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RodRod McCormick – May 19, 2015
Dr. Rod McCormick is Mohawk (Kanienkehake) and a full professor and British Columbia (BC) Government research chair in Aboriginal health at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC. Prior to moving to his partners home reserve in Kamloops (Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc), Rod worked as a professor in the counselling psychology program at the University of British Columbia (UBC) for 18 years and also ran the Native Indian Teacher Education program at UBC for 7 years. Rod is one of the most highly funded researchers in Aboriginal health in the world and has been the Nominated Principal Investigator of 3 Aboriginal health research networks over the past 12 years. In addition to being an active therapist and clinician for over 25 years, Dr. McCormick has published over 50 scholarly journal articles, chapters, reports and books on Aboriginal mental health and has presented at over 100 regional, national and international conferences. Rod joined CCPA (then CGCA) back in the mid 80’s and was the first Aboriginal counsellor to receive the designation Canadian Certified Counsellor.

Good Medicine: A humble sharing of Indigenous healing wisdom on the occasion of CCPA’s 50th birthday
This informative and at times humorous presentation will provide participants with some important teachings of Aboriginal healing practices such as humility, balance, ceremony, laughter, perspective, empowerment, honesty, honour, hope and connectedness. The healing practices and approaches of the Indigenous peoples of Canada are thousands of years old and constitute a rich source of knowledge and teachings for both modern day Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal healers. It is appropriate that (CCPA) as an national organization for counsellors and psychotherapist’s recognizes this rich heritage of healing wisdom on the occasion of its 50th birthday.

DonaldDonald Meichenbaum – May 20, 2015
Dr. Meichenbaum, Ph.D. is Distinguished Professor Emeritus from the University of Waterloo, Ontario from which he took early retirement 18 years ago. He is presently Research Director of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention in Miami, Florida, which has had over two million HITS worldwide this year). He is one of the founders of cognitive behavior therapy and in a survey of clinicians reported in the American Psychologist, he was voted” one of the ten most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century”. He has published extensively and his latest book is Roadmap to resilience.

Treatment of individuals who have been traumatized/ victimized : Ways to bolster resilience
In the aftermath of traumatizing and victimizing experiences, 75 % of individuals will be impacted, but they go onto to evidence resilience, and in some instances develop Post Traumatic Growth. In contrast, some 25 % will develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD or Complex PTSD), co-occurring disorders and persistent adjustment difficulties. In this presentation, Dr. Meichenbaum, will discuss what distinguishes these two groups and consider the implications for both assessment and treatment decision-making. He will use a Constructive Narrative Perspective to demonstrate ways to implement evidence-based interventions and specific ways to bolster the client’s resilience.

EgideÉgide Royer – May 21, 2015
Dr. Égide Royer is a psychologist and full professor of special education at the Faculté des sciences de l’éducation of Université Laval. His work currently focuses on keeping children from failing in school or dropping out, intervention in class to address behavioural issues and development of social skills among troubled youth. Égide Royer is author or co-author of more than 100 scientific and popular articles and books. He recently published Comme un caméléon sur une jupe écossaise, on teaching youth at risk without depleting resources, Le chuchotement de Galilée, about enabling vulnerable young people to succeed in school, Comment être le bon parent d’un élève difficile, guiding parents on raising a difficult student, Leçons d’éléphants, for helping boys succeed in school and La réussite scolaire : chroniques d’un passionné, a guide for enabling young people to do well in school.

Like a chameleon on an tartan skirt: Addressing Disciplinary and Behavioural Problems at School
Teaching young people with disciplinary and behavioural problems is not just an arduous, but often stressful and exhausting task. Educators, however, receive little university or workplace training on developing effective skills for contending with such situations. This book describes how to prevent problems of discipline and behaviour. It also illustrates best practices for helping such young people thrive in school and describes specific intervention techniques.

CathyCathy Malchiodi – May 22, 2015
Cathy A. Malchiodi, PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, is the Founder and Director of the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute, Adjunct Professor at Lesley University and President of Art Therapy Without Borders. Cathy is a Board-Certified and Licensed Professional Art Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Registered Expressive Arts Therapist and research psychologist with more than 25 years of experience in arts-based trauma intervention, medical art therapy and integrative approaches to health and wellness. She has developed programs for a variety of populations including survivors of interpersonal violence, medical illness, and disasters and currently works with returning military and their families, specializing in trauma-informed intervention and resilience-based programs. Dr. Malchiodi is the author and/or editor 20 books on art therapy, expressive arts therapy, trauma-informed practice, and health care, including the Handbook of Art Therapy (2nd ed),Creative Arts and Play Therapy for Attachment Disorders, Understanding Children’s DrawingsCreative Interventions with Traumatized ChildrenThe Art Therapy Sourcebook,  Art Therapy and Health Care, and Trauma-Informed Art Therapy.

Creative Arts in Counseling and Psychotherapy: Brain-Wise Approaches to Treatment and Intervention
Neurobiology and neurodevelopment throughout the lifespan are currently informing best practices in the fields of counseling and psychotherapy, including work with children, adults, families and groups. In particular, the use of expressive, action-oriented and participatory approaches are demonstrating that creative arts therapies [art, music, dance/movement, and dramatic enactment] capitalize on five “brain-wise” strategies–right-hemisphere dominance, non-verbal communication, relational dynamics, self-regulation and sensory-based intervention. The presentation provides a basis for understanding the neurobiology of the creative arts therapies and an overview of contemporary research that underscores why these approaches are essential to treatment.  it also emphasizes what every counselor and psychotherapist should know to begin to integrate these methods into their own therapeutic practice.