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SEPI 36th Annual Meeting

 Export to Your Calendar 5/28/2020 to 5/30/2020
When: 5/28/2020-5/30/2020
8:00 AM
Where: Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown
1128 W Hastings St.
Vancouver, British Columbia  V6E 4R5

Online registration is available until: 5/30/2020
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Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown
1128 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6E 4R5


Conference Rates

Registration Fee (prior to April 1st, 2020 - Early Bird)

SEPI Members  - $285
Non-Members  - $345
Student Member  - $100
Student non-Member - $135

Registration Fee (after April 1st, 2020)

SEPI Members  - $340
Non-Members  - $399
Student Member - $130
Student non-Member - $170

Optional Fees

Pre-Conference Workshop - $85 each [register for a workshop]
(You do not have to attend the conference as a whole in order to attend a pre-conference workshop). Three Half-Day Workshops, held concurrently.

CE credits - $40 [purchase CE credits]
Many of the individual presentations during the conference offer Continuing Education (CE) to psychologist attendees. To receive CE, you must register and pay. Once at the conference, you will receive a CE passport that must be taken with you and validated at all sessions offering CE. You will turn in this document at the end of the conference and your CE certificate will be emailed to you.  
CE Credit is granted to participants with documented attendance at individual workshops and completed evaluation forms for those sessions. Attendance is monitored. Credit will not be granted to registrants who are more than 15 minutes late, are absent for more than 15 minutes during a session, or those who depart more than 15 minutes early from a session. CE registrants are strongly encouraged to submit a completed evaluation form at the end of each session. It is the responsibility of registrants to comply with these requirements. It is the responsibility of the attendee to determine whether these CE credits are valid in his/her state of licensure.
SEPI is pleased to offer Continuing Education credits through the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy, APA Division 29.  The Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy, APA Division 29 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy - APA Division 29 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Saturday Night Party - $75 [purchase event tickets]
Our annual party, where we relax with our friends, will be held on May 30th, from 7:30 until ? at the Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown in their lovely Pointe Grey room with a large patio.  Ticket price includes buffet, entertainment, and one drink.


Brief Schedule

Thursday May 28th
to follow
Friday, May 29th
to follow
Saturday, May 30th
to follow
Saturday Night Party 7:30 (ticket required)


Registration for the 2020 SEPI’s 36th Annual Meeting in Vancouver is now online.

You will also be able to purchase Continuing Education credits and register for the pre-conference workshops.

Refund Policy

No refunds after May 1st.

For further information, please contact Tracey Martin



Rooms are available at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown
1128 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 4R5, CA

Single Rooms - $285/CAD (or about $214US or 194Euros)
Double Rooms - $285/CAD
Triple Rooms -  $315CAD

To make a reservation, use this link:

Rooms are limited at this rate!  Make your reservation now.  



Preliminary Presentations

To register for a Pre-Conference Workshop independent from the general conference registration, please click here!

Pre-Conference Workshop 1:
Becoming a more effective therapist using reliable, personalized case formulations
Presenters: David Kealy, PhD and George Silberschatz, PhD

How is it that therapists of vastly different temperaments, attitudes, therapeutic approaches and styles are able to achieve comparable results? There must be a thread that runs through effective treatment independent of therapist personality style or therapeutic technique that promotes healing in patients – a thread that explains how and why psychotherapy works or fails to work. Over the past 50 years, the San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group (SFPRG) has been developing an empirical basis for how psychotherapy works, how to understand individual patient needs and treatment goals, and how to develop an idiosyncratic, patient-centered formulation to guide treatment success. In short, the theory is developed on the foundation that psychological safety is the key to allowing patients’ defenses and old patterns to release so that they may develop new patterns in their life. As therapists, it is our job to decode a patient's unique psychological needs for safety and then to create a treatment atmosphere -- through interventions, attitudes, and approach -- that communicates that safety to the patient. This is facilitated by the Plan-Formulation Method, an empirically derived and learnable skill that significantly improves one's efficacy as a therapist across diagnoses and treatment modalities. In this workshop, participants will learn the fundamental principles and methods of case formulation that have been developed by the SFPRG. The workshop will cover the major theoretical assumptions informing the Plan-Formulation Method, and will outline the process of developing unique formulations for individual patients.


Pre-Conference Workshop 2:
Reaching for Clinical Expertise: Deliberate Practice in Psychotherapy
Presenters: Tony Rousmaniere, PsyD & Alexandre Vaz

How do the good become great? Practice! From musicians to athletes to surgeons to chess masters, professionals rely on Deliberate Practice to achieve expertise. Drawing from the Science of Expertise, this workshop teaches evidence-based methods to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of your professional development.  The Deliberate Practice approach is trans-theoretical and integrates a broad range of psychotherapy models.  This workshop features experiential exercises for participants and is appropriate for therapists at all levels of experience.

The workshop includes:

•    The theory and principles of Deliberate Practice
•    How to use Deliberate Practice to enhance your clinical skill development
•    How to integrate Deliberate Practice into supervision and consultation
•    Live demonstrations and experiential exercises
This workshop is based on the books Deliberate Practice for Psychotherapists, Mastering the Inner Skills of Psychotherapy: A Deliberate Practice Handbook, and the edited volume The Cycle of Excellence: Training, Supervision, and Deliberate Practice.


Pre-Conference Workshop 3:
The Phenomenology of Transformational Healing in AEDP Therapy Across Different Cultures and Genders: As Documented With Videotaped Examples
Presenters: Daniel Fishman, PhD, Diana Fosha, PhD, Dina Miqdadi, Dale Trimble, Anna Christina Sundgren, Tetsuo Fukushima, Ana Gaviria

Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Therapy (AEDP) is an integrative mind-body therapy which (1) focuses on creating a deep trusting therapeutic relationship in which (2) a client is able to transformationally process deep distressing emotions associated with trauma and emotional suffering, resulting in the client discovering an inner core of enlivening affect and resilience, which is then (3) therapeutically expanded (broadened and built) through metatherapeutic processing, an AEDP technique that supports the emergence of flourishing in the session. The goal of this Workshop is (A) to describe a structured, case-based, qualitative method for analyzing AEDP videotapes to document the phenomenology of a client as he or she undergoes this transformational process and moves from suffering to flourishing; (B) to present the results from this method consisting of five videotape examples across cases drawn from a variety of national cultures and genders; and (C) to present complementary results from an ongoing extensive process-and-outcome research project with a large sample of AEDP clients taking place within a PRN (practice research network) involving therapists of different genders and from four continents.

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