AGM Update

We are pleased to announce the guest speakers, professional development sessions and agenda for the 2017 AGM and Conference.  By attending all sessions you will be eligible for 4 hours of Professional Development credits.

Friday, October 13, 2017

5:30 pm - "Meet & Greet" at the Cactus Club Cafe – Burnaby.  We hope you will join the ACCT Board of Directors for this casual no-host dinner.

Saturday, October 14, 2016

9:00 am to 11:00 amAGM - board reports, elections and discussion on the proposed continuous competency development model

11:15 am to 12:45 pmConcurrent Professional Development Sessions

Professional Development Session IA- Understanding Your Ethically Non-Monogamous Client and How to Work Effectively With Them - Cherish Dorrington, MTC

Polyamory, Ethical Non-Monogamy, Relationship Anarchy and the like are popping up more and more as each year goes by. In the past, such were seen as troubled, at best, and as degenerates at worst. But that's changing. Statistics show that monogamy does not work for a huge portion of the population. Many are turning to alternative relationship styles, as a result. It is our job, as therapists to assist them in creating the healthiest relationships, with self and others that they can. But first, we need to be able to shift our own understanding, confront biases that we may not even be aware that we have and know exactly what makes a healthy non-monogamous relationship work.

Cherish has a great passion in life ... to assist others in finding the freedom to live their lives their way ... without guilt, shame or fear.  She is a psychological therapist who has evolved into transformational life coaching and she loves what she does.

Cherish counsels individuals and pairings, specializing in personal growth, relationship intimacy, sexual expression & freedom, alternative lifestyle creativity, establishing & honouring boundaries, getting touch with one's truth, and the actualization of goals. She also specializes in ethical non-monogamy, gender & sexuality, relational styles and personal expression.

It is very important to Cherish that her practice be one of safety, non-judgment and being real. She passionately believes in her clients' abilities to make positive, enduring change, so that they might have the lives they've longed for.

Professional Development Session IB- Introduction to Social/Emotional Programming for Youth/Adolescents, Supporting Families with Children Diagnosed With Developmental Disabilities, Learning Disabilities and Sensory Processing Disorder - Kate Brodie, MTC

An overview of some of the challenges families face when raising a child with unique challenges. Introducing programs with a focus on strength based approaches, encouraging self-regulation, and shame free approaches that encourage social/emotional development. Some of the programs I propose introducing include, MindUp, The Zones of Regulation, Superflex, and Taming the Worry Dragons. I am currently incorporating all of these programs in my practice, and previously in my school based positions.

Kate Brodie is a Registered Master Therapeutic Counsellor in private practice and employee of the Abbotsford School district.

A passionate advocate for children with Autism, ADHD, ODD, FAS and SPD, she has worked in numerous programs under the umbrella of supported child development within the R.S.C.L and the Richmond school district. Spending 6 years at Choice school for gifted children, she developed expertise in gifted behaviour and supports, sensory processing, and social emotional programming. Now as a counsellor her goal is to provide a cohesive, inclusive, and supportive therapeutic experience for individuals, and families, including those raising exceptional children.

Kate is trained in art therapy, CBT, ABA, Floor time, and Reference and Regulation therapies. In addition, she places importance on attachment, focusing on creating safety, healthy relationships, trust, healthy risks, and feelings of "self-worth".

Eligible for 1.5 hours of Professional Development

12:45 pm – 1:45 pmLunch w/ Keynote Speaker- "Relationship Expert" - Trevor C. Warren – R.C.C, M.A., C.R.S.

2:00 pm – 3:30 pmProfessional Development Session II

Couples & SexualityTrevor C. Warren – R.C.C, M.A., C.R.S.

Trevor Warren is a seasoned couples and sexual intimacy counsellor with over 20 years of direct experience with over a 1,000 couples.  He is the founder and Clinical Director of CoreQuest Counselling Group (est. 1996), an experienced workshop facilitator, a sought after public speaker and has had several media interviews on Global, City TV, The Globe & Mail and Z95.3 on topics related to relationships and sexual intimacy.

Trevor holds an M.A. in Counselling Psychology, is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (R.C.C.) and a Certified Relationship Specialist (C.R.S.) with the American Psychotherapy Association.

Trevor's current passion is helping couples and the community get "sex out of the closet" by supporting them to emancipate from beneath the heavy historical blanket of shame and sex negativity that has become so normalized in our culture.   He aims to resurrect this most natural, powerful and beneficial essence of who we are as human beings back to its deserved position in our society.

Eligible for 2 hours of Professional Development

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm-  Socializing & Networking time

4:00 pm – 4:30 pmClosing 

Julie Taylor, MTC, RCS will close the conference with a thought about what binds us, as people, together, whilst we are so very diverse.  She will also tell us a quick story about the creation of this dream association, the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada. 

Julie is an ACCT founding member and past board member. Training in health care and hospital administration at age 18 (followed by the creation of a successful business) and working in advertising and marketing between 1988 and 1999, specializing in online marketing and website copywriting (and helping form another successful business) laid a good foundation for ACCT. 

In 2000 Julie recreated herself - which was so fascinating that she retrained as a counsellor!  After a dozen years counselling 2013 found Julie taking a break, sitting on the beach in San Felipe, Mexico, contemplating the next decade of her life and watching pelicans play on the rocks. The timing was right and her life’s experiences, coupled with a stubborn streak and a desire for justice, came together and ACCT was born. 

Eligible for .5 hours of Professional Development

Support your association by joining us for ACCT’s AGM and Conference, it will be a great opportunity to network with fellow members, make new connections and connect with old friends.