Post-secondary Student Mental Health - A Primer for "Off Campus" Physicians and Psychotherapists

May 17, 2022, 7:30 - 8:30 PM

70% of transition-aged youth (TAY) or 18-25 year olds in Canada will spend time in post-secondary school. This developmental phase of life carries specific challenges and a high prevalence of psychological distress, mental health and substance disorders. In this presentation we will discuss the key mental health and well-being issues which PSS students face, helpful theoretical models, and approaches to mental health care, including psychotherapeutic approaches which warrant consideration in this population, using case vignettes to illustrate concepts and challenges.



Dr. Catharine Munn is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster. Her clinical, research and administrative work focuses on post-secondary student and health professional mental health and well-being. Dr. Munn is the Assistant Dean, Resident Affairs in Postgraduate Medical Education in the Degroote School of Medicine at McMaster. She also currently serves as an Advisor to the Provost on Mental Health at McMaster.

Dr. Andrea Levinson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. She is the Director, Psychiatric Care, Health & Wellness, at the University of Toronto, and is a staff psychiatrist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Dr. Levinson is the Clinical Lead for the Student Mental Health Redesign Project at the University of Toronto. Dr. Levinson is responsible for the provision and management of psychiatric services on campus and acts as a resource for the university community on mental health issues across the campus. Dr Levinson’s research interests include postsecondary student mental health, early intervention in the context of the emerging adult cohort, health professional wellness and resilience and mood disorders.


Approved for 1 hour of MDPAC Group CE credits