Conferences and Workshops Archive

December 3 – 4, 2014
6th International Juvenile Justice Conference    
Brussels, BE

The conference entitled, Making the Deprivation of the Child’s Liberty: Towards Evidence-based Policies on Alternatives will challenge participants to look at prioritizing alternatives to the criminal justice system and to implement effective restorative juvenile justice responses.

For more information click here

November 28, 2014
Mindfulness 101 Workshop    
Vancouver, BC

A valuable resiliency skill, the Crisis Centre has been developing and delivering mindfulness programs for youth and volunteers for the past 7 years. Join us for this half day, practice-based introductory session to explore mindfulness.

For more information click here

November 20/21, 2014
Call for Papers: Human Rights Conference 2014   
Vancouver, BC

This event will address the most current and emerging issues in human rights law including work place human rights, international human rights, charter issues, and group rights. This conference aims to provide those working in the area with a substantive look at the current trends and practical issues to meet the increasingly complex issues in this practice.

Stay tuned for more information!

November 17 – 19, 2014 & April 8 -10, 2015
Restorative Justice Facilitator Training 
Toronto, ON & Banff, AB 

This is a highly interactive workshop where participants will practice and gain confidence in facilitating a model of dialogue that is participant driven, culturally sensitive, and empowering for all involved.

For more information click here

November 16 – 18, 2014
2014 National Restorative Justice Symposium 
Banff, AB 

This symposium is a part of the annual National Restorative Justice Week. It is held every year to raise public, social and government awareness of the use of restorative approaches and practices in addressing crime and conflict in Canadian society. Among this year’s keynote speakers is Dr. Howard Zehr.

For more information click here

November 13, 2014
Youth and Addiction Conference
Minnetonka, MN

The teenage years are a time of pushing boundaries, taking risks, and learning through experience. But when alcohol or other drugs are in the mix, risk taking can bring increasingly dangerous consequences. The 2014 Youth and Addiction Conference will take a closer look at three of today’s most relevant topics in adolescent addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery.

For more information click here

October 30 – November 1, 2014
36th BC Crime Prevention Symposium
Burnaby, BC

The 36th Annual BC Crime Prevention Symposium will be held at the Delta Burnaby Hotel and Conference Centre and will engage like-minded individuals to promote the use of crime prevention strategies.

For more information click here

October 30, 2014
Assessing Suicide Risk in Kids (ASK) Training! One Day Workshop 
Vancouver, BC

This one-day workshop is meant for professional helpers, working with or caring for children, who want to learn more about suicide prevention for children from kindergarten to middle-school.

For more information click here

October 24, 2014
BCPVPA Mental Health Symposium
Richmond, BC

Mary-Ellen Turpel-Lafond, BC Representative for Children and Youth, is the keynote speaker at a full-day symposium sponsored by the BCPVPA in collaboration with the School-Centered Mental Health Coalition

For more information click here

October 24, 2014
Educational Conference on Mental Health: Facets of Mental Illness Among Youth and Adults
Scarborough, ON

This conference aims to enhance a person-centered care within the multicultural context of Canada, through a practical, informative and innovative cross cultural & inter-religious health education for the benefit of patients, families and caregivers.

For more information click here

October 22 – 24, 2014
Health and Wellbeing in Children, Youth, and Adults with Developmental Disabilities Conference
Vancouver, BC

This conference will provide educational and informative updates on psychiatric, behavioural and complex health components specific to individuals with DD, and showcase best practices in the field.

For more information click here

September 30 &  October 8, 2014
Youth Suicide – Making the Connection
Kelowna, BC &  Nanaimo, BC

In the next series of Youth Mental Health workshops, “E” Division RCMP Crime Prevention Services is taking a closer look at the critical topic of youth suicide. This workshop will bring together diverse stakeholders to share knowledge and experience, and encourage collaboration.

For more information click here

September 30, 2014
Mental Health Literacy in Middle and Secondary Schools
Vancouver, BC 

Dr. Stan Kutcher, a renowned expert in adolescent mental health and leader in mental health research, will describe the development, application, and evaluation of a successful mental health literacy approach for students in middle and secondary schools.

