Working through trauma is always challenging but seeking help as a queer, Indigenous person is often so complex that many people don’t reach out. Stel Raven deconstructs the Western view of gender and weaves in elements of minority stress theory. Stel’s keynote was called Queering and Decolonizing Trauma Work: A Path for Two-Spirit Wellness. They spoke at the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association‘s 2019 conference. CCPA is a national bilingual association of professionally trained counsellors.

There has been an explosive growth of technology in recent years, and with it we’ve seen an equal growth in the use of technology in counselling and psychotherapy. Sherry Law is active on the CCPA’s Technology and Innovative Solutions Chapter. She presented on the IAC Ethics Round Table.

Amy Rubin is a yoga therapist (C-IAYT) and has worked with hundreds of clients suffering from anxiety, depression, addiction, and chronic pain. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Counselling. Her session was, Yoga Therapy: Basic Frameworks and Therapeutic Techniques for Counsellors and other Professionals

Christina Gentile holds a M.A. (Counselling Psychology) from the University of Victoria and a BFA (Music) from Concordia University with a minor in religion. She is also a voice and yoga teacher. Her session was called, Pranayama: Yogic Breathing Practices as Forces for Transformation in Counselling Psychology

CCPA’s members work in diverse fields of education, employment and career development, social work, business, industry, mental health, public service agencies, government and private practice. The 2019 conference was jointly presented with the Int’l Association for Counselling. It was held May 13 – 16, 2019 at the Delta Beauséjour Hotel in Moncton, NB.

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