Education

What We Offer

Family Center Therapeutics is pleased to share a wide variety of workshops, classes, talks and groups for professionals and for patients. We will be offering courses throughout the year.

For The Public

Evening talks about strategies for optimal health, what our staff are passionate in and introductions to longer programs. Small group counseling workshops. Small group infant massage workshops. Small group massage for labour – partner massage workshops. Small group new parent first aid, including infant CPR, choking and common ouchies. Small group support groups – breastfeeding, parenting, postpartum support. Small group product-making classes – self care, bath and body products, baby products. Small group writing circles.

For Professionals

Small group first aid re-certification. Post graduate workshops for Registered Massage Therapists. Post graduate workshops for Counselors. Post graduate workshops for Breastfeeding Counselors. Post graduate workshops for adult educators. Small group writing circles. Small group journal review clubs.   We are always open to community suggestions.

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family."
- Kofi Annan

Public Education

Writing the Body Whole - an expressive arts workshop

Instructor : Jay Nahani

Dates: February 24th 2019

Times: Sunday 10am-3pm

Location: #712 – 2525 Willow Street, Vancouver

Cost: $100 (>21 days), $125 (<21 days)

“Your body is the ground metaphor of your life, the expression of your existence…” Gabrielle Roth’s quote informs the framework of this course as we write “from the inside out, not the outside in.” Pens and journals are the only tools required to spelunk in our own crevices, to discover what is calling to be written about, and to use writing as a way to release, transform, and grow. A writing + life coach, Jay S. Nahani’s background in social work and expressive arts naturally lends itself to this topic. Come feel shifts occur simply by showing up! One hour lunch break (or snacks and tea) provided.

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Writing the Body Whole - an expressive arts workshop

Instructor : Jay Nahani

Dates: April 28, 2019

Times: Sunday 10am-3pm

Location: #712 – 2525 Willow Street, Vancouver

Cost: $100 (>21 days), $125 (<21 days)

“Your body is the ground metaphor of your life, the expression of your existence…” Gabrielle Roth’s quote informs the framework of this course as we write “from the inside out, not the outside in.” Pens and journals are the only tools required to spelunk in our own crevices, to discover what is calling to be written about, and to use writing as a way to release, transform, and grow. A writing + life coach, Jay S. Nahani’s background in social work and expressive arts naturally lends itself to this topic. Come feel shifts occur simply by showing up! One hour lunch break (or snacks and tea) provided.

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Writing the Body Whole - an expressive arts workshop

Instructor : Jay Nahani

Dates: June 9, 2019

Times: Sunday 10am-3pm

Location: #712 – 2525 Willow Street, Vancouver

Cost: $100 (>21 days), $125 (<21 days)

“Your body is the ground metaphor of your life, the expression of your existence…” Gabrielle Roth’s quote informs the framework of this course as we write “from the inside out, not the outside in.” Pens and journals are the only tools required to spelunk in our own crevices, to discover what is calling to be written about, and to use writing as a way to release, transform, and grow. A writing + life coach, Jay S. Nahani’s background in social work and expressive arts naturally lends itself to this topic. Come feel shifts occur simply by showing up! One hour lunch break (or snacks and tea) provided.

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Self-Care and Aromatherapy

**Special course for students grades 4 to 7 at L’École Bilingue**

Day: Wednesdays; 5 sessions: April 17, 24, May 1, 8 15

Time: 1 hour 3:15-4:15pm Cost: $100/5-week session

This program is for kids in grades 4-7. Experience 5 weeks of becoming attuned to yourself through breath, mindfulness and aromatherapy product making.  We will make a product to bring home after each class. Product examples may include an aroma inhaler, bath products, roll-ons, deodorant, oils, soaps and lotions. All supplies and essential oils included in the cost. Questions? Please email info@vanfct.com or call 604-564-2244.

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Professional Education

Massage Therapy During the Childbearing Year - Part 5: Post Cesarean Section Treatment (Vancouver)

***Waitlist Only***

Instructor: Paula Jaspar

Dates: March 2nd-3rd 2019

Times: Saturday and Sunday 9am-4pm Location: #712 – 2525 Willow Street, Vancouver

Cost: $350 (>21 days), $425 (<21 days)

Description: This course is for registered massage therapists only. This course is accredited by the College of Massage Therapists for 12 PE credits. We will be covering topics of treatment, positioning and protocol. As well as the common complaints, we will be discussing possible complications of surgery and common treatment protocols. Contraindications and precautions will also be addressed. Reviewing the Cesarean Section pages in the Labour, Birth and Postpartum workbook will be very helpful. In the confirmation email, there will be 3 links sent to you. It is highly recommended that you view them prior to the course start.

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Massage Therapy During the Childbearing Year - Part 6: Breast Treatment - Introduction (Parksville)

Instructor: Paula Jaspar

Date: March 16th 2019

Times: 9am-5pm Location: 1268 Leffler Rd, Errington, BC V0R 1V0

Cost: $250 (>21 days), $300 (<21 days) https://www.amethysthealingretreat.com/about-us.html

Description: This course is for registered massage therapists only. This course is accredited by the College of Massage Therapists for 7 PE credits. We will be covering topics of breast assessment, introductory breast treatment, positioning, draping and protocol. As well as the common prenatal and postpartum breast complaints. Contraindications and precautions will also be addressed.  

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Massage Therapy During the Childbearing Year - Part 7: Breast Treatment - Advanced (Parksville)

***2 spots left***

Instructor: Paula Jaspar

Date: March 17th 2019

Times: 9am-5pm Location: 1268 Leffler Rd, Errington, BC V0R 1V0 https://www.amethysthealingretreat.com/about-us.html

Cost: $250 (>21 days), $300 (<21 days)

Description: This course is for registered massage therapists only. This course is accredited by the College of Massage Therapists for 7 PE credits. We will be covering topics of breast assessment, breast treatment, positioning, draping and protocol. As well as the common surgical interventions and complication, contraindications and precautions will also be addressed. In the confirmation email, there will be 3 links sent to you. It is highly recommended that you view them prior to the course start.

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Massage Therapy During the Childbearing Year - Part 6: Breast Treatment - Introduction (Vancouver)

Instructor: Paula Jaspar

Date: April 13, 2019

Time: 9am-5pm

Location: #712-2525 Willow Street, Vancouver

Cost: $200 (>21 days), $250 (<21 days)

Description: This course is for registered massage therapists only. This course is accredited by the College of Massage Therapists for 7 PE credits. We will be covering topics of breast assessment, introductory breast treatment, positioning, draping and protocol. As well as the common prenatal and postpartum breast complaints, contraindications and precautions will also be addressed.

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Massage Therapy During the Childbearing Year - Part 7: Breast Treatment - Advanced

Instructor: Paula Jaspar

Date: April 14th 2019

Times: 9am-5pm

Location: #712 – 2525 Willow Street, Vancouver

Cost: $200 (>21 days), $250 (<21 days)

Description: This course is for registered massage therapists only. This course is accredited by the College of Massage Therapists for 7 PE credits. We will be covering topics of breast assessment, breast treatment, positioning, draping and protocol. As well as the common surgical interventions and complication, contraindications and precautions will also be addressed. In the confirmation email, there will be 3 links sent to you. It is highly recommended that you view them prior to the course start. In the confirmation email, there will be 3 links sent to you. It is highly recommended that you view them prior to the course start.

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Massage Therapy During the Childbearing Year - Part 4: Infant Massage (Vancouver)

Instructor: Paula Jaspar

Date: May 11th 2019 Time: 9am-5pm

Location: #712 – 2525 Willow Street, Vancouver

Cost: $200 (>21 days), $250 (<21 days)

Description: This course is for registered massage therapists only. This course is accredited by the College of Massage Therapists for 7 PE credits. We will be covering topics of infant massage, positioning and protocol. As well as the common complaints, positioning and pediatrics will be addressed. Contraindications and precautions will also be addressed. We will also have a component for how to set up your own workshops, what to charge and who to market to.

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Massage Therapy During the Childbearing Year - Part 1: Pregnancy (Vancouver)

Instructor: Paula Jaspar

Dates: May 17-19, 2019

Times: Friday evening 7pm-9:30pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm

Location: #712 – 2525 Willow Street, Vancouver

Cost: $450 (>21 days), $525 (<21 days)

Description: This course is for registered massage therapists only. This course is accredited by the College of Massage Therapists for 14 PE credits. We will be covering topics of pregnancy, common obstetrical complaints, assessment and treatment protocols and some labour preparation. Contraindications and precautions will also be addressed.

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Massage Therapy During the Childbearing Year - Part 2: Labour, Birth and Postpartum (Vancouver)

Instructor: Paula Jaspar

Dates: June 21-23, 2019

Times: Friday evening 7pm-9:30pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm

Location: #712 – 2525 Willow Street, Vancouver

Cost: $450 (>21 days), $525 (<21 days)

Description: This course is for registered massage therapists only. This course is accredited by the College of Massage Therapists for 14 PE credits. We will be covering topics of labour preparation, labour, delivery. As well as the common complaints, drug usage, positioning and attending a birth. Assessment and treatment of common presentations in the postpartum period will be discussed and practiced. Contraindications and precautions will also be addressed.

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Massage Therapy During the Childbearing Year - Part 5: Post Cesarean Section Treatment (Toronto, ON)

Instructor: Paula Jaspar

Dates: July 27-28th 2019

Times: Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm

Location: CCMH Toronto Campus, 250 Davisville Avenue (northeast corner of Mt. Pleasant Road), Suite 225, Toronto, ON, M4S 1H2

Cost: $450 (>21 days), or $525 (<21 days)

Description: This course is for registered massage therapists only. This course is accredited by the College of Massage Therapists for 12 PE credits. We will be covering topics of treatment, positioning and protocol. As well as the common complaints, we will be discussing possible complications of surgery and common treatment protocols. Contraindications and precautions will also be addressed. In the confirmation email, there will be 3 links sent to you. It is highly recommended that you view them prior to the course start.  

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Massage Therapy During the Childbearing Year - Part 3: The Complicated Pregnancy

Instructor: Paula Jaspar

Date: TBA (Saturday & Sunday)

Time: 9am – 4pm

Location: TBA

Cost: TBA

Description: This course is for registered massage therapists only. This course is accredited by the College of Massage Therapists for 12 PE credits. Saturday will cover lecture and practical. Sunday will be a chart reading and practical portion with women diagnosed ‘high risk’ at BC Women’s Hospital. Your patient could be experiencing any type of high risk experience. You will have the opportunity to read hospital charting, work on the units and talk to staff.

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First Aid Re-certification

Date: TBA

Time: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Location: #712 – 2525 Willow Street, Vancouver

Cost: $100 + GST

Description: Family Center Therapeutics is offering Life Saving Society Standard First Aid and CPR C with AED Re-certification, taught by a recognized first aid instructor, and lifeguard who is also a registered massage therapist. Nicole Harrison, RMT, is looking forward to sharing her knowledge!

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Queer Competency Training

Facilitated by QMUNITY

Date: Friday March 22nd, 2019

Time: 6:30-8.30pm

Location: #712 – 2525 Willow Street, Vancouver

Cost: $50 (inc. GST)

Queer Competency Trainings are experiential workshops to help you understand diversity and make your organization more inclusive for queer, trans, and Two-Spirit clients and staff.

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Our Education Staff


Instructor Availability

Bio

Paula Jaspar is a Registered Massage Therapist. She is a member of the College of Massage Therapists of BC and the Massage Therapy Association of BC and graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 1997. She completed her doula training in 1998. She completed her Masters of Education from Simon Fraser University in 2015.

Paula has worked at a variety of places such as medical clinics, care facilities, spas and schools. She currently teaches at Langara College in the Registered Massage Therapy Program and continues to teach multiple postgraduate courses. She has taught at The West Coast College of Massage Therapy, Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage, Douglas College and by invitation. Paula also does guest speaking for the local Health Units (in Vancouver, Richmond and Burnaby), community centers and special interest groups. She has been invited to speak at conferences in Canada (Vancouver, British Columbia; Toronto, Ontario) and the US (Millbrae, California; New Orleans, Louisiana; San Diego, California). Her work has been published through International Journal of Massage and Bodywork, the DONA International Journal, the BC Massage Practitioner Journal, Today’s Parent and have been featured in the Vancouver Sun and National Post. She has spoken on radio (Dr. Don show and Trying To Be Good).

She is focused in education about massage therapy, perinatal health, pediatric massage, post surgical treatment (post cesarean, breast reconstruction, masectomy, orthopedic) and pain management. Paula has had a variety of experiences in the health care field and is constantly improving her skills and knowledge base. You can find her a interdisciplinary conferences around Vancouver, BC.

Paula’s philosophy to treatment is that massage therapy is a commitment from her patient and herself. If you want to reach optimal function, she will help you. She had provided care to women in the APHC (Antepartum Home Care Program) and to women diagnosed with high risk pregnancies at BC Women’s and St Paul’s Hospitals. She also provides postpartum care for post cesarean section complaints, breast care and general fatigue, swelling and pain. She has a special interest in the perinatal care, pediatric care, post-surgical, pain, transitions and self discovery. Paula believes in balance of the mind and body, collaboration and clear communication. Your treatment may be through massage therapy, lifestyle changes, stress reduction, exercise or another form of therapy.

Paula was born in Newfoundland, raised in Waterloo, Ontario and moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in 1989. She’s been happily married since 1995 and has 4 curious, stubborn, intelligent and joyful children and menagerie of rescue animals.


Instructor Availability

Bio

I’m excited to share my enthusiasm and knowledge with you at Family Center Therapeutics. I am an essential oil and self-care enthusiast. Creating body-care products with simple, natural ingredients has been a creative passion of mine.

I have 6 years of formal teaching experience with a private college in Vancouver and I’m currently completing my Provincial Instructor Diploma through the School of Instructor Education at Vancouver Community College.

I’ve always had a knack for breaking complex concepts down into smaller, easy-to-understand elements. The eldest of 9 children, I got a lot of practice explaining things to younger siblings; I’ve mastered the concept of “explain it to me like I’m 5.” I have been known to use outrageous and funny analogies to help you remember key concepts, so be prepared to laugh while you learn.

I will be offering several Personal Product Making classes. Please join us in making natural deodorant, lip balm, body oils, bath bombs, salts, scrubs and so much more!


Instructor Availability

Bio

After training as a social worker over 15 years ago, Jay realized that her main passion was to elicit and honour people’s stories. Deciding on a creative path, she became a writer and a wordsmith for others, helping people to get in touch with their deepest truths or percolating ideas. Jay appreciates witnessing the spark ignited for individuals and communities in a workshop setting. She welcomes all levels of writers and values holding safe space to guide people in accessing their innate wisdom. She is a published writer, an expressive artist, and a master facilitator, as well as a mother, a lover of Nature, and a dual citizen of the US and Canada.

Paula Jaspar

Paula Jaspar is a Registered Massage Therapist. She is a member of the College of Massage Therapists of BC and the Massage Therapy Association of BC and graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 1997. She completed her doula training in 1998. She completed her Masters of Education from Simon Fraser University in 2015.

Paula has worked at a variety of places such as medical clinics, care facilities, spas and schools. She currently teaches at Langara College in the Registered Massage Therapy Program and continues to teach multiple postgraduate courses. She has taught at The West Coast College of Massage Therapy, Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage, Douglas College and by invitation. Paula also does guest speaking for the local Health Units (in Vancouver, Richmond and Burnaby), community centers and special interest groups. She has been invited to speak at conferences in Canada (Vancouver, British Columbia; Toronto, Ontario) and the US (Millbrae, California; New Orleans, Louisiana; San Diego, California). Her work has been published through International Journal of Massage and Bodywork, the DONA International Journal, the BC Massage Practitioner Journal, Today’s Parent and have been featured in the Vancouver Sun and National Post. She has spoken on radio (Dr. Don show and Trying To Be Good).

She is focused in education about massage therapy, perinatal health, pediatric massage, post surgical treatment (post cesarean, breast reconstruction, masectomy, orthopedic) and pain management. Paula has had a variety of experiences in the health care field and is constantly improving her skills and knowledge base. You can find her a interdisciplinary conferences around Vancouver, BC.

Paula’s philosophy to treatment is that massage therapy is a commitment from her patient and herself. If you want to reach optimal function, she will help you. She had provided care to women in the APHC (Antepartum Home Care Program) and to women diagnosed with high risk pregnancies at BC Women’s and St Paul’s Hospitals. She also provides postpartum care for post cesarean section complaints, breast care and general fatigue, swelling and pain. She has a special interest in the perinatal care, pediatric care, post-surgical, pain, transitions and self discovery. Paula believes in balance of the mind and body, collaboration and clear communication. Your treatment may be through massage therapy, lifestyle changes, stress reduction, exercise or another form of therapy.

Paula was born in Newfoundland, raised in Waterloo, Ontario and moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in 1989. She’s been happily married since 1995 and has 4 curious, stubborn, intelligent and joyful children and menagerie of rescue animals.

Tanya Bryant

I’m excited to share my enthusiasm and knowledge with you at Family Center Therapeutics. I am an essential oil and self-care enthusiast. Creating body-care products with simple, natural ingredients has been a creative passion of mine.

I have 6 years of formal teaching experience with a private college in Vancouver and I’m currently completing my Provincial Instructor Diploma through the School of Instructor Education at Vancouver Community College.

I’ve always had a knack for breaking complex concepts down into smaller, easy-to-understand elements. The eldest of 9 children, I got a lot of practice explaining things to younger siblings; I’ve mastered the concept of “explain it to me like I’m 5.” I have been known to use outrageous and funny analogies to help you remember key concepts, so be prepared to laugh while you learn.

I will be offering several Personal Product Making classes. Please join us in making natural deodorant, lip balm, body oils, bath bombs, salts, scrubs and so much more!

Jay Nahani

After training as a social worker over 15 years ago, Jay realized that her main passion was to elicit and honour people’s stories. Deciding on a creative path, she became a writer and a wordsmith for others, helping people to get in touch with their deepest truths or percolating ideas. Jay appreciates witnessing the spark ignited for individuals and communities in a workshop setting. She welcomes all levels of writers and values holding safe space to guide people in accessing their innate wisdom. She is a published writer, an expressive artist, and a master facilitator, as well as a mother, a lover of Nature, and a dual citizen of the US and Canada.


"At Family Center Therapeutics we endeavor to create an environment based on communication, education, trust, and compassion."

- Paula Jaspar, Owner