For more information click here

September 29, 2014
The “Real World” of Dating Violence in Adolescence and Young Adulthood: A Longitudinal Portrait
Washington, DC

Dr. Peggy Giordano of Bowling Green State University presents preliminary findings from the Toledo Adolescent Relationships Study (TARS), a thirteen-year longitudinal study examining the lives of young people transitioning into adulthood.

For more information click here

September 26-27, 2014
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
Vancouver, BC

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is an internationally recognized two-day workshop developed by Living Works Education. Using multi-media presentations, this two-day practice-oriented training builds skills and confidence in suicide intervention.

For more information click here

September 24-26, 2014
5th Conference on Recent Advances in the Prevention and Management of Childhood and Adolescent Obesity
Winnipeg, MB

This conference brings together an interdisciplinary group of professionals and policy makers working in the field of childhood and adolescent obesity. The 5th conference will focus on the burden of obesity among Indigenous Youth and particularly on the strengths of youth.

For more information click here

September 17, October 21, October 27, November 7, November 20 and December 6, 2014
Vancouver, BC

safeTALK is a 3.5 hour training in ‘suicide alertness’ that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources.

For more information click here

September 10, 2014
SuicideTALK  – World Suicide Prevention Day: Free Workshop
Vancouver, BC

This 1-2 hour session provides information about suicide and invites participants to become more aware of community and personal beliefs about suicide. Participants are encouraged to consider what can be helpful in building safety and preventing suicide.

For more information click here

June 16th – 20th 2014
Summer School on RJ
Sherbrooke University, Sherbrooke, QC

For more information contact Pierre C. Noël (

June 18, 2014
The Adler International Learning Exchange 
Vancouver, BC 

The Learning Exchange is between the Adler Vancouver and Adler Chicago. This conference will explore the barriers to care for those that experience concurrent disorders.

For more information, click here

June 21/22, & Aug 27/28
ASIST “Suicide First-Aid” Training
Vancouver, BC

 The goal of this two day workshop is to learn suicide first aid intervention skills through understanding how beliefs and attitudes can affect suicide interventions. This workshop will also prepare individuals to conduct a suicide risk assessment.

For more information click here.

June 23 – 26, 2014 
5th Annual Public Health Summer School  
University of British Columbia, BC

This four day summer school will focus on many issues surrounding mental health to address the need for the understanding and specific skills needed to work in this field. The aim is to also formulate specific strategies and mechanisms related to mental health.

For information click here

July 9th – 11th 
UBC Summer Institute on Addiction 
Vancouver, BC

 Join other professionals working in the field of addiction and benefit from practical resources, tools, and knowledge in order to enhance your practice and your patient care.

For more information, click here

July 13th – 17th 2014
55th Annual Institute on Addictions Studies
Kempenfelt Conference Centre, ON

The Institute on Addiction Studies offers professional development and learning opportunities to those working and involved in substance use and related fields.

For more information click here

July 20th – 25th 2014
Building the Path to Peace – Journey to the Headwaters of RJ
Carcross, YT

This workshop provides Advanced Peacemaking Circle training and reflective wilderness based programming.

For more information click here

July 23-25, 2014
Youth Strengths & Prevention of Delinquency and Gang Involvement
Surrey, BC

This conference will report on evidence-based research about the relationship between youth strengths and prevention of delinquency, violence, and gang involvement.

For more information click here.

July 28th – August 1st  
9th Annual National School Safety Conference  
Orlando, FL

This conference is North America’s largest and most comprehensive conference focused directly on School Safety and Security. With over 600 peers in School Administration, School Based Policing, College Campus Safety/Security and Guidance and more learn the latest strategies designed to keep students and faculty safe.

For more information click here

August 7th- 8th, 2014
International Conference on Justice, Security and Human Rights
Vancouver, BC

This conference aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Justice, Security and Human Rights.

For more information click here

Beginning August 18th, 2014
Kindergarten & Primary Institute- Conference or Credit Course
Victoria, B.C.

This conference will explore concepts and strategies for creating optimal classroom environments that can deepen and extend children’s learning. It will further develop approaches for documenting, and communicating students’ learning in the classroom.

