Dr. Kevin Alderson

Dr. Kevin Alderson

Calgary, Alberta
Mental Health, Diversity and LGBTQ2 Expert
Dr. Kevin Alderson is a dynamic keynote speaker with 30 years experience as psychologist who is a recognized expert in addictions,hypnotherapy and sexology. Dr.Kevin Alderson is Caring,Compassionate,Competent and has counselled hundreds of clients with LGBTI identities,speaks for topics relating to mental health and addictions in the workplace and school settings.
  • Change Management
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Employee Management
  • Leadership
  • Mental Health
  • Peak Performance
  • Personal Growth
  • Resilience & Adversity
  • Business Management
  • Conference
  • Education & Teachers
  • Inspirational
  • Lifestyle & Health
  • Social Justice & Human Rights


Dr. Kevin Alderson is a dynamic keynote speaker for topics relating to mental health and addictions in the workplace and school settings. Dr. Kevin Alderson is recognized as an international expert in both addictions and LGBTQ+ psychology.

Dr. Kevin Alderson is a highly respected counselling and clinical psychologist in the counselling and psychotherapy field with over 30 years of direct experience. Dr. Kevin Alderson is also a professor emeritus of counselling psychology from the University of Calgary. Dr. Alderson has been a registered counselling psychologist since 1986 and served as president of the College of Alberta Psychologists in 2018-2019. He is also licensed to practice in Ontario and throughout the Canadian territories.

Dr. Alderson is the author of 11 books, including Choosing the Right Counselor for You (2019) and The Concise Guide to Opioid Addiction for Counselors (2021), both co-authored with Samuel T. Gladding and published by the American Counseling Association. He is also the sole author of the 720-page textbook Addictions Counseling Today: Substances and Addictive Behaviors (2020, Sage Publications). He is currently writing a generic counselling textbook for Cognella Publications.

His earlier books include Counselling: A Comprehensive Profession (Canadian edition; with Samuel T. Gladding), Breathe, Freedom: A Comprehensive and Hypnotic Approach to Quitting Smoking, Grade Power: The Complete Guide to Improving Your Grades Through Self-Hypnosis, Counseling LGBTI Clients, Breaking Out II: The Complete Guide to Building a Positive LGBTI Identity, Same-Sex Marriage: The Personal and the Political (with Kathleen Lahey), Breaking Out I, and Beyond Coming Out.

Dr. Alderson holds the highest level of membership within the International Society of Substance Use Professionals, and he is also a professional member of the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC). Dr. Alderson sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Alcoholism, Drug Abuse & Substance Dependence and the Austin Journal of Drug Abuse and Addiction. He holds membership in the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and the American Counseling Association.

Between 2008 and 2020, Dr. Alderson was the editor-in-chief of the Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy. He is the founder of both the first doctoral credential and the first doctoral program in the counselling and psychotherapy field in Canada.

Dr. Alderson’s slogan is “Embracing the Four Seas (4Cs),” a term he coined, which stands for Compassionate, Caring, Competent, and Connected in the mental health community. He sees these four components as essential in both psychological practice and public speaking.

Dr. Kevin Alderson completed an MSc in clinical, school, and community psychology from the University of Calgary and a Ph.D. in counselling psychology at the University of Alberta. Dr. Alderson is married and is the father of two adult children. Outside of counselling, writing, and professional speaking, he enjoys walking, hiking, and socializing with family and friends.




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Dr. Kevin Alderson Topic Presentations

embracing diversity

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  • This general conversation focuses on the diversity issues prominent in the workplace. Topics include unconscious bias, microaggressions, inclusion, and inclusive workplaces. Building an inclusive workforce is critically important today. Individuals flourish and feel a deep sense of belonging when they feel respected by others.

    For decades, Dr. Alderson has spoken to audiences about the “isms” (e.g., racism, sexism, heterosexism, homophobia, transphobia) and workplace inclusion. This presentation will be customized to fit your organizational needs.

working with lgbtq+ individuals in today’s workplace (or at home, in the classroom, etcetera)

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  • LGBTQ+ individuals are much more visible than 20 years ago when Dr. Alderson first began his work as a professor studying LGBTQ+ issues and psychology. How do we create an “all for one, one for all” work culture when our colleagues seem so different from us? How do we talk respectfully and work collaboratively with employees or colleagues who are nonbinary, queer, pansexual, or transgender and now need to dress and act differently?

    The diversity among LGBTQ+ individuals will be discussed so that everyone knows how to communicate and work collaboratively with them. Important topics will include language, safe spaces, stigma reduction, inclusive workspaces, and how to become supportive of the community as allies. Creating a respectful workplace for LGBTQ+ individuals helps all employees feel supported.

    This presentation will be customized to fit your organizational needs. The focus can be tailored for parents, teachers, students, or any other relevant setting.

fostering mental health at work

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  • Most people will experience a mental disorder at some time in their life, and for some, the consequences are devastating. The presentation begins with a broad overview of the most common mental disorders and how they impact individuals at work. What can organizations do to create environments that reduce the likelihood that employees will become mentally ill?

    Topics include workplace practices that increase employees’ sense of self-worth, confidence, and self-esteem. A simple acronym will be provided in the presentation that captures what employers and individuals can do to enhance institutional and employee well-being, respectively. This presentation will be customized to fit your organizational needs.

developing impenetrable resilience

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  • Change is happening quickly, and many people have trouble navigating what is unfolding before them. Life transitions are challenging, and when not managed well, they create stress, anxiety, or depression. A few examples include working from home and manoeuvring boundaries between work and home life, dealing with a change in management, coping with difficult colleagues, or shouldering personal difficulties and defeats.

