Coming Events

Want to keep track of events relevant to the discipline and profession of psychology in a national calendar? Look no further. The CPA maintains a calendar of upcoming events as a service to the community. Keep your agendas open and mark your calendars! If you would like to advertise your event, please contact us. 

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Chronological Listing of Events


Date: Ongoing

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Interventions
Training in Dual Diagnosis: is now available online at

    This 2 day advanced Dual Diagnosis Training is now available ONLINE

    This training is also currently available LIVE in various locations as listed on the bottom of our website. This training has now been reduced from $290 to $145 (50% off) and will continue to be delivered on the Gold Coast and other locations as requested.

    If people want a certificate of attendance and also qualify for 12 points (ONLINE) or 15 points (Live) of CPD (Continuing Professional Development) for their counselling peak body (such as; CPS, APS, AASW, ACS etc), they need to complete the full 12 hours of intensive training, covering all of the current evidence based, best practice in the Alcohol & Other Drugs (AOD) and Mental Health industry from an integrated, holistic framework.

    The Dual Diagnosis Consultant delivering the training, has over 7 years lived experience as an ex-addict himself and spent over 10 years accessing various treatment and recovery programs to work through the underlying issues. Since then, he has 25 years of clinical experience as a counsellor and 16 years as an educator to Government and Non-Government organisations in Australia. The Dual Diagnosis Training Intro video on the website ( introduces the 2 day advanced training that explains Substance Abuse, (with Alcohol & Other Drugs), as well as Mental Health Issues. The training is outlined in detail below at the end of this email and further information is also available on the website. This training will equip workers to be able to deliver a brief & early intervention to people struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues as well as advanced psychotherapeutic skills.
    Module 1. Drugs & Effects
    • Cycle of Addiction
    • Alcohol
    • Drink & Drug Driving
    • Tobacco
    • Cannabis
    • Stimulants (Speed, Ice, Ecstasy, Cocaine)
    • Inhalants (volatile substances)
    Module 2. Addictions & Mental Health
    • Dual Diagnosis
    • Integrative Holistic Model
    • Needs & Underlying Issues that drive addiction
    Module 3. Harm Minimisation & Optimal Health
    • Pharmacotherapies
    • Orthomolecular Science, Functional Medicine & Optimal Health
    Module 4. Neuropharmacology & Neurophysiology (Brian Works)
    • Neuroplasticity
    • Neurotransmitters
    • Psychosis vs Dissociation
    • Psychospirituality
    Module 5. Trauma model & Keys to Treatment
    • Memory formation
    • Locus of control shift
    • Guilt vs Shame
    • Anger, Rage & Forgiveness
    • Dealing with ambivalence
    Module 6. Brief & Early Intervention and Tripod of Support
    • Stages of Change
    • Costs vs Benefits – doing a brief intervention

October 15-19 2018

Gottman Level 1 & 2 Training Vancouver


Friday, October 19, 2018

Screen & Intervene
Strategies For Integrating The ‘Heart-Brain’ Connection Into CR

    Location: Toronto, Ontario
    Upgrade your skills in implementing CACPR Guidelines for managing the Psychosocial Stress challenges of your CR patients!

    For more information click here

October 22nd & 23rd, 2018

Complex PTSD and Developmental Trauma For Direct Service Workers

SOS Workshops
    Location: The Highland Country Club, London, Ontario
    Phone: 226-268-2307

    Anxious and disorganized early attachment patterns intertwined with early childhood trauma (emotional deprivation, physical /sexual abuse) and the strain of adversity or ongoing victimization may lead some clients to experience chronic and complex intrapsychic and interpersonal reactions. For some individuals, their adult lives are filled with a pool of unmet needs, a legacy of interpersonal turmoil, a range of disruptive trauma reactions and a deficit of skill, motivation and support to move beyond their past. These individuals may become chronically depressed, have addictions and are vulnerable to ongoing victimization.

    A conceptual framework for understanding and guiding your work with complex individuals will be discussed. An outline of key developmental pathways that are arrested by trauma will be presented. We will also review the definitions of Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD) and Developmental Trauma (DT) and discuss how it overlaps with Borderline Personality (BP) Disorder. An often over looked but fundamental dimension in CPTS and DT is the developmental and psychosocial impact of insecure attachment patterns on personality. An overview of key clinical approaches to respond to effectively to CPTS and DT will be presented.

    Early Bird rate: $350 + hst, includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Group Rates Available
    For details or to register visit, call 226-268-2307 or contact

October 27-28 2018

Art & Science of Love Gottman Couples Workshop Vancouver


September 24th, 25th 26th and October 29th, 30th & 31st, 2018

6-Day Certificate Program: Trauma Counselling For Front-Line Workers
(with Natalie Zlodre)

SOS Workshops
    North Park Community Church, London, Ontario
    Phone: 226-268-2307

    The trauma issues experienced by clients/consumers may include: early childhood trauma, violent crime, work related trauma, motor vehicle accidents and chronic and terminal illness.
    Participants will be given the most current information on the biopsychosocial phenomenon of psychological trauma, and training in how to assess and respond ethically and appropriately to clients, given the parameters of the workplace. We will also examine how workers and organizations are affected by and respond to working with traumatized individuals and develop approaches to work that enhance personal and professional resilience.
    Interventions: Participants will learn strategies that will assist clients in adaptive coping and overcoming the debilitating effects of:
    • Hypo/hyerarousal, affect dysregulation, sleep dysregulation, intrusive imagery, flashbacks and nightmare management, guilt shame, blame, client paralysis and therapeutic impasses.
  • The objective with clients who have experience a single incident trauma is to help clients recover to base-line functioning by using psych education and symptom management strategies.
  • The objective with clients who have experienced complex/ developmental trauma, is to mitigate layers of human suffering that has manifested in entrenched rigid maladaptive patterns. Our work with clients is to bring clarity to the origin, presence and manifestations of these patterns and to develop a systematic process for changing the core belied system, schema that drives these patterns
  • Early Bird Rate $950 + hst- includes lunch and refreshments.
  • Group Rates Available
    For details or to register visit, call 226-268-2307 or contact

    For more information click here

November 2, 2018

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: What Therapists Need to Know about Social Media

    Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver, BC
    Visit to register and see upcoming online courses
    Most therapists are apprehensive about using social media. Whether you use social media or not, it is necessary to understand its impact on you and your clients. This workshop will review pros and cons of various platforms and how to use social media if you are a therapist.

    • Understanding Social Media
      • Overview of platforms
      • How platforms manipulate mood and behaviour
      • Setting boundaries and policies
    • Social Media in Therapy
      • Conducting a social media assessment
      • Applications: Social Anxiety
      • Applications: Helping clients find new jobs
      • Applications: Depression
    • Education & Advocacy
      • Reporters & current events
      • Connecting with decision makers
      • Reducing stigma & patient education
    • Ethical Marketing
      • Get the word out about your practice
      • Connecting to referral sources
      • Coping with bad reviews
      • Exercises: Plan your marketing campaign
    Christine Korol, Ph.D., R.Psych. is the Chief Clinical Officer of Caera Technologies and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at UBC. She is passionate about teaching therapists how to use technology. Past participants have raved how Christine has helped them feel confident adopting new tech into their practice.

    CPA CE credit hours: 5
    Caera Education is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. Caera Education maintains responsibility for the program.

November 2 & 3, 2018

Insomnia Treatment Workshop - Canadian Sleep Society Education Meeting

    Location: Québec City, Québec
    Event URL: CSS 2018 Education Meeting
    Dr. Judith Davidson will be presenting a workshop for psychologists or psychologists-in-training who wish to offer effective treatment for insomnia, the most common sleep disorder. The workshop will cover the assessment, diagnosis and evidence-based treatment of chronic insomnia. Because the treatment of choice is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia, or “CBT-I”, most of the day will involve learning about this treatment, its components, and how to do it. This is one of the most rewarding therapies for a psychologist to provide. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and to consider, in very practical ways, how you can provide insomnia treatment at your site.


    Early Bird Rate expires SEPTEMBER 30, 2018

    Contact Name: Rosanna Pelton, Event Manager
    Contact Phone Number: 1-800-455-1092
    Contact Email:

    Hôtel Le Concorde Québec - Meeting Hotel
    1225 Place Montcalm
    Québec City, Qc

    Hotel Block rates expire October 2, 2018

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, November 2, 3 & 4, 2018 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

3-day Certificate in Treating Anxiety Using Play Therapy

    Location: Novotel Toronto Centre, 45 The Esplanade, Toronto ON
    Instructor: Irena Razanas MSW, RSW, CPT-S, RPT-S
    Early Bird pricing until September 30th
    For all information click here:

    Stress and anxiety are normal reactions to new situations, but some people have more intense experiences of these emotions. They can last longer, be disproportionate to the circumstances and can have a significant impact on day-to-day life. Today we have more clients who present with issues related to anxiety than ever before. Do we blame family breakdown, violence in society and the media, or our fast paced, connected world? It is important for those who are involved with caring for young people to be able to recognize and make sense of their difficulties to respond in a way that is helpful.

