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Conference Calendar

April 10 to June 12, 2017

2017 S.T.E.P. Parenting Workshop


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This 8-week parenting group is based on the ‘STEP’ (Systematic Training in Effective Parenting) method. The workshop will provide attendees with both theory and techniques in a supportive and engaging way, helping to build a toolkit to raise capable, cooperative, and responsible children. Mondays from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, April 10, 24, May 2, 8, 15, 29, June 5, 12, 2017. Facilitator is Letitia Lipp, Special Education teacher and member of the Alfred Adler Institute since its inception and assisted with the implementation of both the Parenting Training Program and the development of the Parenting Facilitator's Training manual.

The Adlerian Psychology Association of British Columbia strives to enrich the community by offering parenting education as well as counselling services.

April 28 to April 29, 2017

ACT’s 13th Annual Focus on Research Conference


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Autism & Mental Health - Looking Beyond Autism. Geared towards educators, professionals and parents. This conference will help you gain insight into co-occurring mental health conditions, how to address them, and how to develop solutions to help those with autism and other mental health conditions tackle their obstacles.

May 3 to 5, 2017

The Ontario School-Based Mental Health Conference


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A compelling and informative group of speakers, including Steven Feifer, D.Ed., NCSP, Lisa Ferentz, LCSW, Dr. Adele Lafrance, Lynn Lyons, MSW, Dr. Lynn Miller, and Dr. Judy Willis. Topics include: Collaborative & Proactive Solutions; The Impact of Trauma on Children; The Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems; Understanding & Working with the Developmental Challenges of Adolescence; Anxious Kids, Anxious Families; Fun!damentals of CBT with Children & Youth; and more...

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

3rd Annual Diversity Conference


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Back in Motion is celebrating their 3rd Annual Diversity Conference: Creating Strength through DifferencesPresentation.topics include: The Impact of Human Rights on Diversity & Inclusion; Shining the Light on Youth Empowerment; Navigating Mental Illness at Work; Mental Health Challenges Faced by Refugees and New Immigrants to Canada: What to Expect and How to Help; Introduction to Queer Competency; Power and Diversity; an Employer Panel: Opportunities and Challenges When Hiring a Diverse Workforce; Moving Towards Cultural Safety; Take the Mic: Storytelling of Lived Experiences; and others...

May 10 to 12, 2017

The Saskatchewan School-Based Mental Health Conference


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An compelling and informative group of speakers, including Dr. Christine Dargon, Dr. Steven Feifer, Lisa Ferentz, LCSW, Lynn Lyons, MSW, Dr. Lynn Miller, and Dr. Judy Willis. Topics include: Eating Disorders; The Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems; The Neuropsychology of Reading & Written Language Disorders; Anxious Kids, Anxious Families; The Impact of Trauma on Children; Psychological Issues & Their Effect on Children’s Lives; and more...

May 12 to May 14, 2017

Making Connections in Play Therapy

BCPTA/CAST Conference
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This is the second joint conference hosted by the British Columbia Play Therapy Association (BCPTA) and the Canadian Association for Sandplay Therapists (CAST). The conference committee of 2017 has prepared a unique and rich selection of presentations, including our keynotes which will both affirm your convictions, and challenge you to new understandings of the work we share. Keynote presenters include: Brenda Weinberg, EdD, CAST/ISST, John Allan, PhD, & Mary Anne Pare, MEd, RCC, CPT-S.

<'> The British Columbia Play Therapy Association is a non-profit organization working to promote the status of play therapy in British Columbia. The BCPTA has organized numerous day workshops, evening workshops and supervision groups.


<'> The Canadian Association for Sandplay Therapy promotes the development of Sandplay Therapy, an experiential and creative psychotherapeutic approach for children and adults.


May 15 to 16, 2017

2 Day DBT Intensive: Using DBT To Treat Emotional Dysregulation Disorders


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Conference presented by Sheri Van Dijk (MSW, RSW). An introduction to DBT theory, how this treatment differs from traditional cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), and how DBT can be applied to working with clients facing a range of mental health conditions in which emotion dysregulation plays a key role. You will explore the four modules of DBT skills, learn how to teach these skills to your clients, and learn how to format DBT sessions to provide the structure your dysregulated clients need, among other things...

May 17 to 18, 2017

2 Day DBT Intensive: Using DBT To Treat Emotional Dysregulation Disorders


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Conference presented by Sheri Van Dijk (MSW, RSW). An introduction to DBT theory, how this treatment differs from traditional cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), and how DBT can be applied to working with clients facing a range of mental health conditions in which emotion dysregulation plays a key role. You will explore the four modules of DBT skills, learn how to teach these skills to your clients, and learn how to format DBT sessions to provide the structure your dysregulated clients need, among other things...