For more information click here.

August 21st- 22nd, 2014
Summer Institute Promoting Mental Health in BC Schools
Vancouver, BC

This two day event will bring together school professionals, parents, students and school community partners, from across British Columbia, to exchange knowledge and ideas about improving student mental health and well being.

For more information click here.

August 25-27, 2014
Creating the Future – Partnerships for Inclusive Learning
Vancouver, BC

 During this three-day, intensive summer institute, individuals with an interest in K-12 education will come together to learn more about inclusive practices as well as strategies around facilitating learning environments for all students.

For more information click here

November 21st, 2013
Surrey Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (SCADA)
Surrey Arts Centre

This one day conference is designed for Surrey based service providers.

Click here for more information.

October 31 – November 2, 2013
Read. Write. Act.
Virtual Conference

In this year’s Read.Write.Act Virtual Conference, we will be exploring how literacy can be applied to various social justice themes. As such, we are looking for presenters to discuss how literacy can move beyond the classroom and be applied to other issues to promote justice and equality across society. From health literacy, to financial literacy, to using literacy to promote women’s empowerment, the possibilities are endless!
Click here for more information.

October 31st – November 2nd, 2013
British Columbia Crime Prevention Association (BCCPA) 35th Annual Training Symposium

This three day event hosts a variety of workshops for Police Officers and Crime Prevention Practitioners.

Click here for more information.

October 29-31, 2013
ICYOUTH 2013: Engaging Youth for Nation Building
Mines Wellness Hotel Sri Kembangan, Selangor, Malaysia

The well-being of young people is a standing agenda for every country. Today’s youth are not only the citizens of the future, but vital players upon which the continuity of development and national progress depends. It is crucial for young people to acquire the competencies necessary for their own empowerment to allow them to become active and engaged participants in nation building and social development.
Click here for more information.

October 7-8, 2013
Annual International Conference on Forensic Science & Criminalistics Research
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Annual International Conference on Forensic Science – Criminalistics Research (FSCR) aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and scholars all over the world to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Forensic Criminalistics.

The conference theme will cover, Criminalistics, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Crime Scene Investigation and Forensic Sciences.

Call for papers

October 3 & 4, 2013
Do Your Part!
Red Deer, Alberta

Many recent national conferences have focused on what’s wrong with our kids – bullying, violence, ‘at risk’ and the list goes on and on. We’re taking this opportunity to focus on what’s working and share our stories with others who know that focusing on strengths can be far more productive than trying to ‘fix’ what’s wrong. When young people possess the necessary skills and competencies for life they are less likely to get involved with the negative influences and risk taking behaviour.
Click here for more information.

October 1-2, 2013
2013 Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention Conference
Winnipeg, Manitoba

The 2013 IASR World Congress is the first of its kind. This meeting will provide an inspiring forum for high level discussions on suicide research, suicide prevention and intervention.

The theme of the congress is Suicide: From research to practice. We are planning a number of timely and stimulating plenary sessions to discuss contemporary issues on suicide research, avenues for suicide prevention and innovative ways to intervene on suicidal behavior. Other sessions will offer unique opportunities for engaged dialogue between researchers and clinicians, stakeholders and decision-makers, promoting both translation of research findings to practice, as well as informing research direction by clinical and prevention needs.

Click here for more event details.

September 23-25, 2013
First International Conference on Prevention of FASD
Edmonton, AB

Click here for more information.

September 18-20, 2013
Consensus Development Conference on Legal Issues of FASD
Edmonton, AB

Click here for more information.

August 30
Community Consultations: Cross-Cultural Issues to Consider
11:00am-12:00pm MST

Municipalities, other levels of government, employers, and NGO’s have an interest in understanding the needs and opinions of the communities they serve and operate in… but how do you ensure that all voices are heard during the consultation process. Do the same groups of people and groups attend consultation meetings? Are there key demographics that are not at the table? Does it seem that different groups have a different understanding of what the consultation process is and does their participation reflect this?
Click here for more info and to register.

August 27
MindUP Training
Vancouver, BC

Participants in the MindUP™ Workshop will learn about the program’s concepts and the 15 lesson plans; participate in several lesson activities; learn strategies for implementing MindUP™ in their classrooms and schools; and explore ways to incorporate the MindUP™ concepts into existing lesson plans. Time is allotted for discussion, questions and answers, and implementation planning.
The workshop cost includes one copy of the MindUP™ Program Manual published by Scholastic — either Grades Pre K to Grade 2, Grade 3 to 5, or Grade 6 to 8 — and a single resonant instrument.

To view a flyer and register, click here.

August 22-23
Promoting Mental Health in BC Schools
UBC Vancouver Campus

The 4th annual Summer Institute will take place on August 22-23 at the University of British Columbia. The event will once again bring together teachers, school counsellors, school support staff, administrators, district staff, parents, students and school community partners to exchange ideas about promoting student mental health and well-being.

Click here to view a poster
Click here to visit the Kelty Mental Health site

August 21-23, 2013
At the EDGE: Creating Direction for Peace and Justice
Memorial University, St. John’s Campus, Newfoundland

At the EDGE: Creating Direction for Peace and Justice brings together people and organizations involved in educating youth who recognize that in every act of violence and injustice there is a message that needs to be understood (Vanier). At the EDGE participants will listen, critically reflect , and commit to personal and organizational change. The goal of the conference will be to establish a common foundation that challenges participants to build healthy, relational learning communities where they engage with each other in a manner that will positively influence youth.

August 19-22, 2013
PBIS Coaches Training

This training is for school and district personnel in BC who will act as coaches for schools implementing PBS.

For more information, click here.

August 12-18, 2013
Global Youth Peace Summit
John Knox Ranch in Wimberely, TX

The 7th Annual Global Youth Peace Summit (August 12th – 18th, 2013) will unite American, refugee, immigrant and international youth (ages 13-18) for a week-long youth summit devoted to healing, cultural exchange, community building, and leadership development.
Click here for more information.

July 29 – 31, 2013
When Behavior Gets In The Way: Creating Caring Schools and Communities
Manchester, New Hampshire

This conference will provide learning experiences for families, educators, community services providers, community mental health professionals, and self-advocates who are working to promote inclusive education and transition experiences for students who have challenging behaviors. Click here for information

July 24 – 28, 2013
Brain Development and Learning
Vancouver, BC

An interdisciplinary conference devoted to improving children’s lives by highlighting innovative programs and by making the newest research and insights from neuroscience, child development, psychology, & medicine understandable & applicable to those who work directly with children.
Click here for information.

July 22-26, 2013
2013 National School Safety Conference
Red Rock Resort Las Vegas, NV

With the unfortunate events at Sandy Hook Elementary School fresh in our minds, our nation struggles to determine the best strategies to prevent such an incident from ever occurring again. As part of the National School Safety Conference, SSAC will host the nation’s largest active discussion on school safety issues. Topics will include, School Resource Officers, School Yard to Prison Pipeline, Arming Teachers and other Staff, School Safety Funding and more. Participants will include representatives from the United States Department of Justice (NIJ), Members of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and members of the American Association of School Administrators.

Click here for more information.

July 18-20
UBC Summer Institute on Addiction
UBC Point Grey

Join other professionals working in the field of addiction and benefit from cutting edge research, practical strategies and shared experience. The plenaries and workshops feature unique examples of evidence-based practice and practical skills that can directly enhance your client care.
The program encourages the exchange of ideas and welcomes participation from all health and helping professionals from the full spectrum of patient support.Click here for the flyer

July 16 – 18, 2013
Healing the Heart of Democracy: Civil Community, Creative Conflict, and the Common Good
Seattle, WA

Are you frustrated with politics? Do you wonder if you can make a difference? Bestselling author, internationally known educator and activist (and our founder) Parker J. Palmer will be in Seattle for three days in July.
With wisdom and wit, he’ll share his commonsense approach that serves the common good. What you learn will transform the way you collaborate and create community. Parker will spark our local civic (and civil) understanding about how we each contribute to a politics worthy of the human spirit.
Click here for more information.

