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Healing & Treating Trauma, Addictions, and Related Disorders

Canada's 8th Annual Premier Psychotherapy Conference

Presented by David Burns, M.D. and Shari Geller, Ph.D. and Lisa Firestone, Ph.D. and Maggie Phillips, Ph.D. and Robert Weiss, LCSW and Randy Paterson, Ph.D. and Eric Gentry, Ph.D. and Pat Love, Ed.D. and Donald Altman, M.A.

Monday, November 27, 2017 – Wednesday, November 29, 2017  |  Calgary, ab

!  Important Notice:

Donald Altman, M.A. will be presenting on Day 3, Wednesday, November 29 as Jeff Riggenbach, Ph.D. will no longer be presenting.

Date & Location

Monday, November 27, 2017 – Wednesday, November 29, 2017

8:30am – 4:30pm

The Coast Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre

1316 33 St NE, Calgary, AB T2A 6B6, Canada

phone:  403.248.8888

website:  http://www.coasthotels.com/

 Full map & directions

Workshop Description

Dear Colleague,

I am pleased to announce Canada’s 8th Annual Premier Psychotherapy Conference: Healing and Treating Trauma, Addictions and Related Disorders will be hosted in Calgary, Alberta, on November 27–29, 2017. Whether you are coming for the first time or attend this conference every year, all of us here at Jack Hirose and Associates are excited about assembling many of our field’s top presenters who will introduce a variety of exciting new topics.

Over the past seven years, our conference has trained over 2,800 mental health and education professionals. Our world class presenters will introduce cutting edge topics including: exceptional healing techniques in the treatment of post-traumatic conditions, treatment of sexual addiction, digital culture meet clinical culture, why sex sucks and love doesn’t last, mindfulness interventions for anxiety and depression, evidence – based treatment of personality disorders, core competencies of trauma, grief and loss, compassion fatigue and burnout, clinical strategies on sex and love, shame and addiction, healing yourself, fear of intimacy in couple therapy, skills vs pills, transforming therapeutic failure with CBT/TEAM techniques and more!

Since this conference is our flagship event of the year, we always strive to improve our program with the goal of attendees meeting or exceeding their personal learning objectives. The conference promises to offer you new skills, new techniques, new strategies and keep you motivated to excel in your clinical work. Please mark this event on your calendar, and I look forward to seeing you at the conference!

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

DAY 1 – Monday, November 27, 2017

» 1st Keynote – 8:45am – 9:45am

When Helping Doesn’t Help: Transforming Therapeutic Failure into Success with TEAM-CBT

Presented by David Burns, M.D.

Dr. Burns argues that trying to help our clients is the cause of nearly all therapeutic failure. He will describe newly developed TEAM-CBT techniques for melting away therapeutic resistance, and illustrate these techniques with vignettes of individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, violence and drug abuse following severe trauma.

» 2nd Keynote – 9:45am – 10:45am

Transforming Your Clinical Practice: The Art and Science of Therapeutic Presence

Presented by Shari Geller, Ph.D.

Therapeutic presence (TP ) is the foundation for positive therapeutic relationships and effective therapy. Twenty years of research on the art and science of TP has led to a model that provides the groundwork for accessing presence in the moment. TP involves therapists using their whole self to be both fully engaged and receptively attuned in the moment, with and for the client, to promote safety and effective therapy. TP provides a neurophysiological experience of safety and security for trauma survivors, that allows them to feel heard, understood, seen and felt. To be most helpful to trauma survivors, therapists need to simultaneously be grounded and present in the moment while attuning to clients’ moment-to-moment experience. This activates a neurophysiological experience of safety, supporting clients to engage in optimal and effective therapeutic work. Further it serves to help therapists to remain centered in the face of difficult emotions while offering a therapeutic intervention that is precisely timed to the readiness of their clients. This type of relationship with the therapist provides a powerful buffer to the client’s trauma response through the coregulation of affect.

» 3rd Keynote – 11:00am – 12:00pm

Fear of Intimacy: Application to Couples Therapy

Presented by Lisa Firestone, Ph.D.

What prevents most people from being able to sustain romantic, meaningful relationships that satisfy their needs and desires? What are the factors that determine whether partners will end up experiencing love and fulfillment in their relationship or suffering, pain, and distress? This keynote helps answer these questions by providing participants with a theoretical model that integrates psychodynamic, existential, and family systems frameworks in a manner that can increase clinicians’ understanding of and ability to assist individuals in developing and maintaining intimacy in their relationships. In this presentation, I’ll explore the psychological roots of our fears about relationships and demonstrate how our early attachment patterns are often the root of these dynamics. Our fears of intimacy result from the influence of early childhood experiences and the (insecure) attachment patterns, or defensive adaptations developed to cope with our early interpersonal environment.

» Afternoon Concurrent Session Options – 1:15pm – 4:00pm

Ⓐ.① Healing Your Clients (1:15pm – 3:00pm)

Presented by David Burns, M.D

Dr. Burns will show video excerpts from his treatment of a mental health professional struggling with severe depression, anxiety, and rage following decades of domestic violence. You will see the transformation of utter despair and fear into profound feelings of joy, self-esteem, and even laughter in a single therapy session using the newly developed TEAM-CBT.

Ⓐ.② Healing Yourself (3:15pm – 4:30pm)

Presented by David Burns, M.D

Dr. Burns will show video excerpts from his treatment of a mental health professional struggling with severe depression, anxiety, and rage following decades of domestic violence. You will see the transformation of utter despair and fear into profound feelings of joy, self-esteem, and even laughter in a single therapy session using the newly developed TEAM-CBT.

Ⓑ Transforming Your Clinical Practice: The Art and Science of Therapeutic Presence

Presented by Shari Geller, Ph.D.

In this workshop we will learn about an empirically validated model of TP as a map to build and strengthen the skills of presence with clients. We will also explore the neurophysiological principles to creating safety with therapeutic presence, based on concepts such as co-regulation and neuroception of safety stemming from the polyvagal theory (Geller & Porges, 2014). We will also discuss challenges to TP and how to stay open and engaged when working with challenging clients.

Helping Clients Develop Secure Attachment: Making Sense of the Past to Empower the Future

Presented by Lisa Firestone, Ph.D.

Sparked by Bowlby’s original insights, attachment research has revolutionized our understanding of human development, the internal world, and the consequences of development gone awry. No other empirically-based theory tells us more about how we become who we are – and how to change who we have become. To varying degrees, we all carry around beliefs about ourselves and others from our earliest attachments that affect our behavior and the way we experience the world. Research shows that when people fail to make sense of their past, they find themselves reliving and recreating it, essentially re-experiencing old hurts over and over again. Attachment research demonstrates that making sense of the past is the best predictor of your ability to shape your future.

» Evening Session – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Skills, Not Pills, for Depression and Anxiety: Controversies about the Causes of and Treatments for Depression & Anxiety

Presented by David Burns, M.D

DAY 2 – Tuesday, November 28, 2017

» 1st Keynote – 8:45am – 9:45am

Exceptional Healing Techniques in the Treatment of Post-Traumatic Conditions: From Surviving to Thriving

Presented by Maggie Phillips, Ph.D.

Among the most challenging problems related to trauma are emotional and physical pain, addiction as an unhealthy attempt at self-regulation, and fragmentation of the self due to dissociation and internalization of outer conflict. This keynote will offer Ego-State Parts Therapy as a method that can help to resolve these issues and promote self-integration and wellbeing. Emphasis is on developing a powerful toolkit that can enrich your current orientation to trauma therapy. In her keynote and afternoon workshop she will focus on strategies for stabilization, safety, strengthening, and empowerment that can also bring symptom relief while through work with the conflict-free self. She will introduce ego states that can serve as powerful resources as well as those burdened by trauma.

Topics include:

  • • Definitions of Ego States and Ego-State Parts Therapy
  • How to find & work with the conflict-free self
  • The importance of secure attachment and developmental repair
  • Working with ego states linked to survival responses
  • Resolution of emotional and physical pain, addiction issues, and internal self-conflicts
  • Moving towards positive engagement with self and others
  • Building bottom-up somatic interventions as well as top-down
  • How to identify and work with the dissociation spectrum

» 2nd Keynote – 9:45am – 10:45am

Digital Culture Meet Clinical Culture: An Ethical Case for Therapists to Dig Deeper

Presented by Robert Weiss, LCSW

In the late 1960s, we experienced the Generation Gap between our youth and adult populations. Today a similar Technology Gap exists between tech-novice therapists and their app- and device-savvy clients. As modern technology continues its generational and cultural influence, we are all drawn into increasingly sophisticated and immediately accessible online content and interconnectivity. While many aspects of this evolutionary process are both useful, even essential for today’s successful business and social interaction, increasing numbers of clients are also seeking treatment for addictive and problematic patterns online behavior that simply did not exist a mere decade or so ago.

» 3rd Keynote – 11:00am – 12:00pm

How to be Miserable: Using Paradox and Surprise in Psychotherapy

Presented by Randy Paterson, Ph.D.

The quality, accuracy, and evidence base of a therapist’s interventions are all important – but they are all completely irrelevant unless the client can hear and remember what we have to say. In this keynote we explore strategies for increasing the power of our work by saying the unexpected, exploring the apparent wrong direction, and introducing paradox in therapy. Broadly-useful strategies will be introduced as illustrations and as techniques that attendees can use with their own clients. These include the exercise at the core of the presenter’s recent book How to be Miserable, as well as counterintuitive concepts from acceptance and commitment therapy and family dynamics. We’ll discuss how bland calmness nullifies impact, how to produce an orienting response, and how to recognize transitory increases in client receptivity.

» Afternoon Concurrent Session Options – 1:15pm – 4:00pm

Ⓐ Exceptional Healing Techniques in the Treatment of Post-Traumatic Conditions: From Surviving to Thriving

Presented by Maggie Phillips, Ph.D.


Ⓑ The Assessment, Diagnosis of Treatment of Sexual Addiction (Hypersexuality) in the Digital Age

Presented by Robert Weiss, LCSW

Often misunderstood and misdiagnosed, the problem of sexual addiction- as well is one frequently presented by angry spouses who feel betrayed and men who have lost health, career and family-life goals to sexual acting out. This presentation by a well-known expert and author on sexual addiction treatment offers an overview of the questions and concerns most often asked by sex addicts (of all sexual orientations) and their spouses/partners. The material will offer a review of the diagnosis of sexual addiction, common behaviors and problems encountered by sex addicts along with direction toward eliminating problem sexual behavior. The relationship between sexual addiction and early trauma survival will be reviewed along with pertinent discussion about managing and pacing recovery in multiple related areas such as behavioral (additions) and emotional/relationship (intimacy problems).

Ⓒ Mindfulness Interventions for Anxiety & Depression

Presented by Randy Paterson, Ph.D.

Despite its current popularity, mindfulness does not offer a complete treatment package for any mental disorder. It does, however, provide us with a set of strategies to augment and enhance the effectiveness of existing evidence-based approaches. In this workshop we look at methods to integrate the practice of mindfulness with treatments for anxiety and depression. We will discuss the components of mindfulness and examine the practice of mindfulness of thought, emotion, and bodily sensation. You will learn how to incorporate mindful activities in client goal-setting, how to encourage mindful acceptance of uncomfortable emotional states, how to use mindfulness to enhance exposure-based interventions, and how to accept and sit with counterproductive temptations (such as the desire to avoid, retreat, or isolate) without putting them in the behavioural driver’s seat.

