Behind the Wall: Unique Challenges of Correctional Healthcare Workers

Behind the Wall: Unique Challenges of Correctional Healthcare Workers

Event Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 08:00
Event Location: Vancouver, BC


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Challenges to the Correctional System: The Opioid Crisis

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The use and abuse of opiates in British Columbia has reached the level of a crisis. There is an immediate need for a dramatic change in thinking and strategy in regard to how we intervene with people who use drugs and the drug subculture generally.  We need to move immediately from a primarily criminal justice orientation to a public health, public safety and public education perspective.

Dr. Bruce Monkhouse, Forensic Psychologist, Adjunct Professor University of Alberta
With a PhD from the University of Alberta in counselling psychology, Dr. Monkhouse presently serves as the Chief of Psychology, at Correctional Service of Canada and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta and the University of Victoria. He has worked as a Forensic Psychologist for approximately 25 years with both federal and provincial offenders with expertise in the assessment and treatment of violence and sexual offenders. 


Healthcare Worker Resiliency: Lessons from the Military

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PTSD and other conditions have become "signature wounds". A decade of war in Afghanistan has led to a renewed interest in the impact of trauma and stress. There has been a natural extension of interest in first responders. In his presentation, Dr. Jetly will discuss PTSD and lessons learned from military with regards to managing mental illness in the workplace and training that may enhance resiliency and coping in the broader healthcare industry.

Dr. Rakesh Jetly, MD, FRCPC (Psychiatry), MD, FRCPC (Psychiatry), MEAKIN’s Chair of Military Mental Health – Institute of Mental Health Research (IMHR)
Dr. Jetly is the Head of the Centre of Excellence on Mental Health, Directorate of Mental Health and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Dalhousie University (Halifax), Queen’s University (Kingston), and the University of Ottawa. He has published numerous articles in professional journals and presents nationally and internationally on such topics as post-traumatic stress disorder and operational psychiatry.

Dr. Jetly has previously held various professional positions as a Psychiatrist, including: Director of the “Operational Trauma and Stress Support Centre”, Atlantic Region (2000-2008), Chief Resident in Psychiatry, St. Michael’s Hospital (1999-2000), and Senior Medical Officer for the “Canadian Contingent United Nations Middle East” in ISRAEL (1993-1994).

Exploring Models of Healthcare Delivery in Corrections

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Drawing on his experience with both the Canadian military and more recently in his role as Medical Director at the Surrey Jail, Dr. Withers will offer a review and analysis of various healthcare delivery models available to Canadian Corrections.

Dr. Nick Withers, Calian Medical Director – Surrey Jail
Dr. Withers has made a career of providing occupational and emergency medicine support in remote and austere locations.  A proud veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces and Afghanistan conflict where he commanded the Health Services Unit, Lieutenant-Colonel (retired) Withers proudly served for 22 years.  As a senior Medical Officer within the military, Nick had extensive experience in occupational and preventive medicine. Fifteen years of emergency medicine experience in rural and suburban emergency departments afforded a unique perspective of the challenges of being out there and alone in remote locations.  Since his retirement, Dr. Withers has transitioned to the emergency room and routinely supervises medical students and residents in addition to teaching military clinicians.  His extensive special operations experience has solidified his “can do” attitude.


Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Time: 8:00AM - 11:00AM

Place: Pinnacle Hotel, Tuscany Room, Lobby Level, 1133 West Hastings St., Vancouver, BC V6E3T3

8:00-9:00 Registration & breakfast
9:00-9:30 Dr. Monkhouse
9:30-10:00 Dr. Jetly
10:00-10:30 Dr. Withers
10:30-11:00 Q&A


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Calian Health – one of Canada’s largest national health services organizations with over 10 years of experience in the management of healthcare professionals and health programs, as well as the operation and management of primary care and occupational health clinics. With a network of over 1,500 healthcare professionals, Calian supports over six million patient visits per year at over 180 clinic locations across Canada.

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