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July 11, 2012

Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association’s Annual Brain Injury Golf Classic

FVBIA tournaments have raised more than $90,000 since 2002 to support local drop in programs, art and photography classes, children’s camps, community recreation programs and support groups for people with acquired brain injuries. This event will continue to support these valuable programs and services provided by the Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association!

Start: July 11, 2012 11:00 am
End: July 11, 2012 6:00 pm
Venue: Redwoods Golf Course
22011 88th Ave , Langley, British Columbia, V1M3S8, Canada

June 17, 2012

Wheel, Walk, Run for Brain Injury Awareness

Wheel, Walk, Run for Brain Injury Awareness

Cheshire Homes Society of BC will be hosting a 5 km and 1 km, wheel, walk, run event for Brain Injury Awareness Month. At the finish, you are invited to join us for entertainment, speakers and information on Acquired Brain Injuries.

June 17th, 2012 – Start and finish at Lumberman’s Arch (Stanley Park), Vancouver


Contact: 604-540-0686 or

Start: June 17, 2012 11:00 am
End: June 17, 2012 3:00 pm
Venue: Lumberman's Arch
Phone: 604.540.0686
Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Cost: Free

June 15, 2012

Progressive Goal Attainment Program – Training Workshop

A 2-Day Skills Training Workshop for the Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAPTM): An Evidence-Based Treatment Program for Reducing Disability Associated with

Pain, Depression, Cancer and other Chronic Health Conditions

June 15 & 16, 2012
LOCATION : The Westin Wall Centre Vancouver Airport Hotel · 3099 Corvette Way · Richmond · British Columbia

Evidence-based practice is quickly becoming the expected standard for rehabilitation interventions. The Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAPTM) is currently considered one of the most empirically supported interventions for targeting psychosocial risk factors for disability. PGAPTM was originally conceived to target risk factors for pain-related disability and has now been modified to target risk factors for various disabling health conditions including pain, depression, cancer and other chronic illnesses. Selected topics from this standardized, skills training workshop include:

The Problem of Disability in Modern Society, A Biopsychomotor Perspective of Disability, Evidence-Based Practice for Disabling Health Conditions, Risk Factors for Chronicity, Assessment of Psychosocial Risk Factors for Disability, Activity Mobilization, Activity Scheduling, Treatment Techniques Specifically Designed to Reduce Health-Related Fears, Catastrophic Thinking, Perceived Injustice, Disability Beliefs, Maximizing Adherence to Treatment, Maximizing Client Motivation to Attain Rehabilitation Goals, Therapeutic Return to Work.

Psychologist, Dr. Michael Sullivan will direct the training workshop. Dr. Sullivan is a Professor of Psychology, Medicine, Neuroscience, Neurology, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy at McGill University and Scientific Director of the University Centre for Research on Pain and Disability. Dr. Sullivan has lectured nationally and internationally on the social and behavioral determinants of disability, and currently holds a Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Health. For the past twenty years he has been working on developing interventions that will prevent disability in individuals suffering from various chronic health and mental health conditions. Dr. Sullivan has published more than 100 scientific articles, 19 chapters and 4 books on the topic of psychosocial factors associated with disability. For more information about Dr. Sullivan’s work or download a copy of his CV, please visit the training workshop portion of our website.  

The cost of this 2-day workshop is $750.00 plus 12% HST for a total of: $840.00. Registrations received by, March 15, 2012 will benefit from an early-bird fee of $695.00 plus 12% HST for a total of: $778.40. Space is limited for this workshop and the waitlist from the March 2012 workshop will fill a significant number of spaces available. Registrations will be processed in order in which they are received with payment. Registrations cannot be accepted by e-mail or telephone. Deadline for registration is May 15, 2012 or until all spaces are filled.

For information on how to register, visit

Start: June 15, 2012 8:00 am
End: June 16, 2012 4:30 pm
Venue: The Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport
3099 Corvette Way, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
Cost: $750+HST

June 12, 2012

VRA Canada Annual Conference


VRA Canada presents their Annual General Meeting and Annual National Conference.  This year’s conference is being held in beautiful Canmore, Alberta from June 12 – 15, 2012.

Register online:

The conference program will include the following sessions:

7:30 –
8:30 a.m.
CAVEWAS Session Registration
8:30 –
10:15 a.m.
Methodologies in Establishing Economic and/or Vocational Losses on Litigated Vocational Referrals
John F. Berg, M.Ed., CDMS, CRC, ABVE/D
10:15 –
10:30 a.m.
Refreshment Break
10:30 a.m. –
12:00 noon
Session continues
12:00 –
1:30 p.m.
CAVEWAS Annual General Meeting Luncheon
All CAVEWAS members are welcome to attend
1:30 –
3:00 p.m.
Session continues
3:00 –
3:15 p.m.
Refreshment Break
3:15 –
4:30 p.m.
Session continues
4:30 p.m. Adjourn
7:00 –
9:00 p.m.
Registration for main conference
Registration is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Exhibits are open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
7:30 –
8:45 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8:45 –
9:00 a.m.
Opening Remarks
9:00 –
10:00 a.m.
Opening Keynote
Warren Macdonald, Inspirational Speaker
10:00 –
10:30 a.m.
Refreshment Break and Exhibit Viewing
10:30 –
11:45 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Dr. May Wong, Clinical Psychologist, Carewest
Working with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Phil Boswell, CAVEWAS President
Vocational Evaluations: How To Differentiate Between The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
Viable Calgary, a Prospect Project, Speakers tdc
Inclusion Through Collaboration: A Viable Approach
11:45 a.m. –
1:00 p.m.
VRA Canada Annual General Meeting LunchAll VRA Canada members are welcome to attend
1:00 –
1:15 p.m.
Automotive Training Centres Update
1:15 –
2:30 p.m.
Educational Panel

  • Dr. Jody Hawley, Simon Fraser University
  • Dr. Izabela Schulz, University Of British Columbia
  • Dr. Roberta Neault, Athabasca University, and Yorkville University
  • Dr. Anne Hughson, University Of Calgary
  • Dr. Cheryl Crocker, University Of Calgary, and Grant MacEwan University
2:30 –
3:00 p.m.
Refreshment Break and Exhibit Viewing
3:00 –
4:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Dr. Martin Mrazik, Neuropsychologist, Professor, University Of Alberta
Concussion and Brain Injury
Colleen Avery, Canvet Regional Manager, WCG International
Canadian Veterans: Vocational Rehabilitation Management and Outcome Complexities
Ruth Clark, Fashion Moves Inclusive Designs
Clothing – It is much more than just retail therapy
4:15 –
5:30 p.m.
Plenary Session
Dr. Roberta Neault, Professor, Athabasca University and President of Life Strategies Ltd.
Career Engagement: Overwhelmed or Underutilized? Find the Right Mix
5:30 –
7:00 p.m.
Welcome Cocktail
Complimentary wine & cheese Reception sponsored by VRA Alberta Society
Music by Jennifer Buchanen
Art display by Studio C
Registration is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Exhibits are open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
7:45 –
8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8:30 –
9:00 a.m.
Treatment Financing Panel
9:00 –
10:00 a.m.
Marg Bellman, AVP, Group Disability, Sunlife
Work is Healthy
10:00 –
10:30 a.m.
Refreshment Break and Exhibit Viewing
10:30 –
11:45 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
John Berendt, Ph.D., R. Psych., Mandel & Associates Ltd.
Forensic Vocational Rehabilitation: Medical Legal Assessments
Carrie Anton, Paralympian Gold Medalist, Assistive Technology Specialist
Assistive Technology @ Work
Rhonda Ozcan, Great West Life
Strategic Mental Health Initiatives for Leaders: Limited Resources. Unlimited Results.
11:45 a.m. –
1:00 p.m.
General Networking Lunch
VRA Alberta Society Annual General Meeting
All VRA Alberta members are welcome to attend
1:00 –
4:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Dr. Jody Hawley, Simon Fraser University
Emerging Issues In Ethics
Alberta Human Rights Commission, Government Of Alberta
Duty To Accommodate, and
Respectful & Inclusive Workplaces
3:00 –
3:30 p.m.
Refreshment Break and Exhibit Viewing
3:30 –
4:15 p.m.
Champions Career Centre, Speakers tdc
4:15 –
5:30 p.m.
Plenary Session
Jennifer Buchanan, Music Therapist
Music and Neurological Impairment – A Sound Connection
5:30 –
7:00 p.m.
Western BBQ and Line Dancing at Cross Zee Ranch
Join us for a great evening of great food and good fun!
Tickets: $79 plus tax
Registration is open from 7:30 to 11:00 a.m.
7:30 –
8:15 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8:15 –
9:00 a.m.
VRA Canada and CVRP Joint Panel
“The Future Of Vocational Rehabilitation In Canada”

  • Lesley Mcintyre, President-Elect, VRA Canada
  • Naireen Lowe, mci Strategies
  • Roselle Piccininni, President, CVRP
  • Janice Ray, Executive Director/Registrar, CVRP
9:00 –
10:30 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Dr. Cary Brown, University Of Alberta
Understanding Sleep and its Relationship to Pain
Amber Laing, CBI Health
Cognitive Functional Capacity Evaluations
11:00 a.m. –
12:00 noon
Closing Keynote
Dr. Russell Kennedy, Medical Doctor, Professional Stand Up Comedian, Corporate Speaker, Author, Television Host, and Certified Yoga and Meditation Teacher
12:00 noon Adjourn
Start: June 12, 2012 8:00 am
End: June 15, 2012 12:00 pm
Venue: Radisson Canmore Hotel
Canmore, Alberta, Canada
Cost: $499

June 8, 2012

WorkSafe BC 8th Annual Health Care Professional Conference

Health Care Professional Conference 2012

WorkSafeBC’s Health Care Services is proud to present the 8th Annual Health Care Professional Conference.

The conference, geared towards clinical and physical rehabilitation providers, as well as other health care professionals, promises a full day of top-notch presentations by field experts.

This year’s conference offers something different. All registration (conference attendees, sponsors and exhibitors) will be done online. There will be two panel discussions allowing attendees to ask the speakers questions. For a complete list of presentations, learning objectives, and speakers’ biographies, please visit the Speakers/Topics page.

Do Not Miss this Opportunity—registration deadline May 24

For those who have not yet registered for the highly anticipated annual Health Care Professional Conference, this is a reminder to register before the deadline. Register here.

Topics include: Plenary session

  • Management of the Shoulder from a Surgeon’s Perspective: Diagnosis, Treatment including Postoperative, and Anticipated Recovery by Dr. Robert Hawkins
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as Approaches to Managing Chronic Pain by Dr. Dan O’ConnellConcurrent Workshops:
  • Management of the Chronic Non-Cancer Pain Patient – the Physiotherapist/Occupational Therapist Approach by Cara Rodrigues, Occupational Therapist, OrionHealth Vancouver Pain Clinic and Heather Watson, Physiotherapist, LifeMark Health Pain Management Team
  • Active Rehabilitation for Slow to Recover Concussion by Dr. Grant L. Iverson, Ph.D., Director, Neuropsychology Outcome Assessment Laboratory Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UBC
  • Musculoskeletal imaging on: back, shoulder and knee by Dr. Hugue Ouellette, MD, Musculoskeletal Radiologist at both Vancouver General and UBC Hospitals, Assistant Professor at the UBC Department of Radiology
  • A New Approach to Managing Workplace Shoulder Injuries: concepts, construct and early findings from the WSBC- Fraser Health Authority- PABC Shoulder Pilot Project by Jamie MacGregor BSc (PT), BSc (Kin), CHT, Physiotherapist and Certified Hand Therapist, and the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia’s WorkSafeBC Liaison
Start: June 8, 2012
End: June 8, 2012
Venue: Westin Bayshore
Phone: 604.682.3377
1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Cost: $350

May 27, 2012

e-Health 2012 – Innovating Health e-Care

Canada’s only national e-Health conference.... Read More

Start: May 27, 2012
End: May 30, 2012
Venue: Vancouver Convention Centre
1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6C 0C3, Canada
Cost: Coming soon

May 7, 2012

Understanding & Dealing with Behaviour Problems after Brain Injury: A Workshop with Kit Malia & Anne Brannagan of Brain Tree Training

May 7th & 8th, 2012 10 am – 4 pm Hotel Five540Forty 540 Victoria St, Kamloops, BC.

This two day interactive workshop is suitable for people working with adults who have emotional or behavioral problems following brain injury. The course focuses on developing an understanding of how and why such problems occur, and how best to assess and treat them. Attendees should have completed the Basic Cognitive Rehabilitation workshop & the Attention and Information Proc- essing Advanced Cognitive Rehabilitation workshop.


  •   To extend skills & knowledge about emotional & behavioral issues following neurological injury
  •   To develop understanding of the causes of emotional and behavioral problems
  •   To explore approaches to assessment
  •   To provide practical approaches to take away and apply immediately in clinical practice

    Course Content:

    INTRODUCTION & DEFINITIONS: Definition of emotions; primary and secondary emotions; the difference between emotions and feelings. Why is it important to consider emotional and behav- ioral problems following neurological injury?

    THE NEUROANATOMY OF EMOTIONS: Are we wired at birth? The limbic structures; the amyg- dala; the high and low roads of emotions; neurochemistry and emotions.

    THE EMOTIONAL & BEHAVIORAL CONSEQUENCES OF NEUROLOGICAL INJURY: Anxiety; emotional liability; depression; anger; irritability; aggression; impulsivity; dis-inhibition; inflexibility; obsessive behavior; self centredness; insight; awareness; disorders of arousal, drive and motiva- tion.

    THE CAUSES OF EMOTIONAL & BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS: Organic damage; pre-injury per- sonality; cognitive and executive changes; the environment; how staff can cause problems; aware- ness; denial; adjustment issues.

