The CCPA  2020 Conference will be held
from May 7 – 10, 2020
at the Westin in Edmonton, AB.

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The conference starts in…

74Days 20Hours 15Minutes 16Seconds


Why attend?

This conference offers participants a professional development opportunity to meet their needs. This is an opportunity for participants to network and share information and best practices. Participants will learn about new research tools and the latest updates in the field and will leave with new resources and contacts who, together, will help them in their daily work with their clients.

The conference aims to:

  •     Develop the field of counselling in Canada;
  •     Facilitate the professional development of people working in the field;
  •     Promote the exchange of theories and research in counselling;
  •     Encourage the exchange of ideas and information among delegates, as well as between delegates and the CCPA Board of Directors.

Meet our Keynote Speakers

James Makokis

Miyomâmitoneyihcikan, sohkemâmitoneyihcikan – “A Good Mind, a Strong Mind: Understanding the Indigenous Health Care System”

Dr. James Makokis, MD, is a two-spirit Family Physician who practices Family Medicine in Kinokamasihk Nehiyawak Nation (Kehewin Cree Nation) and in Edmonton where he has a subspecialty transgender health practice. He believes that only through the inclusion of Indigenous knowledge across all areas of programming in Indigenous Nations, and working collaboratively with traditional medicine people will true healing occur. Most recently, James and his partner Anthony won The Amazing Race Canada as Team Ahkameyimok.

Carol Allain

Generational Shock: Uniting Triumphant Individuals

French – Simultaneous Interpretation

Carol Allain is an ex-lecturer at the University of Ottawa and the Université du Québec. Since 1986, he has given more than 200 lectures every year in many companies, institutions, associations, and organizations in Canada, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Martinique, Portugal, and other countries. Under the guise of humour, the presentation entitled Le choc des générations (generation shock) is an invitation to cast a comparative look at the different generations. This training reviews the characteristics of the silent generation (1901-1944), baby boomers (1945-1963), generation X (1964-1978), generation Y (1979-1994), and generation Z (1995-2010) in order to confront them and highlight the tensions that arise between them and the possible modes of accommodation.

Lori Gill

Intersections: Attachment, Adversity, and Health Outcomes and Integrative Healing to Promote Repair

Lori Gill is the founder and clinical director at the Attachment and Trauma Treatment Centre for Healing, is a Registered Psychotherapist, Certified Trauma Specialist (CTS), trainer, Consultant Supervisor for the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC), and former psychology professor with 18+ years of experience working with children, youth, and adults in various professional settings. Her diverse background has provided her a wealth of skills in the areas of trauma, attachment, mental health, compassion fatigue prevention, addictions, eating disorders, wellness and education.

Chris Cull

Lived-Experience Speaker – ‘Inspire’

Through pure honesty and passion, Chris describes how losing his father to suicide sent him down a spiral of drug abuse with an 8-year addiction to opioids and shares his story of overcoming trauma and addiction to cycling across Canada twice through developing an unstoppable mindset. Chris’ speaks to how to develop this mindset and the lessons used to work his way up from an active drug user to advising at the highest levels.

Registration Discounts

We're pleased to offer a 10% discount to members of these organizations who are not currently members of CCPA.

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Social Activities

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Travel & Hotel Discounts

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Want to plan ahead? Remember the following dates! 

Our 2021 Annual Conference will be held at the Delta Hotels Prince Edward in Charlottetown, PEI, May 6 – 9, 2021.