BUILDING RECOVERY CAPITAL IN COMMUNITY

September 7th 11 am. Anvil Centre Room Studio 413

Moderated by Jessica Cooksey

Learning Objectives

  • Identify distinct recovery capital areas that can be enhanced and barriers to be addressed in individuals’ recovery processes
  • Identify evidence-informed approaches that can engage with and support people in their goals recovery from complex mental health and substance use challenges and improved in quality of life
  • Updated knowledge about the interventions that are most effective for promoting recovery among people with complex mental health and substance use challenges

Dr. Julian Somers SFU

Recovery Capital: When Wealth and Poverty Have the Same Price.

Updating knowledge about the interventions that are most effective for promoting recovery among people with complex addictions;

Promoting the use of “recovery capital” as a concept to differentiate effective and less effective interventions, even when they cost the same amount of money


Keir Macdonald Look Out Society

Recovery Capital through Harm Reduction

Identify evidence-informed approaches that can engage with and support people in their goals recovery from complex mental health and substance use challenges and improved in quality of life. Updated knowledge about the interventions that are most effective.


Susan Hogarth Westminster House for Women

Recovery Capital Through Residential Treatment

A community based women’s residential treatment program perspective on building Recovery Capital. Identify distinct recovery capital areas that can be enhanced and barriers to be addressed in individuals’ recovery processes


There is a growing recognition that there are many pathways of recovery. This presentation explores the barriers and facilitators to recovery capital. Using the concept of Recovery Capital – a biopsychosocial recovery presenters provide a lens to identify distinct areas that can be enhanced and barriers to be addressed in individuals’ recovery processes. Three distinct community services present person-centered approaches to strengthening recovery capital. Because recovery is a relatively understudied topic, this presentation highlights evidence-informed approaches that can engage with and support people in their goals recovery from complex mental health and substance use challenges and improved in quality of life.


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Recovery Capital Conference of Canada

VPD Peer Support Experience

Constable Garett MacDonald
Peer Outreach Coordinator
Vancouver Police Department
Garett MacDonald Is a 19 year member with Vancouver Police Department. He has had a number of assignments within the VPD.  His current role is the Peer Outreach coordinator for the the Peer Support Unit. 
  • The Importance of a Peer.
  • Reducing Stigma in the workplace

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Portugal’s Assessment Process for Substance Use Disorder

Nuno Capaz
Portuguese Ministry of Health’s Dissuasion Commission
In 2001 Portugal decriminalized the usage of all drugs and diverted drug users from the judicial / criminal system to the health care system.
Sharing our experience of 17 years of decrim of all drugs.
Nuno Capaz has been working for the Portuguese Ministry of Health’s Dissuasion Commissions since they were created in 2001. These Boards were created to apply Portugal’s law passed in 2000 decriminalizing all drug use. As such, he is a member of an interdisciplinary team that evaluates drug users. He has also been in charge of correspondence with foreign delegations seeking information and research about the Portuguese model for drug policy.

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September 6th and 7th, 2018

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Together We Can John Volken Academy Inner Visions Recovery
Sage Counselling and Addiction Services Interior Chemical Dependancy All Cleared Pardons Narcotics Anonymous
Chopra Health Centre Western Addiction Forum Sunshine Coast Health Centre New West Recovery

First Responders & Psychological Hazards

Maintaining First Responders health & well-being during the overdose Crisis

David Burns
Matthew Johnston

 

First Responder Health: Maintaining Well-Being During the Overdose Crisis

First Responders represent a unique segment of the population. These professionals routinely engage in emergency situations that overwhelm and even traumatize most civilians. This behavioural response is a trained reaction that is attractive to certain personality types, but counters the evolutionary nature of human brain development.

In this presentation we will examine the unique psychological challenges facing first responders and what can be done to sustain a healthy existence.

Issues surrounding call volume, scope of practice and call diversity will provide the audience a context for understanding the modern psychological challenges facing first responders.

