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Norman, would you kindly contact me at (514) 568 2288 or [email protected]
meant to say: almost non are referred, of course…
I work with veterans diagnosed with PTSD. It is a crime that almost none are not referred for EMDR but nearly all are prescribed drugs!
Am I alone in suspecting that all the bad press on benzos (deadly when mixed with opiates, got it) may be a way to push more antidepressants on patients suffering from anxiety? Doctors in these parts (Montreal) will sooner prescribe a life-time supply of anti-depressants to patients with panic disorder or situational anxiety, than a bottle of ten pills of benzos PRN.
When you read the INESS document, you will see that there its primary concern is for psychotherapy as a treatment for (diagnosable) “mental health disorders” like anxiety and depression. It references Bill 21 which clearly circumscribes the evaluation and treatment of the latter as a reserved activity of psychologists. This excludes access to non-medical and non-psychologist psychotherapists who yet have a permit from the Order of Psychologists.
The Australian plan that Quebec is hoping to use as a model states the following:
“The Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and General Practitioners through the Medicare Benefits Schedule (Better Access) initiative aims to improve outcomes for people with a clinically-diagnosed mental disorder through evidence-based treatment. Under this initiative, Medicare rebates are available to patients for selected mental health services provided by general practitioners (GPs), psychiatrists, psychologists (clinical and registered) and eligible social workers and occupational therapists.
What Medicare services can be provided under the Better Access initiative?
Medicare rebates are available for up to ten individual and ten group allied mental health services per calendar year to patients with an assessed mental disorder who are referred by:
A GP managing the patient under a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan or
Under a referred psychiatrist assessment and management plan or
A psychiatrist or paediatrician.”
You cab consult the complete fact sheet here:
Hate to burst your bubble, Norman, but that warm wind blowing in from Quebec this summer smells distinctly like horse manure.
Since the passing of Bill 21 in Quebec, doctors have been automatically granted the right to practice (and charge for) psychotherapy whereas professionals with years and years of professional training and experience, deemed potentially “charlatans”, are now unable to legally practice without a permit issued by the Order of Psychologists. Many of these professionals, like creative arts therapists, will in future be denied such a permit, and the way will be paved for the mental health profession to become completely dominated by psychologists, doctors and the pharmaceutical industry.
Quebec is the Canadian forerunner in tweaking the profession of psychotherapy to become exclusively a treatment of mental disorders as diagnosed by physicians and, soon, psychologists. Thanks to reports like these, and others coming out of the Quebec Coalition for Psychotherapy, the field will soon be completely dominated by the diagnose and prescribe medical model.
Thank you mental health anti-stigma advocates for enabling more psychiatric diagnoses of our children.
I will definitely take a look at your blog. Thanks!
Yes, Bell’s “Let’s Talk” campaign is something else, literally…
The word “pawn” is apt. I have been struggling all day to find a word to suitably describe the role of Andre Picard, hero of mental health journalism in Canada who, like Kutcher, fancies himself an advocate for access and equity, while his speaking gigs are being funded by Lundbeck and the Ecominc Club of Canada.
They see themselves as the heroes and advocates of liberal values for all while serving those who help themselves liberally to the freedom and personal wealth of others. Sign of the times.
I should have linked to a few related blog posts: one on the MHCC’s
over-funded anti-stigma campaign, and one on
“Science” which got mentioned by Rob Wipond in
Like a Useless Drug Calling Psychotherapy Ineffective.
Thank you, Reverend Epperson, for your report, and for taking these concerns to the BC Standing Committee on Children and Youth.
It is obvious to those of us working on the frontlines with children that there is hardly any mental illness in this population; that there are social and family issues which can seriously affect children’s psychological adjustment and development. It is obvious to us that the anti-stigma rhetoric of the mental health conversation is simply enabling more diagnoses of disorders which are not there.
I sat on the Child and Youth Advisory Committee for the Mental Health Commission of Canada (the brainchild of the Kirby Commission referred to by Dr. Hoffman). Dr. Stanley Kutcher (the “broken brain” advocate mentioned in this article) sat beside me. Former MHCC advisors like myself are now being asked to serve as “ambassadors” of programs advanced by Kutcher et al. whose “studies” are financed by pharmaceutical companies. The mental health agenda is controlled by the mental health industry.