    Preventative health means having or developing the skills to cope with inevitable change. This presentation focuses on practical methods of becoming unshakeably resilient so that instead of breaking down, you step up. This presentation will be customized to fit your organizational needs.

preventing mental disorders

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  • The entire focus of this presentation is on prevention. Much anxiety and depression can be “nipped in the bud” before escalating into diagnosable mental disorders. Topics covered include stress management, self-directed cognitive-behavioural therapy, mindfulness practices, and when to consider taking psychotropic medication.

    Learn about the warning signs that indicate the early onset of a mental disorder. This is what you can do before you contact a psychologist or psychiatrist. This preventative mental health presentation will also be tailored to fit your organizational needs.

learning to assess your own mental health

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  • Many risk factors predispose individuals to experience specific mental disorders. This presentation looks at the risk factors while encouraging participants to conduct their own assessment of their mental health. Several valid and reliable psychological questionnaires, scales, inventories, and tests are available for free on the Internet. These web addresses will be shared so that participants can complete relevant ones in their homes or other confidential environments.

    This provocative presentation will provide attendees with a glimpse into their own mental health with the goal that they will seek appropriate help early. Both the contrasting kinds of mental health professionals and the different types of therapies available will be addressed. This presentation will be customized to fit your organizational needs.

managing addictions

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  • The current statistics regarding addictive behaviours are alarming. This presentation reviews the common addictions before moving into those that challenge today’s workforce. Understanding these addictions is the first step in ensuring that those afflicted are treated respectfully by management and staff. Topics will include prevention, preventative health, and the warning signs that an individual is becoming, or has become, addicted. The treatment options will be reviewed so that attendees are empowered to take appropriate steps if needed.

    This presentation will be customized to fit your organizational needs. For example, if desired, the focus can be on young people. Youth addictions are increasing at an alarming rate, and our culture has become desensitized to drug exposure. The effect of social media, the legalization of cannabis, and the popularity of vaping in youth culture should not be ignored. Their impact on youth might be more than most could have predicted.

discovering the new-age treatments for addiction and mental health

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  • This presentation takes attendees into the experience of psychoactive drugs with some very cool simulations. Current information about substance addictions (e.g., hallucinogens, stimulants, and depressants) and a brief look at behavioural addictions are reviewed. Why is the war on drugs not working? Why are increasing numbers of individuals becoming addicted? What are the current medications used to treat addictions?

    The new-age treatments for mental disorders are equally fascinating. Some possibilities include new age drugs, transcranial magnetic stimulation, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and exposure therapy. Also, what have we learned about microdosing and the use of psychedelics in treating mental disorders? Are drugs the end, or are they the beginning?

experiencing hypnotherapy and its use in mental health treatment

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  • Two of Dr. Alderson’s books are about self-hypnosis. Reveen and modern-day stage hypnotists have demonstrated hypnosis for years. Which parts are real, and which parts are not? What if it is all real? How hard would it be to overcome bad habits through self-hypnosis? How can hypnotherapy help in the treatment of mental disorders?

    This presentation can include an experiential component that demonstrates clinical hypnosis, either for everyone who would like to experience it or for a specific individual who would like to act as the subject. This is just one of the many ways this presentation can be tailored to suit your organizational needs.

coping with world change

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  • Most of us have never been exposed before to so many national and global issues simultaneously. The news has bombarded us with graphic images of climate change, deep unrest in the United States and abroad, and the political strife caused by a pandemic. In turn, some vulnerable individuals are committing heinous crimes that seem incomprehensible. Our trust in where we are headed might be eroding our sense of self and purpose.

    Dr. Alderson has a motivating message that you need to hear, rooted in positive psychology and the best of what we know about human behaviour. Besides the voice of hope is the lesson of what you can do to cope in the ever-changing world before us.


Great presentation last night, I really enjoyed hearing about your new theory and getting exposed to a much more open view of the topic. I brought my friend Crissy who just finished her masters in psychology and she was quite interested in the topic as well. We were both impressed with your knowledge and passion in presenting, well done!


We have been very fortunate to have had Dr. Kevin Alderson as a guest speaker to address the topic of Anti-Oppression and Social Justice with our class for the past three years. Consistently, Dr. Alderson’s presentation is reflected upon as one of the highlights of the week with very positive comments concerning both the content and presentation of the material.


I attended your information session yesterday on engaging new ideas in Education on gender and sexuality and I would like to thank you for your wonderful deliverance on the subject matter. I would like to let you know that you have great public speaking skills, and I found the information session educational and engaging. I was only disappointed in the short amount of time that we had, as I would have enjoyed listening to you talk more in depth about the current issues that the LGBTQ community...


Just wanted to say I (and we) truly enjoyed your presentation last night. You were masterful, passionate, and eloquent. From the lineup of people to talk to you afterward it was evident that others felt the same way. I counted and I am sure there were over one hundred people there. These kind of invited speaking events I believe are important. Period. Markers in our career path. You are achieving important goals of being a professor, published author (many times over) and respected...


I just wanted to thank you for one crucial strategy you taught me for dealing with angry people. Last year, I worked at a reserve school and dealt with some sociopathic people. They had a set of morals and rules, but they did not respect what we would call common decency or the Canadian rule of law. Needless to say, I had some close calls last year, but I was able to talk them down from their rage by repeating back whatever they screamed at me. I was in shock the first time it worked, and it...


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Addictions Counseling Today: Substances and Addictive Behaviors
Addictions Counseling Today: Substances and Addictive Behaviors
Addictions Counseling Today: Substances and Addictive Behaviors
Counseling LGBTI Clients - Kevin Alderson
Counseling LGBTI Clients - Kevin Alderson
Counseling LGBTI Clients - Kevin Alderson
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