Western Canada Mental Health Summit | Day One

Presented by Alexia Rothman, Ph.D., Jeff Riggenbach, Ph.D. and Lillian Gibson, Ph.D

Live Streaming May 24, 2023


6 Hours  |   Pre-approved for CEU’s


This virtual conference will be a live stream of a live in-person conference being held in Calgary, AB. If you would like to attend live in-person please register here: http://www.jackhirose.com/workshop/the-canadian-trauma-and-mental-health-summit/

This online course will be streaming live on May 24, 2023 from 8:30am – 4:00pm MDT, 7:30am – 4:00pm PT, 9:30am – 6:00pm CT, 10:30am – 7:00pm ET after purchase.
This course is streaming live out of Calgary, AB beginning at 8:30am MDT (Calgary, AB). Please adjust your start time according to your specific time zone. 

10:00am – 10:15am MDT
12:00pm – 1:00pm MDT
2:30pm – 2:45pm MDT

Recorded footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until June 26, 2023. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances.
Please allow 1 – 3 business days after the course airs for recorded footage to become available.

Registration will close on May 23, 2023. 


Attend More and Save! 1 Day enrollment $249.00, 2 day enrollment $449.00, 3 day enrollement $649.00 + plus tax

Fees are per person, seat sharing is not allowed. Please respect this policy, failure to comply will result in termination of access without a refund. For group rates please contact webinars@jackhirose.com

Day One (May 24, 2023) Workshop Choices:

Day One Morning 8:30am – 12:00pm: 

1. Internal Family Systems Therapy: Healing Through Compassionate Connection | PRESENTED BY Alexia Rothman, Ph.D.

After decades of clinical innovation and recent scientific research, the empirically validated Internal Family Systems (IFS) model has been shown to be effective at improving clients’ general functioning and well-being. This effective model provides clinicians with procedures for helping clients with the most challenging mental health profiles to heal the wounded, burdened, and traumatized parts of their systems.

The IFS model provides a compassionate, respectful, non-pathologizing approach to understanding the organization and functioning of the human psyche.

The transformative IFS approach embraces and celebrates the natural multiplicity of the mind. Its assumption is that every part of the system has good intention and valuable resources allows clinicians to approach even the most troubling of “symptoms” with compassion and respect. IFS offers therapists a powerful and effective set of tools for empowering clients with a wide range of clinical profiles to heal the wounded and burdened parts of their internal systems, resulting in:

  • a way to enter clients’ inner ecology without the overemphasis on containment and stabilization
  • symptom reduction and improved functioning for clients
  • deep self-healing within even the most troubled clients

2. Psychotherapy Treatments for Adult and Adolescent Depression: Clinical Considerations for Interpersonal Psychotherapy, ACT and CBT | PRESENTED BY Lillian Gibson, Ph.D

Millions of adults and adolescents are impacted by depression each year. There are several factors that trigger depressive symptoms due to one’s biological history, psychosocial stressors, and/or relationship dynamics. This 3 hour session will focus on comparing and contrasting IPT for Depression, ACT for Depression, and CBT for Depression allowing clinicians an opportunity to select the best method to treat adult and adolescent depression based on the presenting problem.

Dr. Lillian Gibson’s workshop will provide mental health professionals with a practical framework to assess and treat adult and adolescent depression. Participants will learn how to apply treatment specific approaches to effectively tailor their treatment plans.

This training will use a case vignette to guide the presentation and uncover mistakes that can be made when the best option for depression treatment is not utilized.

3. Disarming High-Conflict Students in the Classroom: Dealing with the 8 Most Difficult Students in Educational Settings | PRESENTED BY Jeff Riggenbach, Ph.D.

Difficult people are everywhere. And sometimes it seems like this is especially true in our school systems. They are our fellow educators, our administrators, and certainly our students. Sometimes they are even in our families! But they don’t have to push our buttons. Whether you are having difficulty managing the classroom in general, dealing with a particular challenging student, interacting with a fellow teacher, or dealing with an administrator – There are patterns to human behavior. And once we understand where someone is coming from we can equip ourselves with specialized tools to speak their language and deal with them in more effective ways. The good news is we don’t have to allow them to drain our energy and rob us of the joy that drew most of us to the field of education in the first place! This fun, informative workshop not only targets those high conflict students, but also provides strategies to help students reach their full potential. Leave this highly engaging seminar with international personality expert Dr. Jeff Riggenbach feeling empowered to disarm even the most challenging people in your school before they get the best of you. 

Day One Afternoon 1:00pm – 4:00pm: 

1. Polyvagal Theory: Healing Through Compassionate Connection | PRESENTED BY Alexia Rothman, Ph.D.

Despite the diversity of content that brings clients to therapy, difficulty regulating their emotional experience is at the heart of their struggles. Clients can feel hijacked by extreme emotional states, uncomfortable in their own skin, or think or behave in ways they wish they wouldn’t. Polyvagal Theory (PVT) helps us understand what is happening on a biological level when our clients are emotionally dysregulated or stuck in adaptive survival states, such as fight, flight, freeze, or numb.

2. Healing Strategies and Interventions for BIPOC Communities (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) | PRESENTED BY Lillian Gibson, Ph.D

Dealing with race-based stressors are not only frightening for individuals who experience first-hand stressors, but they are also concerning for self-identified allies and professionals who support BIPOC communities (black, indigenous, and people of color). The workshop will provide attendees a safe space to understand and explore the multi-faceted complexities of racial trauma and minority stress in addition to appropriate, culture welcoming treatment options.

Canadian population data trends are steadily changing the landscape of mental health services, clinicians/educators committed to helping their clients/students can vastly benefit from expanding their expertise with the assessment and treatment of racial trauma and minority stress. Professionals working with marginalized populations and/or clients/students of color may benefit from understanding how to properly explore their clients’/students’ feelings and responses to direct and indirect activating events.

Identifying stressors (microaggressions) can be quite challenging and overwhelming when a clinician/educator wants to help, but doesn’t know where to start.  This seminar provides attendees with a clear template of how to check for clinical blind spots in or order to confidently support and treat BIPOC clients.

3. CBT Strategies that Really Work With Students in the Classroom | PRESENTED BY Jeff Riggenbach, Ph.D.

Cognitive – Behavioural Therapy is considered the “gold standard” therapeutic approach for many psychological conditions most commonly seen in school-based settings with children and adolescents. Despite it’s strong evidence base, many school counsellors and educators have gone a more “integrative” route and surprisingly few have developed the advanced expertise needed to deliver the effective CBT strategies on a regular basis to students that often remain “stuck.”

If this describes you, don’t miss this opportunity!

Join international CBT trainer and expert Dr. Jeff Riggenbach, for this breakthrough course that will help you hone your skills, equip yourself to confidently deal with even your most challenging cases, and reignite your passion to the work you once loved.

Day One Morning 8:30am – 12:00pm: 

1. Internal Family Systems Therapy: Healing Through Compassionate Connection | PRESENTED BY Alexia Rothman, Ph.D.

  • Comprehensive, compassionate, non- pathologizing treatment approach
  • Paradigm-shifting perspective on “psychopathology”
  • Easily integrated into other therapeutic modalities
  • Teach clients to access inner wisdom and self-compassion to permanently heal traumatic wounds

2. Psychotherapy Treatments for Adult and Adolescent Depression: Clinical Considerations for Interpersonal Psychotherapy, ACT and CBT | PRESENTED BY Lillian Gibson, Ph.D

  • Describe the diagnostic criteria for depressive disorders.
  • Explain salient factors specific to Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depression treatment.
  • Explain salient factors specific to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for depression treatment.
  • Explain salient factors specific to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression treatment.
  • Identify helpful assessment measures to track treatment efficacy.

3. Disarming High-Conflict Students in the Classroom: Dealing with the 8 Most Difficult Students in Educational Settings | PRESENTED BY Jeff Riggenbach, Ph.D.

  • Discover the 8 types of high conflict (HC) people that make life difficult in educational settings and learn highly specialized strategies interacting effectively with each
  • Hone skills in and acquire tips for connecting with students in a way that develops rapport to prevent 90% of classroom behaviour problems before they escalate
  • Develop an understanding of how we get our “buttons pushed” and how to maintain our composure when we do
  • Learn triggers for each style, how to avoid them, and disarm the bomb before the fuse gets lit
  • Arm yourself with knowledge of the 5 specific characteristics that make students “difficult”
  • Identify 3“red flag” behaviours common in each HC style for early recognition & intervention
  • Learn a 3-step communication process to speak directly to each of the 8 types of HC styles
  • Implement personality informed classroom management strategies, including implications for lesson planning, intentional teaching, student discipline, and classroom ecology in a way that promotes learning for the individual student
  • Acquire damage control strategies for dealing with meltdowns when they do occur
  • Develop your own personalized action plan for each high conflict student in your classroom or person in your life

Day One Afternoon 1:00pm – 4:00pm: 

1. Polyvagal Theory: Healing Through Compassionate Connection | PRESENTED BY Alexia Rothman, Ph.D.

  • Identify the basic principles of Polyvagal Theory and how PVT can inform and enhance application of any psychotherapeutic modality.
  • Discuss how understanding Polyvagal Theory can help therapists implement IFS more safely and effectively, especially in the systems of clients with complex trauma.

