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    • March 05, 2024
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    A conversation with MCFD about the improving approaches to supporting people, including a better understanding of the supportive, trauma and violence informed approach/practice that the MCFD is embracing. Increased collaboration with community partners helps us achieve better outcomes for pregnant people, infants, children, youth and families.

    Presenter:

    Kerry Shinners, Director of Practice, MCFD


    Originally from Montreal, Kerry completed two undergraduate degrees at the University of Ottawa and started her career “aiding children” at the Hastings County Children Aid Society in Ontario in 1992, with no knowledge of the world of child protection.  In 1996 following the Gove Inquiry, Kerry headed west, to Quesnel and has worked in the North ever since. Earning a BSW from University of Victoria in 1997 and working in various MCFD positions and offices across the North has supported a well-rounded experience and continued passion for her work. Kerry values collaboration and partnership in this hard and heart work.


    • March 12, 2024
    • March 13, 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • House of Ancestors Conference Centre, 355 Vancouver Street, Prince George, BC, V2L 1P1
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    ~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. 


                  • March 19, 2024
                  • March 20, 2024
                  • 2 sessions
                  • Vancouver Island Conference Centre 101 Gordon Street Nanaimo, BC. V9R-5J8 Nanaimo River Room A/B
                  Register


                  ~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 - Convenient underground parking is available at the Conference Centre. Enter the parkade on Gordon Street, south of the main entrance. Street parking (maximum 2 hours) is also available on Commercial Street. Please see attached for more information. 

                  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. 


                                • May 14, 2024
                                • May 15, 2024
                                • 2 sessions
                                • Westin Wall Centre, Richmond BC
                                • 83
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                                25th ANNUAL Perinatal

                                Conference

                                May 14 & 15, 2024
                                9:00am - 4:30pm PT* | In-person (Richmond, BC)

                                Westin Wall Centre Vancouver Airport, 3099 Corvette Way, Richmond BC, V6X 4K3
                                *times may change slightly as we finalize the conference schedule.


                                This two-day conference will feature speakers on current perinatal topics from pregnancy through early parenting

                                Get your ticket today!

                                Interested in registering groups of 4 or more? 

                                Please contact Jenna for a discounted group rate at Jenna@bcapop.ca




                                  Supporting Families on their Chest/Breastfeeding Journey

                                  with Erin Fulton RN, BScN, IBCLC, MSN

                                  This session will provide perinatal professionals and helping peers who support lactating people with the basic knowledge and understanding of the properties and health benefits of chest/breastfeeding, as well as, demonstrating effective and sensitive counselling skills.  Understanding how lactating bodies are designed and how to use effective counselling skills will enhance therapeutic relationships and the outcomes of our families and their infant feeding journeys.


                                  Click here to read our

                                  Conference Program!


                                  You asked for more networking opportunities at the conference…you got it!  With Perinatal Services BC's (PSBC) gracious sponsorship, we are excited to present our first-ever Networking Reception the afternoon prior to BCAPOP ‘s 25th Annual Perinatal Conference on Monday, May 13th from 4:30 – 6:30pm. 

                                  Conference registrants are invited to join us anytime during the reception for an assortment of delicious canapes and to try our signature alcohol-free refresher beverage that will be served in the Airport Ballroom lobby.  The PSBC team will be on-site with exciting resources, updates and a chance to hear about their latest projects.  In the tradition of all BCAPOP events, there will also be fantastic prizes to be won!  

                                  Pre-registration for the conference will be available during the reception, so it’s the perfect opportunity to pick up your conference package, re-connect with previous acquaintances and meet new attendees.  We cannot wait to see you there!

                                  We are pleased to offer a safe space for everyone by offering this alcohol-free event.  All registrants will be offered a list of local harm reduction resources for those who wish to access them.

                                  Conference Reception Sponsor:


                                  You are responsible for your own travel expenses and/or hotel accommodations, which are not included in your ticket price.

                                  The Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport in Richmond, BC has a limited number of rooms in a block for conference registrants special rate of $249.00/night plus taxes! 

                                  Reserve your room ASAP. Once the room block is sold out then best available rate applies.  Rooms sell out annually. 

                                  Click here to reserve your room!

                                  Please note that with this link guests can only book three rooms at a time. If you want to speak to guest services at the Westin directly to make your reservations, please email reservations@wallcentre.com or call the hotel at 604-331-6565.



