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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


August 20-24, 2018

Summer Training Institute at Palo Alto University, California

    Location: Palo Alto University
    Summer Training Institute at Palo Alto University

    Join us for our Summer Training Institute to be held at Palo Alto University in California. Summer Training Institute is 5 days of mix-and-match workshops presented by internationally recognized experts in forensic mental health.

    Build your practice and expand your skill set with professional trainings by: Drs. David Martindale, Jay Flens, Joyce Chu & Dr. Bruce Bongar, Martin Sellbom, Lisa Drago Piechowski, Stephen Hart, and Mark Cunningham

    Select from 1- and 2- workshops to meet your practice needs. This 5 day professional training opportunity is perfect for forensic mental health professionals, legal professionals, law enforcement & correctional professionals, forensic evaluators, and those wishing to add forensic evaluation to their clinical practice. All workshops are CE approved by the Canadian Psychological Association.

    • Forensic Psychological Assessment in Custody Litigation: Conceptual Issues, Data Integration, and Advanced Topics – Drs. Martindale & Flens (2-day) – August 20-21, 2018
    • Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention for a Diverse Population: Training for Psychologists – Dr. Joyce Chu & Dr. Bruce Bongar (1-day) – August 22, 2018
    • Using the MMPI-A-RF in Juvenile Forensic Psychological Evaluations – Dr. Martin Sellbom (1-day) – August 22, 2018
    • Evaluation for Workplace Disability – Dr. Lisa Drago Piechowski (2-day) – August 23-24, 2018
    • Assessment of Risk for Sexual Violence: RSVP & SVR-20 launch – Dr. Stephen Hart (3-day) – August 20-22, 2018
    • Evaluation for High Stakes Sentencing: Capital and Juvenile Murder Cases – Dr. Mark Cunningham (2-day) – August 23-24, 2018
    • Professional training by internationally recognized experts in forensic mental health
    • Evidence-based best practices, relevant research outcomes, clinical applications
    • Build the knowledge, skill set, & expertise to take your practice to the next level
    • Student discount of 50% available after July 20

    For more information, agenda, speakers and to register, please click here

    For more information please contact at:

    Email: info@ConCEPT-CE.com

September 14, 2018 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Masterclass Workshop with Zindel Segal, PhD
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

    Location: The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)
       Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning
       686 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5G 0A4
    Website: www.amindfulsociety.com
    Link: https://amindfulsociety.org/event/masterclass-in-mindfulness-based-cognitive-therapy/

    Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy is a group intervention designed to train formerly depressed patients to disengage from dysphoria-activated depressogenic thinking that maymediate relapse/recurrence. It is based on an integration of CBT for depression with central components of mindfulness meditation. Key themes of the program include experiential learning and the development of an open and acceptant mode of response, in which one intentionally faces behavioral difficulties and affective discomfort. In time participants develop a “decentered” perspective on thoughts and feelings, in which these experiences are viewed as passing events in the mind. Increased awareness allows early detection of relapse-related patterns of negative thinking, feelings, and body sensations, so allowing them to be “nipped in the bud” much earlier than if such warning signs are not noticed or are ignored. Formulation of specific relapse/recurrence prevention strategies are also included in the later stages of treatment. Finally, as a general, and perhaps somewhat unusual, operating principle, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy requires a capacity for self-observation, typically gained through sustained meditative practice, that informs a therapist’s work with this approach.
    Learning Objectives:
    • Understand the rationale for the integration of psychotherapeutic and contemplative elements in MBCT.
    • Review the 8-week structure of MBCT in order to identify the core therapeutic tasks that accompany each of the group sessions.
    • Practice three forms of mindfulness training utilized in MBCT.
    • Discuss how the therapist’s personal practice of mindfulness practice can support nascent emotion regulation in group participants throughout MBCT.
    For more information click here

September 21, 22, 23, 2018

International Death Symposium
Life, Death - Reconciled

    Location: Chestnut Conference Centre, Toronto, Ontario
    Email: IDS@ITMWorld.org
    Website: http://idstoronto.org/
    For registration: Visit website or Eventbrite

    The International Death Symposium is an educational event focused on learning current theories, concepts and trends in end of life care, and gaining knowledge and skills in advanced practices and therapies with leading visionaries in the fields of end of life care, palliative medicine, therapy, social services, social change, gerontology, neuroscience, and grief and bereavement.

