Conference Program


In an effort to minimize paper use conference delegates are asked to print and bring their own copy of the conference program and speaker handouts for their reference during the event or to view it on-line.

Download the conference program here.

Program Change

The plenary session scheduled for Friday, October 5th has changed from that listed in the program.  Please refer to the summary below for the current session overview.


October 5, 2018 | 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Supporting Families with a Past or Current History of Problematic Substance Use


The aim of this workshop is to increase awareness, knowledge, skills and resources for professionals working with families with a past or current history of problematic substance use.  We will explore evidence-based approaches and guidelines to inform our work with families during pregnancy and beyond.

Topics covered will include:

  • Stages of Change and Professional Practice Goals

  • Harm Reduction in Pregnancy, Breastfeeding and Parenting

  • Evidence-based Guidelines for Working with Families with Problematic Substance Use

  • Working with Families in Recovery


Heather Sherbinin is a Registered Nurse who has been working with women affected by problematic substance use in a variety of settings since 2005.  Her passion to change the paradigm within communities supporting women and families with problematic substance use is derived from her experiences in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, the non-profit sector and a variety of hospital and community settings. Heather's vision of change is to bring together all professionals of the healthcare and social service sector to collaborate and provide wrap-around services that are truly client centred and based in best-practice.

22nd Annual
BCAPOP Conference

 October 3-5, 2018

BC Association of Pregnancy Outreach Programs |

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