Summer Institute 2015

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2015 Summer Institute!

Summer Institute 2015 - Final Program
Youth Panelist Bios

The 6th annual Summer Institute was a two-day event that brought together teachers, school counsellors, school support staff, school administrators, district staff, health care professionals, parents, students and school community partners from districts across BC to exchange knowledge and ideas about improving mental wellness in school communities.

The Summer Institute provides an opportunity for participants to:

  • Exchange knowledge and strategies for fostering school connectedness in classrooms and school communities;
  • Learn from educators, students and families about creating strong networks to actively support children and youth;
  • Improve awareness and understanding of mental health and substance use challenges; and
  • Network with colleagues and partners in mental health and education.

Presentation Slides and Resources

Building School Communities and Resilient Students: Lessons Learned from Recent Science in Social and Emotional Learning 
-Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl
(Video) "Educate the Heart"
(Video) "Gratitude - Moving Art"

Introduction to the WellAhead Social Innovation Lab 
WellAhead Report Back 
-Vani Jain 

It's a Win, WIN!  The Vancouver Technical Secondary School Wellness Initiative
Van Tech Wellness Survey

First Nations Children and Youth: Culture is the Center of Mental Wellness

Safe and Supportive Environments for Youth Voice

(Handout) Stress Management Resource List

Student Led, Harm Reduction, Substance Use Workshop

For more information, contact Michelle Cianfrone at

BC Children's Hospital

This is an agency of Provincial Health Services Authority, providing provincial tertiary mental health services to the citizens of British Columbia. Programs include: Adult Tertiary Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatric Services, Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Women’s Reproductive Mental Health, as well as the Provincial Specialized Eating Disorders Program for children and youth located at the BC Children’s Hospital.

Provincial Health Services Authority

Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) is one of six health authorities – the other five health authorities serve geographic regions of BC.

Ministry of Health

British Columbia Ministry of Health

RBC Children's Mental Health Project

RBC Children’s Mental Health Project is RBC's cornerstone “health and wellness” pillar; RBC Children’s Mental Heath Project is a multi-year philanthropic commitment to support community-based and hospital programs that reduce stigma, provide early intervention and increase public awareness about children’s mental health issues.

BC Children's Hospital Foundation

Through a wide range of fundraising events and opportunities, The BC Children's Hospital Foundation is united with its donors by a single, simple passion - to improve the health and the lives of the young people who enter BC Children's Hospital every day.