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Planning a conference, workshop, or author event? Invite ODIN BOOKS to set up and provide on-site book sales specific to the topics discussed. (We can also promote your event in the Conference section of our website.) We carry a wide assortment of books and related materials in psychology, mental health, special needs, autism, FASD, mental health and wellness. We're happy to tailor an assortment of titles to suit the specific needs of your audience. Contact us at 1-800-223-6346 or call 604-739-8804 in Vancouver.

Conferences & Events Calendar

April 23 to 24, 2018

Mindfulness and Psychotherapy - Wisdom and Compassion in Clinical Practice


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Mindfulness practices were originally designed to alleviate suffering and cultivate well-being by intentionally developing such wisdom and compassion. This workshop will explore new ways in which recent scientific findings and techniques from ancient traditions can be harnessed to tap the true potential of mindfulness – to help our clients and ourselves become wiser, more compassionate and happier human beings.



May 1 - 3, 2018

Dr. Ross Greene Advanced Training Workshop


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The aim of this 3-Day (15hrs) advanced training is to provide an in-depth orientation to the key themes and key assessment and treatment facets of the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) model. You will receive in-depth training and review of the model through direct lecture-style teaching by Dr Greene including interactive participation, case studies, video examples and question and answer opportunities. By the end of this course you will be able to use the CPS model as a parent, educator, clinician or other professional raising or working with children and youth. Your continued use and practice of the CPS model will change lives, yours included, because “kids will do well if they can.” Tuesday May 1 to Thursday May 3 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Coast Capri Hotel, 1171 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna, BC V1Y 6E8



May 3 to 4, 2018

Cutting Edge Strategies to Improve Executive Function Skills


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Through demonstration and practice, you will learn how to teach students the following executive control skills: awareness; forethought; waiting and planning skills; shifting; pacing; flexibility; speed of information processing. Individuals with strong executive function skills stay a beat ahead. Strong executive function skills enable us to imagine and plan a "dry run" of the task in our mind before we begin to carry out the plan. When forethought guides children's actions, they can carry out tasks more successfully.



May 8, 2018

The Opiate Crisis: Heroin, Fentanyl and its Analogues
Understanding and Treating the Emerging Epidemic


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This skills training event will introduce those in attendance to ways of understanding the opioid addicts experience as engagement and all attempts at intervention must start here. Both psychotherapeutic and pharmacological management will be discussed. The importance of discharge planning, “wrap arounds” and extended care (due to immaturity of the prefrontal cortex) is critical for many of the younger addicts as they may not be candidates for rehabilitation but for habilitation. This training will take an honest look at a difficult to manage population and offer approaches designed to increase retention and enhance the possibility of long term recovery.



May 15,2018

Working with Oppositional, Defiant and Anger Issues in Children and Adolescents


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This dynamic workshop will address a full range of behavioural disturbances, from mild to severe, in order to identify the therapeutic techniques that have proven effective. Participants will review and discuss strategies which can be immediately applied across a variety of settings including home, community, social groups, classrooms, or therapeutic. Participants will also examine the intersection of Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) with a variety of issues such as trauma, ADD, learning disabilities, bipolar disorder, and depression and discuss how these affect and alter treatment decisions.



May 17 to 18, 2018

Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors - Overcoming Self-Alienation


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Using interventions drawn from a number of therapeutic approaches (including Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems, and ego state therapy), the focus is on helping clients observe and accept all aspects of self with mindfulness-based interest and curiosity. This course identifies signs and symptoms of fragmentation and internal conflict and helps clients put non-judgmental language to their trauma-related symptoms and inner experience. Participants learn how to decrease client phobias of emotion and inner experience by increasing mindfulness-based dual awareness and facilitate mindful tracking of fragmented parts of the self. Somatic interventions for regulating autonomic arousal and affect dysregulation and how to integrate interpersonal neurobiology and social engagement techniques into treatment will be discussed.



May 26, 2018

Siblings of People with Autism: Unique Concerns & Opportunities


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This presentation is geared towards adults, and will look at the needs of siblings of people with autism over their lifetime and how to navigate resources to best support their brother or sister with special needs. Sibling relationships are often the longest lasting for an individual with autism and supports for siblings are critical; Don will focus on this element throughout his presentation.



May 28 to 29, 2018

2 Day DBT Intensive - Using DBT To Treat Emotion Dysregulation Disorders


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Following an introduction to Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) theory and how this treatment differs from traditional cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) to treat borderline personality disorder (BPD), Sheri Van Dijk will discuss how DBT can be applied to working with clients facing a broad range of conditions such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder, in which emotion dysregulation plays a key role. Through lecture and experiential exercises, participants will explore the four modules of DBT skills and learn how to teach these skills to their clients. Participants also will learn how to format DBT sessions to provide the structure their dysregulated clients need, and help foster the therapeutic relationship, maximize therapeutic gains, and reduce the likelihood of therapist burnout.



June 4 - 5, 2018

Now We Are Stronger Alberta's Community Mental Health Conference


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This conference in Edmonton is two days of networking, information exchange and dialogue that will advance the work in our dynamic fields. With a focus on indigenous mental health, rural and remote community mental health, and child, youth and family mental health, this conference is ideally suited to organizations and individuals from Alberta focusing on mental health and mental illness. It offers a robust and stimulating program of keynote speakers, presentations, panel discussions and excellent networking opportunities.



July 3 to 6, 2018

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and T.E.A.M. Techniques - 4 Days Summer Intensive


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This 4-Day Intensive Training in Cognitive Behavioural is designed for a smaller number of participants than David Burns, M.D.'s usual workshops, leading to a much more intimate learning environment. Participants will get the chance to interact with Burns and with their colleagues in a friendly learning environment, to practice and master each technique by breading off into dyads and triads, and to work on some of your own issues. Burns will also cover a broad range of topics, including how to deal with: Depression and Low Self-esteem; Anxiety Disorders; Relationship Problems & Addictions.



July 19 - 20, 2018

Social Stories with Carol Gray


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Social Stories can play an essential role in enhancing communication and bringing down anxiety among individuals with ASD. This Social Stories 10.2 workshop, led by Carol Gray, will devote two full days to the art and science of Social Stories, with the focus on practicing skills and discussing new strategies. No previous experience of Social Stories is required. This workshop will define clearly the criteria for what a Social Story is and how you can develop them to build positive social concepts and skills in an individually tailored, unassuming, and supportive learning context. Participants will receive an Advanced Social Story Certificate at the conclusion of the workshop.



July 30 - August 3, 2018

Introduction to ASD – Practical Applications – POPARD (Surrey)


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This 5-day, 30-hour course, taught by the experienced and engaging Dr. Ken Cole, reflects evidence-based practice in teaching students with autism. A pre-requisite for teaching assistants to work with students with autism in many B.C. school districts, this course has been enthusiastically received by classroom teachers, administrators, social workers, SLP’s and OT’s, as well as parents. The focus is on practical hands-on training through instructor demonstration, and individual coaching, and emphasizes the diversity of students with ASD. There is an optional exam for those who require an official POPARD Certificate.



August 16 - 17, 2018

Social Thinking Conference 2018


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Social Thinking conferences are dedicated to providing practical information about school-age students and adults who have social and communication difficulties, including but not limited to those related to ASD, NLD, ADHD. Information presented concentrates on students with near average to far above average verbal intelligence. Most strategies focus on school-age children and adults, although the information is helpful for those living and working with younger children.



October 25 to 27, 2018

Childhood and Adolescent Obesity
Recent Advances in Prevention and Treatment


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Held at The Westin Calgary. This conference brings together an interdisciplinary group of professionals working in the field of childhood and adolescent obesity. The 7th conference will focus on a range of topics that impact the prevention and treatment of obesity beyond the clinic setting, considering the broader social and environmental factors that influence the health of children, adolescents, and families. This multi-theme meeting will explore the role that health care professionals can play in promoting healthy strategies within the greater community to enhance the well-being of children and adolescents living with obesity. Specifically, the conference will showcase examples of successful collaborations that span diverse settings, including the health care system, government, schools, and community at-large.



October 29 - November 2, 2018

Introduction to ASD – Practical Applications – POPARD (Vancouver)


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This 5-day, 30-hour course, taught by the experienced and engaging Dr. Ken Cole, reflects evidence-based practice in teaching students with autism. A pre-requisite for teaching assistants to work with students with autism in many B.C. school districts, this course has been enthusiastically received by classroom teachers, administrators, social workers, SLP’s and OT’s, as well as parents. The focus is on practical hands-on training through instructor demonstration, and individual coaching, and emphasizes the diversity of students with ASD. There is an optional exam for those who require an official POPARD Certificate.




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