The Virtual Western Canada Mental Health Summit: Helping Individuals Thrive During Turbulent Times | Mental Health and Education Professionals

Presented by Gabor Maté, M.D., Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D., Jonah Paquette, Psy.D., David Burns, M.D., Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D., R. Psych & Donald Altman, M.A., LPC

Live Streaming on April 21, 2021

$169.00

6.5 Hours  |   Pre-approved for 6.5 CEUs

Description

This online course will be streaming live on April 21, 2021 from 8:15am – 4:50pm PST after purchase.

All course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until May 21, 2021. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances. 

Registration will close on April 19, 2021

We are pleased to announce The Virtual Western Canada Mental Health Summit: Helping Individuals Thrive During Turbulent Times airing online April 21, 2021. We have introduced our lowest rate ever, to make this conference accessible to all audiences including professionals and the general public. Continuing education credits and an online certificate will be available for the those who qualify under the professional rate. This virtual conference will feature new interactive learning tools including digital handouts, polls and a live Q&A with the presenters. Join Gabor Maté, M.D., Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D., Jonah Paquette, Psy.D., David Burns, M.D., Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D., R. Psych & Donald Altman, M.A., LPC for this special event.


Sponsored by

 

On behalf of Jack Hirose and Associates, I would like to thank our major sponsors, Sunshine Coast Health Centre, Georgia Straight Women’s Clinic and CTV for agreeing to join us in our effort to help individuals who are struggling with mental health issues during an unprecedented global health crisis.

I am indebted to all our guest presenters who have graciously accepted my invitation to participate in the conference and share their expert knowledge as it relates to topics that are negatively impacting individuals, workplaces, and communities during the COVID 19 pandemic.  Our world class group of presenters will address a host of topics including: stress management, grief, trauma, social isolation, fear, anxiety and depression.

The pandemic has highlighted how crucial mental health resources are to one’s overall well-being.  Mental health services, resources and supports must be made available to help all individuals who are struggling with mental health issues not only during the present crisis but for many years afterwards. It is our hope that the conference will help professionals and all individuals who are interested in learning more about mental health to keep up to date, learn new coping strategies and help adjust to the new normal as we work our way through the pandemic.

Jack Hirose, M.A.
President and CEO

 

Dear Fellow Conference Attendees,

On behalf of the entire team at Sunshine Coast Health Centre and Georgia Strait Women’s Clinic, we do hope you will join us for The Western Canada Mental Health Summit being held the 21st of April, 2021. We are, once again, pleased to be co-sponsoring an event with Jack Hirose & Associates, Canada’s premier psychotherapy conference organizer.
Now, more than ever, we at SCHC/GSWC recognize the importance of having a place to network with the psychotherapy community and train our staff. The pandemic has been challenging for us all—as individuals, as family members, and as members of the community. Change is often necessary during a crisis and we support Jack’s decision to make this year’s event virtual. Furthermore, we are excited that, for the first time, this year’s event will be open to the public. Together, as committed stakeholders, I believe we can better address the growing challenge of mental health in our communities.
Thanks to all of you for your dedication. Whether you are personally or professionally invested in this important topic, I am confident that attending this event’s slate of world-class experts will be a meaningful experience.

See you in April!

Melanie Alsager, MBA
Chief Executive Officer


The Illness and Health in an Insane Culture presented by Gabor Maté, M.D.

Half of North American adults suffer from chronic illness – a fact Western medicine views largely in terms of individual predispositions and habits.

Western medicine imposes two separations, neither tenable scientifically. First, it separates mind from the body, largely assuming that most chronic illnesses have nothing to do with people’s emotional and psychological experiences. And yet, a large and irrefutable body of research has clearly shown that physiologic and behavioural functioning of human beings can be understood only if we integrate our body functions with those of the mind: functions such as awareness, emotions, our interpretations of and responses to events, and our relationships with other people. Second, Western practice views people’s health as separate from the social environment, ignoring social determinants of health such as class, gender, economic status, and race. Such factors, in reality, are more important influences on health and longevity than individual predispositions and personal factors such as genes, cholesterol levels, blood pressure and so on.

This talk shows how a society dedicated to material pursuits rather than genuine human needs and spiritual values stresses its members, undermines healthy child development and dooms many to chronic illness, from diabetes to heart disease, from autoimmune conditions to cancer.


Pandemic Anxiety: Surviving Stress, Fear and Grief During Turbulent Times presented by Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D.

It is unimaginable – almost- how the pandemic conditions have created stress, not just close to home, but around the world. Those of us who provide support and therapy to people with anxiety have seen the damage of such global uncertainty to the mental wellbeing of our whole community. For people who suffered anxiety before COVID-19 spread, the new uncertainties about health, money, and loss of opportunity without even knowing its endpoint, have become nearly unbearable.

This presentation will discuss managing stress and anxiety during turbulent times. The 10 Best-Ever Techniques have never been more useful, but new twists to utilizing these are necessary to manage anxiety disorders when threats are real and uncertainty dominates everyone’s attention. With a fresh look at managing health anxiety, stress and fear when individuals cannot escape daily reminders, and discussion on how to manage the real stresses of work-from-home and learn-from-home conditions. Dr. Wehrenberg will identify the new risks for generalized anxiety, panic and social anxiety and ways to manage the stresses of the post-pandemic world.


Embracing Awe: The Mental Health Benefits of Wonder presented by Jonah Paquette, Psy.D.

What do you feel when you gaze up at the Milky Way, see a beautiful rainbow, or stand before a mountain that seems impossibly high? This feeling – often complete with goosebumps and a shiver down our spine – is known as awe. And as it turns out, this under appreciated and often misunderstood emotion holds an important key to a happy, meaningful, and healthy life. This workshop will explore the exciting new science of awe, and how the moments that make us go “wow!” can improve our mental health, strengthen our immune system, foster social connection, and lower our stress.


Feeling Great: You Can Change the Way You Feel! presented by David Burns, M.D.

Dr. Burns delivers an uplifting message: negative feelings like depression, inadequacy, and anxiety do not result from what’s WRONG with you, but what’s RIGHT with you! We all know that many people have lived with depression and anxiety for years without tangible change. Why? Dr. Burns shares innovative new techniques that make ultra-rapid change possible. Burns is currently Adjunct Clinical Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine and is the author of Feeling Good which has sold over four million copies world wide.  He has recently released a new book, Feeling Great: The Revolutionary New Treatment for Depression and Anxiety.
Dr. Burns will introduce TEAM-CBT, a new, exciting, fast-acting treatment for depression and anxiety that can greatly enhance your clinical skills and help with your own feelings of self-doubt and insecurity. Dr. Burns will show seven brief video clips of a TEAM therapy session with a mental health professional struggling with nine years of intense depression, anxiety, guilt and anger following a horrific traumatic event involving her 12-year-old daughter.

Gen Stressed: Helping Kids and Teens Manage Anxiety presented by Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D., R. Psych

Anxiety is at epidemic levels and is the most common mental health concern among children and teens. Anxiety is not something you outgrow, and early intervention is critical to minimize later problems with depression and other social, emotional, behavioural, and health difficulties. Unfortunately, most kids go without effective support until they are most susceptible to developing a severe anxiety disorder. Without knowing what to look for, many parents, teachers, and professionals can easily miss when anxiety shows up and may even unwittingly make anxiety stronger.

Thankfully, anxiety is highly treatable. This webinar is vital for anyone working with children and teens who experience anxiety. In this workshop, clinicians, educators, and families will develop a deep understanding of anxiety and how it shows up from a transdiagnosis perspective. Special considerations are also given to the unique stressors kids and teens face that contribute to anxiety. Participants will also learn how typical strategies may unwittingly worsen kids’ worries along with effective tools and processes to help them manage their anxiety and promote their overall courage, confidence, resilience, and well-being.


Mindfulness for the 21st Century: The Power of Unplugging to Reclaim Attention and Overcome Anxiety presented by Donald Altman, M.A., LPC

Are your clients struggling with the effects of technology overload? Social media and artificial intelligence are challenging the very way we relate to others, our idea of self, and the choices we make on a daily basis. Fortunately, mindfulness is an effective tool for buffering from speed and multi-tasking.

International mindfulness expert, psychotherapist, and award-winning writer Donald Altman, MA, LPC, shares how to use mindfulness as an antidote to counter distraction and buffer from technology overload. You’ll experience mindfulness first-hand, learning to use breath and the body to create a sense of calm and well-being.

