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Annual Meeting and Professional Development Day 2018 The Hyatt Regency, CALGARY September 22, 2018

Annual Meeting and Professional Development Day 2018

Join Us! Judi Malone PAA CEO

PAA is the voice of, and for, psychology in Alberta. We advocate for psychology, inform the public, and advocate for consumers of psychological services. You are key to that success and I am pleased to welcome each of you. Make the most of the day. Start with a positive mindset. Focus on expanding your circle of colleagues. This is an opportunity for in-depth sharing, essential for practice. Plan your networking priorities. Know who you want to connect with, review their work, and let them know your interest. Prepare for small talk. Ask thoughtful questions like, “what innovation really excites you?” That can help you learn a lot about colleagues. Expand your professional circle. Make and receive introductions, include new colleagues in plans and conversations, and solidify new professional relationships. Dive in and soak it up. I love these events. They provide a wealth of learning opportunities to expand skills, explore techniques, gather resources, and keep informed. And, approach key volunteers – share your views, ask questions, find out how you can get involved. The Mission of the PAA is to advance the science-based profession of psychology and to promote the well-being and potential of all Albertans. Together, we are the PAA. I look forward to speaking with each of you, Judi L Malone, PhD, RPsych (AB, AUS)

Richard Spelliscy

CAP Registrar & CEO The College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP) welcomes all psychology students, provisionally registered and registered psychologists to the 2018 Annual Meeting and Professional Development Day. We are also pleased to welcome the members and staff of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (PAA) to our inaugural joint conference. While we have separate mandates, we are united in enhancing the science-based practice of psychology and serving the mental health needs of all Albertans. A special welcome to allied health professionals and guests who are in attendance. There is much good mental health news for psychologists and the public in Alberta. There has been ongoing success in promoting the importance of addressing mental health needs at all stages and in de-stigmatization. The awareness of our collaborative health partners regarding the role psychologists can play in enhanced physical and mental health care prevention, promotion and treatment has also increased. Much work remains to be done in the area of public access to professional psychological services. High cost remains one of the largest impediments to receiving mental health services. Psychologists can serve the collective public interest by embracing science-based collaborative practice, continuous learning and high ethical standards. The conference will bring together the best in science, research and practice. It also provides an opportunity to learn from each other and solidify our professional networks to provide effective, safe care for the public. It is my hope that you find the day both personally and professionally meaningful. Best wishes, Richard Spelliscy, PhD, RPsych (AB, NWT, NU)


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2018 Day-at-a-Glance 7:30 am

Registration & Breakfast

8:00 am

PAA AGM & CAP Annual Meeting

9:00 am

Welcome > Opening Prayer - Elder > Ministerial welcome from the Hon. Sarah Hoffman, Deputy Premier of Alberta, Minister of Health

9:30 am

Keynote Speaker Presentation > David Dozois

Evidence-Based Practice of Psychological Assessment and Treatment

11:15 am

Featured Speaker Presentation > Derek Truscott

Improving Psychotherapy Outcomes: The Power and Potential of Feedback

12:00 pm

Lunch & Networking

1:00 pm

Breakout Session 1 Depression

2:15 pm


Indigenizing Psychology

Breakout Session 2 Anxiety


3:30 pm

Enlightening Speakers

4:30 - 6:00 pm

Wine & Cheese Reception



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Keynote Speaker David Dozois

David Dozois, PhD, is a Full Professor of Psychology and Director of the Clinical Psychology Graduate Program at the University of Western Ontario. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies, the CPA Section on Clinical Psychology, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He is also a former Beck Institute Scholar at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research. Dozois’ research focuses on cognitive vulnerability to depression and cognitive-behavioral theory/therapy. He has published 162 scientific papers, book chapters and books and has presented over 325 research presentations at national and international conferences. He is editor of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: General Strategies (2014, Wiley) and Abnormal Psychology: Perspectives (6th ed., 2018), and co-editor of the Handbook of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies (4th ed., in press; Guilford), Risk Factors in Depression (2008; Elsevier/Academic Press), and the Prevention of Anxiety and Depression: Theory Research and Practice (2004, American Psychological Association). Dozois was twice President of the CPA (2011–12; 2016–17) and currently serves on its Board of Directors. He is also on the Board of Directors for Mental Health Research Canada (formerly the Ontario Mental Health Foundation) and the International Association of Applied Psychology. In addition, he maintains a small private practice.

