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International students continue to contribute to B.C. health care as MSP premiums eliminated

Friday, August 2nd, 2019

Article from: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2019HLTH0114-001555

As the Province eliminates Medical Service Plan (MSP) premiums for British Columbians, an updated payment method will ensure international students continue to contribute to, and benefit from, B.C.‘s health-care coverage.

Under the old MSP system, international students, like all British Columbians, were required to pay premiums as part of their health-care coverage. On Jan. 1, 2020, MSP premiums will be eliminated and a new method is required by which international students contribute to their coverage under the B.C. health-care system.

Under the updated system, effective Sept. 1, 2019, all international K-12 and post-secondary students will begin paying a monthly health-care coverage fee of $37.50. On Jan. 1, 2020, with the elimination of MSP premiums, the health-care coverage fee for international students will be $75 per month.

“For almost 30 years, B.C. has provided international students with provincial health coverage, while asking them to contribute a reasonable amount to help cover those costs. This updated payment method for international students continues that commitment,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health.

Earlier this year, the Province passed legislation to end MSP premiums on Jan. 1, 2020, in one of the largest middle-class tax cuts in British Columbia’s history. The updated health-care coverage requirements for international students are part of this transition.

“We have an exceptional health-care system in B.C., and we want to ensure it remains a fair system for everyone,” said Dix. “In eliminating MSP premiums for British Columbians and through the health services fee for post-secondary and K-12 international students, we’re ensuring that we all continue to contribute to and benefit from public health care in B.C.”

New Staff

Friday, July 26th, 2019

Please welcome Blair McInnis and Victoria Csabrajetz as new staff members of VCCT!

Blair and Victoria are recent graduates of VCCT and they will be taking over Rob Monk’s position at the Student Support Services Department. Their primary responsibilities will include providing support to students with program-related queries, aiding students and graduates in job searches, providing assistance to Alice Kang at the Admissions Department and other various administrative tasks. They can be reached by phone: 604.683.2442 or email: outreach@vcct.ca.

Welcome to VCCT, Blair and Victoria!

Practicum Opportunities

Monday, July 15th, 2019

Good morning everyone,

 

For anyone looking for practicum/volunteer opportunities, the following positions are still available:

Adult Art Therapy Groups

1 Saturday evening per month, from 7:00pm-9:00pm (students arrive at 6:30 to set up and let in participants, and take down/clean up until 9:30pm)

Open style, themes vary

Students to ensure consent is received from all participants (with our blanket consent agreement)

  • Location: Bring to Balance’s Art for Change Centre (currently 2414 Main Street, Vancouver, BC V5T 3E3)
  • Students may choose the theme for the evening, or for a booked amount of time (i.e. two months, etc).
  • If a student is sick or cannot make it, they must find a replacement and coordinate the switch with the other student
  • Booking well in advance is, again, important to keep the group going and for our planning purposes.

Dates:

2019: Sept 21, Sept 19, Nov. 16, Dec 14, 2020: Jan 11, Feb 8, Mar 7, Apr 4, May 2, May 30, June 27, July 25, Aug 22.

2 Student model (co-facilitate)

 

 

Adult Support Group Theme: Anxiety, etc.

1 Saturday evening per month, from 7:00-9:00pm

Students arrive at 6:30 to set up and let in participants, and take down/clean up until 9:30pm

Blanket consent forms required.

  • Location: Bring to Balance’s Art for Change Centre (currently 2414 Main Street, Vancouver, BC V5T 3E3)
  • Cannot make it? You must find a replacement and coordinate the switch with the other student
  • Booking well in advance is, again, important to keep the night going and for our planning purposes.
  • Students to ensure consent is received from all participants (with our blanket consent agreement)
  • Donations used for our admin costs, supplies and the business.
  • Idea is “Living Well: An Acceptance and Commitment-Therapy Based Support Group.” Apply the principles of ACT to help women live rich, full and meaningful lives. For those who identify as female? **Open to other ideas..students may choose their particular theme for the 3 groups or more.

Dates:

2019: Sept 5, Oct 2, Nov 30,  2020: Jan 25, Feb 22, Mar 21, Apr 18, May 16, Jun 13, July11, Aug 8

2 Student model (co-facilitate)

 

Please let me know if you are interested and haven’t contacted Janine at Art for Change yet.

Thank you.

 

Art for Change – Practicum Opportunities Zoom Meeting

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

For those of you that were interested in practicum opportunities at Art for Change: Janine Ray (the supervisor overseeing all of their practicum opportunities) will be hosting a Zoom meeting tomorrow at 10AM. This will be a good opportunity for you to ask questions and see what practicum opportunities are available to you. Four of our students were able to secure their practicum with Art for Change recently and they have room for more. Don’t miss out!

Details are provided below.

 

Topic: Janine Ray’s Zoom Meeting INTERNS!

Time: Jun 20, 2019 10:00 AM Vancouver

 

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ACCT Presentation June 26th, 2019

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

Hello everyone,
On Wednesday, June 26th at 12PM, ACCT school liaison officer will be visiting VCCT to talk about joining the association and share updates on the upcoming BC College (if there are any). All VCCT students and graduates are welcome to attend. If you wish to attend, please contact Alice 604.683.2442 admissions@vcct.ca.
See you all there!

Phoenix Society Presentation 2019

Friday, June 14th, 2019

 

VCCT graduates Ryan and Nate visited VCCT on May 31st, 2019 to share their experiences as a student at VCCT as well as their journey towards their career goals. Ryan and Nate represent the Phoenix Society where Ryan is the Addictions Services Manager and Nate is the Program Director.

 

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MFT VANCOUVER – LEVEL 1 OCTOBER 26/27 w/ Yvette Lalonde

Friday, June 14th, 2019

I am forwarding a message I received from our graduate counsellor, Yvette Lalonde. Congratulations Yvette!

 

I’m excited to announce that I’m (Inner Flow Counselling | Wellness) now the West Coast facilitator for the Movement for Trauma Level 1 training in Vancouver and will be offering it October 26/27.
This training is open to practitioners from a variety of backgrounds who want to deepen their understanding of how trauma presents in the body.
This experiential training includes:
• Strategies for tracking your nervous system in relationship with clients;
• Tools to reactivate the ventral vagal complex (rest, digest, relate) to foster a deeper sense of safety in your clients;
• An overview of how to apply the science of neurobiology in your treatments or sessions;
• An understanding of how movement can be adapted to support clients in building resiliency and regulating their nervous system.
For a full list of what this training includes or to grab your spot while it’s available, follow the link. Early bird pricing until September 15th.
This training is not a formula or system. It gives you the necessary tools to integrate movement from a trauma-informed, resiliency-driven lens into the therapy room in an accessible and adaptable way.

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Graduate Presentation – May 31, 2019 Phoenix Society

Monday, May 27th, 2019

We have two graduate counsellors, Ryan and Nate, visiting us on Friday, May 31st, 2019 from 12PM until 1PM.

Ryan and Nate represent the Phoenix Society where Ryan is the Addictions Services Manager and Nate is the Program Director. They will be here to talk about their experiences working in the addictions field and what led them to their current position after graduating from VCCT.  Phoenix Society also regularly recruits our students and graduates so this is a great opportunity for anyone interested in addiction counselling.

 

This is a free event and we invite you join us. Please feel free to bring a guest! Just let us know if you are planning to attend as space may be limited.

 

Thank you! 

 

Supervision Presentation – Shelley Coates

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

VCCT’s graduate Shelley Coates visited us on May 22nd, 2019 to provide information on the topic of counselling supervision and offer her services to our students and graduates. Shelley Coates is a Master Therapeutic Counsellor and also a Registered Counselling Supervisor with the ACCT. Shelley offers group/dyad/individual supervision as well as couples and relationships counselling. She can be reached at 604.828.1522. www.abetterlovecounselling.com

 

The video of the presentation can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/1F0TVLHQTDQ.

Sorry the camera angle was a bit off and inadvertently cut off our faces!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly.

Alice

Ongoing Practicum Opportunities for VCCT Graduates/Students

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

VCCT has partnered up with Janine Ray at the Art for Change Center to provide ongoing practicum opportunities for our students and graduates. Please view the information below and contact Alice (admissions@vcct.ca) or Rob (outreach@vcct.ca) if you have any questions or are interested in submitting an application.

 

Bring to Balance’s Art for Change Centre

Practicum Opportunities for VCCT Students and Grads (2019 and beyond)

 

 

Student Requirements:

  • For Students, we require that art therapy, ethics, and skills courses complete (with electives remaining). For those working with the older populations, the senior’s counseling course is required.
  • Graduates of VCCT programs welcome

 

Expectations:

  • 3 months minimum commitment (for all opportunities)
  • Students to book with us in advance for a chunk of time. Advance planning and booking is important.
  • If a student is sick or cannot make it, they must find a replacement and coordinate the switch with the other student
  • Students/grads should feel confident in their education, skills and training (as we do not provide training)
  • To behave in a professional and compassionate manner

 

Procedures:

  • A detailed set of site-specific procedures (according to the selected practicum) will be sent by email to the student/grad.

