Non-PAA Workshops

Note to PAA Members

A continuing education reciprocity agreement between the PAA, the British Columbia Psychological Association (BCPA), the Psychological Society of Saskatchewn (PSS) and Idaho Psychological Association (IPA) has been entered into between our respective associations offering registration to the three associations' respective continuing education programs at the same fees that each of these associations would charge to their own members.


British Columbia Psychological Association (BCPA)

Workshops and other events offered by the BCPA. View...


Psychological Society of Saskatchewan (PSS)

Continuing Education activities from the PSS. View...


Idaho Psychological Association (IPA)

Continuing Education Activities from the IPA. View...


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The following is a list of other non-PAA training/workshop events that are listed in date order. Scroll down the list to view all the events that are listed (using the scroll bar immediately to the right of the list). 


June, 2019


June 2-3, 2019

Treatment of mental health conditions remains primarily symptom-focussed. Little attention has been given to the problems of disability associated with mental health problems. Long periods of absence from work are routinely prescribed when individuals are diagnosed with a mental health problem; many never return to work. Implicit in this practice is that there must be some therapeutic benefit to being at home. What is often neglected is that absence from work contributes to increased social isolation, increased financial dependency and uncertainly, social stigma and lower self-esteem. Viewed from this perspective, reconsideration of assumptions about the therapeutic benefit of work absence appears warranted.

Over the past 15 years, we have been involved in the development and evaluation of augmented behavioural activation programs designed to target both the symptoms and work-disability associated with debilitating mental health conditions.

In a recent trial of work-disabled individuals with co-morbid chronic pain and depression, participation in a standardized 10-week augmented behavioural activation intervention (Progressive Goal Attainment Program - PGAP) led to a 60% reduction in depressive symptoms, and 60% of participants successfully resumed their occupational activities. As well, resumption of occupational activities was associated with an increase in ratings of quality of life. Similar findings were obtained in a trial of work-disabled individuals with PTSD.

Our work suggests that work resumption should not be considered the “outcome of successful treatment" of mental health problems, but rather should be viewed as "part of successful treatment" for mental health problems.

Register for this two-day training workshop to become familiar with the skills and procedures of the Progressive Goal Attainment Program.

Instructor: Dr. Michael Sullivan is Professor of Psychology and Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Health at McGill University.

PGAP Workshop Registration - Calgary June 2-3, 2019:

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July, 2019


EMDR-Sandtray Specialist Intensive Program

Facilitated by: Ana Gomez, Developer of the EMDR-Sandtray Protocol


Tuesday, July 2, 2019 to Saturday, July 6, 2019

8:30am - 6:00pm

Clarion Hotel & Conference Center Sherwood Park

2100 Premier Way, T8H 2G4 Sherwood Park


Clinicians will learn:

  • Case conceptualization skills to use with children and adolescents with complex clinical presentations who require greater level of distance from the traumatic material.
  • Basic Sand tray therapy procedures such as how to set up the sand tray, develop miniature collection, explore the child’s “world” etc.
  • How the EMDR Sandtray Protocol differs from other sandtray therapy
  • The basics of ego state, internal family systems, and structural dissociation theories
  • To set various levels of distance from the trauma
  • To develop resources during preparation phase using the sand tray including:
  • Safe-calm-happy place
  • Helpers
  • Resource spots
  • The little self-healing place
    • To set up the assessment phase honoring the various levels of distance.
    • To use interweaves within the EMDR-Sandtray Protocol using the Interweave Systems Model (ISM) such as to:
    • Meet attachment needs
    • Complete truncated defense responses
    • Reclaim repressed and dissociated affective states
    • Modulate arousal
      • To work with the body while staying connected to the sand tray and the story
      • To work with preverbal trauma
      • To playfully do the installation phase and body scan using the EMDR-Sandtray Protocol.

Clinicians practice and receive feedback directly from Ana Gomez and her team. Videos, live demonstrations and lots of pictures of therapeutic work will be presented. Workshop attendees will have very tangible and concrete experiences.

Cost:  Full program EMDR-Sandtray Specialist -Level 1- $1800 USD

(Includes training materials, 48 hours of training, and all breakfasts and lunches)

8 hours of online training and 40 hours of intensive training. A total of 40 CEUs (EMDRIA CEUs).

Prerequisites: EMDR Basic Training Level 1 & 2



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August, 2019

It’s The Law: What every Alberta Therapist needs to Know

EDMONTON August 22nd, 2019
Holiday Inn Express
18520 100th Avenue
Edmonton, AB

CALGARY August 23rd, 2019
Holiday Inn Express
8360 Blackfoot Trail SE
Calgary AB

$250.00 early bird (July 11th, 2019)

Register at

The legal environment governing mental health, psychotherapy, and counselling is far more challenging than before. However, contrary to what is becoming the conventional wisdom, Canadian law is supportive of treatment, counselling, and care professionals who have acted reasonably and in good faith. This workshop will provide participants with a working understanding of the key legal principles governing their professional lives and with the ability to identify and avoid common legal problems.

Reference will be made to leading Canadian cases and relevant materials. Professor Solomon will cover the following topics: consent and competency; negligence and expected standards of care; record-keeping, ownership, and access to records; confidentiality and privilege; and disclosure of client information. The workshop will also examine mental health workers' overlapping common law and statutory privacy obligations. In the conclusion, some common-sense rules will be suggested for anticipating and avoiding legal problems.

Robert Solomon is an experienced and thoroughly engaging speaker. You will find yourself both entertained and informed. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions throughout the workshop. Information based on Alberta Law.

You will learn the general legal principles governing —
• Consent, competency to consent, and substitute consent to treatment, counselling, and care
• Negligence liability and the standards of care expected of mental health counsellors and service providers
• Record-keeping, record retention policies, liability for negligent record-keeping, the use of computer records, and client access to and ownership of records
• Confidentiality, privilege, and disclosure of client records with and without client consent
• Privacy

For More Information go to
Call 403-467-7252

Registration is Limited


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November, 2019