In-Congress Professional Development Workshop
Registration for ICAP 2018 provides you with access to more than 30 In-Congress Professional Development Workshops. At the request of presenters, 25 of these workshops were reviewed for continuing education (CE) credit eligibility by the Canadian Psychological Association.
The following workshops were reviewed by the Canadian Psychological Association and have been pre-approved for 1.5 CE credits each
Please note that CE credit certificates confirming attendance at an In-Congress Professional Development Workshop will be distributed to participants via e-mail following the completion of ICAP 2018.
Tuesday June 26, 2018
Application of Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP) to Address Fixing, Checking, Avoidance and Social Comparison Behaviour in the Late Stages of Evidence-Based Care for an Eating Disorder
Presenter: Brad Mac Neil
IAAP Division/CPA Section: Clinical Psychology; Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine
Body dissatisfaction plays an important role in the maintenance and relapse process of eating disorders. However, treatments targeting the behavioural symptoms of body dissatisfaction may be a lower priority in hospital-based outpatient treatment programs given the need for focus on re-feeding and/or symptom interruption during the early phases of evidenced-based care. In this workshop participants will be introduced to the application of exposure with reponse prevention (ERP) in a group therapy format for targeting body dissatisfaction. The group is based on current best practices and has data published on patients satisfaction with the group and outcomes. The group is currently used in hospital-based outpatient eating disorder programs in Canada and the US. Participants will gain a renewed appreciation for the importance of helping patients address the compulsive behaviour that may be maintaining body dissatisfaction as part of a comprehensive treatment program. Participants will leave the workshop with knowledge of when to offer this group in outpatient care to maximize patient engagement and outcomes, the principles of exposure, importance of group process, how to design and implement ERP (i.e., using sample ERP hierarchies from patients who engaged in the group historically), the importance of in session behavioral experiments, and how to address common roadblocks to ERP practice.
Affiliation: Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) and Queen's University , (Canada)
Intégrer la LUMINOTHÉRAPIE à Son Approche : de la Théorie à la Pratique, de l'Évaluation à l'Intervention. (Exposition de Boîtes Lumineuses, de Tests et de Livres)
Presenter: Suzanne Filion
IAAP Division/CPA Section: Clinical Psychology; Adult Development and Aging; Brain and Cognitive Science
La lumière nous entoure, nous illumine, nous réchauffe. Cependant, savons-nous, en tant que professionnels de la santé, comment bénéficier de cette puissance pour le bien-être de notre clientèle? La luminothérapie est surtout avantageuse lorsqu’elle est utilisée conjointement avec d’autres approches, qu’elle complémente et bonifie. Dans cet atelier pratico-pratique, interactif et dynamique, les fondements de la luminothérapie seront présentés : bref aperçu des études clés, fonctionnement neurologique, diagnostics différentiels, régulation et synchronisation physiologique (chronothérapie) et éléments essentiels à connaître par rapport à la lumière même. Puis, les thèmes pratiques seront déballés : façons d’évaluer, désordres traités, types de boîtes lumineuses, modalités d’utilisation (p. ex., temps de la journée, durée, distance). La sécurité de notre clientèle étant primordiale, les mises en garde, les risques et les effets secondaires seront aussi présentés. Finalement, une énumération des ressources disponibles sur le plan national et international clôturera la présentation. L’atelier sera parsemé de discussions de cas et de trucs efficaces appris pendant plus de 20 ans de pratique. Les psychologues novices et expérimentés sauront appliquer rapidement les leçons apprises lors de cette présentation « éclairante ».
