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Annual General Meeting, PD and Networking

  • June 08, 2022
  • 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Virtual


  • Complimentary registration is included in the Membership.

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Date & Time: June 8, 2022, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (PDT; GMT -7)
Location: Online
Registration deadline: June 8, 2022

Cost: Free to BCPLAN Members; $25 to Non-Members

Please join us at this event to learn more about BCPLAN, attend a professional development presentation followed by a networking session. Meet fellow PLAR practitioners, learn and stay current with latest developments in prior learning assessment an d recognition in BC!


Annual General Meeting | 2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

2022 AGM Agenda
2021 AGM Minutes

Presentation | 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Assessment Philosophy And Ethical Skills Recognition 

Dr. Jen Hamer, Executive General Manager
Education and Trauma Services at Relationships Australia South Australia (RASA)


Dr. Jen Hamer from Australia will share insights from her research on assessment philosophy, a critical consideration for ethical skills recognition. Jen’s doctoral thesis highlighted the effects of PLAR/RPL on students’ self-perception, self-worth, claims to professional status and one’s sense of place and significance in the world. It raised questions regarding the operations of power within the assessor-learner interaction and the influence of underpinning values for this work. Her presentation will lead to a discussion on our personal philosophy (as assessors and advisors). Access the article that is the basis for this presentation. 

About the presenter

Dr. Jen Hamer has been a social worker, academic, adult educator and senior manager in non-government organisations for over 30 years. She is currently the Executive General Manager of Education and Trauma Services at Relationships Australia South Australia (RASA). In this role she oversees a registered training organisation called the Australian Institute of Social Relations, and a suite of therapeutic and case management services for people impacted by psychological trauma. Beginning her career as a child protection social worker and counsellor, Jen has expertise in responding to childhood abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault. She previously held management positions at the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and the Gendered Violence Research Network at the University of New South Wales and she is an adjunct senior lecturer in the UNSW School of Social Sciences. Jen’s PhD research combined her commitments to adult education and trauma responsive services. Her thesis, entitled ‘[Not] just a piece of paper: ontological practice and ethical obligations in the recognition of prior learning (RPL)’ looked at formal assessment as a transformative engagement that supports personal growth and recovery. Her research found assessment philosophy was one of three ‘vectors’ influencing the effects of RPL, along with the candidate’s personal motivations and the climate for RPL in their life.

Networking Session | 4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

We will wrap up the day with an informal networking session. Participants will have an opportunity to meet fellow professionals in small break-out rooms, followed by a general discussion. 

To learn more about BCPLAN and to become a member please visit www.bcplan.ca/join.

For any questions please email info@bcplan.ca. 

We look forward to seeing you!

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