Keynote Presentation

Evidence-Based Practice of Psychological Assessment and Treatment: Solutions for Overcoming Barriers to Effective Implementation In recent years, governments, insurance companies, and health care settings have increasingly recognized the importance of basing psychological services on established scientific findings. Despite this societal and professional shift, and the wide-spread dissemination of research on psychotherapy outcome and mechanisms of change, many psychologists continue to practice in a manner that is not consistent with evidence-based practice (EBP). There are a number of understandable barriers to promoting greater reliance on the scientific literature and better uptake of evidence-based assessment and treatment strategies. For example, there is considerable controversy over what constitutes “best evidence.” Moreover, researchers often do not communicate their findings in a manner that effectively translates their results from the laboratory to the clinic. In this address, I will discuss some of the barriers to implementing EBP and propose some solutions for narrowing the gap between research and practice. I will also highlight briefly the recommendations and research hierarchy from the Canadian Psychological Association’s Taskforce on the Evidence-Based Practice of Psychological Treatments (Dozois, 2013; Dozois et al., 2014). The remainder of the presentation will focus on strategies for implementing EBP in assessment and treatment (e.g., ongoing treatment monitoring; use of the research hierarchy). A general approach to thinking about EBP will be discussed so that, as psychologists, we can move away from defending our own beliefs and assumptions, to focusing on what will maximize treatment/assessment outcomes for our clients. Participants will learn: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.


Reasons for the Gap Between Science and Practice CPA’s Hierarchy of Research Evidence The Process of Being Evidence-Based in Practice Strategies for Evaluating the Research Literature to Improve Practice EBP Strategies for Improving Case Conceptualization, Assessment, and Treatment

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Featured Speaker Derek Truscott

Derek Truscott, PhD, is a Professor and Director of Training of Counselling Psychology at the University of Alberta and a Registered Psychologist. He is the author of three books, including Ethics for the Practice of Psychology in Canada, Ethics and Law for Teachers, and Becoming an Effective Psychotherapist, as well as many book chapters, articles, and conference presentations on the topic of being a good—that is, ethical and effective— psychologist. He has practiced, researched, taught, lectured, and written about professional psychology for over thirty-five years. Additional information at

Feature Session

Improving Psychotherapy Outcomes: The Power and Potential of Feedback Psychotherapy works, and works well. Yet its effectiveness has not changed for as long as we have been measuring it, and all therapies have been found to be equally effective. Research has clearly established that better outcomes will never be achieved by practicing a more effective therapy—they are produced by practicing therapy more effectively. This entails therapists creating a situation conducive to clients resolving the distress that prompted them to seek help. Our challenge is that the processes empirically proven to be associated with treatment effectiveness involve the client’s experience of therapy. If we collect ongoing feedback on beneficial processes, we can tailor every therapy for each client to increase our effectiveness one encounter and one client at a time. In this talk I will describe the use of client feedback in training and practice as a promising method for enabling therapists to become more helpful more often.


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Breakout Session 1 Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment for Unipolar Major Depression David Dozois There are a number of evidence-based approaches to the treatment of unipolar major depression (e.g., cognitive therapy, behavioural activation, interpersonal psychotherapy, brief psychodynamic psychotherapy). Of these approaches, cognitive therapy (CT) has received the most research attention and empirical support. For treating an acute episode of depression, CT is comparable to behaviour therapy, other bona fide psychological treatments and antidepressant medication, with these treatments each producing superior results than placebo control conditions. Research has even demonstrated that CT is equally effective to pharmacotherapy for severe depression. A particular benefit of CT relative to antidepressant medication is that fewer patients relapse (see Beck & Dozois, 2011, 2014, for review). This brief workshop will outline the cognitive model of depression and describe various CT methods used to treat this disorder. Participants will learn: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 5.

The Cognitive Model of Depression The Evidence that Supports Cognitive Therapy Case Conceptualization Behavioural Activation Cognitive Restructuring Assessing and Modifying Core Beliefs

OR Indigenizing Psychological Practice with Indigenous Peoples Karlee Fellner While the field of psychology continues to move toward greater cultural sensitivity, research, education, and practice remain grounded primarily in dominant Euro Western approaches. Such approaches perpetuate colonial narratives and practices in assessment, diagnosis, conceptualization, and treatment, limiting clinical effectiveness with Indigenous people. This workshop draws on community-based Indigenous research and national reports, engaging attendees in understanding how they may better serve Indigenous people, from Indigenous perspectives. Participants will learn how to begin restor(y)ing colonial narratives of pathology using Indigenous counter narratives of survivance, resilience, resistance, and resurgence that move Indigenous people and communities toward individual and collective wellness, balance, and harmony. This workshop will engage attendees in considering how they may transform their work through applying a medicine bundle framework that incorporates community-based perspectives on best practices that are based in love, good relationships, Indigenous knowledge, living a good life, responsibility, identity and belonging, and land. Indigenous approaches to psychotherapy and complex trauma work will be discussed, including how to bring an “all my relations,� land-based, strength-based, culturally responsive, holistic, and historically sensitive approach to therapeutic work through the application of Indigenous ways of knowing, being, and doing.


