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Demystifying Concurrent Disorders Webinar Series

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 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. 

Upcoming webinars

Register for our next webinar by clicking the button below: "Demystifying Prescribed Medications for Treating Psychosis and Substance Use"

Friday, September 9th, 2022
2:00-3:30 pm
Virtual Event

Treatment options can be difficult to understand and navigate. This session is a starting point to understanding prescribed medications for treating psychosis and substance use disorders. We will unpack pharmaceutical treatment options and pathways for concurrent disorders from pharmacy, prescriber, and lived experience perspectives.

About the speakers

Reza Rafizadeh is a residency-trained, board-certified Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services and a Clinical Instructor in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC. In addition to his clinical and educational roles, he is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Experimental Medicine, UBC Faculty of Medicine, where he researches the treatment of psychotic disorders with comorbid substance use disorders. He has won awards in teaching and research from the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacy, BC branch. He is part of the organizing committee for the annual BC Pacific Psychopharmacology conference and monthly BC Psychosis Program Educational Rounds. In addition, he has spoken at multiple provincial and national conferences on psychopharmacology-related topics.

Dr. Christian Schütz is a clinical researcher, practicing psychiatrist, and Professor of Psychiatry at the Institute of Mental Health, UBC in Canada. Trained in Medicine (MD at Freiburg University, Germany), Humanities (PhD at Munich University, Germany), and Public Health (MPH at Johns Hopkins University, USA) he further completed a Fogerty-Fellowship at NIDA/NIH and a DISCA-Fellowship at Yale University. He has published around 150 peer-reviewed articles and more than a dozen book chapters. He works clinically at Red Fish Healing Centre and conducts research on treatment infrastructure, clinical interventions, and neurobiological mechanisms underlying transdiagnostic mechanisms such as cognitive control.

About the host

Victoria Maxwell is a recognized international keynote speaker who uses her personal story of recovery from mental illness to increase awareness, transform negative beliefs and ignite powerful conversations about mental health. She lives with bipolar disorder, anxiety and psychosis. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health named her a leader in mental health and her theatrical keynote “That’s Just Crazy Talk” has been rated one of the top anti- stigma interventions in the country.
Her media appearances include CNN, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Women’s Health UK. She can also be seen in season 2 of CBC TV’s series ‘You Can’t Ask That’. She is also a Lived Experience Strategic Advisor at BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services.

Previous webinars

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

Friday, 10 June
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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