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History

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

PositionName
PresidentMarie-Claude Leroux
President-ElectVacant
Past PresidentLindsey Thomson
TreasurerDaniele Buschman
SecretaryEmily Silva
Workshop RegistrarJo Hodgson
DirectorRuth Coward
DirectorElizabeth Lin
DirectorAmanda Laprade
DirectorLeslie Walker
DirectorRoman Bina
DirectorAbigail Whitney
DirectorErin Wright
DirectorCaitlin Sigg
Board LiaisonCynthia Schoppmann
Saint Paul's Student LiaisonVanessa Luis
uOttawa Student Liaison
Yorkville University Student LiaisonZahra Nafar

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Board Member Applications and Elections

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

Please submit your application to the Chapter President, Marie-Claude Leroux, for review.

Elections for Board positions will be taking place at the upcoming AGM on May 22nd from 7:30 to 8:30 pm at Saint Paul’s University, in the Amphitheatre.

All those interested in submitting an application must present their candidature in person at the AGM to be considered for a position.

Further details with the election process will be sent out to all NCR members and will be posted on the NCR Facebook page, two weeks prior to the AGM


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.


2019-2020 Schedule of Educational Events, NCR Chapter – CCPA

Psychotherapists, Students, Counsellors and those in related fields are cordially invited to attend the NCR Chapter – Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association’s 2019-2020 Professional Development Speaker Presentation and Workshop Series as outlined below. Full-day workshops require advanced registration and registration fees (please follow the attached links for registration).

Contact Andreea Andrei at [email protected] to get your student discount!

MONTHLY SPEAKER SERIES PRESENTATIONS:

TIME: Wednesday Evenings, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (2 hours = 2 Continuing Education Credits (CECs) per meeting); normally the 2nd or 3rd Wednesday of the month.

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

COST: FREE!

FULL DAY WORKSHOPS:

TIME: Saturdays (November 2, 2019, March 7, 2020 and April 25, 2020), 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (6 hours = 6 Continuing Education Credits (CECs) per workshop).

LOCATION:   Saint Paul University, 223 Main St., Ottawa, ON, Room 104 (Please note that Saint Paul University’s parking rates apply; see www.ustpaul.ca for details. Free parking may be available on neighbouring streets.

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

Sept. 18  AMBUSHED BY ADDICTION: SUPPORTING FAMILY MEMBERS WHEN THEY LOVE SOMEONE WITH ADDICTION ISSUES, presented by Rev. Linda Goonewardene, M. Div. RP

Linda is a Registered Psychotherapist with a Master Degree in Divinity and Bachelor Degrees in Psychology and Sociology.   She has her International Certification as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor.  Linda has worked in residential treatments with adults and adolescents in New Jersey, USA.  Presently she works as a Family Counsellor in an outpatient treatment facility in Ottawa.

This presentation with help the participant understand addiction [substance and behavioural] as a bio-psycho-sociological disorder and its emotional impact on relationships.   The presentation will include review of the Karpman Drama Triangle and how to support family members moving to the Empowerment Triangle.   Participants will learn about CRAFT [Community Reinforcement and Family Training] as an aspect of building resilience with family members.

Sept 27 NCR Chapter Student Social

Date:  Friday, September 27, 2019
Time:  begins at 7:00pm
Location: The Royal Oak (188 Bank St., Ottawa)

Each year the National Capital Region Chapter of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association hosts a student social to provide students of Saint Paul University, the University of Ottawa and Yorkville University with an opportunity to take a break from studies and connect with other members of the NCR board and CCPA.
This event is open to students, members of the CCPA and non-members that are interested in joining the NCR Chapter.
Come out to join board members of the NCR Chapter to connect, network and relax!
Snacks will be provided.

Oct 5 SELF-CARE DAY 2019: FROM THE HEAD TO THE HEART

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Morning speaker: Lakshmi Sundaram, MA.,RP.,RYT  “Somatic Experiencing and Self-Compassion: A Relationship With Your Body’s Rhythm and Wisdom”

Afternoon speaker:  Soti Grafanaki, Ph.D, C.Psycol. “From Mindful To Heartful Living’: Natural Ways To Daily Self-Care”

Afternoon activities:  Self-Care workshops to choose from

  • Yoga (bring your own yoga mat)
  • Nature walk (bring comfortable/weather appropriate clothing and shoes)
  • Collage
  • Meditation

Oct. 23 THE CLIENT AND THERAPIST EXPERIENCE WITH CULTURAL DIVERSITY, presented by Wala’a Farahat, MA, RP and Samiyah Zawawi, M.Ed, CCC, RP

This presentation aims to highlight the importance of the therapist’s self-awareness and reflection when working with diverse populations; including refugees and newcomers to Canada. Discussing the role of power dynamics, privilege and feelings of incompetency when the client’s experiences and culture are foreign to the therapist is a key component of this presentation. Questions such as “could I have survived this?” will be addressed and explored during the presentation.   As learning goals, participants in this presentation can expect to be able to identify importance and role of self-awareness in therapeutic sessions; identify some of the challenges of working with diverse populations; learn from examples of cultural nuances; discuss the role of privilege and competence on dynamic in session and deepen understanding of self-reflection on their own experience as therapist.

Nov. 2  FALL FULL-DAY WORKSHOPAUTISM SPECTRUM CONDITIONS:  IMPLICATIONS OF NEURODIVERSITY, presented by Laure-Marie Carignan, PhD, RP

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Laure-Marie has maintained a clinical practice for over 25 years.  She is inspired by personal experience and fueled by her PhD research, she has been a passionate advocate of the neurodiversity movement for several years.

Awareness of autism spectrum conditions, particularly at the high end of the spectrum, has increased significantly in recent years.  Popularized in the media, yet not always well understood, this most recent frontier of the diversity movement has led to significant advances in our understanding of neurotypical bias and its implications in clinical settings.  This dynamic and very practical workshop aims to develop clinical competence in present and future psychotherapists who will most certainly encounter neurodiversity in their practice.  The workshop will include learning about the recognition of neurodiversity in a therapeutic context and issues arising from neurodiversity and neurotypical bias in individual, couple and family therapy.  Participants will learn how to talk about neurodiversity with clients, spouses and family members.  The workshop will also cover avoidance of the negative impact of neurotypical bias in treatment planning and the therapeutic process and the workshop will focus on specific intervention modalities in light of neurodiversity.

Nov. 20 CLINICAL SUPERVISION AND CONSULTATION:  SUPPORTING REFLECTIVE PRACTICE THROUGHOUT OUR CAREERS, presented by Katherine Guthrie, MA, RP, RMT – Clinical Supervisor

The goal and expected outcomes of this session will be for participants to reflect and garner concepts of what makes for good clinical supervision and why it is so vital to the practice of psychotherapy and the professional identity of psychotherapy practitioners.  Included in the presentation will be discussion and sharing of how to find clinical supervision and how to offer clinical supervision. The presentation style will be a lecture format with the intent of generating opportunities for participants to ask questions and share in discussion of experiences and resources that have contributed to or enhanced their experiences of receiving clinical supervision and providing clinical supervision. Checklists, resources and bibliographic references will be shared with participants.  Participants will be invited through questions, discussion and elicitation of concerns during the presentation. Individual participants will be provided with guidance and coaching concurrent with questions and discussion however performance appraisal of individual participant will not be an element of the process for this learning event.

Room: L120

MEET AND GREET with CCPA President-Elect Kathy Offet-Gartner and Ontario Directors!

Join us for this great networking event from 7:30-8:00pm after the speaker series presentation. The NCR Chapter will be provided the event space for you to meet the CCPA President-Elect and ask questions you might have. NCR Chapter board members will also be present to answer any questions.

FREE event, no registration required!
LOCATION: Saint Paul University, 223 Main St., Ottawa, ON, Laframboise Hall, room L120 (Please note that Saint Paul University’s evening parking rates apply; see www.ustpaul.ca for details. Free parking may be available on neighbouring streets.

Dec. 11 EXPLORING FEELINGS AND MOODS THROUGH MUSIC, presented by Everett Adams, M.A., Ed. S., C.Psych.

Mental health is a stigmatized issue that prevents individuals from receiving proper support.  Mental Health, Mood and Music (MHMM) consist of interventions that use music as a portal to explore, reflect and create conversation on topics that society finds hard to discuss.  Participants will be able to learn an alternative approach to encourage clients to speak about their presenting concerns that have lead them to therapy.  Instructional methods will include self-reflection, listening comprehension, personal disclosure of experiences, visual aids (presentation) and musical content.

Jan. 15  UNCOVERING AND UNDERSTANDING INDIGENOUS NEEDS IN COUNSELLING AND SPIRITUALITY, presented by Linda Heritage, MA,

Linda is a clinical therapist at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health. The Centre uses traditional Indigenous practices in its therapies and programs.

This presentation will help participants learn about the history of Canada’s first peoples so that they may understand more deeply the unique needs of the indigenous population in counselling and psychotherapy.  The presentation will offer a close look at indigenous history in Canada in terms of the cultural memory that finds itself at the core of many of the counselling and psychological needs of the indigenous community.   The painful after effects of colonization and the residential school system are prevalent themes that will be reviewed.  This presentation will also include a model of care that has been developed for the indigenous community.        

Feb. 12  THE INTERSECTION OF THE TRADITIONAL MALE CODE WITH MALE SEXUAL VIOLENCE EXPERIENCE ACROSS CULTURE, presented by Ines Yagi, MA, PhD Candidate, RP,

The goal of this session is to explore the question of whether masculinity is a problematic construct or a beneficial way of understanding and helping troubled men. The two polarities within the psychology of men and masculinity have generated passionate discussions, agreements and disagreements and the presentation will explore how the traditional male role socialization can potentially obscure the full extent of the male victimization experience.  The participant will learn more about the male code and the consequences of not living up to “the historical rules or standards about the socially approved ways of being male.” The presenter will specifically explore how the valued ideals of masculinity are incongruent with men’s experience of sexual intervention.

Mar. 7  WINTER FULL-DAY WORKSHOP:  SCHEMA FOCUSED THERAPY, presented by Monica Forst, M.Ed, RP, CCC, ICADC,

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Monica has been working as a health care professional for over 25 years.  She is a psychotherapist in private practice since 1997 and is the co-founder of Choices in Action Counselling Services.  Specializing in Addictions and Childhood Trauma, Monica Does individual, couples and group therapy.  Her modalities include Transactional Analysis, Schema Focused Therapy and Psychodrama.  This workshop will teach Jeffrey Young’s Schema Focused Therapy.  It will focus on both understanding the significance of this therapy in working with clients and will also provide practical application of it.  There will be both didactic and experiential training provided throughout the day.  Participants will learn how to apply this therapy to their own clients.  They will have a clear understanding of the relevance of this model for their clients (individuals and couples).

Mar. 25 GAMING WITH INTENTION – CLINICALLY THERAPEUTIC TABLETOP GAMING GROUPS, presented by Matthew Varrette BSc, BSW, MSW, RSW.

Matthew is currently working in the “Increasing Access to Structured Psychotherapy” program at the Cornwall Community Hospital. Gaming with Intention is a practice which seeks to balance engagement and therapeutic principles at various levels in order to maximize benefits. This presentation will assist participants in gaining a basic understanding of the concepts and research behind play and role-play clinical practice theory and how it relates to Gaming with Intention.  The presentation will include an update on current practice and examples of different applications in North America and it will conduct a demonstration of Gaming with Intention.  Participants will also learn about information on different contacts within he Gaming with Intention community.

Apr. 15 To be Determined

Apr. 25 SPRING FULL-DAY WORKSHOP CONCEPTUALIZING AND TREATMENT FOR CONCURRENT DISORDERS: SEEING THE WHOLE CLIENT, presented by Caroline Elson M.Ed, RP, CCC-S

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Caroline Elson is a dynamic and compassionate psychotherapist, facilitator, educator and supervisor with over 15 years’ experience focused on concurrent disorder and holistic approach to client care. She is a clinical consultant in the Ottawa area, has a small private practice and is an Associate Professor at Saint Paul University.

Join us for a day of learning to access, conceptualize and treat clients with an integrated model of mental health and addictions work. Theories of learning will draw from Trauma-informed care, Stages of Change, Transpersonal and Motivational Interviewing. Specific Addiction tools and resources will be explored in this experiential workshop.  Included in the workshop will be 3 primary learning goals: a review of models of conceptualizing Concurrent disorders; increasing comfort in accessing problematic patterns of coping; ways of integrating Addiction specific resources into treatment model.

May 13 ANOREXIA NERVOSA UNVEILED: A SEARCH FOR MEANING AND UNDERSTANDING,

presented by Caitlin Sigg, PhD Candidate, RP(Q)

At this presentation, participants will gain a better understanding of the nature of anorexia nervosa (AN), as well as the process of remission and recovery. Participants will learn about the medical narrative and its impact on the healing process for clients with AN. Participants will learn also about how a meaning-centered approach can provide helpful tools and strategies for supporting clients with AN in the context of counselling and psychotherapy. Participants will learn about structured approaches to determine whether individuals are at risk for becoming violent, and will be better equipped to identify warning signs.   Additionally, the presentation will engage participants in examining some of the following themes:  –   Historical Overview of AN; Clinical and Etiological Features of AN; Medicalization of AN; Recovery, Remission and Relapse in AN; Theories on Meaning in Life and Meaning-Making Processes, and; the Presence, and Search for, Meaning in Life in AN.

This presentation will provide participants with conceptual and clinical examples (e.g., case study and potential role-plays). Emphasis will be given to using a meaning-centered framework in assessing, conceptualizing, and working with clients diagnosed with AN.

May 27  ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING