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Canreach

Promoting Mental Health in Primary Care

The Canadian Research and Education for the Advancement of Child Health (CanREACH) is dedicated to developing literacy in pediatric mental health for primary care providers.

VISION: Healthy futures for children, adolescents and families in the province of Alberta.

MISSION:  Transform health care systems by educating and empowering primary care providers in creating and sustaining practice changes, congruent with the most up-to-date evidence based information in child mental health.

Launched in 2014 with the support of Alberta Health Services, CanREACH offers a variety of educational and support services including localized resources and training modules specific to primary care providers in Alberta as well as offering an accredited 6-month mini-fellowship training (CME) developed and licenced from The REACH Institute, “Patient-Centered Mental Health in Paediatric Primary Care (PPP)”.

What are people saying?

Here are some direct quotes from your colleagues who have participated in the CanREACH Program, including the PPP Fellowship

“This course empowers physicians to become and feel competent in managing these cases. The previous difficulty was because of lack of training rather than difficulty of patients. This course should be available to all Alberta physicians, and is really the only way we are going to help these patients.”

Dr. Neil Cooper

(attended Spring 2017)

“CanREACH was not only the best mental health conference I have attended, it should be attended by all physicians who deal with children’s mental health complaints in the province. Transformational how I will approach mental health concerns now.”

Dr. Michael From

(attended Fall 2014)

“I wish I would have had the tools and confidence that I gained from CanREACH years ago. If I had, my kids and their families would not have had their treatment delayed. Well, no more! I now have the skill and ability to diagnose and treat my kids in their Medical Home. Thank you CanREACH!”

Dr. Tammy McKnight

(attended Spring 2016)

“Fabulous program. CanREACH enhanced my knowledge and confidence in treating childhood mental illness. Hands down the best CME of my career. Exceptional team.”

Dr. Janet Hanthro

(attended Spring 2018)

 “Fantastic course, in 20 years of attending conferences, this is in my top 3. I would suggest this be considered mandatory; F.P./Paediatric residents etc. should all take CanREACH. Consider pitching to the PCN’s in Alberta.”

Dr. John McSorley

(attended Fall 2014)

“What an incredible experience… it often felt like I am floating (or drowning) in a Mental Health ocean and this (CanREACH) has been my neon life preserver attached to an amazing team … Myself, and the kids in my community thank you.”

Dr. Julie Clowater

(Spring 2017)

“CanREACH is the most valuable and informative course I have ever attended. The speakers were not only very knowledgeable but also extremely approachable and a delight to react with. I have been in practice for several years but have learned new skills that would enhance the delivery of services to my patients. CanREACH is highly recommended to all physicians.”

Dr. Maya Harilal

(attended Fall 2014)

“This has been the most useful CME I have ever been to. Having the faculty experts was very valuable and I am very appreciative of their clinical insights. Very timely topic. The resources, the assessment and monitoring tools are all such valuable clinical tools.”

Dr. Andrea Cunningham

(attended Spring 2018)

“Excellent program. It is great to bridge the gap between level of the best evidence and the medical offices, the trenches of life where we meet or care for pediatric patients living with mental illness. Excellent, practical, relevant content presented with remarkable clarity.”

Dr. Daniel Dada

(attended Fall 2014)

“In my 3-years of practice as a family physician in Canada, I have always referred kids with mental health issues. With the CanREACH training, I feel confident to identify and start addressing the mental health needs of my pediatric patients. CanREACH is highly recommended for all family physicians!”

Dr. Michael Osazuwa

(attended Spring 2018)

“One of the top clinical courses I have attended in my 30-years of medicine.”

Dr. Abdul Tabani

(attended Fall 2017)

“CanREACH gave me confidence to diagnose and manage treatment of ADHD, Depression, Anxiety and comorbidities without delaying treatment by waiting for specialist consultation”

Dr. Jennifer Kavalinas

(attended Spring 2017)

“ CanREACH organized my thoughts and provided me with tools that I have really been missing in my practice.”

Dr. Jennifer Kavalinas

(attended Spring 2017)

“This course took challenging (and often nerve-wracking) clinical content, and made it approachable and practical through excellent content, memorable presentations, active participant role-playing and great resources, all delivered by superb faculty!”

Dr. Dan Ross

(attended Fall 2014)

“Wow, I am so excited to implement what I have learnt in to my family practice. My patients will be so much better served.”

Dr. Olga de Santctis

(attended Fall 2016)

“CanREACH is well thought out and contains components (intensive training and longitudinal case conferences) that promote long-term change.”

Dr. Evelyn Ma

(attended Fall 2016)

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Contact Us

  • 640 Northmount Dr NW, Calgary T2K 3J5
  • (403) 955-1104
  • CanREACH@ahs.ca