Creativity and Madness Canadian Rockies

If you would like to join us, please call before registering. 1 800 348 8441. The conference is sold out, but for each new registrant request we will call the hotels and find out if they have an additional room available.

June 20, 2017-July 01, 2017

Join us for this special conference and excursion to the Canadian Rockies!

Vancouver, Victoria Island, Lake Louise  and Banff

Tuesday, June 20 –  Arrive in Vancouver. Welcome to Vancouver, a vibrant metropolitan city nestled between majestic mountains, sparkling ocean, rainforests and beautiful foliage. Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Upon arrival this afternoon, transfer on your own to our downtown luxury accommodations at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel.

We will have our welcome dinner cruise this evening.

Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel 5 nights

Wednesday, June 21 – Vancouver City Touring
Breakfasts are included throughout the entire conference.

Morning Conference from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
The Changing Perceptions of Holocaust Survivors – Ben Garber, MD
Eleanor Roosevelt: The Beauty of Achievement – Jacqueline Panter, MA,MS
Depression, Anxiety, Fatigue & Healing –Food/Mood Factor Imei Hsu, LMHC, RN

This afternoon we will explore the city on a sightseeing tour including Stanley Park, English Bay, Gastown, Granville Island, Robson Street and more. Sure to be a highlight of our day, we will take the 40-second glass elevator ride, 553 feet skyward to a panoramic observation deck featuring a 360 degree view high above Vancouver in the Lookout Tower.

Thursday, June 22 –
Day of leisure or
Optional Tour to North Vancouver Tour  Today we will discover the highlights of North Vancouver. Visit Capilano Suspension Bridge and walk among the towering trees on this temperate rain forest. Walk across the world’s longest foot suspension bridge, climb to the canopy and stroll through the “Treetops Adventure” walkway. Part of Capilano’s captivating story involves the tradition of placing totem poles on the grounds at the Park. Get a glimpse into the lives of British Columbia’s First Nations people at Kai’palano, where the historical connection between First Nations culture and the natural world is highlighted. Later today visit Vancouver’s Peak Attraction and ultimate Alpine Experience with lunch on top of Grouse Mountain plus time to check out the Grizzly Bears in the Refuge for Endangered Wildlife

Afternoon presentations
Maya Angelou: The Rising of Resilience on Poetic Wings of  Courage  – 
Mary Barbee, PhD
The Rubaiyat Of Omar Khayyam: Old Gems Polished Anew – Jack Salem
Early Trauma: Diagnosis & Resolution – Stephen King Unedited – Kate Kavanagh, MD

Friday, June 23 – Full Day Victoria & Butchart Gardens Tour
Board our comfortable BC Ferry for a 90 minute cruise through the Gulf Islands. Arrive on Vancouver Island and travel through the Saanich Peninsula before arriving in the beautiful city of Victoria. Often referred to as “a bit of Olde England”, Victoria is known for its majestic Parliament Buildings, iconic Empress Hotel, BC Museum and wonderful shops and galleries. A city tour will introduce you to the best of it all! Some leisure time will be provided in Victoria for lunch. Later today you can “smell the roses” of Butchart Gardens, one of the most beautiful garden areas in North America. This 150 acre display of floral beauty is not to be missed. Return to Vancouver by BC Ferry and transfer to your hotel.

Saturday, June 24 –  Day of leisure or
Optional Tour  Sea to Sky History & Cultural Tour The tour will travel along the scenic drive along the Sea to Sky Highway. Marvel at the beautiful mountain scenery as you follow the winding road to Whistler. The first stop will be at the Britannia Mine Museum, once the largest copper mine in the British Empire. Board a mine train and experience a day in the life of a hard rock miner with a guided underground tour. Continue to the Sea to Sky Gondola and take in the sweeping views of Howe Sound Fjord, the majestic coastal forest and surrounding mountains. Don’t miss an inch of scenery with the custom designed floor to ceiling glass windows for maximum sightseeing. The ride itself will be a thrilling adventure and will provide views of Shannon Falls and the famous Squamish Chief climbing area. Once at the top, follow along the interpretive walking trails with cantilevered viewing platforms and walk across the spectacular Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge. Lunch is included at the top. After lunch, visit the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, showcasing the art and heritage of the Squamish and Lil’wat Aboriginal people. This amazing facility features traditional drumming performances, a guided tour through the museum and galleries, a captivating short film and so much more!