    ASSESSMENT OF EMOTIONAL & BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS: The 6 stage assessment proc- ess; psychosocial assessment tools; assessment of overt behavioral problems.

    TREATMENT OF EMOTIONAL & BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS: Practical session on assessment using a case study. How to improve emotional and behavioral problems using cognitive rehabilita- tion, psychological support, anxiety management techniques, education of staff, patient & relatives, and drug therapy. How to deal with emotional and behavioral problems using behavioral manage- ment techniques; accelerative and de-celerative techniques; practical session on treatment using a case study.

    Course Fees:

    Register 2 or more people to be entered into our draw for a chance to win one free registration!
    Contest ends March 31, 2012. Regular Price: $525

    To register please visit our website @:

This two day interactive workshop is suitable for people working with adults who have emotional or behavioural problems following brain injury. The course focuses on developing an understanding of how and why such problems occur, and how best to assess and treat them.


Start: May 7, 2012 10:00 am
End: May 8, 2012 4:00 pm
Venue: Hotel Five540Forty
540 Victoria Street , Kamloops, British Columbia, V2C2B2, Canada
Cost: Early Bird $450

April 14, 2012

The Urban Poling (Modified Nordic Walking) Course for Rehabilitation Professionals

*Featured in the CPA Physiotherapy Practice Magazine & the Globe and Mail

Find out how this new therapy tool improves gait outcomes, posture, balance and core stability.  

The unique Activator walking poles, co-developed by a Occupational Therapist, was specifically designed for those clients post total hip/knee surgery, the neurological population, OP, OA, TBI & less active older adults (homecare, retirement to LTC). The Urban poles can be used along the entire spectrum of care: from STI to the high-performance athlete.

Our comprehensive course for Rehabilitation and Wellness Professionals (PT, OT, Kinesiologist & RA)includes instruction on both techniques and is a must for therapists and rehab personnel planning to safely and effectively use this new tool with their clients, starting a group EX program within retirement to LTC centres and/or an urban poling program for the community.  Approved for cecs: CCAA, OKA, canfitpro, BCRPA.  YMCA/YWCA & CSEP upon request.   

Urban Poling Inc. is recognized as the Leader in Training for Nordic Walking for Fitness & Rehabilitation in Canada.   

Agenda:  Research Review, Equipment, Techniques, Assessments, Contraindications, Treatments for Specific Chronic Conditions & Injuries, Individual & Group Exercises for Balance, Pre-Gait, ROM & Core Strengthening.

Details on upcoming courses in your area:  

Vancouver:  Presenter:  Leah Munday
Date:  April 14, 2012
Time:  9 am to 1:30 pm.

Further info or to register for this course:

877 499 7999 or

Cost:  $229.99 (includes a set of Urban or Activator Poles retail $99.99, 55-page manual, access to private instructor site & wholesale pricing on pole orders for your clinic or centre)

Ask us about our Urban & Activator Poles, online courses or teaching this course onsite to your group across Canada.

Start: April 14, 2012 9:00 am
End: April 14, 2012 1:30 pm
Cost: $229.99 (includes a set of Urban or Activator Poles)

March 31, 2012

Pathway to Hope Gala – An Evening of Magic

Over the past eight years, the Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association has helped over 1500 people with acquired brain injuries and their families connect with their communities. We hope you will join us in this effort by participating in our third annual fundraising dinner.

Last year’s event successfully raised $20,000 to support our Case Management Program, support groups, art and photography programs as well as drop-in programs. We need your help to achieve this year’s goal of $25,000!

Start: March 31, 2012
End: March 31, 2012
Venue: Northview Golf and Country Club
6857-168th Street, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Cost: $100

March 2, 2012

BC Brain Injury Association West Coast Celebration of Spring Annual Fundraiser 2012


West Coast Celebration of Spring

Cocktail Gala

Annual Fundraiser 2012

Guest of Honour: John Simpson – BC Pioneer & Founder of BI Resources

Emcee: Michel McDermott – Traffic Host, Breakfast Television

Guest Speaker: Dr. Art Hister – Health Minute, Global TV

Live Music: Woolysock – BC’s jazz band of renown

Where: Hycroft Mansion 1489 McRae Avenue, Vancouver, BC

When: Friday, March 2 – Main floor Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Advance Purchase Recommended

$100 ea. $75 ea. 4 or more

Tickets: 604-788-7221 Deborah
Box #143-11948 207 Street Maple Ridge BC V2X 1X7

Visa, MasterCard or Cheque Accepted

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Start: March 2, 2012 6:00 pm
End: March 2, 2012 9:00 pm
Venue: Hycroft Mansion
1489 McRae Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Cost: 100
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