Parent Workshops

Our 8-week parenting group is based on the highly regarded S.T.E.P. (Systematic Training in Effective Parenting) method. The group explores strategies for dealing with the challenges of being a parent. The workshops are a supportive and relaxed atmosphere to learn alongside other parents of children and teenagers.

Topics Covered:

  • Encouragement
  • Parenting Styles
  • Family Constellation
  • Goals of Behaviour
  • Problem Solving
  • Communication
  • Promoting Capability
  • Positive Discipline

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Dreams Workshop

This workshop combines experiential and practical discussion for implementing dream work into counselling and psychotherapy practice. Together we will explore the following topics: The science and psychology of dreams; Nightmares, ‘bad dreams’, and night terrors; Dream interpretation; Adlerian approaches to dream work; and clinical uses of dreams.

Early Recollections

Early Recollections are a Counselling Intervention used to bring about insightful, specific memories in counselling and psychotherapy. These powerful memories provide therapists with an indispensable tool to facilitate deeper levels of change for client well-being and transformation. This Adlerian Intervention strategy elicits material that is highly potent and effective for therapists working from a range of modalities from CBT through to psychodynamic, existential, feminist, and other therapeutic frameworks.

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Workshops run throughout the year. Some are offered more than once a year and others run annually or bi-annually.

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Courses and Certificates

We offer the possibilty of expanding knowledge at the post graduate level without having to take a full Masters program. Our highly educated and inspired faculty offer a rich Adlerian learning experience.

Family Constellation: Finding Meaning and Belonging in our Families and Beyond

A one-day workshop for students, therapists and the curious. The course is offered by Dr. Chris Shelley and will survey family constellation; applying a holistic approach to understanding the complexities of family dynamics and roles.

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The Life Tasks in Adlerian Psychology: Where are You and Where do You Want to Be?

A one-day workshop for students, therapists and the curious. Each of us have life areas where we grow, relate to one-another, and contribute. This workshop explores the 6 Life Tasks of: Work, Community & Family, Love & Sex, Our relationship with our own selves, Existential and/or spiritual matters, and Leisure. In each of these areas we shall ask participants: “Where are You and Where do You Want to Be?”

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Introduction to Adlerian Parenting

A two-day workshop for students, therapists and the curious. Learn the principles of Adlerian parenting & how to develop and teach your own parenting class.

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Skills in Adult Education & Group Dynamics/Group Facilitation

A two-day workshop for students, therapists and the curious. This course offers principles of Adult Education and the skills of effective group leadership and facilitation. The workshop covers creating and marketing groups appropriately.

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Chris Shelley, PhD, CAC, CCS

Dr. Shelley is the clinical director of The Adler Centre, a not-for-profit counselling and teaching clinic in Vancouver. He has been an Adlerian educator and therapist in both England and Canada having taught at the Institute for Individual Psychology (London), Adler School of Professional Psychology (Vancouver), and for the past decade at The University of British Columbia – lecturing in the Faculty of Arts and also the graduate program in counselling psychology. Chris is also a clinical supervisor at City University of Seattle. He is the author of various books, book chapters and journal articles in the fields of counselling, psychotherapy, theoretical psychology, and gender studies. He is also co-editor of the British Adlerian Yearbook and a contributing editor to The Journal of Individual Psychology.

Letitia Lipp, M.Ed., CPF

Letitia is an elementary school teacher by profession and has been in the public school system since 1997. In 2002 she completed her Masters in Curriculum Development and Special Education at the University of Victoria. Letitia has always been interested in parenting. In 2006, she approached Family Services of the North Shore and began working as a parent educator. Since that time, parent education has become her passion. Letitia was trained in the Positive Discipline approach to parenting, the STEP (Systematic Training in Effective Parenting) program, and in Adlerian concepts. Recently Letitia has put together the Parent Education Handbook for the Adlerian Psychology Association of BC and has taught workshops training new parent educators. She is a faculty member of The Alfred Adler Institute, Vancouver.

Gabriel Hinojosa, MCP, RCC, CPF

Gabriel is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a Certified Parenting Facilitator. He has interwoven 20 years of multidisciplinary education and experience with his private practice as a Clinical Counsellor. He is committed to assisting individuals, couples, and families to overcome life challenges and to help them be the best version of themselves. As a humbled father of four children, he has been personally acquainted with the many challenges of parenting. Gabriel facilitates our STEP Parenting Workshops.