Sunday, June 25 – Depart Vancouver, continue to Lake Louise
A transfer is provided to the Vancouver International Airport for your flight to Calgary and the start of our Rocky Mountain adventure. Once in Calgary, transfer to Lake Louise, “Jewel of the Canadian Rockies” and our home for the next two nights.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Mount Temple Deluxe Rooms)   2 nights

Monday, June 26 – Lake Louise & Yoho Touring with lunch. Start the morning with a trip to the remarkable Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks for incredible photo opportunities and a true experience in nature. This afternoon cross the Continental Divide into Yoho National Park with time to visit Takakkaw Falls, Natural Bridge and Emerald Lake, complete with a lunch, which is included, at the lodge before returning to Lake Louise.

Tuesday, June 27 – Lake Louise to Banff   Travel along the famous Bow Valley Parkway where wildlife sightings are common – Keep your camera close by! Visit Johnston Canyon for an easy walk through a deep rugged canyon littered with waterfalls. See Castle Mountain and learn how this local landmark got its name. Arrive in Banff and check into your hotel.   Once in Banff, embark on a city sightseeing tour to introduce you to this famous, beautiful town and its landmarks and historical places. Highlights include Surprise Corner and Hoodoos lookout along Tunnel Mountain Drive, Bow Falls, and Lake Minnewanka complete with a scenic boat cruise. Top off the day with Banff’s peak attraction, a ride on the Sulphur Mountain Gondola to take in the breathtaking views of the entire Bow Valley and surrounding mountain peaks. Spend as much time as you like at the top and return to our hotel at leisure, also a convenient, short five minute walk away.

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel– 4 nights

Wednesday, June 28  Banff
Morning Conference 
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
The Poetry and Musc of Leonard Cohen: Darkness to Light through Discipline – Marlene Paley, PhD
Suicide Prevention: A Public Health Issue – Terezie “Terry” Bohrer, RN, MSW, CLNC
Addressing Societal Change in Clinical Practice PANEL DISCUSSION*

Round table discussion with Faculty
Banff at leisure 
This afternoon is yours to explore at leisure. Coach is available for use today.

Thursday, June 29 – Day at leisure or
Optional Tour of Columbia Icefields Discovery Tour with lunch Traveling through the heart of the Canadian Rockies, drive along the famous Icefields Parkway which has been voted one of the most scenic and spectacular drives in the world. Follow the winding road that boasts unique and irreplaceable landscape rich in history and natural beauty second to none. At the summit of Bow Pass see the beautiful baby blue waters of Peyto Lake (or possibly even snow covered!) and the Mistaya River Valley below. Access to this viewpoint is seasonal and subject to road closures. Arrive at the famous Columbia Icefields whose waters feed three oceans. After lunch, which is included,  visit the Interpretive Centre then have the experience of a lifetime, a ride on the Ice Explorer for an up close look at the Athabasca Glacier. Also included is admission to the newest attraction in the Canadian Rockies, the Glacier Ice Walk. Walk on the glass-viewing deck for an incredible view of the Sunwapta Valley Below.

Friday, June 30 8:30 am Presentations begin
The Curious and Psychological Business of Small Talk -Carol Fleming, PhD
The Psychology of Aging and Aging Well – Barry Panter, MD, PhD
Cultural Diversity in Clinical Practice – PANEL DISCUSSION*

Round table discussion with Faculty
Afternoon at leisure.

Farewell dinner

Saturday, July 1 – Depart Banff & Return home A transfer is provided to the Calgary International Airport for your return flight home.

Travel Insurance is highly recommended & is available at a discounted group rate from Paul at the Travel Station 800-990-2282.

$5995 per person double occupancy.
$2695 Single supplement 

Cost: $5995 per person double occupancy (INCLUDES airfare from Vancouver to Calgary).
Single Supplement $2695.
Airfare to Vancouver and the return from Calgary is NOT included
Deposit: $600 (This is non-refundable). We highly recommend that you obtain travel insurance. 

Regarding the cruise portion, ALL BALCONY CABINS ARE SOLD OUT – Please call for more information about what we do have available for this part of the trip.

For additional Information please contact us at 800 348 8441 or email us at 

Cancellation fees:
upon booking = $600 per person
up to 90 days prior = 25% of land costs
up to 60 days prior = 50% of land costs
from 59 days prior = 100% of land costs
We urge you to obtain travel insurance


The American Institute of Medical Education is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing education for physicians.

The American Institute of Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 18 AMA PRA Category I Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Board of Registered Nursing -The American Institute of Medical Education  is a Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP4359 for 18 contact hours.

The American Institute of Medical Education is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects for the program. This program is approved by National Association of Social Workers (NASW) 88-65899292- for 18 social work continuing education contact hours.