PSR BC One-Day Conference

Practice Into Recovery

We are very excited to bring you a day of education covering an emerging PSR practice! This practice has been researched to improve quality of life for those we serve who struggle with mental health issues and addictions.

The day will be all about Mindfulness–Based Interventions.


(Please note that the Cognitive Remediation portion of the conference will be postponed until the spring when we devote more time to the event.)


If you have any questions about the event, please contact:


Date: October 29th, 2018
Time: 8:30am–4:30pm (Registration from 7:30–8:30)
Location: Douglas College (New West Campus) 700 Royal Avenue New Westminster, BC

Conference will be held in Lecture Theatre 2201
Campus is 3 Blocks from New Westminster Sky Train Station
Campus underground pay parking available off of Victoria Street

Monday, October 29th

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Mindful Awareness: Practices for Navigating Life’s Challenges with Tom Heah M.Sc. (OT)
See Tom Heah’s website Mindfulness in Action HERE.

Mindfulness practices have been used and studied for many years. It is now something that is being utilized more and more in the realm of mental health and addictions.

We wanted to offer a full day devoted to this transformative practice. It is our hope that we will all be inspired to integrate more of these practices into our services.

Workshop Highlights:

  • This is an experiential workshop where you will get the opportunity to dig into the practice of mindfulness

  • You will learn about the evidence for and science of mindfulness based interventions in mental health care

  • You will have the opportunity to practice formal and informal meditations

  • You will learn tools for working with challenging emotions, thoughts and physical sensations

Learning Goals

  • Participants will practice various still and moving mindfulness based meditations

  • Participants will learn basic tools to manage challenging emotions, thoughts and physical sensations, through bringing mindfulness to a routine daily activity (eating, walking, etc.)

  • Participants will distinguish between focused attention and concentration meditations and mindfulness 

  • Participants will gain a basic understanding of the science and theory of mindfulness based interventions

  • Participants will be exposed to the evidence base for mindfulness based programmes for mental health conditions, and learn about resources for further practice and training

*Please note that this workshop is intended as an introduction to mindfulness based interventions for personal use, and not to provide training for persons who wish to become trained mindfulness facilitators.

**Please note that some of Tom’s session will happen outdoors. He has some movement and walking exercises planned. We encourage you to bring rain attire–either a raincoat or an umbrella.

Members: (USE COUPON CODE: 'MDAY1’ at checkout)
Students who live on a limited income, People with Lived Experience, friends and family members of those with lived experience, and those with limited income: (USE COUPON CODE: 'CDAY1' at checkout)

Conference Fees:

Conference Fees (+Taxes) * Refreshments and a light lunch included on each day:

Individuals and Organizational Members who are current in their membership, receive a discount.  

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Speaker Bio:

Tom Heah M.Sc. (OT)

Tom is a Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Teacher through the UC San Diego Mindfulness Based Professional Training Institute, and is a MBSR and MBCT Mentor for the Centre for Mindfulness Studies. He has a Masters in Occupational Therapy and has worked in both public (Vancouver Coastal Health) and private practice in mental health.

Tom is also an Advisor and Mentor for the year-long Training in Mindfulness Facilitation at UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behaviour, and is a Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) Instructor for UCLA. He has taught MBSR, MBCT, MAPs and other mindfulness based courses since 2006 for the management of stress, pain, anxiety and psychosis, and the prevention of relapse due to depression.


Inn At The Quay Hotel (near Douglas College), is offering special rates for our conference attendees.  Please contact them directly for rates, room bookings, and any other information.  In order to get this special rate please book your room before October 1 and inform them that you are attending the ‘Practice Into Recovery Conference’ at Douglas College.
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