About Us

WCII Overview

The Calgary based Western Canada Institute for ISTDP (WCII) is currently the only organization west of Montreal to offer a 3-year Core Training Program in Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP).  The first group of graduates completed their Core Training in December 2016. Our second cohort completed training in 2020. Future cohorts may be arranged upon sufficient interest. Please contact us at Contact@WesternCanada-ISTDP.com to express interest.

2019-2022 WCII Executive Board

President:  Dr. Heather Scott

Past President:  Dr. Petra Spletzler

Dr. Petra Spletzer is a Registered Psychologist and has worked with adults and children for over 10 years. In her clinical practice, she specializes in treating general dPetra Work photoepression, anxiety, stress, and relationship issues, and prenatal and postpartum depression/anxiety. She works with individuals, couples, and groups and has pursued additional training in Emotion-Focused Therapy, Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), Gottman Couples Therapy, and parenting strategies to foster effective family dynamics. Life-long learning and improving her work with her patients is important to Petra. She has completed the 3-year core training under the supervision Dr. Robert J. Neborsky, Dr. Josette Ten Have-de Labije, and Dr. Robin Kay. In addition, she’s attended numerous ISTDP conferences/workshops and is currently in advanced training.

Secretary:  Dr. Kent Sargeant

Dr. Kent Sargeant is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Calgary. In his background are post-graduate studies in Behavioural Genetics (McMaster University) and Psychiatric Epidemiology (Columbia University) before taking a faculty position at UBC. In Calgary for the past 25 years, he has practice general adult psychiatry with a special interest in psychotherapy. Kent completed ISTDP Core Training in California in 2013 under Dr. Robert Neborsky and Josette ten Have-de Labije. Currently, he works with Alberta Health Services and teaches both medical students and residents while maintaining a private psychotherapy practice. Kent is a founding member of the Western Canada Institute for ISTDP (WCII). He also plays keyboard for an as-yet-to-be-discovered garage band.

Treasurer:  Dr. Christi Alloway

Dr. Christi Alloway completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Queen’s University, and is registered with the College of Alberta Psychologists. Currently in full-time private practice, Christi provides individual psychodynamic therapy for adults of all ages. Additionally, she worked for over 15 years in an outpatient mental health clinic with Alberta Health Services, where she provided individual psychodynamic therapy and interpersonal group therapy to adults across the lifespan, including young adults and seniors, was involved in training graduate students in clinical psychology, and served on the administrative committee overseeing the clinical psychology residency program. She completed her ISTDP Core Training with Jon Frederickson MSW in 2018, and has also completed two years of Advanced Training with Jon Frederickson MSW.  In January 2017, Christi joined the executive board of the Western Canada Institute for ISTDP. In June 2017, she took on the role of Treasurer and website guru.  She loves spending her Saturday afternoons at the stable, developing her horse-back riding skills.

Director / Member at Large:  Dr. Marcel Peloquin

Dr. Marcel Peloquin earned his PhD in clinical psychology at Dalhousie University. He completed his predoctoral internship with the Saskatoon Health Region. Upon completion, Dr. Peloquin worked in a clinical health psychology department and a provincial forensic psychiatric hospital in Saskatchewan before moving to Halifax and joining an outpatient private practice. Here he provides clinical assessments and interventions for adults and adolescents across a broad range of clinical concerns. Dr. Peloquin has completed three years of core training in ISTDP with Jon Frederickson and Diane Byster, is completing additional core training with Drs. Joel Town and Allan Abbass and continues to receive supervision and training in ISTDP.

Recent Graduates of WCII Core Training:

Some of our graduates from Core Training include: