Edmonton, Alberta (September 4, 2014) – The Catholic Psychotherapy Association of Canada (CPAC) is pleased to announce its fall conference to be held October 24-25, 2014 at Newman Theological College in Edmonton. The theme of the conference is “Strengthening Family Foundation through Faith and Psychotherapy.” We are excited to bring you this conference, and we encourage you to join us in Edmonton this coming October.

The conference’s Friday evening keynote speaker will be Dr. Suzette Brémault-Phillips, an Occupational Therapist and Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta who holds a Ph.D. in Theology, Eastern Christian Studies. Dr. Brémault-Phillips will be speaking on Family and the Spiritual Journey: A Vehicle for Fostering Life, Becoming, and Humanness, and she also will be introducing participants to an experience in praying with icons.

The conference’s Saturday morning keynote speakers will be the husband-and-wife team, Mr. Frank Steffler and Dr. Dorothy Steffler, who will be presenting on “personal spriritual development” as well as “men and faith,” based on their new book Nurturing Your Hidden Spirit: Straight Talk About Spiritual and Psychological Development. Mr. Steffler received his Bachelor of Theology and accreditation in Pastoral Biblical Theology from Newman Theological College. Dr. Steffler specializes in lifespan development and is Professor of Psychology at Concordia University College in Edmonton.

The conference will also include presentations on psychotherapy in the context of marriage and the family, including the following:

Eunice Peterson: Integrating Trauma into a Family – Preventive and Reactive Strategies taking into Consideration Neurobiology and the Catholic Faith  When a family undergoes a traumatic event, it may experience increased pressure recovering given that multiple persons struggling with the same event are required to cope together.  Each individual’s needs have to be addressed.  As Catholic therapists, our faith provides us with direction, reason for suffering, and mentors, including Mother Mary, that can be rich resources in guiding the family unit in the aftermath of a traumatic event.

Wayne Ottenbreit: Creatures of Habit: A Structure of Virtue in Relationship  In this session, participants will have the opportunity to explore ideas about and strategies for professional collaboration with couples and families, from a strengths-based perspective.

Jean MacKenzie: Quality Design, Materials, and Workmanship: The Recipe for a Solid Marriage Foundation.  In this session, participants will have the opportunity to explore what it really takes to have a solid foundation in marriage within the context of faith and family.

Please see the attached brochure and poster for conference program details. You also may visit our website at catholichealingcanada.ca for additional information about CPAC.

Contact:    Dr. Theresa Zolner, R. Psych.
Communications Officer
Catholic Psychotherapy Association of Canada
makariospcs@shaw.ca  (587) 920-5010


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