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May 30, 2001

Conference kicks off with Free Public Forum

Mental Health Ethics Conference for Consumers, Family Members and Service Providers

A Mental Health Ethics Conference being held in Winnipeg May 31st and June 1st, 2001 will kick off with a free forum for the public. The forum deals with the family experience of serious mental illness and is being held from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in Theatre A of the Basic Medical Sciences Building, 750 McDermot Avenue, of the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine. Registration is not required for the forum, conducted by Dr. Diane Marsh, Professor of Psychology at the University of Pittsburg in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Dr. Marsh has written and presented extensively in the areas of mental health ethics and the impact of serious mental illness on families. She has authored a number of books including, Ethical and Legal Issues in Professional Practice with Families.

Public are also welcome to register for the full-day conference being held at the Winnipeg Convention Centre from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Sessions include: Involving Consumers and Family Members in Planning and Evaluating Services, First Nations Perspectives on Mental Health Ethics, Building Bridges Among Families, Consumers and Service Providers, Confidentiality and the Rights of Families, and Ethical and Legal Issues in Mental Health Practice.

Those interested in registering for the full-day conference at a fee of $50.00 for service providers or $30.00 for students, family members or consumers can call Virginia Peters at (204) 787-1941 for more information.

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