PSR AP provides monthly webinars! 


PSR Advanced Practice is based out of BC, and supported by Douglas College

. The purpose of the PSR Advanced Practice (PSR AP) is to support clinicians and managers responsible for providing PSR services.  Find the PSR AP website HERE. 


Collaborating With Families is Good for Recovery!

Date: October 5th, 2018
Time: 10:30–12:00 PST
Presenter: Len Polak (Fraser Health Authority)

Within the mental health system, inclusion of families in the recovery planning and treatment of loved ones generally is not embraced across the spectrum of service. Lots of theories abound on why this doesn’t happen. However, this doesn’t prevent us from looking at the benefits of including families, and that when we enter into a collaborative conversation with them and their loved one, every one benefits.

This webinar will have us explore: what family is; what families need; and, how we can engage with families and bring them into the treatment planning as they yearn to support their loved one living with a mental illness.

Check out the PSR AP archived webinars HERE
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The following are some archived recent webinars: 

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Moving from Client-Centered Care to a Client-Centered System

We were thrilled and honoured to have Todd as a guest presenter!

If you want to get past theory and really improve your skills and effectiveness as a leader, this is a webinar for you. Todd's mission is all about transforming systems to be client-centered. His message  is change-oriented, not knowlege-oriented. Todd has helped make some major changes in mental health and addiction services in the South Shore of Nova Scotia and has supported organizations across the country. 

Todd travels nationally, teaching leaders and organizations to examine the way they provide services. His message is all about systems transformation and improving the client experience. 

Peer Support–Integrating This Essential Recovery Service into our Systems

We were very excited to host a panel dialogue about Peer Support, and we will talk about the ways it in currently implemented into the overall service system.

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Supporting the Health and Wellness of People Who Use Drugs

Cynnimon Rain leads us in this important webinar.

Through a brief critical analysis of the types of services, supports, environments, and structural interventions that facilitate the improvement of health, social well-being and quality of life for and with people who use drugs and people with drug use experience we find that by acknowledging the inherent worth and dignity of each person is a necessary step in coming together to seek a solution. 

People who use drugs face barriers to access much needed health and wellness services, such barriers include social exclusion, stigma, discrimination, and poverty. Therefore, when addressing their health and wellness, it is essential to include the holistic needs of the individual. Whereby, the physical, mental, and social well-being cannot be separated from the environmental and structural contexts in which people live, work, and play.

PSR & Recovery: A Return to "Big Medicine"


PSR & Recovery: A return to "Big Medicine" is an opportunity for us to reflect and to focus not solely on our differences but more so on our commonalities.

In this webinar we will talk about importance of providing mutual support and encouragement as we all sojourn on our way back to Our Creator.

We do this while respecting and honouring whatever vision/version of the nature of our purpose and existence that we subscribe or adhere to. "In many respects, PSR is truly a return to inclusion, acceptance, creativity and illumination." ~James Price.


Considering Recovery and Living at Risk in Residential Facility Programs

Fraser Health has developed a Living at Risk Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) for its mental health licensed residential facility programs.

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Angela Louie introduces the values, approaches and steps used and its alignment with a recovery approach. 


Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to describe the purpose of the living at risk guideline

  • Participants will identify areas that need to be addressed when dealing with risk situations

  • Participants will identify how this approach to risk situations aligns with a recovery approach


A focus on emerging/promising practice, and evidence-based best practice are of equal importance to FH recovery services.

One of the new initiatives is establishing sensory rooms for inpatient and tertiary services. These sensory rooms are taking the place of reducing the use of seclusions and restraints within Fraser Health and increasing individual’s capacity for self-regulation. Another new program offered by Fraser Health is a Love, Relationship and Intimacy program written by past presenter Tara Strachen, offered at all the clubhouses. You can watch Tara's PSR AP webinar here. 

Domain E in the new Practice Competencies is Facilitating Change and Providing Leadership.

Anthony Neptune–Rehabilitation and Recovery Manager for Fraser Health shared his leadership philosophy with us, and how it has supported Fraser Health to be an innovative force for recovery.

Championing Our Work with the Core Competencies

On December 15th the PSR/RPS Canada CEO, Vicky Huehn, and Board President, John Higenbottam, were guests on PSR Advanced Practice webinar, speaking about the PSR Practice Competencies.

In September 2017, PSR Canada launched a revision of the Competencies of Practice for Canadian Recovery-Oriented Psychosocial Rehabilitation Practitioners. The Competencies are used to evaluate performance for organizations and staff practicing with a Recovery-Orientation. Read more about the Core Competencies HERE

The new updated 2017 Core Competencies include the following:

  • Diversity and Inclusion

  • Professional Skills

  • Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR), Supporting Practices and Recovery-Oriented Services

  • Equity and Social Participation

  • Facilitating Change and Providing Leadership

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (three parts)

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Facilitated by: Jenn Cusick from Luminate Wellness, Sylvia Keszthelyi and Amanda Berg. 

WRAP is a recovery program that is currently utilized by health, educational and social services agencies all over BC. Yet, there are many people who don’t know what a WRAP group looks and feels like.

WRAP is a tool used by many. It has application with any demographic. WRAP groups have been run in several educational organizations and health authorities for both clients and staff.

Currently, in BC many service recipients AND service providers have and use a personal WRAP.

As a participant in this webinar, you will get to participate experientially (over the webinar chat feature) for this mini-WRAP session. In addition, you will be encouraged to take off your service provider hat and engage by creating your own personal mini WRAP.

Supporting Higher Education

Facilitated by: Dr T. Jarus, Mr. M. Lee, Dr J. Gagnon & Ms L. Bulk

Engaging in higher education is the dream of countless people.  However, there are many barriers to fulfill that dream.  It is even harder for people with disabilities, especially those with non-visible disabilities.  The challenge is steeper when studying in a Health and Human Service program. This workshop will share with you some of the challenges we identified through multiple studies and projects we implemented on our campus, and highlight some of the strategies we can use to better support people with disability to make this higher education dream come true.

Leveraging The Value Of Peer Support In Recovery Services

Facilitated by Matthew Federici from The Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery

This webinar will provide an overview understanding of the value of peer support in recovery services and how to effectively implement peer support roles to transform traditional healthcare services.


Facilitated by: Dr. Simon Davis & Dr. Regina Casey

This session is intended to offer background to our upcoming series on supported education. Presenters will briefly review the current body of literature from both academic and clinical perspectives. Workshop participants will also be encouraged to share their experience of the topic

Facilitated by: Tara Stratchan

Tara will lead us in a conversation about this important aspect of recovery. Often topics such as this, get overlooked in mental health services. However, relationships and intimacy are both important aspects of humanity. Join us as Tara shares the journey she and the members of ECHO clubhouse took to create a program that addresses relationships, intimacy and sexuality.  

This webinar will develop an appreciation of the key evidence-based factors associated with successful client outcomes, recognize common language and non-verbal relational barriers to good client engagement, recognize key service principles associated with the development of effective client engagement, develop an appreciation of the confluence between effective client engagement, trauma informed practice and social justice,  develop an appreciation of the confluence between serving from a place of committed ethical mission and outcomes.


All past WEBINARS are stored on the PSR Advanced Practice YouTube page. 

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What is the PSR Advanced Practice?

PSR Advanced Practice (PSR AP) is based in British Columbia. PSR AP is funded by the British Columbia Ministry of Health and provides leadership, education and guidance to the mental health field to help develop and put effective, evidence-based psychosocial rehabilitation practices into place.


The purpose of the PSR Advanced Practice (PSR AP) is to support clinicians and managers responsible for providing PSR services.   The PSR AP provides support to the field by transferring evidence-based knowledge, providing expert clinical consultation, developing and presenting training and education events for the field, developing website/resources, and project management including provision of secretariat support for the PSR Provincial Advisory Committee and the community of PSR practice.