Category Archives: School of Health, Community & Social Justice

Centre for Leadership Justice Institute of British Columbia School of Health, Community & Social Justice

Be the one inspiring your team

August 10, 2016 - Vancouver, BC - Photos for JIBC. Photos by Jimmy Jeong

Christine Dunsworth, manager of sales for Whitecaps FC 2, says the leadership training she received at JIBC will help get her team to the next level. (Story by Wanda Chow / Photo by Jimmy Jeong)


Fan. Avid soccer player. Sales professional.

For Christine Dunsworth, it was a natural fit when she was first hired as a group sales representative for Vancouver Whitecaps FC during its inaugural Major League Soccer season. Three-and-a-half years into her tenure, she was promoted to manager of ticketing for a new property, Whitecaps FC 2 of the United Soccer League, which was gearing up for its first season.

That’s when she had her first moment of self-doubt.

“I felt honoured that my directors believed in me enough to give me the responsibility of overseeing all sales for a brand new property, but was terrified because I had never supervised a team and we had so little time to pull it off,” Christine said.

She needn’t have worried. In her first year in the role, she was pleasantly surprised to find she had enough experience and know-how to implement and execute successful programs, resulting in her team creating a solid foundation to build upon.

But Christine still wanted some formal training to support her managerial efforts. That’s where the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) came in.

“As our JIBC instructor says, most people get promoted because they were good in their previous role, not because of their leadership abilities,” she said. “I know my job and what my team has to do to be successful, but I knew that I could use some training to help get our team to the next level.”

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Centre for Counselling & Community Safety Justice Institute of British Columbia

Be the one rebuilding lives

Jana Jesson manages a child sexual abuse intervention program. She credits her education at JIBC with giving her effective tools to help empower her clients as they rebuild their lives. (Story by Wanda Chow / Photo by Jimmy Jeong)


Clinical counsellor Jana Jesson helps trauma survivors rebuild their lives one step at a time.

It was while studying at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC), learning how to use guided imagery exercises with survivors of trauma, that Jana recognized the technique could be useful for one of her clients.

“With my instructor’s guidance, I created an exercise that made such a difference for my client in terms of her being able to ground herself when she was becoming triggered or anxious. Eventually she was able to take that exercise and translate it into her own daily routine.”

She discovered earlier a passion for working with trauma survivors while completing a master’s degree in counselling psychology. It’s that sort of reward – seeing clients emerge better able to deal with past trauma with less anxiety and distress – that led Jana to her current role managing the Sexual Abuse Intervention Program based out of the North Delta office of the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC.

It was her managers there that suggested she take the two-year Graduate Certificate in Complex Trauma and Child Sexual Abuse Intervention at JIBC.

“The JIBC program is very well known in my field and given that my job title is working with children and youth specifically, they thought the child sexual abuse prevention part of the JIBC program would be important for me to have in addition to my training.“

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Centre for Aboriginal Programs & Services Justice Institute of British Columbia Office of Indigenization

JIBC staff and faculty gain lifelong learning opportunities working with Aboriginal students

2016 NAD CollageAn Aboriginal hoop dancer performs at National Aboriginal Day celebrations held at the Justice Institute of British Columbia recently. JIBC staff and faculty marked the occasion by recounting personal and professional lessons they learned from working with Aboriginal students and communities. (Photos by Richard Chu / Story by Wanda Chow)


When it comes to working with Aboriginal students and communities, staff and faculty at Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) find the lessons go both ways.

That was the common theme among speakers at this year’s National Aboriginal Day event held June 21 in JIBC’s recently-opened Aboriginal Gathering Place at the New Westminster Campus.

“National Aboriginal Day is always a special occasion at JIBC,” said Dr. Jeffrey Schiffer, Director of the Office of Indigenization. “This year, we decided it was a great opportunity to share some of the ways the education we’re providing is helping to build capacity within Aboriginal communities, and strengthen relationships in the spirit of truth and reconciliation.”

Bridget Malcom, JIBC’s Aboriginal Student Recruiter & Advisor, shared her story of how her work at the Institute has put her in touch with her own Aboriginal heritage. Growing up, she lived with her father in New Westminster, with little awareness of her mother’s Aboriginal culture. After working at JIBC planning events and ceremonies with local First Nations and their Elders as part of her role, Malcom said there’s been no shortage of opportunities to learn more about her Aboriginal roots. She notes that exposure to her cultural heritage has only enhanced her work and commitment to assist JIBC Aboriginal learners. read more »

Centre for Leadership School of Health, Community & Social Justice

JIBC leadership course takes leadership training to the next level


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Ever since Paul Ferguson decided to take his first course at JIBC in 2014, he hasn’t stopped learning. In June 2015, he graduated with JIBC’s Associate Certificate in Leadership and Conflict Resolution, and he is furthering his education to complete the Certificate in Applied Leadership.

“I enjoyed the courses so much, I just want to continue,” he said. “I didn’t stop and I fully intend to continue and come back to learn more.”

An important component of the Certificate in Applied Leadership is a new Leadership Simulation Capstone course, which Paul completed in the spring. This immersive learning experience is unique for leadership training programs. Offered only at JIBC, the capstone courses gives students the opportunity to apply, in real-time, the leadership theory and skills they’ve gained.

“This is a high energy, fun, engaging and deep-learning experience,” said Georganne Oldham, one of JIBC’s respected leadership instructors and a co-developer of the capstone course. read more »

Paramedic Academy School of Health, Community & Social Justice

Training that makes a difference: UBC medical student puts her JIBC paramedic training to work in Africa


This past summer, Tika Okuda spent five weeks in an African country helping to support a local organization providing community health care and education for local health care workers.

A JIBC Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) graduate who is now a second year medical student at UBC, Tika was part of a team that had the opportunity to explore ways to improve hand hygiene in the community, teach community health care workers, and shadow medical professionals in two local hospitals.

She recently shared a story illustrating the value of her paramedic training when she had to help a nurse during the birth of a newborn in a local hospital.

“Since our return, I have been considering the benefits of my paramedic training, and I wanted to acknowledge the amazing instructors that helped build my practical first aid skills and my personal confidence. read more »

Centre for Counselling & Community Safety School of Health, Community & Social Justice

Mental health specialist broadens his scope of practice with leading-edge training from JIBC

2015_07JULY3_AFOT_WadeAlexander650x300Recognizing a need enhance his knowledge and skills to further support his clients, Wade Alexander completed two JIBC certificate programs that have taken his practice to a new level. (Photo and story by Richard Chu)


Wade Alexander is a registered nurse and a mental health specialist currently employed with the Kamloops Parole office in the Correctional Service of Canada. A couple years ago, he was looking to broaden his scope of practice to counsel federal parolees with trauma and substance abuse issues. He decided to take JIBC’s unique Aboriginal Focusing-Oriented Therapy and Complex Trauma (AFOT) Certificate and the Institute’s Substance Use Certificate to further his ability to help his clients.

“Both programs have had a major impact on my practice,” he said. “For a long time, there has been a need to address complex trauma and substance abuse, and both of these programs have been very useful in addressing both issues. In fact, we developed a new healing intervention as a result of my completion of both certificates.”

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Centre for Counselling & Community Safety School of Health, Community & Social Justice

JIBC graduates gain the tools to help co-workers manage critical incident stress

Christi Gamble, JIBC CISM graduateChrysti Gamble completed JIBC’s Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Program and gained the information and best practices to create CISM teams to support staff when needed in the workplace. (Photo and story by Richard Chu)


As a Senior Safety Advisor at SkyTrain, Chrysti Gamble is focused on supporting the health and safety of staff and customers using the Lower Mainland’s rapid transit system. In 2013, she teamed up with a union employee, Michelle Laurier, to take JIBC’s Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Program, which is designed for frontline and management staff to support individuals dealing with the immediate consequences of a traumatic event.

“We are always looking to improve the wellness and safety of our staff,” said Gamble. “We talked about putting together a peer critical incident stress management team, so we teamed up to take the JIBC program.”

They were taught by leading experts in the field, Bruce Ramsay and Dr. Laurie Pearce. “They have so much knowledge and real-world experience, so we learned a lot.” read more »

Centre for Professional Health Education Health Sciences Division Paramedic Academy

JIBC students, staff and faculty support CPR training throughout B.C.

2015_02FEB_ChilliwackCPR4LIFE-650x300smPrimary Care Paramedic students in Chilliwack showed people of all ages how to do CPR as part of Heart Month in February. (Submitted photo; story by Richard Chu)


For Heart Month in February, students, staff and faculty from the Health Sciences Division (HSD) at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) helped people of all ages learn about the life-saving value of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

The public engagement included teaching people how to perform CPR on people in a critical cardiac emergency, and was in support of a friendly challenge from the Vancouver Fire Fighters Community CPR Program as part of its CPR4LIFE campaign.

The activities by HSD participants to build awareness of the value of CPR and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) were varied throughout the province. read more »