Patient-Centered Mental Health in Paediatric Primary Care


One of the services offered by CanREACH is the PPP (Patient-Centered Mental Health in Paediatric Primary Care) mini-fellowship training program as developed and licensed by The REACH Institute: CanREACH has been licensed by The REACH Institute to independently deliver this specialized PPP training. In 2017 The REACH Institute re-named their PPP fellowship, moving away from being called the Primary Pediatric Psychopharmacology Program to the new name Patient-Centered Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care which is felt to better capture the purpose and focus of this training. Despite the name change, the content and delivery remains the same.

The Patient-Centered Mental Health in Paediatric Primary Care (PPP) training is a 6-month mini-fellowship in effective and evidence based mental health assessment and intervention aimed to transform primary care practices, increase productivity, and improve work satisfaction. The full fellowship includes both a dynamic 3 day (15 hour) in-person course that uses a combination of intensive face-to-face teaching and hands-on practice, followed by 6 months of ongoing case-based coaching using distance learning methods (twice-monthly peer-learning conference calls).

Participants will learn to:

  • Correctly identify paediatric behavioral health problems such as childhood depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, anxiety, oppositional and conduct disorders and psychosis

  • Properly differentiate and distinguish paediatric health problems

  • Effectively manage psychopharmacology, including:

  • Implement a treatment plan with existing resources, including learning how to delegate tasks by creating treatment teams composed of family members, school personnel and other professional caregivers

  • Effectively manage psychopharmacology, including:

          • Selecting medications for individual patients

          • Initiating and tapering dosages

          • Monitoring improvements

          • Identifying and minimizing side effects



What Our Trainees Are Saying:

Statistics from the first cohort of participants found a 92% increase in confidence in the area of child and adolescent mental health with 100% reporting that they would change their practice!
Here are some direct quotes from your colleagues who have participated in the CanREACH Program, including the PPP Fellowship:



  • "Wow, I am so excited to implement what I have learnt in to my family practice. My patients will be so much better served””  Dr. Olga de Santctis (attended Fall 2016)

  • This is one of the best workshops I have had the opportunity to attend! Very applicable and relevant for: family doctors, paediatricians, psychologists, social workers, and nurse practitioners. Thanks for an amazing weekend! ”  Angela Lockert (attended Fall 2014)

  • From start to finish, CanREACH is unbelievably amazing. It has really broadened my horizons; the best! .”  Dr. Deshni Naidoo (attended Spring 2016)

  • CanREACH was not only the best mental health conference I have attended, it should be attended by all physicians who deal with children’s mental health complaints in the province. Transformational is how I will approach mental health concerns ”  Dr. Michael From (attended Fall 2014)

  • This course took challenging (and often nerve-wracking) clinical content, and made it approachable and practical through excellent content, memorable presentations, active participant role-playing and great resources, all delivered by superb faculty! .”  Dr. Dan Ross (attended Fall 2014)

    “ Excellent program. It is great to seek to bridge the gap between level of the best evidence and the medical offices, the trenches of life where we meet or care for pediatric patients living with mental illness. Excellent, practical, relevant content presented with remarkable clarity. The faculty are friendly and communicate clearly and passionately in providing guidance, knowledge, and skills”  Dr. Daniel Dada (attended Fall 2014)

  • “ Great course! I feel much more comfortable with paediatric mental health issues.”  Lori Walker (attended Fall 2014)

  • This is the most valuable and informative course I have ever attended. The speakers were not only very knowledgeable but also extremely approachable and a delight to react with. I have been in practice for several years but have learned new skills that would enhance the delivery of services to my patients. This course is highly recommended to physicians involved in behavarial mental health issues in children. ”  Maya Harilal (attended Fall 2014)

  • Not a typical CME – Lots of role playing to illustrate important points which are very interactive; this approach holds ones’ attention much more than didactic approach.  Greatly appreciated this approach!  Greatly appreciated the focus on communication, family/patient/Dr’s interaction.  This would be wonderful for residents and should be incorporated into medical training!  Thanks, Excellent; all Docs should take this!Penny Borghesan (attended Fall 2014)

  • Fantastic course, in 20 years of attending conferences, this is in my top 3. I would suggest this be considered mandatory; F.P./Paediatric residents etc. should be here. Consider pitching to the PCN’s.John McSorley (attended Fall 2014)

  • “The curriculum is well thought out and contains components (intensive training and longitudinal case conferences) that promote long-term change.” Dr. Evelyn Ma (2016)

  • “Excellent training for GP’s who always struggle to start stimulants/SSRI to their younger patients.  I will highly recommend this training to all GP’s.”   Dr.Fozia Alvi

  • “A comprehensive evidence based approach to manage the most commonly encountered mental health problems associated with children’s mental health.”  Dr. Leonard De Freitas (attended Spring 2016)

  • “CanREACH organized my thoughts and provided me with tools that I have really been missing in my practice.”   Dr. Ezaydi Murad (attended Fall 2015)

  • “I wish I would have had the tools and confidence that I gained from CanREACH years ago. If I had, my kids and their families would not have had their treatment delayed. Well, no more! I now have the skill and ability to diagnose and treat my kids in their Medical Home. Thank you! ”   Dr. Tammy McKnight (attended Spring 2015)


This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development.

This activity is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development.

This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 83.25 Mainpro+ credits.