Schedule (all times are in Pacific Standard Time)

8:15am – 8:30am – Introduction done by Maria LeRose

8:30am – 10:00am – The Illness and Health in an Insane Culture presented by Gabor Maté, M.D.

10:00am – 10:10am – Break

10:10am – 11:00am – Pandemic Anxiety: Surviving Stress, Fear and Grief During Turbulent Times presented by Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D.

11:00am – 11:10am – Break

11:10am – 12:10pm – Embracing Awe: The Mental Health Benefits of Wonder presented by Jonah Paquette, Psy.D.

12:10pm – 1:00pm – Lunch Break

1:00pm – 2:30pm – Feeling Great: You Can Change the Way You Feel! presented by David Burns, M.D.

2:30pm – 2:40pm – Break

2:40pm – 3:40pm – Gen Stressed: Helping Kids and Teens Manage Anxiety presented by Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D., R. Psych

3:40pm – 3:50pm – Break

3:50pm – 4:50pm – Mindfulness for the 21st Century: The Power of Unplugging to Reclaim Attention and Overcome Anxiety presented by Donald Altman, M.A., LPC


The Illness and Health in an Insane Culture presented by Gabor Maté, M.D.

  1. Western medicine and the focus on individual predispositions and habits.
  2. People’s emotional and psychological experiences and the link to chronic illness.
  3. Social determinants of health including class, gender, economic status and race.
  4. Integrating our body functions with those of the mind.

Pandemic Anxiety: Surviving Stress, Fear and Grief During Turbulent Times presented by Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D.

  1. How the brain generates anxiety and identifies threat
  2. The impact of stress on creating anxiety
  3. Sympathetic arousal and the stress response
  4. Stress management for chronic ‘quality stress’ and ‘quantity stress’ – managing time, environment, attitude about control, and rest/relaxation
  5. Isolation and Stress – COVID-19 stress
  6. Eliminate panic
  7. The purpose of worry
  8. Social Anxiety management

Embracing Awe: The Mental Health Benefits of Wonder presented by Jonah Paquette, Psy.D.

  • What is Awe?
    • Defining awe
  • Why we experience Awe
    • The effect of awe on compassion, connection, and curiosity
  • Psychological Benefits of Awe
    • The emotional benefits of awe
    • How awe lowers stress and changes our time perspective
  • Physiological Effects of Awe
    • The brain-based underpinnings of awe
    • How awe impacts our nervous system
  • Becoming more Awestruck
    • Practical paths towards increasing awe in daily life

Feeling Great: You Can Change the Way You Feel! presented by David Burns, M.D.

  • 10 Common Cognitive Disorders
  • Interventions & Techniques to treat Depression & Anxiety
  • Eliminate Negative Feelings & Culture
  • Video Case Study
  • TEAM/CBT Interventions: increase motivation of “Crush” disorder

Gen Stressed: Helping Kids and Teens Manage Anxiety presented by Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D., R. Psych

  • Gen Z & Generation Alpha pressures and technostress
  • Normal vs. Problematic worry
  • How anxiety shows up
  • 4 key routes to anxiety & what maintains it (so you know what to target)
  • Anxiety traps to avoid
  • Fear cues and consequences, anxiety reducing behaviours, and their functions
  • In-depth exploration of the ultimate anxiety protocol: The Anxiety Compass
    • Environmental considerations
    • Healthy anxiety busting habits
    • Building the problem-solving brain (vs. strengthening the anxious one)
    • Importance of relationships
    • Stress inoculation and effective exposure
    • Promoting an anxiety busting attitude
    • Why habituation can be a problem and how to maximize fear extinction
    • Overcoming fear obstacles
  • What to do in the heat of an anxiety meltdown

Mindfulness for the 21st Century: The Power of Unplugging to Reclaim Attention and Overcome Anxiety presented by Donald Altman, M.A., LPC

  • Discuss the effects of mindfulness on the stress arousal system.
  • Explain the importance of the pre-frontal cortex for mindfulness.
  • Describe and demonstrate a physical grounding practice that helps one distance from negativity and anxiety.
  • Discuss the benefits of diaphragmatic breathing and demonstrate postures that help it work.
  • Discuss gratitude and explain the G.L.A.D. technique as a way to produce positive affect and utilize selective attention.

The Illness and Health in an Insane Culture presented by Gabor Maté, M.D.

