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Demystifying Concurrent Disorders Webinar Series

A virtual education series created by patients and families, for patients and families, to help us understand concurrent disorders better.

The Demystifying Concurrent Disorders Webinar series is a quarterly education series to help patients and families better understand topics relating to mental health and substance use issues, or concurrent disorders. Participants will learn about things like trauma-informed practice, the Mental Health Act, the forensics system, medications and more.

The webinar series is free and open to anyone interested in learning about these topics. Each session will be led by an expert in mental health and substance use and will include a live Q&A, facilitated by our webinar series host, Victoria Maxwell, a recognized international keynote speaker for mental health and Strategic Advisor at BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services.

The Demystifying Concurrent Disorders Webinar Series has been developed by the Health Literacy Working Group, a patient- and family-led committee working to advance health literacy across BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services and beyond.

Privacy and Confidentiality

BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services is committed to safeguarding your privacy and confidentiality. As an attendee in a Zoom for Webinars event, your name will be hidden throughout the presentation, and you may choose to ask your questions anonymously in the Q&A chat box. Participants’ audio and video will be disabled. Questions will be monitored and selected by a facilitator, based on relevance and appropriateness. Please note that the speaker will not be able to address specific individual case questions. 

Sessions will be recorded and shared on our website, making them available to the public. 

Register here for our next webinar!

Upcoming webinars

Demystifying Psychosis (two-part series)

3 out of every 100 people will experience an episode of psychosis in their lifetime, yet psychosis can often be difficult to understand and find support for. In the first of our two-part webinar session (February 3), we aim to unpack everything related to psychosis to provide a solid foundation for supporting yourself or a loved one. In the second part (February 10), we will provide tips to help you support yourself or your loved one(s) when they are experiencing psychosis.

Part I: Understanding Psychosis
Friday, February 3, 2023
2:00-3:30 pm
Virtual Event

About the speakers:

Dr. Randall White

Dr. Randall F. White is a Medical Director of Vancouver Community Mental Health Services for Vancouver Coastal Health and Clinical Director of the British Columbia Psychosis Program at UBC Hospital. He has practiced psychiatry in Canada and the United States, and from 2019-2021 he was president of the Western Canada Branch of the American Psychiatric Association. His clinical and research interest is in complex psychotic disorders, and as a clinical professor of psychiatry, he is involved in many educational activities at UBC. He serves on the Medical Advisory Committee of the BC Schizophrenia Society and recently received a Vancouver Medical Staff award for this collaboration.

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Dr. Matthew Johnston

Dr. Matthew S. Johnston (he/him) is a Sociologist and Postdoctoral Fellow in the Fisheries and Marine Institute at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. He has published a number of journal articles on the topics of public safety and mental health, with a focus on how conceptions of mental health and illness expressed by service users can lead to innovations and improvements in our mental health systems.

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Part II: Supporting Yourself and Your Loved One
Friday, February 10, 2023
2:00-3:30 pm
Virtual Event

About the speakers:

Abigail Schultz

Abigail Schultz is a 50 years young lady who hails from British Columbia currently works full time for a non profit in the Fraser Valley. Abigail's experience with mental health and substance use has spanned most of my adult life. Currently, she manages with bipolar/schizoaffective disorder and is 19 months sober from all substances.

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Tracy Windsor

Tracy is a self-identified peer support aficionado. She experienced a first episode of psychosis in 2008 and was devastated by the experience. The Vancouver Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) team supported her, step by step, with wraparound, holistic care as she entered recovery. A big part of Tracy's recovery has been involvement in peer support, including attending and facilitating peer support groups; providing one-to-one support as a peer support worker, involvement in research, and peer support program coordination. She is currently studying for her Master of Social Work through Dalhousie University and is a strong advocate for meaningful and equitable peer involvement in mental health care and research.

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Friday, 9 September, 2022

Watch "Forensic Journey and Beyond: Where healthcare and legal systems intersect"

Friday, 10 June, 2022
Speakers: Peter Parnell, director of access, transitions and forensic clinical risk at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, and Midhath Mahir, deputy supervising lawyer at CLAS.
Host: Victoria Maxwell, strategic advisor at BCMHSUS and mental health keynote speaker and performer.

Watch "Demystifying the Mental Health Act"

February 22, 2022

Speakers: Dr. Vijay Seethapathy, MD and Fellow of The Royal College of Physicians of Canada, Chief Medical Officer for BCMHSUS and Kendra Milne, Executive Director of Health Justice with Canadian Mental Health Association. 

Host: Victoria Maxwell, strategic advisor at BCMHSUS and mental health keynote speaker and performer.

Watch "Trauma-informed health care"


November 26, 2021 
Speaker:  Dr. Linda Uyeda, MD, CCFP
Host: Kathryn Proudfoot, Director of Patient Experience and Community Engagement,  BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services.


Privacy and Confidentiality

BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services is committed to safeguarding your privacy and confidentiality. As an attendee in a Zoom for Webinars event, your name will be hidden throughout the presentation, and you may choose to ask your questions anonymously in the Q&A chat box. Participants’ audio and video will be disabled. Questions will be monitored and selected by a facilitator, based on relevance and appropriateness. Please note that the speaker will not be able to address specific individual case questions. Sessions will be recorded and shared on our website, making them available to the public. 

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