July 7 – August 25
The Yes! Youth Summer Camp
Cowichan Lake, BC

Roots focuses on bringing together youth from all over the province and creating a strong, supportive, amazing community with everyone involved. Participants can expect to spend a week being themselves, learning about themselves, and making lifelong friends in the process. Focusing on the values of self-awareness, communication, leadership and co-operation, these retreats are a powerful introduction to co-operative youth leadership in a stimulating wilderness setting. Right on Cowichan Lake, the camps also include options for many outdoor activities including canoeing, soccer, ultimate frisbee and hiking.
Click here for more information.

The Child and Youth Care World Conference will bring together professionals from around the world connecting across geography – who provide care, education and treatment for vulnerable children, youth and families. It will offer world class educational, training and networking opportunities for child and youth care workers, social workers, foster parents, teachers, guidance counselors, therapists, outreach workers, administrators, managers, psychiatrists, researchers and related child welfare, mental health, and juvenile justice practitioners and those who support them – connecting across disciplines. It will bring together elders, current leaders and new practitioners – connecting across generations – and front-line workers, educators, managers, trainers, and researchers – connecting across practice domains.

Click here for site and more info.

June 20-22
1st International Conference on LGBT Psychology and Related Fields
Libson, Portugal

This Conference will be a unique opportunity to create a forum for students, researchers and scholars interested in different areas of LGBT research to discuss current topics, so to bridge the gap between LGBT research and the community realities in which LGBT people live in.

Click here for more information

June 20-22
International Association for Cross Cultural Psychology. “Culture in Psychology Variations & Across National Borders”
Los Angeles, CA

The title “Culture in Psychology” is intended to point to the manifold relations between culture, behavior, the psyche, and brain.

The subtitle: “Variation within national borders” refers to research on the nature and effects of cultural diversity within nation-states. “Variation across national borders” refers to cross-cultural comparison involving samples in more than one country.

Click here for more information

June 20-22
Cultural Crossroads Champions Series
Edmonton, Alberta

Designed for those who already have a foundation in cultural competency and would like the ability and tools to teach others within their organization how to build more inclusive, respectful, and equitable workplaces. This 3-part course is especially recommended for educators, training coordinators, human resource professionals, and business owners.

Click here for more information and to register.

June 11-23
18th Annual CASE Conference
St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

The Canadian Association for Supported Employment is a national association of community-based service providers and stakeholders who are active and invested in Employment for Persons with disabilities. This association strives to promote full citizenship and personal capacity for persons with disabilities through the facilitation of increased labour market participation and outcomes. Through such workforce participation, CASE also promotes social inclusion for Canadians with disabilities.

Click here for more information.

May 29
Building a Culture of Participation
SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

Join Dave Meslin and Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue on Wednesday, May 29 for Building a Culture of Participation. Meslin will present ideas from his groundbreaking project, The Fourth Wall, that empower residents to shape their cities far beyond the simple act of voting. Participants will have an opportunity to interact and present their own ideas for strengthening Vancouver’s civic democracy. An after-event reception will allow the conversation to continue in an informal setting over complimentary snacks.

Click here to register.

May 30
Walking into Two Worlds: Immigrant and Bicultural Youth
11:00am-12:00pm MST

This session provides an introduction to understanding the link between inclusion and mental health and the experience of bicultural youth. We will also look at some strategies that have been used to help build welcoming and inclusive environments for youth.

Click here for more info and to sign up.

May 9- 11, 2013
The Dalai Lama Center: How Mindfulness Helps Children Thrive
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

For all those who care for and about children – parents, educators, mental health workers, healthcare professionals, out-of-school-care providers, yoga instructors, recreation leaders, academics, thought leaders and many others.

To view a poster, click here.
For registration and further event information, click here.

May 14-15, 2013
Bringing Children in from the Margins – Symposium on Child Rights Impact Assessment
University of Ottawa

Please join us for the first gathering of international experts on the emerging practice of Child Rights Impact Assessment. This symposium is for Canadian policy makers, academics, students and members of civil society to explore the growing use of Child Rights Impact Assessment as a tool for improving child well-being. International experts from government, Children’s Commissioners and researchers from more than eight countries will share insights about the approaches, institutional conditions, benefits and challenges.

Click here for more information.
Click here to register.

