PLDI Honors the leadership of the past; Values the leadership here today & Inspires leadership for our future.
The Positive Leadership Development Institute (PLDI) exists with the purpose of supporting people who are living with HIV/AIDS realize their leadership potential and increase their capacity to participate meaningfully in community life. The Ontario AIDS Network (OAN) mentored PAN in developing these training modules. Beginning in 2017 PAN & the OAN partnered with COCQ-SIDA to deliver, for the first time ever, PLDI in French. All three agencies now work collaboratively to create a national network of informed and empowered PLHIV leaders in our aligned efforts to embody the GIPA/MIPA and Nothing About Us, Without US principles throughout everything we do.
PLDI is a three module leadership program:
- (Module 1) Core Leadership Training – Who am I as a leader?
- (Module 2) Communication Skills Training
- (Module 3) Bored? Get on Board! Training (Board governance skills)
- (Pilot Module) Mental Health First Aid (At this time only offered only in BC)
Core Leadership Module 1 training is a prerequisite for all other modules and PLDI alumni events. Once you have completed the Core Leadership training you may take the Bored? Get on Board! training or the Communication Skills training in any order you wish. Mental Health First Aid is an advanced leadership opportunity, as such graduates with two modules, /or extensive community or front line peer work experience will be given preference.
The Pacific AIDS Network is hosting our 2nd PLDI – Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training, March 15 – 17, 2019 at the Vancouver Airport Marriott, in Richmond BC.
Mental Health First Aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem, experiencing the worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. Just like physical first aid is provided until medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate support is found or until the crisis is resolved.
More about Mental Health First Aid
What is Mental Health First Aid?
Mental Health First Aid is a training course designed to give members of the public the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it builds mental health literacy, decreases stigmatizing attitudes, and helps individuals identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness.
Canadian statistics show that one in five Canadians will experience a mental health problem this year. MHFA is an interactive workshop that teaches participants to recognize the signs that a person may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis and how to provide initial help and guide the person to appropriate professional resources.
How MHFA helps
Mental Health First Aid:
- Engages confidently where a person may be a danger to themselves or others.
- Provides help to prevent the mental health problem from developing into a more serious state.
- Promotes the recovery of good mental health.
- Provides comfort to a person experiencing a mental health problem.
The Basic (12 hours) course addresses four of the most common and most stigmatized mental health disorders and includes signs/symptoms, risk factors, and crisis first aid for specific situations:
- Substance-Related Disorders
- Crisis First Aid for Overdose
- Mood-Related Disorders
- Crisis First Aid for Suicidal Behaviour
- Anxiety and Trauma-related Disorders
- Crisis First Aid for Panic Attack
- Crisis First Aid for Acute Stress Reaction
- Psychotic Disorders
- Crisis First Aid for Psychotic Episode
MHFA does not teach participants to become therapists or counsellors. MHFA while beneficial to all Canadians, is not a self-help course for personal problem solving. Rather the course provides the skills, knowledge, and attitudes allowing participants to offer effective first aid intervention to others.
An important component of Mental Health First Aid training is the opportunity to practice the intervention strategy rather than to just learn about it. This simple experience can make it easier to apply the knowledge in a real-life situation.
In addition to crisis interventions, participants learn how to have confident and effective conversations about mental health, regardless of whether someone is in crisis or not. This includes recognizing the signs and symptoms of an emerging mental health problem, or noticing a change in someone’s behaviour and starting a conversation with that person.
For more information and to apply, please visit the PLDI MHFA page by Clicking Here!
Communication Skills Training February 1 – 3, 2019 in Richmond.
PAN will be hosting a Positive Leadership Development Institute (PLDI) – Communication Skills Module 2 training from February 1st to the 3rd, 2019, at the Vancouver Airport Marriott, in Richmond BC. This Module 2 training is a skills development opportunity for those who have already taken Core Leadership Module 1 training at Loon Lake or at Silver Star Resort, in Vernon.
The Communication Skills Training will explore the following topics through presentations, group work and discussions in a supportive environment:
- 5 practices & 10 Commitments
- Structured Feedback
- Effective Meetings
- Active Listening
- Dealing with Difficult Situations & Distracting Behaviors
- Facilitation Skills
- Presentation Skills/Public Speaking
- Practicum – Participants are given the opportunity to develop and deliver a short presentation
Core Leadership Module 1 Training
PAN held its 14th Positive Leadership Development Institute (PLDI) – Core Leadership Training at beautiful Loon Lake, in Maple Ridge BC, November 1 – 4, 2018. The Fall 2018 Core Leadership Module 1 training was a tremendous success with 19 new leaders answering the question “Who I’m I as a Leader?” Kath Webster, Dakota Descoteaux, John Dub and Trainer Assistant Monte Strong inspired this new cohort with their honesty passion and respect.
The Exemplary Leadership qualities of these individuals, who volunteer their time to be active change agents in their own community, is priceless. Thanks to John, Kath, Monte and Dakota for inspiring the leadership of the future. With the support of these strong leaders here in BC, PAN can continue its work to create stronger communities and support our 50+ member organizations. PAN values the leadership of today embodied in 19 the new PLDI Core Leadership Graduates. We will continue to honor the leadership of the past by as well as the pivotal importance and role of people living with HIV (PLHIV), in all of our work.
Core Leadership Module 1 Training
Core Leadership Training seeks to answer the question: “Who am I as a Leader?”
The three main goals of the training are:
- To identify personal values and philosophy
- To develop leadership skills and practices
- To gain community knowledge and awareness
The curriculum objectives are for participants to have the opportunity:
- To understand the 5 principles and 10 commitments of leadership
- To realize individual leadership potential
- To participate in building a network of leaders within the PLHIV community
- To realize the potential and strengths that each individual brings to the network
- To learn about and practice leadership skills in a safe environment
- To inspire others to become leaders
- To encourage participants to take on facilitator and mentoring roles within the community
PAN will host its 15th Core Leadership Module 1 training from June 13 to the 16th, 2019 and our 16th Core Leadership training from October 31, to November 3, 2019 both at Loon Lake. Stay tuned for more information coming in March of 2019!!
Bored? Get on Board!
This training is only open to graduates of the Core Leadership training.
This professional development training is on board governance and includes topics such as:
- Presentations and discussions on the voluntary sector in Canada
- Board accountability and responsibilities
- Board governance models
- Dealing with difficult situations
- Financial management
- Understanding committee structures and purpose
- Understanding potential conflicts of interest
The next Board Governance training will not be until February of 2020. Applications for Bored? Get on Board will be accepted Starting November in 2019!
We greatly appreciate the vision of our government funders and their ongoing commitment to supporting the work of the Pacific AIDS Network. In particular we gratefully acknowledge the Public Health Agency of Canada – HIV and Hepatitis C Community Action Fund. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Public Health Agency of Canada.