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BY IHA INVITE ONLY: Perinatal Substance Use Training (IHA Sponsored)

  • March 14, 2023
  • March 15, 2023
  • 2 sessions
  • March 14, 2023, 8:00 AM 2:00 PM (PDT)
  • March 15, 2023, 8:00 AM 2:00 PM (PDT)
  • In Person: East Kootenay Regional Hospital, Cranbrook
  • 14


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~Where lived experience and best practice meet~

facilitated by: Heather Cameron, 
RN, BScN, BCAPOP Executive Director 

March 14 & 15, 2023 

9am-3pm MT (8am-2pmPT)

 In person: East Kootenay Regional Hospital, Cranbrook
3-24th Avenue N, Cranbrook BC, V1C 3H9 | Education Rooms A & B (EKRH basement map)

About the PSU Training:
BCAPOP’s Executive Director, Heather Cameron, RN, BScN, will use both her professional and personal lived experience combined with up-to-date best practices, research and resources to offer professionals and peers the knowledge and know how to support pregnant, postpartum and newly parenting people who use substances. This training workshop will provide you with the insight, evidence-based information, increased confidence and comfort to implement useful tools, approaches and strategies to help you engage, support and maintain the supportive relationships necessary to offer gold standard care to your clients, participants or patients.

This training workshop is limited to 30 registrants to foster an intimate, engaging and safe place to reflect, share and grow in your professional practice in meaningful ways.

Day 1 Overview:

  • Opening roundtable introductions
  • A basic introduction to:
    • Language matters
    • The effects of substance use in pregnancy
    • Withdrawal management in pregnancy
    • Opioid Agonist Treatment (OAT) in pregnancy
    • Breastfeeding, substance use & harm reduction

Day 2 Overview:

  • A basic introduction to:
    • The importance of wrap-around support and building a village
    • Approaches and tools to provide best practice support that aims to be trauma-informed and culturally safe
    • Supporting through transitions in and out of acute care, institutions and through engagement with child welfare
    • Province-wide resources for professionals and pregnant, postpartum and newly parenting people
    • Closing roundtable sharing

This training is limited to 30 participants. All participants will receive resources to help build their own best practice toolkit.

Quote from a past participant:

I just wanted to reach out to you because I have done so many trainings in my career as I am sure you have- and I wasn’t even planning on taking any courses as I have such a busy schedule (as I am sure you can understand as well!) I saw this come up and decided to take it.

I am so happy I did.

A big part of my job over the years is dealing with parents struggling with substance use during pregnancy and early parenthood and breastfeeding.

I loved the way you shared your personal stories intertwined in this training, it was done in such beautiful, helpful way.

I feel like there is always a dance between oversharing and sharing in a good way, when sharing our own personal experiences. The way you shared was very beneficial and beautiful and I believe a true gift to those taking the course.”
- Jordan Davis, Director of Health & Wellness, Williams Lake First Nation

About the facilitator:

Heather Cameron is a Registered Nurse with a Perinatal Specialty Certificate who has been working with pregnant people in a variety of settings since 2005.  Her professional experience includes creating grass-roots programs, public speaking, and spearheading community events. As a Registered Nurse, Heather has worked in multiple settings including withdrawal management, labour & delivery, and maternity.  Heather is also a mother of two girls and a person with lived experience, which informs her professional practice.

Heather has a proven track record of being able to bring communities together with her experience organizing conferences, creating grass-roots programs and influencing system changes at the local level.  Two projects that Heather is most proud of included a peer-based recovery support group for birth parents affected by substance use and “Health Pregnancy Care Meetings” that supported perinatal people as early as possible in their pregnancy to overcome identified barriers prior to delivery.  Heather may be most well-known for her delivery of workshops on Supporting Birth Parents and Families with Who Use Substances, presented through multiple conferences in BC, Alberta and featured in the World Harm Reduction Conference in England.  Her volunteer involvement on a variety of committees including Make Children First, Perinatal Connections, Raise-a Reader, and S.W.A.T. (Sex Workers Accessing Treatment) has influenced Heather’s knowledge base and ability to create impactful change within communities.  Heather’s experience, passion and credentials all contribute to her drive to support professionals, organizations and families as the Executive Director of BCAPOP.


Note: no food or beverages will be served during this training.

    Important Information For Paid Event Registrations:
    Reminder For Paid Virtual Event Registrations: Registration is for the paid registrant only, and is not be shared/viewed with non-registrants. BCAPOP reserves the right to invoice the paid registrant for any additional unpaid viewers using the paid registration.

    Member Pricing: Only individuals listed under a member profile are eligible to receive member pricing. You must be logged in to your BCAPOP account BEFORE REGISTERING for a paid event in order to receive discounted member pricing, as pricing cannot be adjusted after registration. Member accounts must be in good standing to receive discounted member pricing.

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