Affiliation: Société professionnelle de psychologie FILION, (Canada)
Meaning-Centered Men's Groups: An Intervention Designed to Enhance Psychological Resiliency and Prevent the Onset of Suicide Risk in Men Transitioning to Retirement
Presenter: Marnin Heisel
IAAP Division/CPA Section: Adult Development and Aging; Clinical Psychology; Community Psychology
Workshop Description: Older men have the highest rates of suicide worldwide (WHO, 2014), and the older adult population is growing rapidly. There is a relative dearth of research on the topic of older adult suicide prevention, and few interventions have been shown effective in reducing suicide risk in this demographic (Lapierre et al., 2011). The purpose of this workshop is to briefly summarize extant information on theory and practice regarding older adult suicide prevention and present ""Meaning-Centered Men's Groups"" (MCMG), a novel, upstream, community-based group intervention designed to enhance psychological resiliency and prevent the onset of depression and suicide risk among middle-aged and older men facing the transition to retirement (Heisel et al., 2016). We have developed MCMG drawing on tenets of Logotherapy, Viktor Frankl's meaning-centered existential psychotherapy, and findings of positive associations between Meaning in Life (MIL) and psychological well-being, and negative associations between MIL and suicide ideation (Heisel and Flett, 2008, 2016). We are in the final stages of a study funded by Movember Canada that aims to iteratively develop, refine, evaluate, and disseminate MCMG in two Canadian provinces. Preliminary findings indicate that MCMG effectively enhances camaraderie and psychological well-being in men concerned about the transition to retirement, and reduces depression, hopelessness, and suicide ideation. This interactive workshop will include discussion of challenges faced by men transitioning to retirement, approaches to engaging middle-aged and older men in community-based psychological interventions, and experiential exercises for those interested in learning more about and potentially delivering MCMG in their communities.
Affiliation: The University of Western Ontario; Lawson Health Research Institute, (Canada)
Not Your Grandmother's Visual Science: The Promise of ""Big Data"" Research Strategies
Presenter: Pamela Flattau
IAAP Division/CPA Section: Brain and Cognitive Science; Quantitative Methods
Workshop Description: The US National Research Council organized the Committee on Vision (CoV) in the 1940s for various purposes including the specification of night vision testing for recruiting US Navy sailors and submariners. Research on visual processing also informed instrument design in both the defense and private sectors at that time. Throughout its 50 year history, the US CoV together with colleagues around the world identified and shared cutting-edge research techniques. Computational vision methods emerged during the tenure of US CoV as a result of successive improvements in information processing hardware and software and the design of new data collection tools. These developments made it possible for the global community of vision scientists to modify the tasks that subjects were asked to perform, the nature of the stimuli, and identification of individual differences. One ""thorny"" problem that the CoV confronted in the late 1980's but could not resolve - was a request to advise the US Army on how to efficiently analyze the ""miles"" of eye-tracking recordings they had accumulated as part of their flight training studies. Only recently has the method for comparing ""scanpaths"" using computational algorithms introduced needed efficiencies for such an analysis. In this session, participants will review the history of vision research from a US CoV perspective, examine the new tools and methods found today in journal publications, and discuss online resources available to scientists, teachers, and students to advance applied vision science.
Affiliation: PsySiP: Psychology of Science in Policy, (United States)
Person-Centered Research: An Existential-Phenomenological Approach
Presenters: Mihaela Launeanu, Derrick Klaassen, Janelle Kwee
IAAP Division/CPA Section: Counselling Psychology; History and Philosophy of Psychology
The purpose of this workshop is to demonstrate an existential-phenomenological approach to research by elaborating and applying a methodological approach inspired by Existential Analysis. While Existential Analysis is primarily a psychotherapeutic approach, its person-centered, dialogical and phenomenological tenets encapsulated in its central method- Personal Existential Analysis (PEA)-provide a framework for engaging in a rigorous qualitative research process. This process begins with an attitude of openness towards the object of research, and trying to see anew. Then, the subjective experience of both researcher and participants is engaged in order to understand the lived experience of the researched phenomenon. Next, the researcher and participant seek to sense the essence of the phenomenon, that which resonates deeply and personally for both. This integrated sensing includes paradoxically both an inner knowing on the basis of intersubjectivity, and a perpetual openness to new understandings. Finally, the essence of the phenomenon is articulated through hermeneutic interpretation and phenomenological writing.
This workshop will invite the participants to engage experientially in the various stages of this research process. Specifically, the workshop participants will: a) participate in phenomenological exercises aimed to help them “see” everyday phenomena in new ways, b) develop existential-phenomenological research queries, c) analyze interview text from counselling psychology research projects, and d) reflect and dialogue on their personal engagement in this process. The overarching aim of this workshop is to offer participants a tangible, rigorous and systematic framework for conducting existential-phenomenological research, and concrete ways to implement this approach in their research practice.
