~Where lived experience and best practice meet~
This training is limited to 30 participants. All participants will receive resources to help build their own best practice toolkit. Breakfast, lunch, snacks and refreshments will be provided at the training event. Transportation, parking and accommodations are the responsibility of the attendee and/or employer. Parking is available on-site.
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 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
- Chest/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
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, RN, BScN (She/Her)
Heather Cameron is honoured to work, play and live on the ancestral, traditional and unceded territory of the Secwepemc Nation. Heather is a Registered Nurse with a Perinatal Specialty Certificate who has been working with pregnant people in a variety of settings since 2005. Her experience includes program planning, public speaking, and spearheading community development events. As a Registered Nurse, Heather has worked in several fields including withdrawal management, labour & delivery, and maternity.
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, regional, and provincial levels. Two projects that Heather is most proud of include a peer-based recovery support group for birth parents affected by substance use, Mothers for Recovery, and the Healthy Care Pregnancy Program that supports perinatal people who use substances. Heather may be most well-known for her Perinatal Substance Use Training that she created and has been presenting since 2007 throughout BC, Canada and beyond. Her volunteer involvement on a variety of committees including Foundry Kamloops, 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 guide BCAPOP as Executive Director.