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Provincial Mental Health & Substance Use ECHO

The Provincial Mental Health and Substance Use ECHO is an online collaborative environment for service providers who support people with complex mental health and substance use issues.

About Provincial Mental Health and Substance Use ECHO: Closing gaps in client care

ECHO (Extension of Community Healthcare Outcomes) helps service providers deliver coordinated, effective, and evidence-informed care for people with complex mental health and substance use issues. It is an innovative, evidence-based model for continuing professional development that uses Zoom videoconferencing technology. 

Hosted by BCMHSUS, each free, online event includes a presentation led by a subject matter expert, a case presentation by one of the participants and a collaborative discussion to develop recommendations for future application in care. The sessions provide opportunities for participants to interact, share recommendations, and learn from one another in a collaborative environment.

Why you should take part in ECHO

ECHO is a safe space to share challenging case scenarios, receive helpful feedback, and learn practical, evidence-based approaches to enhance your practice. Additionally, through ECHO, you will:
  • Improve your knowledge of evidence-based approaches and foundational principles for supporting individuals with complex mental health and substance use issues and other issues
  • Increase your access to virtual mentoring and support
  • Be better prepared to tackle common clinical scenarios
  • Work through challenging cases with subject-matter experts

How you can participate

Register for the ECHO spring 2023 series to join an upcoming session. Register for ECHO

Are you experiencing a challenging care scenario in your practice? Present a case at an ECHO session to access ideas, advice and recommendations from a diverse range of providers that can be used to support people with MHSU issues. 

Complete the case presenter form and email it the ECHO team to submit a case for an upcoming ECHO session. You can also email the ECHO team if you have any questions before submitting a case. 
Submit a case

ECHO Spring 2023 Schedule

The ECHO Spring 2023 Series launches on March 1. Each session includes a didactic presentation, followed by case presentation and discussion.

Sessions are held on Zoom from noon - 1:00pm PST. 

Date: March 1
Presentation: The impacts of stigma on individuals and strategies to improve care, presented by: Chris Lamoureux, leader of patient experience; BCMHSUS

Date: March 15
Presentation: Motivational Interviewing (MI): Resistance as the entry point, presented by Rick Johal, MSW, RSW, senior leader, Provincial Education, BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services

Date: March 29
Presentation: Introduction to functional analysis: A tool for understanding and support, presented by Heather Fulton, PhD, R.Psych, psychologist, Royal Columbian Hospital, adjunct professor, Department of Psychology, clinical instructor, Department of Psychiatry, UBC

Date: April 12
Presentation: Recognizing and communicating about psychosis, presented by Christy Sutherland, MD, medical director, PHS Community Services Society

Date: April 26
Presentation: Understanding the ‘other’ symptoms of psychosis: How do cognitive and negative symptoms impact everyday functioning? presented by Mahesh Menon, Ph.D., R.Psych. clinical lead, BC Cognitive Remediation Advanced Practice, psychologist, BC Psychosis Program UBC Hospital

Date: May 10
Presentation: Stepping up for the check-in: Creating a psychologically healthy & safe workplace, presented by Theresa Newlove, Ph.D, R.Psych, director of psychological health and safety, PHSA, adjunct professor, Department of Psychology, UBC 

Date: May 24
Presentation: Resiliency at work, presented by Devon Silvers, MSc, lead, Psychological Health & Safety, BCMHSUS 

Date: June 7
Presentation: Recovery session 1 (Title TBC), presenter TBC

Date: June 21
Presentation: Recovery session 2 (Title TBC), presenter TBC


Provincial Mental Health and Substance Use ECHO is funded by the Province of British Columbia and by the Health Canada Substance Use and Addiction Program (SUAP).

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