Affiliation: MA Counselling Psychology Program Trinity Western University, (Canada)
Taxonomies of Temperament and Mental Disorders: Multi-disciplinary Summary
Presenters: Irina Trofimova, William Sulis
IAAP Division/CPA Section: Clinical Psychology; Clinical Neuropsychology; Psychological Assessment and Evaluation
Taxonomies of biologically-based traits (temperament) and their clinical deviations (mental illness) are among the hottest topics of debates in theoretical and applied psychology. There have been several confusions in differential psychology on applications of the concepts of temperament, personality and mental illness. Moreover, psychometric properties of self-report tests are often (mistakenly) considered as the evidence for classification of natural psychological phenomena. This intermediate workshop presents a condensed and comprehensive review of the main models of temperament/personality and their convergence with findings in multiple disciplines: psychophysiology, neurochemistry, kinesiology and psychiatry. Participants will learn about the limitations of statistical linear methods, such as factor analysis, in development of these taxonomies. The workshop will introduce definitions and distinct properties of temperament and will analyze the differences between temperament and personality concepts, between psychometric and multi-disciplinary analysis of taxonomies. Multi-disciplinary summary and a 12-components framework based on functional specialization within neurotransmitter systems will be presented. This framework will offer a taxonomic approach underlying both temperament and mental disorders, which is based on integration of several sciences. Participants will be offered an introduction to and practice with a screening temperament test that has been validated over the past 30 years. Examples of temperament profiles in patients with mental disorders will be reviewed based on clinical studies.
Affiliation: McMaster University, (Canada)
Wednesday June 27, 2018
Assistive Technology Selection Protocol, Getting the Right Tool to Support Students with Academic Difficulties.
Presenter: Todd Cunningham
IAAP Division/CPA Section: Educational and School Psychology; Clinical Neuropsychology; Rural and Northern Psychology
Workshop Description: Assistive Technology (AT) is technology that assists or improves the functional capabilities of individuals including the academic and social skills of students with a variety of learning difficulties and disabilities. Psychologists, however, are often unclear about how to select the appropriate tools for their clients even though they often recommend AT when doing psychological assessments. The Assistive Technology Tool Selection Protocol, which was developed to enhance psychologists' knowledge of AT for students with learning difficulties, is a free open-access online portal based on research on the academic and cognitive profiles of students with learning difficulties, the AT that has been shown to be helpful for them, the environments in which these students use AT, and the barriers that they may encounter. In this hands-on workshop, in addition to exposure to the evaluation research supporting the protocol, case studies that participants work through will be used to demonstrate how to use the Protocol to select appropriate tools for students with learning difficulties.
Affiliation: University of Toronto, (Canada)
Can Favouritism And Sibling Rivalry Be The Keys to Personality Development - Following Alfred Adler?
Presenter: Vera Rabie
IAAP Division/CPA Section: Developmental Psychology; Social and Personality Psychology
This study is based on historical research of the work of Alfred Adler, the practical experience of the author in raising children and grandchildren, 21 book reviews of biographies of famous people presented in her book, extensive independent observational research over 35 years, and case studies with 200 families. The authors conclusion is that parental favouritism is a fact of life in most families, and that its outcome is to make an indelible impression on personality of a child. Thus a Favoured child turns out docile, compliant to social demands and likeable to adults, while an immediately adjacent sibling becomes a Disfavoured child and turns out displaying either one, or all of: (a) anxiety (b) depression or (c) anger. At the very least, the phenomenon of Favouritism is undrstudied, unexplored and/or misunderstood. It is the uppermost thought in the mind of any child, but unfortunately remains to this day undiscovered as a major emotional force in human psychological development. Alfred Adler first mentioned siblings and sibling conflict as an important source of personality development, but was largely ignored, and Freuds theory gained center stage. But understanding Favouritism has the potential to lead psychology to a better understanding of mental illness, anger/rebellion and crime, as well as basic human motivation and personality development. Most of all it leads to the remedy to all these outcomes and the potential for behavioural change, simply through changing common interactional dynamics early in the life of any family.
Affiliation: Private Practice, Toronto (Canada)
Essential Characteristics of First Responder Therapists
Presenter: W. Paul Erickson
IAAP Division/CPA Section: Psychology in the Military; Counselling Psychology
Workshop Description: This talk will examine some essential characteristics necessary to work effectively with the Military and First responders. To be an effective therapist with these target groups requires competence in dealing with trauma, cultural competence, and trustworthiness. The most important of these is trustworthiness, because it doesn't matter how competent the therapist is in terms of dealing with trauma, and cultural issues, if they are not trustworthy, then the requisite therapeutic relationship will never be developed. This talk will concentrate on some of the cultural issues as well as what it means to be trustworthy in working with the Military and first responders.
