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Cast Canada Presents: Grouding Trauma - Thrive
Featuring: Dr. Adele Diamond, University of British Columbia Educational Innovator (Adele's TEDtalk).
Theme: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field devoted to understanding how children’s minds change as they grow up, interrelations between that and how the brain is changing, and environmental and biological influences on that. Our lab specializes in studying a region of the brain known as prefrontal cortex (PFC) and the cognitive abilities that depend on it called executive functions. Executive functions include 'thinking outside the box' and flexibly adjusting to unexpected change (cognitive flexibility & creative problem-solving), reasoning and mentally playing with and relating ideas and facts (working memory), and giving considered responses rather than impulsive ones, resisting temptations, resisting distractions, and staying focused (self-control, discipline, & selective attention).

Date: Thursday, July 6, 2017
Location: The Centurion Conference Centre, Ottawa, ON
RSVP here.

Practical Psychodynamics
An Introduction to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Clinicians
This two-day workshop will provide a practical look at basic concepts and basic theories of psychodynamic psychotherapy.  At all times our focus will be on ideas that have immediate clinical focus.  No prior knowledge of psychodynamic theory is required, but please note that the workshop will be oriented towards those with a clinical practice.
Dates: Friday August 25 & Saturday August 26, 2017
Speaker: Rex Kay, MD, FRCPC
Location: Mount Sinai Hospital, 600 University Ave., 19th Floor Boardroom, Toronto, ON M5G1X5  
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (both days to be attended)
Learn more here.
RSVP here.

The Evidence-Based Psychotherapist
Use mentalizing and common therapeutic factors to improve outcomes, and make use of alliance tensions as therapeutic opportunities
This interactive course aims to facilitate improved therapeutic outcomes in difficult treatment situations through application of an integrative model and common therapeutic factors.  The course format features a combination of didactic presentation and group learning with demonstration and direct application utilizing standardized patients.
Dates: Friday September 15, Saturday September 16
& Friday November 24, Saturday November 25, 2017
Speakers: Paula Ravitz, Jan Malat, Jon Hunter, Clare Pain, Priya Raju & Priya Watson
Location: Mount Sinai Hospital, 600 University Ave., 19th Floor Boardroom, Toronto, ON M5G1X5  
Times: Fridays 9am-5pm; Saturdays 9am-12:30pm (all 4 days to be attended)
Learn more here.
RSVP here.

Sunnybrook Psychiatry Institute for Continuing Education
Workshop: Mindfulness-Based Group Practice - A six-day interprofessional course for clinicians who wish to lead mindfulness-based groups
Mindfulness involves cultivating new relationships with our experiences, thoughts and emotions through paying attention intentionally and non-judgmentally. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) are increasingly being used in clinical settings to help patients/clients cope better with chronic illness, pain, depression, anxiety and stress, and are part of one of the fastest growing areas of clinical research today. This workshop series will help participants to develop and/or deepen their own daily mindfulness meditation practice, and will familiarize them with the skills and knowledge needed to lead MBSR and MBCT groups.  Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be eligible to apply for a supervisory series that will further support their development as mindfulness-based therapy group leaders.
What You Will Learn in Mindfulness-Based Group Practice:
- Key principles and skills in leading MBSR & MBCT groups
- How to develop and/or deepen your own mindfulness practice
- How to improve empathy with clients by developing a more mindful relationship with your own and with clients’ distress, difficult thoughts and pain
- An expanded repertoire of clinical techniques for treating clients with stress, physical illness and psychological disorders
- How to assess your own readiness to lead groups and to determine your ongoing needs in support of this

Speakers: Kirstin Bindseil, MSW, RSW, Kate Kitchen, MSW, RSW & Steven Selchen, MD, MSt, FRCPC

Dates: 1st Weekend: Sat. & Sun., September 23 & 24, 2017
2nd Weekend: Sat. & Sun., October 21 & 22, 2017
3rd Weekend: Sat. & Sun., November 18 & 19, 2017

Registration fee: $1175 + HST.
To RSVP, or for more information about this workshop, please contact: 
Melissa Armstrong, Administrative Coordinator by email: mindfulness@sunnybrook.ca 
or phone 416-480-6736
Who Should Attend?

