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The BC Infant and Early Childhood Court Team (IECCT) Conference – May 15 – 16, 2017

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Judges and lawyers routinely face making life-altering, best interest decisions about infants and young children who have experienced significant adverse experiences and are at risk for devastating long-term outcomes. This conference is a unique opportunity to learn from and engage with internationally-recognized experts (including judges, lawyers, and infant mental health clinicians) from evidence-based court teams developed in the USA. Working together we will build on and adapt these model programs for implementation in the Canadian context and, in British Columbia, to create the BC Infant and Early Childhood Court Teams (IEECTs).
A limited number of tuition bursaries to partially cover registration fees are available for professionals and service providers working with children and families who would otherwise not be in a position to attend.
Date: May 15 – 16, 2017
Location: Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites, Vancouver
Early bird registration deadline: April 7, 2017


Graduate Pathways to Success Sessions: Time Mgmt, Stats (2 group comparisons), Boundary Setting

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Subject: Graduate Pathways to Success: Time Mgmt, Stats (2 group comparisons), Boundary Setting

Registration is now open for:
Time Management (in collaboration with Mitacs Step)
Tuesday, 2 February 2016 – 9:00am to 5:00pm
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SCARL III: Two Group Comparisons and Beyond
In this statistics session, there will be a detailed discussion and demonstration of how to compare data from two groups or conditions. From this common type of analysis, we generalize to comparisons of more than two groups. Covers t-tests, analysis of variance (ANOVA) and more.
Wednesday, 3 February 2016 – 10:00am to 12:30pm
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Setting and Maintaining Good Boundaries (in collaboration with the UBC Life & Career Centre)
This seminar is designed for graduate students who are experiencing stress because of the challenge of managing many demands, and need to practice setting boundaries around their time and space.
Thursday, 4 February 2016 – 9:30am to 12:30pm
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PhDs Go Public Research Talk Series – Public Scholars Initiative Event #2: Innovation for Public Good
Brief description: Innovation is important; so is the public good. But how do they go together? PhD students from UBC’s Public Scholars Initiative share their projects, and innovation experts offer their insights.
February 4th; 6:30 – 8:30 PM. For further information and to register, visit

January is Sexual Assault Awareness Month at UBC. Visit for events and other information.

Reach out. Help prevent suicide. Reaching out early and preventing suicide requires everyone’s help. Show your support for suicide awareness and prevention: wear orange on Suicide Awareness Day, Jan 27th:

Thank you,

Jacqui Brinkman
Manager, Graduate Pathways to Success Program | Office of the Dean | Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
Phone 604 827 4578 | Fax 604 822 5802
170 – 6371 Crescent Road | Vancouver, BC  Canada V6T 1Z2 |

Mental health services and suicide prevention strategies for Indigenous people

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This issue will focus on solutions rather than problems encountered by Indigenous people. It is widely accepted that Indigenous people face significant barriers in seeking help and accessing mental health and social and emotional wellbeing services. Suicide rates for Indigenous people are of grave concern, being twice that of other Australians. In addition, the pervasive nature of high psychological distress levels in the community has resulted in Indigenous suicide becoming a public health problem. At this moment in time the greatest need is to highlight service models, programs and strategies that have the potential to make a difference to the current landscape.We are looking for research articles, case studies and reviews of such services and models for this issue with the aim of providing a foundation on which to develop result oriented, transferable and sustainable public health programs.Preference will be given to co-authored papers between Indigenous and non Indigenous people, specifically addressing possible solutions rather than repeating the problem.

Abstracts – due: 1 April 2015 to the coordinating editor:
Abstracts should clearly state:

  • What is already known about the topic?
  • What this paper adds?

Manuscript submissions – due 1 June 2015

Authors should follow guidelines available at:


more information here