Facilitators

SafeCare BC offers a range of workshops that we invite contract facilitators to apply for, including:

  • Provincial Violence Prevention Curriculum (PVPC)
  • Safe Resident Handling
  • Safe Client Handling
  • Gentle Persuasive Approaches Basic (GPA)

Why Become a Facilitator?

There are several benefits to becoming a facilitator for SafeCare BC including:

  • Helping empower those working in the continuing care sector to create safer, healthier workplaces by fostering a culture of safety
  • Advancing your skills in facilitation, leadership, and public speaking
  • Staying current with industry trends, content and professional development
  • Having an opportunity to access additional training opportunities that may arise through SafeCare BC

Interested?

We are interested in candidates that have:

  • Previous facilitation or teaching experience
  • Strong communication skills
  • Worked in healthcare for more than three years
  • Received formal recommendation and support from current management and employer

If you are interested in being one of our facilitators, we want to hear from you. Contact us at info@safecarebc.ca for more information.

Q&A with Clemens Braun

 

Q: How long have you been facilitating SafeCare BC workshops? 

A: Since September 2016

 

Q: What do you like most about teaching?

A: I love the moments during a workshop when participants have an “aha moment”. It becomes obvious that the participants are understanding a concept or have learned a new skill.

 

Q: Why are you passionate about SafeCare BC programs and workshops?

A: I believe strongly that workers have a right to be safe at work and Safe Care BC helps achieve this.

 

Q: How would you describe your teaching style?

A: When I teach, I try to encourage participation and discussion rather than lecturing.

 

Q: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

A: I get inspired by workshops. At the end, participants come to me and let me know that they have learned new skills and concepts, which will help them be safer at work.

 

Q: What do you hope participants get out of your workshops?

A: Of course, I want them to learn new skills and concepts related to their work, but I also hope they learn skills that will help them in everyday life, such as respectful communication and giving feedback.

 

Q: Is there an expectation that participants share knowledge they get from the workshop?

A: Yes, I hope that the participants share what they have learnt with their co-workers. This is especially true for the Safe Resident/Client Handling Peer Coach workshops.

 

Q: When not facilitating what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

A: I enjoy hiking, gardening, playing soccer, cooking, and travel

 

Q&A with Sue Higginbotham

 

Q: How long have you been facilitating SafeCare BC workshops?

A: I have been facilitating violence prevention workshops since 2016, when I retired from my job as a Nurse Manager. I have been a nurse for over 40 years in two countries and saw a lot of violent incidents in my time.

Q: What do you like most about teaching?

A: I enjoy the experiences that people bring to the workshops. I love the synergy that happens when health care staff get together away from the workplace and have the time and opportunity to reflect on the way things are being done.

 

Q: Why are you passionate about the SafeCare BC programs and workshops?

A: Since the beginning of my career, I became interested in people who tried to hurt the people caring for them. I always knew that the causes were multifactoral and needed a diverse set of responses. I didn’t like how often care staff felt alone in trying to deal with this issue, and in many cases came to believe that being scratched, kicked, bitten and hit was part of their job. As a nurse manager, I made sure that I stood with the staff in trying to limit and deal with this behaviour.

 

Q: How would you describe your teaching style?

A: It is important to me to create a place of safety in the workshop, which allows for the telling of authentic stories and a chance to reflect on how some things might be done differently.

 

Q: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

A: I knew that education was key to make sense of the violence that care workers face. I am grateful for the work being done by Safecare BC and for the opportunity to facilitate the Provincial Violence Prevention Curriculum, which presents staff with a standardized approach to Clients who exhibit violent behaviour.

 

Q: What do you hope participants get out of your workshops?

A: It is always my hope that participants will take away something they can try out in practice, leave with more confidence in their ability to handle violent situations and with an assertiveness that allows them to evaluate and suggest creative solutions to current practice.