Speakers 2018 New Westminster Recovery Capital Conference of Canada

Recovery Capital Conference of Canada
September 6th and 7th, 2018

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Presenting sponsors and exhibitors
SUPPORTING sponsors and exhibitors 
additional exhibitors 
Together We Can Inner Visions Recovery Turning Point Recovery
John Volken Academy All Cleared Pardons Narcotics Anonymous
Western Addiction Forum Sunshine Coast Health Centre Chopra Health Centre
Keynote Speakers

 Dr. William Miller



Dr. Miller, the original developer of Motivational Interviewing, will describe key components of Motivational Interviewing and consider possible applications to build Recovery Capital.

Nuno Capaz, Portugal

Commission of Drug Dissuasion of Lisbon


Portugal’s Assessment Policy  


Part Two, last year Dr Goulão gave us the numbers and science of the Portuguese experience, this year we focus on:  From Crisis to Solution,  Practical explanation on how the Dissuasion Commissions work on a daily basis.


Jann Schumacher, Switzerland

The Swiss Experience From the Four Pillars Policy to a new Strategy on Addiction

The organization of the treatment system in Switzerland (access, assessment, outpatient, residential, costs, …) and the importance of integrated care, and the role of Recovery Capital in Switzerland’s approach


Dr. Ross Laird



When we work with the body we also change the brain and the nervous system; and when these all change together, lasting healing is the result. Developing a program focused on neuroplasticity.



Minister Judy Darcy, BC Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions



feature film 

The conference also includes the Premiere of the Documentary Film.

The Portuguese Story, recovering from addiction in a decriminalized state

A film on how the Commission of Drug Dissuasion helped Portugal survive their overdose crisis

Session speakers

Vikki Reynolds PhD RCC

Vicarious Resistance: Inspiring HOPE as an Ethical Position

Vikki will differentiate vicarious trauma & burn out from the spiritual and ethical pain that our work engenders when we are unable to provide dignity and social justice for the people we want to be useful too.


First Responders – Psychological Hazards – David Burns, IAFF1271


Dr. Christina Basedow

Enhancing Recovery Capital Through Trauma-Based Treatment

The clinical issue of trauma is pervasive in substance use populations. The Concurrent Trauma and Addiction Program (CTAP) is designed for members of the Canadian Forces Veterans Affairs Canada, the RCMP, and First Responders with concurrent symptoms of PTSD and operational stress injury along with SUD.

Dr. Cornelia Wieman

First Nations Perspective on Health and Wellness and Recovery Capital

The construct of “recovery capital” and its’ four components is consistent with the FN Perspective on Health and Wellness and there may be value in exploring similar themes between the two, for the benefit of both populations.


Linda Lane Devlin

Interventions “Family is your most genuine asset to assisting adherence to help

Understanding the necessary steps to heal for the individual and the family, navigating the system of health care is supported. 

Dr. Raju Hajela

Recovery Capital in Acute and Chronic Pain Management with or without Addiction.

Comprehensive assessment and treatment approaches for the treatment of acute Pain, Addiction and Chronic Pain with or without Addiction




Dr.  Kenneth Tupper


There are many paths to a life of recovery from addiction. One of the more promising of these may be the supervised use of psychedelic drugs or plants.


Dr. Catherine Hajnal
In order to better support those in recovery, it is essential to understand what healthy grieving is and as part of that, what constitutes a loss.



Dr. Ray Baker
and Kevin Diakiw



Recovery coaching, the most important element in recovery-oriented care requires a unique set of competencies delivered by trained paraprofessionals. This session will review required attitudes, knowledge and skills

Recovery capital in disability management, 3 hour workshop 

Presented by Alliance Medical Monitoring 

Dr. John Cutbill

Substance Use and Workplace Safety

The potential concern regarding substance use and workplace safety is growing in complexity with the increasing acceptance and use of marijuana (cannabis) for either recreational or medical purposes.


Janice Johnson

Medical Monitoring and Returning to Work within the Continuum of Care

Medical Monitoring is much more than simply a drug testing program.  Explore the various components of a comprehensive medical monitoring program as a key element for returning recovering employees to safety-sensitive positions

Dr. Jan Palaty & Garth Graham , LifeLabs

Better Understanding Urine Drug Testing   

Urine drug testing can be an important tool used in addictions treatment,  shared insights regarding common misconceptions about urine drug testing, various testing methodologies, and drug testing trends


Vancouver Police Department Peer Support – Garrett MacDonald

Youth Focus, 3 hour workshop

Dr. Andy Finch
Recovery High Schools provide post-treatment education and recovery support for young people with substance use disorders (SUDs) and are receiving heightened interest from policymakers and funders.

Dr. Emily Alden Hennessy
This presentation discusses the primary components of recovery capital, with developmental adaptations specific to adolescents.  The presentation applies the recovery capital model to adolescents through two studies.


Community Focus, 3 hour workshop


Dr. Julian Somers

Recovery Capital: When Wealth and Poverty Have the Same Price

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.

Jessica Cooksey

Recovery Capital: Modeling Person-centered Approaches

There is a growing recognition that there are many pathways of recovery. This presentation explores the barriers and facilitators to recovery capital. 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.

Additional Speakers include:
-Louise Cooksey, Last Door Recovery Society

-Susan Hogarth, Westminster House
-Keir Macdonald, Lookout Society
-Plus Lived Experience Stories

Marijuana Focus

Andrew Freedman, State of Colorado’s first Director of Marijuana

Beyond Cannabis Legalization: Refocusing on Communities and Public Health

Join Freedman as he provides a tempered view of what we currently know about the effects of legalization.

Rand Teed

Everything you wanted to know about marijuana but was afraid to ask.

Marijuana is a complex drug and a more complex topic, this workshop is designed to educate the participants about the neurological effects of the drug, to understand its addictive potential.