Kevin Alderson

Kevin Alderson

Professor, Editor in Chief, Mental Health and Addictions Expert, Diversity and LGBTQ Expert

Kevin Alderson

Dr. Kevin Alderson, PhD, is a Professor Emeritus of Counselling Psychology from the University of Calgary.

He has been a counselor for 40 years and a registered psychologist since 1986. He is currently President of the College of Alberta Psychologists, the regulatory body for psychological practice in Alberta, Canada. He is a professional member of the Association for Addiction Professionals, and currently sits on the editorial board for the Journal of Alcoholism, Drug Abuse & Substance Dependence and the Austin Journal of Drug Abuse and Addiction. He holds membership in the American Counseling Association, the American Psychological Association, the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, and the Canadian Psychological Association.

Since 2008, Dr. Alderson has been the editor-in-chief of the Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, which is the only national peer-reviewed journal in the counseling and psychotherapy field in Canada. He currently works half-time for Yorkville University as the director for a proposed online doctor of counselling and psychotherapy degree program.

The author of 10 books and several scholarly articles and book chapters, Dr. Alderson completed a MSc in clinical, school, and community psychology from the University of Calgary, and a PhD in counselling psychology at the University of Alberta.

In December 2019 he released his book ” Addiction Counseling Today”.  Enlightening and practical, the book invites readers into the heart of addictive thinking, offering first-person accounts of what it is like to experience different addictions. It covers the range of addictions from alcohol, drug abuse, and nicotine to various process addictions, including sex, internet, gaming, social media, and gambling. Also included are the various theories and models of addiction, with a unique chapter on the neuroscience of addiction.

In 2020 he released his latest textbook ” Counselling LGBTI Clients” which challenges and changes beliefs about and attitudes toward each LGBTI subgroup, while preparing practitioners to provide sensitive, informed, and effective affirmative counsseling to this largely misunderstood population.

Dr. Alderson will customize every keynote for your audience.  He offers keynotes, interactive workshop, seminars, or break-out sessions and is comfortable talking to all audiences from adults to children/teenagers, students, employees, parents, teachers, administrators, and professionals.

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  1. Out of the Closet: Working with LGBTQ+ Individuals in Today’s Workplace

    If you read that someone defines themselves as a “pansexual demiboy,” what would this tell you?

    Besides lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT), what does it mean when people say they are pansexual, asexual, demi, genderqueer, non-binary, agender, transman, or transwoman? Even members of the LGBTQ community are frequently confused when new sexual orientations, gender orientations, and sexuality labels are adopted.

    This keynote will explain what you need to know about LGBTQ diversity and how you can become an ally and see through the lens of those who define themselves differently

  2. The Addiction Mask

    Besides the increase in addiction-related deaths, addictions of all types are profoundly affecting our society.

    The impact of addiction ripples into every domain of life, including our homes and at work. Addictions and behavioural excesses always have a cause, often triggered by an underlying mental health disorder. Under the addiction mask is a true horror story that needs to be told and understood.

    Dr. Alderson brings audiences into the experience of addictions. He will highlight the warning signs that precede addiction and the symptoms that happen after it has occurred. By knowing and acting upon the signs and symptoms, potential horror stories can become a “feel good” story with a happy conclusion.

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