The Surrey Fire Service identified many years ago that providing mental health support to members was critical to maintaining a healthy workforce. We developed a peer support program and implemented a CISM team to help members assist with their exposures to traumatic incidents. For many years this program has been very effective, but the loss of three members within a three month period strained the ability of our members to cope with the emotion of these events. Compounding this has been the stress on our members due to the ever increasing number of incidents occurring in our community due to the constant population growth. The opioid epidemic has also contributed to the demand for service across the city. To assist our members the City and the Union have collaborated on developing more resources and programs to assist our members to maintain their mental health.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the challenges facing first responders
  • Explain the services provided to SFD members
  • Explain the services developed through the BCPFFA
  • Overview how society’s suffering has contributed to the psychological crisis facing first responders.
  • How one’s natural negativity bias leaves oneself susceptible to moral injury, compassion fatigue and burnout.
  • What fire fighters and mental health professionals can do to bridge existing gaps to counter the mental health crisis.
Matt Johnston BIO

Matt Johnston is a clinical counsellor and full-time professional fire fighter. Matt has mastered the art of closing the gap between mental health services and first responders. Through his proactive, strengths-based approach, Matt’s ultimate goal is to alleviate the mental health crisis gripping first responders across North America.

Matt’s skill set is grounded by twenty years of study in the field of psychology and over ten years in clinical practice. His unique approach to conceptualizing trauma is an introspective blend of academic training, clinical practice and direct experience of attending over 2,000 emergency calls as a fire fighter in the Metro Vancouver area.

Matt is the creator of an innovative course for mental health professionals titled Occupational Awareness Training for Therapists: Understanding First Responder Trauma. This ‘first of its kind’ initiative provides specialized training to counsellors who look to build a sustainable, working relationship with first responders.

David Burns BIO
David Burns has worked with Surrey Fire Service for 29 years as a suppression fire fighter and holds the rank of captain. He has been a member of the workplace peer support and CISM team for the majority of his career and is the coordinator of the department’s Members and Family Assistance Program. He was the Vice President of the Surrey Fire Fighters’ Association for 10 years and is the Fraser Valley Vice President of the British Columbia Fire Fighters Association. David is a Master Trainer for the International Association of Fire Fighters and delivers peer support training throughout North America.

Topics – Workplace Wellness, Psycho-social, Trauma, Innovative Treatment, Neurology

This session is followed by

VICARIOUS RESISTANCE: INSPIRING HOPE AS AN ETHICAL POSITION with Vikki Reynolds plus 30 other speakers

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Portugal Decriminalized Model – assessing patients.

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Portugal’s Decriminalized Model, assessing patients.

September 6th Anvil Centre Morning Keynote

For those who attend the Recovery Capital Conference of Canada in 2017, this is part 2 of the Portuguese Series offered by the Conference.  For new registrants, there will also be an overview of last year’s session.

In 2001 Portugal decriminalized the usage of all drugs and diverted drug users from the judicial / criminal system to the health care system.

Learning Objectives,

  • Sharing our experience of 17 years of decrim of all drugs.
  • Practical explanation on how the Dissuasion Commission’s work on a daily basis.

Nuno Capaz has been working for the Portuguese Ministry of Health’s Dissuasion Commissions since they were created in 2001. These Boards were created to apply Portugal’s law passed in 2000 decriminalizing all drug use. As such, he is a member of an interdisciplinary team that evaluates drug users. He has also been in charge of correspondence with foreign delegations seeking information and research about the Portuguese model for drug policy.

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When Wealth and Poverty Have the Same Price

Dr. Julian Somers

Date: September 7th 11 am to3:30 pm

Community Focus  – Studio 413

Abstract:

Many people receive addiction treatment only when their lives have become complicated by other challenges, including involvement with the law, loss of housing and employment, or mental illness. This talk examines research on the life trajectories of people who experience complex addictions. It also reviews evidence concerning interventions, and considers how the concept of recovery capital can explain why some interventions are more effective than others.

Over the past 10 years a series of studies in British Columbia have involved people experiencing complex addictions. This research has used a variety of methods: economic analyses; cohort studies; randomized controlled trials; qualitative interviews; and comparative outcome studies. Many of these studies have focused on integrated multi-agency interventions.

Taken together, the results show that people develop complex challenges over time and frequently seek help for their health and social problems. The results also show that mainstream resources in most communities have limited effectiveness for people with complex addictions, leading to greater problems in other domains and relocation to new places.

A variety of specialized programs have been developed for people with complex addictions including Drug Treatment Court, Housing First, Assertive Community Treatment, and Intensive Case Management. Evidence confirms that these programs can deliver better outcomes than the status quo on a wider range of outcomes: housing stability; crime reduction; community integration; improved health; etc. But the results also show that it’s possible to spend equivalent amounts of money of programs that yield significantly different results.

Differences between similarly-funded interventions can be explained by considering their effects on recovery capital: court outcomes are better when they provide health and social services; housing outcomes are better when people live in diverse neighbourhoods versus exclusively with others who were homeless; health outcomes are better when people have the authority to make decisions. There is an urgent need to replace ineffective services with effective ones, and to move the point of interventions upstream. This talk concludes with a focus on opportunities to achieve both objectives.

Learning Objectives:

  • Increasing knowledge regarding the relationship between addiction and additional serious life challenges including conflict with the law, employment loss, and homelessness;
  • Updating knowledge about the interventions that are most effective for promoting recovery among people with complex addictions;
  • Promoting the use of “recovery capital” as a concept to differentiate effective and less effective interventions, even when they cost the same amount of money.

References:

Rezansoff SN, Moniruzzaman A, Fazel, S, Skeem J, McCandless L, Somers JM (2017). Housing First improves adherence to antipsychotic medication among formerly homeless adults with severe mental illness: results of a randomized controlled trial. Schizophrenia Bulletin. 43(4): 852-861. doi:10.1093/schbul/sbw136

Somers JM, Moniruzzaman A, Palepu A. (2015). Changes in substance use among people experiencing homelessness and mental illness: 24-month outcomes following randomization to Housing First or Usual Care. Addiction. DOI: 10.1111/add.13011.

Somers JM, Moniruzzaman A, Rezansoff SN, Brink J, Russolillo A. (2015). The prevalence and distribution of complex co-occurring disorders: a population study. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences. DOI: 10.1017/S2045796015000347.

Bio:

Dr. Julian Somers completed his clinical training at the University of Washington, Seattle’s Harbourview Hospital, and British Columbia’s Children’s Hospital. He was Director of the UBC Psychology Clinic and President of the BC Psychological Association.

Dr. Somers has led Provincial and multi-jurisdictional programs addressing public health crises involving addiction, physical and mental health, social welfare, public safety, and housing. He began his academic career in the UBC Faculty of Medicine, and is currently Full Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University.

The Somers Research Group is internationally recognized for public health initiatives with governmental, private, and not-for-profit collaborators. Dr. Somers has led large-scale applied randomized trials, multi-site interventions, and population-level studies described in over 100 publications. He has also created advanced information systems for public health surveillance and to evaluate the effectiveness of policies and services.

Members of the Somers Research Group have garnered numerous awards and distinctions for research in the public interest. Dr. Somers serves as an advisor to senior officials in government and corporate roles and is a frequent media contributor.

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September 6th and 7th, 2018

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Sage Counselling and Addiction Services Interior Chemical Dependancy All Cleared Pardons Narcotics Anonymous
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Beyond Cannabis Legalization: Refocusing on Communities and Public Health

Beyond Cannabis Legalization: Refocusing on Communities and Public Health
Andrew Freedman, Colorado’s First Director of Marijuana

September 14th 1:30-3:00 pm Round Room

Abstract: Over the past decades, North America has been torn apart by diametrically opposed and deeply held beliefs about cannabis. To some it inspires love, medicates the sick, and promotes wellbeing. To others it is a limitless font of crime, addiction, and social unrest. Through the last half of the 20th century we witnessed two Beatles’ arrests for possession of hashish, an Olympian stripped of his Gold medal, and a grisly Mexican drug war. Voters became tired of the War on Drugs, and the new millennium brought a wave of populist-led legalization efforts.
Evaluating the success of these legalization efforts has been almost as divisive as legalization itself, with some claiming that the sky has fallen and others claiming only upside. Freedman understands something that few else can. The cannabis legalization experiment cannot be easily shoehorned into a simple narrative. He knows that its short-term successes and shortcomings do not definitively answer the “Should we legalize?” question. He knows that we can’t yet conclude whether legalization will be good or bad for society. Informed by his unique experience, Freedman’s conclusions are much richer than the doom-and-gloom pronouncements of prohibitionists or the panaceas presented by proponents. How you legalize matters. Getting legalization right matters. Alone among policy experts, Freedman is able to offer a nuanced evaluation of the history-making experiment – and how it will profoundly impact the world for generations to come.
Join Freedman as he provides a tempered view of what we currently know about the effects of legalization. Freedman will then lead a dialog about how best to engage your community on this divisive topic going forward.

References:

1. Lessons and approaches to engaging the community.

2. An agenda-free look at current data and how best to collect data going forward.

3. Preparing the public health community to engage in the future policies of legalization.

Learning Objectives: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1500043; https://cdpsdocs.state.co.us/ors/docs/reports/2016-SB13-283-Rpt.pdf; https://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2017.303848; https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/add.13886

Bio:

Andrew Freedman is Co-founder and Senior Director of Freedman & Koski, Inc. Andrew’s first-in-the-nation consulting firm works with government, research institutions, communities and private businesses to get cannabis legalization right. Andrew brings vast experience from his three years as the State of Colorado’s first Director of Marijuana Coordination. During this time, he developed distinctive experience effectively implementing voter-mandated legalized recreational and medical marijuana while protecting public health, maintaining public safety, and keeping marijuana out of the hands of children.

 

Dr. William Miller


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Dr. William R. Miller

September 7th 3:15 pm Main Ballroom Anvil Centre

Abstract:

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a person-centered counseling method to strengthen autonomous motivation for change and mobilize internal resources.

A large outcome literature indicates that MI often sparks a turning point in addiction careers. It has been a key element in screening and brief intervention, and appears to be of differential benefit with people from historically disempowered groups. Dr. Miller, the original developer of MI, will describe key components of MI and consider possible applications to build recovery capital including:

(1) outreach with “low motivation” clients,

(2) ongoing recovery check-ups,

(3) individualizing recovery plans,

(4) peer communication styles in mutual-help groups,

(5) sampling of recovery-relevant resources and activities,

(6) mobilizing family and social capital,

(7) exploring values and meaning in recovery. He will also address the importance of one’s underlying mindset and “heartset” in helping relationships

Learning Objectives:

1. Differentiate the four component processes of motivational interviewing.
2. Describe the client behaviors of “change talk” and “sustain talk” and give examples of each.
3. Identify at least three different ways in which motivational interviewing can be used in building recovery capital.

References:

DiClemente, C. C., Corno, C. M., Graydon, M. M., Wiprovnick, A. E., & Knoblach, D. J. (2017). Motivational interviewing, enhancement, and brief interventions over the last decade: A review of reviews of efficacy and effectiveness. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 31(8), 862-887.
Miller, W. R., & Rollnick, S. (2013). Motivational interviewing: Helping people change (3rd ed.). New York: Guilford Press.
Miller, W. R., & Moyers, T. B. (2017). Motivational interviewing and the clinical science of Carl Rogers. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 85(8), 757-766.
Moyers, T. B., Martin, T., Houck, J. M., Christopher, P. J., & Tonigan, J. S. (2009). From in-session behaviors to drinking outcomes: A causal chain for motivational interviewing. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 77(6), 1113-1124.
Moyers, T. B., & Miller, W. R. (2013). Is low therapist empathy toxic? Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 27(3), 878-884.

Bio:

Dr. William R. Miller is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico where he served as Director of Clinical Training for the doctoral program in clinical psychology and as Co-Director of the Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addictions (CASAA). Dr. Millers publications include over 50 books and 400 articles and chapters. Fundamentally interested in the psychology of change, he has focused in particular on the development, testing, and dissemination of behavioral treatments for addictions. With more than 40 years of experience in addiction research and treatment, he has served as principal investigator for numerous research grants and contracts, founded a private practice group, directed a large public treatment program, and served as a consultant to many organizations including the United States Senate, the World Health Organization, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Institutes of Health. In recognition of his research contributions, Dr. Miller is a recipient of the international Jellinek Memorial Award, two career achievement awards from the American Psychological Association, and an Innovators in Combating Substance Abuse award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He maintains an active interest in the interface of spirituality and psychology. His books have been translated into 23 languages, and the Institute for Scientific Information has listed him as one of the world=s most cited scientists.