                                  We will be providing a continental breakfast & lunch as well as plenty of coffee/tea & snacks during the morning & afternoon breaks



                                  We have a number of sponsorship opportunities still available! Learn more about the sponsorship opportunities at our 25th annual BCAPOP Conference by clicking here



                                  We are so excited to announce our 25th Annual BCAPOP Conference Exhibitors!  Please click on the logo's below to view our exhibitors website.

                                         

                                     

                                                     


                                          


                                             


                                      


                                  This conference is for perinatal professionals and helping peers:  pregnancy outreach workers, nurses, physicians, child welfare workers, family support workers, social workers, health/social service students, outreach workers, shelter workers, detox workers, treatment centre workers, midwives, doulas, birth workers, child birth educators, peer support workers and anyone else who supports perinatal people.


                                  No refunds or cancellations.

                                  Substitutions are permitted, please email jenna@bcapop.ca for any substitutions!  

                                  Registration is not complete until payment is received.

                                  Payment Deadlines:

                                  Registrations between August 1st 2023 - April 15th 2024  

                                  Payment on pending registrations must be received within 30 days of registration and at least 30 days prior to the event; otherwise pending registration will be cancelled. 


                                  Reminder: 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.

                                  • July 31, 2024
                                  Register

                                  You will have access to the video as soon as you register.

                                  This recorded video will be available until July 31 2024. 

                                  Through this recorded presentation we will cover Two-Spirit history, challenge the binary, and work together to create pathways to support a non- binary birthing experience.

                                  This recorded video will be available until July 31 2024. You will have access to the video as soon as you register.

                                  Presenter:  

                                  Jessy Dame (He/Him) -  RN(c), MSN, Two-Spirit Program Manager

                                   is a very proud Two-Spirit, Métis, Certified Registered Nurse. Jessy’s family is from Treaty 1 and 2 territory, which is known today as Winnipeg and St Rose-du-lac. Jessy has worked within Neonatal/Postnatal health. He currently works casually within a queer sexual health clinic in downtown Vancouver. Jessy is the Indigenous Sex and Gender Leader within the Indigenous Wellness team and the Two-Spirit Program Manager with the Community Based Research Centre. Through these roles Jessy is able to work with and for the Two-Spirit community to create resources and advocate for services.

                                  • July 31, 2024
                                  Register

                                  You will have access to the video as soon as you register.

                                  This recorded video will be available until July 31 2024. 


                                  Through this recorded presentation we will cover Discrepancies between prenatal social support expectations and experiences could lead to a high risk of postpartum depression in primiparous women. Assessment and implementation of support system during pregnancy is crucial in supporting mothers mental health and physical wellbeing. Postpartum depression has been undermined for years which resulted in creating more barriers for pregnancy and parenting women. Our support system plays a vital role in influencing positive environment for the nourishment of the baby and mothers health. This presentation will highlight the challenges faced by primiparous women leading to postpartum depression and significance of social support to enhance mental health and well being of mothers.

                                  This recorded video will be available until July 31 2024. You will have access to the video as soon as you register.

                                  Presenter:  

                                  Ammy Kaur, Maternal Child Health Worker

                                  • July 31, 2024
                                  Register

                                  You will have access to the video as soon as you register.

                                  This recorded video will be available until July 31 2024. 


                                  This recorded video will focus on adoption options in BC, as well as the support services the Adoption Centre of BC provides to birth parents considering adoption. This webinar will also include information regarding the process of adoption, the birth parents' rights and how other professionals can help support birth parents who are considering adoption as an option.

                                  This recorded video will be available until July 31 2024. You will have access to the video as soon as you register.

                                  Presenter:

                                  Linette Sandor, BA, BSW, RSW

                                  is the Birth Parent Coordinator with the Adoption Centre of BC, where she has worked since 2011. Linette has been a social worker since 1998. She spent the first ten years of her career in Alberta working in child protection and then worked for a number of years with Child and Youth Mental Health after moving to BC. Linette has a strong passion for working with birth parents across the province who are considering adoption.

                                  • July 31, 2024
                                  Register

                                  You will have access to the video as soon as you register.

                                  This recorded video will be available until July 31 2024. 

                                  This recorded video will focus on how technology entered our lives so quickly that we did not have a chance to prepare for how to balance our time on screens with our time with children. This campaign was designed to highlight the importance of everyday interactions while drawing attention to the impact that parental screen use and overuse of baby equipment can have on children's development. Learn how a community came together with an innovative approach to respond to the growing concerns seen in playgrounds, coffee shops and homes everywhere!

