Friday, November 15, 2019 at 1:00 PM EST
Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 5:00 PM EST

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Toronto Reference Library 
789 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4W 2G8

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Cathy Hamilton 
Ontario Psychological Association 

Ontario Psychological Association 72nd Annual Conference 

Dear Members,

On behalf of the OPA Board and Conference Committee I am happy to be releasing the program and start registration for our annual conference.  We have many exciting workshops and we appreciate the colleagues who will be sharing their expertise.  As we did last year, we will hold our conference at the Toronto Reference Library (Yonge and Bloor in Toronto) which has large, bright and beautiful meetings spaces. Last year at the time of registration we did not have the entire conference space at the library which was why we had to close registration for some workshops earlyThis year we have the entire two floors of space at the library with more room for workshops available.  Nonetheless, please register early as the space is not infinite!

This year the conference will be held 15 and 16 November, with workshops running Friday afternoon and all day Saturday.  Below are some highlights in addition to the listed workshops.
  • Use of the entire conference space with more room for events and workshops
  • Workshops are eligible for CE credits
  • Tapas and Wine reception Friday evening co-sponsored by CAPDA and OPA, to be held with the Poster Presentation Session Friday evening
  • Continental breakfast, lunch and sponsored breaks - with time for networking and socializing with colleagues
  • Keynote Speaker, Mikel Pearce: Cybersecurity and maintaining PHIPA standards
  • Multiple vendors
  • Posters will be present available for display from Friday noon to Saturday at 4:30 PM.
We look forward to seeing you at the conference and invite you also take the opportunity to meet our new CEO, Mr. Richard Morrison, in person.

Warm Regards,
Diana Velikonja
President, Ontario Psychological Association


Conference Fees:

Full registration:  $295
Saturday only: $230
Friday only: $190
Students Full registration: $150
Students Saturday only: $125
Students Friday only: $95

Scheduled Workshops include:

15 November Friday 2 -4:30  
1. Sports and Performance Psychology in Practice
    Dr. Kate Hays
2. A Geek's Guide to Legal Assessment and Expert Testimony
    Dr. Brian Levitt
3. Learning ACT from the Inside Out - An Experiential Workshop
    Dr. Sherri Turrell
4. Couples Therapy in the Context of Childhood Trauma (EFT and  RLT approaches)
    Dr. Tessa Colthoff

16 November Saturday 9-11:30
5. Engaging and Supporting Caregivers in the Mental Health Care of their Child
     Dr. Paulo Pires
6. Challenges in the Psychological Treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
     Dr. Karen Rowa
 Supervision of Registered Healthcare Providers:  presentation of draft OPA guidelines
     Dr. Jonathan Douglas and Lara Sigurdson
8. Ethical Decision Making:  Adult Clients, Duty to Report and (Risk of) Child Sexual Abuse
     Dr. Ainslie Heasman

16 November  Saturday 2-4:30  
9. Novel Directions in PTSD Research
     Dr. Margaret McKinnon
10. Assessment and Treatment of Autism
     Dr. Nancy Marchese, Dr, Nancy Freeman, Dr Caroline Roncadin, Dr Irene Drmic
11. Update on WSIB (1hour session)
     Dr. Faith Kaplan, Dr. Ron Kaplan, Dr. Jason Ramsay
& WSIB Presenters: Teresa Sinclair, Jessie Farran and Gillian Nicholls
12. Motivational Interviewing
     Dr. Michael Coons

Notice of Change (November 12):

Due to an unforeseen circumstance, the original Joint WSIB and Auto Insurance Legislation Update workshop will be altered for the conference. The WSIB workshop portion will continue as planned for the full hour. However, due to unforeseen circumstances the Auto Insurance update will now be offered as an interactive webinar in a few weeks’ time. Registrants for this Joint Workshop will receive notification of the date and time of the Webinar in advance.

Those attending the WSIB session will be able to join other sessions in the second hour.
 We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this unexpected change may cause you.

Please see the Preliminary Program for more details - click here

OPA Awards
Please take the time to submit your nomination - click here for the nomination form

OPA Student Posters
(Students presenting posters will attend the Conference for free)
Please take the time to submit your application - click here for the application form

Directions to the Toronto Reference Library

789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4W 2G8
Phone: 416-395-5577

Wheelchair Accessible

Free WiFi

TTY 416-393-7100 (hearing or speech impaired)

Elevator access

Directions, TTC & Parking

Closest major intersection Yonge Street and Bloor Street. Located one block north of Bloor Street on the east side of Yonge Street.

Public Transit

TTC subway station Yonge. Walk to library north on Yonge Street.


Paid - parking lots on Cumberland Avenue, Asquith Ave and Church Street.

Hotels Nearby

Hotel Intercontinental
220 Bloor St W.

Four Seasons Hotel, Toronto
60 Yorkville Ave

Grand Hotel and Suites
225 Jarvis Street

EconoLodge Inn & Suites
335 Jarvis Street
(Enjoy OPA member benefits at this hotel, contact hotel directly)

The Saint James Hotel - An Ascend Collection
26 Gerrard Street East
(Enjoy OPA Member Benefits at this hotel: Ontario Psychological Association Choice Client ID # 00161660)