Friday, November 22, 2013

Training: DSM-5 Workshop - Vancouver

The Intelligent Clinician's Guide to DSM-5 Workshop by Dr. Joel Paris
Friday, February 28th, 2014
Park Inn & Suites (Oak Room)
898 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1J8

Register by January 10th, 2014 to take advantage of our EARLY BIRD RATES!

Description: This workshop will review the nature of diagnosis in psychiatry and the history of the DSM process, describing the strong and weak points of this approach to classification of mental illness. It will then examine each of the major groupings in the manual, identify the major problems, and indicate where DSM-5 has made changes and where it has not.

Learning Objectives:
1) to understand the scientific and ideological bases of the DSM system
2) to examine limitations of the DSM, but to indicate how future research might illuminate diagnostic problems
3) to examine each of the major diagnoses in psychiatry and to review how DSM-5 deals with them

Presenter Biography:Joel Paris obtained an MD from McGill University in 1964, where he also trained in psychiatry. Dr. Paris has been a member of the McGill psychiatry department since 1972. Since 1994, he has been a full Professor, and served as Department Chair from 1997 to 2007. Dr. Paris is currently a Research Associate at the SMBD-Jewish General Hospital, and heads clinics at two hospitals. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. Dr. Paris has 185 peer-reviewed articles, and is the author of 17 books and 44 book chapters. Dr. Paris is an educator who has won awards for his teaching.

Job Posting: Social Worker Team Lead (Child Protection) - Gitlaxt'aamiks/New Aiyansh

Social Worker Team Lead (Child Protection)

Currently, Nisga’a Lisims Government has an exciting new position for a Social Worker Team Lead (Child Protection) to join the group in Gitlaxt'aamiks (also known as New Aiyansh) in beautiful British Columbia!

You can also look forward to fantastic benefits including:
  • Relocation assistance for the right candidate!
  • Up to 10 days per year for Professional Development (pending operational consideration)
  • 28 days off (10 vacation + 18 elective leave)
  • Overtime pay
  • Extended Health and Dental, Short and Long Term Disability, Group Life Insurance
  • Professional Development
  • Group Pension Plan
  • Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP) which provides confidential counseling services to assist employees with a variety of life's challenges

Please click here to apply online:

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Global Social Work: Government Attacks UK Social Workers

Michael Gove: many social workers 'not up to the job'

Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, outlines plan for a shake-up of social care amid claims the profession is failing to make people take responsibility for their actions

By , Education Editor, (12 Nov 2013). The Telegraph.  

Social workers are abdicating their responsibility by viewing individuals as "victims" of injustice rather than making them stand on their own two feet, according to Michael Gove.
In a speech today, he will suggest that many social workers are not up to the job, saying the system of training is more orientated towards allowing families to secure access to benefits "rather than helping them to change their own approach to life".
Social work is a demanding and "noble" vocation and requires a degree of professionalism on a par with the medical, teaching or legal professions, he says.
Mr Gove will outline plans to raise standards nationally by adopting rigorous working practices seen in Hackney, east London, where social workers set families clear expectations to improve their behaviour.
The approach has resulted in a third of social workers and managers in the borough being told to "move on", he says, although sources in the Department for Education insisted last night they were not looking at a similar number being removed from the profession nationally.
The comments - in a speech to the NSPCC today - come amid concerns over social services failings in high profile child deaths such as Baby Peter in Haringey, north London, and Daniel Pelka in Coventry.
Social workers were also criticised over "missed opportunities" to stop the sexual abuse of young girls in towns and cities such as Rochdale and Oxford.
The Coalition is now overhauling the system by appointing Isabelle Trowler, former head of social care in Hackney, as new Chief Social Worker to challenge the profession.
Sir Martin Narey, former chief executive of Barnardo's, is also reviewing the education and training of social workers.
Speaking today, Mr Gove will say that "great practice is too often undermined by dogma" in the social services sector.
“In too many cases, social work training involves idealistic students being told that the individuals with whom they will work have been disempowered by society," he says.
"They will be encouraged to see these individuals as victims of social injustice whose fate is overwhelmingly decreed by the economic forces and inherent inequalities which scar our society.
“This analysis is, sadly as widespread as it is pernicious. It robs individuals of the power of agency and breaks the link between an individual’s actions and the consequences.
"It risks explaining away substance abuse, domestic violence and personal irresponsibility, rather than doing away with them."
A new national training scheme - Frontline - that sets a higher bar for the profession has resulted in 4,000 people making applications to become social workers in the last six weeks alone, Mr Gove says.
Mr Gove will say that previous approaches to training are robbing families of a "proper sense of responsibility" and produces social workers who "abdicate their own".
"They see their job as securing the family’s access to services provided by others, rather than helping them to change their own approach to life," he says.
"Instead of working with individuals to get them to recognise harmful patterns of behaviour, and improve their own lives, some social workers acquiesce in or make excuses for these wrong choices."

