Webinar 46 Championing Our Work with the Core Competencies*

Open to the Public
Vicky Huehn, John Higgenbottam & Regina Casey
BC PSR Advanced Practice

Watch the archived webinar HERE. 

Welcome back to the PSR Advanced Practice webinar series! 

We are very pleased to invite you to our first webinar following our fall hiatis. The topic of this webinar is one that is integral to our work in Recovery-Oriented PSR practice!

This webinar production is brought to you in collaboration with PSR Canada. We will be sharing some new and exciting changes in mental health education and practice.

In September 2017, PSR Canada launched a revision of the Core Competencies of Practice for Canadian Recovery-Oriented Psychosocial Rehabilitation Practitioners. The Competencies are used to evaluate performance for organizations and staff practicing with a Recovery-Orientation. Read more about the Core Competencies HERE. 

The new updated 2017 Core Competencies include the following:
          A.   Diversity and Inclusion
          B.   Professional Skills
          C.   Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR), Supporting Practices and Recovery Oriented Services
          D.   Equity and Social Participation
          E.    Facilitating Change and Providing Leadership

As with the previous edition of our competencies (2013) each competency has its own identified set of performance indicators. 

Welcome to Vicky Huehn (CEO of PSR Canada), who will join us as a presenter!
Vicky will begin the webinar, by inviting us to champion PSR and recovery within our individual organizations through obtaining the  Certified Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Practitioners (CPRRP) designation–the first of it's kind in CanadaTo learn more about CPRRP, see the
 PSR Canada website.


Learning Objectives
1) To review changes in Registration for Canadian PSR Practitioners 
2) To review the updated (2017) Canadian PSR Competencies  
3)  To consider how these changes can influence mental health practice in Canada 


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Presenter Bios: 

Vicky Huehn
Vicky was the CEO/President of Frontenac Community Mental Health and Addiction Services (FCMHAS) from 1982 - 2015.  

She developed the agency from a single service of supportive affordable housing as its sole volunteer to a complex, multifarious organization which includes a variety of intensive services with over two hundred staff members serving 3,000 clients. Under her guidance, FCMHAS received the Service of Excellence in 2007 from the Ontario Non-profit Housing Association.

She holds an honours degree in psychology, a Master of Public Administration and is a Certified Health Executive. She is involved in federal, provincial and local initiatives of service development and planning including the Mental Health Commission of Canada.  She sat on the Ontario Minister of Health and Long Term Care's Advisory Committee for the development of the ten-year Mental Health and Addictions Strategy. She was the co-lead of the national study on housing with supports - Turning the Key - a report of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC).  She spent five years on the Service Systems Advisory Committee of the MHCC.  She is a board member of the World Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation.

She has been given the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal by the City of Kingston and the Rotary Cub Paul Harris Fellow award for her work. 


John Higenbottam
Dr. John Higenbottam is a clinical psychologist who has held senior clinical management positions in British Columbia   including Vice President, Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre, and Vice President, Riverview Hospital.

John currently is a health care consultant as well as Manager, Instructor in the Graduate Diploma Program in PSR, Douglas College, New Westminster, BC as well as  Clinical Associate Professor, in the Department of Psychiatry, UBC.

John is also a Director and Treasurer, PSR/RPS Canada and Co-Chair, Canadian Alliance for Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) which is Canada’s major alliance of 18 mental health professional and stakeholder organizations. 

John’s major clinical and research interests are in developing, implementing and evaluating effective; recovery orientated mental health systems and services.


Regina Casey
Dr. Regina Casey coordinates the psychosocial rehabilitation graduate program at Douglas College and manages the BC Advanced Practice website for mental health practice knowledge decimation (psyrehab.ca). She is a Clinical Assoc. prof at UBC in the school of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and has worked in MH practice for over 2 decades. Her current research Interests include-  understanding how to implement Recovery-oriented PSR practice in Canada and how to integrate Social Business and recovery-oriented self-directed care approaches in low and middle-income settings.