“Roots to Thrive is an independent collaborative of professionals. While supported by a variety of stakeholder entities, the living curriculum remains and independent collaborative. While multiple individuals and agencies contributed to the initial development of RTT-KaT (Roots to Thrive + Ketamine-assisted Therapy), the program is solely hosted and operated through Vancouver Island University.”
October 2021. How COVID-19 Opened the Door to a New Era in Psychedelic Medicine: https://time.com/6106152/psychedelic-medicine-health-care-workers/
October 2021. Vancouver Island University: Research and Creative Activity Highlights. Publication. Retrieved from: https://research.viu.ca/sites/default/files/2020-21-research-report-single-pages-web.pdf
June, 2021. Podcast: Routine Checkup: Ketamine Assisted Therapy w/ Dr. Shannon Dames. CBC: Sickboy
May, 2021. News Release. Combining Psychedelics With Therapy To Manage Mental Health. Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.
May, 2021. Webinar: Growing from our Roots: Psychedelics, Resiliency and the Roots to Thrive Model. BC Psychosocial Rehabilitation Advanced Practice
February, 2021. Radio: We look at a ketamine-assisted therapy study out of Vancouver Island University. CBC: The Current
February, 2021. Print: Growing interest in psychedelic treatments for mental illness, but expert warns more robust research needed. CBC: The Current
February, 2021. Psychedelics-Assisted Therapy Could be the Future of Mental Health Support: The Navigator
January 2021. Provincial Funding to Support RTT-Research. Education News Canada
December 2020. Webinar by Benny Bloomfield. Hosted by BCCSU: BC Centre on Substance Abuse: What’s New in Addiction Nursing
December 2020. Experts favour use of magic mushroom derivatives for research into mental health treatment: Nanaimo News Bulletin
November 2020. Roots to Thrive Docu-video. By Peg Peters.
November 2020. New psychedelic treatment being used to treat PTSD in health-care workers CTV News
September 2020. Psychedelic Psychotherapy Forum. Ketamine-assisted Psychotherapy (KAP): Mechanisms and Merits: https://www.psychedelicpsychotherapy.ca/ketamine-assisted-psychotherapy-kap-mechanisms-and-merits-article
June 2020 Supporting Health-Care Professionals Suffering From Emotional Distress: Education News Canada
June 2020 Supporting Health-Care Professionals Suffering From Emotional Distress: Vancouver Island University News
June 2020 Roots to Thrive and Psychedelic-assisted Therapy: CBC Live Radio
June 2020 VIU Professor-Researches New PTSD Treatment- or Frontline Healthcare Workers: Print – My Cowichan Valley Now
June 2020 VIU Nursing Professor Receives $50,000 to Develop Psychedelic Therapies: CHLY Daily News
January 2020. Psychedelic Psychotherapy Forum: January Newsletter. Plants and Psychedelics 2020: Trail Blazing through Western Medicine: https://www.psychedelicpsychotherapy.ca/trail-blazing-through-western-medicine-article-by-shannon-dames-phd
2019 MSFHR: Spark Magazine: Growing Roots to Thrive: Building Caregiver Resilience.
2018 Island Health Authority Newsletter
Peer Reviewed Articles and Chapters Published (or in Press)
Dames, S. (2020). Why are you thriving when I’m barely surviving?: An exploration of personal resiliency factors that enable novice nurses to thrive. Emerging Perspectives: Interdisciplinary Graduate Research in Education and Psychology, 4(2), 16-35. doi: 10.25316/IR-15199
Dames, S. (2020). Root Strength: A Health and Care Professionals’ Guide to Minimizing Stress and Maximizing Thriving. Elsevier Textbook. Contract signed November 2019. Projected to be published late 2020.
Dames, S. (2020). Roots to Thrive: Activating our innate, individual & collective human capacity for healing and resilience. An Evolving Participant Guide. Last Edition June 1st, 2020.
Dames, S. (2019). Understanding and resolving conflict, Chapter 24 in Yoder-Wise, P.S. Leading and Managing in Canadian Nursing (2nd Ed.), Lyle G. Grant, Canadian Editor, Elsevier.
Dames, S. (2019). Managing personal/personnel problems, Chapter 26 in Yoder-Wise, P.S. Leading and Managing in Canadian Nursing (2nd Ed.), Janice Wadell Nancy Walton-Ryerson, Canadian Editors, Elsevier.
Dames, S. (2018). Stacking the Deck to Promote Thriving as Student Nurses Prepare to Enter Professional Practice: A Qualitative Study of Interplaying Factors that Enable Novices Nurses to Thrive. Nurse Education in Practice. doi: 10.1016/j.nepr.2019.02.013. Impact factor: 1.313.
Dames, S. (2018). THRIVEable Work Environments: A study of interplaying factors that enable novice nurses to thrive. The Journal of Nursing Management, (26)6. doi:10.1111/jonm.12712. Impact factor: 1.912.
Dames, S. (2018). The Impact of Interplaying and Compounding Factors in the Novice Nurse Journey: A Basic Qualitative Research Study. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research. doi:10.1177/0844562118817079.
Dames, S. & Javorski, S. (2018). Sense of Coherence, a Worthy Factor toward Nursing Student and New Graduate Satisfaction with Nursing, Goal Setting Affinities, and Coping Tendencies. Quality Advancement in Nursing Education. LINK: Sense of Coherence toward Novice Nurse Satisfaction