Being Stalked: A Firsthand Experience

Evaluate the session

Presenting Author(s): Dr. Tania Oommen, MD, FRCPC

Date and time: 21 Mar 2020 from 13:30 to 14:00

Location: Hawthorn A  Floor Map

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify clinical warnings of potential stalking behaviors;
  2. Discuss medical system issues that may result in increased vulnerability of potential stalking victims; and
  3. Interactive sharing of similar experiences amongst audience members.


Dr. Oommen will discuss an incident of stalking arising after provision of therapy in a group setting as well as an individual psychiatric assessment. She will describe the clinical features of the patient including interpersonal interactions with co-group members that may have acted as early warning signs of future stalking behavior. She will provide a summary of the patient's behaviors over time and her response. She also hopes to engage in an interactive discussion with the audience regarding systematic factors that may render less likely effective reactions to risky or threatening patient behavior in an outpatient psychiatric setting.

Her presentation will be followed by a forensic specialist's expert opinion on stalking.

Literature References:

1. Stalking of psychiatrists and psychotherapists : Results of an online survey. Nervenarzt. 2018 Jan;89(1):58-63. doi: 10.1007/s00115-017-0304-4.

Add to Calendar