Category Archives: Events

Stronger Together in Surrey Feb 13-16: Family-led dialogue on the personal impacts of substance use

The BC Centre on Substance Use is hosting Stronger Together: A series of dialogue and learning sessions for families and allies impacted by substance use. We will explore systemic barriers to family support, share promising practices, and brainstorm solutions. We will learn from each other’s experiences, successes, and challenges. Community knowledge will be documented and used to inform substance use service planning, as well as research directions, in your community and province. For more information on what the sessions involve and dates and locations of events visit .

Continue Advocacy Work for New BC Government By Doing These Things

As you know, the 2017 BC Election is still unfolding, and the final results of the election will be revealed later this month. After government is formed the 100 days that follow are important – cabinet ministers will be chosen, the opposition selected, and the pressing issues within the province prioritized.

With so much change on the horizon, now is the time to amplify our voices to ensure our provincial leadership keeps mental health and addictions care top of mind. The impact of our b4stage4 work is already evident – check out the newly-released Impact Report to get a sense of what we’ve achieved so far. The report also outlines how the three major political party platforms reflect the five pillars of b4stage4.

We’ve also built two new printable tools for our supporters, available online:

1.      An infographic to help answer the frequently asked question What does stage 4 mean?

2.      A printable poster for office kitchens, community boards, etc.


This type of impact is only possible because of dedicated supporters like you! We can’t wait to move the campaign to the next level.

11’th Annual Family Conference: FROM CRISIS TO HOPE

The Annual Family Conference on Saturday April 23, 2016 in Vancouver is sponsored by Vancouver Coastal Health, the Family Advisory Committee, British Columbia Schizophrenia Society and Mood Disorders Association of BC. For more detailed information on the conference  click here

Keynote Presentations include:
Access & Assessment Centre (AAC): A New Service for Vancouver Residents to Access Mental Health and Substance Use Services in Vancouver
Monica McAlduff (Director, Vancouver Mental Health & Substance Use Acute, Tertiary & Urgent Services); George Scotton (Manager, Vancouver Access & Assessment Centre, ACT & AOT)

Finding Clarity in Chaos: Principles for Developing Health and Recovery
Dr. Diane Fredrikson (Physician Lead, Early Psychosis Intervention Program, VCH)

When Treatments are Inadequate – New Hope for Patients
Dr. Randall F. White (Medical Director, B.C. Psychosis Program, Clinical Assoc. Professor, UBC)

Panel Discussions:
Support for Families in Need

How Families Can Advocate for Improved Mental Health Care

Death In A Dumpster: The Musical – Nov 7, 11& 14

Death In A Dumpster : The Musical
This production is a collaborative venture between some truly talented youth, Access to Music Foundation, Directions Youth Services and professional mentors. 


The show portrays a world that some will never know. It is potent, lively, funny, tragic and extremely entertaining; if it tells us one thing…

#No One Is Disposable

November 7th, 11th & 14th – 8:00 PM
Waterfront Theatre – 1412 Cartwright St, Vancouver
Directed by: Trinity Firth
Written by: Michael Jesmer, Trinity Firth & Sheila Baxter
For More information about this event click here

Meaning Therapy – Workshop

Meaning Therapy: A new paradigm of integrating healing with personal growth

Date: April 25, 2014
Time: 9 am-4 pm
Location: 5185 University Boulevard, Vancouver

The British Columbia Psychological Association is bringing presenter Dr. Paul Wong to the University Golf Club (5185 University Blvd) for this day-long workshop, which will cost BCPA members/affiliates $ 188.00 and non-members $ 258.00.

REGISTER by April 22nd, 2014

Workshop Description from BCPA
“Meaning Therapy (MT) introduces a new paradigm of integrative therapy that treats the whole person, rather than mere cognitions or behaviours. It is integrative, holistic, and evidence-based with the positive psychology of meaning as its central organizing construct. As an extension of logo therapy, it will pay special attention to the existential and spiritual issues that underlie most personal issues and predicaments. MT will integrate existential psychology with CBT, narrative therapy, cross-cultural psychology, and positive psychotherapy.

“MT aims to restore human dignity and promote mental health in an increasingly dehumanizing and toxic culture dominated by materialism, consumerism, and cut-throat competition. Psychologists will learn how to use meaning-based interventions to address major clinical issues, such as depression, anxiety, and to empower their clients to live a purposeful and value-driven life.”

Learning Objectives

How to contrast the new meaning paradigm with the traditional paradigm of psychotherapy
How to heal the worst and bring out the best in people’s lives through meaning
How to use innovative positive interventions, such as PURE and ABCDE, to restore hope, meaning, and passion for living, regardless of circumstances

Paul T. P. Wong, PhD, CPsych, has been a professor and clinician for more than three decades. His meaning therapy has gained world-wide recognition. He is the President of the International Network on Personal Meaning, and International Society for Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy. He is also Editor of the International Journal of Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy. His lectures are known for their passion and humour.

Concurrent Disorders – Challenges and Solutions

Date: March 31, 2014
Time: 9:30-4 pm
Location: 1090 West Georgia Street, Vancouver

Presenter: John Fox. This workshop is for professionals & the interested public.

Cost: $100 – including morning coffee, muffins, & lunch. Proceeds to OneVillage Community Service projects in Masaka, Uganda & Chennai, India.

See registration contact information below.

Where: 7th Floor Community Room of the Adler School of Professional Psychology, Vancouver

To live with, manage, and recover from substance abuse can be extremely difficult. Add to it the complication of coping with a mental illness, and the challenge becomes even greater. Many people dealing with concurrent disorders cannot manage either condition; managing both can become an overwhelming task. With the right type of support, thosewith concurrent issues can recover and learn to cope successfully.

Registration: Contact 604 970 0416 OR

Register in group of 5 for $450. Payment by cash or cheque.
Cheques payable to “D. Bailey/OVCSF” #1200-1090 West Georgia Street Vancouver,B.C. V6E 3V7

John Fox teaches in the Co-occurring Disorderd Advanced Citation program in addition to other programs at Douglas College. John spent 25 years in clinical and administrative postions in the field of mental health and social services. He has consulted provincially, nationally & internationally on mental health and addictions.

Helping Others, Session 5

Education series continues with “helping others” at St. Mary’s Kerrisdale

Date:February 11, 2014
Time: 10:30-12
Location: 2490 West 37th Avenue, Vancouver

A lecture/discussion series about addictions – for 17 years offered by Vancouver Coastal Health at the Pacific Spirit Community Health Centre in Kerrisdale – will now be sponsored and hosted by From Grief to Action and St. Mary’s Kerrisdale, in the church’s Parish Hall. The program tries to answer the questions: What is addiction (including alcoholism), how do you treat it, and how does our whole society contribute to the process of creating and maintaining addictions? It also explores how you help someone else who has an addiction concern.

The 90-minute Tuesday morning sessions are free and open to anyone on a drop-in basis. Most of the lectures are by Mark Haden, who is known for honest and personal communication about drugs, alcohol, addiction health and public policy. The six sessions are titled:

1: Development of Addiction Jan 14, 2014
2: Chemicals and the body Jan 21, 2014
3: The Recovery Process Jan 28, 2014
4: The Family Context Feb 4, 2014
5: Helping others Feb 11, 2014
6: Healing our Society Feb 25, 2014

All are welcome, including addiction services clients, probation referrals, potential clients, students, concerned family or friends, interested community members, and professionals. Participants can come to the whole series or any specific sessions of interest.

About the program leader
Mark Haden worked in the addictions field for 28 years as a counsellor, supervisor and trainer. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of the UBC School of Population and Public Health and also teaches at the UBC school of Social Work, Nursing and Medicine. He presents at a number of community colleges in Vancouver and is a sought-after speaker at conferences around the world.

Besides being a proud (and struggling) father of two, Mark is a member of the outdoor recreation community of B.C. and very happy with his best Grouse Grind time of 38 minutes.