April 24 – April 25, 2013 (Early Bird Registration ends February 28th!)

Champions for Children and Youth 2013 B.C. Summit: A National Conference on Keeping Kids Safe and Connected
Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver

British Columbia’s Representative for Children and Youth, the Child Welfare League of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross are hosting a national conference on student safety and connectedness.

Click here for the event website, or click here to view a flyer for more information.

April 16-17, 2013
Positive Behavior Support: The Connection to Social Responsibility
Kamloops, BC

The purpose of the workshop is to establish a framework for a school to develop and implement a school-wide approach to behaviour, social responsibility, and academic achievement.
Click here for more information.

April 19, 22-24
Restorative Justice Training
School District #43 Coquitlam

IIRP professional development imparts practical knowledge and skills you can use immediately in your personal and professional life—whether you are involved in education, criminal justice, social services, counseling, leadership, the pastoral field, volunteer or other work. The skills you learn in these four days will strengthen your ability to help others handle their own issues and achieve their own goals.

For more information, click here.

April 19-22
Grief Edu-Therapy™ Process Training
Saskatoon, SK

Grief is the normal human response to loss. Unfortunately there is little information on how to resolve the intense conflicting emotions caused by life events.

Edu-Therapy™ Grief Resolution is an easy to use model that reduces and eliminates intense uncomfortable emotional responses to loss, trauma, and abuse. The 4-day Certification Training teaches the most effective process that resolves the pain caused by the conflicting emotions of a meaningful loss.

Click here to view more information and to register.

April 9, 2013

Natural Born Delinquents or Psychopathology Untreated? Understanding and Reducing Risk for Aggressive and Antisocial Behavior in Teens
SFU Surrey Campus, Room 2600

President’s Faculty Lecturer: Dr. Marlene Moretti

Aggressive, violent and antisocial behaviour perpetrated by teens strikes fear in communities and fuels calls for early identification and harsher punishments. The financial cost of such measures is extraordinarily high but remarkably ineffective. Does developmental science offer a way of understanding what factors place children and teens at risk for antisocial and aggressive behaviour and what can be done to prevent or reduce these problems?  In this lecture Dr. Moretti discusses risk profiles and typical developmental pathways to aggressive and antisocial behaviour in girls and boys. She also reviews evidence for the effectiveness of intervention to prevent or reduce risk, and associated financial and social cost savings. Rather than getting tough on crime, society would benefit far more by focusing on prevention and risk reduction using evidence based interventions.

Click here to register.

April 11, 12 & 13
Innocence Lost: A Play about Steven Truscott
Mulgrave’s Linda Hamer Theatre

Based on the true story of the murder of 12-year-old Lynne Harper and the conviction of her 14-year-old classmate, Steven Truscott, the play examines the themes of justice, history, innocence, and community. It is a conversation starter and a powerful way to explore our own sense of how we make judgments and how we interpret the truth.
The events depicted in the play took place in the mid-1900’s in rural Ontario. After the death of young Lynne Harper, it took only a two-week trial for Stephen Truscott to be convicted and sentenced to death. He would have been the youngest person in Canada to face capital punishment. In 2007, 37 years and 250 pieces of new evidence later, the Ontario Court of Appeals ruled that his conviction had been a miscarriage of justice, and they acquitted him.
Innocence Lost depicts the story through the eyes of Lynne and Stephen’s classmate, Sarah, a fictional character. Her perspective allows us to see the story from an observer’s point of view, challenging us to dispel fear, rumour, and innuendo and find our own truths.

Click here to view a poster.

Thursday March 14, 2013 2:30 – 4 pm
American Civil Rights and Peace Movement Presentation with Jack O’Dell
UFV Abbotsford Campus, B121

Mr. O’Dell is a contemporary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Andrew Young and Jesse Jackson, Jr.  He is a former instructor at Antioch College in Washington, D.C., and Director of Pacifica Radio in the United States. He has been an activist and leader in many of America’s progressive movements from the 1930s through to today.

Click here to view a poster.

Friday March 15, 2013
Chilliwack Hospice Society Presents
Spirituality & Ethics at End-of-Life: Finding Meaning in Life’s Journey
Chilliwack Cultural Centre
9201 Corbould St., Chilliwack, BC

Speakers: Dr. Bashir Jiwani & Dr. Carrie Bourassa
Cost: $90
The 3rd Community Education Day in our series will explore ways in which we find meaning and honor spiritual diversity at end of life.

For more information click here.
Chilliwack Hospice Society

March 21, 2013
Pinwheel Education Series: Supporting Cross Cultural Parents of Young Children with Mental Health Challenges
P3-306, Mental health Building #85, BC Children’s Hospital, 4555 Heather St., Vancouver, BC

Let’s meet with a panel of speakers who will share with us immigrant and refugee families’ strength and challenges and how they support young children under 6 with social and emotional issues. In addition, we will learn about how we can put “Cultural Safety” in practice from an Aboriginal perspective through real life examples.

For more information click here.

March 4, 2013
3:30pm to 4:30pm PT
Keeping Youth Connected Webinar

This webinar will feature Burnaby’s Bryne Creek Secondary School’s practical, evidence-based strategies aimed at creating the right mix of conditions and connections key to helping their students thrive. Bryne Creek Secondary is the first Canadian school to win the global “Vision in Action: The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Whole Child Award.”
For more information click here.
To Register, click here

February 27 – March 1, 2013
2013 National Conference on Bullying
Orlando, Florida
For information on registration, presenting or exhibiting, click here.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Joy Health and Research Centre Presents: A Series on Mental Health
Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention
St. Mary’s Parish Hall
8909 Mary Street, Chilliwack, BC, V2P 4J4

Guest Speaker: Neil Mercer, MA, RCC
Cost: Free
Do you know that suicide is the second leading cause of death amongst youth worldwide? This presentation is an opportunity for professionals in health, education, community, churches, institutions, and families to gain knowledge and feel confident in how to help prevent suicide in the community. Participants would also learn helpful strategies that can be provided in the aftermath of a suicide.

For more information, contact Kafui Sawyer by email or at 604-791-7792
Joy Health and Research Centre

February 11, 2013
F.O.R.C.E Society for Kids’ Mental Health: Transition 2 Parenthood
The F.O.R.C.E Society for Kids’ Mental Health is working on a project called Transition 2 Parenthood, focused on starting the conversation with youth with mental health challenges about their potential future transition into parenthood. The hope is that by beginning this dialogue, this transition into parenthood may be more expected and more supported.
Click here for more information.

February 1, 2013
Ambiguous Crossroads: Persons with Mental Health Problems and the Criminal Justice System
Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, Halifax
Click here for more information and to register.

January 21-22, 2013
PBIS School Team Training

The purpose of the training is to establish a framework for schools to develop and implement a school-wide approach to behavior  social responsibility and academic achievement. Schools are encouraged to register by January 11, 2013.

For more information, see brochure.

December 11, 2012 – 1pm EST
Webinar on FASD and the Justice System
Pre-registration is required. Register at for

December 5, 2012 – 1pm EST
Webinar: Make peer pressure work for you: How to create a school climate that prevents cyberbullying, sexting and other disruptive e-incidents

Click here for more information.

Save the Date for February 7th and 8th, 2014
Children the Heart of the Matter

Click here for more information and a call for papers.

Beginning Thursday, February 13, 2014
Youth, Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System – Fredericton, NB

The goals of the conference include updating attendees, fostering discussion and enabling participants to emerge with better tools and firmer links to other justice, health and social service professionals and to the community.

Click here for more information

February, 21st, 2014
The National Symposium on Mental Disorder and Criminal Justice
Toronto, ON

This symposium is designed to bring together those who work in criminal justice and mental health ‒ lawyers, judges, law enforcement officials, healthcare providers, social workers and others ‒ to explore challenges and solutions to one of the most pressing issues of today

Click here for more information.

Beginning February 2014
Youth, Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System Conference

This conference is intended to bring together those who are responsible for ensuring equitable treatment for young persons with mental health problems who come into contact with the criminal justice system.

Click here for more information.

