Saturday, 28 June 2008

Cross Cultural Mental Health Symposium - Oct 28 & 29, 2008




The 2008 Cross-Cultural Mental Health Symposium is presented by:

The Cross-Cultural Psychiatry Program, Department of Psychiatry, VGH / Vancouver Community Mental Health Services ~

Provincial Health Services Authority, BC Mental Health & Addiction Services ~ Vancouver Coastal Health

Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia ~ Settlement Orientation Services ~ S.U.C.C.E.S.S. ~ Fraser Health Authority

13th Annual Cross-Cultural Mental Health Symposium

Spirituality & Well-Being

Wednesday & Thursday, October 29 & 30, 2008

Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Symposium Goal:

The goal of the Cross-Cultural Mental Health Symposium is to promote ongoing dialogue between the mental

health and addictions system and cross-cultural communities by exploring current issues, potential solutions and

promising practices in a dynamic and interactive environment.

Participants Will:

Discover the profound role spirituality plays in health and healing

Examine the important relationship between spiritual isolation and addictive drives

Explore Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and how it can help to treat depression

Learn how Supported Self-Management can be applied across cultures in mental health care

Consider the role of spiritual care at the end of life

Experience meditation and mindfulness techniques helpful for individuals and groups

Understand how 12 Step Programs can support recovery from addictions and mental illness

Learn about innovative promising practices of community-based agency programming in churches & temples

Have the opportunity to network with the diverse cross-section of symposium participants

Who Should Attend:

All professionals providing services, formally or informally, to immigrants and refugees, and anyone else

interested in cross-cultural mental health issues. Immigrants and refugees are also strongly encouraged to attend.

Limited registration bursaries available for refugees, consumers & youth (see registration form for information).

Featuring:

Dr. Stephen K.H. Aung,

"The Vital Importance of Spirituality in Medicine"

Dr. Aung will share his compelling insights on the impact of spirituality on healing. In complementary, alternative,

and traditional medicine there are three areas called body, mind, and spirit, which have to be well-balanced,

aligned, and harmonized for a general state of well-being. The spiritual part of the human body plays a major role

in healing and health, so it is essential to understand the spiritual part of the body to achieve better and quicker

healing.

Dr. Aung seeks to blend Eastern, Western and natural medicine as a geriatric and family physician and a

traditional Chinese medical (TCM) practitioner and teacher. His primary interest is the integration of TCM and

Western biomedicine within the context of a more natural and compassionate approach to primary health care for

all. Dr. Aung's practice is based in Edmonton, Alberta.

Dr. Gabor Maté,

"The God-Shaped Void: Spirituality and Addictions"

Based on his newest bestselling book,

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, Dr. Maté

will address how, at the heart of all addictions is a void, a sense of deficient emptiness, of a desperate

insufficiency. The addicted human being seeks completion from an outside source, be it through substances or

through certain behaviours or through qualities like power or lovability. Whatever the personal origins of that

sense of deficiency, the root of it is our separation from the universal. Hence there is direct relationship between

spiritual isolation and addictive drives, regardless of personal beliefs or formal religious precepts. As the French

philosopher Blaise Pascal maintained, there is 'a God-shaped void in the human being', a longing which can only

be filled by the Eternal. Despair at the experience of that God-shaped void underlies all addictions.

As the staff physician at the Portland Hotel in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, Dr. Maté treats many patients

suffering from mental illness, drug addiction and HIV, or all three. He is widely recognized for his unique

perspective on Attention Deficit Disorder, and his firmly held belief in the connection between mind and body

health. He is the author of four books --

When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress, and Scattered

Minds: A New Look at the Origins

, Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder, Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents

Need to Matter More Than Peers

(co-authored with developmental psychologist Gordon Neufeld) and has most

recently published

In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction.