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Training: Loving an Addict, Loving Yourself: Surviving the Holidays - Free Tele-class

Loving an Addict, Loving Yourself: Surviving the Holidays - Free Tele-class
Candace Plattor, (2013). 

This is a departure from my usual blog posts, but I wanted to let you know about a free Tele-Class that I am offering—so I’m sharing some information here.
The Tele-Class is called Loving an Addict, Loving Yourself: Surviving the Holidays.
Even though the date for it is December 4th, I know how busy people can be at this time of year, so I wanted to give you lots of advance notice so you can mark your calendars. 
Please visit my website in mid-November for registration details:
As we all prepare for the Holiday Season, there may be questions and concerns that you have about how to best handle situations with addicted loved ones. Even if you have an addiction yourself, you may also be the loved one of an addict (of any kind), possibly having grown up in an addicted family or currently in a significant relationship with an addict. No matter what your specific situation is, in this Tele-Class you will learn more about what addiction really is and how to set healthy, appropriate boundaries with the people you love who are still using destructive addictive behaviors. There will also be time for Q&A with me.
Please feel free to share this resource with anyone you think will benefit from participating in this Tele-Class—thank you.
 “Loving an Addict, Loving Yourself: Surviving the Holidays” 
Free Tele-Class
 Candace Plattor, MA, RCC, author of Loving an Addict, Loving Yourself: The Top 10 Tips for Loving Someone with an Addiction,presents a FREE Tele-Class for loved ones of addicts
Is loving an addict driving you crazy?
Are you at your wit’s end, trying to cope with this situation?
Are you worried about how to deal with the upcoming 
Holiday Season?
All too often, loved ones of people struggling with addiction suffer right along with them, not knowing what they can do to help—and often doing things that actually enable the addiction to continue. For those of you who are loved ones of people with addictions, the holidays can be a most stressful time.
On Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 2 pm PST, please join Candace Plattor for an insightful, free Tele-Class called “Loving an Addict, Loving Yourself: Surviving the Holidays,” to learn tips and strategies for making the holidays more manageable and enjoyable for both you and your loved ones.
Candace will share some new and different understandings about addiction, as well as strategies to help you become free from the emotional, physical, and financial traps you find yourself in with your addicted loved ones, especially around the holidays.
In this tele-class, you’ll also discover:
  • How to disengage from the urge to “control” or “fix” your loved one. Yes, it’s hard to do, but you must accept that you cannot stop your loved one’s addiction.
  • How to help your loved one without “enabling” the addiction. You can learn to genuinely help your loved one without supporting their addiction.
  • The difference between “self-care” and being “selfish”. Caring for yourself and honoring your own boundaries is the path that will free you from your struggle and pain.
There will be time for Q&A, for those of you with questions about how best to love someone with an addiction.
Join us for this insightful Free Tele-class—“Loving an Addict, Loving Yourself: Surviving the Holidays” and receive tips for getting yourself out of the chaos of your loved one’s addiction.
Date: December 4, 2013
Time: 2-3pm Pacific / 5-6pm Eastern
Fee: Free
To participate, simply go to and sign up for my newsletter in the top left corner of the page. In November, I will be sending out the registration link in my newsletter – so be sure to sign up soon!
Looking forward to “seeing” you there!
All my best,

Education: Master of Social Work: Leadership in the Human Services (LHS) - University of Calgary

Interested in becoming a leader in your organization? Aspiring to be a leader of social change in your community?

