2018 HSABC Conference – Program

The schedule and program for the 2018 HSABC conference are listed below. To ensure the best possible conference, the organizers reserve the right to amend the conference program and schedule.

Schedule

Program and Schedule - Wednesday

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7:30 am – 5:00 pm Registration + Information Desk

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Central registration and information desk for participants
9:00 am – 5:00 pm VAT Training | Please note that space is limited, and spots will be prioritized for conference attendees coming from outside the Metro Vancouver region.

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The Vulnerability Assessment Tool (VAT) helps provide a consistent and fair way of identifying adults who could most benefit from supportive housing and different approaches to handling their cases. The tool can also help prevent people from falling through the cracks in the system by coordinating services among agencies. (Breakfast and Lunch will be provided)
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Responding to the opiate epidemic: Sustainability & shouldering each other up | Vikki Reynolds

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In this experiential session, Vikki will explore organizational cultures of resiliency, “trauma” and related behaviours (intrusion/hyperarousal/avoidance) and useful ways of understanding burnout and vicarious trauma. We will look at our responses to death- differentiating tragic death from death as part of life.

Strategies for sustainability will include discussion on:

  • Relations of respect and dignity between staff as a resource against burnout

  • A frame for debriefing and commitments to collective care

  • Resistance and resilience

  • Connections on the “practice as research” we are creating

  • Honouring clients’ lives and working in tension alongside the pain of loss

Creative and collective responses that are generative and hope filled

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm Afternoon Coffee Break

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Take a breather and grab a refreshment during a quick mid-session break.
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Reception

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Network with fellow attendees as we launch our first annual HSABC conference with an evening reception.
6:00 pm – 8: 00 pm Opening Dinner Plenary with Keynote David Roche

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Join us for our opening night dinner featuring inspirational humourist David Roche.

Program and Schedule - Thursday

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6:15 am – 7:15 am Morning Yoga | Please note that space will be limited

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Start the day off right by rising early and joining your fellow attendees for some morning yoga. Spots will be limited, so sign up early (no pun intended).
7:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration + Information Desk

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Central registration and information desk for participants.
7:45 am – 8:45 am Breakfast Buffet

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Prepare for a busy and educational day with a hearty continental breakfast.
7:45 am – 8:30 am HSABC AGM

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Join fellow members during breakfast for HSABC’s first annual update.
8:30 am - 12:15 pmTour 1 – Vancouver Tour | Please note start time, and that this that tour has limited spacing.

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Come join on an informative tour exploring different housing and shelter options operating throughout Vancouver. This tour will explore approaches to addressing homelessness and vulnerability across the housing continuum focusing in the City of Vancouver. Space is limited and expected to fill up fast!
8:45 am – 10:00 am Morning Plenary – Overdose Crisis Response | Speakers TBD

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A morning panel discussing the history, impact, and responses to the Overdose Crisis with a panel of experts ranging from grassroots activists, to provincial leaders.
10:15 am – 12:15 pm Workshop 1 – Indigenous Cultural Perspectives Training | Rachelle Dallaire, Executive Director, Indigenous Perspectives Society

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An introduction to the legacy of colonization including inter-generational trauma, privilege and racism, and what it means to an individual or organization wanting to build successful relationships with Indigenous people and communities.
10:15 am – 12:15 pm Workshop 2 - Finders’ Keepers – The Science of Finding Staff Who Stay | Marsha Goldford

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One of the most frustrating and costly management dilemmas is staff turnover; in particular, those new hires who last, what, a year? Or if you’re lucky, maybe two? You hire them, train them, get them equipped and ready to go and poof, they’re gone. We all face it; it is endemic to the sector. This interactive workshop explores the issues and focuses on hiring right; then doing what you need to do to keep the people you employ. It offers insight into finding people who fit, engaging and motivating them on the job and building a connection that encourages them to stay.
10:15 am – 12:15 pm Workshop 3 - Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Hope Filled Engagement | Gray Poehnell from Ergon Communications

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Though very committed to the important task of assisting people on their life journeys, practitioners can experience significant stress as they struggle to work effectively between a stone and a hard place. This workshop will present practical suggestions for self-care in order to prevent the damaging effects of compassion fatigue and burnout that result from working long term with emotionally draining situations. Practitioners must engage not only their clients (the hard place) and the organizations they work with (the rock) but also themselves with hope, creativity, and imagination, as they strive to make a difference in their work and world.
10:15 am – 12:15 pmWorkshop 4 - How to Debrief for Agency Management | Brittany Martell from the Provincial Overdose Mobile Response Team (MRT)

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Participants will leave with a basic understanding of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), as well as the Mitchell and SAFER Models for defusing and debriefing. In addition, participants will discuss how defusing/debriefing practices in workplaces being impacted by the public health overdose crisis can help staff stay healthy and safe in the work that they do in. The workshop will include activities to engage with and practice the material, as well as time for group discussion.
10:15 am – 12:15 pm Workshop 5 - LGBTQ2S Awareness: Equity and Inclusion Training | QMUNITY

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This workshop will explore:
  • LGBTQ2S+ terminology and definitions

  • Overview and reflection on the gender binary and spectrum models, to bring to light how we understand and talk about gender and sexuality as a society (media, pop culture, in school or health systems, etc.), and how this rigid understanding can be limiting and exclusionary

  • Exercise on gendered language, including pronouns; respectfully asking people their personal pronouns and how often we assign someone a gender based on assumptions.

  • Facilitated conversations on creating inclusive spaces and building out allyship

  • Case studies will be provided as a follow-up activity post-workshop. (These can be customized for incidents that have happened within your organization and/or with clients, or I can draft hypothetical situations/scenarios based on my understanding of your typical client, staff person, special events you might host, etc.)

  • Provide QMUNITY referrals to services and community contacts/referrals when appropriate

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch and Networking

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Follow up your training workshop with a well-deserved lunch and opportunity to catch up with and learn from your fellow conference attendees.
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm Lunch Plenary – Social Enterprise Panel Discussion

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Throughout the afternoon there will be a Social Enterprise Market for conference participants to peruse and shop.
1:30 pm – 6:30 pm Social Enterprise Market

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Throughout the afternoon there will be a Social Enterprise Market for conference participants to peruse and shop.
2:00 pm – 6:30 pm Tour 2 - Metro Vancouver Tour | Please note start time, and that this tour has limited spacing.

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Come join on an informative tour exploring different housing and shelter options operating throughout Metro Vancouver. This tour will explore approaches to addressing homelessness and vulnerability across the housing continuum and will have stops in Surrey, Coquitlam, and Vancouver. Space is limited and expected to fill up fast!
2:30 pm – 5:30 pm Workshop 6 - Succession Planning: Move from reactive to proactive management of people transitions in your organization | Vantage Point

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Effective succession planning is rooted in a continuous process of building leaders at all levels of your organization. This workshop focuses on fostering a culture of succession planning and provides participants with specific approaches and tools aimed at all levels of the organization: board, executive director, salaried employees and knowledge philanthropists. Learn practical steps and gain concrete resources to support your organization to plan proactively for leadership transition. You will be equipped to identify your current and future leadership requirements to move your mission forward.
2:30 pm – 5:30 pm Workshop 7 - Intimate Partner Violence: An Introduction to Safety Planning | Katherine Aubrey

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Front-line staff members in the homeless sector have an important role to play in reducing intimate partner violence. When given the right knowledge and tools they are in a position to assist with increasing the safety of individuals experiencing varied levels of threat and/or danger. In this workshop participants will have an opportunity to compare conflict in healthy relationships with the dynamics of an abusive one. Other topics to be explored include: the impacts of experiencing violence, barriers to leaving, identifying signs of risk, creating safety for disclosure, critical questions to ask, creating a safety plan and referral resources.
2:30 pm – 5:30 pm Workshop 8 - Organizational Health in a Trauma Exposed Work Place
| Amanda Theissen

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In work environments where there is repeated exposure to trauma, the ability to create a healthy organization becomes increasingly complex. This seminar will delve into the individual affects vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout has on employees and how these affects are expressed at an organizational level (think high absenteeism, talent drain and high turnover). We will focus on the prevention and intervention of vicarious trauma in the areas of organizational culture, work load, training and education, team dynamics and supervision. Participants can expect to leave with practical ideas and strategies to take back to their organizations.
2:30 pm – 5:30 pm Workshop 9 - Human Stress Response and Psychological First Aid | Brittany Martell from the Provincial Overdose Mobile Response Team (MRT)

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MRT will review the Human Stress Response in relation to the experiences and work that frontline workers and first responders are having and doing in response to the public health overdose crisis. Participants will also leave with an understanding of the steps involved in Psychological First Aid. There will be opportunities to reflect, practice, and discuss the material.
2:30 pm – 5:30 pm Workshop 10 - Substance Use and Safety Training with Naloxone | Peter Ramsay and Shari Mckenzie-Ramsay

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The workshop will include the latest research on drug use, the effects on behaviour and skills to help you support clients who are acutely intoxicated or overdosing. This HSABC in-person workshop applies questioning and exploration to understanding, and learning about the physiological effects of certain drugs, including: hallucinogens, depressants, stimulants, anabolic steroids and cannabis.

During the workshop, participants will learn about:
  • What drugs are being used;

  • What someone looks like when they are on different types of drugs;

  • How to assess and manage someone you think is under the influence of drugs; and

  • How to manage a critical emergency including rescue breathing (ventilation), CPR, and

  • Naloxone administration for suspected opioid intoxication/overdose (we will build on your existing knowledge and training);

The session will give an overview of harm reduction best practices, the overdose crisis and resources available to workers.
5:30 pm – 7:00 pmReception

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Come together after a day of exciting training, learning, and collaboration. An informal opportunity to grab a refreshment and bite to eat while exploring the social enterprise market, enjoying live entertainment and reflecting on the day.
7:00 pm Free Activity

Program and Schedule - Friday

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6:15 am – 7:15 am Morning Yoga | Please note that space will be limited.

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Start the day off right by rising early and joining your fellow attendees for some morning yoga. Spots will be limited, so sign up early (no pun intended).
7:00 am – 1:00 pm Registration + Information Desk

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Central registration and information desk for participants.
7:30 am – 9:00 am Networking Breakfast Plenary with CMHC

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Prepare for a busy and educational day with a hearty continental breakfast and presentation from CMHC. The presentation will touch on their various programs and funding opportunities throughout the province and provide an update on the National Housing Strategy.
9:15 am – 10:30 am Panel Discussion 1 – Building Support for Inclusive Communities

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9:15 am – 10:30 am Panel Discussion 2 – Aboriginal/Indigenous Leadership in Urban and Rural Communities

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9:15 am – 10:30 am Panel Discussion 3 - Coordinated Access and Assessment

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10:45 am – 12:15 pmRegional Round Table Dialogue

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To efficiently address homelessness, we need to be able to learn with and from each other. It is important that communities know what is working elsewhere and how strategies might be adapted to fit individual, organizational, and community needs.

HSABC will host discussions around geography, client demographics, available services, challenges and gaps both through organizational, regional and collective perspectives. Join us as we examine the value of a regional round table framework as well as HSABC’s role in supporting a collaborative approach to addressing homelessness at both a regional and provincial level.

This facilitated plenary will explore how regional meeting tables can support communications between homelessness service providers, create opportunities to collaborate on region or community specific initiatives and identify trends, issues, and other commonalities between regions.
12:15 pm – 2:00 pmClosing Lunch Plenary with Keynote David Roche

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As the 2018 HSABC conference slowly winds down, we want to invite all participants to a closing lunch plenary once again with our opening Keynote David Roche.

Say goodbye to friends as you get ready to take the skills learned over the past few days and apply them to your organization!

Community partners that are interested in joining us for our Friday conference agenda including round table dialogues and panel discussions please contact Zharkyn Baiazova  zharkyn.baiazova@hsa-bc.ca.