Workshops

CIMVHR Forum 2018 will have 6 Workshops available to all registered Forum attendees. Each workshop will provide an excellent setting for collaboration and discussion with researchers across science, policy and practice who are interested in exploring the art of the possible. Subject matter experts, with relevant insight and experience in the theme areas, will help prompt engaged stakeholders to explore key issues relevant to the CIMVHR Network.

Registration

Workshops are offered to registered Forum 2018 delegates. Registration fee per attendee per workshop: $30 (separate from Forum registration fee)

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Workshops

“I’ve Done a Terrible Thing”: Group-based Soul Repair After Severe Moral Injury

After sustaining a moral injury, some military clients have shared a subjective sense that their experiences in war have created a deeper wound, one that impacts the very essence of the Self. We conceptualize this as a soul injury--a dimension of severe moral injury that leaves the individual shattered, “by what we have done and by what we have left undone.”

Cpl. Tim Garthside (Ret’d) will share his personal experience of soul injury and repair with participants. We will present an adaptation of the action-oriented, group-based intervention Therapeutic Enactment (TE), which specifically addresses soul injury through enactment of the injurious events, group witnessing, resource installation, and reconnection of the individual to their soul-self.

Group discussion will provide an opportunity for participants to share their conceptualizations of moral or soul injury, and exchange ideas on how to assist military service members and veterans who have experienced severe moral injury.

Date and Time:

Monday, October 15, 2018 (12:30PM-2:00PM)

Workshop Hosts:

Dr. Marv Westwood, PhD. Professor Emeritus, Department of Counselling Psychology, University of British Columbia

Sara Lapsley, MA, PhD student, Department of Psychology, Carleton University

Cpl. Tim Garthside (Ret'd), BA student, School of Social Work, University of Victoria

Curt Shelton, MA, Counsellor, British Columbia Institute of Technology

Lin Langley, MA, Faculty, Department of Language, Literature, and Performing Arts, Douglas College

Homewood Research Institute: Building a National Network and Establishing Collaborative Partnerships in Trauma Research

This workshop builds on a collaborative planning exercise that took place at CIMVHR 2014 where participants came together to build a research agenda aimed at achieving measureable advancements in trauma research. Four years later, we plan to report back on work completed and to seek guidance on next steps.  Objectives are to:

  • Share learning from research completed
  • Hold a focused conversation to shape the next phase of research, and
  • Build alliances between interested people to scale research and knowledge translation plans for enhanced impact and reach.

We hope that a wide variety of stakeholders will join this session, bringing together multiple perspectives to advance research in military and first responder trauma and PTSD - from people with lived experience, scientists, clinicians, military, public safety and first responders. Here, we hope to work together to advance science – and ultimately quality of life – for people suffering from PTSD and trauma-related illnesses.

Date and Time:

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 (7:30-8:45AM)

Workshop Hosts:

Dr. Margaret McKinnon, PhD, C Psych. (Primary Contact)
Homewood Research Chair in Mental Health and Trauma
Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Research, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University
Psychologist, Mood Disorders Program
St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton

Dr. Roy Cameron, PhD, FCAHS
Executive Director, Homewood Research Institute
Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo, School of Public Health and Health Sciences

Dr. Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry and Director PTSD Research Unit, Western University
Harris-Woodman Chair in Mind-Body Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University
Homewood Associate Clinical Scientist

Female Veterans: What do we know and where do we go from here?

There is limited Canadian research on female Veterans as well as a lack of programs tailored towards the specific needs of female Veterans. It is expected that this discussion will bring together researchers, policy makers, veterans service providers and members of Veterans organizations to identify research and policy priorities in respect to female Veterans. The objectives are to identify existing research on Canadian female Veterans, directions for future research and program development, and potential collaborations across universities and sectors. The discussion will facilitate emerging Canadian interest in this important, but often neglected aspect of Veterans’ health and well-being.

Date and Time:

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 (7:30AM-8:45AM)

Workshop Hosts:

Dr. Maya Eichler, Ph.D.
Canada Research Chair in Social Innovation and Community Engagement
Assistant Professor, Political Studies and Women's Studies
Mount Saint Vincent University

Michelle Morrison
Veterans Affairs Canada

Ms. MaryBeth MacLean, MA
Senior Policy Advisor, Veterans Affairs Canada

Relocation and the Military Family

This workshop creates the opportunity for researchers to discuss how relocation impacts life for military families, including spousal employment and access to and continuity of education and health services. Both domestic and international perspectives will be explored.

Date and Time:

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 (7:30AM-8:45AM)

Workshop Host:

Dr. Heidi Cramm, PhD
Associate Scientist, Strategic Initiatives, CIMVHR

Future Battlefield Medicine

Hemorrhage and traumatic brain injury are the leading causes of combat casualty death on the battlefield. This workshop will explore and build collaborations to study the future of combat casualty care on the modern battlefield.  Novel hemorrhage control devices, resuscitation therapies and neuroprotective adjuncts will be discussed, as well as logistical strategies to bring these solutions forward.  Potential research projects will be identified to provide better care to combat casualties.

Date and Time:

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 (7:30AM-8:45AM)

Workshop Host:

LCol Andrew Beckett, MD
Department of Surgery, Division of General Surgery, McGill University

Military, Veteran and First Responder Suicide -- Research Challenges and Opportunities

This workshop will bring researchers together to identify challenges and opportunities in suicide research in CAF members, Veterans and First Responders. Suicide has devastating consequences and remains one of society’s most complex and challenging mental health problems. While there has been much progress, critical knowledge gaps remain in all aspects of this difficult public health problem, including why people become suicidal; predicting suicide risk; effective suicide prevention; effective management of suicidal persons; and suicide research methodology. Many suicide theories have been proposed, but none have been fully validated. The 2017 CAF-VAC Joint Suicide Prevention Strategy called for more research to inform suicide prevention in Canadian Armed Forces Military and Veteran populations, and there is growing public interest in preventing suicides among Canada’s First Responders. Join the discussion. Help to identify and reduce barriers to conducting suicide and suicide prevention research in these three important Canadian populations.

Date and Time:

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 (7:30AM-8:45AM)

Workshop Hosts:

Dr. Jim Thompson, MD
Research Medical Advisor, Veteran Affairs Canada

Dr. Alexandra Heber, MD FRCPC CCPE
Chief of Psychiatry, Veterans Affairs Canada‎