Friday, December 19, 2014

Therapist Michael Pond to talk addiction at Douglas College

Michael Pond has experienced the darkness of addiction and, through recovery, emerged back into the light.

Once a successful B.C. psychotherapist, Pond lost his career, his home and his family as he struggled with alcoholism.

During his return to sobriety, he learned what it's like to live in an unlicensed recovery home and encountered what he argues is a broken system.

Now sober for five years and running an addiction-focused practice in Vancouver, Pond is sharing his story and calling for change.

In May, he published his memoir, The Couch of Willingness, co-written with Maureen Palmer, his partner and a documentary filmmaker.

On January 19, Pond will visit Douglas College to talk about his journey from professional, to alcoholic and back to professional.

The talk is part of the Douglas College Health Sciences Speaker Series, presented by the Health Sciences Department.

Event details

January 19th
Coquitlam Campus
1250 Pinetree Way
Room A1470
Free and open to public


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Douglas College in the news: December 2014

Want to find out what's making news at Douglas College? Then check out this roundup of recent headlines:

Douglas student helps launch cab-sharing app
BC Business

Former Douglas student a Forty Under 40 winner
Business in Vancouver

Chevron helps Douglas students gas up
Royal City Record

Douglas training mental-health practitioners

You can also find the latest news releases on the Douglas College website.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Douglas College lecture looks at life in the asylum

Join Conway Davies, a professor at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, as he examines how disruptive behaviour was contained in Wales during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Using patient case notes, Conway will explore life in an asylum and the way ordinary people understood and experienced mental illness, its diagnosis and treatment.

Event details

Friday, January 9
4 pm
Aboriginal Gathering Place
New Westminster Campus, 4th floor
Free and open to public

Presented by the Office of the Vice President Academic and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.


Friday, December 12, 2014

Top five Douglas College YouTube videos of 2014

Did you know Douglas College is on YouTube?

The college channel has plenty of videos about interesting students, fun campus events and much more.

If you haven't checked it out yet, get started with this list of the five most-watched videos of 2014:

Students celebrate Canadian women's Olympic hockey gold.

Basketball player Simran Bir talks about being a team player.

Psychiatric Nursing grad Sanjin Ramovic gives back to the community.

An up-close look at students learning to care for animals.

The college community takes on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Douglas College Poem of the Month: December 2014

Poem of the Month showcases outstanding work written by Douglas College students.

Each month, the Creative Writing Department displays posters across both campuses featuring a new poem.

Click on the image to the right to see an enlarged version of this month’s poster, featuring "Inside the Mind of Leanan Sidhe" by Laura Deheer.

All Douglas College students are eligible to enter the Poem of the Month competition. Featured poems are selected by a committee of instructors.

To learn more about submitting poems, contact the Faculty of Language, Literature and Performing Arts at 604 527 5465.

More information about the Creative Writing Department is available on the Douglas College website.


Monday, December 8, 2014

This week at Douglas College: Info session and gallery exhibit!

Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Dec. 8-14


Exam period—Dec. 4-15

Gallery exhibit
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Check out Under the Same Roof: Collaborative and individual collage and sculptural work by Jessie and Ewan McNeil. October 23-December 12. More information and gallery hours:

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Info session
New Westminster Campus, room 3225
Presented by the Douglas College Community Music School, the audio engineering program is holding two free information sessions. Call 604-527-5469 or email us to RSVP your attendance. For more information, visit the Community Music School website.

Got an event you want listed? Submit it here.

See more upcoming Douglas College events on the Events Calendar.

And make sure to join Douglas College on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!


Friday, December 5, 2014

How to stay informed if winter weather closes Douglas College

It's that time of year again. You might find falling snow and chilly temperatures in the forecast.

For some, the wintry weather is a welcome sign that ski and snowboard season is getting started.

For others, it's an unpleasant reminder of how annoying it is to shovel the sidewalk.

However you feel about winter weather, it's arrival means it's time to be prepared in the event of a campus closure.

If the weather takes a turn for the worse and a closure seems likely, Douglas will do its part to keep you informed.

To find out what's going on, you can call the College information line toll free at 1 877 679 0823 or check the Douglas College homepage for the latest information.

Updates will also be sent out to the college community through Facebook, Twitter, and email.

Another convenient option is to sign up for DC Alerts. Subscribers get immediate campus closure updates sent via text, email and phone messages.

If the campuses are closed due to weather conditions, the doors will remain open and security will be present because of safety considerations. However, no services will be available and it is not advised to travel to campus.

So make sure you stay informed and stay warm!


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Video: Douglas College nursing students take part in mock emergency

A police shootout results in multiple casualties. Paramedics have the victims and are bringing them in for further treatment.

That's the high-stress scenario some Douglas Nursing and Psychiatric Nursing students faced during a recent emergency simulation day.

Check out this video to see what it was like: