Educational Workshop: Demystifying & Managing Symptoms of Psychosis

Date & Time: 
May 23, 2014 - 9:30am - 12:30pm
28 Division St., Kingston, School of Kinesiology Building, Rm. 101 (Metered parking lot and street parking close by)

Featuring Speakers: Chris Bowie & Carrie Marshal

This workshop will be divided into two sessions:

The Experience of Psychosis across Mental Disorders - Chris Bowie, PhD, C. Psych

Psychotic and psychotic like experiences are exceptionally common in the general population and occur in multiple mental disorders.  This part of the workshop will present the experiences of psychosis and basic skills for managing psychosis.

Using Narrative and Activity in the Management of Psychotic Symptoms - Carrie Marshal, OT Reg. (Ont). PhD (candidate)

This part of the workshop will include discussion around the usefulness of a narrative approach in supporting persons who are experiencing psychosis, as well as exploring the role of meaningful activity in managing psychotic symptoms and the promotion of recovery in this population. The role of trauma and its relationship with psychosis and substance use will also be explored. 

Who Should Attend this Workshop:

  • Front line mental health professionals 
  • Students studying psychology and counselling techniques
  • Agency workers who are interested the information for developing policies and procedures

About the Speakers:


Christopher R. Bowie, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry, and a member of the Centre for Neuroscience Studies, at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He is the Head Consulting Psychologist for the Head’s Up Early Psychosis Intervention Program in Kingston and a Clinician Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. His research interests focus on the determining the causes and correlates, and developing treatments for, cognitive deficits in chronic mental disorders such as schizophrenia and major affective disorders. He completed his Ph.D. at Hofstra University and was awarded the Association for Psychological Science’s award for Top Ranked Thesis in the country. After his doctoral internship at the Clinical Neuroscience Center of Pilgrim Psychiatric Center, he did post-doctoral training with Dr. Barbara Cornblatt where he supervised neuropsychological testing and studied cognitive treatment outcomes in adolescents at risk for psychosis, earning a Young Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD). Dr. Bowie then took an academic appointment at Mount Sinai School of Medicine inNew York and continued to study the functional consequences of cognitive impairment in schizophrenia before moving to Queen’s in 2008. He has been awarded two additional NARSAD Awards to study of cognitive remediation in schizophrenia and recently received the Top-Ranked Young Investigator Fellow at the annual Winter Brain Conference. He is the author of over 100 peer reviewed scientific publications and several books and book chapters on cognition in chronic mental illness. Currently he is leading multiple trials of cognitive remediation for chronic mental disorders and studying early intervention for psychosis.


Carrie is an Occupational Therapist Case Manager in the Heads Up! Program at Hotel Dieu Hospital, and a PhD Candidate in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy at Queen’s University. She has been working in front line service and clinical roles with persons experiencing serious mental illness for the past 9 years, and has been providing support to persons experiencing early episode psychosis and their families for the past 2 years. 


Book Your Seat at the Early Bird Rate

Register before April 30th to get the Early Bird Special of $55! Regular fee is $65.

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