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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, a person with lived and living experience.

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.

Host: Victoria Maxwell, Strategic Advisor at BCMHSUS, mental health keynote speaker and performer, and recognized international keynote speaker for mental health.

Upcoming Webinar: Summer 2024, more information to come!

Previous webinars

Friday, April 12, 2024
Becky Hynes (Director, Interprofessional Practice, AMHSUS), Anita David (Lived Experience Strategic Advisor), Margo Dent (Family Partner)
Watch "Demystifying Recovery" 

Wednesday, 18 October, 2023
Speakers: Rick Johal (Senior Lead of Provincial Education with BCMHSUS), Chris Lamoureux (Leader of Patient Experience and Community Engagement with BCMHSUS), Dr. Heather Fulton (Registered Psychologist)

Friday, 28 April, 2023
Speakers: Cherlyn Cortes-Manderson, Clinical Nurse Educator with the BC Centre for Disease Control, and Corey Ranger, President of the Harm Reduction Nurses Association and project lead for the SAFER Knowledge Translation & Exchange project.Watch "Demystifying psychosis (part 2): Supporting yourself and your loved one"

Friday, 10 February, 2023
Speakers: Tracy Windsor and Abigail Schultz, Lived Experience Experts.

Friday, 3 February, 2023
Speakers: Dr. Randall White, Medical Director of Vancouver Community Mental Health Services and Clinical Director of the BC Psychosis Program, and Dr. Matthew Johnston, Sociologist.

Watch "Demystifying prescribed medications for treating psychosis and substance use"

Friday, 9 September, 2022

Speakers: Reza Rafizadeh, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at BCMHSUS, and Dr. Christian Schutz, Psychiatrist and Clinical Researcher at Red Fish Healing Centre.

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.

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. 

Watch "Demystifying Trauma-informed health care"

November 26, 2021 
Speaker:  Dr. Linda Uyeda, MD, CCFP

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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