A new slate of topics and expert presentations begins on Feb 9 with "The UNITE project - Disrupting Stigma for Better Care," which will cover the impact of stigma in health care on people with mental health and substance use challenges.
"Learning Rounds began as an internal platform for BCMHSUS staff to build their capacity and learn from one another," said Jordan Brewer, interim lead, Learning and Development, BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services. "We quickly learned that the content was relevant and useful to a wider audience of professionals so we expanded the series, making it available to anyone in B.C. who would benefit from insight into these kinds of topics."
Provincial Mental Health & Substance Use Learning Rounds take place every second Thursday from noon-1:00 p.m. and include a presentation, followed by an interactive Q&A. They are intended to support staff, service providers, researchers and partners to share current and emerging research, evidence and practises that have the capacity to improve care within mental health and substance use programs. Learning Rounds also create a forum to identify and address system-level issues or barriers to accessing services, and to explore topics that are informed by ongoing engagement with people with lived and living experience.
The spring schedule includes topics related to patient and family engagement, stigma, mental health in corrections, harm reduction and much more yet to be announced.
For more information or to register for upcoming rounds, visit the Provincial Mental Health & Substance Use Learning Rounds web page.
January 26: The UNITE project - Disrupting stigma for better care, presented by Chris Lamoureux, Indigenous care coordinator, Red Fish Healing Centre, BCMHSUS & Katie Mai, leader, Patient Experience and Community Engagement, BCMHSUS.
February 9: Adjusting our response to drug poisonings, presented by Cherlyn Cortes, clinical nurse educator with the STBBI and Harm Reduction teams, BC Centre for Disease Control and Corey Ranger, public health resource nurse for BC Centre for Disease Control and President of the Harm Reduction Nurses Association.
February 23: BC Corrections, Programs and Services in Provincial Correctional Centres, presented by Dr. Maureen Olley, Director Mental Health Services, BC Corrections, Leanne Kristofferson, Deputy Warden of Provincial Programs and Services, BC Corrections, Carrie McCulley, Director of Programs and Interventions, BC Corrections
March 23: (Title TBC) - Living in the DTES, understanding and addressing acquired brain injury - presented by Dr. Will Panenka, investigator, BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services Research Institute, investigator, BC Children's Hospital Research Institute, and assistant professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia
If you have questions or suggestions for upcoming learning rounds topics, contact the Learning and Development team.