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The Creative Therapies in the Helping Relationship: Psychotherapy and Spiritual Care

Conference Date: March 8-10, 2018

Saint Paul University, Ottawa


We often refer to psychotherapy, counselling, and spiritual care as the “talking” therapies, but there is so much more, and the creative therapies and arts can enhance, deepen, and bring feeling and transcendence to all we might say in the helping relationship. This conference offers participants the opportunity to learn different ways in which the creative therapies and arts have expanded the helping relationship. The workshop presentations will offer perspectives from theory, practice, and research, with reference to the use of various expressive arts in the helping relationships. 

Date: Thursday, March 8 – Saturday, March 10

Presented by: The Faculty of Human Sciences, Saint Paul University; School of Counselling, Psychotherapy and Spirituality; The Society for Pastoral Counselling Research (SPCR); Chair, Christian Family Studies; Capital Choice Counselling Group (CCCG); Others

Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr. Michaela Kirby, Professor in Art and Psychotherapy, Lesley University, Boston
  • Susan Aglukark, Canadian Inuk singer and artist and Juno Award winner


Rooms: The Atrium, The Amphitheatre, rooms 1130, 1139, 1140, 1141, and a poster and art display place

Poster and art display presentations all day Friday (3 prizes of $100)

Accommodation (on campus) available: Click here for details: http://stayrcc.com/locations/ottawa-downtown/


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  • Preconference Workshop: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Amphitheatre
  • Thursday evening: 7 – 8:30 p.m.: Public lecture in the Amphitheatre – Part of the Psychology for Everyday Living Lecture Series, presented by Capital Choice Counselling Group

Program thursday


  • All day: Poster and Art Expression display room
  • 8 – 9 a.m.: registration and coffee (Atrium)
  • 9 – 10:15 a.m.: lecture (Amphitheatre)
  • 10:15 – 10:45 a.m.: coffee
  • 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: Workshops (1-2-3-4-5 simultaneous breakout rooms)
  • 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.: Lunch Together: SPCR Awards, Poster Prizes (café)
  • 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.: Workshops (6-7-8-9-10 simultaneous breakout rooms)
  • 2:45 – 3:15 p.m.: Coffee
  • 3:30 – 4:45 p.m.: Workshops (11-12-13-14-15 simultaneous breakout rooms)

Program Friday


  • 8– 9 a.m.: meeting and coffee (Atrium)
  • 9 – 10:15 a.m.: Lecture (Amphitheatre)
  • 10:15 – 10:45 a.m.: coffee
  • 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: Workshops (16-17-18-19-20 simultaneous breakout rooms)
  • 12:30 p.m.: Closing Reflections / Expressions (Amphitheatre)

Program Saturday




Continuing Education Credit approved

 16 hours Continuing Education Credit approved

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