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Colloquium on Integrative Health: 
What are the good practices in whole person health?

This year, the third edition of the Colloquium on Integrative Health will be held in a special setting owing to the pandemic. Completely online and lasting one week, the event will enable participants from around the world to access a greater number of presentations and workshops, in French, in English, and in real or delayed time.

Always attuned to topical issues, your interests and your concerns, the scientific committee has ensured that special attention will be given to the theme of psychological health and well-being in the choice of its presentations, since the current global situation raises much concern and anxiety in the population, as it does among clinicians, and to the theme of traditional Indigenous medicine through the participation of Indigenous people who will share their paradigm of health and illness.

As the integrative health approach agrees on the importance of the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual dimensions in the search for a life-health balance unique to each person, the themes of food, addiction and all the interrelated factors that impact the health and well-being of individuals and communities will also be discussed. At all times, the approach advocates a safe mix of conventional health care and services with complementary approaches, in keeping with the preferences and culture specific to each person.

Reserve your place today.


Friday, November 20

Keynote address

9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Let’s talk about research into integrative health

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Donelda Gowan, Adjunct Professor, Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine of the University of Saskatchewan, and President of the INCAM Research Network – a division of the International Society of Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Medicine Researchers.

“Whole person care”: What does that mean?

11 a.m. – 12 noon

Tom A. Hutchinson, physician, Professor at the Department of Medicine and the Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University, and Director of the McGill Programs in Whole Person Care

The disadvantaged: effective strategies to improve access to the complementarity of approaches, the “Group Visit” model

3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Jeffrey Geller, physician at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Co-Founder of the group “Integrative Medicine for the Underserved”, and Co-Founder and Instructor for “The Integrated Center for Group Medical Visits”.

Saturday, November 21

Overmedicalization and deprescription: Why should we think about them?

11 a.m. – 12 noon

Caroline Sirois, Associate Professor of the Faculté de Pharmacie of Université Laval and regular researcher with the Centre d’excellence sur le vieillissement de Québec.

The epidemic of obesity and diabetes: a look at pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Èvelyne Bourdua-Roy, family physician, Coopérative Solidarité Santé de Contrecoeur, certified in obesity medicine.

Food for the treatment of chronic illnesses: Where are we now?

2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Terry Wahls, physician and Clinical Professor, Carver College of Medicine of the University of Iowa.

Web café

A patient experience in eating habits and food choices following a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis: the beneficial effects on the quality of personal, family and occupational life

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Discussion workshop with Philippe de Vienne, chef, spice trekker and patient partner.

Sunday, November 22

Mindfulness meditation: treatment for addictions and bad habits

9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Judson Brewer, psychiatrist and Director of Research and Innovation, Mindfulness Center, School of Public Health, Brown University.

The contribution of chiropractic care to the health of the population

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Robert David, chiropractor and administrator at the Association des chiropraticiens du Québec.

The contribution of acupuncture for the treatment of addictions and post-traumatic shock syndrome: the NADA protocol

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Julie E. Dorval, B.Sc., acupuncturist.
Charlotte Astier, M.Sc., acupuncturist.

Web café

Access to complementary approaches for the disadvantaged: the Québec experience, Le Spa de la rue

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Discussion workshop

Monday, November 23

Natural health products: the science and safe use

9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Pierre Haddad, Professor at the Département de pharmacologie et physiologie of the Faculté de médecine of Université de Montréal.
Jean-Yves Dionne, pharmacist.

For a better understanding of traditional Indigenous medicine in order to tend toward the cultural security of the provision of services – Part 1

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Pierre Picard, member of the Huron-Wendat nation, principal consultant – Groupe de recherche et d’intervention en milieu autochtones (GRIPMA).

The contribution of mind-body approaches to support the well-being of the populations, particularly during crises or pandemics

2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

James Gordon, psychiatrist, Clinical Professor at the School of Medicine of Georgetown University and Founder and Director of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine.

Web café

The contribution of mind-body approaches to support women and couples in perinatal bereavement

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Discussion workshop with Sylvie Blouin, community worker at the support group Les Perséides and Louise Pronovost, retired nurse who has worked in perinatal care and with vulnerable families.

Tuesday, November 24

The use of complementary approaches for the pediatric clientele

9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Hsing Jou, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry of the University of Alberta, pediatric emergency physician at the Stollery Children's Hospital and Clinical Director of the Integrative Health Network of the University of Alberta.

Integrative oncology and competencies required of healthcare professionals: the results of a large-scale consultation

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Lynda G. Balneaves, Associate Professor at the College of Nursing of the University of Manitoba.

For a better understanding of traditional Indigenous medicine in order to tend toward the cultural security of the provision of healthcare – Part 2

2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Rod McCormick, Professor and Research Chair, Faculty of Education and Social Work, Thompson-Rivers University, and member of the Kanienkehaka (Mohawk) Nation.

Final words and thanks

3:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Announcement of prize winners


Regular: $150
Non-profit organizations: $100
Students: $75
UdeM employee : $100

To reach us

Contact us
Chantal Levesque, organizer
(514) 343-6090 or


All the presentations will be recorded and accessible to participants for 30 days. Details will be sent by email after the event.

Simultaneous translation

Simultaneous translation from English to French and from French to English will be provided for all conferences.


A university continuing education attestation consisting of 1.7 continuing education units will be awarded for this colloquium on request.

Formations en santé intégrative

Faites partie des professionnels et des intervenants habilités à soutenir des patients qui envisagent le recours à des approches complémentaires ou qui sollicitent votre avis à ce sujet.