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

November 2018 to March 2019

Seeking participants for a highly relevant study into how therapists use mobile applications in their clinical work

    Location: University of British Columbia, Faculty of Education – Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
    Contact: Liliana Cortes, M.A., PhD Candidate, or phone/text at (604) 603 3912.

    This dissertation seeks to explore the factors that influence the decision to integrate mobile applications (apps) as tools in the therapy when working with clients struggling with anxiety and related concerns. Participants will have the opportunity to talk about the factors that influenced their experience in integrating or not apps in their work with clients, discussing what helped and/or hindered their decision to use apps, and how they were or not helpful to the therapeutic process. Your participation would involve one confidential interview (either in person or by phone). Please consider sharing your valuable insights on this topic in a confidential interview.
    I would be interested in hearing from you if:
    -You currently practice as a counsellor and see clients who struggle with anxiety or related concerns.
    -You have used mobile applications as tools in your work with your clients; and if
    -You are willing to talk about the factors that influenced your decision to integrate mobile applications into your work with clients.

    For more information click here

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:

March 17 to 20, 2019

The 51st Banff International Conference on Behavioural Science School Mental Health:

Equipping Schools and Communities to Support Student Mental Health

    Location: The Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta, Canada
    Schools have an important role to play in promoting student mental health and identifying and responding to mental health problems. In many cases, Canadian schools are the front lines for children’s mental health and are in a unique position to offer mental health promotion and services in a setting that has access to youth. For schools to live up to the promise offered by a comprehensive vision of school mental health, there need to be effective practices that fit the structures of the education system and meet the needs of diverse children and youth. School-community partnerships are also critical for ensuring a comprehensive system of care.
    The 51st annual Banff International Conference on Behavioural Science will highlight both the challenges and opportunities of school mental health, with an emphasis on identifying practical implications for mental health professionals, educators and administrators, and researchers. Leading experts will provide up-to-date research findings in plenary addresses. In addition, workshops will emphasize skill development and specific strategies from a range of evidence-based programs and practices. The conference is geared towards professionals who are planning, implementing, and evaluating mental health services for students in elementary and secondary schools, as well as community partners who support this work.

    For more information click here

March 29 – April 2, 2019

5th Annual Trauma and Attachment Conference
Awareness • Regulation • Healing

    Location: St. Catharines Golf and Country Club, Ontario, Canada
    The Attachment and Trauma Treatment Centre for Healing (ATTCH) is holding its 5th Annual Trauma and Attachment Training Series March 29-April 2, 2019 at the St. Catharines Golf and Country Club, Ontario, Canada. The conference schedule is as follows: 8:30 registration, Conference events 9:00-4:00.

    Join us to learn about leading approaches for treating trauma and promoting post-traumatic growth. This comprehensive conference is designed to take your trauma treatment skills to a deeper level and will cover a range of topics such as:

    • Core Stream
      • 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: Trauma Processing Experiential
    • Advanced Stream
      • Day 1: Kundalini Yoga, Breath-work, and Sound Healing to Rebalance the Brain and Nervous System
      • Day 2: Cultivating Post-Traumatic Growth Following Trauma
      • Day 3: DBT Skills to Promote Grounding and Enhance Relational Skills
    • Conjoint Conference Event
      • Day 4 PM Music in Therapy with All Ages to Promote Healing and Use of Voice
      • Day 4 PM Sandtray in Therapy: Tapping into the Subconscious Across the Lifespan
      • Day 5 Intergenerational Effects of Trauma: How trauma and resilience Cross Generations with Keynote Speaker Dr. Rachel Yehuda

    1, 3, and 5 day registration options available.

    Learn more and register
    online at:

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

    For more information click here

April 27-28 2019

Art & Science of Love Gottman Couples Workshop Vancouver


May 6-7 2019

Gottman Level 1 Training Edmonton


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

June 24th – 26th, 2019

The DBT Skills: A Three Day Training
DBT Centre of Vancouver

    Location: UBC Robson Square, Vancouver, BC
    The skills taught in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) contain an array of strategies designed to help people struggling in life lead happier and more productive lives. This 3 day training will cover the majority of the skills taught in DBT skills groups and can be used with clients both individually and in group settings. Using a variety of teaching strategies, including didactics, video and audio clips, role-plays, and experiential exercises, this workshop will provide mental health professionals with an assortment of skills they can use in better assisting their clients.

October 7-8 2019

Gottman Level 1 Training Vancouver


October 9-11 2019

Gottman Level 2 Training Vancouver


October 26-27 2019

Art & Science of Love Gottman Couples Workshop Vancouver


November 2-3 2019

Art & Science of Love Gottman Couples Workshop Calgary


November 18-19 2019

Gottman Level 1 Training Calgary


November 20-22 2019

Gottman Level 2 Training Calgary