Pre-Convention PD Workshops

2017 Registration Costs:


(One Day Only – Wednesday June 7, 2017)
(includes 1 coffee/tea/water break)
Rate HST 13% Total
CPA Members and Student Affiliates** $100.00 $13.00 $113.00
Non-Members/Affiliates** $150.00 $19.50 $169.50
(includes AM Break, Lunch and PM Break)
Rate HST 13% Total
CPA Members and Student Affiliates** $195.00 $25.35 $220.35
Non-Members/Affiliates** $275.00 $35.75 $310.75

* The CPA Member Rate includes members, student affiliates, special affiliates, international affiliates, fellows, CPA-APA joint members, and CPA-APA joint fellows

** Pre-Convention Workshop Multi-Reg Rebate: CPA Convention Registrants who also registered separately to attend a Pre-Convention Workshop are eligible for a 10% rebate of their 2017 CPA National Convention registration fee. Download, complete and submit the Muti-Reg Rebate form to



Enhancing Supervision and Treatment Delivery Through Cultural and Social Justice Competence

Presented by: Brent Hayman-Abello, Rozen Alex, Anusha Kassan, Marta Young

Duration: Half Day AM (9:00 – 14:00) followed by CCPPP Annual General Meeting
Sponsored by:  The Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs (CCPPP)
Continuing Education Credits:  3.5
Notes: This intermediate/advanced workshop is targeted at directors of training, but students and other psychologists are welcome to attend. Continental breakfast will be provided by the CCPPP.

Description:This half-day workshop is focused on training and supporting clinical supervisors in the development of cultural and social justice competencies. Cultural and social justice issues are relevant to all levels of practice and supervision, as they can affect relationships to trainees as well as clients. This workshop will review supervision models that can be applied to multiple and intersecting diversity constructs and help supervisors reflect on their own process of developing cultural and social justice competencies. The coverage of these topics will be facilitated by large and small group discussion including a) the use of vignettes, b) the personal, institutional, and systemic factors that affect cultural and social justice competencies, and c) the identification of one or more models that participants can use as a framework for culturally and socially responsive supervision.

Introduction to Measurement Invariance

Presented by:  Alyssa Counsell, David B. Flora

Duration: Full Day (9:00 – 16:30)
Sponsored by:  Quantitative Methods
Continuing Education Credits: 6
Notes: Attendees must bring laptops. Knowledge of/experience with factor analysis or structural equation modeling is highly recommended.

Description:Researchers often want to compare group means on scores from multi-item scales. In order to validly make group comparisons on the construct of interest, it is important to establish that the scale measures the construct equivalently across the groups. Establishing that the scale is not biased in favour of one group over another involves assessing measurement invariance (also referred to as measurement equivalence, or its opposite, differential item functioning). Tests of measurement invariance across groups are crucial for studies involving scale development and validation.

This one-day workshop will describe the basic concepts behind and assumptions involved in testing measurement invariance. It will demonstrate how to conduct these statistical tests using multi-group confirmatory factor analysis. The workshop will include a lecture component to teach the theory of measurement invariance as well as provide hands-on exercises using statistical software. Participants will learn how to test different levels of measurement invariance for both continuous and categorical (i.e., item-level) data. By the end of the workshop, participants will understand when and how to use tests of measurement invariance for analysing their own scale and item-level data.

Cultural Competency for Developing Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Collaboration

Presented by: Elizabeth Hartney, Asma-na-hi Antoine

Duration: Full Day (9:00 – 16:30)
Continuing Education Credits: 6
Sponsored by: Aboriginal Psychology

Description: This workshop provides participants with the cultural competency skills required to support collaborations between Indigenous individuals and communities, and non-Indigenous organizations. The co-presenters provide a model of collaboration in developing an Indigenous and Non-Indigenous partnership for research, and draw on many years of experience working within Indigenous communities, and mainstream mental health and substance use health promotion/prevention, treatment services and policy. The workshop will provide experiential opportunities for delegates to reach a new understanding of how the intersection between their personal history, the ethnocentric, scientific context of psychology, and the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada, may have created barriers to recognizing the inherent assets, strengths, and resiliencies of Indigenous peoples, which can and should be central to client and family centred mental health services. By shifting the paradigm towards understanding why past mental health messaging may not be effective in addressing the mental health needs of Indigenous peoples, participants will be equipped with culturally appropriate language to overcome these barriers, and will each be guided through the process of developing a plan for developing culturally safe mental health programs.

Beyond Colonization: Working with Indigenous Clients and Communities

Presented by: Darien Thira

Duration: Full Day (9:00 – 17:00)
Continuing Education Credits: 6.5
Sponsored by: Community Psychology

Description: The Indigenous community is often understood to be suffering a mental health crisis, but this is not the case. The community is responding naturally to the violation of colonization. Community members and families are not sick, they are wounded. According to the post-colonial perspective, the role and status of mainstream psychology is maintained by its identification of sickness and the labelling of individuals so that the impacts of social oppression is reduced to a psychological or medical concern, rather than a natural (i.e., normal) response to the oppression itself. Thus, many clinical diagnoses can be defined as a “colonisation disorder.” This community crisis has a social cause and culturally rooted community-based “cure” rooted in Traditional values. A values-based Indigenous resilience model will be introduced and examples of clinical intervention and community initiatives based on this approach will be described and participants will identify current and future resilience-promoting activities within their own communities and practice. Finally, a 3-step model for decolonizing one’s practice–including a shift from a problem-focus to an opportunity approach to client issues, a shift to a community-based notion of identity and the use of a strength-based community resource approach that supports simultaneous personal and community healing—will be identified and practiced.

Pediatric Somatization: Connecting the Mind and Body – Advances in Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment

Presented by: Theresa Newlove, Elizabeth Stanford, Amrit Dhariwal, Andrea Chapman

Duration: Full Day (9:00 – 16:30)
Continuing Education Credits: 6
Sponsored by: Psychologists in Hospitals and Health Centres

Description: Somatic symptom and related disorders are mental health conditions characterized by the presentation of physical symptoms that are not typically part of a medical condition, although they can co-occur with a diagnosed medical condition. Emergency room visits, hospital admissions, multiple medical investigations and pharmacological interventions reflect the severity of the symptoms and suffering experienced by children and youth with this condition. Somatization is often associated with significant disruptions in the developmental trajectories of education, social and family functioning. Assessment and treatment of somatoform symptom and related disorders often poses challenges to health care providers. Disparities in terminology between health care professionals and how somatic symptoms are explained to families can complicate and sometimes delay early treatment approaches. The workshop content and process are designed to reflect the experiences of children, youth and their families as they move through stages of confusion, connection, integrated treatment and recovery. Case vignettes will be used to illustrate assessment, psychoeducation and psychotherapeutic approaches to treatment that alleviate physical and emotional suffering and provide biomedical explanations of the link between emotions and physical responses. Interactive learning and clinical skill development will be supported by the written and video materials co-authored and developed by the presenters. We will be presenting and sharing the set of comprehensive treatment resources that our team at BC Children’s Hospital have developed to help children and families.

The New Sexual Revolution: Counselling Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients

Presented by: Kevin G. Alderson

Duration: Half Day AM (9:00 – 12:30)
Sponsored by: SOGII
Continuing Education Credits: 3

Description: The Internet and several societal changes in Canada over the past 10 years has led to both increased visibility and earlier “coming out” experiences for members of the lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) community. The impact of this rapid shift is being felt in mental health practice. Most clinicians, however, have received little to no training in working with LGB individuals.

This half-day workshop will provide relevant and practical information regarding assessing and counselling LGB clients. Due to their substantially larger numbers, gay and lesbian clients will be the main focus. Didactic material will be supplemented with practice activities.

Pathways within a Gendered Future: Counselling Transgender Clients

Presented by: Kevin G. Alderson, Ashleigh Yule

Duration: Half Day PM (13:00 – 16:30)
Sponsored by: SOGII
Continuing Education Credits: 3

Description: Transgender is an umbrella term for individuals whose gender identity, gender expression, or behavior does not conform to that typically associated with the sex they were assigned at birth (APA, 2011, p. 1). People who identify within the transgender umbrella may self-identify in a variety of ways, such as transwomen, transmen, non-binary, genderqueer, gender fluid, agender, transsexual, or other gender diverse identities. Due in large part to media and Internet access, transgender people have increased their visibility substantially. In consequence, transpeople are coming out in record numbers and at earlier ages, and the impact of this is being felt in both mental health and medical practice.

Transgender individuals have the highest rate of suicidality of all members comprising the nondominant sexual and gender communities. Further, transgender individuals encounter many physical, psychological, and social risk factors, including violence, harassment, poverty and underemployment, homelessness, academic challenges, and difficulty accessing medical services. Most clinicians, however, have received little to no training in working with transgender individuals or addressing the issues transgender and gender diverse clients frequently encounter.

This half-day workshop will provide relevant and practical information regarding assessing and counselling transgender clients across the lifespan. The focus will be on the most likely transgender individuals who will find themselves in a clinician’s office: (a) male-to-female transsexual individuals, (b) fetishistic crossdressing males (c) female-to-male transsexual persons, (d) non-binary individuals, and (e) gender creative children, their parents, and their educational teams.

