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Saturday Speakers Series

REGISTRATION REQUIRED-starting Wednesday August 18th at 8:30am

Course Code: ELDJ 060 - F21W01 (web registration)

Admission Fee: $29.00 (for all 3 sessions)

Time: 10am to Noon

Location: Online via Zoom

Click the web registration link to register online or call 1-866-734-6252 to register via telephone starting Wednesday, August 18th at 8:30am.

October 2, 2021Oct 2 - SSS

Understanding Mental Health & Addiction

Learn about substance use disorder, harm reduction, treatment options, and why “those People” can’t just stop. 


Dr. Christina Basedow, PhD Psychology, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist

About The Talk:

Many of us see mental health and addiction in our communities every day and don't understand why "those people" can't just stop, why they continue to destroy other people's property. What many people don't know, is that until someone gets the help they need to stabilize their mental health and eventually stop using substance, the expectation that "they" would act differently is not realistic. This presentation talks about substance use disorder, harm reduction, treatment options and how recovery is attainable to help people move forward to live healthy, stable lives.


Dr. Basedow’s leadership skills, commitment, dedication and service to our patients, community partners, referrals and colleagues is unparalleled. She is skilled in a variety of specialty areas including family counselling, eating disorders, sexual compulsions, and CBT/DBT. Christina brings her personal experience, compassion, and considerable knowledge in psychology, research, and teaching to EHN Canada and abroad. She is registered with the BC Association of Registered Clinical Counsellors, holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist. 

Christina has a strong passion for working in the complex field of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder and, for over a decade, has helped hundreds of individuals, couples, and families struggling with substance misuse, mental health disorders, and co-dependent behaviours.

November 6, 2021Nov 6 - SSS

The Relationship Between Addiction Recovery & Recovery Capital

Learn about what is meant by Recovery Capital and why it is important in sustaining recovery from alcohol and drug addiction.

Elizabeth Loudon, RCC, BA, MA, CSAT, Clinical Director, Cedars at Cobble Hill, Addiction Treatment Facility

About The Talk:
I will be speaking about the continuum of care from inpatient treatment to continuing care. Highlighted in the talk will be about understanding and developing Recovery Capital.
With over 20 years of experience in the addiction and recovery field, Elizabeth has had a lengthy clinical career being a leader in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Elizabeth has been a therapist and Clinical Director at two well-known treatment centres on Vancouver Island. She obtained a Masters Degree in Counseling and is Certified Sex Addiction Therapist.  She is skilled in a variety of different areas, addiction, disordered eating, sexual compulsions, maladaptive relationships, DBT and CBT. Elizabeth has been a member of the BC Association of Clinical Counselors since 2015. Growing up in an addicted family has fuelled her passion and dedication to working with individuals and families to help them move past the impacts of Substance Use Disorder and compulsive behavior issues. 

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December 4, 2021Dec 4 - SSS

We Do Recover

Find out how thousands of men and women break the cycle of addiction and go on to live happy, healthy, and productive lives.
Sareh Tracey, RN, BCPA, Recovery Coach, Recovery Program Co-Ordinator of Forward House, Owner of Cared4 Health Services
About The Talk:
WE DO RECOVER- How thousands of men and women break the cycle of addiction and go on to live happy, healthy, and productive lives. What is the concept of Recovery? How are we able to help our community members struggling with substance use disorders increase their ‘recovery capital’? How can we support our loved ones with addictions in healthy ways? What barriers and challenges do people in recovery face? This presentation explores the many pathways and resources available to those who are healing from substance use disorders.
Sareh has been a Recovery Advocate for more than 20 years in Vancouver, Winnipeg and Vancouver Island. Sareh has an extensive professional as well personal background in Addictions and Mental Health. After her own experience with Addiction and Recovery, Sareh has been to committed helping others. She has worked in a variety of settings such as detoxes, recovery houses and treatment centres as an Addiction Nurse. Sareh worked closely with First Nation Chaplins, Healers and Elders to address cultural health needs. In 2018, Sareh became a Patient Advocate (BCPA), helping Recovery clients navigate our healthcare system. Shortly after, Sareh started her own consulting business; she brings her expertise and skills to ensure her clients’ health care needs are achieved and maintained.