CGPA Conference Wednesday, October 30

8:15 – 9:00 am Registration and Breakfast
Consultant Overseeing This Year’s ETGs

Allan Sheps MSW RSW FCGPA, is a social worker in Private Practice in Thornhill, On. He facilitates Men’s groups, and is a Co-Director of the Toronto Institute of Group Studies. He is a Past President of CGPA and a Fellow of that organization

9:00 – 12:00 pm Experiential Training Group #1
Ruth B.Z. Thomson, MSW, RSW, FCGPA, Clinical Social Worker in Private Practice, Older Adult Specialist, Winnipeg MB,Ruth B.Z. Thomson is a clinical social worker with a masters degree. She has come to specialize in older adult issues in the family and their life transitions in her private practise.  Whether it is about health changes, changes in self esteem or trying to decide if it is time to move, individuals, couples, families and groups meeting with Ruth discover their strengths again and are encouraged to find solutions to their challenges. She also provides her experience at St. Boniface Family Medical Centre as an individual and group therapist. As well, she is a Inter Faculty Member of the University of Manitoba, involved with training residents in the Family Physician process.
Peer Circle

Allan Shep, MSW, RSW, FCGPA,

The Peer Circle provides an opportunity for those wishing to develop the requisite skills to lead Experiential Training Groups.  Participants will have a range of opportunities including meeting with the Faculty and the Consultant during the debriefing meetings, observing part of an Experiential training group session and meeting with the program consultant to further pursue leadership issues.

Experiential Training Group #2
Aida Cabecinha, OT Reg. (Ont.), Dip. FCGPA, Registered Occupational Therapist, Private Practice in Psychotherapy, Co-Director Toronto Institute of Group Studies, Toronto, ON,Aida is an Registered Occupational Therapist, Psychotherapist with a private practice offering individual and group psychotherapy services. She is also the Co-Director of the Toronto Institute of Group Studies and train mental health clinicians in group therapy and group facilitation. She completed the CGPA 2 year group psychotherapy training program  (1990-1992).  She has served on the CGPA board of Directors (2014-2018) and was the chair of the National Training Committee. She recently received a CGPA fellowship for contributions to training in the field of group therapy. She has presented workshops, led group training programs and ETGS at several CGPA conferences. She have been a guest lecturer at the University of Toronto, Occupational Therapy Program for several years including conducting group therapy labs with MSc. OT students.
Workshop 11: Therapeutic Table-Top Roleplaying: Evidence and Experience.

Naomi Hazlett, OT, Occupational Therapist, Toronto, ON, Anderson Todd, BA, Med, RP, Assistant Director, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON,

Table-top roleplaying games (TTRPGs) are gaining traction as a potential group therapeutic modality. Join this workshop to learn about what TTRPGs are and how to adapt them as group therapy, participate in an experiential session, and develop the skills required to begin incorporating TTRPGs into your practice.

Learning Goals and Objectives:

  1. Orient attendees to TTRPGs and their use as therapeutic modality.
  2. Present the current state of research and evidence for the above.
  3. Engage the group in an experiential session of therapeutic TTRPG playing.
12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 -4:00 pm Experiential Training Group #1 (Continued)
Experiential Training Group #2 (Continued)
Workshop #11 (Continued)
1:30 – 4:30 pm Peer Circle (Continued)
4:30 – 5:15 pm Closing circle

Register here.