HSABC Webinar: Paranoia & Conspiracy: Supporting Clients with Trust Barriers to Care

July 28, 2021, 10:00 - 11:30 AM

One observed impact reported by HSABC webinar attendees (as well as noted in various media reports) has been the notable rise of conspiracy theories and paranoia- and that these beliefs are negatively impacting care.   Dr Heather Fulton talks about how to help people experiencing paranoia, psychosis or other mental health issues that make it difficult for them to trust service providers - as well as providing a psychological background for why these issues occur.  This webinar will focus on practical suggestions for how to manage these complex and difficult situations.



  1. Defining and understanding trust issues – including paranoia and the role of conspiracy.
    2. How can we overcome trust barriers and what are our options to help differently?


Instructor: Dr Heather Fulton

Dr. Heather Fulton is a Registered Psychologist currently working as a supervisor of Psychiatry Resident Psychotherapy Training at Royal Columbian Hospital.  She previously worked at the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction as well as maintains a private practice.  She has been studying, researching and working in the area of concurrent disorders, particularly with vulnerably housed individuals, for over 15 years.  She is also a past volunteer of the Calgary Drop-in and Rehab Centre- a large facility in downtown Calgary that offers various levels of housing support, meals, essential health services as well as employment training.

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