Speakers 2018 New Westminster Recovery Capital Conference of Canada

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

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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.


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

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



Session speakers

Compassion fatigue with Vikki Reynolds, First Reponders and Surrey Fire

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 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.


David Burns, IAFF1271

First Responders – Psychological Hazards 

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.

Dr. Christina BasedowEnhancing Recovery Capital Through Trauma-Based TreatmentThe 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.

First Nations

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

Family can be your asset for adherence to treatment

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 Workplace Focus

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


Constable Garrett MacDonald, Vancouver Police Department

Peer Support Experience at the VPD 

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. 

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 were 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.


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