Presenter: Frank Cohn, Executive Director, Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture (VAST)
Date: April 28th, 2022
The pandemic has changed the way mental health services are delivered. Care has shifted from the traditional in-person model to virtual online services and many organizations are adopting a hybrid model of service delivery. Virtual therapy offers benefits such as, increased reach and convenience for newcomers who have access to technology and are digitally savvy. However, online care is a limitation for those who lack digital skills and technology. From a service provider perspective, issues of privacy, confidentiality and effectiveness of virtual care are important considerations. Join this webinar to hear the Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture experience with delivering virtual individual therapy and trauma-informed support groups.
Frank Cohn is the Executive Director of the Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture. VAST is British Columbia's (BC) largest centre for refugee and newcomer mental health that provides support to individuals who arrive in BC with psychological trauma and vulnerable status. Frank has more than 25 years’ experience in managing, evaluating, and building capacity for community development and education programs in 22 countries. He is a sessional lecturer in social work and public affairs at multiple universities, and maintains working fluency in six languages. Frank has a Bachelor of Arts in literature and philosophy from the University of British Columbia, and a Masters of Science in social work from Columbia University.