IACAPAP 2016 has arranged a selection of pre-Congress Institutes that will take place on Sunday, September 18, 2016 on the second floor of the Calgary Marriot Downtown Hotel. There are a variety of half day and full day sessions to choose from.
Half Day Institute: $45
Full Day Institute: $75
Half day Institutes run from 09:00 to 12:00 or 13:00-16:00 depending on the session. Full day Institutes run from 09:00-16:00 with a 1 hour lunch break from 12:00-13:00 (Lunch is not provided). Refreshment breaks will be served at 10:30 and 14:30.
Your registration will include attendance at the Institute you select and coffee breaks. There will be one coffee break for half day Institutes and two for full day Institutes. Lunch is not included in the registration fee. Space at each institute is limited.
Read on for the synopsis and speaker information about each institute.
Institute: Evidence-Based Cognitive Hypnotherapy for Anxiety and Depression in Children and Adolescents
Location: Sunalta C
Speaker: Dr. Assen Alladin, Ph.D., R.Psych, University of Calgary, Canada
Although they appear simple on the surface, most chronic emotional disorders (anxiety and depression) represent complex conditions. The complexity could be due to a variety of factors, including early emotional injuries, comorbidity with other conditions, etc. Therefore a symptomatic approach to treatment, at least for some patients, may not suffice. This hands-on workshop will describe Cognitive Hypnotherapy, an integrated psychotherapy protocol, which combines CBT with hypnosis. Evidence suggests greater effect size when CBT is combined with hypnotherapy in the treatment of various emotional disorders. This treatment approach is based on the wounded self model of anxiety disorders (Alladin, 2016; Wolfe, 2005), which can be defined as patients’ chronic struggles and preoccupation with their subjective distress. From this perspective, the onset, development and maintenance of emotional disorders are hypothesized to stem from two layers of psychological processes. The first layer comprises conscious awareness of symptoms, which results from cognitive distortions. The second layer involves unconscious interpretations of what the symptoms mean to patients. This model thus embodies both explicit and implicit psychological processes in the etiology of anxiety and depressive disorders. It also provides theoretical rationale for utilizing both conscious and unconscious strategies in the management of emotional disorders. Various behavioral, cognitive, psychodynamic, and mindfulness techniques will be described and demonstrated. The Workshop is based on Dr. Alladin’s over 30 years of clinical experience treating anxiety and depression and his latest book – Integrative CBT for Anxiety Disorders: An Evidence-Based Approach to Enhancing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Mindfulness and Hypnotherapy (2016). See link: http://ca.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-111850979X.html
- Establish theoretical and empirical rationale for integrating CBT and hypnotherapy in the treatment of emotional disorders.
- Present innovative strategies for breaking the anxious and depressive cycles and promoting psychophysiological coherence.
- Describe techniques for eliciting and healing “self-wounds” (roots of core beliefs).
Institute: The Self, the Law, Genes, and the Brain: The Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Host: University of Calgary
Location: Sunalta AB
Frank McMaster, PhD (Chair), University of Calgary, Canada
Paul Arnold, MD, PhD, FRCPC, University of Calgary, Canada
Warren Binford, Ed.M., J.D., Willamette University, USA
Sheldon Kennedy, Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre, Canada
In the last forty years, the global community has taken numerous legal steps both domestically and internationally to combat the sexual abuse of children. Nonetheless, child sex abuse is widespread and certain types, including child pornography, appear to be growing worse both in prevalence and severity. Child sex abuse impacts the individuals harmed for the remainder of their lives – with regards to mental health, occupational outcome, legal entanglements, general health, and neurobiology.
This institute will consider the impact of child sex abuse in four ways. First, we will screen the documentary “Swift Current” highlighting the impact of child sex abuse through the experience of advocate and former NHL hockey player Sheldon Kennedy. Following the screening, Mr. Kennedy will share his insights in person and answer participants’ questions. Professor Warren Binford will provide an overview of the rise of digital sex abuse in recent years and explain how those complexities have made combating child sex abuse more challenging from a legal perspective. She will identify gaps in the system, especially with regard to victim support and explain why more robust, multi-disciplinary research is critical. Dr. Paul Arnold will present a review of the literature on how genetic and environmental risk factors interact to influence risk and resilience to childhood sexual abuse, and our current understanding regarding epigenetic mechanisms which mediate the impact of childhood sexual abuse and other forms of severe trauma on behaviour and brain functioning. Finally, Dr. MacMaster will present and discuss the effect of childhood sex abuse on brain development based on neuroimaging studies.
The speakers will actively engage the audience in developing opportunities for future research on child sex abuse. This Institute is intended to identify the challenges and opportunities to advance a multi-disciplinary, integrative approach to research and improved interventions for victims of child sexual abuse.
- Identify the personal impact of child sex abuse
- Recognize the legal aspects of child sex abuse
- Describe the role of genetics and epigenetics in child sex abuse
- Describe the effect of child sex abuse on brain development
Institute: Integration of Services for Adolescent Mental Health
Host: Graham Boeckh Foundation
Location: Acadia B
Purpose: to provide participants with an opportunity to hear from leaders in youth mental health and addictions services about a multi-province strategy to implement integrated service centres for youth; and secondly, to build coalitions and problem solve implementation challenges. The workshop will take a broad perspective covering policy, research and evaluation, youth engagement and system organization, with the goal of empowering participants to develop solutions in their own communities.
- Recognize existing youth MH/A initiatives;
- Create connections with other participants;
- Apply strategies for developing innovative integrated youth mental health collaborations;
- Discuss how to co-construct a viable and locally applicable integrated model for developing and implementing an integrated service hub for youth MH/A services.
Institute: Pediatric Psychopharmacology Update
Location: Kensington AB
Dr. Graham J. Emslie, MD, UT Southwestern and Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, USA
Dr. Christopher J. Kratochvil, MD, University of Nebraska Medicine, USA
Dr. Karen D. Wagner, MD, PhD, University of Texas Medical Branch, USA
This institute will review recent research developments and updated best practices in the pharmacological treatments for youth with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders and ADHD.
- Review updated research data in the pharmacological management of youth with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders and ADHD.
- Recognize recent advances in implementation of research data into clinical practice in youth with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders and ADHD.
- Describe the pharmacological management of difficult cases, either treatment-resistant or with substantial comorbidities, of youth with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders and ADHD.
Institute: Increasing Engagement in Children and Youth through the Implementation and Practice of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics
Host: Hull Services
Location: Kensington CD
At Hull Services, the knowledge gained through the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT), a revolutionary evidence-based practice based on the understanding of neuroscience and brain development, has deepened our understanding of our clients, as well as our practice. With the core concepts of the NMT as the framework, we have increased our capacity to work with our clients, seeing a decrease in restraints and critical incidents, and increase in relational engagement, self regulation, and staff satisfaction. By helping these children learn to self-regulate using this approach, the children and youth have shown better access to higher-order thinking (executive function skills) and have increased retention and learning potential both in the classroom and in their home environment. Hull Services is a Flagship Site for the ChildTrauma Academy and is actively involved in the training and research activities with the ChildTrauma Academy and its learning network of other clinicians and programs across the world.
- Explain how this approach can be implemented in different settings to help manage the stress response system, improve a child’s capacity for self regulation and develop healthy relationships.
- Illustrate the importance of rhythm and relationship within the residential and school setting.
- Gain an understanding of how a complex organization has changed, and continues to grow and change by integrating the NMT into our programs/policies/supervision using the Core Concepts of the NMT and Principles of Implementation Science.
- Demonstrate what the NMT approach looks like in practice across different program settings and using different Evidence Based Treatment modalities.
- Review how the NMT has decreased our restrictive practices and improved our outcomes.
Institute: CADDRA (Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance): From Guidelines to Advocacy
Location: Acadia B
Dr. Declan Quinn, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada
Dr. Doron Almagor, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Participants have an opportunity to hear from the current and past CADDRA Chairs of how the organization grew from a plan hatched by a small group of child and adolescent psychiatrists in 2002 into a national Canadian member-based association of medical and healthcare professionals working in the field of ADHD. The workshop will provide a wide perspective of its achievements in those years, including the continued revision of the Canadian ADHD Practice Guidelines (4th edition under development); annual conference, research day, ADHD Institute and other education/training initiatives; eLearning portal; and advocacy initiatives. Current challenges and goals for the organization will also be discussed. Through small group activities and discussion, attendees will be encouraged to identify the main issues in their home country and brainstorm ideas and strategies for the creation of similar organizations outside of Canada.
- Recognize the steps involved in establishing a national organization for ADHD professionals
- Gain an understanding of how CADDRA’s mission and goals have continued to evolve over the past 14 years
- Understand the main education and advocacy challenges ahead for CADDRA
- Discuss how to adapt the CADDRA model in order to develop similar organizations in other countries.
Institute: Aggression in Early Childhood: Tools for Assessment and Strategies to Help Caregivers
Host: ElmTree Clinic
Location: Acadia A
Physical aggression by young children is one of the leading problems in child care centres and is the leading reason why young children with behaviour problems are referred for clinical assessment and treatment. Children presenting with aggressive behaviours frequently present with other behavioural and developmental problems such as emotional dysregulation, impulsivity, inattention, etc. Longitudinal studies have shown that persistent physical aggression in children increases the risk for juvenile delinquency and adult violence.
This workshop will review the latest research on aggression in young children. We will introduce and apply the Neurorelational Framework (NRF) to understand early aggressive behaviours. The NRF is based on three core concepts of brain development and organizes clinical complexity through three steps which assess and improve: 1) stress and stress recovery in child and parent, 2) levels of engagement in relationships and 3) individual sources of vulnerability (triggers) and resilience (toolkits) in brain networks.
Brief examples of interventions applying this framework to case studies of early childhood aggression will be explored. We will demonstrate use of visual tools which explain brain development and function to parents and clinicians, which also help define the child’s and parent’s strengths and challenges. The Neurorelational Framework helps clinicians organize complex data to understand the dynamic brain functioning which guides evidence-based interventions.
- Review current research regarding aggressive behaviours in early childhood.
- Understand early aggressive behaviour in the context of adaptive stress responses and toxic stress.
- Apply evidence based interventions to guide caregivers to manage aggressive behaviours.