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September 6th and 7th, 2018

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REFRESHMENT BREAK SPONSORS
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Together We Can John Volken Academy Inner Visions Recovery
Sage Counselling and Addiction Services Interior Chemical Dependancy All Cleared Pardons Narcotics Anonymous
Chopra Health Centre Western Addiction Forum Sunshine Coast Health Centre New West Recovery

An Integrated Treatment Model for Addiction and Trauma/PTSD

Dr. Michelle Pole

September 13th 10:50am- 12:30pm

Abstract:

In this presentation, participants will gain an understanding of two disorders that co-occur at high rates, addiction and trauma disorders. There will be some discussion of brain involvement in these disorders and where these brain diseases overlap. The discussion will focus upon the theories that explain the comorbidity between these disorders and the underlying research that supports each of these theories. Finally, evidence-based treatment approaches for these co-occurring disorders will be presented along with the supporting research for their use.

Objectives:

•Participants will be able to describe ways in which addiction and trauma are brain disorders.
•Participants will be able to report upon research results that supports the use of integrated treatment for these disorders.
•Participants will be able to describe CBT theory of PTSD

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Bridging Addiction and Mental Health Recovery

Speaker: Mary  Bartram PhD

September 14th 10:50am-12:30pm Clipper Room

Abstract: Recovery has long been a key concept in both the addiction and mental health sectors. But does the concept of recovery in addictions mean the same thing as in the mental health field? Recovery in both sectors has its roots in the advocacy of people with lived experience and their families, and includes a focus on hope in the face of stigma, self-determination, transformation, and the many dimensions of life (such as adequate housing, meanginul activities and connections, and freedom from discrimination).

While there are differing opinions in the addiction field as to whether abstinence is in fact a necessary condition for recovery, cure is generally not thought to be necessary for mental health recovery. This presentation will explore the implications of these convergences and divergences for the development of a shared vision for addiction and mental health recovery

Learning Objectives:

1. To understand what the convergences between the recovery concept in the addiction and mental health sectors are, and how these convergences came about.
2. To understand where the recovery concept in the addiction and mental health sectors diverge, and why.
3. To explore – in both small and large group discussions – the implications of these convergences and divergences for the development of a shared vision for addiction and mental health recovery.

References: Davidson, L. & White, W. J (2007). The Concept of Recovery as an Organizing Principle for Integrating Mental Health and Addiction Services. Behav Health Serv Res (2007) 34: 109-120, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11414-007-9053-7
Mulvale, G. & Bartram, M. (2015). No More “Us” and “Them”: Integrating Recovery and Well-Being into a Conceptual Model for Mental Health Policy. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, 34:31-67, https://doi.org/10.7870/cjcmh-2015-010
McQuaid, R., Jesseman, R., & Rush, B.R. (in press). Examining Barriers as Risk Factors for Relapse: A Focus on the Canadian Treatment and Recovery System of Care. Canadian Journal on Addiction.
Jacobson, N., & Greenley, D. (2001). What Is Recovery? A Conceptual Model and Explication. Psychiatric Services, 52(4), 482–485. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.52.4.482

Bio:

Mary Bartram has extensive experience in mental health policy development with federal and territorial governments, indigenous organizations and NGOs, including as the Director, Mental Health Strategy with the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Mary has been working as an independent researcher and consulted since completing her PhD at the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University in 2017. She is an RSW and holds an MSc in Family Therapy from Purdue University.

Mary’s doctoral researched focused on equity in access to psychotherapy in Canada, Australia and the UK, with a particular focus on financial barriers and how government structure shapes service system design. Her consulting work to date has focused on implementation of reforms to improve access to psychotherapy and mapping the connections between the substance use and mental health sectors. She is particularly interested on the role of human resources and metrics in ensuring meaningful implementation of the new $5billion federal transfer for mental health and addictions.

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September 13th and 14th, 2018

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