FREE Webinar: Working with Individuals with Mental Health Issues: An Employment Perspective – Part I

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 2, 12:00pm – 1:00pm PST


  • Mariella Bozzer, Coordinator, Gastown Vocational Services
  • Dr. Sarah-Jane Meachen, Clinical Psychologist, Gastown Vocational Services

The first of the three webinars will provide a framework for employment and career practitioners to be more effective in helping individuals with mental health conditions obtain and maintain employment. The speakers will set the stage by discussing the prevalence of mental health issues in Canada and their impact on individuals, employers, and the economy. Dr. Sarah-Jane Meachen will provide an overview of common mental health disorders as well as some common interventions for them. Mariella Bozzer will introduce the recovery philosophy and key principles of psychosocial rehabilitation in the area of supported employment.

The objective of this webinar is to develop a better understanding of the crucial ingredients of supporting individuals with mental health issues in the vocational rehabilitation process in order to promote positive outcomes.

Are you BC CCDP certified? Participation in this webinar can be claimed for Continuing Education Credits for recertification.

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Mariella Bozzer is a Registered Occupational Therapist and the Coordinator of Gastown Vocational Services (GVS), a specialized service offered through Vancouver Coastal Health that assists individuals with mental health conditions to reach their employment and educational goals. In addition to leading the team at GVS, Mariella has been a Clinical Associate Professor at the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of British Columbia for over 30 years.

Prior to her time at GVS, Mariella worked with individuals with mental health concerns as an Occupational Therapist and Case Manager in both the private and public sector. Mariella’s 35 years of experience working with specialized disability client groups in career development and case management have made her an expert in the vocational rehabilitation field, as well as in the principles of psycho-social rehabilitation.

Dr. Sarah-Jane Meachen is a Clinical Psychologist with a Specialization in Neuropsychology. Awarded her Ph.D. from Wayne State University in Michigan in 2011, Dr. Meachen has won multiple awards and grants in her career. Her research has been published in esteemed peer-reviewed scientific journals and presented internationally at conferences. She is currently registered as a psychologist in Alberta and is in the process of obtaining her licensure in B.C.

As a full-time Registered Psychologist at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in Edmonton for the past three years, Dr. Meachen brought her expertise in neuropsychological assessment and intervention to individuals with acquired brain injury, dementia, and psychiatric conditions. Having recently returned to British Columbia, Dr. Meachen now brings her expertise in clinical neuropsychology and her background in rehabilitation to GVS.