Are you working towards being an Executive Director, Project Manager, Coordinator, Supervisor, or Team Leader?

The Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary prepares emergent social work leaders for professional practice to lead organizations, community initiatives, human service agencies, and government departments with the:

Master of Social Work: Leadership in the Human Services (LHS)

Eligibility: For those with a

  1. Bachelor of Social Work degree, who then complete the MSW Leadership in the Human Services (LHS) program in two years. Courses are delivered online with one week on campus each year.
  2. A four-year non-social work Bachelor degree, who complete the program in three or four years. Foundation courses, which provide background preparation, must be completed on-campus, before moving to the online Leadership in the Human Services (LHS) courses.
To learn more, please click here:

Application Deadline: December 1, 2013.

Global Social Work: African Social Workers meet & advocate at Voices for Development

Voices for Development – Outcomes from African Region conference

IFSW, (2013). 

Social workers from across Africa met in Johannesburg in September 2013 to send messages to their governments and international development agencies. The Voices For Development Conference will inform regional and national governments that it is not acceptable that regional economic growth has not translated into positive social outcomes.

Realising the importance of hearing the views of social work practitioners, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon sent a message to the conference stating:

“Your deliberations will help spur action to achieve the MDGs [millenium development goals] while also contributing to shaping the post-2015 agenda. I count on your full engagement and partnership.”

Writing after the conference in The Guardian newspaper, IFSW Secretary General Rory Truell reported that 'delegates responded with a set of key messages to the international community that address the major causes of regional poverty and exploitation. These include the need for global frameworks of agreed fair taxing and just trade systems so that Africa doesn’t continue to be “super-exploited” by overseas companies’.

‘Delegates also reminded governments and international agencies that they cannot ‘develop’ other people. Many decades of experience has informed social work practice that people who are the targets of development policy need to be engaged in the policy frameworks from the beginning. Including people, developing shared visions and empowering them to be in charge of their own environments and futures will always have greater impact than rolling strategies upon them’, Rory Truell commented.

The outcomes and resolutions from this African regional conference will be recorded in the first report of the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development, along with the outcomes of regional discussions in Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Europe and North America,  and presented to all governments and international bodies in 2014.  The report will be launched at the world conference on social work and social development to be held in Melbourne, Australia in July 2014.

Read the Rory Truell article here

Voices for Development website

Voices for Development press release

UN Secretary General message to Voices for Development conference, 
‘Social workers make an essential contribution to community life in South Africa’, said Deputy Minister Mara Bongi Ntuli at Voices for Development conference.

Abye Tassé opened the conference with a challenge to the almost 600 social workers present.  ‘We social workers need to play our role in fighting poverty.  We must rediscover our energy and commitment.

Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development website

Using LinkedIn to Boost Your Career & Private Practice

How to Network Online Using Linkedin

Using Linkedin As An Online Networking Tool

Kessler, W. (2013). 

Savvy business owners, marketers, recruiters, sales people and people looking to explore job options are using Linkedin to gain access to people, jobs, news, groups, updates, and industry insights that help them network more effectively, identify the right prospects, and position themselves for their next job or career.

Why Linkedin is the Best Online Networking Site

LinkedIn is the largest professional network in the world. Membership recently surpassed 259 million members, as growth increased to 38% year-over-year with members in over 200 countries and territories around the globe.

An Increasing Number of Employers Use Social Networks to Find Candidates

Overall, 92 percent of employers and recruiters already use or plan to use social networks to find job candidates this year. And the search appears to be paying off. A full 73 percent of the recruiters polled said they hired someone who was found or introduced through a social network. Among those, 89 percent found someone through LinkedIn, 26 percent through Facebook, and 15 percent through Twitter.

