Mental Health and Behaviour Interface – Dr. Palanisamy

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Have you been confused by hearing ‘they don’t have severe mental illness, they don’t have an Axis 1 diagnosis, they are not psychotic, and they are not certifiable?’

Have you ever wondered why psychiatrists ask so many questions?

Do you find it hard to tell the differences between Functional Behavioural Assessment and Functional Analysis and would like to understand what the terms ‘positive behavioural support plan’, ‘safety plan’, ‘behavioural support plan’ mean?

Would you be interested in learning how behavioural consultants can work together with psychiatrists in managing people with IDD and mental illness?

Join Us for the 2nd Session on ‘Mental Health and Behaviour Interface’ as we would be covering these issues in the presentation. 

You will be receiving a registration link in the next few days 

Date & Time: 7th March 2024 | 12:00 noon to 1:15 pm

Platform: Zoom



Aubrey Mosher (BCBA), Michelle Upshaw (BCBA), Vikram Palanisamy (Psychiatrist)

Facilitator: Anne Halas – Facilitator

Topics Covered:

  • Terminology

·       Psychiatric Terms: Severe mental illness, Psychosis, not certifiable, Axis 1 Diagnosis

·       Clarification on terms like FBA, PBS, BSP, Safety Plan, Crisis / De-escalation Plans, Skill building plans

  • Psychiatric and Behavioral Assessment insights
  • Collaboration between BCBA and Psychiatrists with case example

Who Will Benefit: Behavioral therapists, social workers, occupational therapists, nurses, CLBC facilitators, family doctors and other staff working with individuals with Intellectual Disabilities.

Preparation: Watch our first presentation

Dr Vikram Palanisamy


Home Sharing Support Society BC

What’s On at the HSSSBCFebruary 2024 Edition
NTG 2024 Family Webinar SeriesRegisterMental Health: Home Sharing Community RegisterCo-Design LabsRespiteJoin

Happy February to everyone in the Home Sharing community! We have been very busy at the HSSSBC planning events, speakers & opportunities for you to provide your input to make a difference in home sharing.
This month CLBC announced the new NTG 2024 Family Webinar Series which includes 5 free webinars discussing again and dementia with an intellectual disability. Registration is required.

Learn more about this program visit NTG’s Website or by clicking here.
February 27th, 2023: 1pm-2pm ESTTopic: Process of Aging
March 12th, 2024: 1pm-2pm ESTTopic: Early Screening for Cognitive Changes
March 26th, 2024: 1pm-2pm ESTTopic: Life Planning for Different Phases of the Life Journey
April 9th, 2024: 1pm-2pm ESTTopic: Behavioral Changes that Occur with Aging & Dementia
April 23rd, 2024: 1pm-2:30pm ESTTopic: Family Panel – Sharing Personal Experiences
Our Connect & Collaborate Session this month is a webinar discussing Mental Health in the Home Sharing Community!
Overview of SessionEmotional Well-being, Stress Management, and Self-Care in Home Sharing ArrangementsSupporting people with mental health diagnosisSupporting people with complex support needs (substance abuse, challenging behaviours)Resources, Supports & Information
February 15, 2024 – Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Link for registration
Want to see what is coming up in future Connect & Collaborate sessions? Check out our events HERE. We heard your feedback & this year there will be more opportunities for networking & connections at each session.
Are you part of the home sharing community? Do you want to access free Harm Reduction Training?
This course is designed to empower you with practical knowledge and strategies that can be applied both personally and within the scope of home sharing. As we continue our commitment to the well-being of our members, we believe that investing in harm reduction education is a meaningful step towards creating a safer and more supportive homes and communities.
Key Course Details:Duration: 30 days (self-paced) Prerequisites: Basic computer skills and access to MS Office 2010 or later Language: English (reading and writing at a grade 8 level) Enrollment: Register at any time during the month or year
Link for registration
Co-Design Labs
Our Co-Design Labs are based on the philosophy community-led lived-experience. This means that we invite people to engage as members of the home sharing community, to share their direct personal experiences. These experiences are important as they hold the nuances and elements of lived-experience from community stories, events, and happenings that are critical to the framing and shaping of experience.
Our co-design labs  aim to always work closely with how the communities we are collaborating with shape and define lived-experience from the perspectives of people within co-design.
Our current topic of focus is respite.  The home sharing communities expertise and experience will be important as we continue to plan for the future of home sharing.
Join our co-design lab to provide your input. 
Register HERE

Mental Health Education Bundle

The Be Mental Health READY education bundle is an array of on-demand/self-paced mental health education sessions consisting of 14 topics with a total of 24 hours of video content that can be accessed anywhere, anytime. The information and resources included in the sessions are beneficial when supporting a client/student/patient/resident/family member/self

In honor of the upcoming Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 1-October 7), we are pleased to offer this bundle for only $75.00 for a limited time.

What is included for $75?
•    Lifetime Access to Be Mental Health READY On-Demand Education Bundle (12 different mental health topics with 20 hours of video
        content including the topics of suicide awareness, self injury and compassion fatigue). Each session includes signs/symptoms, tips and
        strategies and valuable downloadable resources
•    BONUS: Lifetime access to Be Mental Health READY On-Demand education sessions of Mental Illness in the Workplace and Substance
        Use in the Workplace with a total of 4 hours of video content to help in maintaining a psychological healthy work environment. Each
        session includes information on recognizing changes, engaging in conversation, aiding in crisis, discussing possible supports and your
        next steps. Also included are downloadable resources
•    BONUS: 31 Mindfulness Worksheets including a 12-page Mindfulness Guide and Journal
•    BONUS: 17 audio Guided Meditations for sleep and stress/anxiety

To purchase your bundle for this limited time, please visit

If your organization is interested in purchasing the bundle for your entire staff to access, it is being offered for a limited time for $499. Please email: for more information on this option.

CLBC’s Cultural Safety Principles

Learn about CLBC’s Cultural Safety Principles in new video
Dear Service Providers,

In the fall of 2022, Community Living BC created its first Cultural Safety Policy. The policy describes cultural safety principles and practices that will guide how CLBC staff and service providers engage, support, monitor, and plan with First Nations, Métis and Inuit individuals, as well as their families, support networks and communities. This policy is an important step towards ensuring CLBC’s and the community living sector’s actions align with the rights of Indigenous Peoples, which is a key goal of our current Strategic Plan.

CLBC has created a new video to raise awareness and understanding of the six principles that guide the Cultural Safety Policy:Culturally Responsive ProgrammingIndigenous Anti-RacismIndigenous Trauma Informed and Responsive ApproachPromoting, Maintaining and Sustaining ConnectionsPerson-Centred ApproachPromoting a Coordinated Service Approach
Click here to watch CLBC’s Cultural Safety Principles video

The video, along with the Cultural Safety Service Provider Practice Guide, is a tool to support service providers and CLBC staff to learn how to offer our services in ways that are as culturally safe as possible.

If you have any questions, please email

kinanâskomitin ᑭᓇᓈᐢᑯᒥᑎᐣ

Joanne Mills
VP, Quality Services and Indigenous Relations
Community Living BC

Mental Health First Aid

Virtual Training

Mental Health First Aid

The Mental Health Commission of Canada reports that one in every five Canadians experiences a mental health problem within a given year. While we often know a lot about physical illness, there tends to be less knowledge about mental health or substance use problems. This lack of understanding leads to fear and negative attitudes towards individuals living with these problems. It prevents people from seeking help for themselves and from providing appropriate support to people around them.

