Tri-RAC Presentations


Tri-RAC is Fraser Health Authority’s Tri-Regional Addictions Committee meeting. Now held twice a year, the day-long conference is a chance for the 80 or so contracted and internal substance use service programs funded by Fraser Health to get together from the three regions (North, South, East).

Impact’s Executive Director, Brian Gross, joined the planning working group in 2017 and has helped to develop and deliver elements of the conference ever since (and also has presented, especially about YAKE, prior to 2017).

November 27, 2018

At this Tri-RAC, Impact Executive Director, Brian Gross, showed a video called “Meaninglessness” that touched on his own lived experience of “being a liar.” The video also reflected on a way of defining truth, called “Functional Contextualism,” that may be a helpful and useful tool for reframing what might be called “dubious content” that substance use clients might present to professionals: “The truth is that which allows us to function in our context.”

After a presentation from Dan Reist, Assistant Director at the University of Victoria’s Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research, entitled “Reflections on the implications of a humanist approach to substance use in the 21st century,” two Impact youth employees, Jeffrey Luong and April Kortinsky, joined a panel to reflect on the content of Dan’s presentation.

May 3, 2018

At this Tri-RAC, Impact Executive Director, Brian Gross, showed a video of “lived-experience” reflections on having a front-line leadership position in addressing the overdose crisis… while also contending with his lived experience with the AIDS crisis, personal drug use, and the various other aspects of personal life that we all face as we work as professionals.

Along with Jennifer Guitard and Sabine Saskura, two colleagues in Substance Use Services, who are long-time members of YAKE, Brian also convened a discussion about practice considerations around cannabis, particularly with the impending decriminalization of the drug. Some questions they addressed included:

  • What challenges have we faced working with clients who report marijuana (at least for now) as part of their wellness/harm reduction approach?
  • How, if at all, do we see clients deal with shame, secretiveness, and stigma they may experience around their cannabis use?
  • How have we experienced and/or tried to address these potential complicating factors?
  • How may we have engaged with clients in ways that allow them to define their experience of marijuana’s meaning and value – while acknowledging and not overlooking what we know and what we don’t know?
  • What concerns have we had about community perceptions of our practice?

November 23, 2017

At this Tri-RAC meeting, three youth from Impact and three youth from the Last Door youth program were part of a reflecting team, facilitated by Clinical Specialist, Mark Goheen, about youth experiences with Substance Use Services.