Category: Child and Youth Care

*Updated! Vikki Reynolds joins the Keynote Lineup for 2018 Conference

*Updated! Vikki Reynolds joins the Keynote Lineup for 2018 Conference

The Child and Youth Care Association of BC (CYCABC) is pleased to announce that acclaimed speaker, Vikki Reynolds (PhD Social Science, Tilburg University), will be joining us at the 2018 International & Canadian National CYC Conference as a keynote speaker.

Beloved trainer, speaker and consultant hailing from Vancouver, BC – Vikki lives and works on the traditional and unceded territories of the Coast Salish – (xʷməθkwəy̓əm [Musqueam], Sḵwx̱wú7mesh [Squamish], and Səl̓ílwətaʔ [Tsleil-Waututh] – nations).

Vicarious resistance: Inspiring HOPE as an ethical position

Vikki will differentiate Vicarious trauma & Burn Out from the spiritual and ethical pain that our work engenders when we are unable to provide dignity and social justice with the people we want to be useful to. We’ll look at our solidarity and ‘shouldering each other up’ in dark times immersed in mean spirited politics and neo-liberalism. Vikki will invite us to consider the transformations our work and the people we work alongside co-create. We’ll explore our relationship to a believed-in hope, and resisting charitable and patronizing self-care prescriptions to workers. We will also consider a frame for Resisting Burn out that holds clients at the centre, based on how we treat people, and resist pathologizing ourselves and other workers as mentally ill and deficient…and that’s going to bring us to The Zone of Fabulousness…

Vikki’s Bio 

Vikki Reynolds PhD RCC is an activist/therapist who works to bridge the worlds of social justice activism with community work & therapy. Vikki is a white settler of Irish, Newfoundland and English folks, and a heterosexual woman with cisgender privilege. Her experience includes supervision and therapy with refugees and survivors of torture, sexualized violence counsellors, mental health and substance misuse counsellors, housing and shelter workers, activists and working alongside gender and sexually diverse communities. Vikki is an Adjunct Professor and has written and presented internationally on the subjects of resistance to ‘trauma’, ally work, justice-doing, a supervision of solidarity, ethics, and innovative group work. Vikki’s articles and keynotes are available free on her website: 

To learn more about the Transitions and Transformations Conference May 2-4th in Richmond BC and to register, check out the registration page 

2018 Conference Proposals: Deadline Extended to Nov 30!

2018 Conference Proposals: Deadline Extended to Nov 30!

Great news for Child and Youth Care folks from across the province, across the nation and across the globe!

We have extended our 2018 Conference Call for Proposals to Thursday, November 30, 2017!

We will be promoting the following themes for our May 2018 Conference and would invite interactive and engaging workshop proposals that include:

For further information, please connect with us by e-mail:

We eagerly anticipate welcoming the world to Vancouver, BC, Canada for our 2018 Child and Youth Care Conference! 

– from the 2017-18 CYCABC Board

AGM 2017: May 5

AGM 2017: May 5

Join the CYCABC for a full day of learning and workshops!

Fri. May 5 @ Douglas College Coquitlam Campus (1250 Pinetree Way)

The CYCABC has invited corporate members to share some of the expertise and work being done in their organizations. This a great opportunity to connect with other practitioners agencies and employers.

Workshops include:

Complex Trauma Framework within Residential Services- A Collaboration with CTR and STLEO
Christina Cabrera, Program Coordinator, St Leonard’s
Fred Chou, M.A., CCC, Complex Trauma Resources
Jennifer Hanrahan, Director of Operations and Residential Services – St.Leonard’s

From Housing to Caring – A historical perspective of child and youth care services
Christopher Burt, MA in Counselling Psychology, Clinical Director at Hollyburn Family Services
John Taylor. Ph.D. (R.Psych.) Consulting psychologist to Hollyburn Family Services

Mobilizing Community Voice
Rebecca Lang, BA in CYC, MSW, Director of Programs & Services Federation of Community Social Services of BC

Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre and Complex Care Unit
Alison Bergum, MSW -Program Coordinator, Maples

Lunch and snacks provided.

End the day with a quick AGM to learn about what the CYCABC is planning for the next year, get an exclusive update on the 2018 National and International Conference.

Lunch and Learn Feb. 17

Lunch and Learn Feb. 17

Join the Child and Youth Care Association of BC for a special ‘Brown Bag Lunch & Learn’ on Friday February 17th.

Creating Evidence Based Change Through a Trauma Informed Lens: Translating Principles into Practice

Sue Hunt, BA CYC will share her experience and learning from a recent research project and indepth service review of a local Provincial Organzation.

Self Care Toolkit

Experienced CYC Practitioner Maureen Thompson, BA CYC will share some wisdom about how to take care of ourselves so we can take care of others. Recent events in her workplace highlighted the importance of this for herself and colleagues.

For tickets and more info, check out, please sign up through Eventbrite: