Free Psychology Month Talks in February 2016

February is Psychology Month. The British Columbia Psychological Association would like to invite you to participate in our 2016 Psychology Month campaign. BCPA is hosting a series of free public talks on psychology:
 

  • Wednesday, February 3 (7:00pm – 8:30pm)
    “Can Anything Be Done? Understanding Depression and How to Overcome It.”
    Presented by Dr. Michelle Haring, R. Psych.
    @ Sutherland Church (630 19th Street East. North Vancouver, BC)

    Description: Learn about the signs and symptoms of one of the most common mental health problems. Hear about effective management tools and learn how you can support a loved one with depression.
     
  • Thursday, February 4 (7:00pm – 8:30pm)
    “Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)”
    Presented by Dr. Michael Sheppard, R. Psych.
    @ VPL Alice MacKay Room (350 West Georgia St. Vancouver, BC)

    Description: Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is the most widely researched treatment for problems characteristic of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), including recurrent suicidal and self-harming behaviours, problems with impulsivity, and difficulties managing intense emotions. This talk will provide a brief introduction to DBT including a discussion about how it was developed, what it is, and a review of some important theory and strategies often used in the treatment.
     
  • Tuesday, February 9 (7:00pm – 8:30pm)
    “The Happiness Trap: Finding the Middle Way through Life”
    Presented by Dr. Patrick Myers, R. Psych.
    @ VPL Britannia Branch (1661 Napier St. Vancouver, BC) Seats are limited. Please come early.

    Description: A presentation about why we are not happier despite our wealth and health, 4 common happiness traps (F.E.A.R.) and 4 skills to overcome these traps (D.A.R.E.). This presentation is loosely based upon Russ Harris’ book the Happiness Trap and is the sister presentation to Passion: How To Cultivate A More Passionate Life.
     
  • Tuesday, February 9 (7:00pm – 8:30pm)
    “Anxiety, Panic & Anger: A Beginner’s Guide” (Talk in English)
    Presented by Dr. Kamaljit K. Sidhu, R. Psych.
    Surrey City Centre Library (10350 University Dr. Surrey, BC)

    Description: Anxiety, panic, and anger are normal human emotions. Recognizing and understanding these emotions can promote our ability to live life with greater awareness and compassion for ourselves and others. In this informative presentation, Dr. Sidhu integrates biological and cognitive behavioural models, cultural conceptions, and metaphors and examples, to help participants understand the basics of why, when, and how of these emotions.
     
  • Thursday, February 11 (7:00pm – 8:30pm)
    “A Heart to Heart about Love (EFT)”
    Presented by Dr. Veronica Kallos-Lilly, R. Psych.
    @ VPL Alice MacKay Room (350 West Georgia St. Vancouver, BC)

    Description: How do we attract and hold onto love? The good news from scientists is that love is no longer a mystery. Romantic love is recognized as an attachment bond expressing our most basic need to connect with others for security, companionship, and intimacy. How does knowing this help with your own relationship? Come and learn the most potent ways to strengthen and breathe new life into your love relationship.

  • Thursday, February 18 (7:00pm – 8:30pm)
    “Anxiety, Panic & Anger: A Beginner’s Guide” (Talk in Punjabi)
    Presented by Dr. Kamaljit K. Sidhu, R. Psych.
    Strawberry Hill Library (7399 – 122nd St, Newton, BC)

    Description: Anxiety, panic, and anger are normal human emotions. Recognizing and understanding these emotions can promote our ability to live life with greater awareness and compassion for ourselves and others. In this informative presentation, Dr. Sidhu integrates biological and cognitive behavioural models, cultural conceptions, and metaphors and examples, to help participants understand the basics of why, when, and how of these emotions.
     
  • Monday, February 22 (7:00pm – 8:30pm)
    “Empathy and Adolescents”
    Presented by Dr. Noah Susswein
    @ VPL Kitsilano Branch (2425 MacDonald St. Vancouver, BC) Seats are limited. Please come early.

    Description: Parents are routinely encouraged to empathize. Parents’ empathy is said to promote healthy development and increase kids’ cooperation. But what exactly is empathizing? What is it that parents are supposed to do? In this talk, we will break empathizing down into two parts — having empathy and showing empathy — in a way that can help parents repair communication breakdowns, melt power-struggles, and promote self-awareness. See http://imaginempathy.com/ for more details.
     
  • Thursday, February 25 (7:00pm – 8:30pm)
    “STRESS: The Present Tense & Psychotherapeutic Interventions”
    Presented by Dr. Du-Fay Der, Professor Emeritus (UBC), R. Psych., Lisa Otterstein, Research Associate in Psychology & Patrick Naccarato, Research Associate in Psychology
    @ VPL Alice MacKay Room (350 West Georgia St. Vancouver, BC)  
     
    Description: This workshop/seminar will explore and examine various types of stress and its impact on our physical and mental health. Anxiety, depression, OCD, sleep problems, tension headaches are common stress-related problems experienced by people. 
    Various psycho-therapeutic techniques in dealing with stress and anxiety will be examined, taught and demonstrated; including Cognitive Therapy, Mindfulness Training, and Meditative Techniques.
     
  • Thursday, February 25 (7:00pm – 8:30pm)

    IL FENOMENO DELLA RESILIENZA (quando superare le difficoltà rappresenta una crescita personale)

    ” (Talk in Italian)
    Presented by Ms. Sofia Khouw, R. Psych. & Ms. Anna Bossi
    @ Italian Cultural Centre (3075 Slocan St, Vancouver, BC)

    Description: Quando parliamo di sentimenti di lutto spesso viene fatta un’immediata associazione con la perdita di una persona cara. Altrettanto spesso invece si tratta della perdita di un legame affettivo, della perdita del lavoro o del proprio contesto di appartenenza. Spesso chi vive lontano dal proprio paese d’origine si confronta con sentimenti di perdita dovuti dalla lontananza di ciò che ci si è lasciati alle spalle e alle difficoltà legate al confronto con una nuova cultura. D’altro canto questo genere di esperienze ci da spesso la possibilità di attivare delle risorse inaspettate, che non pensavamo di possedere, e farci maggiormente crescere e apprezzare noi stessi. Questo breve intervento informativo rappresenta uno spazio di riflessione sull’individualità culturale dell’essere umano, attraverso  tre importanti tematiche:identità culturale, lutto e fenomeno della resilienza.