» Evening Session – 6:30pm – 8:00pm
This is a complimentary session open to all registrants as well as the general public.

How to be Miserable

Presented by Randy Paterson, Ph.D.

We all spend an inordinate amount of time trying to feel better. If I buy this car, marry this person, pursue this career, live in this city, wear these socks – I’ll be happy! Most of our life decisions are, one way or another, designed to improve our future emotional state. And we’re lousy at it. We’re not as happy as we’d like to be, and we keep making decisions that impair our happiness rather than contributing to it.

What if, for the space of one brief talk, we considered the opposite task? If your goal was to be more miserable, what would you do? Inspired by an exercise taken from work with depressed clients, Randy Paterson has written the just-released How to be Miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use, a humourous look at our tendency to be our own worst enemies. Come to learn how – and why – you may be getting in the way of your own well-being. The talk is light and the path is easy to tread: It’s all downhill.

DAY 3 – Wednesday, November 29, 2017

» 1st Keynote – 8:45am – 9:45am

The Advanced Mindfulness Toolbox for Rewiring the Brain

Presented by Donald Altman, M.A.

This keynote will examine new research about mind wandering and how mindfulness can train the mind to stay present. Mindfulness can be used as a tool to keep patients from frequently mind wandering off into rumination about the past or into experiencing worry and anxiety about the future. Most importantly, mindfulness helps to provide a present moment context for feelings in the body, which is vital for helping patients but on the brakes and feel safe during those times that they are being triggered by trauma or craving. Mindfulness affects how the brain gets wired, and in this keynote you will learn why a mindfulness practice is essential for integrating the part of the brain implicated in the stress response–the amygdala–with the thinking brain’s pre-frontal cortex. In this way, patients gain a greater ability to regulate emotions. If you are working with cognitive therapy, you will find that mindfulness is a good fit because it enhances one’s ability for meta-cognition and inner reflection.

» 2nd Keynote – 9:45am – 10:45am

Compassion Fatigue & Burnout: Prevention and Resiliency

Presented by Eric Gentry, Ph.D.

This keynote explains how and why caregiving is toxic to the caregiver. It briefly clarifies the difference causes and symptoms of the two primary components of compassion fatigue—secondary traumatic stress and burnout. However, more importantly, this presentation reviews the skills and practices that have been demonstrated to provide the professional and volunteer caregiver with immunity to this toxicity. Dr. Gentry is the creator and facilitator of the one-day Professional Resilience & Optimization workshop. This workshop is an evidence-based effective treatment for the symptoms of compassion fatigue and demonstrates powerful enhanced resilience for participants. These effects have been reported in over ten peer-reviewed journal articles. Finally, this keynote will offer brief skills development for each of the five resilience skills that have lead to this demonstrated effectiveness.

» 3rd Keynote – 11:00am – 12:00pm

Why Sex Sucks and Love Doesn’t Last: Research Updates & Clinical Strategies on Sex & Love

Presented by Pat Love, Ed.D.

Relationships have changed drastically since the dawn of the 21st century. Dating, mating, single-life, sex-life, monogamy, matrimony, cohabitation, co-operation—all look different than one short generation ago. As if it weren’t challenging enough to keep up with pathological, technological, ethnic, educational, gender, geographic, socioeconomic, and sexual diversity, we now have the largest generational gap in modern history to contend with. The relationship expectations and mores that made total sense to the Boomers now baffle many Millennials.

» Afternoon Concurrent Session Options – 1:15pm – 4:00pm

Ⓐ The Advanced Mindfulness Toolbox for Rewiring the Brain

Presented by Donald Altman, M.A.

In the afternoon, you will learn a foundational body-breath-mind mindfulness meditation. Whether or not you have a background in mindfulness, this practice will help you understand and embody mindfulness in a very experiential way–vital when using mindfulness with clients. This core training will be expanded upon with some other very practical and effective tools for helping clients regulate emotions and get grounded safely in the present moment. You will explore how to use metaphor to expand the “mindfulness vocabulary” in order to make mindfulness accessible, regardless of a client’s age range or background. And because mindfulness is more than just a present moment focus, there will be an exploration of how to grow one’s “compassion container” through understanding suffering and increasing acceptance in the face of those impossible things that often happen in life.