                                  This recorded video will be available until July 31 2024. You will have access to the video as soon as you register.

                                  Presenter:  Cora Boecker -  Supervisor, Langley Infant Development Programme
                                  • July 31, 2024
                                  Register

                                  You will have access to the video as soon as you register.

                                  This recorded video will be available until July 31 2024. 

                                  This recorded video will focus on SmartMom, which is a prenatal education program delivered by text messaging.  Women receive three text messages per week, linked to their gestational age to ensure that the messages are timely and relevant. Each message has a link to online or local information, including links to videos, quizzes and other interactive modalities.


                                  Presenter:

                                  Patricia Janssen, Professor, UBC School of Population and Public Health

                                  • March 05, 2025
                                  Register

                                  You will have access to the video as soon as you register.

                                  This recorded video will be available until March 5 2025. 

                                  Explore the latest, evidence-based insights in perinatal nutrition with our nutrition experts.

                                  This recorded video offers a deep dive into the nutritional needs during pregnancy, chest/breastfeeding, and the postpartum period, focusing on evidence-based best practices. We'll cover key topics such as macro and micronutrient balance, managing special conditions like gestational diabetes, and infant nutrition basics. Attendees will be engaged with case studies and further resources to support their participants, clients or patients. Designed for perinatal professionals and helping peers, this webinar offers an up-to-date and inclusive approach to offer best-practice perinatal nutrition support. 

                                  • An In-depth Overview of Nutrition's Role in the Perinatal Period
                                  • Exploring the Role of Dietitians in Perinatal Care
                                  • Comprehensive Guide to Nutritional Needs Before, During, and After Pregnancy
                                  • Addressing Special Dietary Considerations: Morning Sickness, Gestational Diabetes, Food Allergies and Intolerances, Plant-Based Diets
                                  • Consideration and Selection of Nutritional Supplements
                                  • Essentials of Infant Nutrition: Chest/Breastfeeding and Formula, Managing Allergies and Intolerances, Introduction to Solids
                                  • Navigating Food Accessibility Challenges: Considerations for Infant Formula, Baby Food, and Supplements
                                  • Case Studies: Real-World Applications and Outcomes
                                  • Concluding Remarks and Additional Resources

                                  Amy Chow (She/Her), Registered Dietitian, Founder of Chow Down Nutrition & Find BC Dietitians Inc.

                                  Amy is a Registered Dietitian with a focus on pediatric nutrition, food allergy management, and eating disorder recovery. She respectfully acknowledges her practice on the traditional lands of the q̓ʷɑ:n̓ƛ̓ən̓ (Kwantlen), q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), Máthxwi (Matsqui), and Se'mya'me (Semiahmoo) First Nations. Practicing as a dietitian in British Columbia since 2011, she has honed her skills in diverse clinical settings, including BC Children's Hospital and Healthlink BC.  As a SOS trained feeding therapist and a mother to an adventurous 8-year-old, Amy brings a unique blend of professional knowledge and real-life experience. Her passion lies in empowering families with confidence in nutrition and reinstating the joy of eating.  As the founder of Find BC Dietitians, she is committed to connect individuals with nutrition experts and to promote evidence-based and harm reduction nutrition messaging across healthcare professionals.





                                  Lillian Yin (She/Her), Registered Dietitian, MPH Candidate, Health Promoter, Certified Diabetes Educator

                                  Lillian is a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator, health promoter, food advocate and a humble settler on the lands of the Coast Salish Peoples including the lands of the  kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlil̓wətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. She is currently working towards a Master’s in Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. In her practice at Vancouver Coastal Health’s Youth Pregnancy and Parenting Program for the previous four years and now in her private practice, she takes a client-led approach, focusing on strengths, identifying barriers, cultural safety, and trauma-informed, compassionate support. She is grateful to walk alongside so many transformative perinatal journeys. 


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                                For Paid Virtual Event Registrations: Registration is for the paid registrant only, and is not to 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 pricingOnly individuals listed under a member profile are eligible to receive member pricing. Members must log-in BEFORE REGISTERING  for an event to access special discounted rates for members only; and pricing cannot be adjusted after registration. *Member accounts must be in good standing to be eligible to receive discounted member pricing.

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