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Upcoming Learning Opportunities – Jan 13 2017

MANDT System – Building Healthy Relationships

The Mandt System® program presents an education and training system of gradual and graded alternatives for de-escalating and supporting people, using a combination of interpersonal communication skills and physical interaction techniques designed to reduce injury to all the participants in an encounter.

We are pleased to offer Mandt Training to our staff.  Please speak with your program manager to be referred to attend one of the upcoming sessions.

Option A:    10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Two Day Mandt Training

  •  In-depth training over two 6 hour classes
  • No physical skill training

Option B:   10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Three Day Mandt Training

  • In-depth training over three 6 hour classes
  • Includes physical skill training

Upcoming Sessions

  • January 25th and 26th, 2017
  • March 2017

THE RETURN TO RELATIONSHIPS: Big Ideas to Improve Health Care for All Canadians

Come out on Monday Jan 23, 2017 date at 7:00pm to hear about the three relationships for health that underpin high-performing health care systems around the world, and other big ideas to make health care in Canada better, now. Dr. Martin also has an upcoming book that expands on these ideas, Better Now, to be released by Penguin Random House in January, 2017 – just days before her visit to Vancouver. You can read more about the book and her ideas at

More info and registration (free event) at:

FSI – Disability and Estate Planning Webinar

February 8, 2017 @ 6:30 pm9:00 pm

Family Support Institute in partnership with Ken Kramer from KMK Law Corporation & FS Financial Strategies present a webinar on Disability & Estate Planning.

Join us on February 8th for this informative Webinar. Please share with your networks. Everyone is warmly welcomed. It is never too early to think about these topics and begin planning. Topics:

– Preparing a will: what you need to know
– Trust planning for persons with disability

To attend go to:

Social Determinants of Health: Buzzwords to Practice

The term “Social Determinants of Health” is used in many places in many ways. Our first Speaker Series event this fiscal year will help break through all the buzz. We’ve brought together three prominent and diverse speakers to help family physicians concretely understand what it really means to consider and act on the socio-economic condition of their patients – whether within their practice or within broader changes to the healthcare system to move towards a more comprehensive Primary Care Home.

Date: Thursday Feb 16, 2017

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Location: Museum of Vancouver – Joyce Walley Room (main floor) – 1100 Chestnut St. Vancouver, BC

Cost: Free! Snacks & Refreshments will be provided

More information and Registration at:

HSA Canada 2017 Person Centred Practices Gathering

The HSA Canada / Learning Community for Person-Centred Practices Gathering is both a place to learn and a place to share what is being learned about person-centred practices.

  The Gathering will include:

–  Person-Centred Management Practices
–  Person-Directed Planning and Facilitation
–  A Learning Marketplace
And more!!

Registration includes:
• Free registration to the International HSA online Community
• Choice of concurrent sessions
• Learning Marketplace sessions
• Continental breakfast, lunch and breaks

Registration rates:  Individual:  $385 + HST 1 day:  $225 + HST Groups of 4 or more:  $375 + HST each People with disabilities:  $200 + HST Family members:  $240 + HST

More information and Registration at:

Lunch and Learn with Lori and Aaron – Your Questions about Mental Health


11:30 – 1:30, Friday January 20th

11:30 – 1:30, Friday February 17th

Where: our boardroom at 3231 Kingsway (or our new training space! If it’s ready).

What are we talking about? Whatever people would like to talk about…   some examples of questions people have had:

“There’s so many activities over the holidays how can I manage my anxiety?”

“What is schizophrenia anyway?”

“I don’t want to take medications – what are my alternatives?”

“I support someone who doesn’t want to take medications – what can I do?”

This three month session of lunch and learns are for staff who support folks within Spectrum, staff who have their own questions about themselves or people they care about, the families of folks we support.

We will begin by talking about what confidentiality is and how to have good boundaries: “what we hear here, stays here.”

Lunch will be provided. Please let Judy or the Office Manager know if you are attending so we can make sure we order enough. Some vegetarian options will be available; people who have more particular needs should bring their own lunches and we’ll reimburse you.

If you want to know more about Lori Damon, who works with Reach Community Health Care and also in private practice, check out her website: