Referring

Resources for professionals

 

Training and Education

 

Medipsy offers continuing education and training in the delivery of psychological services. A Medipsy professional can also make a presentation to you and your staff about stepped care or other procedures, free of charge. We offer continuing education in mental health and sponsor free lunch-hour seminars on special topics such as Dealing with a suicidal patient or Referring a difficult patient. We can organize a seminar for you and your staff. Please send an email to info@medipsy.ca or dial 514-419-3005 to request a seminar or more information.

 

Stepped care

 

Stepped care is model of healthcare delivery in which an effective treatment is recommended based on both the severity of the mental health problem and the cost and convenience for the patient.  Briefer, less expensive, and low-intensity treatment alternatives are typically the starting point.  Stepping up to a more intensive treatment approach occurs if a patient fails to benefit from the earlier step or if they decline an initial treatment option. Medipsy professionals are familiar with current stepped care models for depression, anxiety, and other common problems that your patients may face. We can design a stepped care plan for your patient and offer guidance, to you and your patient, through the initial steps or treatment during a later phase when required. You will find at the bottom of this page screening tools for depression and anxiety and guides to interpret a patient's score. Note that these tools are for screening purposes only and should not be used for diagnosis.

 

When and how to treat


It is often difficult to determine if a patient requires treatment for a mental health issue, and what treatment would be most appropriate. Below, you will find resources that you can rely on to inform your clinical judgement. These include the GAD screening tool for anxiety, and the PHQ which is used to screen depression. You will also find an interpretation key to interpret the patient's depression or anxiety score and help you decide what type of treatment (e.g., medication, high intensity psychotherapy, low intensity psychotherapy, watchful waiting) should be considered given the severity of your patient's symptoms, based on best practices.


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