Webinar: A Partnership for Supported Education: Fraser Health Authority and Douglas College
- Open to the Public
- Maria Iaquinta, Jennifer Cashmore and Guests
- BC PSR Advanced Practice
For over 25 years, Douglas College and Fraser Health have offered a supported post-secondary education experience to help students with mental health disability take the next step in their post-secondary careers. In this webinar, presenters will highlight a continued partnership in offering an academic credit course “Essential Skills for College” designed specifically for students with mental health disability. Presenters will give an overview of course curriculum and classroom environment, describe the roles of the course instructors who are instructional faculty in the Centre for Students with Disabilities, mental health clinicians at Fraser Health, and share examples of their collaboration in supporting students. Students will speak about their experiences and outcomes and presenters will share feedback from past students.
1) Identify elements of collaboration and support from post-secondary and mental health settings that are essential for a well-supported academic post-secondary course.
2) Discuss successes and challenges of collaboration.
3) Identify examples of rehabilitation principles within the context of a supported academic college course.
4) Learn about the perspectives and lived experiences of students who have taken the course.
Dr. Maria Iaquinta is a Registered Psychologist and Coordinator for the Centre for Students with Disabilities at Douglas College. She has previously worked in educational settings as an instructor and a psychologist and supervised counsellor trainees in a community counselling clinic. At Douglas College, she provided supportive services for students with a range of disabilities. She also taught STAC 1101 Essential Skills for College, a postsecondary credit course for students with mental health disabilities.
Jenny Cashmore is an Occupational Therapist who has worked in mental health services since 1990. With a strong person-centred and strengths-based approach, she has provided group and individual service in various community roles, addressing a range of recovery goals (housing, employment, education, leisure, social, lifestyle and wellness, independent living skills).
The BC PSR Advanced Practice is pleased to offer this session as part of the supported education series. For over 25 years, Douglas College and Fraser Health have offered a supported post-secondary education experience to help students with mental health disability take the next step in their post-secondary careers.