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Breakout Session 2 Evidence-Based Practice for Anxiety Disorders Deborah Dobson Clients who present with anxiety disorders are common in virtually all clinical practices as anxiety is a familiar human experience and the most frequently experienced disorder. As psychologists, we want to provide the best therapy for our anxious clients, consequently, this presentation will cover evidence-based treatments for all of the anxiety disorders diagnosed in adults. These include specific phobia, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder and agoraphobia and generalized anxiety disorder. While obsessive compulsive disorder and trauma related disorders are no longer included within the DSM-5 anxiety disorders, they will also be briefly touched upon. The treatment with the most empirical support is cognitive behavioural therapy, either provided to individuals or in group settings. The common elements of the treatments will be described, which will include transdiagnostic approaches. Transdiagnostic approaches are intended to apply common elements to clients with different anxiety disorders. Most clients who come for help have a number of problems rather than a single diagnosable condition, consequently, the applications of these common elements to clinical practice will be discussed.

OR Making Evidence-Based Psychological Treatments Work with Older Clients Candace Konnert Evaluating evidence-based treatments for older clients begins by asking the right question. Traditionally the question has been, “Is therapy X efficacious for older adults?” However, a more appropriate question is “How can therapy X be made efficacious for older adults?” Thus, the first goal of this presentation is to learn about a case conceptualization model that encompasses their unique strengths, contexts, cohort effects, and the specific challenges that are common in later life. The second goal of the presentation is to review evidence-based treatments for older clients. Strategies for modifying treatments to meet the needs of some older clients (e.g., physically frail, cognitively impaired) will be presented. The take-home message will be that older adults benefit as much from psychological treatment as their younger counterparts and that the large cohort of baby boomers will be well served by evidence-based practice in geropsychology.

Enlightening Speaker Topics • • • • •

Cannabis & Opioids Gender & Sexuality Refugees Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Psychology in Primary Care


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Breakout Speaker Biographies Deborah Dobson Deborah Dobson, PhD, is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology, University of Calgary and has a private practice providing psychotherapy to adults with mental health problems as well as psychological assessments. Up to 2013, she was the Director of Clinical Training for the Calgary Clinical Psychology Residency Program. She is a founding member and served on the board of the Canadian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies from 2010 until 2016. She began the first Certificate in CBT program in Western Canada through the University of Calgary in 2014. She has served in several roles on the Board of the Canadian Mental Health Association—Calgary Region and was awarded the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award in 2015 for her volunteer work.

David Dozois David Dozois’, PhD, research focuses on cognitive vulnerability to depression and cognitive-behavioral theory/therapy. He has published 162 scientific papers, book chapters and books and has presented over 325 research presentations at national and international conferences. He is editor of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: General Strategies (2014, Wiley) and Abnormal Psychology: Perspectives (6th ed., 2018), and co-editor of the Handbook of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies (4th ed., in press; Guilford), Risk Factors in Depression (2008; Elsevier/Academic Press), and the Prevention of Anxiety and Depression: Theory Research and Practice (2004, American Psychological Association).

Karlee Fellner Karlee Fellner, PhD, is Cree/Métis from central Alberta. She is a grateful visitor on the traditional territories of the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai Blackfoot Nations, the T’suu Tina, and the Stoney Nakoda peoples. She joined the Werklund School of Education as an Assistant Professor in Indigenous Education Counselling Psychology at the University of Calgary in 2013. Karlee has independently designed and taught courses in counselling and psychology at numerous universities and a private First Nations college, and has published book chapters and research articles in the fields of psychology, health, and social work. Karlee is also an instructor in the Aboriginal Focusing-Oriented Therapy & Complex Trauma certificate program offered through the Justice Institute of British Columbia.

Candace Konnert Candace Konnert, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Calgary. Dr. Konnert teaches undergraduate courses in aging and clinical psychology, and graduate courses in psychopathology and clinical geropsychology. She has served as the director of training and the practicum coordinator for the clinical psychology program at the University of Calgary, and was recently awarded a University of Calgary Teaching Excellence Award and the Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs Excellence in Training Award. Research in her Healthy Aging Lab is, broadly speaking, devoted to promoting and supporting healthy aging across the life span within different contexts (e.g., individuals, families, cultural groups) and among older adults that are most vulnerable (e.g., nursing home residents).


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Things to Do in Calgary Glenbow Museum

Calgary Tower Stephen Avenue

Heritage Park Historical Village TELUS Spark Science Centre


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Conference Logistics Location The 2018 Annual Meeting and Professional Development Day will be held at the Hyatt Regency, which is located in Calgary at 700 Centre Street SE.

Hotel Accommodation The Hyatt Regency has offered a guest room block booking at a discounted rate of $169/night which can be accessed by clicking here. Please register early to ensure availability. You can contact the Hyatt at this number: 403-717-1234. Attendees must contact any hotels to make their own arrangements for accommodation.

Transport and Parking Discounted self-parking for registered hotel guests at $15.00 per vehicle per day, subject to availability (value of $29.00 per vehicle per day). Non-registered hotel guests may choose to park at the Convention Centre Parkade (Saturday rate: $5 between the hours of 6 am and 6 pm). The Hyatt is also conveniently accessible through public transportation. Specifically, the C-TRAIN (Light Rapid Transit) Platform is ideally situated adjacent to our hotel (stop at 7th Ave. SE and 1st St. SE). Travel for only $3.25. Note also that downtown C-TRAIN transportation is a free fare zone.

Conference Registration Registration rates for this year’s conference: Early Bird (May 3 - June 30) Regular (July 1 - Sept 7) Registered Psychologist $175 $199 Registered Provisional Psychologist $125 $149 Psychology Student $49 $49 PAA Professional Affiliate $125 $149 Other $249 $249 REGISTER BEFORE OR ON JUNE 30 FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A SAMSUNG GALAXY 8� TABLET!!

Meals The registration fee includes breakfast, lunch and the wine and cheese reception. Please ensure all dietary restrictions are listed on the registration form so we can do our best to accommodate you.

Registration Cancellations and Refunds No refunds will be issued for missed meals, late arrivals or early departures. Registration fees, less a $50.00 processing charge, will be refunded if a cancellation request, in writing, is received no later than September 4, 2018. After that date, fees are non-refundable. Refunds will be processed after the conference.


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Conference Materials In our efforts to be environmentally friendly, speaker handouts will be made available electronically in both the CAP and PAA Member Portals.

Conference Badges Your conference name badge will be available at the registration table Saturday morning. This badge is required for admittance to the conference, the professional development sessions and the wine and cheese reception. Please display your name badge at all times.

Attire Dress for all conference functions is business casual. Common in large venues, temperatures in the session rooms cannot accommodate all individual preferences. Please dress for variable environmental conditions to ensure your personal comfort.

Cellular Phones and Electronic Devices As a courtesy to speakers and your fellow participants, help keep distractions to a minimum during sessions by setting your cellular phone or electronic device on vibrate or by turning it off. Thank you for your cooperation.

Photography Disclaimer Please be advised that photographs will be taken at the event for use on the CAP/PAA website, marketing materials and other CAP/PAA publications (digital or print). By entering this event, you consent to CAP photographing and using your image and likeness. Please speak to Renetta at the registration table if you do not want to have your picture used.

Lost and Found Be sure to safeguard all valuables during the conference. If you lose an item, please check in at the registration desk or the Hyatt concierge.

Conference Evaluations Your feedback is welcome! A conference evaluation survey will be provided via email after the conference. We request that attendees take the time to complete the evaluation form so we may continue to deliver a dynamic and innovative conference each year.

Conference Contact For any conference inquiries, contact the College at

Research Posters PAA will once again have psychologists, provisional psychologists, and students participating in a poster session spotlighting research or innovative clinical practices with poster awards


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Hyatt Hotel Floor Plan

Main meeting room (Imperial Ballroom 4, 6, 8) Breakout room (Stephen Room A and B) Registration and food service (Grand Foyer 3)


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Please see the registration form in the email you received from CAP. Please send the registration form to and NOT PAA. Thank you.


CAP and PAA Annual Meeting and Professional Development Day Brochure 2018  

All conference info can be found here!

CAP and PAA Annual Meeting and Professional Development Day Brochure 2018  

All conference info can be found here!