An award-winning psychiatrist, Dr. Ballon brings close to two decades of experience in providing innovative education, novel simulations, coaching, group facilitation and creativity-enhancing techniques for teaching and training to individuals and groups. Dr. Ballon is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health for the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine, as well as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s Faculty of Health Sciences. As the Director of Education for SIM-one (the Simulation Network of Ontario), he embraces an interprofessional collaborative approach and a spirit for collaboration. He is the Head of the Advanced Clinical and Educational Services for Problem Gambling, Gaming and Internet Addiction at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. He also participates in the Arts and Humanities for Healthcare activities offered through Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Ballon also works with industries involved in interactive technology and games for understanding its impact on people’s lives. He is also an illusionist who performs magic and mentalism, primarily to help educate the public of mental health issues. Dr. Ballon is a sought-after speaker for national and international meetings. He has also has acted as a consultant for many healthcare professional organizations in regard to addiction and mental-health issues. He has written books for children, parents, and the general public on youth and family health issues. Dr. Ballon is considered an expert in the area of simulation and experiential interactive techniques. Dr. Ballon has been a consultant and advisor to a variety of media-related activities including television, plays, novels and film productions to help create accurate portrayals of psychiatric and addiction elements. He has also created games dealing with mental-health and addiction issues that have garnered him awards from the Games Manufacturers Association and international literary and academic associations. He is also an illusionist who performs magic and mentalism, as well as collaborates and consults for professional magicians around the world.
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