Media and Publications

“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:

October 2021. Vancouver Island University: Research and Creative Activity Highlights.  Publication.  Retrieved from:

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 hosted by the Canadian Psychedelic Association:  Revolutionizing Mental Health: Ketamine-Assisted Therapy

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:

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:

2019 Exploring Compassion with Phil Dames: The Unshakable Man Podcast

2019 Men’s Group Facilitation Tips with Chris Wilson and Phil Dames: The Unshakable Man Podcast

2019 Making Emotions Allies and Not Enemies with Phil Dames: The Unshakable Man Podcast

2019 MSFHR: Inaugural KT Blog: Dr. Shannon Dames Encourages others to find their Roots to Thrive.

2019 Island Health Magazine: Caring for Healthcare Providers: Research to Enhance Resilience and Reduce Stress

2019 MSFHR: Spark Magazine: Growing Roots to Thrive: Building Caregiver Resilience.

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2018-19 Research and Creative Activity Highlights.  Nursing Professor Receives $10,000 Reach Award.

Related Publications

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