  1. Identify two separations imposed by Western Medicine on the health and well-being of the population
  2. Name three chronic conditions that are correlated with stressful social environments
  3. Describe one shift in focus that would support a healthier population.

Pandemic Anxiety: Surviving Stress, Fear and Grief During Turbulent Times presented by Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D.

  1. Apply neurobiological understanding of the cause of anxious rumination, panic and social fears to assist client compliance in effective treatment
  2. Apply competencies for managing stress that include the impact of the COVID-19 era.
  3. Eliminate panic and learn cognitive methods that will keep it at bay
  4. Alter tendencies to ruminate, including eliminating health anxiety when real threats exist
  5. Utilize specific ways to eliminate worry

Embracing Awe: The Mental Health Benefits of Wonder presented by Jonah Paquette, Psy.D.

  1. Describe and define the experience of awe in concrete terms
  2. Explain the effect of awe on social relationships and connection
  3. Describe the link between awe and compassion

Feeling Great: You Can Change the Way You Feel! presented by David Burns, M.D.

By the end of this seminar, attendees will be able to

  • Describe several tools to eliminate therapeutic resistance
  • Describe several cognitive distortions
  • Describe several tools to crush distorted thoughts
  • Explain what the T, E, A, and M in TEAM stand for

Gen Stressed: Helping Kids and Teens Manage Anxiety presented by Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D., R. Psych

  1. Understand the unique stress kids and teens face
  2. Differentiate normal and problematic worries
  3. Understand the nature of anxiety, how it shows up, and how it hijacks learning
  4. Explain the key pathways to anxiety and what maintains it
  5. Discuss the shortcomings of traditional approaches
  6. Learn how to create experiential learning opportunities for kids to overcome anxiety
  7. Understand the Anxiety Compass and how to individualize it to use immediately with kids and teens across contexts

Mindfulness for the 21st Century: The Power of Unplugging to Reclaim Attention and Overcome Anxiety presented by Donald Altman, M.A., LPC

  • Discuss the effects of mindfulness on the stress arousal system.
  • Explain the importance of the pre-frontal cortex for mindfulness.
  • Describe and demonstrate a physical grounding practice that helps one distance from negativity and anxiety.
  • Discuss the benefits of diaphragmatic breathing and demonstrate postures that help it work.
  • Discuss gratitude and explain the G.L.A.D. technique as a way to produce positive affect and utilize selective attention.

All individuals who are interested in learning more about mental health to improve the lives of individuals, employees, families and communities.

The conference is relevant but not limited to: Mental Health Professionals, Educators, Health Care workers, Employers, Managers and Supervisors of Employees, Human Resource Professionals, Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Addiction Counsellors, Mental Health Workers, Early Childhood Educators, Paramedics, Occupational Therapists, Physicians, Speech Language Pathologists, Human Resource Professionals, Lawyers, Dieticians, Disability Management, Pharmacists, Police Officers, Probation Officers, Rehabilitation/Vocational Counsellors and others.

Gabor Maté, M.D. (pronunciation: GAH-bor MAH-tay) is a retired physician who, after 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience, worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness. The bestselling author of four books published in twenty-five languages, Gabor is an internationally renowned speaker highly sought after for his expertise on addiction, trauma, childhood development, and the relationship of stress and illness. His book on addiction received the Hubert Evans Prize for literary non-fiction. For his groundbreaking medical work and writing he has been awarded the Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian distinction, and the Civic Merit Award from his hometown, Vancouver. His books include In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction; When the Body Says No; The Cost of Hidden Stress; Scattered Minds: The Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder; and (with Gordon Neufeld) Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers. To learn more, join his enews list at www.drgabormate.com.


Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist, author, and international trainer. She is a practicing psychotherapist and coaches professionals for anxiety management. Margaret has been a trainer of therapists for 25 years, and she is a sought-after speaker for continuing education seminars, consistently getting the highest ratings from participants for her dynamic style and high-quality content. She has written articles for the award-winning Psychotherapy Networker magazine and she blogs on depression for Psychology Today. Audio and DVD versions of her trainings are available for obtaining CEU’s. She has written 9 books on topics of anxiety and depression published by W.W. Norton, and a workbook, Stress Solutions, published by PESI. The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques and its accompanying workbook, consistent best-sellers, were released in revised editions in 2018. Her upcoming book, The New Face of Anxiety: Managing Anxiety, Grief and Loss in a Post-Pandemic World, will be released by W.W.Norton late in 2020.


