Continuing Medical Education activity presented by the University of Montreal Psychiatry Residents’ Association (ARPUM)






We warmly welcome your presence at the 10th Edition of Continuing Medical Education in Psychotherapy (CME), organized by residents in psychiatry at University of Montréal. This two-day conference is sponsored by the University of Montreal Psychiatry Resident’s Association (ARPUM).


This year, we are honoured to have with us Dr John S Rolland MD, an internationally renowned speaker in systemic therapy.



Helping couples and families navigate in the fog of a chronic and severe illness




Thursday November 21 2019 – 9h00-16h30

Friday November 22 2019 – 9h00-16h30


A continental breakfast will be served starting at 8:30 AM

Lunch and refreshment breaks are included



Jean Talon Hospital (Pavillon Dorion)

1360 Jean Talon E St, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H2E 1S1

2 minutes walk from metro Fabre




Doctors, Residents, Interns, Nurses, Social Workers, Allied Health Professionals


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Please register by November 20





 Miriam, a young married woman with two small children, received the most up-to-date medical treatment and expert surgical interventions during her 4-year bout with cancer. Eight months after her physician pronounced her cured, Miriam and her hudband Dave separatad. Behind the scenes and unknown to the health care team, serious family difficultieshad developed over this stressful period. A previously stable marriage had become increasingly conflictual and distant. Dave had developed a serious drinking problem and became verbally abusive toward his wife. A prolonged emotional and financially draining divorce and custody battle followed. Both children developed behavioral problems that required crisis intervention, bringing this struggling family to therapy for the first time.


In a twist on the popular aphorism “The treatment was successful but the patient died”, conventional treatments of serious illness may save the patient, but the family may suffer irreparable harm from the accumulation of psychosocial straints. Chronic or life-threatening conditions confront families with profound challenges.


Illness and disability strikes all families. The questions are when in our lives they will occur, under what conditions, how serious they will be, and how long they will last. 


Perhaps most important is how the experience will affect couple and family bonds and shared hopes.  ”



Dr Rolland has over 30 years’ research and clinical experience with families and couples challenged by a chronic or serious illness. 


His captivating style has made him a highly appreciated speaker worldwide. As a frequent lecturer, Dr Rolland dedicates time to customize his presentations so it meets the unique needs of the audience.




Dr Rolland will provide a conceptual framework for thinking about the system created at the interface of chronic illness with the family life cycle.


His innovative model integrates the psychosocial demands of various types and phases of illness with family and individual developmental challenges, multigenerational legacies, and beliefs.


Among other things, Dr Rolland will present a schema that organizes similarities and differences between diseases in a manner useful to psychosocial-developmental rather than biomedical inquiry.


For instance, he will present a clinically useful psychosocial typology that conceptualizes broad distinctions of:

  • Onset: Acute or gradual? (stroke VS Parkinson’s disease)
  • Course: Progressive or constant or episodic? (Alzheimer VS bipolar)
  • Outcome: Fatal or does not affect the life span? Unpredictable? (Arthritis VS metastatic cancer)
  • Degree of incapacitation of illness (multiple sclerosis VS spinal cord injured person who retains his or her cognitive faculties)


Clinical vignettes frequently encountered in practice will be provided to highlight his conceptual frame work. Dr Rolland will address a set of concepts relevant to various settings-specific issues (relating to hospitals, ambulatory care, home health care). He will offer concrete and useful strategies, immediately applicable in clinical practice.




Widely recognized for his conceptual model, clinical work and research with families facing serious physical disorders, including neurological conditions, Dr Rolland is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences.


John S Rolland, MD, MPH is executive co-director and co-founder of CCFH. He is adjunct professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. At CCFH, he directs its internationnaly distinguished Families, Illness and Collaborative Healthcare Program.


Dr Rolland received his training in medicine and psychiatry at the University of Michigan and Yale University. He earned a master’s degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. He was the founding director of the Center for Illness in Families affiliated with Yale University School of Medicine.


Dr Rolland has published over 70 scholarly papers. His new book is Helping couples and families navigate illness and disability: an integrated approach. His other professional books include his landmark volume Families, illness and disability: an integraive treatment model. He is co-author of Individuals, families; The new era of genetics: biopsychosocial perspectives.


He is a distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is a former fellow of the Institute for social and policy studies at Yale University. He is a past president of the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA). He is a senior fellow of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP), serving on its Family Committee.


As a founding member, he served on the Board of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association. His professional honord include AFTA’s Innovative Contributions to Family Therapy Award and the Blanche Ittleson Award for distinguished contribution to the field of mental health from the American Orthopsychiatric Association.


Dr. Rolland is an AAMFT approved clinical supervisor and serves on the Editorial Boards of several journals including: Family Process; Journal of Marital and Family Therapy; Families, Systems, & Health, and AIDS Education and Prevention. He has been active in Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) and Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), and served as President of the Chicago Chapter. In 2000, he developed and co-led a multi-year international project in Kosovo, the Kosovar Family Professional Education Collaborative, addressing family-centered mental health training and service delivery needs in the aftermath of trauma, genocide, and loss.


We hope to see you there soon :)


Your organizers:

Hubert Côté

Catherine Maranda

Sophie Wang

Residents in psychiatry - University of Montreal







On/Before October 15 AT NOON


On/Before Nov 15 



On/Before Nov 20


Resident trainee

75 $

85 $

95 $


300 $

325 $

350 $

Healthcare professional (non M.D.)

125 $

150 $

175 $


75 $

85 $

95 $


* Registration and payments must be received prior to attending 

**Subscription fees are non-refundable

November 21-22 2019

Jean-Talon Hospital (Dorion Building)
1360 Jean-Talon East
Montreal, Quebec
Canada, H2E 1S1

September 2, 2019 00:00 EDT to November 20, 2019 20:00 EST
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