2023 keynote speakers, from left:
David Nutt, Nel Wieman, Christian
The annual B.C. Concurrent Disorders Conference, hosted by PHSA’s BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services, is dedicated to advancing knowledge and building capacity among mental health and substance use professionals who treat people with complex concurrent disorders. A concurrent disorder describes when a person has both a mental illness and a substance use problem.
The theme for 2023 was “Best and promising practices: understanding and celebrating the emerging practices in concurrent disorders in B.C., Canada and globally.” The effects of concurrent disorders are far-reaching and impact individuals, families, and entire communities, resulting in the need for integrative service delivery models. The conference offered an opportunity to inspire hope and build a better future for people living with mental health and substance use issues, and their families.
The third annual conference, held on March 9, 2023, included a full program of keynote speakers, panel discussions, and breakout sessions. You can access recorded sessions at the links below:
Introductions & Welcome (Dr. Vijay Seethapathy, Jennifer Duff, Susan Wannamaker, Dr. David Byres, Honourable Jennifer Whiteside)
Indigenous-Led Interventions: Indigenous Mental Wellness from the Front Line (Cassie Michell [Bader] – Moderator, Elder Gerry Oleman, Audrey Ward)
Equipping Teams with Skills in Concurrent Disorders (Justine Dodds – Moderator, Rick Johal, Samantha Robinson, Fabienne Hargreaves, Kris Bews, Asha Maharaj)
Effectiveness of Psychotherapies in Daily Clinical Practice (Dr. Daniel Vigo – Moderator, Dr. Heather Fulton, Dr. Terri-Lee Seeley, Dr. Heather Fulton)