Linkedin Strategic Announcements

In the third quarter of 2013 Linkedin reported the latest strategy information:
  • Linkedin Members engaged at record levels across desktop and mobile devices. Strength was driven by investment in core products improving how members manage their identities, their networks, and consume and publish content.
  • LinkedIn launched University Pages, the first step in an initiative to make LinkedIn an indispensable resource for students. To date, over 1,500 University Pages have been created in more than 60 countries.
  • LinkedIn launched Sponsored Updates, its first mobile advertising product, to deliver relevant content to members from marketers in the LinkedIn desktop and mobile feed.
What New for Linkedin?

In October, LinkedIn launched several new mobile products, including a re-imagined iPad app; Intro for iPhone, transforming the mobile email experience; a new Pulse app to deliver relevant news and insights with LinkedIn integration; and Recruiter Mobile for customers of the flagship Talent Solutions Recruiter product. Clearly, Linkedin is adapting to the growing expectations and needs among job seekers, recruiters, and employers.

Why Network Online? Potential Benefits Include:

  • A recent survey from Jobvite found that 94 percent of job recruiters tap into LinkedIn to find qualified candidates, up from 93 percent last year and 87 percent in 2011. But the other popular social networks are growing in influence as well.
    • Reach a broader base of potential target population
    • Improves Search Engine Optimization (SEO) through links to your website, landing page or blog as most social media sites index w/search engines
    • Contributes to list building efforts- opt–in email/newsletter
    • Contributes to jump starting company branding efforts by increasing company visibility and building loyalty and trust
    • Brand Building-allows more control of cyberspace-provide company information before others do
    • Brand Monitoring-find out what people are saying about your company live and be positioned to comment on it
    • Damage control-Respond to negative feedback to prevent/dispel rumors
    • Gain intelligence by what your competitor’s web presence/offers/content

Ways to Network Online Using Linkedin

Raise the visibility of you/your business online by doing the following:

  • Create a Business/Company page on Linkedin(it is free)
  • Join a Group on Linkedin related to your profession/ affiliation / target market
  • Start a group on Linkedin to attract people you want to connect with and interact with and learn from
  • In your Linkedin group provide an answer to a “Discussion” question
  • Ask a Discussion question on your Linkedin group
  • Comment on, or “Like” someone’s Discussion question or answer in the group
  • Ask people to connect on Linkedin
  • Respond to requests to connect with you
  • Poll group members on Linkedin
  • If you’d like to communicate with a person with whom you are not connected-Ask someone you are connected to(who is connected to that person) for an “introduction”
  • Write “status updates” on Linkedin-post a link to an article you wrote, promotion, event, job posting, or quote
  • “Endorse” people for a skill on Linkedin
  • Say Congrats on a new job to someone you know on Linkedin
  • Send “InMails” on Linkedin (Paid Service)

More Important Linkedin tips:

  • Make sure that your “Profile” is completely (100%)  filled out so that the Linkedin software can more fully match you with suggested people to connect with,  and provide you with more relevant industry updates.
  • Upload a recent photo to your profile page. It helps distinguish you from the other people with the same last name.
  • Make sure you put the time aside to network at least 15 minutes a day online
By creating a marketing plan that includes using these online networking tips regularly, you can tap the full potential of your networking efforts online, and begin to have more conversations that lead to a job or filling your pipeline.

Are you taking full advantage of Linkedin for your business?
How have you networked online using Linkedin?

If you need help getting your Linkedin profile completed, a one-on-one coaching session, or your Linkedin marketing campaign started- just give me a holler at 781-325-8186. Mention this article and I will take $25 off any Linkedin marketing/coaching service.

