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Custody & Caring

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Nurses and other health care professionals practicing at the interface of the health and criminal justice systems are faced with daily challenges unique to their roles, the clientele they work with, and the environments in which they practice. The first national conference focusing on nurses working in the forensic milieu was hosted by the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan and the Regional Psychiatric Centre, Correctional Service Canada in 1989, and has been held biennially since then. We are pleased to host the 15th anniversary of the Custody and Caring Conference in 2017, and recognize that by highlighting contemporary challenges, opportunities and collaborations, best practices are promoted.

2017 Conference Theme

Contemporary Challenges, Opportunities, and Collaborations

Objectives

The overall goal of the conference is to provide a forum for highlighting innovations in practice, education, research, and policy development in the field of forensic mental health and correctional health care in Canada and throughout the world. Clinical issues and work life issues unique to nurses, health care professionals and other professionals working within forensic mental health and correctional environments will be featured.

Conference participants will be able to:

  • discuss issues unique to the provision of nursing and health care in institutional and community based settings
  • report innovations in program and policy development relevant to forensic mental health and correctional health care practice, education, research and leadership
  • consider clinical and ethical issues unique to forensic mental health and correctional healthcare
  • explore interventions that emphasize community re-integration of forensic clients
  • promote forensic mental health care and correctional healthcare as specialized areas of practice
  • examine vulnerability and diversity as concepts of particular relevance to researchers and practitioners in correctional and forensic mental health environments
  • describe innovative methodologies and approaches to correctional and forensic research
  • explore opportunities to address work life issues unique to health care professionals practicing within forensic mental health correctional environments.

Committees

Planning Committee

  • Conference Chairperson, Cindy Peternelj-Taylor, Professor, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan
  • Shawn S. Anderson, Director of Finance and Administration, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan
  • Sydney Bolt, Director, Health Services, Ministry of Justice, Corrections and Policing
  • Leah Cook, Chief Health Services, Regional Psychiatric Centre, Correctional Service Canada
  • Selene Daniel-Whyte, Educational Program Manager, Continuing Education and Development for Nurses, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan
  • Carmen Dell, Master of Nursing Student, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan
  • Laura Garratt, Psychological Technician, Research Unit, Regional Psychiatric Centre, Correctional Service Canada
  • Arlene Kent-Wilkinson, Associate Professor, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan
  • Katie McBride, Administrative Support, Continuing Education and Development for Nurses, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan
  • Brenda Mishak, Assistant Professor, Academic Programming, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan, Prince Albert Campus
  • Mary-Lou Thevenot, Executive Director, Correctional Service Canada, Regional Psychiatric Centre
  • Ellen Polley, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Undergraduate Student, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan
  • Elizabeth Walsh, Honorary Senior Lecturer (Research) in Mental Health and Safety, Institute of Brain, Behaviour and Mental Health, Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, University of Manchester
  • Phil Woods, Professor, Associate Dean Research, Innovation & Global Initiatives, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan

Abstract Review Committee

  • Carmen Dell, Master of Nursing Student, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan
  • Laura Garratt, Psychological Technician, Accreditation Coordinator, Research Unit, Regional Psychiatric Centre Correctional Service Canada (Co-Chair)
  • Arlene Kent-Wilkinson, Associate Professor, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan (Chair)
  • Brenda Mishak, Assistant Professor, Academic Programming, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan, Prince Albert Campus
  • Ellen Polley, BSN Undergraduate Nursing Student, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan
  • Elizabeth Walsh, Honorary Senior Lecturer (Research) in Mental Health and Safety, Institute of Brain, Behaviour and Mental Health, Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, University of Manchester
  • Phil Woods, Professor, Associate Dean Research, Innovation & Global Initiatives, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan


Custody & Caring 15th Biennial International Conference
October4-6, 2017 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan