Supporting Prisoners’ Mental Health Conference

On June 2, 2017 the West Coast Prison Justice Society hosted the ‘Supporting Prisoners’ Mental Health – Best Practices and Alternatives to Solitary Confinement’ conference.

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CONFERENCE AGENDA


Welcome

Aline LaFlamme, Métis Elder

Jennifer Metcalfe, Executive Director, Prisoners’ Legal Services

Stephanie Macpherson, Provincial Director, BC Corrections

Anuradha Marisetti, Pacific Regional Deputy Commissioner, Correctional Service of Canada


I. Where We Are Now: International Law, Ethics and Current Policy on Solitary Confinement

Howard Sapers, Independent Advisor on Corrections Reform to the Ontario provincial government and former Correctional Investigator of Canada Mental Health and Segregation in Ontario

Dr. Terry Kupers, Professor Emeritus at The Wright Institute and author of Solitary: The Inside Story of Supermax Isolation and How We Can Abolish It, The Mental Health Effects of Solitary Confinement

Dr. Ruth Elwood Martin, Clinical Professor, University of British Columbia
Canadian Family Physicians and Solitary Confinement


II. Understanding Prisoners with Mental Health Issues

Dr. Diane A. Rothon, Medical Director, BC Corrections
Understanding Addiction: When Caring is Treatment

Dr. Gabor Maté, Best-selling author and retired medical doctor
Prisoners of Childhood: Trauma and Mental Illness in Our Criminal Justice System

Dr. John Livesley, Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia
Treating Personality Disorder and Associated Self-Harming Behaviour


III. Complying with the UN Mandela Rules: Best Practices for Mental Health Care in the Correctional Setting

Panel Discussion

Moderator: Benjamin Goold, Professor, Allard School of Law

Melissa Taylor, A/Executive Director, Regional Treatment Centre – Pacific, Correctional Service Canada

Dr. Maureen Olley, Director of Mental Health, BC Corrections

Dr. Diane A. Rothon, Medical Director, BC Corrections

Aline LaFlamme, Métis Elder

Jennifer Metcalfe, Executive Director, Prisoners’ Legal Services

Closing remarks

Professor Michael Jackson, Q.C., President, West Coast Prison Justice Society and Emeritus Professor of Law, UBC Faculty of Law

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