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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
TreasurerJordan Houlton
Workshop RegistrarMarie-Claude Leroux
DirectorReina McSheffrey
DirectorRuth Coward
DirectorJeanette Rooney-Ozols
Board LiaisonJacqui Synard
St. Paul's Student LiaisonEmily Silva
uOttawa Student LiaisonRoman Bina

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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.

2018-2019 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 2018-2019 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 Andreea 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
**Please note that the presentation on November 21st will be held in Room L120 (Laframboise 120).

COST: Wednesday evening Speaker Series Workshops are FREE

Full-Day Workshop fees

Students – $40
NCR Member – $75
CCPA member (non NCR member) – $90
Non CCPA member – $100

January 9, 2018 – Counselling and Psychotherapy Best Practices for Borderline Personality Disordered Clients, by Kafui Sawyer, MA, RP

Current research shows that psychotherapy treatment can decrease the symptoms and suffering of people with Borderline Personality Disorder.  This presentation will focus on the best practices in psychotherapy for assisting a Borderline Personality Disordered client.  Understanding this disorder more deeply through an attachment lense allows therapists to determine the best course of treatment or referral for clients with Borderline Personality Disorder or clients with borderline personality traits.  This presentation will share concepts of assessment and conceptualization as informed by Dialetical Behaviour Therapy.

The learning outcomes are: Participants will gain and more detailed understanding Borderline Personality Disorder, participants will be able to assess and conceptualize the complexity of the client’s issues (i.e., what borderline personality disorder traits are present). Also, participants will be able to determine what they can or cannot do within their competency (treatment, referral or further assessment).


January 25, 2019 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.

RSVP: Please confirm your attendance via the event posting on our Facebook page.

Location: Mill Street Brewery, 555 Wellington St

Time: 7 to 10pm


February 9, 2019 WINTER FULL-DAY WORKSHOP – Understanding and Treating Complex Trauma, by Dr. Matthew Kerr, C.Psych

Dr. Matthew Kerr is a clinical psychologist, both on staff at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, and in an active private practice. He has been working with those affected by childhood and complex trauma, including those living with PTSD and Dissociative Disorders for over 12 years. He has spoken publicly on the impact of childhood trauma on mental health and emotional development, both at the Royal and at numerous workshops and conferences.

Childhood abuse and maltreatment is a significant predictor of many forms of mental-ill health. Chronic victimization in childhood can have long-lasting impacts on neuro-cognitive, emotional, and relational development, which can significantly impact attempts at healing and recovery, and negatively interfere with the psychotherapeutic process. Understanding how childhood trauma affects a developing self, how this can manifest in difficulties in adulthood, and how to recognize and work with these effects in the therapy office is essential for being able to optimally support these clients. This workshop will educate participants on the impacts of trauma across multiple domains, as well as provide examples of how to identify and treat these impacts in the context of counselling and psychotherapy.

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February 20, 2019 – Exploring Bereavement: A look at grief and loss, by Margaret Lorrie Beaton, MA, C. Hyp.

Margaret is a Bereavement Counsellor, having gained her Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology in 2012. Margaret provides traditional individual bereavement counselling, counsels those who are palliative, and supports those who are transitioning and making positive changes in their lives.

Loss has the ability to transform an individual and can actually enrich our lives. Loss can provide us with the ability to empathize with others who have had losses.  The cornerstone of bereavement work is learning how to listen with our hearts and provide the mourner with the tools to lean into that heart space, which can provide great wisdom and draw from their own inner resources to heal after a loss.  Working with the bereaved offers the opportunity to companion the mourner. This process encourages the mourner to share and honour the stories of their relationship with the deceased.  Telling the personal stories of love and loss associated with the relationship they had with the deceased is an essential element in supporting people who are grieving.

March 20, 2019 – 
Psychotherapeutic Interventions For Adult ADHD, by Zsuzsanna Grandpierre, MA (Ed), RP, CCC

Zsuzsanna Grandpierre, MA (Ed), RP, CCC is an Ottawa based psychotherapist and ADHD coach. She has received her MA from the University of Ottawa and completed coach training from Erickson International in Solution Focused Coaching. In addition, she has received extensive training in a variety of Third Wave Cognitive Behavioural Therapies, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy.

This workshop will provide a brief overview of adult ADHD symptoms and the benefits of medication, while the primarily focus will be on introducing effective psychotherapeutic interventions for this neurodevelopmental disorder. We will begin by investigating how ADHD may manifest in adults in different life domains, influence daily functioning, and how it may challenge therapy sessions and outcomes. We will continue the session with a short review of the benefits/challenges of medication, and spend most of the time on learning interventions that participants may utilize in their own work with this population. Included strategies will come from a variety of treatment protocols (CBT, ACT, mindfulness and self-compassion training) that proved to be the most effective in treating ADHD symptoms over the years. The session will conclude with reviewing some helpful apps and quality resources for both practitioners and clients.

April 10, 2019 – First Steps to Integrating a Body-Centered Approach in Individual and Couple Psychotherapy, by Stephanie Dugdale, MA, RP, CCC

Stephanie has been working as an individual and couple therapist since her graduation from St. Paul University in 2007. As well as being in private practice, she works at Jewish Family Services of Ottawa where she is the clinical manager of the Centre for Couples and Relationships.

This workshop will be an introduction to working with the here-and-now, felt-in-the-mind-and-body experience of clients and how to incorporate this in psychotherapy practice. Topics will include: becoming more familiar with the basic concepts of how the nervous system deeply impacts human experience and interaction; how understanding the body’s protective responses can help therapists to expand case conceptualization and treatment; how therapists can deepen attuning and attending skills with our clients when we become more familiar with our own nervous systems; applying these ideas practically in sessions with individuals and couples; supporting clients to become more familiar with their own nervous systems to help themselves and their relationships. Experiential exercises in the presentation will help to support theoretical learning and are offered as possible beginning steps to use in psychotherapy practice.


April 27, 2019 SPRING FULL-DAY WORKSHOPThe Promise (and Pitfalls) of Mindfulness: What Helps, What’s Hype, by Siobhan Nearey, MEd, RP, CCC

Siobhan Nearey (MEd, RP, CCC) is a Registered Psychotherapist and a Clinical Associate of the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic, where she has been teaching mindfulness courses since 2013. Siobhan is in private practice at Viewpoint Psychotherapy Services, where she runs workshops and works with individual clients. In addition to mindfulness, she is interested in self-compassion, workplace health, and helping people cope with difficult emotions.

This workshop will go beyond the basics of what mindfulness is, and discuss the risks and benefits of using mindfulness techniques in a psychotherapy setting.  We will address many of the myths about mindfulness, and explore the pros and cons of formal meditation and other mindfulness techniques.  We will also discuss the importance of mindfulness for the clinician, and how it contributes to our safe and effective use of self. The workshop will emphasize the importance of using gentle and compassionate approaches with ourselves and our clients.

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May 22, 2019 – Status of Mental Health in Ottawa, by Benjamin Leikin

Benjamin Leikin is the Supervisor of Ottawa Public Health’s Mental Health Team, Co-Chair of the Ottawa Suicide Prevention Coalition, Co-Chair of the Mental Health Promotion in Public Health Community of Practice, and on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention.

This presentation will review the findings, impacts and implications of the recently released surveillance report titled “the Status of Mental Health in Ottawa”. Working with mental health and community experts, Ottawa Public Health produced the first local surveillance report to describe the mental health and well-being of Ottawa residents using the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Positive Mental Health Surveillance Conceptual Framework. Participants will learn about the report development and report findings, including the factors that affect mental health outcomes, such as resilience, family relationships, social connectedness, and health equity and stigma.

May 22, 2019
NCR Annual General Meeting

Location: Saint Paul’s University, Saint Paul’s amphitheatre.

Time: 7:30pm to 8:30pm