For more insightful tips from Wayne Kessler of Kessler Marketing and Coaching


Saturday, November 2, 2013

Infant Mental Health Educational Conference and General Assembly - Vancouver - November 9th, 2013

Western Canadian Association of Infant Mental Health 
A branch of the World Association of Infant Mental Health

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Infant Massage in Canada - 2004-2013

2013 Educational Conference and General Assembly
IAIM- AIMB Canada ®

Date: Saturday, November 9th, 2013
Time: 8:30 – 4:30 PST
Location: St. Paul’s Hospital
Providence Building Lecture Theatre - Room SPH 1477
Vancouver, British Colombia


Dr Pratibha Reebye - Reactive Attachment Disorder 
Dr Deidre Ryan – Post-partum & Perinatal Disorders 
Presentations followed by concurrent IAIM-AIMB Canada General Assembly
& Dr. Reebye’s new infant massage video and discussion.

We will conclude with a panel discussion and celebration of 10 years of infant massage in Canada.

Contact us at for registration and information.

Early Bird Fee (before October 20, 2013): $30 for IAIM or WCAIMH members, $40 for non-members.

Registration at the door: $40 for IAIM or WCAIMH members, $50 for non-members.

McGill School of Social Work accused of perpetuating systemic racism

   McGill School of Social Work accused of perpetuating systemic racism
   Chan, H.  (2013). McGill Daily.

   A course lecturer and doctoral student at the McGill School of Social Work has filed a human rights complaint against McGill University, alleging systemic racism on the part of the School. In his complaint, Woo Jin Edward Lee alleges that the Employment Equity Guidelines of the School of Social Work, and generally campus-wide, perpetuate practices that discriminate against racialized persons for faculty positions.

