CGPA Conference Monday, October 28

8:15 – 8:45 am Registration and breakfast
8:45 – 9:00 am Welcome – CGPA Co-Presidents Ruth BZ Thomson & John Sherry will greet you and begin the conference with a large group experience to facilitate the start of networking.
9:00 – 10:15 am Large group followed by smaller groups
10:15 – 10:45 am Coffee Break
10:45 – 12:00 pm Keynote Speaker 

Promoting our Colleagues’ Wellbeing: Group Work with Health Care Providers
Molyn Leszcz, MD, FRCPC, CGP, DFAGPA, Department of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai Hospital, Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Health Complex, Sinai Health System, Professor, University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry

12:00 – 12:15 pm Facilitated Networking 
12:15 – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30-4:30 pm Workshop 1: Dear Group: The use of the Therapist’s Summary Letters between sessions as an adjunct to the leadership of the group.
Joan-Dianne Smith
, MSW, RSW, FCGPA, Past President of CGPA, Private Practice, Winnipeg, MB,
Yalom began sharing his session notes with group members many years ago. Over time, the group summary has taken on several functions. This new version gives the therapist an opportunity to further the growth and cohesion of the group beyond the summary alone. This workshop will include didactic, demonstration, and experiential opportunities.Learning Goals and Objectives:

  1. Describe Yalom’s use of the group summary letters.
  2. List potential functions of this expanded version of the summary letter.
  3. Explain the complex issues of ethics and confidentiality in using this technique.
Workshop 2: Guiding Principles of an Integrated Group Therapy Approach: Helping Both Aging Therapists and Clients Continue to be Connected and Resilient

Kenneth Schwartz , MD, Staff Psychiatrist, Baycrest, Toronto, ON,

Principles of an integrated group therapy approach from an experienced therapist, coupled with reflection and sharing of feelings regarding one’s own and clients aging and illnesses, contribute to meeting the challenge of remaining connected resilient therapists and human beings versus falling prey to the perils of ageism and burnout.

Learning Goals and Objectives:

  1. Have increased awareness of the importance of understanding and utilizing feelings, one’s own and of our client’s, in informing our clinical work
  2. Identify three pathways for expression of feelings
  3. Integrating various approaches that facilitate psychological healing in aging and ill clients
Workshop 3: Creative Approaches to Clinical Supervision for Group Facilitators
John Sherry, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor/Clinical Director, University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC

Doriana Pantuso, MEd, Counselling, Clinican, Prince George, BC,
Kira Robertson, MEd Graducate Student, University or Nothern British Columbia, Prince George, BC,This workshop will provide an interactive, experiential approach to clinical supervision with a specific emphasis on helping group leaders recognize and address blind spots related to their own attachment style.Learning Goals and Objectives:

  1. Participants will gain a better understanding through a brief power point presentation of the basics of experiential approaches to supervision.
  2. Participants will gain a better understanding of how to use experiential activities such as psychodrama in group supervision.
  3. Participants will have a better understanding in the ways in which these activities foster supervisees’ feelings of competence, ability to manage emotions, counsellor identity development and sense of purpose as counsellors
Workshop 4: Trauma-Informed Yoga Psychology: The Art of Intention

Melissa Jay, PhD, Registered Psychologist, Canmore Counselling Inc, Camore, AB,

Are you yearning for a greater sense of purpose & passion?

Do you aspire to live each day with greater insight & intention?

If so, Yoga Psychology is for you!

This session includes a restorative yoga practice, group discussion, self-reflection, intention-setting & meditation.

Learning Goals and Objectives:

  1. During this immersive experience, participants will practice mindful movement and meditation, set intentions for cultivating connection, and learn to apply mindfulness and attachment theories, to deepen their relationships.
  2. Together, we will dig deep & explore heart-based living as a way of mindfully, integrate self-care, self-compassion, self-efficacy & spirituality to create the life you desire.
  3. Participants will learn to integrate the skills in their own practices, on and off the mat.
4:30 – 5:15 pm Free Time
5:15 – 6:00 pm Social Gathering 

Register here.