Affiliation: W. Paul Erickson Counselling and Consulting, (Canada)
Intersectionality and Social Justice: Reflecting on the Complexities of Practice Through Case Studies
Presenters: Shelly Russell-Mayhew, Anusha Kassan, Kaori Wada, Nancy Arthur
IAAP Division/CPA Section: Counselling Psychology
Workshop Description: Social justice is a fundamental value within counselling psychology. One way in which counselling psychologists can contribute to social justice is through intervention efforts that (a) seek change in oppressive attitudes and social structures, and (b) enhance strengths that enable individuals to resist oppression. One of the challenges in teaching and learning about social justice is how to represent people's identities, while avoiding categorizing and stereotypes. At the same time as trying to highlight forms of oppression experienced by individuals and or groups in our society, it is important to consider that people's identities are complex, evolving, and influenced by social practices. In counselling practice, our clients often present with issues that involve multiple layers of their identities and that are related to power structures in society. In this workshop, we will use case studies to discuss and reflect on intersectionality as a way to frame our clients' identities and to support a social justice orientation for counselling and social justice advocacy. Through the lens of intersectionality, we will examine the importance of assessing the relevancy of people's multiple and intersecting identities and take into consideration how their presenting issues are connected to how they, and we as therapists, are positioned in society. The relationships between cultural identities, intersectionality, and power relations will be critically examined to strengthen a social justice orientation to counselling.
Affiliation: University of Calgary, (Canada)
Introduction to Measurement Invariance
Presenter: Alyssa Counsell
IAAP Division/CPA Section: Quantitative Methods; Clinical Psychology; Social and Personality Psychology
Psychology researchers often want to compare group means on scores from multi-item scales. In order to validly make group comparisons on the construct of interest, it is important to establish that the scale measures the construct equivalently across the groups. Establishing that the scale is not biased in favour of one group over another involves assessing measurement invariance (also referred to as measurement equivalence, or its opposite, differential item functioning). Tests of measurement invariance across groups are crucial for studies involving scale development and validation. This workshop will describe the basic concepts behind and assumptions involved in testing measurement invariance. It will demonstrate how to conduct these statistical tests using multi-group confirmatory factor analysis. The workshop will include a brief lecture component to describe the different levels of measurement invariance as well as provide hands-on exercises using statistical software. Participants will learn how to test different levels of measurement invariance using a freely available dataset. By the end of the workshop, participants will understand when and how to use tests of measurement invariance for analysing their own data.
Affiliation: York University, (Canada)
Living an Embodied Life: Experiential Strategies to Dwell and Thrive within One's Body
Presenters: Mihaela Launeanu, Janelle Kwee, Hillary McBride, Chelsea Beyer
IAAP Division/CPA Section: Section on Women and Psychology (SWAP); Counselling Psychology
Body disconnection, fragmentation and discontent are pervasive among North-American women across the lifespan. These experiences are associated with a wide range of difficulties such as: body image issues, eating disorders, risky sexual behaviours, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and relational difficulties. On the other hand, reconnecting with one’s body and living an embodied existence tend to promote an overall sense of well being, acceptance of one’s body, increased self-esteem, fulfillment of one’s femininity, enjoyment in sexual relationships, and increeased attunement to self-care and agency.
Framed from the integrated perspective of feminist phenomenology and psychotherapy, existentialism, neuroscience, and critical theory this workshop proposes concrete ways to restore and experience the self-body unity and the wholeness of the embodied self amidst multiple contextual influences (e.g., cultural messages, one’s existential situation). To this end, the workshop will demonstrate accessible yet powerful strategies of connecting with one’s body and living a fully embodied existence as a mindful response to the perils of the widespread disconnection from and objectification of the body. Specifically, the workshop participants will be invited to encounter and engage with their body experientially through creating art, movement, breathing and guided body meditation. The experiential portions of the workshop will be followed by reflective moments and dialogue about the experience of engagement with the body uncovered during the experiential activities. Finally, the workshop will discuss how to integrate such strategies into preventive and clinical practice when working with women struggling with body disconnection accompanied by various physical, psychological and spiritual consequences.
Mihaela Launeanu - MA Counselling Psychology Program Trinity Western University, (Canada)
Janelle Kwee - Trinity Western University, (Canada)
Hillary McBride - registered clinical counsellor (RCC) British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors, and PhD student at the University of British Columbia in Counselling Psychology, (Canada)
Chelsea Beyer (Canada) - ThriveLife Counselling & Wellness
Management of OCD: Psychological and Pharmacological Options for Individuals with Severe Illness
Presenters: Peggy Richter, Marlene Taube-Schiff
IAAP Division/CPA Section: Psychopharmacology
Workshop Description: It is estimated that 40% to 60% of individuals with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) fail to respond to first-line pharmacotherapy and outpatient cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is perceived as too challenging by many. Thus, clinicians are regularly confronted by individuals with refractory illness with limited options. This workshop will provide attendees with an understanding of evidence-based pharmacological and psychological treatment recommendations for individuals with severe symptoms of OCD. We will begin with an overview of pharmacological options for individuals who have failed initial trials to enhance attendees understanding of these treatment approaches when working with prescribing physicians. We will then review principles of CBT treatment for OCD, with a focus on treatment planning and provision of Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for individuals with severe symptoms of OCD. Inhibitory Learning and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy literature will be reviewed and clinicians shown ways to apply these approaches and related skills when treating individuals with OCD. An increasing number of programs have emerged offering more intensive therapy options for individuals for whom routine outpatient treatment fails. This literature will be reviewed and we will describe a new program in Canada that now serves the refractory OCD population. Attendees will have opportunities for role plays and skill practice throughout the course of this workshop. Overall, this workshop will provide clinicians with up-to-date knowledge regarding effective interventions for those experiencing those most disabling symptoms of OCD and will also receive information on treatment options now available within Canada.
Peggy Richter - Fredereick W Thompson Anxiety Disroders Centre Team, (Canada)
Marlene Taube-Schiff - (Canada)
Thursday June 28, 2018
Enhancing Happiness and Well-being: The Role of Positive Psychological Interventions
Presenter: Pooja V. Anand
IAAP Division/CPA Section: Social and Personality Psychology; Work and Organizational Psychology
Workshop Description: Traditionally Psychology has focused more on ""what is wrong with people"". However, Positive Psychology focuses on ""what is right with people"". It aims to enhance happiness and well-being in people by utilizing their strengths. Interventions such as these are called positive psychological interventions. The workshop aims to enhance happiness and well-being in the participants by the use of various positive psychological interventions such as those based on inculcating gratitude, hope, emotional intelligence, humour etc. The participants will be asked to do certain experiential exercises as well as they will be taught certain exercises to practice in their daily life such as developing savoring and positive thinking. The exercises have been designed in such a way so as to make it an enjoyable, interesting as well as a holistic learning experience for the participants. The exercises would involve many activities such as writing about one's experiences, introspecting, making changes in the way one thinks about a certain event, as well as sharing circles depending upon the strength in focus. Hence, the main idea is to make people start focusing on their strengths rather than weaknesses as well as empower them to not only look for but create opportunities for themselves where they are able to utilize their strengths.
Affiliation: DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY, DAULAT RAM COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF DELHI, (India)
Guidelines for the Assessment and Diagnosis of Learning Disabilities in School Age Children and Youth by the Association of Chief Psychologists with Ontario School Boards
Presenter: Maria Kokai, Jack Kamrad, Debra Lean
IAAP Division/CPA Section: Educational and School Psychology
The diagnosis of Learning Disability (LD) has long been a controversial issue. While most psychologists agree that an LD represents a weakness in one or more of the basic psychological processes associated with reading, writing and math, there is limited agreement on how these processes are defined, assessed and treated. This situation results in an inconsistency across the profession regarding LD assessments and diagnoses. Overreliance on outmoded practices, such as ability-achievement discrepancy forumulas, diagnosis by exclusion, and the intentional omission of intellectual measures confuses practitioners as well as parents, students and educators. In the interests of ending this confusion, the Association of Chief Psychologists with Ontario School Boards developed the LD Diagnostic Guidelines, adopted by all school boards with representation in the Association. This workshop will present the guidelines, and give attendees case examples for both clear and unclear diagnostic considerations. Case examples will include reason for referral, background history, interview results and assessment scores for attendees to practice using the guidelines.
Maria Kokai - Toronto Catholic District School Board (Canada)
Jack Kamrad - Peel District School Board (Canada)
Debra Lean - Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board (Canada)
Preaching to the Diverted: Overcoming Hostility, Resistance and Apathy as Culture Change Agent Provocateur
Presenter: Leanne Faraday-Brash
IAAP Division/CPA Section: Work and Organizational Psychology
This "entertraining" How To session will explore some of the tools, tips and strategies to bring about attitudinal and behaviour change in individuals and groups seeking to maintain the status quo in an “out of touch” workplace. We will explore how to attract positive attention, create early rapport, resolve dissonance, find the right balance with passion not evangelism, use storytelling and other powerful and persuasive tools without being seen to manipulate. We will consider primarily the strategic influence challenges of change communication to groups and the compulsory/compliance-based training program. In Part One, Leanne will provoke the audience, provide some content and facilitate a deconstruction with the audience. In Part Two she will workshop some challenges provided by the audience and facilitate discussion around how to crack some of the toughest nuts they face in their workplaces. By the end of the session, participants should have increased confidence, competence and commitment to overcoming objections and resistance to important cultural, compliance and other strategic imperatives whilst achieving two critical outcomes: maintaining their professional standing in their organisations and viable work relationships with their audiences.
Affiliation: Brash Consulting Pty Ltd, (Australia)
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Microaggressions In Group Therapy
Presenter: Kimber Shelton
IAAP Division/CPA Section: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity; Counselling Psychology; Ethics
Workshop Description: The deleterious impact of sexual orientation and gender identity microaggressions in psychotherapy has garnered increased research in recent years. Sexual orientation and gender identity microaggressions are subtle, often unconscious, communications expressing biased and prejudicial views towards sexual orientation and gender identity minorities (Nadal, 2013). The occurrence of sexual orientation and gender identity microaggressions in therapy has psychological, emotional and behavioral consequences for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals, including prematurely terminating therapy, increased symptomology, and internalized oppression (Shelton and Delgado-Romero, 2011; Spengler, Miller, Spengler, 2016). Although counseling literature has explored sexual orientation and gender identity microaggressions in individual psychotherapy, less is known regarding their occurrence and impact in group psychotherapy settings. LGBT-focused psychotherapy groups are practical for individuals who may experience familial or societal oppression based on their sexual orientation (Holahan and Gibson, 1994) and gender identity. Unfortunately, societal-based oppression in the form of microaggressions can also make their way into group psychotherapy. This workshop will identify sexual orientation and gender identity microaggressions that occur in group psychotherapy, the impact microaggressions have on therapeutic factors and the stages of group development, and explore ways group therapists can address microaggressions in a group-setting.
Affiliation: KLS Counseling & Consulting Services, (United States)
Social, Ethical and Clinical Implications of Developments in Neuroscience
Presenters: Eric Racine, Judy Illes, Claudia Barned
IAAP Division/CPA Section: Clinical Neuropsychology; Applied Cognitive Science; Ethics
Workshop Description: In recent years we have seen unprecedented progress in neuroscience and in the treatment of disorders of the mind and brain. Now, neuroscience plays an expanding role in human life beyond the research lab and clinic. In classrooms, courtrooms, offices and homes around the world, neuroscience is offering new tools for achieving diagnostic and therapeutic while prompting a new understanding of ourselves as social, moral and spiritual beings. Thus, ""neuroethics"", has emerged as an interdisciplinary response to important ethical dilemmas associated with research, health care delivery, and health policy. In this workshop, we will bring participants up to date on this challenging new field of enquiry, and demonstrate why it is so important that psychologists engage with neuroscientists, clinicians and patients to encourage and inspire research and dialogue on the responsible use of advances in brain science. We will facilitate discussions with delegates on the social, ethical aspects of novel uses of functional neuroimaging, cognitive enhancing drugs, and deep brain stimulation. We will explore you how to add your voice to patients' concerns in healthcare systems. The final part of the workshop will focus on how psychologists can further contribute to the development of neuroethics through their own specialities.
Eric Racine - Neuroethics Research Unit, Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM), (Canada)
Judy Illes - Professor of Neurology and Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics at the University of British Columbia
Claudia Barned - Neuroethics Research Unit at l’Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal
Striving For Advanced Student Participation: Peer Support
Presenter: Heleen Becuwe
IAAP Division/CPA Section: Educational, Instructional and School Psychology
The Convention on the Rights of the Child declares that a school should give students the opportunity to participate. In Belgium it’s also incorporated in law. Student participation has many positive effects for students, for schools and for society. However, too often participation is limited to thinking together. Students don’t get the possibility to make decisions or to even realise their decisions, together with other school actors. Peer support is an advanced form of student participation whereby peers give support to each other to improve wellbeing in schools. Its a method that starts from the positive psychology.
The most important factor why peer support projects (and other advanced participation projects) collapse, is because adults are not trained to support peer supporters. Therefore, in the context of Peer Support Vlaanderen (Flanders, Belgium), teachers, student counsellors, youth workers and psychologists working with groups of adolescents are trained as peer support coaches. In this workshop, you’ll learn more about peer support and how to start a peer support project, bottom-up, together with students. How can you approach students from an approach of professional proximity? What is your role as a peer support coach? Children grow when their psychological needs for autonomy, belonging and competence are fulfilled. In the context of peer support, coaches learn how to feed the psychological needs of the peer supporters. They also learn how to encourage pupils to feed the psychological needs of their peers.
Affiliation: Howest, (Belgium)
The Data Revolution in Africa: A Role for Citizen-Generated Data
Presenter: Pamela Flattau, Karumuna Kaijage
IAAP Division/CPA Section: Quantitative Methods
Workshop Description: In August 2014, UN Secretary-General asked an independent expert advisory group to recommend steps to bring about a data revolution for achieving global sustainable development. African countries pledged to meet UN sustainable development goals but placed their nascent national statistical systems under tremendous pressure to meet the new look of the ""data revolution."" As the recent African Data Revolution Report (2016) notes, data collected by citizen scientists and citizen-generated data soon emerged to supplement the data short-comings of weaker national statistical systems in Africa. While citizen-generated data has the potential to inform local, national and regional planning, there is typically no mechanism to capture these data for integration into national statistical systems. This workshop will examine the ways in which citizen-generated data (and other non-national statistics) are presented in a sample of national reports describing the progress of African countries towards the implementation of UN sustainable development goals.
Affiliation: PsySiP: Psychology of Science in Policy, (United States)
The Psychologist's Role in Managing Concussion Recovery within the School System: The Return to Activity Protocol
Presenter: Debra Lean, Virginia Frisk
IAAP Division/CPA Section: Educational and School Psychology; Sport and Exercise Psychology
This workshop will train psychology professionals in how to manage concussion recovery within the school system. In 2015, the Ontario provincial government mandated school boards to develop concussion guidelines and train educators regarding how to recognize and manage concussion symptoms. The Ontario Physical Education Safety Guidelines Concussion Protocol was set as the minimum requirement; school boards were encouraged to expand on this protocol to ensure optimal concussion management. The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board developed a detailed eight-phase Return to Activity process that gradually re-introduces students to classroom activities followed by a gradual re-introduction to physical activities. Physician involvement is required for concussion diagnosis, to determine when physical activities can resume, and when concussion recovery is complete. School psychologists work collaboratively with school staff and play an integral role in each student's concussion recovery. This workshop will focus on training attendees in the Return to Activity Concussion Protocol. Attendees will learn how and when to provide appropriate concussion education to the student and family. They will learn how to assess the severity of the child's concussion symptoms and develop individualized plans outlining appropriate restrictions, accommodations and modifications to academic programming. Factors affecting movement through the recovery process will be discussed. Case studies will assist attendees in integrating and practicing all aspects of the protocol. Review of complex concussion cases will assist participants in managing prolonged recovery.
Debra Lean - Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, (Canada)
Virginia Frisk - Department of Paediatrics - University of Toronto (Canada)
Valuing Psychological Diversity: A Practical Application of the Big Five Using Mobile App Technology
Presenter: Stewart Desson
IAAP Division/CPA Section: Social and Personality Psychology; Work and Organizational Psychology
Workshop Description: Delegates will have an interactive experience of assessing their own and others' Big Five personality dimensions using the latest mobile technology. Through a series of short two to five-minute conversations based on peer coaching, and supported by an interactive mobile app, delegates will explore their preference for, avoidance of and overplayed use of each of the Big Five dimensions. Secondly, the risk of evaluative bias in describing personality models will be explored. The risk of inadvertently leaving an individual with an oversimplified and stereotyped perspective of the Big Five will be explored experientially. Delegates will then experience exercises designed to highlight the need to value psychological diversity in themselves and others. Thirdly, delegates will consider the possibility that they can manifest aspects of who they are at both ends of each Big Five polarity in different contexts and that they may do so in a manner which is either helpful or unhelpful - a dynamic view of personality that accords with Trait Activation Theory (Tett and Burnett, 2003). Finally, concepts drawn from Viktor Frankl's idea of choosing our response in any given situation will be applied to the Big Five. Delegates will experience consciously managing their personality depending on the context in which they find themselves.
