Wrong Garry Vickar?

Last Updated 12/10/2010

General Information

Employment History

Chief of Psychiatry for the Center for Mental Health  - Christian Hospital

Medical Director of the STEPS Program and Chair of Psychiatry  - Christian Hospital

Chairman, Department of Psychiatry  - Christian Hospital

President  - Eastern Missouri Psychiatric Society

Medical Director  - STEPS

Medical Director  - STEPSsm


MD  - 

University of Manitoba , Canada


Representative  - Eastern Missouri Psychiatric Society


Board Member  - Pebbles

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Garry Vickar (psychiatrist of Christian Hospital) remarked: Doctors have a tendency to close their minds to anything other than what they read in their literature.

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Christian Hospital - Hospital Services - Center for Mental Health - BJC Christian Hospital Center for Mental Health and Recovery

Garry Vickar, MD, Medical Director
314.839.3171 or toll-free 800.447.4301 Garry M. Vickar, MD, FRCPC, is chief of psychiatry for the Center for Mental Health at Christian Hospital and medical director of STEPS. He is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. After graduating from medical school at the University of Manitoba, Canada, he completed his psychiatric residency program at Washington University School of Medicine.Â

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Psychiatric News -- Bender 39 (5): 43

Garry Vickar, M.D.: "We believe in this program because we see how well it works." Garry Vickar, M.D., launched the program in 1985.He recognized that inpatients with schizophrenia and their families could benefit from accurate information about the disorder and up-to-date treatment strategies to combat its symptoms. Vickar is medical director of the STEPS program and chair of psychiatry at Christian Hospital, a 460-bed general hospital in St. Louis.He is also immediate past president of the Eastern Missouri Psychiatric Society and is its representative to the APA Assembly. "When I began to practice in 1976, families were being bombarded with the message that they were to blame for their relatives' schizophrenia," Vickar told Psychiatric News.He began to hold meetings for his patients and their families because he believed "it was important to educate patients and families about the medical model of the illness" in a way that was "less pejorative and guilt provoking for families," he explained. He and his staff at the hospital finally had the opportunity to educate patients and families on a much larger scale with the advent of the STEPS program in 1985. In addition, some patients join the STEPS aftercare program, which is extended to former inpatients as well as people with schizophrenia who have never been exposed to the program, Vickar said. In the aftercare group, which is offered on Wednesday evenings and is free of charge, patients offer support to one another and are free to address with staff any issues that concern them. "Some patients have been coming to aftercare for years now," he said, noting that many patients in the aftercare program develop close and enduring relationships with staff. Patients who come to the aftercare program often opt to join the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill North Club chapter, according to Vickar and Roe, through which they socialize during monthly outings to restaurants, movie theaters, and museums, for instance. Vickar said he is gratified by the improvements made by many of the program's patients.He has seen patients, after leaving the program, move on to independent living situations, new friendships, and full-time work."We believe in this program because we see how well it works," he said. Vickar presented program data at the APA Institute on Psychiatric Services in Boston in October, his eighth presentation on the STEPS program at that meeting. The researchers plan to submit the data for publication this year. Vickar said he thinks the program can be replicated in other settings.

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