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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

Are you experiencing a challenging 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

Current ECHO series

ECHO will run monthly on the second Wednesday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. for 2024, starting on March 13.  

Upcoming session:

June 12: Introduction to the Independent Rights Advice Service for mental health and/or substance use service providers, presented by Sarah Irving, Canadian Mental Health Association BC's Independent Rights Advice Service

Recent sessions:

March 13: Indigenous perspectives on self-care and wellness, presented by Nola Jeffrey, Tsow-Tun Le Lum Society 

April 10: The toxic drug supply and its clinical implications: Supporting complex withdrawal and identifying treatments that work, presented by Annabel Mead, BCMHSUS

May 8: Peer outreach through a Métis lens, presented by Ryan Nielsen and Vanessa Wittig, Métis Nation BC

Register for ECHO

Register for the ECHO mailing list to receive access to past session materials and updates (including Zoom details) about future ECHO sessions. 


Past ECHO series

October 4: Trust barriers to care, presented by Heather Fulton, PhD, R.Psych

October 18: When do suicidal crises happen?, presented by David Klonsky, PhD, R.Psych

November 1: Hope for families affected by concurrent disorders, presented by Frances Kenny

November 15: Traumatic brain injury in unstably housed persons: Prevalence and association with mental health, presented by William Panenka, MD, FRCPC Neurology and Psychiatry

November 29: Resilience and regulation, presented by Devon Silvers, MA, RCC

December 13: Engaging Indigenous patients with alcohol use disorder: Culturally centred managed alcohol approach, presented by Kate Elliott, BSN, MPH, MD, CCFP

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

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

March 29: 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

April 12: Responding to psychosis: definitions, symptoms, assessment, documentation, presented by Christy Sutherland, MD, medical director, PHS Community Services Society

April 26: 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

May 10: 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

May 24: Engaging resilience through self and collective care, presented by Sara Lapsley, MA, CCC, crisis intervention specialist, Health Emergency Management British Columbia

June 7: Indigenous principles of recovery and healing: the power of connection, presented by Elder Gerry Oleman

June 21: Understanding suicide to prevent suicide, presented by David Klonsky, PhD, R.Psych, professor of psychology, UBC

November 16: Trauma-informed practice; presented by Linda Uyeda, D, CCFP,  family practice, Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, Surrey Youth Clinic, and Anita David, lived experience strategic advisor, BCMHSUS

November 30: Crisis prevention and intervention: Comfort planning; presented by Jane Sun, PhD, RPsych, BCMHSUS

December 14: Supporting clients with challenging behaviours; presented by Erika Penner, PhD, RPsych, Provincial Assessment Centre, Community Living BC, and Aubrey Mosher, Board Certified Behaviour Analyst


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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