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Monday, May 28 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Cultivating Trust and Emotional Safety in Educational Environments

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Many educational institutions are grappling with the troubling rise of mental health challenges within their communities. Issues such as depression and anxiety are becoming increasingly common not only within the student population but also among instructors and educational administrators, many of whom find their collegial environments to be fraught with new hurdles involving the care and wellness of people.

Bedrock human values such as belonging, trust, and emotional safety are becoming harder to develop and sustain in educational environments undergoing turmoil and change from a variety of influences. How might we preserve and nurture these values? How might we commit to practices that cultivate the wellness and well-being of our colleagues and communities? How might we commit to environments of authentic caring in which people feel emotionally safe and valued?

Over the past year, a small group of practitioners at several local institutions (BCcampus, Douglas College, Vancouver Community College) has been working on projects designed to encourage emotional care and wellness. In this interactive session on the theme of "Mental Health for all within and across our organizations", these practitioners will each share the hurdles and rewards of their process. The purpose of the session will be to provide participants with perspectives and tools to use in approaching themes of care and wellness at their own institutions -- with colleagues, students, and community partners.

The experiential session will be informed by the practice, theory, and research currently being conducted at the partner institutions involved in these projects. Participants will hear about common hurdles involved in promoting the care and wellness of people, will hear perspectives about navigating the complex terrain of human relationships, and will practice tools and ideas for moving forward with their own initiatives.

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Steven Bishop

Learning Designer, Douglas College
teaching and learning environments; experiential learning; curriculum design
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Ross Laird

Educational Consultant, Laird Associates
Ross Laird, Ph.D. is an author, consultant, educator, and scholar. His work focuses on the interconnected themes of mentorship, trauma, addictions, mental health, and creativity. Ross has worked with hundreds of organizations and thousands of individual clients and students, from... Read More →
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Leva Lee

Manager, BCcampus
In addition to the BCcampus Online Book Club (bccampusonlinebookclub.opened.ca) and ETUG History (etug.ca), feel free to ask me about stewarding communities of practice; the BCcampus Learning Access Program for Educators (LAP-E); the Scholarly Teaching and Ed Tech Fellows Programs... Read More →
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Hope Miller

Learning Designer, Douglas College
Hybrid and online teaching and learning, Blackboard, Edtech blogger, SCETUG member, Open Douglas
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Sandra Polushin

Coordinator / Faculty, Douglas College

Monday May 28, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm AKDT
Port of Vancouver