Compass Connections Webinar: Self-Harm / Self-Injurious Behaviours
Date: November 1, 2021
Compass invites you to our next Compass Connections webinar series for health care providers, featuring speakers from the Compass Mental Health Program, the Neuropsychiatry Clinic and the Self-Injurious Behaviour Clinic at BC Children's Hospital. This series addresses the needs of children with diverse psychiatric profiles including those with and without neuropsychiatric diagnosis.
Registration for this event is now closed. Recordings of the webinars will be made available on our website after the series.
Webinar Series Schedule:
Oct 18, 2021 12pm: Self-harm and self-injurious behaviours: Prevalence, etiology, and risk factors
Speakers: Dr. Martha Ignaszewski and Dr. Katharine Thomson
Oct 25, 2021 12pm: Self harm and non-suicidal self injury: Evidence-based treatments and outcomes
Speaker: Dr. Martha Ignaszewski and Dr. Katharine Thomson
Nov 1, 2021 12pm: Autism and self-injurious behaviours: Special considerations for assessment and treatment
Speakers: Katie Allen, Dr. Robin Friedlander, and Mary Glasgow Brown
As a result of attending this webinar series, the participant will be able to:
1. Identify child and youth self-harm behaviours, including a review of etiological factors, motivations, and symptoms of self-harm.
2. Describe evidence-based guidelines for assessment and intervention for self-harm/self-injurious behaviours among children and youth.
3. Recommend and/or deliver appropriate risk assessments and interventions for children and youth who present with self-harm behaviours.
Recordings of the webinars will be posted at a later date on the Compass website.
Katie Allen, M.S., BCBA, is a master’s level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) since 2005. Her Master of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) was obtained through Northeastern University, Boston MA. Katie spent three years at the New England Center for Children, a leading day and residential program for children with autism in the United States. Upon completion of her master’s degree she spent one year working in a public school setting implementing ABA both in and out of the classroom. She moved to Vancouver in 2006 to design and implement individualized home based ABA programs for children with developmental disabilities. Her focus in training and practice has been working with individuals who exhibit severe challenging behaviour including self-injurious behaviour, aggression, and property destruction within the contexts of home, school, community and residential treatment. Katie has been active as a board member of BC-ABA for four years in the roles of President, Member at Large and Secretary. Since 2019 Katie has been working within PHSA at BC Children's Hospital with the Self-Injurious Behavior Clinic alongside a multi-disciplinary team working to assess and treat children with self-injurious behavior across the province. She has presented research at both local and international venues, and spoke on invitation to a variety of organizations including parent groups, BC Children’s Hospital, Fraser Health, and school districts.
Dr. Robin Friedlander is a Clinical Professor and Director of the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Program in the Dept. of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He is past head of the Neuropsychiatry clinic and currently leads the SIB clinic at BC Children’s Hospital. Dr Friedlander trained in medicine and psychiatry in South Africa. Since moving to Vancouver, BC in 1993, clinical, academic and teaching pursuits have been in the field of Developmental Psychiatry.
Mary Glasgow Brown is an occupational therapist who works at BC Children’s Hospital with the Neuropsychiatry and Infant Psychiatry clinics. She has been involved with the Self-Injurious Behaviour Clinic since it started in 2017. She is also a clinical assistant professor at UBC and enjoys mentoring OT students. As an occupational therapist, Mary explores how a child’s participation in occupations are impacted by their own physical and mental wellbeing as well as by their environment. Mary has three young children and enjoys cycling, gardening and baking a mean chocolate chip cookie.
Dr. Martha J Ignaszewski (or Dr. Iggy) is a Harvard and UCSF trained psychiatrist with board certification in Adult, Addiction, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Canada and the USA. She now works on the Compass Consultation Line at BCCH and the Complex Pain and Addiction Service (CPAS) at VGH. Currently, Dr. Ignaszewski is the Education Lead for the VGH CPAS service, and Director of Fellowships & Off-Service Postgrad Education for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at BCCH relating to her interest in medical education and working with learners across the educational spectrum. Acute psychiatry, the intersection between addiction and concurrent disorders, and impacts of social determinants of health are areas of focus with learners and clinically. Dr. Ignaszewski possesses a background in clinical excellence, has published widely, and has been a speaker at many national conferences and was the recipient of the 2021 VGH Innovators Challenge Award for her team’s work on the development of a novel opioid detector device. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her miniature dachshund, Spot, and with family and is looking forward to travelling as COVID restrictions ease.
Dr. Katharine Thomson is a clinical and research psychologist with the Compass Program at BCCH. Prior to joining our team, Dr. Thomson was an attending psychologist in consultation and liaison at Boston Children’s Hospital and an instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She has special interests in trauma-informed care, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, eating disorders, somatization, LGBTQ+ healthcare, and health equity. In addition to her role in the Compass Program, Dr. Thomson has a private practice where she works with children, adolescents, and young adults. Outside of work, she can be found exploring beaches with her spouse, their two young children, and their dog, or taking on a new home improvement project.
Summary of Disclosures
Name & Affiliations, financial or otherwise, with a pharmaceutical, medical device, or communications organization that may have a direct or indirect connection with the content of this module
Trudy Adam - Nothing to disclose
Katie Allen - Nothing to disclose
Meredith de Freitas - Nothing to disclose
Robin Friedlander - Nothing to disclose
Mary Glasgow Brown -Paediatric Occupational Therapy Council
Dana Hubler - Nothing to disclose
Martha Ignaszewski - Nothing to disclose
Helen Kennett-Bacon - Nothing to disclose
Kevin Lorenz - Nothing to disclose
Jennifer Russel - Payments: TEND; Health First; Crofton House; Doctors of BC
Sonja Sinclair - Nothing to disclose
Katharine Thomson -Nothing to disclose
Accreditation/Certification statement: The University of British Columbia Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD) is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) to provide study credits for continuing medical education for physicians. This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and has been approved by UBC CPD for up to 3 MOC Section 1 Group Learning credits. This program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by UBC CPD for up to 3 Mainpro+ Group Learning credits. Each physician should claim only those credits accrued through participation in the activity. CFPC Session ID#: 194671-002