The Assessment of Malingering in Psychology

Presented by: Andrew Haag

Duration: Half Day AM (9:00 – 12:30)
Sponsored by: Criminal Justice Psychology
Continuing Education Credits: 3.25

Description: Malingering is very common in multiple clinical and forensic contexts in psychology. The DSM notes that clinicians should screen for malingering in medicolegal contexts, when there is a discrepancy between the claimed stress and objective findings, when there is a lack of cooperation with a diagnostic evaluation, and when there is antisocial personality disorder (APA, 2016). Given the above, screening for malingering will come up quite frequently in multiple sub-specialities of psychology. Given this reality, it is essential that psychologists are well grounded in theory and techniques to assist them with the assessment of malingering. This workshop will endeavour to provide a framework that clinicians can use for assessing malingering and consider potential contributing factors to malingering. Clinicians will gain a greater appreciation for the complexities and ethical implications involved in malingering assessment.

Maximizing PTSD Assessment and Treatment by Incorporating Significant Others

Presented by: Candice M. Monson

Duration: Full Day (9:00 – 16:30)
Sponsored by: Clinical Psychology
Continuing Education Credits: 6

Description: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is associated with numerous interpersonal impairments (e.g., Monson et al., 2009). Given the inherently interpersonal nature of traumatization and the disorder, cognitive-behavioral conjoint therapy for PTSD (CBCT for PTSD; Monson & Fredman, 2012) was developed to simultaneously improve PTSD symptoms and enhance relationship functioning. CBCT for PTSD is a 15-session conjoint therapy for PTSD that focuses on (a) improving conflict management and communication skills; (b) restructuring the dyad’s relationship in a way that promotes interpersonal-level approaching, rather than avoidance, of feared situations, and (c) modifying historical and present-day trauma-related maladaptive thoughts held by either member of the dyad that can maintain PTSD and relationship difficulties. This workshop will include coverage of evidence-based assessment methods for PTSD and common comorbid conditions, as well as relational functioning. The theoretical rationale for conducting a disorder-specific conjoint therapy for PTSD and a review of the key components of CBCT for PTSD will be provided. Videorecorded sessions will be used to illustrate the techniques. A brief review of CBCT for PTSD’s efficacy data and special considerations in the delivery of the therapy (e.g., couples in which both partners have PTSD, telehealth delivery, conjoint versus couple-based delivery, multi-couple group delivery) will be provided.

To Know What is Consistent: Temperament Profiles in Counselling and Clinical Practice

Presented by: Irina Trofimova, William H. Sulis

Duration: Half Day PM (13:00 – 16:30)
Continuing Education Credits: 3.25
Sponsored by: Clinical Neuropsychology

Description: This intermediate workshop presents a condense and comprehensive review of main existing models of temperament and its convergence with findings in psychophysiology and psychopathology. It starts with analysis of the specialization between neurotransmitter systems underlying temperament traits and mental illness. Functional ecology perspective of this analysis considers the development of the structure of adult temperament as the result of certain functional properties of the tasks and activities of adults. Participants will learn a 12-components framework that summarizes specialization between neurotransmitter systems underlying both, temperament and mental disorders. Participants will be offered an introduction to and practice with a screening temperament test that was validated in the past 25 years. Examples of temperament profiles and symptoms of anxiety and depression will be reviewed based on clinical studies. Algorithms of using temperament profiles in choosing psychotherapy approaches will be discussed. The workshop will be conducted by a licensed psychologist (with 25 years of research in the area of adult temperament and biologically-based individual differences) and a psychiatrist (with 30 years of practice in psychiatry and publications on the subject of neurotransmitters and temperament).

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis

Presented by: Noah L. Lazar, Eilenna Denisoff

Duration: Full Day (9:00 – 16:30)
Sponsored by: Clinical Psychology
Continuing Education Credits: 6
Notes: Attendees should have some experience with the principles of CBT

Description: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has traditionally been thought of as a highly effective and empirically-validated treatment for depressive and anxiety disorders. More recently, there has been increasing interest and research in the application of CBT to schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. Research has shown that CBT can prevent the development of psychosis in high-risk individuals, and is generally effective at treating the positive symptoms of schizophrenia. Despite its efficacy, CBT for psychosis has not been widely implemented in clinical practice, and there is often a lingering perception that clients with psychosis can only be treated with medication. Concerns often remain about successfully implementing CBT techniques given the severity and rigidity of the presenting symptoms.

In this workshop, the application of CBT for psychosis will be demonstrated.  There will be a focus on the unique challenges of working with clients suffering from psychosis, as well as modifications to standard CBT techniques, such as exposure and response prevention, behavioural experiments, cognitive restructuring, and core belief work, in order to effectively work with this population, particularly in terms of treading delusions and hallucinations.  Strategies to address thought disorder and negative symptoms will also be discussed.  Modifications to session structure and case conceptualisation will also be addressed.

In this workshop we will utilize case examples and brief role plays to highlight the application and modification of cognitive restructuring and exposure and response prevention in the treatment of psychosis. We will leave ample time for question and answers, and will also include role plays for participants to practice the application of their existing CBT skills to this disorder.