29-Jan-2014 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM
10301 Southport Lane SW
Alberta Health Services Southport Tower, Room 1002
Calgary, Alberta T2W 1S7


Southern Alberta Chapter Presents: 
Leadership in Times of Crisis, The Human Response: Understanding how individuals, communities and even health care leaders, respond when the going gets tough!

January 29, 2014
16:15 - 18:00 

Primary Location:
  • Alberta Health Services Southport Tower, Room 1002
Telehealth Locations:
  • Foothills Medical Centre - Coombs Lecture Theatre
  • High River - Mental Health and Addictions-room 208
  • Lethbridge - Chinook Regional Hospital - Rm 2K163
  • Medicine Hat Regional Hospital - Regional Resource Centre - Level 1 - Rm 242
  • Okotoks Health & Wellness Centre - Rm 1426 
  • Red Deer Hospital - Telehealth Conf Rm 3401  
  • Edmonton Site 1 - Royal Alexandra Hospital - Rm 315 CSC
  • Edmonton Site 2 - UAH - Walter Mackenzie Centre - Rm 1J2.13

This session will focus on the psychosocial response to stressful conditions, and how that manifests itself at the individual level, in communities and in health care environments. Whether we are faced with floods, fire, economic downturns or rapid changes in our work environment – understanding the human response to stress can help us cope, increase resiliency and even thrive. Using real life examples from recent events, we will explore how knowing more can help us be better prepared to respond in times of crisis.

Guest Speakers:

  • Cathy Pryce , Vice President, Addiction and Mental Health and the Emergency Strategic Clinical Networks, Alberta Health Services
  • Dr. Michael Trew , Chief Addiction and Mental Health Officer, Province of Alberta

1615 - 1700
1700 - 1730
1730 - 1800
Questions and Discussion
Closing Remarks

Pricing (taxes included)
CCHL Members:
CCHL Student Members:
Telehealth participants: 

Cathy Pryce , is the Vice President for the Addiction and Mental Health and the Emergency Strategic Clinical Networks with Alberta Health Services and has worked in health care in Canada for 35 years – primarily in Public Health and Addiction and Mental Health.

As Vice President for these 2 clinical networks, Cathy works with 2 Senior Medical Directors to be responsible and accountable for providing the strategic leadership to diverse teams of clinicians in the development , design and implementation of provincially integrated strategic priorities and quality improvement programs including comprehensive measurement and feedback.

Since June of 2013, Cathy has been in large part seconded to work with Dr. Michael Trew and Alberta Health in developing and implementing psycho social support for Albertans who were impacted by the floods in Southern Alberta.

Dr. Michael Trew has been practicing psychiatry in Calgary since 1983. Dr. Trew’s area of special interest has been treating people with both psychiatric and medical illness including epilepsy, movement disorders, and HIV. He has been active in administration involving Psychiatry and Primary Care, including Shared Mental Health Care, and helped with the development of Creating Connections: Alberta’s Addiction and Mental Health Strategy, the Suicide Risk Policy Suite for Inpatient Mental Health Units, and the implementation of recommendations from the Provincial Elopement Quality Assurance Review.

On June 28, 2013, he was appointed to the newly created Alberta Health role of Chief Addiction and Mental Health Officer, to help victims of the June floodings cope with the emotional and psychological consequences of the disaster, and to ensure a coordinated mental health approach in Alberta. Prior to this, he was the Senior Medical Director of Addiction and Mental Health, Strategic Clinical Network with Alberta Health Services. His role in the Strategic Clinical Network focused on the management of depressive illness in adults and adolescents, appropriate use of antipsychotic medications in the elderly, and possibilities for improvements in alcohol misuse treatments.   

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Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to  1 Category I  credits toward their maintenance of certification requirement.