    This course is designed for helping professionals involved with children and youth. Although the focus is children, the guiding principles apply to individuals of any age. This workshop will provide participants with an overview of anxiety disorders and the role of co-morbidity as well an understanding of children and teenagers who struggle with anxiety. Various expressive play therapy techniques will be demonstrated and practiced with participants as ways of understanding, approaching and teaching effective skills that help children and teens cope with a world that they interpret as a dangerous place.

    For more information click here

November 3-4, 2018

Art & Science of Love Gottman Couples Workshop Calgary


November 3 - 5, 2018

Attachment and Trauma Treatment Centre for Healing (ATTCH)
1st Fall Trauma and Attachment Training Series

    Location: St. Catharines Golf Club, St. Catharines, Ontario
    The Attachment and Trauma Treatment Centre for Healing (ATTCH) is holding its 1st Fall Trauma and Attachment Training Series featuring keynote speaker: Dr. Janina Fisher. This event will be held on November 3-5 at the St. Catharines Golf and Country Club, Ontario, Canada. The conference schedule is as follows: 8:30 registration, 9:00 opening remarks and welcome and keynote speakers from 9:05 - 4:00.

    Join us to learn about leading approaches for treating trauma and promoting post-traumatic growth. This comprehensive conference will cover a range of topics such as:
    • Day 1: Foundations of Trauma and Attachment (core CTIP & CTIC training)
    • Day 2: Phase-Based Clinical Applications to Promote Healing and Integration of Trauma and Attachment Dysregulation
    • Day 3: Healing Broken Bonds: Traumatic Attachment and Emotional Dysregulation
    1, 2, and 3 day registration options available.

    Learn more and register using our Conference overview & registration form
    or online at:

    *All workshops may be applied to trauma and attachment certification program

    Upcoming Trainings
    *Optional - All workshops below apply to our attachment and trauma certification program

    Upcoming Certification Trainings
    • Healing the Wounds of Child Abuse, October 4, 2018, 1-4
    • Expressive Arts and Trauma Recovery November 14, 2018, 9-12
    • Trauma-Informed Residential Treatment November 14, 2018, 1-4
    Live Online Distance Learning Cohort Certification Trainings
    • Emotional Freedom Technique with Carol Cowan August 16, 1-4
    • Working with Complex Aspects of Trauma August 27, 1-4
    • Understanding and Engaging the Dichotomous Mind: Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention Sept 17, 11-2
    • CTIC Core training
      • Foundations of Trauma & Attachment Dysregulation September 21, 2018 9-4
      • Phase-Based Clinical Applications to Promote Healing and Integration of Trauma and Attachment Dysregulation September 22, 2018 9-4
    • CTIP Core training
      • Foundations of Trauma & Attachment Dysregulation October 1, 2018 9-4

November 8-12, 2018

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Basic Training - 5-Day Intensive (Part 1 and 2)
EMDR Basic Training with Marshall Wilensky, PhD, RPsych, EMDRIA Approved Instructor

    Location: Calgary, AB
    Phone: (403) 612-1903
    Website and registration:

    Certification & Credits
    This course is approved by the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA) and serves as a pathway to certification as a Basic EMDR Trained Therapist. It is also approved for Continuing Competency by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

    Course Objectives
    Participants learn to use EMDR appropriately and effectively in a variety of applications. Such use is based on understanding the theoretical basis of EMDR, safety issues, integration with a treatment plan, and supervised practice.

    Early bird price deadline: September 30, 2018
    For more information and to register online, please visit:

November 9-11th, 2018

CADDRA 14th Annual Conference & 5th Annual Research Day

November 12-16 2018

Gottman Level 1 & 2 Training Calgary


November 13-15, 2018

BC Association of School Psychologists
31st Annual Conference

    Location:~Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront; 1133 W. Hastings St, Vancouver, BC
    Contact: Barbara Nichols
    Contact Phone Number: 250 964-2372
    Contact email:

    Calendar URL:

    There is a large line-up of presenters on topics such as children with complex trauma, executive functioning coaching, developing success for students at high risk for dropping out, nonverbal learning disabilities, social emotional learning, converting innovative research in education and mental health into practice, culturally sensitive interventions, eating disorders, assessment & diagnosis of intellectual disabilities, and ethics.

    There will be social/networking opportinties as well as an employment opportunity board.

