Prentice Institute Affiliate Dr. Bonnie Lee from the Faculty of Health Sciences is leading a CIHR funded Partnerships for Health System Improvement (PHSI) planning workshop on March 13-14, 2014. It is hosted at the University of Lethbridge. Co-applicants on this grant are Health Sciences researcher Robert Gilbert from Dalhousie University and Community Addictions Services Administrator Tracy Harvey from Alberta Health Services. This strategic initiative brings together an estimated 20 decision-makers, researchers and end-users across the province for knowledge exchange, focusing on the importance of couple and family counselling in the treatment of addiction and concurrent disorders.
Existing services within the addiction and mental health system target primarily the addicted individual. Unfortunately tensions in the couple and family system often exacerbate addictive behaviour and impede recovery. Dr. Bonnie Lee will share with stakeholders research evidence on the cost-effectiveness and advantages of the relational approach. She will highlight findings from her recently completed pilot randomized controlled trial on a couple therapy model, one that she developed based on the concept of congruence. Feedback on its applicability and transferability into the system will be solicited from experts and service-providers in the field.
Emerging proposals and projects to address the “relational gap” in treatment will receive a rounded discussion. It will be an exciting two days of partnership-building and exchanges for all involved.