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Highlights and Events for the Academic Year

of the academic year

Self-Regulation and Mental Health in Adolescents
Dr. Stuart Shanker
February 8 - 9, 2016

Dr. Shanker will explain the nature of Self-Regulation in adolescents, the difference between self-regulation and self-control and will present steps that professionals can use in working with children and their families to enhance the child or youth’s self-regulation and their ability to regulate themselves. In the subsequent sessions, we will look at the specific ties between problems in self-regulation and internalizing and/or externalizing disorders. The emphasis here will be on how the professional can use self-regulation as a framework to enhance the effectiveness of the different kinds of programs they are currently delivering. The emphasis here is on seeing self-regulation as a process rather than an additional or independent program.

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Adolescent Depression: Knowing the Signs - An Assessment and Treatment Workshop for Medical Professionals
Dr. Marshall Korenblum
February 11, 2016

Often the signs of depression in the adolescent population are complex and multifaceted, and we are not always equipped to assess these signs and/or treat them appropriately.
This workshop is targeted to clinicians/medical professionals working with adolescents dealing with this disease in your practice or community.
We will focus on the assessment of depression in adolescents including developmental phases, specific causes and impact on the family and environment. We will also explore treatment approaches and strategies for referral to specialists will also be offered.


This continuing education event has been designated as a University of Toronto Accredited event and awarded with the following credits:

  • Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada – 6.0 Section 1 credits
  • The College of Family Physicians of Canada – 6.0 Mainpro-M1 credits
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Mindfulness and Acceptance with Families and Children: Focusing on Treating Trauma, ADHD and Depression in Children and Teens
Diane Gehart PhD  
February 12, 2016

Mindfulness and related acceptance-based therapies are well established for treating depression and anxiety with adults. However, increasingly, these methods are being used with children, adolescents, and families. In this workshop, therapists will learn how to integrate key elements of mindfulness and acceptance to enhance and expand their current practice children and families. Participants will have an opportunity to practice and develop skills with six mindfulness-based exercises and meditations that can be used with children and families as well learn how these concepts can be used to enhance case conceptualizing, relationship building, goal setting, and intervening. Specific emphasis will be place on treating trauma, ADHD, and depression in children and teens and on using mindfulness with parents and families.

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Optimizing Therapeutic Conversations with Neurobiology and Mindfulness:
8 Innovative Practices that Can Make a Difference!

Marie-Nathalie Beaudoin PhD   
February 25, 2016

In this workshop, we will review the solid research evidence in neurobiology for the use of mindfulness in therapy.  A particular emphasis will be given to when and why it may be useful, and when it might be contraindicated.  Some mindfulness practices can help us better understand problem experiences and others can uplift and energize therapeutic movement.  Participants will learn 8 concrete practices that can make a difference in fostering client well-being. Some practices are really valuable for clients who are crippled for example by anxiety, and cannot focus their minds easily.  Others are more suitable for clients struggling with intense overwhelm, sadness or angry feelings which are difficult to regulate.  These practices go beyond the commonly known mindfulness meditation exercises and into an exciting world of clinical possibilities. Live interviews, videotapes and exercises will be used to make this presentation lively and applicable to participants’ respective work settings.

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Solution-Focused Brief Therapy for Violence and Abuse: Working with Traumatized Children and Youth
Pamela King LMFT 
February 29 - March 1, 2016

The respectful, collaborative tone of Solution Focused Brief Therapy makes it especially well-suited to therapy with people who have been impacted by a traumatic event. Inviting children and youth affected by trauma to use their gifts of creativity to solve their problems and amplify their own solutions makes therapy effective, client-centered, and often times briefer in duration. Child friendly application of Solution Focused practices such as scaling, the miracle question, and exception finding will be demonstrated and practiced throughout the two day workshop. This interactive workshop will explore ways of being with children and families that are helpful, playful, and future-oriented. Through discussion, video, and collaboration, participants will explore ways children and youth manage traumatic events and even experience post-traumatic growth

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Treatments for Borderline Personality Disorders (BPD)
Frank Yeomans  MD, PhD, Shauna L Dowden PhD and Lin-Ann Ching Kocar MSW, LICSW
March 8 - 9, 2016

This event will be co-sponsored by The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre - Gail Appel Institute and the Sashbear Organization.


This two-day workshop is co-sponsored by The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre - Gail Appel Institute and the Sashbear Organization. On the first day, you will be introduced by experts in the field to three treatments for Borderline Personality Disorders (BPD): Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Transference-focused Psychotherapy (TFP). The first day will incorporate live role-plays to illustrate the aforementioned techniques and it will end with a one-hour panel discussion of the three treatments. On the second day, you will receive an advanced look at Psychodynamic Treatment for Personality Disorders: TFP.

Please Note: This workshop was titled "Psychodynamic Treatment for Personality Disorders - Transference-Focused Pschyotherapy" in the 2015/2016 Training Catalogue.

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Improving Service Accessibility Through Solution-focused Brief Therapy: Making the Most of Brief Therapeutic Encounters with Clients
Lance Taylor MSc, RPsych
March 21 - 22, 2016

This goal of this two-day workshop is that participants will have an opportunity to acquire basic skill with the tools for conducting solution focused brief therapy sessions.  There will be a balance of presentation, demonstration and hands-on practice. The unique positions of listening, questioning and affirming in SFBT will be described and brought to life.  A thumbnail map for understanding and co-constructing change with clients will provide a framework for the training.  We will open up the clinical practice environment, raising possibilities for readily observing the therapeutic tools working before our eyes; witnessing clients articulate and build upon their hopes; collaborating meaningfully with our professional colleagues to enrich the clients’ experience as well as stimulating continual professional learning and skill development.

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Management Certificate
Anne Bulstrode BBM, FICB, Wylie Burke ATC, Lorraine Clemes EdE, Susan Geary PhD and Adam Lodzinski PhD
May 13 and 26; June 9 and 23; July 5, 2016

5-module certificate course: participants must complete all 5 modules in 2016 to obtain the certificate (option to take specific modules only)

This certificate offers the participants the opportunity to fully explore the many exciting ideas and practices that make up the vast world of Management. It will specifically target the key areas of importance for success in this field from the management of employee performance, to the effective use of time and tasks, to the mindful care of team members. The facilitators participating in this certificate have over 30 years of experience in management training and have much to offer past personal experience.

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The Science and Practice of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
David Tolin PhD, ABPP
September 20 -  21, 2016

As delivered at the Mayo Clinic.

This workshop is intended to familiarize mental health practitioners with the principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). We will review a CBT conceptualization of psychological problems, and discuss the role of maladaptive cognitive, emotional, and behavioral factors in the maintenance of those problems. We will discuss how to build a collaborative relationship with clients, based on CBT-derived principles. We will review how to develop a treatment plan, selecting key targets for intervention, and how to implement a range of interventions including cognitive restructuring, acceptance and mindfulness, relaxation, activity scheduling, graded task assignment, exposure therapy, stimulus control, contingency management, and behavioral skill training. We will describe how these concepts apply to a broad range of patients, from mildly distressed outpatients to severely disturbed inpatients. We will watch several video examples of how CBT interventions can be applied skillfully and flexibly by a broad range of practitioners to a broad range of clients. Psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, counselors, and other mental health professionals who want to be able to conceptualize and treat clients using CBT will find this workshop rich with case examples and practical tips.

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