The MUHC EPSSP administrative team:
Theodore Kolivakis, MD, FRCPC
Marc Laporta. MD, CM, MSc, FRCPC
Howard Margolese MD, CM, MSc, FRCPC
Ronna Schwartz, M.A., OTR
The MUHC EPSSP is made up of several teams of professionals that include a team of psychiatrists, as well as:
Nurses: With this vulnerable population, nurses often act in a case management role, using a holistic approach to coordinating patient care. This involves comprehensive assessments and interventions related to both physical and mental health. Nurses use a variety of tools and therapeutic approaches (such as cognitive) that are consistent with current best practices. Other nursing roles include: patient and family education; crisis intervention and prevention; and intensive case management.
Occupational Therapists: Occupational Therapy aims at minimizing psychosocial disability and helping individuals realize their rehabilitation goals. This involves support, education and skill development in the areas of self-care, productivity and leisure. Assessments include standardized tools, interviews and observation to determine which areas need to be developed. This can include skills (interpersonal, cognitive and daily living) and environmental modifications (home, school or work). In the case of a psychotic illness, assessments and interventions frequently address: the impact of the illness on the person’s sense of self; and the impact of cognitive or social impairment on daily living, vocational and academic roles.
Social Workers: The social worker assumes a leadership role in ensuring that each patient receives the continuity of care to which he/she is entitled. As such, the social worker also collaborates with community-based resources aimed at promoting the well-being of the individual and their family over the entire life cycle.