 

Supervision and Letter of Completion:

  • Students will receive 1 hour of group supervision per month via phone call.
  • For additional one-on-one supervision, a rate of $65.00/hr will be charged.
  • Students will receive a letter of completion for client contact hours and supervision hours.

 

 

Practicum Opportunities:

 

  1. Student Night – $20 sessions with counselling and/or art therapy student (as of September 1, 2019)
  • Location: Bring to Balance’s Art for Change Centre (currently 2414 Main Street, Vancouver, BC V5T 3E3)
  • Mondays from 5:30pm-8:30pm
  • We will charge $20 plus tax per session for our admin costs, materials, etc. (If this is not doable for the client, we will accept by-donation of any amount under $20, or else it can be free of charge).
  • Intern to meet with 3 clients (3 -50 min sessions).
  • Intern to keep minimal client notes.

 

 

  1. Adult Art Therapy Groups (By Donation) CAT600 required
  • Location: Bring to Balance’s Art for Change Centre (currently 2414 Main Street, Vancouver, BC V5T 3E3)
  • 2 Saturday evenings per month, from 7:00-9:00pm (students arrive at 6:45 to set up and let in participants, and take down/clean up until 9:15pm)
  • Open style, themes vary
  • Students may choose the theme for the evening, or for their booked time (i.e. two months, etc).
  • 2 Student model (co-facilitate)
  • Students to ensure consent is received from all participants (with our blanket consent agreement)
  • If a student is sick or cannot make it, they must find a replacement and coordinate the switch with the other student
  • Booking well in advance is, again, important to keep the group going and for our planning purposes.

 

 

  1. Once a Month Adult Support Group (By Donation) GPS600 an asset
    • Location: Bring to Balance’s Art for Change Centre (currently 2414 Main Street, Vancouver, BC V5T 3E3)
    • 1-2 Saturday evenings per month, from 7:00-9:00pm (students arrive at 6:45 to set up and let in participants, and take down/clean up until 9:15pm)
    • 2 Student model (co-facilitate)
    • If a student is sick or cannot make it, they must find a replacement and coordinate the switch with the other student
    • Booking well in advance is, again, important to keep the night going and for our planning purposes.
    • Students to ensure consent is received from all participants (with our blanket consent agreement)
    • Donations used for our admin costs, supplies and the business.
  • Idea is “Living Well: An Acceptance and Commitment-Therapy Based Support Group.” Apply the principles of ACT to help women live rich, full and meaningful lives. For those who identify as female? **Open to other ideas..students may choose their particular theme for the 3 groups or more.

 

 

  1. Older Adult Art Therapy Groups CAT600/GPS600/ICS600
  • One Location (currently): Villa Carital (3050 Penticton Street, Vancouver, BC, http://www.villacarital.com/)
  • Currently at Villa Carital, group runs from 1:00-3:30 (two 1 hour groups. with 30 min set up and take down) on Tuesdays (every Tuesday).
  • If Tuesdays do not work for students, we can select another day- for example, Sundays work well.
  • Themes vary, students may choose. Projects can be small or large.
  • No limit to student numbers- the more the merrier, as older folks often require more individual support within the group.
  • If students have a special idea or project in mind, they may purchase supplies (cheaply as possible) and email to info@artforchange.ca to be reimbursed. Students may also request that we purchase supplies- advance notice is necessary!
  • If a student is sick or cannot make it, they must ensure that others facilitators will be there so that the group can continue to run.
  • Booking well in advance is, again, important to keep the group going, and to ensure that it is reliable for the residents, and for our planning purposes.

 

  1. Older Adult One-on-One Support ICS600
  • One Location (currently): Villa Carital (3050 Penticton Street, Vancouver, BC, http://www.villacarital.com/).
  • Villa Carital is a full care home, servicing people primarily from the Italian community who live with dementia. Italian language isn’t required yet an asset!
  • No limit to students who would like to work with folks one-on-one. These will be visits to their rooms, or sitting with them in common areas to talk, and perhaps engage in some art making, like card making.
  • Students may work with an individual for 30min-1hour each.
  • We will provide students with a list of individuals to see who have one-on-one support and counseling in their care plans.
  • If a student is sick or cannot make it, they must let Villa Carital know by phone call- so that they are not expecting them.
  • Booking well in advance is, again, important for our planning purposes.
  • Students set the schedule- at Villa Carital, it’s about seeing who is around from the client list that particular day.
  • Know that residents typically are eating breakfast from 7:00-9:00am; Lunch from 11:30-1:00pm; and dinner from 5:30-7:00pm. Some residents eat quickly, and are ready well before others….this is a general guideline.
  • Perhaps the one-on-ones could happen the same day as the group to maximize intern’s time at the sites?