This workshop is suitable for both beginner and experienced meditators. It is intended for credentialed mental health professionals with clinical qualifications in such areas as psychiatry, GP psychotherapy, psychology, social work, nursing or occupational therapy.  If you are uncertain about your eligibility, please contact us to discuss further.
Fee & Registration
This workshop is six full days across three weekends – carefully designed to provide opportunity between weekends for you to cultivate your mindfulness practice.
Catered lunch, light breakfast and refreshments are included on all days. Resource materials are also included, including a professionally produced CD of guided mindfulness practices led by our faculty.
This training course tends to fill quickly, so we recommend registering as early as possible to avoid being wait listed.
Cancellation
Requests for cancellation must be made in writing (contact: mindfulness@sunnybrook.ca) A processing fee of $75 will be retained on all cancellations. Full refunds will be provided, less the processing fee, for cancellations requested on or prior to August 21, 2017. Refunds can also be issued for cancellations requested after August 21, 2017 but only if Sunnybrook Mindfulness is able to suitably fill your spot. Registrations are not transferable. The University of Toronto reserves the right to cancel events. In the event that this would occur, registrants would be notified at the earliest possible date. Registration fees for events cancelled by the University will be refunded; however the University will not be liable for any loss, damages or other expenses that such cancellations may cause.
Accreditation
Continuing and Professional Development (CPD), Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME), a subcommittee of the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS). This standard allows CPD to assign credits for educational activities based on the criteria established by The College of Family Physicians of Canada, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Ananda Mental Health Workshops invites you to attend our inaugural workshop a 2 day DBT Intensive: Using DBT To Treat Emotional Dysregulation Disorders with Sheri Van Dijk
Date: September 28 & 29, 2017
Location: 
Monte Carlo Inn, Barrie, Ontario.
Early Bird Rate:  $389.00 + HST (total of $439.57) by August 28, 2017.
Regular Rate: $409.00 + HST (total of $462.17) after August 28, 2017.
RVSP or for more information, visit our website:  www.amhw.ca

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a treatment originally designed to treat borderline personality disorder (BPD). In recent years it has been increasingly used to treat many other disorders because of its usefulness in treating clients unable to manage emotions.

Following an introduction to DBT theory and how this treatment differs from traditional cognitive behavior therapy, Sheri Van Dijk will discuss how DBT can be applied to working with clients facing a broad range of conditions such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder, in which emotion dysregulation plays a key role.

Through lecture and experiential exercises, you will explore the four modules of DBT skills (Core Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness) and learn how to teach these skills to your clients. You will learn how to format DBT sessions to provide the structure your dysregulated clients need. In addition, Sheri will introduce DBT strategies to help foster the therapeutic relationship, maximize therapeutic gains, and reduce the likelihood of therapist burnout.

Trauma in the Mind’s Eye:
Mitigating & Eliminating Intrusive Thoughts, Flashbacks & Nightmares

This workshop is designed for experienced front-line workers who provide short-term (non psychotherapy) counselling contact with vulnerable populations in community-based settings. 
Speaker: Natalie Zlodre, MSW, RSW
Date: Friday October 13th, 2017
Location: The Highland County Club, 1922 Highland Heights, London, ON 
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Learn more here.
RSVP here.
To Err is Human:
Therapists Mistakes and Therapeutic Opportunities

This workshop examines the underlying issues that most often contribute to therapist error and explores how what drives us to do this work can also lead to “mistakes of the heart.”
Speaker: Dr. Janina Fisher
Date: Monday November 13th, 2017
Location: The Highland County Club, 1922 Highland Heights, London, ON
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Learn more here.
RSVP here.
Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors:
Overcoming Self-Alienation

In this workshop, using strategies inspired by Structural Dissociation theory, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Internal Family Systems, we will explore the therapeutic power of fostering internal secure attachment to clients’ most deeply disowned selves.
Speaker: Dr. Janina Fisher
Date: Tuesday November 14th, 2017
Location: The Highland County Club, 1922 Highland Heights, London, ON
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Learn more here.
RSVP here.

Mindful Psychotherapy
Develop clinical mindfulness skills grounded in emotion-focused psychotherapy essentials to enhance therapeutic alliances, empathic reflection, and therapeutic presence in all psychotherapy modalities
This 6-day skills-based workshop focuses on the fundamentals of clinically applying and teaching mindfulness meditation in psychotherapy.  Bill Gayner's Mindful Psychotherapy approach transposes the sophisticated, pragmatic Buddhist approach of Recollective Awareness Meditation into a psychologically-based modality. 
Dates: Saturday October 14, Sunday October 15,
Saturday November 4, Sunday November 5,
& Saturday December 2, Sunday December 3, 2017

Speakers: Bill Gayner with Jeanne Watson
Location: Mount Sinai Hospital, 600 University Ave., 19th Floor Boardroom, Toronto, ON M5G1X5  
Times: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM each day (all 6 days to be attended)
Learn more here.
RSVP here.
 

Sunnybrook Psychiatry Institute for Continuing Education
Workshop: Mindfulness-Based Group Practice - A six-day interprofessional course for clinicians who wish to lead mindfulness-based groups
Mindfulness involves cultivating new relationships with our experiences, thoughts and emotions through paying attention intentionally and non-judgmentally. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) are increasingly being used in clinical settings to help patients/clients cope better with chronic illness, pain, depression, anxiety and stress, and are part of one of the fastest growing areas of clinical research today. This workshop series will help participants to develop and/or deepen their own daily mindfulness meditation practice, and will familiarize them with the skills and knowledge needed to lead MBSR and MBCT groups.  Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be eligible to apply for a supervisory series that will further support their development as mindfulness-based therapy group leaders.
What You Will Learn in Mindfulness-Based Group Practice:
- Key principles and skills in leading MBSR & MBCT groups
- How to develop and/or deepen your own mindfulness practice
- How to improve empathy with clients by developing a more mindful relationship with your own and with clients’ distress, difficult thoughts and pain
- An expanded repertoire of clinical techniques for treating clients with stress, physical illness and psychological disorders
- How to assess your own readiness to lead groups and to determine your ongoing needs in support of this
Speakers: Kirstin Bindseil, MSW, RSW, Kate Kitchen, MSW, RSW & Steven Selchen, MD, MSt, FRCPC
Dates:

