ECHO® Programs


What is ECHO®?

A model of knowledge sharing among healthcare professionals to improve the delivery of care. This educational initiative reinforces clinical knowledge and skills by sharing evidence-based practices through interaction with peers and analysis of real cases. ECHO participants join a virtual community to learn, advise and share experiences.  

In December 2022, the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux appointed the Douglas Mental Health University Institute as the provincial coordinator for ECHO programs in mental health, addiction and homelessness. Our activities include training on the ECHO model and managing the logistics of launching an ECHO program. 


How to propose an ECHO® Program ?

Here are the 5 Steps to follow when proposing an ECHO® Program: 

  1. Conceptualization: An ECHO program covers a subject requiring guided practice and ongoing mentoring, for which few other forms of training or continuous education exist. 
  2. Preparing and submitting a proposal: Check out the "ECHO Programs" currently in progress. If none of the ECHO Programs correspond with your area of expertise and you would like to share your knowledge, contact us at: telementorat.echo.comtl@ssss.gouv.qc.ca to propose your topic. 
  3. Commentary from the scientific committee: After submitting your proposal, the scientific committee can provide feedback and suggestions to further enhance your ECHO. 
  4. Training and development: This 4-hour training session includes didactic presentations and a mock ECHO session that you will lead. 
  5. Launch and evaluation: We will announce your ECHO Program and open registration. We will collect satisfaction and outcomes data after each session and prepare a summary of the results for you.

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ECHO Programs

Eating Disorders

Since 2022, the ECHO-TA sessions bring together experts in eating disorders from various programs across Québec, as well as an expert through experience. The aim is to share knowledge on best clinical practices in the field of eating disorders.

Click here to visit the ECHO program on eating disorders.

Cooccuring disorders in adults (CHUM)

Duration: September 17, 2024 to May 20, 2025
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Cooccuring disorders in youth (CHUM)

Duration: September 18, 2024 to May 21, 2025
Click here to visit the page.

Neurodevelopmental mental health – Introduction (CHU Sainte-Justine)

This program is aimed primarily, but not exclusively, at practitioners (physicians, pediatricians, nurses, pharmacists, specialized educators, social workers, psychologists, psychoeducators, speech therapists, psychoeducators, speech therapists, occupational therapists or any other professional), working outside Quebec's major urban centers, who work with children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disorders (NDD) and who have never participated in an ECHO program.

Duration : September 5 to November 28, 2024
Click here to visit the page of the ECHO program on Neurdevelopmental mental health – Introduction

Neurodevelopmental mental health – Continuous education (CHU Sainte-Justine)

This program is aimed soley at people who have already participated in ECHO programs who want to enrich their experience in the field of Neurodevelopmental mental health and participate at their convenience. 
This program is aimed primarily, but not exclusively, at practitioners (physicians, pediatricians, nurses, pharmacists, specialized educators, social workers, psychologists, psychoeducators, speech therapists, psychoeducators, speech therapists, occupational therapists or any other professional), working outside Quebec's major urban centers, who work with children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disorders and who have never participated in an ECHO program. 

Duration : September 18, 2024 to June 4, 2025 
Click here to visit the page of the ECHO program on Neurdevelopmental mental – Continuous education (in French)

Early childhood mental health (CHU Sainte-Justine)

This program is aimed primarily at the following practitioners: physicians, pediatricians, nurses, pharmacists, specialized educators, social workers, psychologists, psychoeducators, speech therapists, psychoeducators, speech therapists, occupational therapists or any other professional.  This program is aimed primarily, but not exclusively, at professionals working with children outside Quebec's major urban centers.

Duration : September 19 to December 12, 2024
Click here to visit the page for the ECHO program on Early childhood mental health
 

Additional ECHO programs beyond the scope of mental health, substance use, and homelessness:

Autism : Evaluation and diagnostic issues ages 0 to 7 years.

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Gender diversity in children and adolescents

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Tourette syndrome

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