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Outreach

Engagement

Education

Empowerment

Who is Dr. Beach?

Dr. Beach is not your typical psychiatrist.  While he has an incredible depth of professional experience, his unique approach is also guided by his personal challenges.

 

Q:   Can you tell us a little bit about what influenced your career path?

A.    My mother was my biggest role model growing up. She was born with a serious genetic spine condition that caused her to experience many physical limitations. Despite that, she climbed up and down stairs to get to and from work for more than 20 years. She could have complained and yet she always remained positive and hopeful. My mother taught me the true meaning of resiliency while facing adversity; that requires true mental toughness. When my mother was born her parents were told that her life expectancy was 30 at best. At her birthday dinner when she turned 60, I recall her toasting at doubling her expected life span.  My mother just recently turned 70; this year I beat her to the toast!           

   

 

Q.   Was there one particular event that led you to the study of mental wellness?  If so, what was it?

A.   I grew up in a small town in Canada that had a maximum-secure forensic psychiatric hospital as its major employer. Both of my parents worked at this hospital, my father as a nurse and my mother in medical records.  At age 14, I began volunteering as a summer student in the hospital's recreation department. I participated in activities like playing ping pong and baseball and doing arts and crafts with the patients. Despite all of the suffering I witnessed, I still recall how much fun and joy such activities brought to people. 

 

A couple years later I worked as a research assistant in the hospital's research department and I became very fascinated with the mind and questions like “what motivates certain human behaviors?” This early exposure greatly influenced my decision to go into medicine and, ultimately, into psychiatry.

 

 

Q.   Why do you think that it is important to discuss this topic more broadly?

A.   The mind and body are so intricately connected and mental health is a critical component of our overall health. So much pain and suffering could be prevented and alleviated if society accepted this truth and prioritized it accordingly.    

    

 

Q.   How do you think that opening up the conversation through your outreach can make a difference in people’s lives?

A.   I believe that with more knowledge comes more power. The more we learn about mental wellness the more equipped we are to achieve it and maintain it. The more we talk openly and honestly about our own specific mental health challenges, the more we normalize mental health struggles for everyone. Ultimately, this open dialogue reduces the stigma that is still a barrier to many people seeking help.   

 

Q.   If you could accomplish one thing through your outreach, what would it be?

A.   To help as many people as absolutely possible through mental health engagement, education, and empowerment.  Humanity sharing is the medium and capturing every day real life examples of people from all walks of life is the active ingredient. 

 

A deeper dive into the Doctor's background ...

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Education
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Employment
Research
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Presentations, Workshops and Publications
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Craig Aaron Beach, M.D., M.Sc., D.A.B.P.N.

Educational Summary

 

OMA/CMA Masters Certificate in Physician Leadership Development Program

Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, Ontario,

September 2012 – June 2013

 

Chair, Division of Forensic Psychiatry & Assistant Professor

Department of Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

Western University, London, Ontario, Canada, March 2012 – June 2015

 

Assistant Professor (Part-time)

Department of Psychiatry

University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 2011 – March 2012

 

Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct)

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences

McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, August 2010 – March 2016

Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, Case Western Reserve University
(Director Professor Phillip Resnick)

July 2009 – June 2010

Columbia University Psychiatry Residency Program

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York Presbyterian Hospital, and Stamford Hospital,

July 2005 – June 2009

Master of Science in Forensic Mental Health Science (with Merit)                                                   Institute of Psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital, King’s College, University of London, London, United Kingdom

2004-2005                                                                                                                                                          

University of Toronto Psychiatry Residency Program (Clinician Scientist Stream)

St. Michael’s Hospital, University Health Network, and Center for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2003 - 2004          

                                                                                                          

Doctor of Medicine

The Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada 
2000 - 2003    

   

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Scholar’s Electives Program (Dean’s Honour List) 

Western University, London, Ontario, Canada

1996 - 1998      

 
 

Licensure and Certifications

 

Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada, 2006 – Present                                           
Passed Part I and Part II of the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) 

Medical Board of California (active)

Ohio State Medical License (expired 2017)

Ontario Medical License (expired 2019)

A Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Certification in the Specialty of Psychiatry (active)  

A Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Certification in the Subspecialty of Forensic Psychiatry (active)    

 

Employment

 

Psychiatrist

California, February 2018 - present

 

Psychiatrist Lead, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Program, Workplace Safety Insurance Board, Toronto

Ontario, July 2016 – January 2018

 

Psychiatrist, Acquired Brain Injury Program

Waterloo Wellington Region, 2016 (part-time)

 

Psychiatrist, Flexible Assertive Community Treatment Team

Canadian Mental Health Centre Waterloo Wellington, October 2015 – June 2017

 

Physician Leader & Outreach Psychiatrist, Forensic Psychiatry Program, Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care, St. Joseph’s Health Care

London, March 2012 – June 2015

 

Mental Health Systems Psychiatric Consultant, Canadian Mental Health Association

Wellington Waterloo Dufferin, 2011-October 2017 (part-time)

General and Forensic Psychiatry Private Practice, including by telemedicine

2010 – present (part-time)

  • Complex Risk Assessments (e.g., suicide, violence, threat, sexual offending, etc.)