Ⓑ Core Competencies of Trauma, PTSD, Grief & Loss

Presented by Eric Gentry, Ph.D.

This workshop ushers trauma treatment into the 21st Century. Drawing from a recently published article in the Journal of Counseling & Development (Gentry, Baranowsky & Rhoton, 2017), this workshop provides a clinical alternative to the “evidence-based treatment” model of treating traumatic stress that has permeated the field over the past ten years. Steeped in good science, this workshop presents cutting-edge research that distills the “active ingredients” indigenous to all effective treatments for traumatic stress and then catalyzes them into a treatment structure to both manage the treatment trajectory and as a delivery system for these active ingredients throughout the course of treatment. This workshop will provide the participant with skills for immediate implementation in each of the four states of the Empowerment & Resiliency Treatment Structure.

.① Where Trauma Goes to Live–and Die (1:15pm – 3:00pm)

Presented by Pat Love, Ed.D.

Most therapists are proficient at helping clients identify and gain awareness about traumatic events. Insight, however, does not equal change. To move beyond trauma, we must be able to help clients identify not just the traumatic experiences but the coping strategies and personal behaviors resulting from these events and in addition, help clients replace these behaviors with healthy alternatives.

Ⓒ.② Virtual Virulence: The Trauma, Shame & Addiction are Real (3:15pm – 4:30pm)

Presented by Pat Love, Ed.D.

Love in the time of Twitter has its own inherent dangers, and you don’t have to surf the dark web to find them. Internet dating, catch-andrelease relationships, cohort consciousness, porn on the playground, sexting and the netherworld of internet narcissism are all part of our daily lives, not an underground uncommon experience assigned to a few. Fortunately, how we navigate this world is still up to us, and healthy living begins with recognizing the seductive nature of technology.

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
  • Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)
  • Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (CCPCP)
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
  • Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
  • Canadian Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA)
  • Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC)
  • Medical Psychotherapy Association Canada (MDPAC)
  • Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
  • Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA)

† The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved CEUs.

* Participants will receive a certificate of completion after every workshop. Workshops are pre-approved for 5.5 or 6 credits per day unless otherwise specified.

Your Presenter(s)

David Burns, M.D.

David Burns, M.D. is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He also has served as Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Medicine School and Acting Chief of Psychiatry at the Presbyterian University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in Philadelphia. Dr. Burns has authored six books on cognitive behavior therapy including his best-selling Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy (1980), which has sold over four million copies. In a national survey, Feeling Good was rated #1 – from a list of over 1,000 self-help books – and is the most frequently recommended book by mental health professionals in the United States and Canada for clients suffering from depression. His most current work is titled When Panic Attacks.

Although he is best known for his work on psychotherapy, Dr. Burns has also done significant research on the central nervous system and received the A.E. Bennett Award for his studies of serotonin metabolism. Currently he is investigating variables associated with therapeutic success or failure. His research has been published in numerous scientific journals. Dr. Burns is a dynamic and engaging educator. Every year, thousands of mental health professionals attend his workshops. Dr. Burns also maintains a strong interest in public education. He was recently featured in a ninety minute PBS special on depression and received the Distinquished Contribution to Psychology through the Media Award from the Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology in 1995.