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th Annual Cross-Cultural Mental Health Symposium

Spirituality & Well Being

Wednesday & Thursday, October 29 & 30, 2008

Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

www.ccmhs.ca Page 2

Day Two: Thursday, October 30, 2008

0815 – 0900 Registration & Breakfast

0900 – 0910 First Nations Blessing

0910 – 0925 Welcome: Chris Friesen & Soma Ganesan, Symposium Chairs

0925 – 0945 Mental Health Service Delivery System: Health Authority Perspectives, Lorna Howes (VCH), Leslie

Arnold (PHSA)

0945 – 1100 Keynote Address:

The Vital Importance of Spirituality in Medicine, Stephen K.H. Aung, M.D., Ph.D,

O.M.D.

1100 – 1130 Networking & Refreshment Break

1130 – 1215

Application of Supported Self-Management for Mood Problems Across Cultural Boundaries, Dan

Bilsker

1215 – 1315 Lunch (provided)

1315 – 1330

Soma Ganesan Spirit of Hope Award Ceremony

1330 – 1445

Spirituality & End of Life Panel Discussion, Chair: Marjorie Girard, Panel Members: TBC

1445 – 1515 Networking & Refreshment Break

1515 – 1600

Mindfulness, Meditation & Healing for Anyone: Experiential Workshop, Adrienne Ross

1600 – 1645

Clinical Applications of Mindfulness, Andrea Grabovac

1645 Reflections & Comments on the Day

Day Two: Thursday, October 30, 2008

0815 – 0900 Registration & Breakfast

0900 – 0915 Opening Remarks: Chris Friesen, Symposium Chair

0915 – 1030 Keynote Address:

The God-Shaped Void: Spirituality and Addictions, Gabor Maté, M.D.

1030 – 1100 Networking & Refreshment Break

1100 – 1200

Twelve Step Programs: Spiritual Awakening & the Path of Recovery

, Larry Depow & 12 Step Group

Member

1200 – 1300 Lunch (provided)

1300 – 1330

Video: Aboriginal Journey in Mental Health – Walking the Path Together

1330 – 1430

Indigenous Spirituality & Chinese Medicine Used in the Health Practice, Leoncio Ventura Tebalam

1430 – 1445 Refreshment Break

1445 – 1515

Local Promising Practices Working in Churches & Temples,

Sherman Chan, Kelly Ng & Chris

Friesen

1515 – 1615

Cultural Lens on Mental "Illness", Perry Omeasoo & Leoncio Ventura Tebalam

1615 Closing Remarks

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Provincial Health Services Authority & Vancouver Coastal Health

Lundbeck Canada, Novartis & AstraZeneca

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th Annual Cross-Cultural Mental Health Symposium

Spirituality & Well Being

Wednesday & Thursday, October 29 & 30, 2008

Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

www.ccmhs.ca Page 3

PROGRAM CONTENT:

Application of Supported Self-Management for Mood Problems Across Cultural Boundaries - Dan Bilsker:

One of the most exciting recent developments in mental health care has been the introduction of Supported Self

Management (SSM) as a crucial component of the spectrum of care for depression, anxiety and other common

mental health problems. A discussion of the issues of applying SSM across cultural boundaries will be presented,

together with the introduction of a free self management workbook for depression, developed in British Columbia,

that is available in Punjabi, French, and both written forms of Chinese.

Video: Aboriginal Journeys in Mental Health: Walking the Path Together - Introduction by Frank Fung

:

This compelling documentary provides personal insights from Aboriginal people recovering from depression,

bipolar illness and schizophrenia. The important balance between conventional and spiritual approaches to

assessment, treatment, and healing for Aboriginal People is well-captured. The documentary's goal was to

provide a powerful tool to reach out to this population - one that would assist with education and inspiration along

the journey of recovery.

Spirituality & End of Life Panel - Marjorie Girard, Chair:

Join our panelists from differing spiritual backgrounds

as they consider important issues around spiritual care at the end of life.

Mindfulness, Meditation & Healing for Anyone: Experiential Workshop - Adrianne Ross:

Experience the

techniques that may be used with individuals and groups. Useful techniques for specific clients and a brief

introduction to Mindful-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) will be provided followed by a "body scan" exercise, a

short sitting meditation, ending with a discussion session.