The complaint was sent to Quebec’s human rights commission, and was officially received on July 4 of this year, on the premise of “discrimination based on race intersecting with gender and sexual orientation in violation of sections 4, 10 and 16 of the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.”
According to the School of Social Work’s updated list of professors, Lee is the only racialized person and visible minority – not including Indigenous peoples – registered as a lecturer this calendar year.
“I don’t think there is any representation of people of colour when it comes to the administrative level,” said social work undergraduate student Sidara Ahmad, adding, “I don’t think there is an understanding of what people of colour – students of colour – go through. I don’t think there is any acknowledgement of the discrimination and racism they face.”
Lee, a self-identified member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community, and a visible minority, is currently a course lecturer for SWRK 325: Anti-Oppression Social Work Practice. He is also a doctoral student specializing in the experiences of LGBTQ immigrants and refugees.
In April 2013, Lee said, he applied for a part-time faculty lecturer position at the School of Social Work, recognizing the lack of racial diversity at the School. “Out of 22 tenure- and non-tenure-track faculty members, one or two are racialized, and one is LGBTQ,” he told The Daily in an interview.
A month after applying, Lee said he was notified that he had not even been short-listed for an interview. The five candidates short-listed for the position were all white women.
According to Lee, when meeting the director of the School, Wendy Thomson, he was informed that his application was rejected because he lacked clinical experience. The job posting never mentioned the necessity of such experience, Lee said, asking only for five years of experience as a social worker in Quebec’s community, health, or social services. The job posting also included the University’s statement committed to diversity and equity in employment, “[welcoming] applications from indigenous peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, persons of disabilities, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities and others who may contribute to further diversification.”
“The hiring committee’s internal and unwritten requirement regarding clinical experience produces a recurring, adverse impact on racialized persons who are underrepresented in clinical institutional settings in Quebec,” said Lee about his application rejection.
“I have been serving as course lecturer at the School of Social Work since 2008, in addition to devoting hundreds of volunteer hours in serving the McGill social work department and broader Montreal community,” said Lee. “It’s disappointing and saddens me that I was not at least short listed for the part-time faculty lecturer position. 
There are hiring criteria and procedures that must be reviewed by the human rights commission because there have been so few racialized teaching professionals that have been hired by the School within the last ten years. This is why I hope that my complaint of systemic racism in hiring will lead to change and better representation of the Montreal community among the School’s staff.”
Ahmad told The Daily about the very real implications of being a racialized person in the School. “I am one of the very few students who is racialized in the School of Social Work, and as soon as I started the program, I had a situation where there was discrimination and racism involved. [Lee] was one of the few faculty members who provided the support and the space to talk about it.”
Lee has been studying at the McGill School of Social Work since 2007, and is the recipient of numerous fellowships and scholarships for his studies. More recently, Lee was one of only four recipients in McGill history to receive the Award for Equity and Community Building, in the academic staff category. He was nominated by 16 students and community members. According to an article published in the McGill Reporter, this award “recognizes the work of students, faculty and staff committed to advancing equity and diversity at McGill.”
“For me, just seeing where the students are before they take [Lee’s Anti-Oppression Social Work Practice course] and where they are after, it’s essential,” said undergraduate social work student Katrina Topping, who had previously taken Lee’s Anti-Oppression course, adding, “It challenges students to question who they are, both as people and as social workers.”
Lee has been teaching at the School for six years – as a course lecturer for five years in addition to being a teaching assistant for one year. He has also worked in the Montreal community sector for another six years and spent five years practicing social work with marginalized children and youth in Calgary.
“I think that there does seem to be some type of resistance to incorporate AOP – anti-oppressive practice – in a really big way,” said Topping.
Another current social work undergraduate, Annie Preston, added, “I think there is a structural change in the School that needs to be happening to push for this.”
On his part, Lee has been pushing for change. “There has been a lack of racial diversity that was apparent from the very beginning, it was something that I noticed when I served as Equity Commissioner for PGSS,” said Lee, who also co-created the Racialized Students Network (RSN).
In addition to the RSN, Lee is also the co-founder of AGIR, a community organization that advocates for LGBTQ immigrants, refugees, and non-status migrants in the Montreal area. He is also a member of the Social Work Association of Graduate Students (SWAGS), and was the co-coordinator of Ethnoculture, an annual event that raises awareness about LGBTQ racialized and ethnic minority communities in Montreal.
In the fall of 2009, the Principal’s Task Force on Student Life and Learning launched the McGill University Student Demographic Survey to “foster sensitivity to cultural and personal differences in the delivery of academic and other administrative supports to our students.” The survey was completed by 2,070 McGill students.
According to the survey, 26 per cent of students from any ethnic group – excluding students who identified solely as white – reported discrimination by fellow students, and 18 per cent reported some level of discrimination by McGill employees.
Section 2.6 of McGill’s Handbook on Student Rights and Responsibilities describes discrimination as “any action, behaviour, or decision based on race, colour, sex [...] which results in the exclusion or preference of an individual or group within the University community. This includes both the actions of individual members of the University and systemic institutional practices and policies of the University.”
According to Fo Niemi, co-founder and executive director of the Center for Research-Action on Race Relations (CRARR), his organization does not receive many complaints from universities.
However, Niemi argues that this is more of a reflection of an unsafe environment for disclosure of discrimination rather than an absence of discriminatory experiences themselves. “In universities and corporations, the many professional and managerial positions produce a professional stigma when someone raises a claim of discrimination.”
Another explanation for the rarity of complaints arising from university staff lies in a Supreme Court of Canada decision, under which unionized people cannot independently appeal to the human rights commission unless the union has found a specific reason to file a grievance in the place of the employee. “That might explain why in many unionized workplaces, such as universities, we do not see very often claims of discrimination going forward,” said Niemi.
As a part-time course lecturer, Lee is a member of the newly-formed McGill Course Lecturers and Instructors Union (MCLIU). However, the union is currently in negotiation with the University for its first collective agreement, and Lee believes he would not have been able to go through the usual grievance procedure in place.
Among the remedies sought, Lee’s complaint asks the Commission to require changes to the hiring policies of the University in general and the McGill School of Social Work in particular, and to order the School to adopt a mandatory employment equity action plan to increase the number of racialized individuals among the School’s faculty and course lecturers. Lee also seeks material and moral damages.
“There are many other students that have been in situations where they have been discriminated against,” said Ahmad, adding, “and found support with [Lee].”

