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From Medication to Mindfulness: New Insights into the World of Anxiety

To view workshop presentations by:

Dr. Sonia Lupien:  media/content/File/Conf_Ometz_2014%20copy.pdf
Dr. Mournir Samy: media/content/File/Anxiety%20and%20medication%20Ometz.pdf
Dr. Marjorie Rabiau: media/content/File/CBTanxiety_PearlLebovitch.pdf

Anxiety is one of today’s most common mental health problems affecting children, adolescents, adults and seniors.
 
Meet Dr. Sonia Lupien, Professor of Psychiatry at Université de Montréal and Director of the Centre for Studies on Human Stress who will address the science behind anxiety and stress.  Experts in the field of managing and treating anxiety will explore the place of medication in treatment, the effectiveness of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and how to incorporate mindfulness training into a treatment plan.  Our panel will discuss whether we can rid ourselves and our clients of anxiety or only manage it, whether an individual can live well with chronic anxiety and the effectiveness of current treatments.

Our panelists:

  • Dr. Mounir Samy, Psychiatrist
  • Dr. Marjorie Rabiau, Clinical Psychologist
  • Ellie Ballentine, Psychologist and Mindfulness coach


Dr. Sonia Lupien holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Montreal, having completed studies at the Universities of California and Rockefeller in New York. She has completed over 20 years of research and published on the mechanisms of anxiety and stress and their effects on performance and memory. Currently, she holds the positions of Scientific Director of the Fernand-Seguin Research Centre (Louis H. Lafontaine Hospital), Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Montreal and Founder/Director of the Centre for Studies of Human Stress. In 2003, she was recognized as one of the “Top 10 Canadians Who Make a Difference” by Maclean’s Magazine.

Dr. Mounir Samy graduated in Psychiatry from McGill University and was recognized as a psychoanalyst in 1984 and as a child psychoanalyst in 1988 from the Canadian Institute of Psychoanalysis.  He worked as a Child Psychiatrist at the McGill University Health Centre, Montreal Children’s Hospital from 1978-2012.  He is currently retired as an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Assistant Professor of Paediatrics at McGill University.  Dr. Samy was awarded the Prix d’Excellence in 2000 by l’Association des Médecins Psychiatres du Québec.  He is also a consultant to several school boards, local community health centres (CSSS), private schools, community agencies and rehab centres.  Dr. Samy is the author of several scientific publications in the fields of eating disorders, psychosomatics, adolescent suicide, transcultural psychiatry parenting, and psychoanalysis.  He is the main author of the book “Adolescence et Suicide” published in 1989 and is presently in full time private practice as a Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst.

Dr. Marjorie Rabiau obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from McGill University and a post-Doctorate from Université de Montréal in Couple and Family Therapy.  She is currently a Psychologist, member of the OPQ, who specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, in several Montreal hospitals and in her private practice.  Dr. Rabiau teaches at McGill University and the University of Montreal and is involved in clinical research which she has been asked to present at international conferences.

Ms Ellie Ballentine holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and an MA in Psychological Counselling from the University of Ottawa.  She has completed certification in Mindfulness, Meditation, Inquiry, and Interactive Guided Imagery.  Ellie has run a coaching practice for over 20 years, focusing on Executive Leadership and Development, Entrepreneurial Creativity and Leadership, and Personal Growth and Development, as well as Meditation and Mindfulness for groups and individuals.

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