Elizabeth received her Certificate in Mental Health from Camosun College in May 2008.
Mental Health Certificate
A course for those with a passion for caring for others and interested in a career helping those in the community who need assistance in their day-to-day lives. Includes practical training to make a positive impact on the lives of those with mental health challenges.
This ten-month equivalent program provides the competencies required for entry-level employment in community mental health. Studies combine class, lab, and practicum experiences together with the principles of psycho-social rehabilitation to prepare for subsequent work assisting those who face various mental health challenges.
Elizabeth worked as a Peer Support Worker and a Workshop Facilitator with the British Columbia Schizophrenia Society (Victoria Chapter) from 2010 to 2013.
Elizabeth achieved the above certificate for participation in the instructional course, the Wellness Recovery Action Plan® or WRAP® . WRAP is an evidence-based program that is used world-wide by people who are dealing with mental health and other kinds of health challenges, and by people who want to attain the highest possible level of wellness. It was developed by a group of people who have a lived experience of mental health difficulties; people who were searching for ways to resolve issues that had been troubling them for a long time.
WRAP® involves listing your personal resources, your Wellness Tools, and then using those resources to develop Action Plans to use in specific situations which are determined by you. WRAP is adaptable to any situation. WRAP also includes a Crisis Plan or Advance Directive.
BELOW IS AN ITEMIZED LIST OF ELIZABETH’S WORK TO FURTHER THE CAUSES OF LEARNING DISABILITIES AND MENTAL HEALTH:-
To the Victoria Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Committee from Hazel Meredith, Executive Director of British Columbia Schizophrenia Society.
Hi Drew and the entire Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Committee, I wanted to let you know that the team at British Columbia Schizophrenia Society (Victoria) really appreciated the flowers you sent on the loss of peer advocate Elizabeth Bogod. Her loss impacted all of our staff and volunteers, and of course the wider community. Elizabeth had many achievements about which you may or may not be aware.
- About 15 years ago, she developed a website which was bought by an American company and you can still see her web site at: http://www.ldpride.net/aboutus.htm and her first person account: http://www.ldonline.org/firstperson/Finding_My_LD_Pride!
- Besides LD Pride, she was an important part of the larger invisible disabilities community.
- She worked to develop New Light Recovery Group, an initiative of British Columbia Schizophrenia Society (Victoria) to help those with Overwhelming Emotions http://bcssvictoria.ca/for-loved-ones/new-light-recovery-workshop
- She gave many partnership presentations on BPD, trauma and recovery to high schools/college/university service partners as part of our speakers bureau
- She helped coordinate the recent Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) educational seminar for a mixed audience led by Dr John Wagner (Dec 7 2012) from DBT Vancouver
- She provided an interview, possibly one of many over the years (!) to CFAX about which I am aware, one year ago.
- She constructed an Overwhelming Emotions Website which evolved into the BPD BC Society. A local collective of agencies (PRG/Progressive Recovery Group) served as a greenhouse for this initiative turned society.
- With a fellow peer and family members, pioneered Borderline Personality Society of British Columbia http://bpdsupportgroup.wordpress.com/
- Shared her story in the BC magazine “Visions” http://www.heretohelp.bc.ca/visions/borderline-personality-disorder-vol7/dont-call-me-borderline
- And of course, provided 1:1 peer support.
Elizabeth was an inspiration and very courageous. Sadly, she has been lost to us. Her message of recovery is not to be lost with her passing. I do hope you will find inspiration in all she accomplished and take comfort in knowing that, together, we continue to work towards making lives easier through help, hope and support…and of course, hard work.
Thank you again for all you do in your role on this important committee.