From Friday, November 26th to Sunday, November 28th, 2021, the BCPA will be hosting its first-ever (bite-sized!) virtual convention on Airmeet!
With a keynote address by Omeasoo Wahpasiw, Assistant Professor at the University of Prince Edward Island and passionate advocate for Indigenous issues, workshops by Drs. Marty Klein and Paul Hewitt, a talk about advocacy by CPA CEO, Dr. Karen Cohen, research poster presentations, and one-minute thesis face-offs by Clinical Psychology students, this convention will undoubtedly prove memorable and (hopefully) transport us back to a time when we would chat, learn, and laugh together. We look forward to reconnecting with all of you.
*Keynote Presentation - Save Yourself: A Life in Passing
Omeasoo Wahpasiw, Ph.D.
nehiyaw iskwew Omeasoo Wahpasiw, assistant professor in the Schools of Indigenous and Canadian Studies and the Azrieli School of Architecture at Carleton University, will review her biography for insights into the histories that still impact both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Her story will review aspects of the intergenerational effects of residential schools, Indigenous knowledge and worldviews, experiences of colonial settler racism, white supremacy, academic and public life, as well as interfaces with the mental health system. These insights are meant to develop a deeper understanding of Indigenous diversity and difference amongst members of the British Columbia Psychological Association in their roles as professionals, individuals, and Canadians working with and amongst Indigenous peoples
Making Change: Advocating for the Practice of Psychology in Canada
Dr. Karen Cohen, Ph.D. - 2 CE
Dr. Karen Cohen is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and a psychologist registered in Ontario. In this talk, Dr. Cohen will explore how to stimulate change in the profession through advocacy. Specifically, she will discuss the principles of advocacy, some of its dos and don'ts, inherent challenges, and the opportunities for its application in psychology. Dr. Cohen will also give an overview of some of the current issues that psychology is (or should be) addressing to (1) better meet the needs of the individuals and groups psychologists serve and (2) to grow the profession. Finally, Dr. Cohen will review some of the advocacy activities and successes attained most recently at the national level.
When Porn is an Issue:
Couples in Conflict and People Who Watch Too Much
Dr. Marty Klein, Ph.D. - 2 CE
Many porn consumers and their partners could benefit from our help; however, most therapy is skeptical about porn use and legitimizes the grievances of the porn consumer’s partner. With issues like privacy, trust, autonomy, and the definitions of sex and fidelity, it can be difficult for therapists to hold both partners while they struggle to define their behavior, contract, and emotions.
This workshop will explore a different approach: focusing on treating intrapsychic conflicts and power struggles over porn use. Dr. Klein will discuss the typical feelings and beliefs that often arise, such as jealousy, betrayal, body image, religious values, and what’s “permitted” at home. He will engage his audience in an exploration of questions that can shed light on underlying relational issues, including, Is porn use infidelity? and, Is conflict about pornography a way to avoid confronting deficits in the sexual (or non-sexual) relationship?
Dr. Marty Klein has been a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Certified Sex Therapist in Palo Alto, CA for 39 years. He is the award-winning author of 7 books, including the recent, “His Porn, Her Pain.”
Perfectionism: A Dynamic-Relational & Evidence-Based Approach to its Conceptualization,
Assessment, & Treatment
Dr. Paul Hewitt, Ph.D - 5.25 CE
Dr. Paul L. Hewitt is a Full Professor in the Department of Psychology and an Associate Member, Psychotherapy Program, in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British
Columbia as well as a Registered Psychologist in British Columbia. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association and of the Section on Clinical Psychology of CPA and
recent winner of the Donald O. Hebb Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Science. In this workshop, Dr. Hewitt will present the conceptualization and some of research and clinical work that he and his colleagues have undertaken over the past 30 years in an attempt to gain an understanding of perfectionism, a relational personality vulnerability factor that underlies myriad psychological, physical, relational, and achievement problems. Although often seen as simply a set of attitudes or thoughts, our conceptualization of perfectionism is influenced by a psychodynamic-interpersonal perspective that underscores the relational underpinnings of perfectionism. The talk will focus on describing the multilevel and multidimensional nature of perfectionism, its development, and the clinical formulation and treatment approach Dr. Hewitt and his colleagues have developed. He will also discuss some of the research he and his team have done on this treatment and, more broadly, on the influence of perfectionism on clinical disorders and treatment.