VWHC has presented the following workshops for dozens of organizations throughout the Lower Mainland to hundreds of women of many different ages and cultural backgrounds. VWHC’s workshops are interactive and fun, and the content can be adapted in many ways to meet the needs of each particular group of women. The workshops can be conducted in a wide range of community settings.
Please contact us if you are interested in scheduling a workshop for your group!
Women’s rights in the healthcare system (formerly Patient’s rights)
Many women do not know that we have rights in the health care system. As patients, we do have legal rights that are based on Canadian laws and court decisions. Exercising these rights can be a difficult process that involves gaining information, self-advocacy skills, and confidence. For a number of years, the VWHC has presented the Women’s Rights Workshop (formerly known as Patient’s Rights) in community settings throughout the Lower Mainland for women who face barriers to accessing quality health care, including immigrant and Aboriginal women. Specific topics covered in the workshop include:
- Personal definitions of women’s physical, social, spiritual and emotional health
- Overview of the Medical Services Plan, the public health care system, and First Nations and Inuit Health (if appropriate)
- Finding a new doctor and where to go for care
- Women’s rights in the health care system and how to be a good self-advocate – and an advocate for other women
- Overview of resources available at the VWHC’s Resource Centre
Go Figure! A Workshop on Body Image for Young Women
Young women are bombarded daily by messages on how we should look – and how we should feel about ourselves if we don’t fit a particular mold. In this workshop for young women ages 13-15, the VWHC uses games, role plays and discussion to cover topics including:
- What is body image
- What beauty is and how ideas of beauty have changed over time and across cultures
- How young women can build respect for ourselves and for each other
Think Your Way to Healthy
Learn how your thinking affects your emotions and behaviours. Through meditation, grounding, and other exercises, you will gain more self-awareness and the ability to identify patterned thoughts that may be standing in the way of your mental, emotional, and physical health. Learn how to restructure the distorted thinking that leads to unhealthy eating patterns and emotional and compulsive eating behaviours – for good! These cognitive-behavioural strategies can also be applied to many areas of your life!