Dr. Kevin Alderson

Dr. Kevin Alderson

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

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.
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DR. KEVIN ALDERSON BIOGRAPHY

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.

Books

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

Articles & Media

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Dr. Kevin Alderson Topic Presentations

Embracing Diversity

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • 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)

Fostering Mental Health at Work

Developing Impenetrable Resilience

Preventing Mental Disorders

Learning To Assess Your Own Mental Health

Managing Addictions

Discovering the New-age Treatments for Addiction and Mental Health

Experiencing Hypnotherapy and Its Use in Mental Health Treatment

Coping With World Change

Testimonials

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!

Mike

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.

Peter

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 face. I hope to be able to attend any future presentations you may have.

Bianca

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 academic-psychologist that you spoke of 15 years ago.

Jack

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 has kept working for me ever since. I no longer teach on a reserve, but I use it to this day with insane neighbours and inconsolable parents.

Sam

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