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***Due to ongoing developments with COVID-19, we have made the decision to postpone the conference until March 19-20, 2021***

Mental Health and Spirituality Conference 2020:
Contemporary Issues and Practical Implications for Practitioners and Researchers

Saint Paul University, Ottawa 

Hosted by:
Centre of Excellence for Research in Psychotherapy and Spirituality (CERPS), Ottawa
Society for Pastoral Care and Counselling Research (SPCR), Ottawa

The 2020 conference “Mental Health and Spirituality: Contemporary Issues and Practical Implications for Practitioners and Researchers” serves as a platform to open the dialogue on the necessity of including spirituality in clinical practice. The conference will present 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.

The conference is open to practitioners, at any level of professional development, who come into contact with issues pertaining to mental health. The primary objective is to present evidence-based research on the challenges and implications of spiritually informed approaches in mental health services. Keynote speakers and workshop presentations will utilize different modalities to facilitate experiential learning and promote the development of clinical skills. Attendees will cultivate clinical competence in the application and ethics of spiritually integrated interventions.

Full Conference Program available 

Register for the conference here.

Regular tickets: $150.00
Student tickets: $100.00

 Friday only regular: $100.00
Friday only student: $50.00

Saturday only regular: $100.00
Saturday only student: $50.00

Keynote Speakers

Lynette Monteiro, Ph.D., is a registered psychologist and Director of Professional Training at the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic. She completed an MA on neuro-behavioural correlates of human communication disorders and a Ph.D. investigating the efficacy of methylphenidate in the treatment of ADHD in pre-school-aged children. 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. Since 1983, she has been teaching Human Sexuality at the University of Ottawa where she received the Prix d’Excellence in 2000. For over 25 years, she has been teaching Sex Therapy at the affiliated Saint-Paul University. 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. He completed his PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan, followed by a postdoctoral research fellowship with the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Wendt's research focuses on partnering with Indigenous communities in exploring, developing, and evaluating culturally relevant interventions pertaining to mental health, substance use, and community wellness. He is also interested in evidence-based practice considerations for substance use disorders, as well as philosophical aspects of clinical/counselling psychology and research methods. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, and has presented over 60 times at scholarly conferences. Dr. Wendt is from southeast Idaho in the USA, near Yellowstone National Park. A newcomer to Canada, he lives in the Côte-des-Neiges neighbourhood of Montreal with his wife and two French-learning children.