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Mental Health and Spirituality: Contemporary Issues and Practical Implications for Practitioners and Researchers Professor:
Buuma Maisha; Laura Armstrong

Date : Friday March 20th, 2020 to Saturday March 21st, 2020
Room: Saint Paul University, 223 Main St, Ottawa, ON, K1S 1C4 Amphitheatre (G1124)
Regular Student
Two-day conference ticket $150.00 $100.00
Friday only $100.00 $50.00
Saturday only $100.00 $50.00


The conference serves as a platform to open the dialogue on the necessity of including spirituality in clinical practice. The conference will synthesize the current challenges and practical implications concerning the integration of spirituality in clinical practice and offer attendees guidance in the development of spiritual competency and spiritually-informed interventions. Attendees are eligible to receive 14.00 Continuing Education Credits (CEC)

Keynote Speakers:
Lynette Monteiro, Ph.D., is a registered psychologist and Director of Professional Training at the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic. She is trained in CBT, CPT for veterans and active military personnel, MBSR, MBCT, MiCBT, and is a certified teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion. Her primary interest is the treatment of military and veterans experiencing PTSD and she serves as a personnel selection psychologist for police and military services. As co-developer of Mindfulness-based Symptom Management (MBSM), she also developed and leads the MBSM teacher-training program and, as Clinical Professor at the University of Ottawa, she supervises Ph.D. clinical psychology and counselling psychology interns in MBSM.

Peggy J. Kleinplatz, Ph.D. is Professor of Medicine, and Director of Sex and Couples Therapy Training at the University of Ottawa. She is a clinical psychologist, Certified as a Diplomate and Supervisor of Sex Therapy by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counsellors and Therapists (AASECT) and as a Sex Counselor and Therapist by BESTCO. Kleinplatz has edited four books notably New Directions in Sex Therapy: Innovations and Alternatives, winner of the AASECT 2013 Book Award. She is the author with A. Dana Menard, Ph.D. of Magnificent Sex: Lessons from Extraordinary Lovers (2020). In 2015, Kleinplatz received the AASECT Professional Standard of Excellence Award.

Dennis Wendt, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at McGill University.


The conference is open to practitioners at any level of professional development that come into contact with issues pertaining to mental health – psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, general practitioners, nurses, etc.

Number of participants: minimum: 70; maximum: 150


The primary objective of the conference is to present evidence-based research on the challenges and implications of spiritually-informed approaches in mental health services. Keynote speakers and workshops will utilize different modalities to facilitate experiential learning and promote the development of clinical skills. The purpose of the presentations is to cultivate clinical competence of mental health professionals and students in training programs in the application and ethics of spiritually-integrated interventions.