Wednesday May 26th, 2021

Concussion and Mental Health Webinar

May 26th, 2021 7:00PM

“My concussion patient is overwhelmed and so am I”: Now What?

Healthcare providers responsible for the diagnosis and/or the treatment of concussions are seeking information about the current best practices.  This includes best practice when it comes to assessing the severity and recovery of a concussion. These sessions are aimed at all health care practitioners (primary care physicians, sport medicine physicians, athletic therapists, physiotherapists, chiropractors, nurse practitioners, and psychologists etc…).

7:00PM - 7:10PM

Case Scenario as presented by:

Dr. Peter Nemeth

MD, Dip Sport Med

Dr. Nemeth has been a Sports Medicine Physician for over 30 years and is currently the Medical Director of the Pan Am Minor Injury Clinic.  He is a founding member of the Manitoba Adult Concussion Network and is a strong advocate for evidence-based best practices for all concussion patients in Manitoba.

7:10PM - 7:25PM

Session 1: Neuropsychological Assessment and Concussion

Dr. Ritchie will discuss the value of neuropsychological assessment and consultation for patients with suspected concussive injuries. Common neuropsychological presentations and the trajectory of neuropsychological recovery following concussion will be discussed. Dr. Ritchie will review the impact of organic and non-neurological factors on cognitive functioning. The process of neuropsychological assessment will be reviewed in the context of a case example.

Speaker Profile

Dr. Lesley Ritchie

Dr. Ritchie is a Board-Certified Clinical Neuropsychologist. She is licensed to practice in Manitoba and Ontario in the areas of Clinical Neuropsychology, Clinical Psychology, and Rehabilitation Psychology. Dr. Ritchie provides services to adolescent, adult, and elderly clients. Dr. Ritchie is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Health Psychology, Max Rady College of Medicine, at the University of Manitoba. Since October 2014, she has worked as the Clinical Neuropsychologist for the provincially-funded Pan Am Concussion Program. Dr. Ritchie also maintains a private practice which includes serving as a Neuropsychology Consultant to the National Hockey League and the American Hockey League. Dr. Ritchie is the chair of the Canadian Chapter of the Sports Neuropsychology Society and a founding member of the Manitoba Adult Concussion Network ( In 2020, she was awarded Fellow status with the Sport Neuropsychology Society.

7:25PM - 7:40PM

Session 2: Post-concussion Mental and Emotional Health

Dr. Bailly will be discussing how emotional function may be impacted after concussion. Some common presentations will be reviewed, with further discussion of ways in which providers can identify those patients who may be at risk for complicated or delayed recovery. Dr. Bailly will describe situations in which referral to a psychologist may be considered and will provide information related to referral and follow-up with patients deemed at risk. The presentation will conclude with a brief description of psychological treatment for those experiencing post-concussive onset or worsening of emotional distress.

Speaker Profile

Dr. Matthew Bailly


Dr. Bailly is a registered psychologist in private practice in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He specializes in psychological assessment and treatment of chronic pain, and has conducted research examining the use of videoconferencing in providing group psychological treatment. His most recent research focused on various patient factors that influence treatment outcome and the use of acceptance-based psychological treatment for Fibromyalgia Syndrome. He has published research in journals such as Psychiatry Research, Psychological Reports, Journal of General Psychology, and Personality and Individual Differences.

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7:40PM - 7:55PM

Session 3: Post-concussion Persistent Mental Health and Addiction issues

Dr. Sareen will be discussing recognition and management of persistent mental health and addiction issues post-concussion. Discerning between mental health and post-concussion symptoms can be difficult. Clinical history, self-report instruments, and obtaining collateral information are important methods to determine whether the person is dealing with a persistent mental health problem. Options for medications that can be provided for people who are dealing with co-occurring mental illness and post-concussion and crisis resources will be discussed.

Speaker Profile

Dr. Jitender Sareen


Dr. Sareen is Professor and Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba, Provincial Specialty Lead for Mental Health and Addictions, Shared Health.

Dr. Sareen has published over 400 peer-reviewed publications in the areas of traumatic stress, anxiety disorders, indigenous suicide prevention, and military veterans’ mental health. Many of these publications have been in high impact journals including: New England Journal of Medicine, CMAJ, JAMA Psychiatry, Psychological Medicine and Canadian Journal of Psychiatry.

Dr. Sareen has been supported by numerous national and local peer-reviewed grants (over $20 million in Principal investigator grant funding throughout his career). He has continuously held CIHR funding as a principal investigator since 2004. He currently holds the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Foundation grant (2015-2022) on Defining the Longitudinal Course, Outcomes, and Treatment Needs of Vulnerable Canadians with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

Dr. Sareen’s work has had national and provincial impact on policy makers decisions related to military veterans’ health, suicide prevention, homelessness, and posttraumatic stress disorder. Dr. Sareen has presented as a witness to the House of Commons and Senate Standing committees of Veterans and Public Safety Personnel.

 7:55PM- 8:15PM

Panel RoundTable

With all three panel members facilitated by:  Dr. Patrick Fredette MD, CCFP (SEM)

Brought to you by the Manitoba Adult Concussion Network (MACN)

The Manitoba Adult Concussion network is a grassroot network of healthcare providers working collaboratively to promote and facilitate high-quality evidence-based care of adult concussion. For information about MACN please go to or website at:

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