Provincial Outreach Program for Students with Deafblindness

Annual District Partners' Conference

Each year, the Provincial Outreach Program for Students with Deafblindness holds a District Partners' Conference. Guest presenters are leaders in research and practice in the field of Deafblindness.

2019 / 2020 Annual District Partners' Conference: 

Trauma and Attachment in Individuals Experiencing Deafblindness

with Kim Barthel

Dates: March 9 & 10, 2020


In this two day conference, Kim will help us gain an appreciation of what is trauma and its effect on the whole person. The dual sensory loss of deafblindness can be viewed as contributing to a profound impact on overall human development affecting social, emotional, spiritual, behavioural, physical and cognitive functioning. Kim will help us learn how to understand and support our student who have deafblindness and have experienced trauma so that we have a positive impact on their lives. 

About Kim Barthel:

Kim Barthel, OTR is a mental health occupational therapist and co-author of the book "Conversations with a Rattlesnake." Kim has a gift of putting complex information into normal-speak, maing sense of neurobiology, attachment, developmental disorders and healing. Theo Fleury calls her "the Wayne Gretzky of Therapy and probably the best speaker I've ever hear," and she is passionate about this topic because of the impact this information has on creating change. For more on Kim, please see her website: Kim Barthel

C.A.R.T. or ASL Interpreter Service is Available on Request. Indicate in registration. 


Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport
8181 Cambie Road
Richmond BC V6X 3X9
Tel: 604.276.8181

*Complimentary Shuttle access from YVR Airport

Registration Cost:

$300 covers both days
*Includes speaker fees, meeting space costs
*No price reduction for one day attendance
*Includes breakfast, snacks, and lunch for 2 days
*Complimentary parking at Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport for overnight guests and meeting attendees. Register vehicle on arrival or use registration link that will be provided near conference date. 

Register through Richmond Continuing Education

For a detailed flyer, please download this document: Conference Flyer