Overcoming Behaviour Issues by Understanding the Cause(s)

July 2 – 12    1 P.m. to 4:30 p.m.


There is no such thing as problem youth, just youth with problems. We can never undo the damage of trauma but we can help youth turn trauma into strength. Understanding mental health issues and how a lack of inclusion and community can lead to negative coping mechanisms, helps us identify the root causes of the problems and manage them. The course will blend theory with real-life examples where identifying and managing the root of their issues has led to at-risk students doing TEDx and Ignite talks, attending leadership conferences, contributing to community, and contributing to the development of this course.

Topics of study will include:

  • core ideology
  • social construct theory and DSM defined disorders
  • the impact of labelling on mental health
  • correlation between mental health and learning abilities
  • identifying causes rather than symptoms
  • creating community and inclusion inside the classroom and outside of the classroom
  • curriculum options for improving mental health
  • building relationships and trust

Sandy Balascak

Sandy Balascak has been an educator for almost twenty years and has worked in multiple settings. She is currently an administrator, recognized for achieving successes through innovation, inclusion, and using a mental health approach to help youth overcome problems.

How to apply

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC). If you intend on taking a 400-level course, please ensure that you receive prior approval by your graduate supervisor using this form.

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm transfer credit will be approved prior to registering for a UBC Okanagan course.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have  2018 courses Summer registration eligibility.

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm approval of transfer credit prior to registration.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Apply to take select coursework as a non-degree student at https://secure.students.ubc.ca/nondegree/apply.cfm

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the  Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have a 2018 Summer registration eligibility. If not, please email sie.education@ubc.ca.