1st Weekend: Sat. & Sun., September 23 & 24, 2017
2nd Weekend: Sat. & Sun., October 21 & 22, 2017
3rd Weekend: Sat. & Sun., November 18 & 19, 2017
Location:
Times:
Registration fee: $1175 + HST.
To RSVP contact: Melissa Armstrong, Administrative Coordinator by email:  mindfulness@sunnybrook.ca

or phone 416-480-6736

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is suitable for both beginner and experienced meditators. It is intended for credentialed mental health professionals with clinical qualifications in such areas as psychiatry, GP psychotherapy, psychology, social work, nursing or occupational therapy.  If you are uncertain about your eligibility, please contact us to discuss further.

 

Fee & Registration

This workshop is six full days across three weekends – carefully designed to provide opportunity between weekends for you to cultivate your mindfulness practice.

Catered lunch, light breakfast and refreshments are included on all days. Resource materials are also included, including a professionally produced CD of guided mindfulness practices led by our faculty.

Cancellation

Requests for cancellation must be made in writing (contact: mindfulness@sunnybrook.ca) A processing fee of $75 will be retained on all cancellations. Full refunds will be provided, less the processing fee, for cancellations requested on or prior to August 21, 2017. Refunds can also be issued for cancellations requested after August 21, 2017 but only if Sunnybrook Mindfulness is able to suitably fill your spot. Registrations are not transferable. The University of Toronto reserves the right to cancel events. In the event that this would occur, registrants would be notified at the earliest possible date. Registration fees for events cancelled by the University will be refunded; however the University will not be liable for any loss, damages or other expenses that such cancellations may cause.

“Show Me” workshop
Presented by: Christine A. Padesky, Ph.D, a global leader in CBT training.
How often do you leave a workshop feeling inspired but unsure how to do anything different in your next session? We know from educational research that lasting learning and change are more likely to result from active experience and doing than from book knowledge alone. If we apply this idea to psychotherapy, we need to consider that talk therapy by itself is not always best therapy. The phrase, “action-packed CBT” describes a therapeutic approach that combines talk with active learning experiences embedded into each session. It is designed to make therapy more effective and to promote faster client change.
This workshop includes: Interactive writing/drawing, imagery, role playing and behavioural experiments both in and outside the office to test out beliefs or to try new behaviors. A brainstorming section in the afternoon of the second day helps therapists discover how a variety of creative methods can be derived from these basic actions. Padesky guides workshop participants to develop a model over the course of the two days to help decide when to employ action approaches, when listening and talk are the best interventions, and what types of action are best suited to particular therapy purposes and goals.
Dates: Ottawa, Oct. 26-27
& Toronto, Oct. 30-31
Learn more here.
RSVP here.

Psychological Trauma: Level I
This interactive workshop brings together a team of experienced clinicians to provide a practical, skills-based approach to the office-based treatment of patients suffering from a range of effects of psychological trauma
Unresolved traumatic experience can have many expressions.  Therefore, understanding components of attachment, mentalizing, dissociation, affect regulation, addictions, and refugee trauma enables therapists of any discipline to feel more effective.  This is especially so when working with individuals who have suffered chronic trauma and also relevant for acutely traumatized patients. 
Dates: Friday April 20, Saturday April 21,
& Friday June 22, Saturday June 23, 2018
Speakers: Clare Pain, Lisa Andermann, with Janina Fisher & other Guest Faculty
Location: Mount Sinai Hospital, 600 University Ave., 19th Floor Boardroom, Toronto, ON M5G1X5  
Times: Fridays 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Saturdays 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (all 4 days to be attended)
Learn more here.
RSVP here.


Narrative Healthcare Atelier: Mount Sinai Psychotherapy Institute
Second biennial 4-day seminar in narrative-based healthcare for health practitioners and educators across clinical disciplines
Explore and reflect critically on your clinical practices, challenges, personal and professional growth as health providers using narrative, storytelling and arts-based learning. Themes related to relationship-centered care, professionalism, team collaboration and the hidden curriculum will be explored through visual, cinematic and literary texts including fiction, drama and poetry. 
Dates: Thursday June 7, Friday June 8, Saturday June 9 & Sunday June 10, 2018
Keynote: Dr. Ronald M. Epstein
Speakers:  Allan Peterkin, MD, Michael Roberts, MD, & other Guest Faculty
Location: Mount Sinai Hospital, 600 University Ave., Toronto, ON M5G 1X5
Learn more here.
RSVP here.