Archive for May, 2019

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

Substance Abuse and Sleep

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Tuck is a community devoted to promoting sleep health awareness with a mission to create resources about the impact addictive substances. Addictive substances can impact one’s ability to fall asleep and reach the restorative stages of deep sleep needed to live a healthy life. Tuck has also created treatment guides for sleep disorders that do not involve the use of prescription sedatives or other habit-forming substances.

You can access the resources here:

How alcohol negatively impacts sleep

Sleep problems associated with addiction and recovery

Non-drug therapies for sleep disorders

 

Drug Dangers – Dangers of Prescription Pills

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Drug Dangers was developed to educate the public and lend a hand to people who have been affected by defective drugs and medical devices. Drug Dangers’ goal is to keep the public educated and informed of all defective medical devices and dangerous medications that are currently available on the market today. Pharmaceutical companies are trusted to put safe products on the shelves, yet thousands of people lose their lives each year due to prescription medications with adverse side effects. By spreading awareness, this statistic can be improved by decreasing the number of recalls, saving more lives of those who have been affected. 

For more information about the topic, please click on the link below:

 Drug Dangers

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?

Shelter Movers – Free Service for Abused Women

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

I wanted to share some information about an amazing non-profit organization in Toronto that is now expanding to Vancouver. Shelter Movers offers moving services to women fleeing abusive homes and helps them either transition to a shelter or out of the shelter to a new, safe home. The work they do is so necessary – many of these women leave with nothing, so being able to go back with help and a security team/police escort means they can start a new life with their own belongings. This is a really helpful service that anyone dealing with domestic abuse or counsellors working with victims of abuse should be aware of.

They are also actively recruiting volunteers – both movers and admin positions such as marketing, operations, fundraising, and volunteer management.  Their volunteers must successfully pass a criminal background check and complete an orientation on trauma informed care prior to interacting with clients.  Anyone interested can contact their Volunteer Services group at volunteervan@sheltermovers.com.

 

Thank you for Sarah Albo (VCCT graduate) for this information.

 

VCCT closed on Monday, May 20th, 2019

Friday, May 17th, 2019

VCCT will be closed on Monday, May 20th for Victoria Day. VCCT will reopen on Tuesday, May 21st.

Have a wonderful long weekend everyone!

 

 

Transfer Credits – Rocky Mountain College

Friday, May 17th, 2019

VCCT is pleased to announce that Rocky Mountain College now accepts VCCT’s courses for transfer credits. This is a great news for our Alberta students who may be interested in pursuing a university degree after graduating from VCCT. Please note, however, that this information should only be used as a reference and that the credits you actually receive may differ. RMC will request transcripts and finalize the number of credits that applicants will receive on a case-by-case basis.

 

Here is the transfer credit for students completing the Diploma of Professional Counselling Program:

 

Toward 120-credit BA in Human Services in Counselling – 24 credits for the core courses plus

3 more if students take Intro to Family Counselling or Case Study Approach to Family Counselling

3 more if they take Child & Adolescent Counselling

3 more if they take Group Process & Support Skill

Possible total: 33 credits

 

Toward 120-credit BA in Human Services in Child & Youth Care – 15 credits for the core courses plus

3 more if students take Intro to Family Counselling or Case Study Approach to Family Counselling

3 more if they take Child & Adolescent Counselling

3 more if they take Group Process & Support Skill

3 more if they take Aboriginal Counselling Skills

Possible total: 27 credits

 

Toward 62-credit Diploma in Counselling – Counselling Focus – 12 credits for the core courses plus 9 more if students take 3 courses from these options:

Option 1: Intro to Family Counselling or Case Study Approach to Family Counselling

Option 2: Child & Adolescent Counselling

Option 3: Group Process & Support Skill

Option 4: Aboriginal Counselling Skills

Option 5: Loss and Grief Counselling

Possible total: 21 credits

 

Toward 62-credit Diploma in Counselling – Child & Youth Care Focus – 9 credits for the core courses plus 6 more if students take 3 courses from these options:

Option 1: Intro to Family Counselling or Case Study Approach to Family Counselling

Option 2: Child & Adolescent Counselling

Possible total: 15 credits

 

VCCT’s transfer credit agreements with other institutions can be viewed here: http://vcct.ca/curriculum.htm#ubc. 

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

Thank you!

 

 

Supervision talk – with Shelley Coates

Friday, May 17th, 2019

On Wednesday, May 22nd, a past graduate/registered counsellor and supervisor Shelley Coates will be visiting our students to talk about supervision opportunities. All students on campus at that time will be required to attend. All other students are more than welcome to join, but please let me know in advance! The presentation will take place from 12:15PM – 12:30PM and again from 1PM – 1:15PM.  Students who are interested but unable to join can contact me and I will share Shelley’s contact information for you to contact her directly afterwards.

 

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

Thank you!