Job Postings: Knowledge Exchange & Social Learning Coordinator & Child and Youth Friendly Communities Manager

Canadian Mental Health Association BC Division
Knowledge Exchange and Social Learning Coordinator –
Healthy Minds/Healthy Campuses
Job Title: Knowledge Exchange and Social Learning Coordinator
Position Type: Full-Time, Temporary, One-Year
Hours of Work: 1.0 FTE (37.5 hours per week)
Location: Vancouver, BC
Years of Experience: 3 years relevant experience
Start Date: As soon as possible
Application Deadline: Tuesday November 12th @ 12 noon

Canadian Mental Health Association BC Division
Vision Statement – Mentally healthy people in a healthy society
Mission Statement – As the nation-wide leader and champion for mental health, CMHA facilitates access to the resources people require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, build resilience, and support recovery from mental illness.

Job Summary

As the Knowledge Exchange and Social Learning Coordinator for the Healthy Minds/Healthy Campuses Community of Practice, you will play an important facilitative and documenting role within our community of practice (CoP). You will report to and take strategic direction from the Director, Public Policy, Research, and Provincial Programs and work in close collaboration with the Coordinator, Healthy Minds/Healthy Campuses.

This position will be responsible for a variety of knowledge exchange and social learning activities designed to support CoP members in their collective work to advance a provincial vision of healthier campus communities. You will play a lead role in designing, planning, and implementing a variety of knowledge products, including the launch of the community’s new website and online learning platform. You will also work in close collaboration with the Coordinator, Healthy Minds/Healthy Campuses in the implementation of effective face-to-face and virtual social learning events (e.g. the community’s annual summit, webinars, online discussions). You will facilitate access to appropriate and tailored evidence, and information about promising practices, to support province-wide inter-campus learning related to population focused and systemic responses to promote student mental health and reduce harmful substance use. You will play a key role in producing the evidence-based content required to support the effective mobilization of knowledge throughout our learning community.

While the Coordinator, Healthy Minds/Healthy Campuses is responsible for building and fostering linkages between stakeholders at colleges, universities, institutes and their communities across BC, your duties and responsibilities will include a focus on building and strengthening the linkages between the community of practice and the BC research community. You will build and foster new relationships with researchers to enhance community capacity to engage in research about campus mental health and substance use and apply the best available evidence, while facilitating the effective participation of community members in knowledge generation and exchange opportunities.

See the entire posting here.

Child and Youth Friendly Communities Manager

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Please share widely with your networks, on your websites, in your newsletters. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to child rights work in BC. The application closes at 9:00AM on November 12th. 

Help us spread the word on social media! Here's a suggested tweet:

Passionate about children's rights and healthy communities? @scyofbc is hiring! 

Visit the website for more information.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Training - DBT - Vancouver - this week

"Distress Tolerance and Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy"

Dear Colleague,

The DBT Centre of Vancouver is pleased to offer a full-day workshop, "Distress Tolerance and
Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy," taking place on
Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at the Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan St, Vancouver.

This one-day workshop, presented by Dr. Alex Chapman, will focus on skills to help clients
learn how to tolerate emotional distress and upsetting situations (past and present) and to
interact more effectively with other people using Distress Tolerance and Interpersonal
Effectiveness Skills. Following this day of training, participants will be able to:

- Describe and use at least one core Distress Tolerance Skill to help clients survive crises
and overwhelming situations
- Describe and begin to use in practice the skill of Radical Acceptance
- Describe and use in practice some of the core Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills

The workshop is designed for mental health professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists,
counsellors, etc.) providing counselling or other psychological services.

The DBT Centre is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association as a provider of
continuing education activities. Attendees will receive a certificate confirming attendance
for 6 CE credits.

For more information and to register online, please go to You may also refer to the attached
document/registration form for your convenience. Thank you.

DBT Centre of Vancouver, Inc.
1040 - 1200 Burrard St
Vancouver BC V6Z 2C7
P: 604-569-1156
F: 604-569-1230