Severe and Persistent Mental Illness Community of Practice

Come be a part of a community of practice focused on providing a palliative care approach for individuals with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI). It is well recognized that individuals experiencing SPMI have increased mortality rates, and are often excluded from receiving high-quality palliative care. More recently, palliative psychiatry, i.e. a model of psychiatric practice that takes a comfort-based approach to individuals biological, psychological, and spiritual needs, has become recognized as necessary to support the quality-of-life of patients and their families in certain circumstances of SPMI where there is a likelihood of significant morbidity or mortality. This is a unique opportunity to engage with experts in the area and to explore emerging clinical models to provide improved palliative care for this patient population.

This COP will include 4 sessions, from January to April 2023 that will be led by an interprofessional expert panel with guest speakers and interactive case discussions. Interprofessional primary care providers, palliative care specialists and mental health clinicians working in all care settings are welcome!

Session topics and dates are listed below:

  • What is Severe and Persistent Mental Illness?: session took place on January 17, 2023
  • What can Palliative Care offer to people with SPMI?: February 21, 2023 from 12 to 1:00 p.m. ET
  • What is Palliative Psychiatry?: March 21, 2023 from 12 to 1:00 p.m. ET
  • How do we move forward? Education and Future Directions: April 18, 2023 from 12 to 1:00 p.m. ET

We encourage registrants to participate in as many sessions in the series as possible, although it is not required. A recording will be shared for any sessions missed.

Registration instructions:

  1. Click here to visit Pallium Central and login or create an account
  2. Select Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) and Palliative Care COP
  3. Type in the enrollment key: SPMI

Looking for core fundamental training on the palliative care approach?

The Palliative Care ECHO Project does not replace core fundamental training on the palliative care approach. Pallium Canada offers an online course for all health care professionals that teaches the essential practical knowledge, attitudes, and skills to provide a palliative care approach on-site. Learn more about LEAP Core.