Program and Workshops

Conference Program


Concurrent Workshops (2:00 - 3:30 PM)

Aboriginal, Traditional, Indigenous Wellness - ECHA L1-190

This session will consist of three key discussions:

1. Reconciliation
Hosted by Dr. Lorraine Breault, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, this discussion will feature the Aboriginal group ARCOW (Aboriginal Reconciliation Council on Well-Being). Clifford Cardinal, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, will lead the discussion on reconciliation activities with Alberta's First Nations and our response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). Clifford's heritage reaches back to the great healing tradition of the Midewewin, an unbroken lineage of inspired knowledge keepers.

2. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Dr. Sam Wong, Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics, will encourage us to think of ways of integrating the considerable evidence-based data in TCM within the Canadian context.

3. Traditional Therapies
Led by Dr. Earle Waugh, division lead for Aboriginal/Traditional/Indigenous Wellness (ATI), we will explore the preference of traditional practitioners by African patients. Issues raised by members of the International Indigenous Council will also be presented to indicate the richness of work being explored in this area.

Learner Wellness
- ECHA 2-190

Dr. Aviad 'Adi' Haramati of Georgetown University, Washing DC, is internationally known for his efforts to promote learner wellness. At his school, he and Nancy Harazduk developed an eleven week mind-body course which has been offered to over 2500 participants from backgrounds including medicine, nursing, law, and business. Dr. Haramati will describe the rationale and impact of this program, then dive deeper with participants, exploring a 15-20 minute experiential that is used in the course curriculum intervention. At the end of the workshop, Dr. Billy Strean will lead a discussion about ways mind body techniques can be incorporated at the University of Alberta to help facilitate learner wellness, including sharing and discussing ongoing initiatives.

Self-Care in Chronic Disease - Bernard Snell Hall Auditorium

Participants will join Dr. Mimi Guarneri and Dr. Hsing Jou in a panel discussion on how clinicians and institutions are advising patients on non-pharmacological interventions and what access/barriers to complementary therapies may exist. The session will end with shared personal reflections on how participants manage their own stress and health. Depending on time, there may be an opportunity for a brief guided experiential mind-body session.

Dr. Guarneri, our keynote speaker for today's public lecture, is an experienced clinician and well-respected researcher and lecturer on Integrative Medicine based in California. Dr. Hsing Jou is the Clinical Director of the Integrative Health Institute in Edmonton, and a pediatric emergency medicine physician.