    An innovative gathering of some of the most influential, stimulating and inspirational minds and change-makers; from visionaries and authors, to end of life care providers on the ground, to traditional healers from North America and beyond. Participants will be immersed in the social, cultural, spiritual, eco-conscious, artistic, clinical and ethical practices and issues surrounding how we live, die, and care for our dying and dead.

    Participants will attend educational lectures and seminars, panel discussions, and question periods with some of the most sought after educators and practitioners, including Dr. BJ Miller (M.D.), Caitlin Doughty (Funeral Director), Jeremie Saunders, Stephen Jenkinson (MSW), Jerrigrace Lyons (Home Funeral Guide), Dr. Sameet Kumar (Psychologist), Russell Hilliard (Music Therapist), Joyce Simard (Music Therapy), Kenn Pitawanakwat (Cultural Grief Counsellor), Dr. Suzanne Stewart (Indigenous Perspectives), Dr. Naheed Dosani & Dr. Simon Colgan (Palliative Care with Homeless Populations) and more.

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
    Email: Register@SOSWorkshops.ca
    Website: www.SOSWorkshops.ca
    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 www.SOSWorkshops.ca, call 226-268-2307 or contact Register@SOSWorkshops.ca

    For more information click here

September 28th, 2018

Embodied Attachment: Transform Stuck Patterns into Life Confirming Connections
(with Deidre Fay)

SOS Workshops
    Location: The Highland Country Club, London, Ontario
    Email: Register@SOSWorkshops.ca
    Website: www.SOSWorkshops.ca
    Phone: 226-268-2307

    One of the main reasons post-traumatic stress disorder doesn’t resolve is due to the underlying, unresolved attachment issues. Our bodies, minds, and hearts are wired to connect. When connections are broken, or betrayed, especially while growing up the internal patterns become disorganized, remaining that way despite how one appears externally.
    Research indicates that one in four people has a secure attachment style (Brown, Elliott, et al, 2016)- which means that the rest, three out of four, have insecure attachment styles. While that sounds daunting the good news is attachment patterns can be changed. To do this we need to not only have cognitive understanding of attachment patterns but more importantly, know how to deal with the non-narrative imprinting that happens before the brain is fully formed.
    This experiential workshop will be designed to give you the attachment theory in an easy to understand way. More importantly you’ll learn strategies and practices to use with your clients the day you return to work.
    Early Bird rate: $200 + hst, includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Group Rates Available
    For details or to register visit www.SOSWorkshops.ca, call 226-268-2307 or contact Register@SOSWorkshops.ca

October 22nd & 23rd, 2018

Complex PTSD and Developmental Trauma For Direct Service Workers

SOS Workshops
    Location: The Highland Country Club, London, Ontario
    Email: Register@SOSWorkshops.ca
    Website: www.SOSWorkshops.ca
    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 www.SOSWorkshops.ca, call 226-268-2307 or contact Register@SOSWorkshops.ca

September 27, 2018

Level 1 Cybercounselling Training

    Location: Online!
    Phone: 529-831-9141
    Email: research@sympatico.ca
    Website: http://therapyonline.ca/cybercounselling/course-desc-L1.asp

    This 12-week course is for experienced clinicians who want to offer professional, ethical online clinical services to their clients. We cover video, live text-chat and email-style communications methods. You will engage in hands-on text-based work with both synchronous (e.g., secure email) and asynchronous (e.g., chat) approaches.

    10% discount available to CPA members


October 15-19 2018

Gottman Level 1 & 2 Training Vancouver

October 27-28 2018

Art & Science of Love Gottman Couples Workshop Vancouver

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 https://www.attachment-and-trauma-treatment-centre-for-healing.com/uploads/4/0/5/4/4054075/2018_fall_conference_.pdf
    or online at: https://www.attachment-and-trauma-treatment-centre-for-healing.com/janina-fisher---healing-broken-bonds-traumatic-attachment-and-emotional-dysregulation.html

    *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 9-11th, 2018

CADDRA 14th Annual Conference & 5th Annual Research Day

November 12-16 2018

Gottman Level 1 & 2 Training Calgary


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: http://www.attachmentandtraumaconference.com/comprehensive-resource-model-basic-training.html

    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

4children.ca presents Dr Ross Greene
3-Day Advanced Training Workshop in the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) Model


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 experiencing non-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: https://www.attachment-and-trauma-treatment-centre-for-healing.com/uploads/4/0/5/4/4054075/2019_stephen_terrell.pdf.