What is Mental Health First Aid? This virtual certified 9-hour training course is a program of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Participants will learn how to:

  • Recognize signs that a person may be experiencing a decline in their mental well-being or a mental health or substance use crisis
  • Have conversations that encourage a person to:
    • talk about their mental well-being
    • discuss professional and other supports that could help with recovery to improved mental well-being
    • reach out to these supports
  • Assist in a mental health or substance use crisis situation
  • Check in with one’s own mental well -being and take action as needed

Course consists of 3 modules and will include discussion, videos, and scenarios

Module 1: Introduction to MHFA – Self Directed (approx. 2 hours)

  • Introduction to the course
  • Introduction to MHFA actions
  • After registration, participants will be given a unique, individual code that will allow access to this module and will receive the MHFA Participant Reference Guide that outlines MHFA actions for developing mental health and substance use problems and mental health and substance use crises. Please note that the self-directed Module 1 does not have to be completed in one sitting, but it must be completed before attending Modules 2 and 3

Module 2: MHFA for Declining Mental Well-Being – Virtual Classroom Model (3.5 hours)

  • Practice applying MHFA actions to situations of declining mental well-being
  • Guidelines for MHFA conversations with people from diverse cultures and members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community

Module 3: MHFA for Crisis Situations – Virtual Classroom Model (3.5 hours)

  • Discussion on using MHFA actions for self-care
  • Practice using MHFA actions in crisis situations

Available dates and times:

Module 2 – Thursday, June 8 – 9:00-12:30 PST

Module 3 – Friday, June 9 – 9:00-12:30 PST


Participants must complete the self directed 2-hour Module 1 before attending the virtual Modules 2 and 3. Attendance is required at both virtual modules in order to receive a certificate. Participants must have access to Zoom (zoom meeting ID and password will be given after registration) and a computer with microphone capabilities. A working camera is highly recommended.


Cost is $225.00 per person and includes a certificate of completion. Please note that each session is limited to 15 participants and spaces fill up quickly. To register or for more information, please call or email:

Lori Veltkamp 403-942-5250 Email:

CSSHSA Webinar

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Webinar #8 (01-June-2023 10AM-12PM)

  • Bill Dyer, Director, Reducing Poverty Initiative – National Institute of Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR)
  • Stephen Symon, Manager Client Services, RTW Consultation and Education Services – WorkSafeBC

Over the past three years in the community social services (CSS) sector, WorkSafeBC injury time loss claims have reach historical levels.  The Association is pleased to present the CSS Disability Management & RTW Webinar for the sector at no cost to participants on June 1, 2023, from 10 am to 12 pm.  

The Disability Management will capture the steps – components to consider when creating your organizations disability management program, “The Coles note – how to.” While the Return to Work and Recover and Work: Importance of Early Intervention and Introduction of Bill 41 (Return to Work and Other Duties in Relation to Injured Workers).

We are delighted to have seasoned speakers Bill Dyer and Stephen Symon.  This webinar is building on previous presentations and will be providing key information to support employers and workers.  Please register quickly at the link below.  Thank you.Participant Range:

 500 Max. (Limits on organization number of participants)Participant Admission:

 Free / No CostRegistration Link:


Workplace Mental Health BC

Looking to learn more about mental health – here are some free webinars/workshops that you can attend through Workplace Mental Health BC:

WEBINAR: The Stories We Tell Ourselves – Strategies for Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

Thursday, May 25  | 11:00AM till 12:15PM | REGISTER

Gain the tools to conquer self-doubt and and rewrite your story in this empowering workshop on unmasking imposter syndrome

Imposter syndrome refers to a psychological phenomenon where individuals hold the belief that they are undeserving of success, persistently plagued by feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt about their intelligence, skills, or competence. It is often described as feeling like a fraud who achieved success through luck and fear being exposed.

This workshop delves into the essence of imposter syndrome, exploring its distinct types and offering practical strategies for overcoming self-doubt.

Over the span of 75 minutes, participants will:

  • Learn to recognize imposter syndrome in themselves and their colleagues.
  • Understand the connection between avoidance, overworking, and imposter syndrome.
  • Examine the narratives we tell ourselves that perpetuate self-doubt.
  • Harness the power of self-compassion to combat imposter syndrome.
  • Discover effective coping strategies for dealing with imposter syndrome.

Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss their personal experiences with imposter syndrome and its triggers.

This workshop welcomes individuals who are interested in understanding and addressing imposter syndrome, as well as Federation members seeking ways to navigate imposter syndrome and the accompanying unhelpful thoughts and emotions.