Associate Professor & Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Deputy Director, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda

Frederick J. Stoddard Jr, MD, DLFAPA

Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital; Chief of Psychiatry Emeritus, Shriners Hospitals, Boston; Co-editor & Author, Disaster Psychiatry: Readiness, Evaluation and Treatment

11:50 – 12:00

Closing Remarks

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada – Section 1
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 the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA). The specific opinions and content of this event are not necessarily those of the CPA, and are the responsibility of the organizer(s) alone.

Planning Committee: Frank Sommers, Benoit Mulsant, Heather Milliken, Ted Bober, Jennifer Csamer, Helen Lee

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