Events of Interest for Department Members

*** On behalf of the  VCH Regional Mental Health and Substance Use Program ***

The Regional Mental Health and Substance Use Program in collaboration with the Regional Addictions Program is excited to announce educational workshops and preceptor training opportunities as a part of the Prescriber Enhancement Education Series for prescribers (Physicians and Nurse Practitioners) to enhance their knowledge and skills in the management of patients with concurrent disorders.

You have the opportunity to receive funding for a Prescriber Enhancement Education workshop which is supported by new time-limited funding from the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions (MMHA). Participants will be compensated at a sessional rate for attending this workshop.

The education workshops are offered on the following dates:

  • Saturday, February 8th , 8:00 am – 5:00 pm at Richmond Hospital
    (Ralph Fisher Auditorium at Richmond Hospital, 7000 Westminster Hwy, Richmond V6X 1B8)
  • Saturday, February 29th, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm at Vancouver General Hospital
    (Paetzold Auditorium at Jim Pattison Pavilion, 899 W 12th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9)

Funded spaces are limited so act fast!  Registration for funded positions will be open until January 20th or until all spots are filled. If you are interested in attending, please complete and send this Registration Form to General registration will be open until Monday, January  27th.

Please note, if you are selected to receive funding for this educational opportunity, it will be stated within your email confirmation.  Please allow one week for confirmation.

Kind Regards,

VCH Prescriber Enhancement Team


Mindfulness-integrated CBT: A Transdiagnostic Treatment Approach Workshop on March 6 & 7, 2020

Mindfulness-integrated CBT: A Transdiagnostic Treatment Approach is a 2-Day Workshop on March 6-7, 2020 in Vancouver, BC, open to mental health clinicians, researchers, and students/residents who are seeking a great introduction to MiCBT and want to learn more about the therapeutic structure and rationale for the meditation practices used.

Details& Registration:

* Approved by the CPA for 12 CE Credits

Fostering Resilience – Hollyhock 2020: June 7 – June 12, 2020

A five-day Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therepy (MBCT) meditation retreat for physicians, health professionals, and their partners.

Dr. Lau & Dr. Grabovac share their combined experience over 35 years as MBCT and MiCBT teachers, trainers and mentors to help you develop and deepen your mindfulness skills. You will learn to apply evidence-based mindfulness skills and CBT in daily life to build resilience to stress and burnout through a combination of guided meditation, group discussion, practical exercises, and refinement of meditation techniques.



Michael Smith Laboratories presents a seminar by, Dr. Freda Miller

Dr. Freda Miller
University of Toronto, Sick Kids
Neurosciences & Mental Health

Tuesday, December 17th from 11am – 12pm
MSL Auditorium – 2185 East Mall

“Generating and regenerating the nervous system with stem cells and growth factors”

Last Opportunity to Receive Free Training to Identify and Repair Therapeutic Alliance Tensions

The Psychotherapy Practice Research Network is currently seeking regulated professionals who practice psychotherapy for a CIHR funded study on therapeutic alliance. Please visit and select the study tab for study information, or explore the PPRNet psychotherapy resources and join the network.