Western Canada Mental Health Summit: Improving Skills & Competencies for Mental Health & Education Professionals

Attend More and SAVE! The more days you attend the more you save

Presented by Alexia Rothman, Ph.D., Lillian Gibson, Ph.D, Jeff Riggenbach, Ph.D., Eboni Webb, Psy.D., HSP, Christine Dargon, Ph.D., Robert T. Muller, Ph.D., C. Psych., and Jonah Paquette, Psy.D.

Live Streaming on May 24, 2023 – May 26, 2023


Up To 18 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 – 26, 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. 

Letter from Jack Hirose

Dear Colleagues,

The past few years have changed the landscape for how we learn and attend events. Zoom has been an invaluable tool for all of us, but the time has come to get back to the method that revitalizes the passion for our professions. Conferences allow for in person benefits such as the chance to meet fellow clinicians and educators, participation in group work, and access to exhibitors, an on-site bookstore, and refreshments. We’ve removed the keynote but added even more presenters and a flexible format to create a custom learning experience of the highest calibre.

This year a total of 30 workshop sessions will be offered to address a host of topics relevant to both mental health and education professionals. Every session offered will focus on effective intervention strategies, recent advances,  and timely topics that will provide educators and mental health professionals with the necessary knowledge and skills to better serve their clients and/or students.Attendees have the option to attend either full-day or half-day sessions. We have also planned two, one-hour early morning Qigong Meditation Exercise sessions and two, one-hour evening sessions. For those who prefer to learn at home, we will be streaming portions of the conference online. New this year is the option to add a lunch buffet to days one and two, with live music by Heather Blush and the Uppercuts on day two. Groups of 15 or more will receive complimentary lunch on both days.

Western Canada Mental Health Summit Conference: Improving Skills & Competencies for Mental Health & Education Professionals will be held in Calgary on May 24-26, 2023. Once again we are pleased to work closely and collaborate with our co-sponsors CTV, Sunshine Coast Health Centre and Georgia Straight Women’s Clinic. We hope to see you at our flagship conference of the year which promises to be another exceptional opportunity to not only enhance one’s knowledge and competencies, but to network with our colleagues.


Jack Hirose
CEO & President
Jack Hirose and Associates


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

Workshop Options

Day One Morning 8:30am – 12:00pm: 

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

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

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

Day One Afternoon 1:00pm – 4:00pm: 

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

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

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


Day Two Morning 8:30am – 12:00pm: 

1. Trauma-Focused DBT: Trauma, Attachment and Brain Development | PRESENTED BY Eboni Webb, Psy.D., HSP

2. The Personality Disorder Toolbox: Practical Strategies for Meeting the Challenges of Your Most Difficult Cases | PRESENTED BY Jeff Riggenbach, Ph.D.

3. Supporting the Anxious Mind at School and at Home: Sources of Anxiety, Stress Management, and Anxiety-Regulation Skills | PRESENTED BY Christine Dargon, Ph.D.

Day Two Afternoon 1:00pm – 4:00pm:

1. Trauma-Focused DBT: Common Survival Resources and Critical Interventions | PRESENTED BY Eboni Webb, Psy.D., HSP

2. Mastering the Core Skills and Competencies of CBT | PRESENTED BY Jeff Riggenbach, Ph.D.

3. Supporting the Anxious Mind at School and at Home: School Recommendation, Medication, Interventions for Separation Anxiety Disorder, Generalized Anxiety & Panic Disorder | PRESENTED BY Christine Dargon, Ph.D.


Day Three 8:30am – 12:00pm: 

1. Trauma and the Struggle to Open Up: Relational Strategies to treat Challenging Trauma Clients | PRESENTED BY Robert T. Muller, Ph.D., C. Psych.

2. The “Wow” Effect: How Awe and Wonder Make Us Happier, Healthier, and More Connected | PRESENTED BY Jonah Paquette, Psy.D.

3. Play Therapy Toolbox: How to Use it! Specific Techniques and Novel Approaches | PRESENTED BY Christine Dargon, Ph.D.

Day Three Afternoon 1:00pm – 4:00pm:

1. Trauma and the Struggle to Open Up: Relational Strategies to treat Challenging Trauma Clients (CONTINUATION) | PRESENTED BY Robert T. Muller, Ph.D., C. Psych.

2. Fostering Well-Being: A Strength-Based Approach to Change | PRESENTED BY Jonah Paquette, Psy.D.

3. Play Therapy Toolbox with Children and Adolescents: Hands on Directive & Non-Directive Techniques | PRESENTED BY Christine Dargon, Ph.D.


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.

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual 1 Day Enrollment$249.00
Individual 2 Day Enrollment$449.00
Individual 3 Day Enrollment$649.00
Full-Time Student$589.00

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

Group rates are available. Please contact webinars@jackhirose.com for more information.

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