Jonah Paquette, Psy.D, is a clinical psychologist, international speaker, and author. He is the author of Real Happiness (PESI Publishing, 2015), a self-help book in which he distills the key findings in the field of happiness research, and offers user-friendly tools to achieve lasting well-being. His second book, The Happiness Toolbox (PESI Publishing, 2018), a research-based self-help workbook, provides easy-to-use handouts and worksheets designed to increase happiness and life satisfaction. His forthcoming book, Awestruck (Shambhala Publications, 2020), will explore the science of awe, and how moments of wonder benefit our physical and emotional health.

Dr. Paquette is a psychologist at Kaiser Permanente in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he serves as the Assistant Regional Director of Mental Health Training. Spanning 20 medical centres and consisting of nearly 200 mental health trainees, it is the largest non-governmental training program in the United States. In addition to his clinical work and writing, Dr. Paquette offers training and consultation to therapists and organizations on the promotion of happiness and conducts professional workshops around the country and internationally. He is also a frequent media contributor, having been featured regularly in print, online, and radio outlets. Dr. Paquette’s clinical experiences have spanned a broad range of settings, including Veterans hospitals, community mental health clinics, college counselling centres, and his current work at Kaiser Permanente. For more information about Jonah and his work, please visit www.jonahpaquette.com.


David Burns, M.D. is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioural 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 behaviour 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 Distinguished Contribution to Psychology through the Media Award from the Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology in 1995.


Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D., R. Psych. is a licensed psychologist and clinical director of Koru Family Psychology. She has worked with children with neurodevelopmental disorders and their families for over 20 years, with a focus on maximizing connection, confidence, learning success, and resilience. In her clinical work, she specializes in the assessment and treatment of ADHD, ASD, learning difficulties, anxiety, and behavioural disorders. Through her specialized assessments, she helps parents and teachers understand kids’ strengths, areas of challenge, what makes learning easy, and how to best support them. She also offers therapeutic interventions to support children, teens, and their families.

Dr. Buzanko is a sought-out speaker who has been featured in various media platforms as an expert on child and teen development. She has developed training programs and workshops for parents, medical doctors, allied mental health professionals, and school professionals on topics related to ADHD, behaviour management, anxiety, autism, and learning difficulties. Her research interests focus on positive child and youth development and resiliency, as well as parent-child relationships, disruptive disorders of childhood, treatment of childhood disorders. All of her research to date has directed informed clinical practice, including the development of the Amazing Sibs! support program for siblings of children with autism and informing clinical practice as it relates to the assessment and diagnosis of ADHD.


Donald Altman, M.A., LPC, was a staff writer for an EMMY-Award winning children’s television show (“The Magic Door,” CBS Chicago), won an American Medical Writer’s Association Award and has had articles appear in New Age Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and Independent Business Magazine. Donald reaches out to the professional community by serving as the vice president of The Center for Mindful Eating. Donald works extensively with mindful meditation in his own life, as well as offering these tools to others through his books and classes. He teaches mindfulness and spiritual values around the country. He is dedicated to bringing these ancient practices in tune with modern living and to invite wellness into our stress-filled lives. An avid motorcyclist, he enjoys riding his motorcycle along the beautiful Oregon coast.  Donald is a psychotherapist, award-winning writer, former Buddhist monk, teacher and an adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counselling. He is also a faculty member of the Interpersonal Neurobiology program at Portland State University and teaches various classes blending mindfulness and Interpersonal Neurobiology. A prolific writer whose career spans more than 25 years, Donald has authored several pioneering books on mindfulness. The Mindfulness Code was named as “One of the Best Spiritual Books of 2010.”


Maria LeRose, M.Ed., is an award-winning television producer, and a producer of Educational Videos. She holds a Masters in Education with a concentration on social and emotional learning and development. Early in her career Maria worked in a variety of Social Service jobs including Youth Worker and Mental Health Worker. She was also Coordinator of the first Child Abuse Prevention program in British Columbia. For 14 years Maria has been an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. She is a Communications and Education consultant with a variety of organizations including the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education – where she designs and moderates their annual Heart-Mind Conference.

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