“This was an excellent workshop and valuable for many professions. Please keep bringing CBT workshops to Alberta! The workshop was both professionally and personally helpful, and powerful, and enlightening.” 
– Sara Maraj | Banff, AB | July 17-20, 2017


“So great. Learned a huge amount. I am a somatic focused practitioner and have been resistant to working with CBT. This has definitely opened a huge doorway of interest. Thank you.”
– Richmond, BC | July 6-9, 2016


“Outstanding. Dr. Burns is competent, knowledgeable, and very practical. More than that, he is wonderfully human. His ability to bring himself and his own vulnerabilities into the room super infused this conference.” 
– Dave Flynn | Banff, AB | July 17-20, 2017


“David Burns is extremely knowledgeable, an effective presenter and an expert in his field. The workshop has exceeded my expectations. Thank You!” 
– Mayes Pillay | Banff, AB | July 17-20, 2017


“Dr. Burns was great. Exceeded my expectations. I was not expecting so much interaction. Going form the pages of the Feeling Good Handbook and 10 Days to Self-Esteem to 3D in person has been so much more helpful for me.”
– Murray Walters | Banff, AB | July 17-20, 2017

“Overall, very well done. I appreciated David taking these techniques and humanizing them. Makes me excited to get back to work and start using some of these techniques and start practicing to hone in on my skills. I would definitely attend another workshop provided by David Burns. So refreshing to see him take such an interest in his patients and their overall care.”
– Edmonton, AB | June 6-7, 2016


“Dr. Burns is a warm, humble man. I love his down-to-earth approach, his humour and his personable manner. I loved the role-plays. I can use those in my sessions. He is an expert in this field and it comes across in his workshops.”
– Megan Pomore | London, England | April 30-May 1, 2015


Shari Geller, Ph.D.

Shari Geller, Ph.D., is an author, clinical psychologist, and creator of the Therapeutic Rhythm and Mindfulness Program (TRM™). With over twenty years experience weaving psychology and mindfulness, Shari co-authored the book, Therapeutic Presence: A Mindful Approach to Effective Therapy.   She has released a companion CD on cultivating presence, with guided practices using the healing power of music and the health benefits of mindfulness. Shari’s newly released book: A Practical Guide For Cultivating Therapeutic Presence,  offers practical guidance for cultivating and strengthening therapeutic presence as a foundational approach.  Shari serves on the teaching faculty in Health Psychology at York University and for the Applied Mindfulness Meditation (AMM) program at University of Toronto; and is Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto, in association with Music and Health Research Collaboratory (MaHRC).  Shari is the co-director of the Centre for MindBody Health, in Toronto, Canada.

Lisa Firestone, Ph.D.

Lisa Firestone, Ph.D.,  has been a practicing clinical psychologist in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, California. Lisa works as the Director of Research and Education at The Glendon Association and a Senior Editor at PsychAlive.org. She has published numerous professional articles, and most recently was the co-author of Sex and Love in Intimate Relationships. An accomplished and much requested lecturer, Lisa represents The Glendon Association at national and international conferences.

Maggie Phillips, Ph.D.

Maggie Phillips, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in full-time private practice in Oakland, California. She is director of the California Institute of Clinical Hypnosis and past-president of the Northern California Society of Clinical Hypnosis. She has served on the faculties of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH), American and European Congresses of Ericksonian Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA), the Esalen Institute, the European Society of Hypnosis in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic Medicine, the International Society of Hypnosis (ISH), The Professional School of Psychology, and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH). Dr. Phillips has led workshops on hypnosis, psychotherapy, the effects of childhood trauma, and reversing chronic pain in the U.K., Germany, Scandinavia, France, Japan, China, and Malaysia, and uses of energy therapies in mindbody healing.

Robert Weiss, LCSW

Robert Weiss, LCSW, is Senior Vice President of National Clinical Development for Elements Behavioral Health, creating and overseeing addiction and mental health treatment programs for more than a dozen high-end treatment facilities, including Promises Treatment Centers in Malibu, The Ranch in Tennessee and The Right Step in Texas. Rob is an internationally acknowledged clinician and author of self help literature for over 25 years.

Randy Paterson, Ph.D.

