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Workshop Description:

DAY 1 Friday, November 3, 2017

Registration opens 7:30AM. Presentation begins 8:00AM.

Presenter: Stephen Epp, BHkin, MCISc OT

  1. Trauma Informed Practice

Topics include:

  • traumatic stress reactions
  • implementing trauma-informed practice
  • correlations between traumatic brain injuries and traumatic stress
  • basic strategies for supporting clients
  1. Understanding mental health and addiction systems of care in BC

Topics include:

  • continuum of services and how to support clients in the community
  1. Concurrent Substance Use and Addictions

Topics include:

  • models and theories explaining substance use and addictions
  • the biopsychosocial spiritual model and the dislocation theory of substance use
  • how implementation of harm reduction and/or abstinence perspectives align and differ

DAY 2 Saturday, November 4, 2017

Registration opens 8:00AM. Presentation begins 8:30AM.

Presenter: Dr. Daniel DeForge, MD., FRCPC

Topics include:

  • Epidemiology of psychiatric illness in ABI vs. “normal population”
  • Neuroanatomy of ABI & mental health
  • Best practice guidelines
  • Screening tools for identifying depression and other mental health concerns in ABI
  • Evidence for restorative versus compensatory models of rehabilitation
  • Medication options for ABI & mental health

Presenter: Dr. Bradley J. Hallam, Ph.D., R. Psych., ABPP

Topics include:

  • A biopsychosocial model of mental health in ABI
  • Mild Traumatic Brain Injury – consensus and controversy
  • Neuroplasticity and ABI Mental Health
  • Evidence-based psychotherapies and their application/adaptation for the ABI population
  • Self-management versus psychotherapy
  • Crisis management & safety planning

Coffee and tea will be available at registration. Catered lunch and morning/afternoon refreshments will be provided.