Thursday December 13, 2018, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Assessment and Rehabilitation of Executive Functioning Impairment:
Goal Management Training Workshop

    Presenter: Brian Levine, Ph.D., C.Psych, ABPP-cn
    Location: The Jacob Family Theatre at the Poslums Auditorium
          Baycrest Health Sciences
          3560 Bathurst Street
          Toronto, ON M6A 2E1
    To register:


January 23 - 26, 2019

Comprehensive Resource Model 4 Day Basic Certification Training with Lisa Schwarz

    Location: St. Catharines Golf and Country Club, St. Catharines,

    The Comprehensive Resource Model for the Treatment of Complex PTSD provides the neurobiological scaffolding that allows for fear responses to be extinguished while the client is fully present in the moment. The CRM provides the opportunity for re-connection to one's true self; to the meaning of the truth of one's life; and to the ability to embody love in one's actions. Remembering and reconnecting to our internal as well as ancestral resources and joy is as important to this process as is the integration of traumatic and painful memories through the removal of the distressing emotions they have been carrying. This method of resourcing allows for a healing alchemy: the experience of re-connecting to the innate resources in the soma within the context of our pain allows for the transformation of suffering from emotional and behavioral fight-flight-freeze to the manifestation of our spiritual purpose through action while living in a human, physical body. This is what we desire, what we are looking for, consciously or unconsciously.

    Learn more and register:

    For more information click here

    Details about our Spring conference series coming soon!

Wednesday-Friday - February 13-15, 2019 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm each day presents Dr Ross Greene
3-Day Advanced Training Workshop in the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) Model


March 2-3 2019

Art & Science of Love Gottman Couples Workshop Edmonton


March 7-11, 2019, June 6-10, 2019, August 15-19, 2019

Transforming the Experience-Based Brain: A Somatic Touch Model of Resolving Developmental Trauma Certification Series with Stephen Terrell, PsyD, SEP

    Location: St. Catharines, ON

    Transforming the Experience-Based Brain (TEB) is focused on the lasting imprints of experiencinon-verbal Developmental Trauma and how the neurological regulation system is compromised. This compromised system develops defensive accommodations to over ride the missing pieces of development which affect the client's ability to learn, socially engage, use imagination, gain a greater protective of the world, and attachment. The students will understand and gain both knowledge and skills in how the neurological regulation system works and experience in applying tactile touch in building capacity in the system. This awareness of how the system responds to early ruptures is also powerful in repairing shock trauma in the client through the awareness that a stronger initial developmental platform supports the systems automatic healing to trauma.
    Somatic Awareness brings forth the clinicians ability to recognize dysregulation in the client and touch brings forth a safe and effect way to work in the system without bringing forth more overwhelm. Even for those who don't use touch in their practice because of external restraints, this method of working with intention and attention can bring about a sense of healing and relief for your clients. Through experiences and process, the student will move through the healing process from understanding the basic physiology of trauma to more advanced skills of working within specific systems affected by early ruptures.

    TEB is a learning process for anyone who works directly with trauma including but not limited to Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Social Workers, Somatic Experiencing Practitioners, Massage Therapist, Body Workers, Acupuncturist, Counselors, Hakomi Practitioners, Sensory Motor Practitioners, Play Therapist, Physical Therapist, and Occupational Therapist.

    TEB is presented through a combination of lectures, videos, and actual experience of using somatic touch as clinician, client, and observer. By adding skills each module, the student will develop a greater awareness of working directly with neurobiological ruptures in the system and the ways that these early ruptures have affected the clients. We will also bring into focus Maslow's work on developmental platforms and integrate it with Porges work on Polyvagal System along with the impact regulation on the client's ability to self regulate.

    Learn more and register:

April 27-28 2019

Art & Science of Love Gottman Couples Workshop Vancouver


May 13-14 2019

Gottman Level 1 Training Montreal


May 15-17 2019

Gottman Level 2 Training Montreal


May 25-26 2019

Art & Science of Love Gottman Couples Workshop Calgary


May 29-31 2019

Gottman Level 3 Training Vancouver


May 31 - June 2, 2019

CPA's 80th Annual National Convention and Tradeshow

CPA's 80th Annual National Convention and Tradeshow
"Psychology's Contribution to Society"

    Location: Halifax, NS

    Join the CPA and more than 1,800 of your peers and colleagues from coast to coast, at Canada’s largest learning, sharing and networking event dedicated to those engaged in the science, practice and education of psychology in Canada – The CPA National Convention and CPA Marketplace trade show.

    You definitely won’t want to miss the 2019 CPA National Convention. Not only will you get to hear from a who’s-who list of Keynotes and Featured Speakers, you’ll also have the unmatched opportunity to choose from an incredibly diverse list of PD Workshops, Symposia, Posters, and CPA Section Annual Meetings. This is your unique opportunity to:

    LEARN more about best practices
    GROW your standing within the profession by increasing your knowledge, profile and visibility
    SHARE in the innovation that is happening in your profession
    NETWORK with peers and subject matter experts from coast to coast
    CONNECT with your national association and gain new insight into your profession’s challenges and needs