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The objectives of the National Capital Region (NCR) Chapter are to provide professional development and networking opportunities for members working or studying in the counselling and psychotherapy fields. The NCR membership represents a wide variety of backgrounds and areas of specialty. In order to promote community involvement, chapter meetings are advertised at different social agencies, colleges, universities, and private practitioners’ offices. The NCR executive officers hold events in English at Saint Paul University, inviting counselling and psychotherapy practitioners and counselling and psychotherapy students to attend for the purpose of professional development and networking and to become members of CCPA.

The NCR chapter holds monthly speaker series presentations that offer local presenters of high calibre and expertise from the counseling and psychotherapy community. Typically, the 90-minute lecture is followed by group discussion for 30 minutes. Each year, the topics and speakers are predetermined from the collective suggestions of the participants and the membership of the Board of Directors.

Also, there are three full day workshops, which are held in the Fall, Winter and Spring. CCPA members who participate in the workshops and monthly speaker series presentations may apply for continuing educational units (CEC’s) required for maintaining certification. The chapter invites all members to attend the Annual General Meeting held in May of every year. The list of presentations scheduled for the current year is available on the CCPA website.

A new professional development activity called the Self-Care Day began in 2016 and is scheduled to be held in September each year as a full day focus on Self-Care.  We encourage all of our membership to take advantage of this event.  More details will be available on this website.

In addition, there are networking opportunities with the Student Social at University of Ottawa in September and the Winter Social in January.  Again, more details soon to come.

We look forward to meeting you soon.

Chapter Executive and Directors

PresidentLindsey Thomson
President-ElectMichael Machan
Past PresidentMichael Machan
SecretaryJordan Houlton
Workshop RegistrarMarie-Claude Leroux
DirectorVicki-Anne Rodrigue
DirectorSigny Fridriksson
DirectorReina McSheffrey
DirectorRuth Coward
DirectorJeanette Rooney-Ozols
DirectorSuzanne More Kerr
DirectorJacqui Synard
DirectorMarie Josee Chabot
DirectorErinn Brown
Board LiaisonVicki-Anne Rodrigue
Board LiaisonJacqui Synard
Student LiaisonMelanie Morin
Student LiaisonBradley Daly

Application Form

All those interested in joining the Chapter Executive or Board are encouraged to submit an application.

Constitutions and Bylaws

The Chapter’s bylaws are a set of rules that control the actions of its members and govern the internal management of the Chapter.


The Chapter brochure provides information regarding the Chapter. For printed copies, please contact the National Office.

2017-2018 Schedule of Educational Events, NCR Chapter – CCPA

Counsellors and those in related fields are cordially invited to attend the NCR Chapter – Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association’s 2017-2018 Professional Development Speaker Presentation Series as outlined below. Full and half-day workshops are also offered.

To access the student rate, please email your proof of student status to Karina at [email protected]

TIME: Wednesday Evenings, 5:30 to 7:30 PM (2 hours = 2 Continuing Education Credits (CECs) per meeting)

LOCATION:   Saint Paul University, 223 Main St., Ottawa, ON, Amphitheatre (Please note that Saint Paul University’s evening parking rates apply; see for details. Free parking may be available on neighbouring streets


November 15, 2017 Clinical Supervision: Basic & Beyond

Jillian is completing her doctoral studies at Saint Paul University with a research focus in Clinical Supervision. Participants will develop an increase in awareness as to best practices of providing clinical supervision.  This presentation will include some emphasis on available tools and conceptualization of individual practice; sensitivity to role as supervisors and inevitable impact on supervisee.

December 6, 2017
Working with Hope and Despair in Therapy, with Danielle Vriend Fluit

Danielle Vriend Fluit is a PhD candidate, an AAMFT Approved Supervisor as well as a Registered Psychotherapist and Registered Marriage and Family Therapist. Her doctoral research was on couple and therapist experiences of hope in therapy which led her to also explore hopelessness. This presentation integrates some of her own research as well as current literature on journeying with clients’ hope and hopelessness and offers best practices for holding both.

January 17, 2018
Imagery Based Processing of Unconscious Tendencies: An Applied Approach, with Robert Anderson

Rob maintains a part time private practice focusing on complex trauma, addiction and general mental health issues. He uses a combined treatment approach utilizing somatic and mindfulness approaches. The presentation will focus on his approach and discuss the technique he has developed to work alongside it.

January 19, 2018 WINTER SOCIAL

Join the executive and board members of the NCR chapter for our annual winter social event. This is an opportunity for fellow colleague to meet, catch up and network in the rich field of counselling and psychotherapy in Ottawa.

Location: Mill Street Brewery, 555 Wellington St

Time: 7 to 10pm

February 3, 2018 WINTER FULL-DAY WORKSHOP: Paths to Problem Gambling and Conduits of Change
, with Dr. Michael Wohl

Dr. Michael Wohl, Professor at Carleton University, focuses his research on factors that facilitate responsible gambling, predicting problem gambling, and helping overcome barriers to behavioural change. During the morning session, we will discuss the pathways to problem gambling and means to cultivate smart (i.e., responsible) play. The afternoon session will focus on barriers to change and ways to overcome those barriers.

Register now!


February 7, 2017: Understanding the Realities of the Sex Offender and Offering Hope Through Treatment and Rehabilitation, with Dr. Paul Fedoroff

In this workshop, participants will be made aware of the broad spectrum of sexual offenses committed; will get a more in-depth understanding of the sexual offender’s profile; and will become familiar with the various treatment options available to sexual offenders as well as community organizations.

March 21, 2018
Truth Telling: The Case Statement for Male-Centered Trauma Therapy

Over the past 20 years, Rick’s professional work has focused on male sexual trauma recovery. In order to intervene effectively with male survivors of sexual abuse and assault, service providers must orient themselves in terms of a gendered “male-centered” framework. This presentation will focus on the need to simultaneously hold the lenses of both male socialization as well as trauma in order to effectively engage with clients.

April 18, 2018
The Role of Attunement in Fostering Intimate Relationships in Couples, with Traci Lee

Traci Lee is a Registered Psychotherapist in private practice, who works with individuals and couples. This presentation will review the various elements of attunement, as well as how this phenomenon can promote intimacy between coupled partners. A deeper understanding of this elusive and multi-faceted phenomenon will also help clinicians to understand how couple relationships can flourish and can be healing.

Attachment and Psychotherapy, with Dr. Brenda Saxe

Dr. Brenda Saxe is a Registered Clinical Psychologist who is grounded in attachment theory and specializes in trauma and dissociation. In order to facilitate change we must understand both attachment as well as the neuroplasticity of the brain, since we as human beings both want and are resistant to change. This workshop will attempt to understand the relationship between attachment, neuroplasticity and change as humans move towards self-actualization.

Register now!


May 9, 2018 An Introduction to Sand Tray Therapy, with Bonney Elliot

In this workshop, participants will gain a better understanding of Sand Tray Therapy, and how it can be used with youth and adults in conjunction with talk therapy.  Sand Tray is a useful approach for processing trauma, visualizing change, or when progress in therapy feels stuck.


May 30, 2018 NCR Annual General Meeting

Location: Saint Paul’s University

Time: TBD



Coming soon!