MONTREAL, May 16 /CNW Telbec/ - The Douglas Mental Health University
Institute has received recognition for the excellence of two leading
practices by Accreditation Canada, a not-for-profit, independent
organization that provides health organizations with an external peer
review to assess the quality of their services based on standards of
As part of the on-site survey process, Accreditation Canada surveyors
identify leading or exemplary practices that they find to be
commendable examples of high quality leadership and service delivery.
These practices are worthy of recognition as organizations strive for
excellence in their specific field, or commendable for what they
contribute to health care as a whole.
To be recognized as a leading practice, an initiative has to:
be creative and innovative
demonstrate efficiency in practice
adhere to Accreditation Canada standards
can be implemented by other organizations
Douglas Institute obtained two mentions of leading practices for the
École Mini Psy/Mini-Psych School
If a mental illness is properly diagnosed, accepted and controlled, it
can have a positive influence on the life of the sufferer and their
family. A socially responsible community of well-informed individuals
who reject the misconceptions and preconceived notions surrounding
mental illness can succeed in building a fairer and more inclusive
society. These are but two of the transformations the Mini-Psych School
is aiming to achieve.
In establishing the Mini-Psych School, the Douglas Institute—home to
high calibre researchers and mental health professionals—has given
itself the responsibility to present reliable information based on best
practices. The goal is to encourage people to take care of their mental
health in the same way they do their physical health.
The course focuses on various mental illnesses and mental health
concerns. Each class is given by a Douglas mental health professional
or researcher, and is taped for broadcast on Canal Savoir and the Web.
A boxed set of DVDs is produced at the end of each season and is
available to individuals and organizations who wish to use the material
for educational purposes.
Specialized Knowledge Transfer Program on Eating Disorder (ED) treatment
for 1st and 2nd line
Over the past three years, the EDP has developed a formal KT program
that includes dedicated staff whose role is to help stimulate shared
care arrangements with community partners. This training program
a) A day-long workshop on eating disorder (ED) management offered to
clinicians interested in this topic.
b) Two or three intensive half-day workshops provided to employees
looking to develop their expertise in this area.
c) The opportunity for selected staff to observe the various components
tha make up the EDP program.
d) Ongoing face-to-face or telephone case supervision and consultation.
We have extended an invitation to CSSSs throughout the province who
have demonstrated an interest in participating in the program.
About the Douglas - www.douglas.qc.ca
The Douglas is a world-class institute, affiliated with McGill
University and the World Health Organization, which treats people
suffering from mental illness, and offers them hope and cures. Its
teams of specialists and researchers continually advance scientific
knowledge, integrate it into patient care, and share it with the
community to increase awareness and eliminates stigma around mental
About Accreditation Canada - http://www.accreditation.ca
Accreditation Canada is a not-for-profit, independent organization that
provides health organizations with an external peer review to assess
the quality of their services based on standards of excellence.
Accreditation Canada is accredited by the International Society for
Quality in Health Care and has been fostering quality in health
services across Canada and internationally since 1958.
SOURCE DOUGLAS MENTAL HEALTH UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE
For further information:
Marie france Coutu, Communications and Public affairs
Douglas Mental Health University Institute
Tel.: 514 761-6131, ext. 2769
Cell: 514 835-3236