Douglas Bringing spirit to Mind 5 avril ENG

As part of the series “Moving closer to People”, the Foundation Embarque in collaboration with the Psychology Division present

Reclaiming Personhood”

By Larry Davidson, PhD


“Recovery, Spirituality, Love and Mindfulness”
By George Bastien
Saturday, April 5, 2014

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Douglas Hall, Douglas Institute

6875, LaSalle Boulevard



  1. To highlight a process of Recovery that embraces the spiritual and human dimensions
  2. To promote the notion of “whole person” and “Person Centered” methods in Mental Health services
  3. To reflect on the unifying force of practicing “personhood” and of valuing the “other” in the different was of being human.


Larry Davidson April 5Larry Davidson, PhD, is a professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale, and also serves as the Senior Clinical Officer and Mental Health Policy Director for the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

His training, research, and policy interests focus on the interface of recovery in psychiatric and substance use disorders with membership in society. He has investigated processes of recovery in psychosis, using peer support and other social engagement strategies in engaging people with co-occurring disorders and/or who are homeless into care, the development of qualitative and participatory research methods, the development and evaluation of innovative, community-based psychosocial interventions, and the promotion of collaborative relationships between people with behavioral health disorders and their healthcare providers. Much of this work has been oriented toward articulating a disability and civil rights perspective on psychiatric disorders, attempting to create an array of pathways into community life for people with psychiatric disabilities. Throughout this work, his colleagues and he also have attempted to identify and redress social, political, and economic disparities as they relate to healthcare, opportunities for recovery, and the participation of persons with disabilities in the activities, and communities, of their choice.

George Bastien April 5George Bastien is currently involved in spiritual care at the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Centre (UHC). He is the current President of Foundation Embarque (spirituality and mental health) he has created. His interest goes back twenty years of involvement in the Mental Health communitiy, followed by eight years in University Hospital Centres in Montreal. Mr Bastien holds of a Master’s degree in Practical Theology (health, spirituality and bioethics) and accompanies individuals and their families faced with illness, in respect to their spiritual and religious identity. At the heart of his life’s journey and his intervention with people, he has a firm belief that our greatest responsibility is to love oneself and to love others with the awareness that we can grasp this opportunity at every moment.

Lectures will be given in French or in English (with simultaneous translation to French)

Target audience

Psychologists, students, trainees, psychiatrists, anthropologists, general physicians, researchers and healthcare professionals who treat psychiatric disorders.

Activity accredited 6,5 hours by the Ordre des psychologues du Quebec.

For more info: Valérie Bordelais: Tel.: 514 761-6131 Ext. 2616 or

March 20, 2014