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Conferences & Events
Planning a conference, workshop, or author event? Invite ODIN BOOKS to set up and provide on-site book sales specific to the topics discussed. (We can also promote your event in the Conference section of our website.) We carry a wide assortment of books and related materials in psychology, mental health, special needs, autism, FASD, mental health and wellness. We're happy to tailor an assortment of titles to suit the specific needs of your audience. Contact us at 1-800-223-6346 or call 604-739-8804 in Vancouver.

Conferences & Events Calendar

January 24 to March 14, 2018

Parenting Workshops


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An 8 week parenting group based on the ‘STEP’ (Systematic Training in Effective Parenting) method. The workshop will provide you with theory and techniques in a supportive and engaging way, helping you build a toolkit to raise capable, cooperative, and responsible children.



February 21 to 22, 2018

Working with Aggressive and Violent Children and Youth


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Aggression problems are deeply rooted in instinct and emotion and are therefore resistant to conventional discipline practices. Dr. Neufeld uncovers these roots and outlines steps to addressing them. His rich professional experience with aggressive children and violent youth informs this refreshing approach to an age-old problem. The principles apply to children of all ages and all settings: home, school and treatment.



February 23, 2018

Bullies: Their Making and Unmaking


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Once we understand how bullies are made, our attempts to unmake them can be truly effective and long-lasting. Most prevailing approaches to this problem assume that bullying is either learned behaviour or the result of failure to acquire social skills. In contrast, Dr. Neufeld dissects the bully syndrome to reveal its deep instinctive roots in the dynamics of attachment and vulnerability.



February 23, 2018

“I’m going to be a video game designer!”- Helping Teens Prepare for the REAL Adult World


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This one day workshop with Dr. Pamela Crooke, who works extensively with able teens and young adults, will provide school teams and parents with a practical approach to helping young people with ASD thrive either in higher education or employment. This conference focuses on helping parents and professionals (e.g., teachers, counsellors, psychologists, speech-language pathologists) prepare for and respond to this transition.



March 1 to 2, 2018

Perinatal Services BC’s 3rd Biennial Conference:
Healthy Mothers and Healthy Babies


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This conference is working together to improve perinatal outcomes. Hosted by Perinatal Services BC, this conference is for healthcare professionals invested in the care of pregnant/postpartum women and their infants through the continuum of perinatal and newborn care. This conference will engage healthcare professionals from a wide range of disciplines in knowledge transfer and interprofessional collaboration in order to provide the best care possible and ensure healthy mothers and babies.



March 5 to 9, 2018

Introduction to ASD – Practical Applications – POPARD (Surrey)


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This 5-day, 30-hour course, taught by the experienced and engaging Dr. Ken Cole, reflects evidence-based practice in teaching students with autism. The focus is on practical hands-on training through instructor demonstration, and individual coaching, and emphasizes the diversity of students with ASD.



March 10, 2018

Faster than a Speeding Bullet: iPads in Autism Intervention


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For individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities, iPad has been seen as a “miracle” device for learning tool in the educational environment. This workshop will review a number of skill areas in which the iPad can be a useful instructional tool and/or an aid for daily living. This presentation will address the age range, from young children to adult. It is aimed at those who need considerable support in communication and behaviour.



March 15, 2018

Attachment Parenting: Basic Skills & Principals


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This is a Community Presentation on the topic of Attachment Parenting, with a focus on mental health, and hold by Dr. Anna Khaylis, Registered Psychologist. This program encourages participants to be agents of change by learning about the stigmas that cause others to be seen as 'different' and to recognize the native consequences of stigmatized attitudes and perceptions. Parents, families, caregivers and educators share ideas and learn together. Recognized local professionals will facilitate dialogue and deliver workshops on variety of topics. This event is at 6:00 - 7:30 pm at Jewish Community Centre, 950 West 41st Ave. Vancouver.

FREE, but registration requested. Contact Leamore Cohen: leamore@jccgv.bc.ca or 604-638-7288 ext. 335. Please also Click Here For More Information



April 12, 2018

Anxiety in Childhood: What Parents Can do to Help Children Thrive


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This is a Community Presentation on the topic of anxiety, with a focus on mental health, and hold by Dr. Rosalind Catchpole & Alex Digiacomo. This program encourages participants to be agents of change by learning about the stigmas that cause others to be seen as 'different' and to recognize the native consequences of stigmatized attitudes and perceptions. Parents, families, caregivers and educators share ideas and learn together. Recognized local professionals will facilitate dialogue and deliver workshops on variety of topics. This event is at 7:00 - 8:30 pm at Jewish Community Centre, 950 West 41st Ave. Vancouver.

FREE, but registration requested. Contact Leamore Cohen: leamore@jccgv.bc.ca or 604-638-7288 ext. 335. Please also Click Here For More Information



April 18th to 21st, 2018

Adolescents and Adults with FASD
8th International Research Conference


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This 2018 conference, held at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver, will provide an opportunity to be at the forefront of addressing FASD (specifically in adolescents and adults). It will include a diverse group of professionals, researchers, students, families and individuals with FASD.



April 19, 2018

Autism Spectrum Disorder
Effective Strategies and Interventions with Children & Adolescents (Victoria)


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In this hands-on seminar you will discover what it is like to have a brain with autism. Once you experience the difference between a typical brain and a brain with autism, you will be able to design more effective and successful interventions that lead to successful independence into their adult years! Cara Daily, PhD, presents the latest research on brain development in her work with children with autism (0-19 years). You will walk away with up-to-date behavioral strategies to teach new skills and behaviors related to co-occurring deficits.



April 20, 2018

Autism Spectrum Disorder
Effective Strategies and Interventions with Children & Adolescents (Vancouver)


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In this hands-on seminar you will discover what it is like to have a brain with autism. Once you experience the difference between a typical brain and a brain with autism, you will be able to design more effective and successful interventions that lead to successful independence into their adult years! Cara Daily, PhD, presents the latest research on brain development in her work with children with autism (0-19 years). You will walk away with up-to-date behavioral strategies to teach new skills and behaviors related to co-occurring deficits.



April 23 to 24, 2018

Mindfulness and Psychotherapy - Wisdom and Compassion in Clinical Practice


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Mindfulness practices were originally designed to alleviate suffering and cultivate well-being by intentionally developing such wisdom and compassion. This workshop will explore new ways in which recent scientific findings and techniques from ancient traditions can be harnessed to tap the true potential of mindfulness – to help our clients and ourselves become wiser, more compassionate and happier human beings.



May 3 to 4, 2018

Cutting Edge Strategies to Improve Executive Function Skills


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Through demonstration and practice, you will learn how to teach students the following executive control skills: awareness; forethought; waiting and planning skills; shifting; pacing; flexibility; speed of information processing. Individuals with strong executive function skills stay a beat ahead. Strong executive function skills enable us to imagine and plan a "dry run" of the task in our mind before we begin to carry out the plan. When forethought guides children's actions, they can carry out tasks more successfully.



May 8, 2018

The Opiate Crisis: Heroin, Fentanyl and its Analogues
Understanding and Treating the Emerging Epidemic


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This skills training event will introduce those in attendance to ways of understanding the opioid addicts experience as engagement and all attempts at intervention must start here. Both psychotherapeutic and pharmacological management will be discussed. The importance of discharge planning, “wrap arounds” and extended care (due to immaturity of the prefrontal cortex) is critical for many of the younger addicts as they may not be candidates for rehabilitation but for habilitation. This training will take an honest look at a difficult to manage population and offer approaches designed to increase retention and enhance the possibility of long term recovery.



May 15,2018

Working with Oppositional, Defiant and Anger Issues in Children and Adolescents


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This dynamic workshop will address a full range of behavioural disturbances, from mild to severe, in order to identify the therapeutic techniques that have proven effective. Participants will review and discuss strategies which can be immediately applied across a variety of settings including home, community, social groups, classrooms, or therapeutic. Participants will also examine the intersection of Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) with a variety of issues such as trauma, ADD, learning disabilities, bipolar disorder, and depression and discuss how these affect and alter treatment decisions.



May 17 to 18, 2018

Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors - Overcoming Self-Alienation


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Using interventions drawn from a number of therapeutic approaches (including Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems, and ego state therapy), the focus is on helping clients observe and accept all aspects of self with mindfulness-based interest and curiosity. This course identifies signs and symptoms of fragmentation and internal conflict and helps clients put non-judgmental language to their trauma-related symptoms and inner experience. Participants learn how to decrease client phobias of emotion and inner experience by increasing mindfulness-based dual awareness and facilitate mindful tracking of fragmented parts of the self. Somatic interventions for regulating autonomic arousal and affect dysregulation and how to integrate interpersonal neurobiology and social engagement techniques into treatment will be discussed.



May 28 to 29, 2018

2 Day DBT Intensive - Using DBT To Treat Emotion Dysregulation Disorders


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Following an introduction to Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) theory and how this treatment differs from traditional cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) to treat borderline personality disorder (BPD), Sheri Van Dijk will discuss how DBT can be applied to working with clients facing a broad range of conditions such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder, in which emotion dysregulation plays a key role. Through lecture and experiential exercises, participants will explore the four modules of DBT skills and learn how to teach these skills to their clients. Participants also will learn how to format DBT sessions to provide the structure their dysregulated clients need, and help foster the therapeutic relationship, maximize therapeutic gains, and reduce the likelihood of therapist burnout.



July 3 to 6, 2018

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and T.E.A.M. Techniques - 4 Days Summer Intensive


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This 4-Day Intensive Training in Cognitive Behavioural is designed for a smaller number of participants than David Burns, M.D.'s usual workshops, leading to a much more intimate learning environment. Participants will get the chance to interact with Burns and with their colleagues in a friendly learning environment, to practice and master each technique by breading off into dyads and triads, and to work on some of your own issues. Burns will also cover a broad range of topics, including how to deal with: Depression and Low Self-esteem; Anxiety Disorders; Relationship Problems & Addictions.



October 25 to 27, 2018

Childhood and Adolescent Obesity
Recent Advances in Prevention and Treatment


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Held at The Westin Calgary. This conference brings together an interdisciplinary group of professionals working in the field of childhood and adolescent obesity. The 7th conference will focus on a range of topics that impact the prevention and treatment of obesity beyond the clinic setting, considering the broader social and environmental factors that influence the health of children, adolescents, and families. This multi-theme meeting will explore the role that health care professionals can play in promoting healthy strategies within the greater community to enhance the well-being of children and adolescents living with obesity. Specifically, the conference will showcase examples of successful collaborations that span diverse settings, including the health care system, government, schools, and community at-large.






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