Archna Patel (October 20,28)

MN, RN, BSc Neuroscience, CPMHN(C); Clinical Practice Leader, RNAO – Mental Health Nursing Interest Group

Presenting on: Wednesday October 20 (breakout) 

Session Title:  Continuing the Conversation on the Provision of Psychotherapy by Nurses

Session Description: The Ontario Mental Health Nursing Interest Group, part of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, has been heavily involved in advocacy work around the issue of RN Psychotherapy practice for some time. Through this discussion, we hope to highlight past accomplishments in this work as well as outline the current environment around the issue as well and discuss future goals.

Learning Objectives:

1.Discuss the role of the RN psychotherapist in Ontario and the challenges that are faced by individuals that are in this practice.
2.Discuss the past, present and future advocacy work that is being lead by the MHNIG
3.Propose direction for future

Speaker Biography: Archna is an advanced practice nurse who received her masters in nursing from University of Toronto. She worked for many years as a mental health clinician/therapist in mental health and addictions inpatients and outpatient both in the community and in hospital. Since 2015 she is a clinical practice leader for a mental health and addictions program.  She is recently become more involved and interested in applying creeds of transformative leadership and learning and the area of implementation sciences.

Stacey Roles (co-presenter)


Stacey Roles is an Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT) Certified Trainer Consultant and Certified Cognitive Therapist and is also credentialed with the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies. Stacey has advanced training and supervision in Prolonged Exposure Therapy and Compassion-Focused Therapy.  Stacey is competent in treating clients across the lifespan from early childhood to older adults.  She is an Advanced Practice Nurse, an Adjunct Professor at Laurentian University with the School of Nursing, and is Psychotherapy Faculty in the Psychiatry Program at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM).   Stacey leads the CBT Training Centre of the North and Stacey E. Roles & Associates Psychotherapy Services Inc. (


Archna Patel (October 20,28)

MN, RN, BSc Neuroscience, CPMHN(C); Clinical Practice Leader, Humber River Hospital

Presenting on:
 Thursday October 28 (workshop)

Session Title: Timely Engagement of patients with addictions during COVID- 19: Lessons Learned

Session Description: Outline strategies utilized, challenges and barriers encountered, and lessons learned in improving care and access. The increased patient engagement let to multiple outcomes such as helping patients to receive timely and appropriate care in our ED and our emergency psychiatric unit (EPU) departments who were at the same time dealing with the increased pressures as a result of the pandemic.  In particular, this initiative improved timely advocacy for patients with complex addictions needs, improved risk management during transitions in care and immediately helped connect patients to appropriate community resources. It is our hope that the lessons learned from this experience can be replicated and sustained moving forward.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Strategies to build partnerships with acute care emergency departments to better help patients with mental health and addictions
  2. How to working through systemic barriers faced by the concurrent disorders patient navigating our health care system

Michael Postic (co-presenter)

NP, RN; Mental Health/Addictions Nurse Practitioner, RNAO – Mental Health Nursing Interest Group

A Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner since 2006, working for many years in Emergency Medicine in both Canada and in the United States.  More recently, having worked in both the community as well as the in-patient setting, Michael has transitioned into Mental Health and Addictions service, with a focus on Chemical Dependency/Acute Withdrawal Management, and a goal of providing low barrier access to care especially for those vulnerable members of our community.