Randy Paterson, Ph.D, R.Psych. is the founder and owner of Changeways Clinic, one of Vancouver’s largest psychotherapy services. He has treated individuals experiencing difficulty at the transition to adulthood for over 20 years, and has lectured on the phenomenon in public presentations. Dr Paterson has presented numerous educational programs over the past 25 years on subjects ranging from diversity awareness to depression treatment to psychotherapy process. One of his primary interests is the intersection of existential and cognitive behavioural approaches to therapy. His research publications include papers on depression, stress, anxiety, attention, and attachment theory. He is the author of Private Practice Made Simple, How to be Miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use, The Assertiveness Workbook, and Your Depression Map.


More information: http://www.changeways.com/aboutus/staff/drpaterson/drpaterson.html

Eric Gentry, Ph.D.

Eric Gentry, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized leader in the study and treatment of traumatic stress and compassion fatigue. His Ph.D. is from Florida State University where he studied with Professor Charles Figley—a pioneer of these two fields. In 1997, he co-developed the Accelerated Recovery Program (ARP ) for Compassion Fatigue — the world’s only evidence-based treatment protocol for compassion fatigue. He has trained over 100,000 health professionals over the past 20 years.

Pat Love, Ed.D.

Pat Love, Ed.D. is a certified Love Educator known for warmth, humor and commitment to learning. For more than twenty-five years, she has contributed to relationship education and personal development through her books, articles, training programs, speaking and media appearances. Dr. Love has published several professional articles, been featured in many professional books and developed relationships education media and materials being used nationally and internationally. Her ever-popular books Hot Monogamy and The Truth About Love have literally taken her around the world spreading the good news about marriage and committed relationships. She released her new book in February 2007, co-authored with Dr. Steven Stosny, and entitled How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It.

Pat is in demand as an expert presenter at national and international conferences. She has appeared numerous times on Oprah, The Today Show and CNN. Pat also has a new university level Love Education DVD course Love: What Everyone Needs to Know. She is a regular contributor to popular magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health, Good Housekeeping, Men’s Magazine and Woman’s World. She is faculty Emeritus, Imago Institute for Relationship Therapy and a recipient of the Smart Marriages Impact Award. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, an Approved Supervisor in AAMFT, and a past president of the International Association for Marriage and Family Counseling.

More information: www.patlove.com

Donald Altman, M.A.

Donald Altman, M.A., is an international mindfulness trainer who served as in adjunct professor in Portland State University’s Interpersonal Neurobiology Program. He worked for several years as a Senior Mental Health Therapist at an IOP Eating Disorder and General Psychiatric Clinic before opening his own clinic near Portland, Oregon. He is a former Buddhist monk and best-selling author of several books, including the award-winning The Mindfulness Toolbox.

Who Should Attend

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Probation Officers, Police Officers, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Recommended Accommodation

The Coast Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre

1316 33 St NE, Calgary, AB T2A 6B6, Canada

phone:  403.248.8888

website:  http://www.coasthotels.com/

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Our rates:

For November 14-16 

Standard Room $135 + Tax

Cut off date is October 14, 2017


For November 26-28

Standard Room $135 + Tax

Cut off date is October 27, 2017


* Please ask for the Jack Hirose & Associates rate and provide reservation number CPC-GFC22145

* Please note that the number of rooms at our corporate rates are limited. 

When booking hotel rooms, ask for the Jack Hirose and Associates corporate rate. To receive our corporate rate, rooms must be booked one month prior to the workshop date. Please keep in mind hotel rates may fluctuate.

Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual 1 Day Enrollment $249 $269
Individual 2 Day Enrollment $429 $449
Individual 3 Day Enrollment $599 $619
Group 3-7 $579 $599
Group 8-14 $559 $579
Group 15+ $539 $559
Full-Time Student $539 $559

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PLEASE NOTE: Multi-day registrations can NOT be shared. All registration fees are per person. Different individuals cannot be sent on different days under one registration fee. Name badges will be checked at the door.

Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).

Early bird cutoff date: November 13, 2017
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Monday, November 13, 2017.

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