Culture, Identity, Accountability – Being Politically Incorrect for the Benefit of Society
Morning Presentation by Geoff Ayi-Bonte MA RCC

Our dynamic social climate continues to struggle with issues regarding culture – personal and group definitions, organizational approaches to culture and more. There is a need for solutions that enable all to achieve their potential within personal and social environments that encourage same.

What you will learn:

This interactive workshop explores past, current, and future approaches to how we address matters of culture in health care and society. We will look at personal levels of accountability and the impact of principles of political correctness on our personal lives and our careers.

About the Presenter:

Geoff Ayi-Bonte is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in private practice in New Westminster, and a corporate consultant. Geoff has developed organizational culture proficiency programs for various government organizations throughout BC. He is passionate about the well-being of our society from a cultural point of view and strives to be an innovative and active part of the solution.
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In Crisis: A Closer Look at Refugee Experiences & Human Devastation Syndrome
Afternoon Presentation by Shenaz A. H. Shahban, BA, MA, PhD (Can.), RCC

The current global refugee crisis has caused the displacement of millions of individuals and families. The UN High Commissioner, Filippo Grandi, says the attention garnered by the issue has not catalyzed proportionate global action required to improve the lives and mental health of the millions who are forcefully displaced. Over six months across 2015 and 2016, the Canadian Liberal Government aided in the settlement of 25,000 additional refugees.

In 2017, the numbers returned to national averages of previous non-election years. However, due to the increasing numbers of displaced people globally, RCCs will see more displaced clients in BC and thus will require trauma informed tools.

What you will learn:

This interactive workshop offers information to RCCs about working with forcefully displaced clients in the BC context. Topics covered include but are not limited to clarifying types of refugees in BC, their social-emotional struggles, and explaining the “human devastation syndrome”.

This workshop will also cover how RCCs can work with displaced populations by applying BCACC principles of responsibility, accountability, and ethics.

About the Presenter:

Shenaz A. H. Shahban serves as Chair of Ethics and Standards and Region 4 committee member of the BCACC. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, public speaker, and educator practicing in Downtown Vancouver researching pan-Canadian refugee health outcomes.

Workshop Details:

Date:               Saturday April 29, 2017
Time:               9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (8:30 am for registration and networking)
Lunch:            12:00 PM – 12:45 PM (Refreshments will be provided but please arrange for your own lunch)
Address:         British Columbia Institute of Technology, Rm 282/284, Downtown Campus, 555 Seymour Street, Vancouver BC V6B 3H6

Cost:              Free – This is a Member Only Workshop.