May 18 to 21, 2017

Adler on the West Coast: Mind, Body, Heart, & Soul


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The two day conference features over 60 presentations on Adlerian Psychology. Pre-Conference (Thursday) and Post-Conference (Sunday) Workshops are added benefits to the 2-day conference. The Annual Conference closes with a banquet Saturday evening which is included in your two-day registration.

May 29 to May 30, 2017

Third Wave of Mindfulness-
Compassion Based Approaches for PTSD & Complex Trauma


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The Pain Paradox workshop presented by John Briere, Ph.D., deals with acceptance, growth, and wisdom – all achievable by the trauma survivor – are natural complements to symptom reduction techniques, and often bring the client to new levels of awareness and appreciation. He presents an East-West theory of trauma-related suffering that suggests that the “solution” to unwanted states is not to avoid, suppress, or intellectualize, but rather to carefully engage, accept, process, and even use painful material in the context of a compassionate therapeutic environment. This two-day presentation offers new approaches, insights, and perspectives described in John Briere’s book-in progress, The Pain Paradox: Embracing the unwanted in the search for well-being.

May 31 to June 1, 2017

Third Wave of Mindfulness-
Compassion Based Approaches for PTSD & Complex Trauma


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The Pain Paradox workshop presented by John Briere, Ph.D., deals with acceptance, growth, and wisdom – all achievable by the trauma survivor – are natural complements to symptom reduction techniques, and often bring the client to new levels of awareness and appreciation. He presents an East-West theory of trauma-related suffering that suggests that the “solution” to unwanted states is not to avoid, suppress, or intellectualize, but rather to carefully engage, accept, process, and even use painful material in the context of a compassionate therapeutic environment. This two-day presentation offers new approaches, insights, and perspectives described in John Briere’s book-in progress, The Pain Paradox: Embracing the unwanted in the search for well-being.

September 16 to September 17, 2017

Introduction to Adlerian Psychology


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This is an introductory course that will survey the core theoretical tenets of Adlerian psychology. Through a blend of instructor presentation and small group exercises emphasizing reflexive awareness, we will explore a series of Adlerian theories and concepts. The course is taught by Dr Chris Shelley, clinical director of The Adler Centre and may be taken for continuing education units or as a part of the Certification program for Adlerian Counsellors (2 credits) at the Alfred Adler Institute (APABC). The course will take place on the following dates: September 16, 17, 30, & Oct. 1st, 2017 (Saturdays & Sundays, 9 AM - 4 PM), in Vancouver. Venue TBA

The Adlerian Psychology Association of British Columbia strives to enrich the community by offering parenting education as well as counselling services.


September 16 to September 17, 2017

Certificate Program in Parent Education


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The Certificate Program in Parent Education is an 8-day program comprising of an introduction to Adlerian psychology, basic principles in Adlerian-based parenting, basic skills in adult education, and group dynamics. The program is open the the General Public and aimed at those wishing to gain a deeper understanding of Adlerian concepts in relation to parenting, those seeking to become parenting workshop facilitators, and anyone who comes into contact with children, parents, and families in their work. The program will run on the following dates: September 16th, 17th, 30th, October 1st (Saturday & Sunday), (Sunday, September 30, (Sunday, October 1st, 2017), from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each of these days. Venue: The Adler Centre

The Adlerian Psychology Association of British Columbia strives to enrich the community by offering parenting education as well as counselling services.


OCtober 13 to 15, 2017

19th Annual Canadian Energy Psychology Conference


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A one-of-a-kind opportunity to connect with the leading minds in the field of Energy Psychology. This conference offers plenty of opportunity to network, develop professional skills, share and gain knowledge, and enjoy the company of like-minded individuals from around the world . Also included: morning qui gong, a nutritious breakfast, musical performances, and a Friday night movie.

October 28, 2017

Dreams & Dream Interpretation

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This one-day professional development workshop combines experiential and practical discussion for implementing dream work into counselling and psychotherapy practice. The following topics will be explored: The science and psychology of dreams; Nightmares, ‘bad dreams’, and night terrors; Dream interpretation; Adlerian approaches to dream work; and clinical uses of dreams. (Eligible for 6 Continuing Education Units through the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association) Facilitator is Dr. Chris Shelley, clinical director of The Adler Centre. Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at SFU Harbour Centre in Vancouver, BC..

The Adlerian Psychology Association of British Columbia strives to enrich the community by offering parenting education as well as counselling services.

November 7 to 8, 2017

Couples Therapy in the 21st Century: On Target, Effective and Revolutionary


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A two day workshop lead by Sue Johnson, Ed.D. This workshop will present the Emotionally Focused Model of Couple Therapy (EFT), and how it embodies the new science of love and bonding. Topics also included: analyzing video recorded counselling sessions, the nature of love and attachment, among others...


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