CanREACH-SK Patient-Centered Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care (PPP) Mini-Fellowship




CanREACH-SK is licensed to offer the Patient-Centered Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care (PPP) Mini-Fellowship, developed by The REACH Institute and adapted for Canadian Primary Care Providers.

This innovative program increases clinicians' comfort with assessing, diagnosing, and treating pediatric mental health concerns and includes:

  • A 15-hour interactive course focused on building skills and confidence in diagnosing and treating pediatric behavioral health problems.
  • A six-month, case-based distance-learning program. Learners join 12 bi-monthly, 1 hour group conference calls with primary care and child/adolescent psychiatry experts to learn how to manage pediatric mental health issues encountered in daily practice.

All participants will receive custom-designed toolkits with guides, assessment instruments, dosing and side effect charts, medication comparison tables, and handouts for patients and parents.

Course Goals

In order to effectively use medications for pediatric behavioral health problems, participants learn to:

  1. Correctly identify and differentiate among pediatric behavioral health problems such as childhood depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, anxiety states (including PTSD), oppositional and conduct disorders, and psychosis.
  2. Effectively manage psychopharmacology: selecting medications, initiating and tapering dosages, monitoring improvements, and identifying and minimizing medication side effects.
  3. Create and implement a treatment plan by mobilizing existing resources like family members, school personnel, and other professional caregivers.

You must be licensed to practice in Saskatchewan to participate in this program.

This program is funded by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health. 

Program Dates

Fall 2021
Virtual Mini-Fellowship via Zoom

Program Agenda

Stay tuned for Winter 2022 program dates!


Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada: This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and accredited by the Division of Continuing Medical Education, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan for up to 24.5 MOC credit hours. 

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada: This activity is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and approved by the Continuing Medical Education Division, University of Saskatchewan. You may claim a maximum of 3.0 hours (credits are automatically calculated). 

College of Family Physicians of Canada:  This Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 79.5 Mainpro+ credits.   

Other Healthcare Professionals: Participation in this conference may be included as part of the continuing education and competence programs established by individual professional associations. 



“This has probably been the most valuable continuing education & training I’ve ever completed. I use it all the time.   We started screening kids with the PSC-17 presenting at our clinic and the numbers have been overwhelming, and it has opened up significant dialogue around required supports in our community. “

  • Lisa Plank, Nurse Practitioner

“[The most valuable thing about the course is] learning about various screening tools and how to implement them. It was invaluable developing personal relationships with local psychiatrists as well.”

  • Andrea Perkins, Family Physician

“An excellent guide to improving initial diagnosis of psychiatric conditions in the pediatric population, as well as understanding and using the starting points for management plans including medications.”

  • Sharmin Hares, Pediatrician

“This course offers applicable tools to further understanding of treatment and gain future support networks in order for both patient and physician to work together to achieve better mental health outcomes.”

  • Taylore Beechy, Medical Student

“It makes pediatric psychiatric cases' assessment easy in primary care.”

  • Moses Olakanmi, Family Physician

“I now feel much more confident diagnosing and treating pediatric mental health concerns.”

  • Heather Wright, Family Physician

CanREACH-SK Trained Providers

Mehdi Shahsavan
Family Physician
Red Coat Clinic

Lisa Plank
Nurse Practitioner
Balcarres Integrated Care

Karuna Narang
Family Physician
Biggar Primary Care Clinic

Jolene Issel
Nurse Practitioner
Cumberland House Health Care

Lisa Clark-Musschoot
Nurse Practitioner
Grenfell Health Center

Christine Chang
Family Physician
Natawihin/Nakasuwenik Medical Clinic

Zahra Ali
Border City Clinic

Matthew Wong
Family Physician
Martensville Collective Health and Wellness

Chelsea Wilgenbusch
Family Physician
Family Physicians’ Group

Muhammad Anees
Battleford Pediatric Clinic

Janet Tootoosis
Family Physician
North Battleford Medical Clinic

Comfort Alara
Family Physician
Prince Albert Medical Clinic

Barbara Beaurivage
Nurse Practitioner
Academic Family Medicine Unit

*no external referrals accepted

Kaitlyn Hughes
Family Physician
Family Medicine Unit

*no external referrals accepted

Anne Kavulu
Family Physician
Regina Community Clinic

Sarah McLaughlin
Family Physician
Victoria East Medical Clinic

Polya Ninova
Regina General Hospital

Abimbola Oyenubi
9th Avenue N Childrens Clinic

Christopher Young
Family Physician
Victoria East Medical Clinic

Ashwani Narang
Family Physician
Rosetown & District Primary Care Centre

Reem Abdul Hadi
Family Physician
Saskatoon Community Clinic

Olubunmi Victoria Akinpelu
Family Physician
Victory Medical Associates/Evergreen Medical Centre

Andrew Bowles
Family Physician
Acadia Medical Centre

Vicky Cattell
Pediatric Emergency
JPCH Pediatric Emergency

Chantal Dufour
Family Physician
City Center Family Physicians

Sharmin Hares
City Centre Family Physicians

Carla Krochak
Saskatoon Pediatric Consultants

Patrick McMahon
Family Physician
City Centre Family Physicians

Moses Olakanmi
Family Physician
Willowgrove Medical Group

Sonya Pas
Family Physician
Broadway Family Physicians

Paula Schwann
Family Physician
Herold Road Family Physicians

Joel Schindel
Family Physician
Comprehensive Indigenous Community Care Clinic

Ghita Wiebe
Developmental Pediatrician
Alvin Buckwold Child Development Program

Heather Wright
Family Physician
Packham Medical Clinic

Okezie Nweze
Family Physician
Northeast Medical Clinic


Contact Info:

Jessica Wylie
Program Coordinator

Michelle Johnson
Clerical Support