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Treatments and approaches to care videos

Personalized medicine: Pharmacogenetics

Pharmacogenetics refers to customized drug therapy based on a person's genetic profile. Clinicians use a DNA profile to prescribe medications that consider drug-drug interactions, metabolism and other factors. Dr. James Kennedy, head of Neuroscience Research at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), offers a continuing education course on pharmacogenetics in mental health and addiction. In these videos, he introduces pharmacogenetics and talks with Candi Gogar, research legal cousel at CAMH, about legal considerations of pharmacogenetics.

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Trauma-informed care

"Traumatic events overwhelm the ordinary systems of care that give people a sense of control, connection and meaning," writes Judith Herman in "Trauma and Recovery." So how can health care and community workers deal with people who have experienced trauma? We invited a group of people who practise trauma-informed care to talk about what it means to be trauma informed, how it changes their work and what the challenges are.

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Psychiatrist field notes: Reflections on approaches to care for patients with concurrent disorders

In this video series, several psychiatrists share their experiences of identifying and treating patients with concurrent disorders. They reflect on how they approached patients early in their careers, what they've learned since then and how they approach patients now. They tell candid stories and give advice to residents about patients with substance use disorders. 

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Clinical practice tips: Effective tapering strategies for prescription opioids

Dr. Peter Selby
In this video series for family physicians and other health care practitioners, Dr. Peter Selby, chief of the Addictions Division at CAMH, presents guidance around tapering opioids from the Canadian Guideline for Safe and Effective Use of Opioids for Chronic Non-cancer Pain.

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The best advice for people considering or taking opioid medications

Stil from the Best advice video

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Dr. Mike Evans, Mercury Films and Canada Health Infoway have produced a video that asks, What is the best advice for people on, or about to start, opioid medications? Dr. Evans is known for his unique health videos with almost 6 million YouTube views.

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Quitting smoking is a journey

Quitting smoking is a journey. Drs. Peter Selby and Sophie Soklaridis (CAMH) worked with Dr. Mike Evans (St. Michael's Hospital) and Mercury Films Inc. to create this video about what works and what doesn't when thinking about quitting smoking.

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Five essential strategies for motivating clients to change

Marilyn Herie

Motivational interviewing is an evidence-based approach for a range of health behaviours and conditions, including addiction and mental health. Dr. Marilyn Herie shares her top five motivational strategies, with an emphasis on practical tips and tools.

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Smoking cessation in addiction treatment

Dr. Peter Selby, clinical director of the Addictions Program at CAMH explains why smoking cessation should be a key component of any addiction treatment program.

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