Dennis Coates

Dennis Coates Reg. Psych. #311 / Reg. Soc Worker #003, B.A., M.Ed., BSW

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B.A., M.Ed., BSW
Registered Psychologist #311

Favorite Book:
“Man’s Search for Meaning” by Victor Frankel

Favorite Quote:
“A simple person believes anything, but a prudent person gives thought to their steps”.  (Proverbs 14:15)

What I like most about my job:
The opportunity to have fun and laugh at ourselves despite the hardships we all experience.

It has been my privilege to provide counselling assistance to clients in Saskatoon since 1977. My style of approach is based on outcome as opposed to process. I strive to provide the tools necessary for you, the client, to deal with the issues at hand so that you can move forward as quickly as possible. I welcome questions and am pleased to explain my observations, opinions and recommendations. It is my hope that by working together we will be able to achieve your goals. I have found that looking for humorous ways of practicing the Serenity Prayer can be interesting and therapeutic.

Areas of Interest:
– Addictions
– Adult Children of Alcoholics
– Trauma
– Financial
– Anxiety
– Christian Counselling
– Fears
– Marital Enrichment
– Critical Incident Stress Debriefing
– Obsession/Compulsion
– Insomnia
– Workplace Conflict

Training Upgrades & Certificates:

  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (2019)
  • Ethics in Counselling – Dawn McBride (2018)
  • DBT Intensive (2018)
  • High Functioning Alcoholics (2018)
  • Rand Teed Marijuana Education for Professionals (2018)
  • Mapping the Mind with Mushrooms (2017)
  • 10th National Counselling Advances – Trauma, the Brain and Addictions, Co-occurring Disorders, Anxiety & Depression, Suicide Prevention & Awareness, Love, Sex & Attachment (2017)
  • Gottman Training (2016)
  • 37th Annual Training, Institute on Behavioral Health & Addictive Disorders (2016)
  • EMDR Refresher (2015)
  • DSM-5:  What’s New, What’s Different (2013)
  • Cyberbullying:  Practical Intervention & Prevention Strategies (2013)
  • Narcissistic & Antisocial Personality Disorders (2011)
  • “Fostering Resilience: Building Skills for Effective Practice” (Addiction, Chronic Loss, Anxiety, Gaming Addiction, Brain Science” (2011)
  • Annual Behavioral and Addictive Disorders (2010)
  • “Positive Psychology, Sex Counselling” – World Psychiatric Association Culture and Mental Health (2009)
  • Certificate in Heimler Method and Rational Emotive Therapy (Advanced)
  • Advanced Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD)
  • Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI II) Level II (1997)
  • Approved Private Practice Practitioner; Canadian Association of Social Workers
  • Certificate in Elijah House Prayer Counselling
  • Level I Energy Psychology
  • Psychological Anatomy in Self-Regulation Therapy
  • Non-certified extended training in hypnosis and Brief Solution Oriented Therapy (each separately accredited by Tulane University and the University of Saskatchewan)

Professional Experience:
– Two years as Social Worker with Community Service Centre
– Three years as Regional Co-ordinator with SADAC (now Addiction Services)
– Senior Consultant with Personnel Performance Consultants since 1980
– Owner of Professional Psychologists & Counsellors since 1994