In this talk , Dr. Kira Vimalakanthan highlights the development of the CARES program, a psychosocial intervention that equips caregivers with skills to safeguard their mental health. Using a peer-based model, the CARES program provides a culturally responsive platform to foster open conversations about mental health and the shared experience of caring for a child with complex needs.
Dr. Kira Vimalakanthan is a registered clinical psychologist with nearly a decade of experience in providing assessment and treatment services. She obtained her Ph.D in Clinical Psychology at the University of Waterloo. To date, she has provided services in a variety of settings, including the Centre for Mental Health Research and Treatment at the University of Waterloo, the Eating Disorder Program at St. Josephâ€™s Healthcare Hamilton, and the Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre. In addition to her work in private practice, Dr. Vimalakanthan is a Staff Psychologist at Surrey Place.