Indigenous Cultural Safety Workshop

The College is pleased to announce our Fall workshop on the topic of Indigenous Cultural Safety.  This half-day workshop was envisioned and recommended to the Quality Assurance Committee by the College’s Indigenous Cultural Competency Taskforce.

Workshop Objectives:

The workshop is designed to support our registrants in understanding key aspects of providing psychological services to Indigenous peoples.  Following completion of this workshop, participants should have increased knowledge and understanding of:

  • Social determinants of the health of Indigenous peoples;
  • Anti-Indigenous racism in health care;
  • Ways in which racism in health care can be addressed;
  • The therapeutic alliance and key themes present in Indigenous-settler relations; and
  • Destructive relational patterns and ways to protect the integrity of the therapeutic relationship with Indigenous clients.


 9:00 to 9:15  Welcome & Introductions – Dr. Henry Harder, R.Psych.
 9:15 to 10:15 “Racism in Health Care” – Dr. Charlotte Loppie
 10:15 to 10:30  Break
 10:30 to 11:30 “Treatment Implications when Working with Indigenous Peoples” — Dr. Alanaise Goodwill, R.Psych.
 11:30 to 12:00 Discussion and Closing – Dr. Henry Harder, R.Psych.


September 26, 2018
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
1133 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC    V6E 3T3


Please note that there will not be a live stream.  We will be working on a recorded version of the presentation to offer online in future.



Henry Harder, Ed.D., R.Psych.

Dr. Harder is an Indigenous Scholar, Professor and past Chair of the School of Health Sciences at the University of Northern British Columbia. He is currently the Dr. Donald B. Rix BC Leadership Chair in Aboriginal Environmental Health and a registered psychologist.

He has been in the fields of mental health, rehabilitation and disability management for over 30 years. His research interests are in Indigenous health, disability issues, workplace mental health, and suicide prevention. He is a Canadian Institutes of Health Research funded scholar and a published author. He’s made presentations and conducted workshops throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia.

Charlotte Loppie, Ph.D.

Dr. Loppie (Mi’kmaq/ Acadian)  is a Professor in the School of Public Health and Social Policy and past Director (2012-2018) of the Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement (CIRCLE), University of Victoria.

Over the past 23 years, Dr. Loppie has undertaken community-based research in the areas of: Indigenous health (e.g. HIV/AIDS, cancer, diabetes) , social determinants of Indigenous health, as well as racism and cultural safety. She has also been actively involved in work that aims to facilitate and support research capacity development and leadership among Indigenous communities and students.

Alanaise Goodwill, Ph.D., R.Psych.

Dr. Goodwill is a registered psychologist and a member of the Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation in Manitoba. She is an assistant professor of Counselling Psychology at Simon Fraser University and has a private practice in Sto:lo territory. Her research engages Indigenous approaches to well-being, Indigenous languages, and qualitative methods. Her clinical work addresses developmental and complex trauma, specializing in working with First Nations clients who engage in traditional healing practices.


Completion of the workshop counts for 3 hours in Category A (Direct, Participatory, Formal Programs).  Registrants are responsible for keeping track of their own continuing competency activities and should log these hours upon completion.

Sign Up Now