2. Healing Strategies and Interventions for BIPOC Communities (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) | PRESENTED BY Lillian Gibson, Ph.D

  • Identify salient factors of cultural competency markers
  • Explore cultural attunement variables
  • Understand how to conceptualize cases when race based stressors are present
  • Describe racial trauma diagnostic criteria
  • Delineate between minority stress factors and race-based trauma
  • Understand the impact of vicarious trauma on emotional functioning
  • Use the Biopsychosocial Model framework to guide assessment steps and treatment of racial trauma
  • Identify factors that influence generational trauma and exacerbate racial trauma symptomology
  • Identify client centered strategies to develop a racial trauma treatment plan
  • Report cultural competencies in the assessment and treatment of racial trauma

3. CBT Strategies that Really Work With Students in the Classroom | PRESENTED BY Jeff Riggenbach, Ph.D.

  • Apply evidence-based CBT techniques to multiple symptom sets.
  • Illustrate methods for conducting CBT psychoeducation to elicit “buy in” from most difficult students.
  • Detect, challenge and modify dysfunctional self-talk, thoughts and core beliefs.
  • Implement rapport-building tips and tools to improve client relationships.
  • Summarize the role of early maladaptive schemas in maintaining chronic conditions.
  • Utilize schema-based strategies for breaking lifelong destructive behavioural cycles.
  • Summarize eight motivations for parasuicidal behaviours and how to effectively intervene for each motivation.

Mental Health 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, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all other mental health professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Education Professionals: All education professionals who work with children or youth including, but not limited to K–12 Classroom Teachers, School Counsellors, Learning Assistance/Resource Teachers, School Administrators, School Paraprofessionals including Special Education Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Childcare Workers and all other professionals who support behavioural challenges and complex learning needs.

Alexia Rothman, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Atlanta, GA, since 2004.  She is a Certified Internal Family Systems therapist, an international speaker and educator on the IFS model, and a professional consultant for clinicians seeking to deepen their knowledge and practice of IFS through theoretical discussions, case consultation, technique practice, and deep, personal experiential work with their own internal systems.  Dr. Rothman has received extensive training in the IFS model, primarily from IFS developer, Dr. Richard Schwartz.  She has served as a Program Assistant for multiple Level 1, 2, and 3 experiential IFS trainings, and she offers workshops on the IFS model throughout the United States and abroad.  She currently co-hosts an Internal Family Systems-informed podcast, Explorations in Psychotherapy.

Dr. Rothman is a United States Presidential Scholar who graduated summa cum laude from Emory University as a Robert W. Woodruff Scholar.  She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she was an Edwin W. Pauley Fellow and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.  She has held adjunct faculty positions at Emory University and Agnes Scott College.

Jeff Riggenbach, Ph.D. is a best-selling and award winning author who has earned a reputation as an international expert in CBT and personality disorders. Over the past 20 years he has developed and overseen CBT-based treatment programs for Mood disorders, anxiety disorders, addictive behaviour disorders and Personality Disorders at two different psychiatric hospitals and clinics serving over 3,000 clients at multiple levels of care. Dr. Riggenbach trained at the Beck Institute of Cognitive Therapy and Research in Philadelphia, is a Diplomat of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and a certified cognitive therapist. He has trained over 20,000 professionals worldwide including audiences in all 50 United States, Canada, Mexico, the UK, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Dr. Riggenbach is the author of six publications including his most recent release The CBT Toolbox (2nd ed): A Workbook for Clients, Clinicians and Coaches.

Jeff is known for bridging the gap between academia, research findings and day-to-day clinical practice, and his work has earned him the reputation for being. “The practical tools guy.” His seminars on CBT, DBT, and Schema-Focused Cognitive Therapy routinely receive the highest evaluations from conference participants in terms of clinical utility as well as entertainment value.

Dr. Lillian Gibson, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist often referred to as a “mood make-over” expert. She is a highly recommended speaker, consultant, and clinician due to her advanced assessment and treatment skills in a variety of settings: inpatient mental health centers, outpatient behavioral care services, and primary care settings.  Dr. Gibson takes pride in combining her vocational rehabilitation counseling, and clinical psychology expertise to help clients solve their problems through individual, group, and/or couples therapy for emotional healing and restoration. She is well versed in a number of evidenced base psychotherapies, which allows her to serve as a consultant to other clinicians who wish to advance their intervention skills and best serve their clients. Non-profit agencies, community-based programs, and mental health agencies have often consulted with Dr. Gibson to help inform and train staff on best practices to create a culture affirming environment for both employees and patients. Her professional footprints include places such as Johns Hopkins Medicine, Quality Education for Minorities Network, and international research in Johannesburg, South Africa.  Dr. Gibson’s resume also includes gold star interventions for anxiety, depression, trauma, insomnia, nightmares, race-based traumas, minority stress, and chronic medical conditions. She is a multi-HBCU graduate from Southern University and A & M College and Jackson State University.  She has embraced her career calling to enhance the lives of persons managing disabilities along with marginalized social groups as client centered care is her sole objective.  Dr. Gibson is passionate about highlighting the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion within mental health services.

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Individual Enrollment$249.00N/A
Full-Time Student$199.00N/A

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