Affiliation: University of Westminster, (United Kingdom)
Friday June 29, 2018
Developing evidence-based policy briefs for academic researchers: a practical approach to generating research impact
Presenter: Ishbel McWha-Hermann, Walter Reichman, Mary O'Neill Berry
IAAP Division/CPA Section: Work and Organizational Psychology; International and Cross-Cultural Psychology
Workshop Description: Generating impact from academic research is becoming increasingly important not only for justifying the practical relevance of research, but also for ensuring research feeds into organizational decision-making in ways that are evidence-based and useful for stakeholders. This workshop aims to provide an overview of how partnerships with industry can be leveraged to create and disseminate meaningful organisational case studies and policy briefs, and in doing so generate considerable impact for research. The workshop will take participants through the process of developing industry partnerships, will discuss a range of methodological approaches, and will present the result from a recent project. The presenter will describe how a policy brief is constructed and the criteria for a good brief. Prior to the workshop participants will be required to submit a two-page policy brief on their own research, which will be discussed and revised with participants and presenters as an in-workshop activity. Workshop content will be grounded in specific examples drawn from a recent ESRC-funded project which examined fair reward systems in international non-government organisations (INGOs). An overview of the project will be provided, including an explanation of the strategies through which the research team engaged major INGOs in the research process and became change agents ourselves as a result. Examples of six open-access organizational case study briefs that were developed as tools for organizational changemakers will be provided.
Ishbel McWha-Hermann - University of Edinburgh, (United Kingdom)
Walter Reichman - OrgVitality (United States)
Mary O'Neill Berry - International Association of Applied Psychology (United States)
Heart Rate Variability Training: Taking it out of the Realm of Research and Bringing it into your Clinical Practice
Presenter: Jon Bale
IAAP Division/CPA Section: Quantitative Electrophysiology; Clinical Psychology
Workshop Description: The published benefits of measuring and training heart rate variability (HRV) are clear: • It is an indicator of psychophysiological health; • It is a bio-marker for illness and mortality risk; • It is an effective intervention to moderate or reverse many health problems associated with stress, hypertension, anxiety, depression, PTSD, concussions, and migraines. If you are interested in learning how to integrate this measurement and training tool into your clinical practice, to the benefit of your clients, then join this 1-hour session. Jon Bale will do a simple review of the published benefits, and will walk attendees how easy it can to evaluate and training for maximal HRV.
Affiliation: Thought Technology, (Canada)
Transdiagnostic early intervention program for children and adolescents with anxiety and depressive disorders
Presenter: Cecilia Essau
IAAP Division/CPA Section: Clinical Psychology
Anxiety and depressive disorders are among the most common psychiatric disorders affecting children and adolescents. In addition to being prevalent, anxiety and depressive disorders co-occur frequently with numerous other psychiatric disorders. When left untreated, anxiety and depression that begin early in life can become chronic and are often associated with a negative course. In response to the growing awareness of the significance of the problem associated with anxiety and depressive disorders, various prevention and intervention programs for childhood and adolescent anxiety and depression have been developed in recent years.
Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is the treatment of choice for anxiety and depression, with up to 65% of children and adolescents with an anxiety or depressive disorder responding positively to CBT. These moderate remission rates might be because most interventions are designed for anxiety or depressive disorders despite strong evidence of the high comorbidity between these two disorders.
This workshop is designed for researchers and clinicians who are interested in anxiety and depressive disorders in children and adolescents. It will cover (1) findings of recent studies on the prevalence, course, risk factors, and cultural manifestations of anxiety and depressive disorders; (2) evidence-based psychological interventions for child and adolescent anxiety and depression; and (3) a detailed presentation of the “Super Skills for Life” program, which is a transdiagnostic treatment protocol for youth anxiety and depression that is based on the principles of CBT, behavioural activation, social skills training, and uses video-feedback and cognitive preparation as part of the treatment.
Affiliation: University of Roehampton, London, UK, (United Kingdom)
The Canadian Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Canadian Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
The pre-congress and in-congress professional development workshops that will be offered during ICAP2018 are valid for CPD purposes for European psychologists seeking to renew their EuroPsy certificate. EFPA acknowledges that its Member Associations (MAs) have different CPD systems. Therefore, EuroPsy registered European psychologists are encouraged to contact their respective MA’s office for assistance in recording this activity and receiving credit.
The Canadian Psychological Association is approved to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Canadian Psychological Association maintains responsibility for the program.