Clinical Applications of Mindfulness - Andrea Grabovac:

Explore a technical definition and neurobiology of

mindfulness, and learn about Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy.

Twelve Step Programs: Spiritual Awakening & the Path of Recovery - Larry Depow & 12 Step Group

Member:

We witness daily the impact of mental illness and addiction on individuals and their families. Damage to

physical health, self-esteem, ability to function, relationships and the very "spirit" of those who suffer can be

devastating. In Vancouver and throughout the Lower Mainland there are thousands of people who have found

new hope and support through various 12 Step Programs. Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous,

Gamblers Anonymous, Al-Anon, and Dual Recovery Anonymous are examples of such programs. When health

care professionals have an understanding of these programs, they are better able to provide information to clients

and support those who are "working the steps" in recovery.

Indigenous Spirituality & Chinese Medicine Used in the Health Practice - Leoncio Ventura Tebalam:

Examine the relationship between the body and the mind and how and imbalance in the physiology of the viscera

may be the cause of the "chemical imbalance" that is often associated with mental conditions. By understanding

the relationship between these two aspects of a being as well and recognizing that a human being is as much

physical as he/she is spiritual, and taking into account all of this aspects, true healing can occur.

Local Promising Practices Working in Churches & Temples

Sherman Chan, Kelly Ng & Chris Friesen:

Learn about local programs bringing mental health support to churches and temples in the Lower Mainland,

fostering the connection between mental health and spirituality.

Cultural Lens on Mental "Illness": Case Study Exercise - Facilitators: Perry Omeasoo & Leoncio Ventura

Tebalam

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OR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Janey Chang / Symposium Coordinator / symposium@shaw.ca / Fax: 604.676.2660

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th Annual Cross-Cultural Mental Health Symposium

Spirituality & Well Being

Wednesday & Thursday, October 29 & 30, 2008

Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

www.ccmhs.ca Page 4

R E G I S T R A T I O N F O R M

STEP 1: PARTICIPANT INFORMATION

Please type or print

clearly!

First Name: Last Name:

Organization: Profession:

Address:

City: Province: Postal Code:

Telephone: Fax:

E-Mail:

E-Mail is our primary method of contact. If you have an e-mail address, please provide it.

Special Dietary Requirements:

We will do our best to accommodate special dietary needs but cannot guarantee it.

STEP 2: REGISTRATION FEES

BEFORE OCTOBER 1, 2008:

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$155 – Regular Registration Fee

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$105 – Vancouver Coastal Health, Provincial Health Services Authority & Fraser Health Authority Employees

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$65 – Reduced Rate (students, not-for-profit organizations registered with the BC Societies Act, sponsorship agt holders)

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Bursary for refugees, consumers, and youth

*A limited number of bursaries are available for refugees, consumers, and youth on a first-come-first-served basis. You will be notified of

your acceptance. Those who are not accepted will be required to pay the $65 Reduced Rate.

AFTER OCTOBER 1, 2008:

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$170 – Regular Registration Fee

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$120 – Vancouver Coastal Health, Provincial Health Services Authority & Fraser Health Authority Employees

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$80 – Reduced Rate (students, not-for-profit organizations registered with the BC Societies Act, sponsorship agt holders)

Cancellation Policy:

Full amount less a $25 administrative fee will be refunded if cancellation is requested, in writing, prior to

October 14, 2008. No refunds will be granted after October 14, 2008, however substitute registrants are welcome.

A $25 fee

will be charged for NSF cheques.

STEP 3: SUBMIT REGISTRATION FORM & PAYMENT

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Cheque Enclosed 􀀂Cheque/Cash On-Site 􀀂 Cheque to be Mailed 􀀂 Please Send Invoice

Cheques payable to

CROSS-CULTURAL MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM, VGH

c/o Janey Chang, Symposium Coordinator

#103 – 240 Mahon Avenue, North Vancouver, BC V7M 3H4

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OR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Janey Chang / Symposium Coordinator / symposium@shaw.ca / Fax: 604.676.2660