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April 9, 2022
Pushor Mitchell LLP West Coast Brain Injury Conference
The Pushor Mitchell LLP West Coast Brain Injury Conference (WCBIC) 2022 will bring together leading minds and change-makers in the field of brain injury research for a full day of learning and discourse.
As an attendee, sponsor, or exhibitor, you will be joining us on our mission towards targeting the root of chronic social and systemic issues as we strive to shift away from the “one practice fits all” mandate. In line with this year’s conference theme “Changing the Narrative on Brain Injury”, our focus is on synergistic therapeutic interventions in the context of Trauma-Informed Practice, and with the integration of First Nations perspectives.
We hope that you will join us for this very important and innovative community event. Together, we believe we can make this community safer and more inclusive for all.
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Engineering, Management, and Education (EME) Building
University of British Columbia – Okanagan Campus
1137 Alumni Avenue
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7
Professor, University of Denver
The Colorado Brain Injury Model: Lessons from the US about Brain Injuries in Criminal Justice
This presentation will highlight data on brain injury history and related psychosocial vulnerabilities from adult and youth correctional, court and treatment facilities in Colorado. This presentation will also highlight a novel model (the Colorado Brain Injury Model) that is designed to identify brain injury history, assess cognitive functioning and these psychosocial vulnerabilities, and to make recommendations and referrals that support the individual through (and out of) the system.
Changing the Narrative on Brain Injury: Using the TRC Calls to Action as a Path Forward
The Truth and Reconciliation Report has made several recommendations concerning the delivery of health care to Indigenous people. It’s my intention to identify how the calls to action can be acknowledged and used to change the narratives and approaches to the delivery of care for Indigenous people living with brain injury.
I will outline the importance of not only acknowledging the truth, but also understanding what that means in terms of relationship with Indigenous peoples as the crucial first step. Next I will talk about some strategies that can be useful to promote good relationships with Indigenous clients. It is my hope that participants will come away with a fuller understanding of the historical traumas and intergenerational traumas Indigenous people have experienced with health care and an openness to anticipating these considerations and using trauma informed interventions in their practice.
Traumas and Triumphs: My Experience as a Caregiver
My talk will be about the traumas and triumphs of my personal journey as a loving Caregiver of a young woman living with brain injury. I will also address the ripple effects of brain injury on the entire family.
I respectfully acknowledge that this is only one family’s experience. Therefore, my desired take-aways are as varied as the group of attendees:
Advocating for Yourself in a “No-Fault” World
In this talk, I will share my experience as a criminal lawyer to provide insight on how persons with brain injury can advocate for themselves in today’s “no fault” insurance world, including how to navigate a Civil Rights Tribunal to resolve a personal injury claim.
Psychological Treatment for Brain Injury: Current Approaches and Future Growth
Psychological impacts, including anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress are common following a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Psychological treatment is a critical component of TBI rehabilitation and plays a significant role in improving clinical outcomes. In this talk I will discuss the links between TBI and emotional function and will review empirically supported treatments that specifically address the unique barriers faced by those who have suffered a TBI. Finally, I will discuss new and cutting-edge psychological approaches for TBI treatment and will discuss how these can be used by health-professionals, clients and care-givers to improve overall function.
Cannabis, Substance Use, and Public Health
This talk will review the research on how cannabis can be used in the context of harm reduction as a substitute for other potentially more dangerous substances. We will examine how cannabis substitution may have an overall positive impact on public health, with a particular focus on issues of relevance to individuals living with acquired brain injury, their loved ones, and their caregivers.
Considerations for Decolonizing the Healthcare System: An Indigenous Perspective
The mission of this conference, Changing the Narrative on Brain Injury, is to dialogue on how we can shift away from models that focus on ‘one size fits all’ approaches and to enrich understandings of alternative models and practices. This presentation starts with recognizing how the health care system remains deeply rooted in colonial practices which has resulted in extreme health inequities for Indigenous peoples. This is followed by exploring how we can do better and work towards decolonization.
WCBIC 2022 is hosted in the city of Kelowna – the gateway to the stunning Okanagan Valley. Located in the Southern Interior of BC, the Okanagan region is known for its wineries and fruit orchards. The main city of Kelowna is situated on the beautiful shore of the Okanagan Lake.
UBCO Conferences and Accommodation is looking forward to welcoming WCBIC 2022 guests. Book your stay today!
Explore the beautiful city of Kelowna through its booming culinary scene. Book a food or winery tour, or check out Tourism Kelowna’s guide for recommendations to some of our favourite restaurants.
Kelowna is the city of all-seasons fun! Whether you explore in the valley’s natural playground or take your adventure indoors, there’s something for everyone!
UBCO & Virtual