Building on the range of programs in British Columbia offering entry-level training, this Summer Institute aims to support the on-going interprofessional development of health care teams working in the area of addiction. This year's launch leverages local, national and international expertise and will enhance treatment, strengthen interprofessional connections and highlight the innovative research and practice in British Columbia.
Key themes in this interactive three-day event include:
Take advantage of this truly interprofessional event to gain practical resources, tools, and knowledge in order to enhance your practice and your patient care.
This event is of value to members of health care teams with some knowledge and experience in the addictions field who are looking to update and deepen their professional practice in this area. Professional groups may include: case managers, counsellors, dietitians, nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists, physical therapists, physicians, psychiatrists, recreational, art and music therapists, and social workers.
To register online, click here.
Please contact staff at 604.827.4234 or email for more information.
This program will take place at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC Point Grey.
Institute (three-day) Fee: $725+tax, includes three lunches and breaks
Single day registration: $275+tax, includes lunch and breaks
15% discount when two or more individuals register from the same organization. A 15% student discount is also available. Please call to enquire.
|Thursday, July 18|
|9-10:15am||Setting the Context – Current Context in BC, Nationally and Internationally
As professionals in this field you are committed to building a stronger practice and health care system for your clients. Find out how provincial, national, and international initiatives impact your work. Learn what’s on the horizon and how your contributions to addiction treatment are making a difference.
|10:30am-noon||Pain and Addiction
Facilitator: Launette Rieb, MD, MSc, FCFP, dip. ABAM
Caring for patients in pain who have or are at high risk to develop an addictive disorder can be challenging. This interactive session will help you understand some of the overlap between pain and substance use disorders and red flags to look for. Participants will be invited to reflect on the basis of their own reaction to these patients. Skill will be developed to assist in the clinical differentiation between physiologic dependence, substance dependence, and pseudo addiction. Overarching management strategies will be discussed.
|1-4pm||Psychedelic Medicine: An Idea Whose Time Has Come
A psychedelic renaissance is happening in the field of medicine. Psychedelic drugs were considered a promising form of psychiatric treatment in the 1950s and early 1960s, when medical researchers around the world conducted legitimate scientific research on them. However, due to fears about youth using these substances in unsupervised settings, psychedelics were made illegal and demonized during the 1970s, '80s and '90s, and all human research on these substances was banned. Recently the prohibition on scientific inquiry has been lifted in many countries, including Canada, and as a result there is a resurgence of interest in these powerful change agents. New research corroborates earlier findings, and shows that there is a wide range of healing possibilities for psychedelics as medicines. The Amazonian brew ayahuasca and ibogaine (based on a West African psychedelic plant) are being explored to treat addictions. MDMA, or ecstasy, is being investigated as a treatment for psychological trauma, psilocybin (found in "magic mushrooms" for end-of-life anxiety in terminal cancer patients, and LSD for cluster headaches. This event will bring together some of the leaders in the reinvigorated and rapidly evolving field of psychedelic medicine.
|Friday, July 19|
|9-10:30am||Addiction - A Health Promotion Perspective
This interactive session focuses on the key implications of a health promotion approach to substance use and addiction. Identify strategies for working with individuals with problems related to substance use or addiction and gain strategies for promoting healthy communities that minimize harm from substance use or addiction.
|10:45am-12:15pm||Canada's First National Low Risk Drinking Guidelines: Are they really evidence-based?
Facilitator: Tim Stockwell, PhD
Explore the details and rationale of Canada's first national drinking guidelines in this interactive session. Gain an understanding of alternative criteria for the establishment of such guidelines, in particular, a consideration of the pros and cons of relative versus absolute risk as key criteria. You will leave this session with an appreciation of criticisms that the low-risk drinking guidelines are too high, are too low, are not justified for pregnant women, are not justified for underage drinkers - and counterarguments. This interactive session presents an appreciation of the complexity of converting the large and diverse field of alcohol epidemiology into simple population-wide guidelines.
|1:30-4:30pm||The Challenges and Clinical Pearls of Working with Youth with Concurrent Disorders
This three-hour workshop offers you the opportunity to:
|Saturday, July 20|
|9-11:30am||Medications for the Treatment of Addiction: Understanding their Effectiveness, Limitations and Risks
Facilitator: Ronald Joe, MD
This presentation provides an introduction to the judicious use of medications as part of an overall comprehensive approach to the treatment of addiction. Dr. Joe will focus on methadone and Suboxone for the treatment of opioid dependence. He will present the evidence, pharmacology, limitations, and risks of medications from both the perspective of the prescriber and allied health staff.
After the presentation, you will break out into small groups to work on a case study and common medication issue. As a group and with guidance from the facilitator, you will have the opportunity to develop a solution that provides the best possible outcome for the client.
|12:30-2:30pm||Unpacking the Addict: The Socio-Political Construction of the Addict and its Impact on Care
Explore the concepts of socio-political construction of identities that 'trouble' communities. 'The Addict' becomes a concept that we can easily differentiate from the 'other' and associate with a multitude of social issues including crime, drug dealing, sex work, and social dysfunction. The 'Addict' thereby becomes a lightning rod for individual and community anger, disgust, and distrust. Providing culturally safe and relational care is central in the successful treatment of addictions and is clearly highly problematized by the stigma associated with being 'the addict.'
|2:45-4:15pm||Harm Reduction - What's New in BC?
Chaired by: Jane Buxton, MBBS, MHSc, FRCPC
Harm reduction aims to keep people safe and minimize death, disease and injury from high risk behaviour. It involves a range of support services and strategies to enhance the knowledge, skills, resources, and supports for individuals, families and communities to be safer and healthier.
The Harm Reduction team from the BC Centre for Disease Control will provide participants with an understanding of harm reduction principles and an overview of the BC Harm Reduction Program. Participants will be introduced to the provincial Overdose Prevention and Response Program, which includes the newly developed take-home-naloxone initiative for people who use opioids. The benefits of engaging peers in program development, policy and evaluation and developing an interdisciplinary team (the Drug Overdose and Alert Partnership) to respond to concerns such as overdose and other harms related to drug use will be addressed. The session will be interactive with break-out activities, videos, and perspectives from community members.
|4:15-4:30pm||Wrap up and Future Directions|
Online: Register online via our secure server using your Visa or MasterCard. To guarantee registration, please ensure that your credit card can accept this charge.
Telephone: Call us at 604.827.4234 to register using your Visa or MasterCard. Regular office hours are weekdays 8:30am to 4:30pm PST.
Fax: Fax the completed registration form to 604.822.0388 using Visa or MasterCard.
Mail: Mail the completed registration form using cheque (payable to UBC), Visa or MasterCard to UBC Continuing Studies, 410-5950 University Boulevard, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6T 1Z3.