  • Campus Mental Health Assessments

  • Criminal Forensic Psychiatric Assessments (e.g., risk, Fitness to Stand Trial, Criminal Responsibility/Insanity, Diminished Capacity, sentencing reports, malingering, expert psychiatric witness, etc.)

  • Civil Forensic Psychiatric Assessments (e.g., psychic harm/disability, return to work/fitness for duty, psychiatric malpractice, malingered mental illness, etc.) 

  • Experienced in mental health systems/models of care, complexity (e.g., severe and persistent mental illness, PTSD, etc.), safety/risk (e.g., suicide/self-harm, threat/violence), treatment resistance, seclusion and restraint reduction/least restraint, quality/evidence-based care, and psychiatric education

  • Expert consultation, deposition, and courtroom psychiatric testimony

Psychiatrist, Practicing in Forensic Psychiatry, Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care 

Penetanguishene, Ontario, September 2010 – March 2012

Psychiatrist, Central North Correctional Centre

Penetanguishene, Ontario, September 2010 – December 2010 (part-time)

Research Therapist, National Addiction Center, Institute of Psychiatry

London, United Kingdom, November 2004 – May 2005

Research Assistant, William Osler Health Center

Brampton, Ontario, Canada, January 2000 – June 2000

 

Research

Division of Psychiatry, Law, and Ethics, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University, New York State Psychiatric Institute

New York, New York, July 2007 – June 2010

Department of Forensic Mental Health Science, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College

London, United Kingdom, October 2004 – September 2005

Research Department, Provincial Forensic Programs Division, Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care

Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada, August 2001 – February 2002 (part-time)

Department of Paediatrics, The Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University 

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, October 2000 – March 2002 (part-time)

Department of Psychology, University of Western Ontario

London, Ontario, Canada, September 1997 – April 1998

Research Department, Provincial Forensic Programs Division, Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care

Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada, Summers 1997 - 1999 

 

Awards

Rappaport Fellowship, American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, 2008

F. Kenneth Hare Memorial Scholarship, King’s College, London, United Kingdom, 2004

Four-year-Continuing National Scholarship, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada, 1996 – 1998

National Merit Award, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario Canada, 1996

 
 

Presentions, Workshops and Publications

Beach, C, Dykema, L, Finnerty, M, Appelbaum, P, McReynolds, L, Dang, L: Forensic and Non-Forensic Clients in Assertive Community Treatment: A Longitudinal Study. Psychiatric Services 2013; 64 (5): 437-444

Beach, CA and Soliman, S: Reliability of Sleep Parasomnia and the Trustworthiness of Patient Self-Reporting. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law 2010; 38 (4): 601-603

Hilton ZN, Harris GT, Rawson K, Beach CA: Communicating Violence Risk Information to Forensic Decision Makers. Criminal Justice and Behaviour 2005; 32 (1): 97-116

Sockalingam, S, Parekh, N, Bogoch, I, Sun, J, Mahtani, R, Beach, CA, Bollegalla, N, Turzanski, S, Seto, E, Kim, J, Dulay, P, Scarrow, S, Bhalerao, S: Delirium in the Postoperative Cardiac Patient: A Review. Journal of Cardiac Surgery 2005; 20(6): 560-567

Bogoch I, Beach CA, Sockalingam S, Hansen K, Cheng A, Kingstone E, Bhalerao S:  Episodic Ataxia versus Somatization Disorder. The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 2004; 49 (11):787

Presentations and Workshops

WSIB Mental Health Policies and Programs

  • Royal Ottawa Health Care Group, Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds (October 2017)

  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds (October 2017)

  • Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, Grand Rounds (November 2017)

  • Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, Grand Rounds (November 2017)

  • St. Michael’s Hospital, Department of Occupational Medicine Grand Rounds (November 2017)

  • St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Grand Rounds (November 2017)

Psychiatric Diagnosis: DSM-IV vs DSM 5

  • Wendat (April 2017)

  • WSIB (April 2017)

WSIB Traumatic Mental Stress Programs

Ontario Medical Association Occupational Medicine Conference (April 2017)

Psychopharmacology

  • Wendat (April 2017)

  • WSIB (November 2016)

Ontario Telemedicine Network Training, WSIB (January 2017)

WSIB Psychology/Psychiatry PTSD Roster Provider Training, WSIB (January 2017)

Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Overview, Wendat (2016)

Emotional Wellness and Self-Care for Staff, Wendat (2016)

Community Risk Assessment and Management

  • Canadian Mental Health Association, Wellington, Waterloo, Dufferin (February 2014)

  • Wendat (June 2014)

  • OTN (June 2014)

Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care: the Good, the Glam, and the Glitches, Canadian Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, Craig Beach & Janice Vandevooren (March 2014)

Ontario Mental Health Law, Wendat (2014)

Clinical Documentation Best Practices, Wendat (2014)

PGY-4 Mock Trial, Department of Psychiatry, Western University

  • Craig Beach & Brian Daly (March 2014)

Introduction to Forensic Psychiatry, Medical Students, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry (2013)

Stalking: Assessment and Management, Sea Courses Rhine River Cruise, Craig Beach (September 2013)

Psycho-legal Report Writing & Expert Psychiatric Testimony, PGY-4 Postgraduate Psychiatry Residents, Western University, Craig Beach  (2013)

Civil Forensic Psychiatry, PGY-4 Postgraduate Psychiatry Residents, Western University, Craig Beach  (2013-2015)

Criminal Forensic Psychiatry, PGY-4 Postgraduate Psychiatry Residents, Western University, Craig Beach  (2013, 2014)

Specialized Mental Health, Foundation Cornerstone Dinner Fundraising Event, St. Joseph’s Health Care London, Sarah Jarmain & Craig Beach (Feb 2013)

PGY-4 Forensic Psychiatry Interview Course, Craig Beach (2012 – 2014)

Borderline Personality Disorder, Craig Beach

  • Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Waterloo Wellington (October 2016)

  • Sea Courses Cruise, Rhine River (September 2013)

  • Wendat, Midland, Ontario (November 2012)

Substance Abuse Disorders in the Elderly, Craig Beach (November 2012)

Depression in the Elderly, Wendat, Midland, Ontario (June 2012)

Dementia, Wendat, Midland, Ontario (June 2012)

Forensic Assertive Community Treatment: Improving Criminal Justice and Mental Health Outcomes, Craig Beach, Grand Rounds Presenter, Case Western Reserve University, Department of Psychiatry and Cuyahoga Community Corrections Centre, Cleveland, Ohio (May-June 2010)

In-Patient Care: Legal and Ethical Considerations, Craig Beach, Mary Jane Dykeman, Barbara Russell, National Symposium on Mental Health Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Ontario (October 2011)

Psychiatric Malpractice

  • PGY-4 & PGY-5 Postgraduate Psychiatry Residents, Western University, 2013-2014

  • Craig Beach, Louis DelSignore, Sea Courses Cruise, Montreal-to-Boston, September (2012)

  • Craig Beach, Louis DelSignore, Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care Grand Rounds, Penetanguishene, Ontario (June 2011)

  • Craig Beach, Ontario Telemedicine Network (May 2012)

  • Craig Beach, Praveen Kambam, Louis DelSignore, and Carolyn Wolf, International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services, Miami (April 2012)

  • Craig Beach, Praveen Kambam, and Louis DelSignore, American Psychiatric Association, Honolulu, Hawaii (May 2011)

  • Craig Beach, Praveen Kambam, Louis DelSignore, Canadian Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, Quebec City, Quebec (February 2011)

Violence Risk Assessment and Management

  • CMHA Waterloo Wellington Here 24-7, Specialized Crisis, and Police Services (February and March 2017)

  • CMHA Waterloo Wellington (June 2016)

Sea Courses Cruise, Rhine River (September 2013)

PGY-4 Postgraduate Psychiatry Residents, Western University (2013)

Sea Courses Cruise, Montreal-to-Boston (September 2012)

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Guelph, Ontario (March 2011, June 2016)

CMHA, Toronto, Ontario (March 2011)

Trellis Mental Health and Developmental Services, Guelph, Ontario (March 2011)

Wendat, Midland, Ontario (May 2011)

Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital Grand Rounds, Orillia, Ontario (September 2011)

Royal Victoria Hospital Grand Rounds, Barrie, Ontario (January 2012)

Ontario Telemedicine Network (February 2012, June 2012)

Suicide Risk Assessment and Management

CMHA Waterloo Wellington Here 24-7, Specialized Crisis and Police Services (February and March 2017)

CMHA Waterloo Wellington (June 2016)

Sea Courses Cruise, Rhine River, September (2013)

Sea Courses Cruise, Montreal-to-Boston, September (2012)

Trellis Mental Health and Developmental Services (March 2011, November 2012)

Wendat, Midland, Ontario (May 2011)

Georgian Bay General Hospital (June 2011)

Ontario Telemedicine Network (February 2012, June 2012)

Psychiatric Seclusion & Restraint Reduction

  • Canadian Academy of Psychiatry and the Law Annual Meeting (March 2013)

  • Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care Physician Meeting (June 2012)

  • Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, Penetanguishene, Ontario (February 2011)

  • Ontario Telemedicine Network (May 2012)

Atypical Approaches in the Treatment of Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder

  • The Library Restaurant, Midland, Ontario (May, 2011)

Psychopharmacology Review

  • WSIB (November 2016)

  • Wendat, Midland, Ontario (July, 2011)

  • Ontario Telemedicine Network (May 2012)

Challenging Clients: Maximizing Assertiveness and Enhancing Conflict Resolution Techniques

  • Wendat, Midland, Ontario (July, 2011)

  • Ontario Telemedicine Network (June 2012)

Conferences and Courses

Disruptive Physician Behavior

Ontario Medical Association, 2015

Physician Engagement

Studer Group, 2015

Future Leaders of Western (FLOW)

London, Ontario, September 2013 – June 2015

Canadian Conference on Physician Leadership

2013, 2014

Talent Management Conference

Effective Leaders in a Changing Health Care Environment, Western University

November 2012

Crucial Conversations Course

St. Joseph’s Health Care London, 2012

Crucial Accountability Course

St. Joseph’s Health Care London, 2014

International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services

Miami, April 2012

American Psychiatric Association (APA) Annual Meetings

New York, Washington, and Hawaii, United States

Canadian Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (CAPL) Annual Meetings

2011-2016

Criminal Psychiatry and Law Course

Professor Phillip Resnick,  Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland, Ohio

September – December 2009

Civil Psychiatry and Law Course

Professor Phillip Resnick, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland, Ohio, January

April 2010

The Historical, Clinical, Risk Management (HCR-20) Violence Risk Assessment Scheme Training 

North coast Behavioral Healthcare, Cleveland, Ohio

April 2010

Overview of Psychopathy,

Professor Robert Hare, Grand Rounds, Columbia University, Department of Psychiatry, New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, New York

May 2009

American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law Annual Meeting and Forensic Psychiatry Review Course, October 2008 and October 2009

The Historical, Clinical, Risk Management (HCR-20) Violence Risk Assessment Scheme and the Psychopathy Checklist (PCL-R) Workshop

Institute of Psychiatry, London, United Kingdom

May 2005

The Expert Witness Institute Joint Conference

Institute of Psychiatry, London, United Kingdom

December 2004

The Role of Genetics in Antisocial Behavior Conference

Institute of Psychiatry, London, United Kingdom,

October 2004

Committees

Co-Chair, Seclusion and Restraint Minimization Committee and Chair, Workforce Development Sub-Committee, St. Joseph’s Health Care London

2013 – 2015

Advisory Committee, Department of Psychiatry, Western University

2012 – 2015

Joint Mental Health Leadership Council, London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) and St. Joseph’s Health Care London

2012 – 2015

Regional Mental Health Care (RMHC), St. Joseph’s Health Care (SJHC) London, Operational Leadership Team, 2012 – 2015

Physician Leader Group (RMHC, SJHC) & Joint Physician Leader Group (RMHC & LHSC)

2012 – 2015

Physician Leadership Group, Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care (SWC),SJHC

2012-2015

Forensic Leadership Group, SWC, SJHC

March 2012 - 2015

Forensic Directors’ Group, Ontario, Canada

2012 – 2015

Medical Staff and Joint Medical Staff Group, SJHC & LHSC

2012 - 2015

In-patient Safety Group, Evidence-Based Practices in Forensic Mental Health Programs and Services Task Force Member

August 2011 – 2014

Professional Practice Advisory Committee Member, Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care

July 2011 – March 2012

Research Advisory Committee Internal Member, Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, Ontario, December 2010 – March 2012

The Prevention, Elimination, and Management of Severe Behaviors in Acute Psychosis or Dementia in a Tertiary Care Hospital Setting: Evidence-base and Best Practices, Steering Committee Member, Rounds Coordinator and Presenter (bi-monthly), Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care

November 2010 – March 2012

Long-Term Seclusion Standards of Practice Rounds Attendee and Presenter (bi-monthly), Waypoint Center for Mental Health Care

September 2010 – March 2012

Grand Rounds Speaker Nomination Committee, Columbia University, Department of Psychiatry, New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, New York

July 2007 – June 2009

Physician Professionalization Self-Awareness Group, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, 2000 – 2001

Psychiatry Institute for Medical Students, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

April 2001

Post Graduate Year One Didactic Curriculum Review Committee Member, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

Canada, 2003-2004

 

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