February, 21st, 2014
Helping Others without Losing Yourself
Langley, B.C

In this workshop you will learn to assess whether the decisions you make will drain you or energize you, to evaluate your own needs, to regain control of your boundaries and keep them healthy, and finally, to give yourself permission to recharge.

For more information, click here.

February 21-22, 2014
Healthy Mothers and Healthy Babies: New Research and Best Practice Perinatal Conference 2014
Vancouver, BC

This will be an opportunity for health care professionals responsible for the care of pregnant women and their newborns to be updated on new research and best practices across the continuum of perinatal and newborn care.

Click here for more information.

February 26-28, 2014
2014 National Conference on Bullying
Orlando, FL

This national conference on bullying will focus on evidence-based strategies and solutions as well as national best practices for preventing bullying and building safe, caring schools, and communities.

Click here for more information.

Beginning February 26, 2014 – Thursday, February 27, 2014
Heart Matters: Cultivating Caring Children

Empathy and compassion cannot be taught formally, but develop spontaneously in a child whose need for connection and contact are properly metThis conference explores the challenging topic of emotion, in both our children and ourselves with two leaders in childhood development.

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March, 12th, 2014
safeTALK Training
Vancouver, BC

This training event offered by the Crisis Centre involves teaching individuals in ‘suicide alertness’ that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources.

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March, 13th, 2014
Free Webcast Support Networks: Parenting Youth

This webcast is open to those interested in policy and programming specifically looking at parenting for the reintegration and rehabilitation of justice-involved youth.

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March 20-21st, 2014, or April 24-25th
ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
Vancouver, BC

 Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training is a 2 day course for caregivers who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide.

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March 24-26, 2014
Conference to Improve Interactions with Persons with Mental Illness
Fairmont Royal York, Toronto 

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), in partnership with the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), is hosting a conference called Balancing Individual Safety, Community Safety and Life Quality: A Conference to Improve Interactions with Persons with Mental Illness.

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Beginning March 26th & 27th, 2014
Police and Community Partnerships: A National Symposium

This Symposium is designed to assist police and communities in starting and sustaining effective collaborative partnerships that can explore the critical connections between crime and health, employment, housing, poverty, education, addictions and mental health to ensure timely interventions to produce sustainable impacts on community safety.

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March 29th, 2014
Free Dialogue- Systemic Inequality in B.C.: Past and Present
Vancouver, BC

 This event is designed to engage community members to share their ideas in a peer-to-peer learning approach and is intended to spark new opportunities for learning within the community.

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April 9 – April 12, 2014
6th National Biennial Conference on Adolescents and Adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Vancouver, B.C.

The conference will bring together a diverse group of professionals, families and individuals with FASD to discuss research, evidence, model practice and ideas to expand how we sustain and enhance the lives of individuals with FASD

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April 23rd, 2014
Middle Childhood Learning Summit
Vancouver, B.C.

This event is designed to bring together British Columbians working with and for children in their middle years to discuss the importance of a child rights approach in improving outcomes for children.

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Beginning April 25-27th, 2014
Fourth International Conference on Families with Parental Mental Health: Addressing the Needs of the Whole Family

This conference will bring researchers, educators, policy-makers, and providers from across disciplines together with members of the judiciary and those with lived experience.

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May 1st-7th, 2014
Restorative Justice Training with Kay Pranis
Burnaby, BC

Renowned restorative justice practitioner, Dr. Kay Pranis, is conducting a variety of workshops in Vancouver during May 1st -7th that focus on the restorative justice process known as ‘peacemaking circles’. The purpose of peacemaking circles is to ensure deep listening through a structured dialog process that provokes thoughtful engagement with participants.

For more information on the 2 Day Advanced Circle Training Event in Burnaby from May 1st -2nd, click here.

For more information on the 1 Day Restorative Justice Training Event in Bowen Island on May 3rd, click here.

For more information on the 1 or 2 Day Restorative Justice School Training Event in Burnaby from May 5th, & 6th-7th, click here.

May 2 -3, 2014
2014 Consensus Conference on FamilySmart ™ & Youth Engagement
Vancouver, BC

The purpose of this conference is to bring together youth and families with researchers, policymakers, service providers and educators to share knowledge and experiences about living well with mental health and/or substance use challenges.

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