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TORONTO
January 23, 2017
Collaborative Therapeutic In-Session Note Taking
Bonnie Miller MSW, RSW

When people engage in a therapeutic conversation, it is easy to forget the details of the conversation after it is over. You may feel burdened by the responsibility of record keeping and find yourself reducing useful information into a few lines of problem-saturated writing that doesn't accurately reflect the scope of the conversation.
 
In this workshop, you will learn an in-session, collaborative, note taking method that is ethical, informative and therapeutic to help mitigate the negative impact of time constraints and heavy caseloads.

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TORONTO
January 24, 2017
Strategies for Helping Survivors
Marion Langford M.Ed

When a client is diagnosed with a serious illness, it often leads to a set of changes in their lives. These changes are first and foremost physical consequences (surgeries, treatments and lost capabilities/parts of themselves), but there are also a host of social, relationship and financial consequences. In addition, the messages in our culture, the media and in the mind/body communities contribute further to guilt, shaming and grief.
 
In this workshop, you will learn to be more aware, skilled and equipped with tools to support your clients to navigate a serious illness experience.

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TORONTO
February 3, 2017
Solution Focused Suicide Prevention: Tapping into Hope
Heather Fiske, Ph.D.C.Psych.

Solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) is a respectful and empowering approach to helping that can be especially useful with people who are struggling with suicide.  In this interactive workshop, we will discuss the particular "fit" between the philosophy and practice of SFBT and the challenges of working with individuals who see suicide as the solution to their problems.  Scripted and videotaped case material will be used to illustrate the use and usefulness of SFBT methods in this work.


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TORONTO
February 8, 2017
Maximizing Your Service Delivery Using Structured, Short-term Groups
Eric J. King MSW, RSW

Research shows that goal-oriented, structured short-term (2-3 months) groups can offer skills and relationship support that compares with longer treatment forms.

Through an exploration of practices, you will achieve outcomes such as reduced wait lists and developing mutual support systems. Specific tools and group leader practices will be examined for the different stages of development. You will sample experiential exercises as well as different methods of debriefing.

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TORONTO
February 9, 2017
A Trauma Informed Approach: Understanding the Neurobiology of Trauma
Lori Haskell PhD, C.Psych
 
In the past decade there have been remarkable advances in both the understanding and treatment of abuse related trauma, early maltreatment and neglect.  A trauma informed model moves away from the idea of understanding discrete “symptoms,” and instead offers a coherent, comprehensive theoretical basis for understanding the physiology and neuroscience that underlie trauma. Through utilization of clinical case material, you will be exposed to a rich theoretical understanding of complex trauma that is nonpathologizing, developmentally informed and takes into account social contexts.

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TORONTO
February 21, 2017
Cognitive Behavioural Insomnia Therapy: A Client-Centered, Evidence-Based Approach
Colleen Carney PhD
 
This workshop emphasizes case formulation to show you how to adapt CBT as you treat other disorders, such as pain, anxiety, trauma and depression.  This workshop also provides training on CBT for insomnia with a focus on counter-arousal strategies to address the arousal complaints in insomnia, including worry, rumination and excessive mentation in bed.
 
The workshop format is a combination of didactic instruction and experiential exercises via a leading clinician in the area of comorbid insomnias and cognitive arousal. The experiential exercises include devising behavioral experiments, fatigue attributions and management and calculating sleep schedule recommendations from actual Sleep Diaries.

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TORONTO
February 22 - 23, 2017
Severe Mental Illness: Psychosis and Bipolar
Noah Lazar PhD
 
In this workshop, we will focus on psychotic and bipolar disorders.  We will present a cognitive conceptualization of these disorders, common misconceptions regarding the suitability of these populations for psychotherapy, as well as an overview of the treatment rationale and CBT strategies that are most helpful for these clients.  We will also examine some of the outcome literature highlighting the effectiveness of CBT in treating these populations.

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TORONTO
February 24, 2017
Body Stories: Moving Narrative concepts Into the Somatic Realm
Sarah Hughes MSc.

How do we help clients develop meaning and narratives from their sensations and experiences of the body? How do we do this in ways that do not impose truths or theories upon them but let their own understandings, metaphors and preferred stories emerge? These are some of the questions we explore in this workshop that looks at bridging Narrative Therapy practices with somatic based approaches such as Somatic Experiencing and Interpersonal Neurobiology.  Sarah has found bridging these practices very useful in working with people struggling with the effects of trauma, chronic pain and injury.  When working with painful body stories, it is not always easy to find ways for clients to experience a felt sense of safety and agency. Sarah will demonstrate this with a case example and help you develop skills with practice exercises.

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TORONTO
March 3 - 4, 2017
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy – Components of Group and Individual Treatment
Lyndsey Davies  MSW, RSW

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is an intensive out-patient therapy developed by Marsha Linehan to treat chronically suicidal clients diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. DBT has proven to be effective in reducing suicidal, self-harm and other impulsive behaviours and to increase client engagement in therapy. DBT blends Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with acceptance-based strategies stemming from Zen philosophy. A primary therapeutic task is to balance acceptance of the client with a focus on change. During this workshop, you  will learn the theoretical underpinnings of DBT, the group and individual components and DBT skills from each of the four modules.

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TORONTO
March 6 , 2017
Awakening the Adult Within: A Map for Compassionate Self Awareness
Rev. Andrew Blake BA
 
The “Awakening the Adult Within” approach is built upon practicing the skills of mindfulness and understanding our childhood wounds. From Buddhist and Evolutionary Psychology, we expand our view of how the mind functions in creating either destructive or life-affirming emotional states. However, without the skills of mindfulness practice as the foundation for being present in the moment, we naturally repeat and believe these old feelings and habits. With self-compassion towards these challenging states, we awaken an adult within, who takes self responsibility and accepts the limitations of others free of blame.

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TORONTO
March 8 & 22, 2017
Building Personal Resilience for Clinicians and Front-Line Workers
Louisa Jewell MAPP, CAPP
In helping professions, our jobs can pose many challenges that make it difficult to stay happy and positive.  As we face these challenges we need new tools and strategies to help us maintain an optimistic mindset, improve our psychological strength and reduce overall stress.
 
In this two-part interactive workshop you will learn practical strategies and techniques for building your own personal resilience. Louisa Jewell, President and Founder of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association, will introduce you to the fascinating field of positive psychology and discuss the six pillars of well-being and how you can put these into practice to increase resilience and truly flourish in your life.

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TORONTO
March 9 2017
Getting Grounded: Working With Overwhelmed and Scared Clients
Michel Jones MSW, RSW

In direct service work clients are often overwhelmed or scared, because they feel trapped in complicated emotional and social situations. This workshop will provide you with practical tools that you can use to help your clients stabilize and regain a sense of self-control and self-efficacy as they navigate these challenges.
 
In this experiential workshop we will look at key techniques and strategies for grounding clients. Whether the client is a first time user of a service (drop-in centre, shelter) or a frequent consumer (severe and persistent mental health, residential program) this workshop will teach you clear, straightforward strategies for base-line stabilization.

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TORONTO
March 20 - 21, 2017
Trauma Recovery: Processing Guilt and Shame
Natalie Zlodre MSW, RSW

For decades the therapeutic work of PTSD was processing fear, helplessness and horror. Recently the DSM has expanded the definition of PTSD to include guilt and shame. 
 
In this workshop, we will define guilt and shame and outline their similarities and differences. We will review the different subtypes of both emotions. We will review how we organise our conversations with clients and how we help clients face the unspoken needs and dilemmas that drive the guilt and shame experience. 

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TORONTO
March 23 - 24, 2017
Understanding and Treating Borderline and Narcissistic Personality Disorders
Frank Yeomans MD, PhD
 
Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (TFP) is a state-of-the-art, evidence-based treatment which offers clinicians an overarching approach for patients with personality disorder symptoms. While TFP is a product of psychoanalytic tradition, the treatment has important modifications making it of use to general clinicians today working with clients with these disorders. 
 
By attending this workshop, you will be introduced to the “Structural interview”, an assessment tool to guide the therapist in treatment recommendations. You will gain the skills to manage the self-destructive and/or suicidal patient by channeling intense emotional states into the therapeutic setting so that they can be understood and mastered instead of being acted out.

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TORONTO
March 30, 2017
Compassion Fatigue: The Cost of Caring
Valerie Spironello MSW, RSW

Compassion Fatigue and burnout are often inevitable consequences of working in the helping professions, as stressors like changes in legislation and workload put strain on workers who are already expected to constantly attend to the suffering and needs of others.
 
In this workshop, you will learn how to reduce compassion fatigue through adopting a multi-pronged approach that maintains your own well-being which is an ethical responsibility for yourself, your clients and your communities.

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TORONTO
March 31, 2017
Appreciative Inquiry
Marion Langford M.Ed

Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a powerful and highly adaptable set of positively framed consultation and conversational methods, which has proven highly effective in building high engagement in organizations. It has a wide range of applications, such as: team building, problem solving, organizational change, career development, board/staff relations, community development, strategic planning, organizational review and redesign, evaluation, diversity and conflict resolution. It’s an essential tool for every leader.   

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TORONTO
April 3 - 4, 2017
Becoming an Adult Attachment Focused Therapist
Annette Kussin MSW, RSW
 
This workshop will teach you the categories of adult attachment, how to recognize such categories and how to assist your adult clients to progress from being insecurely attached adults to securely attached adults. The workshop will present a model of therapy that will shift your theoretical framework to that of Attachment Focused therapy. This model will help you assess adult attachment categories, recognize the impact of early childhood attachment experiences on the personality development of your clients, guide your clients through the process of mourning their losses and longings and use yourself in the reparative process of therapy. 

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TORONTO

April 7, 2017
At Death's Door: End-of-Life Care with Wisdom and Compassion
Rev. Andrew Blake, BA

Woody Allen said, I’m not afraid of dying; I just don’t want to be there when it happens.

When you work with people approaching death’s door, you encounter both the distress and fear surrounding death. By grounding yourself first, through the skills of mindfulness practice, you will develop everyday approaches that develop “mindful presence” that deepen your capacity to be with the suffering, both yours and others. Through “mindful listening” practices, you will experience how the neural pathways wire you either to fatigue and burnout or open you to the skills of compassion. Finally by contemplating your own relationship with death, you face the complex issues surrounding end-of-life care, including hastening death.

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TORONTO
April 11 - 12, 2017
Trauma in the Mind’s Eye: Mitigating and Eliminating Intrusive Thoughts, Flashbacks and Nightmares
Natalie Zlodre MSW, RSW

Traumatic experiences that are frozen, stuck and unprocessed have the potential to exacerbate and to generalize stress reactions. We will learn what causes certain memories to become traumatic. We will review the neurobiology of stress on memory systems and cognitive distortions that sear trauma responses in the nervous system. Some memories are based on fear, helplessness and horror, and others memories are fortified by cognitive stuck points (guilt, shame, absorption of perpetrator messages, cultural/religious beliefs). You will learn effective interventions that target source traumatic memories. You will have an overview of evidenced-based treatment (CBT, CPT, PET, IRRT).

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TORONTO
April 18, 2017
Collaborative Approaches to Anger Management
Bonnie Miller, MSW, RSW

In this workshop on managing anger, you will explore in detail how to support people as they learn new strategies for dealing with disruptive anger patterns. This workshop focuses on ethical approaches to this difficult population. 

You will explore general strategies for managing the physiology and effects of anger patterns. You will also explore how to work with mandated clients over 10 sessions. If you have an on-going relationship with your clients, you will find this workshop particularly helpful. You will leave this workshop with a client workbook and ideas for group work as well as individual applications.



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TORONTO
April 21, 2017
Brief Narrative Single Session Therapy
Scot Cooper RP

A brief narrative practice has become very relevant to a therapist’s skill set because of the proliferation of walk-in counselling clinics and the demands of time constrained service delivery. Practice involves collaboration that addresses your client’s concerns by drawing out their own knowledge through the stories they tell. This knowledge can then be developed into real life proposals for action that serve as pathways to preferred lives.
 
This one day workshop will demonstrate the possibilities of brief narrative conversations and bring renewed enthusiasm to practice. The application of theory is grounded in practical skills that you can put to work the very next day. 

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TORONTO
April 24 - 25, 2017
Tools for Repairing Difficult Relationships
Marion Langford M.Ed

To create positive change in a difficult relationship begins with mastering the use of tools that facilitate crucial changes in perception and in conversational possibilities. 
 
On the first day of this practical and tools-focused workshop, you will engage with your personal experiences to create the foundation for a repaired and changed work relationship. On the second day, you’ll explore the conversational skills that will assist you to transform this relationship, leaving you with new confidence that change is indeed possible. 

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TORONTO
May 1 - 2, 2017
Improving Service Accessibility Through Solution Focused Brief Therapy: Making the Most of Brief Therapeutic Encounters with Clients
Lance Taylor MSc RPsych

In this two-day workshop you will learn to conduct Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) sessions, via the teaching methods of presentation, demonstration and hands-on practice. You will learn the unique positions of listening, questioning and affirming in SFBT.  You will focus on the clinical practice environment, observing the therapeutic tools working before your eyes; witnessing clients articulate and build upon their hopes; collaborating meaningfully with your professional colleagues to enrich the clients’ experience as well as stimulating continual professional learning and skill development.

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TORONTO
May 19, 2017
Relapse Prevention: A Recovery Enhancement Perspective
Ian Roberston MSW, RSW

In this workshop, you will explore multi-model approaches to structuring and strengthening relapse prevention for clients who are in early recovery. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), as well as Mindfulness and Motivation Interviewing therapies are incorporated into this workshop, demonstrating how you can use these approaches to maximize your client’s abilities to enhance their recovery.
 
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TORONTO
May 30 - 31, 2017
Complex PTSD and Developmental Trauma for Direct Service Workers
Natalie Zlodre MSW, RSW

Anxious and disorganized early attachment patterns intertwined with early childhood trauma (emotional deprivation, physical /sexual abuse) and the strain of adversity or ongoing victimization may lead some clients to experience chronic and complex intrapsychic and interpersonal reactions. For some individuals, their adult lives are filled with a pool of unmet needs, a legacy of interpersonal turmoil, a range of disruptive trauma reactions and a deficit of skill, motivation, and support to move beyond their past. These individuals may become chronically depressed, have addictions, and are vulnerable to ongoing victimization. 

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TORONTO
June 1 - 2, 2017
 
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Direct Service Workers: The Essentials for Anxiety, Depression and PTSD
Noah Lazar PhD

In this two-day workshop, key features of CBT will be explained and demonstrated so that you gain an excellent foundation in CBT and are able to apply CBT techniques in your clinical work. Behavioral and cognitive interventions will be described including behavioral activation, cognitive restructuring and exposure. Common obstacles and challenges when applying these interventions will also be discussed. Practical, step-by-step guidelines on implementing CBT strategies will be demonstrated through examples, role-plays and videos. You will learn key CBT interventions and the application of these in the treatment for post traumatic stress, depression and anxiety.

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TORONTO
June 5, 2017
Introduction to Using Dialectical Behaviour Therapy in Individual Sessions
Lyndsey Davies MSW, RSW

Working with people with multiple, complex problems can lead you to feeling discouraged and frustrated. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based treatment that offers a compassionate way of understanding and addressing the difficulties these, often high risk, clients experience. In this experiential workshop, you will learn how to conceptualize clients’ difficulties utilizing a DBT case formulation approach. You will also learn how to conduct both behavioural and solution analyses for problematic behaviours.

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TORONTO
June 26 - 28, 2017
Restorative Practices
Barbara Spyropoulos MSc and ICPS (International Crime Prevention Specialist)

Restorative practices are a means of resolving conflicts in a non-adversarial, non-retributive manner in which the offender is held accountable and the person harmed is given a significant voice. The most extreme end of the restorative practice spectrum is the Justice Circle that can deal with a multitude of situations from bullying to criminal matters.
 
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TORONTO
July 5, 2017
Trauma Assessments: The Tools for finding Clarity and Focus in Trauma-Informed Treatment
Natalie Zlodre MSW, RSW

The key to effective interventions with vulnerable clients is thorough assessments. Knowing what questions to ask is key to deconstructing complex manifestations of trauma and guiding treatment planning.  We will discuss how to utilize client assessment responses as an opportunity for therapeutic markers for education, insight and building therapeutic alliance. 

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TORONTO
July 6, 2017
Facing The Pain: Enhancing Resilience in Front-Line Workers
Natalie Zlodre MSW, RSW

Working with human suffering on a daily basis and being sensitive to the despair, frustration and fear embodied in our clients does have an impact on us as workers. In order to be effective in our work we need to be grounded, hopeful and focused. In this workshop, we will discuss four key strategies for enhancing and maintaining our capacity to be a conscious and resilient professional.

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TORONTO
July 10 - 11, 2017
Trauma Recovery: Processing Guilt and Shame
Natalie Zlodre MSW, RSW

For decades the therapeutic work of PTSD was processing fear, helplessness and horror. Recently the DSM has expanded the definition of PTSD to include guilt and shame. 
 
In this workshop, we will define guilt and shame and outline their similarities and differences. We will review the different subtypes of both emotions. We will review how we organise our conversations with clients and how we help clients face the unspoken needs and dilemmas that drive the guilt and shame experience. 

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