March 15 – 17, 2017
Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites Hotel
You may choose to register for one of the FOUR optional pre-conference workshops on March 15. Please see the registration form for fees.
**Program may change without notice.
Pre-conference Workshop #1: “The Perfect Storm: When Trauma & Addictions Collide”
The person who is suffering from a Trauma/PTSD or Addiction Disorder is caught in a storm which produces pain, isolation and a disconnection from the world and themselves. However, when both of these disorders coexist, there is a biological, physical, emotional and psychological tempest which often leads to a poor prognosis. The connection between Trauma and Addiction is highly correlated and this workshop will explore the current research of each disorder, the complications that arise when they are comorbid and what current best practice, emerging practice and innovative practice is being used as intervention models, strategies and tools. Objectives: To learn about most current research/conceptual frameworks related to Trauma and Addiction, to understand the biology of Trauma and Addiction and how they interconnect, to understand the challenges the comorbidity of the two disorders presents, to become aware of the current interventions being used to work with the two disorders when they are comorbid and to be aware of the key concepts to build into interventions being used with this population.
Facilitator: Greg Lubimiv, Executive Director, Phoenix Centre for Children and Families, Pembroke, Ontario
Location: Stevenson Ballroom A
Pre-conference Workshop #2: “Understanding the Fentanyl Crisis in Our Communities and Knowing What to Do About It”
Canada consumes more prescription opioids on a per-capita basis than any other nation, according to a recent United Nations report. The widespread use of prescription opioids is behind the rise of a new class of drug addicts, many of whom are turning to the black market to feed their habit. In British Columbia and Alberta, the two hardest-hit provinces, fatal overdoses linked to Fentanyl have been soaring over the past five years. Fentanyl is an opioid, a class of painkillers that also includes oxycodone and morphine. Prescription-grade Fentanyl is up to 100 times more toxic than morphine. Getting this drug is as easy as placing an order on line.
Attend this workshop to learn more about how this crisis is impacting our communities, and learn comprehensive intervention strategies that can help save lives.
Facilitator: Bill Zarchikoff, President, W. Zarchikoff & Associates, Langley, British Columbia
Location: Stevenson Ballroom B
Pre-Conference Workshop #3: “Consciousness: Mindfulness and the Medicine Wheel”
Mindfulness was important in our Aboriginal communities and was a rite of passage for young people emerging into adulthood. Today, people are hooked into modern technology: television, computers, and cell phones, and have fast forwarded into the space age. This fast pace has become normal and addictive for many. This workshop will introduce the concept of “slowing the mind down” and realizing the power of our consciousness. Traditional teachings and ceremonial practices supporting this mindfulness skills practice will be presented including spiritual laws and traditional teachings relating to violence in all forms, thus restoring the teaching of the elders for the younger generation.
Facilitator: Don Robison, Educator, Trainer + Traditional Healer, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre Inc., Winnipeg, Manitoba
Location: Stevenson Ballroom C