March 20, 2018 • Written in Practicing Physicians Resident Physicians Allied Health 0 Comments

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Clarion Hotel, 2120 - 16 Avenue NE, Calgary, AB

Keynote Speakers

Radha S Chari MD FRCS (C) - Dr Radha S Chari is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Alberta. She is Zone Clinical Department Head for Women’s Health in Alberta Health Services – Edmonton Zone, Division of Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Lois Hole Hospital for Women, Royal Alexandra Hospital. She is the Co-Chair for the Guideline Maintenance and Organization Committee (GMOC) for the SOGC. Her research and practice focuses on perinatal management, health and maternal-newborn-infant-child health outcomes, as well as clinical program development.

Erin Smith MD FRCPC - Dr Erin Smith is a consulting psychiatrist with Reproductive Mental Health and the provincial Youth Concurrent Disorders clinics at BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital in Vancouver, BC. She completed her residency in general adult psychiatry as well as an addiction psychiatry fellowship at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, PA. She is a motivational interviewing trainer (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), Berlin, 2015) and has written numerous book chapters and articles in the field of addictions as well as perinatal mental health.

Sheri Madigan PhD RPsych - Dr Sheri Madigan holds a Canada Research Chair in Determinants of Child Development. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Calgary, a full member of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute and an Associate Member of the Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research and Education. In addition, she is a licensed clinical psychologist. Her research focuses on understanding how social stressors and adversities can influence children’s’ early social, emotional and cognitive development. She is also interested in understanding why some children show resilience to these stressors and adversities while others remain vulnerable. Dr Madigan’s research has been published in the top journals in Psychology, Psychiatry and Pediatric Medicine. Her work has also been widely covered by the media; including, for example, Global news, CTV news and Today’s Parent. She is the child development expert for CTV Morning Live providing monthly segments on topics related to parenting and child development. Her research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Canada Research Chairs program and the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation.


The main objective of this annual conference is to educate our colleagues regarding the identification, prevention and intervention of mental health disorders in pregnancy and postpartum. 

This is also an opportunity for sharing ideas and networking with colleagues from a range of backgrounds including health practitioners (e.g. psychiatrists, physicians, nurses, social workers, clinical staff), other health professionals, researchers and academics.


The intent of the conference is for participants to:

  • enumerate the effects of cannabis use in pregnancy
  • develop prenatal counselling skills about cannabis
  • enumerate the effects of cannabis on perinatal mental health (PMH) disorders
  • articulate effective motivational interviewing strategies pertinent to cannabis use in the perinatal mental health population
  • identify and explain the influence of maternal adverse childhood experiences (ACES) on maternal and child health in the prenatal, pregnant and postpartum population
  • describe and use the principles of compassion therapy in the perinatal population
  • enhance clinical identification and management skills of PMH


Mainpro+ Group Learning – 5.5 credits 
MOC Section 1 – 5.5 credits


Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Physicians, Nurses, Social Workers and Other Healthcare Professionals


To register or to find out more information visit the University of Calgary Continuing Medical Education & Professional Development website.

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