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2 Day Intensive: Trauma and Attachment Across the Lifespan

Many of the clients that we serve have such complex problems due to extensive trauma and attachment disturbances.  These early wounds have informed their adult presentations resulting in mental illness and personality disorders.  The poet William Wordsworth wrote in his…

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Advanced Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an empirically supported treatment that has been shown to enhance engagement and outcomes (especially long-term outcomes) for numerous clinical problems. It is a brief, client-centered therapy aimed at understanding and resolving ambivalence to change. MI has…

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Failure to Launch: Overcoming Delays in Independence

Parents who formerly worried about “empty nest syndrome” might today worry more that their children will never leave home. In countries around the world, increasing numbers of young people – particularly males – are having difficulty navigating the transition from…

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How to Treat Depression: A CBT-Based Perspective

Major Depression. It’s one of the most difficult challenges a person can confront – and one of the most common presentations in clinical settings. It has multiple risk factors, diverse presentations, and varying levels of severity. No two clients are…

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2 Day Intensive: Working with Oppositional, Defiant & Anger Issues with Children & Adolescents

Children diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) can present a monumental challenge to therapists, teachers, parents and siblings. ODD and other conduct problems are the single greatest reasons for referrals to outpatient and inpatient mental health settings for children, accounting…

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Bullies: Their Making and Unmaking

Once we understand how bullies are made, our attempts to unmake them can be truly effective and long-lasting. Most prevailing approaches to this problem assume that bullying is either learned behaviour or the result of failure to acquire social skills.…

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Making Sense of Aggression

One of the foremost interpreters of the developmental approach tackles one of the oldest and most perplexing of human problems, exposing its deep developmental roots and revealing why conventional approaches to the problem are so ineffective. There are many indications…

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The General and Special Education Summit: Behavioural Challenges, Mental Health and Brain-Based Learning

New Conference Format 10 Internationally Renown Experts 11 Full Day Workshops TOPICS INCLUDE: Peer Orientation: Why Children are Stressed, Why Parents and Teachers are Disempowered and How to Restore a Healthy Balance in Adult-Child Relationships Multi-Model Communication and Learning Strategies…

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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

Much has been written about mindfulness in recent decades, but clinicians are often left without concrete, practical skills to teach clients in acute distress. Applying the methods of an evidence-based intervention such as Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), requires in-depth knowledge…

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Trauma Competency Training

This two-day seminar delivers the bio-psycho-social aspects of traumatic stress, traumatic grief, & traumatic loss. Mental health professionals are on the front lines and, in many cases, have the initial contact with the individual(s) who has experienced traumatic stress. Clinicians…

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Compassion Fatigue & Burnout

This workshop has been identified by hundreds of professionals as life changing, essential, and exhilarating. Join Dr. Eric Gentry, a recognized leader in the area of compassion fatigue, and learn evidence-based compassion, resiliency, and prevention skills drawn from the Accelerated…

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2 Day Intensive: The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques

In The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques, Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D presents the most useful psychotherapeutic approaches to generalized anxiety, panic and social anxiety. Via discussion, practice in the seminar, and concise client examples in all age groups, you will learn…

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Working with Oppositional, Defiant and Anger Issues with Children and Adolescents

Children diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) can present a monumental challenge to therapists, teachers, parents and siblings. ODD and other conduct problems are the single greatest reasons for referrals to outpatient and inpatient mental health settings for children, accounting…

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2 Day Intensive: Working with Oppositional, Defiant and Anger Issues with Children and Adolescents

Children diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) can present a monumental challenge to therapists, teachers, parents and siblings. ODD and other conduct problems are the single greatest reasons for referrals to outpatient and inpatient mental health settings for children, accounting…

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The Canadian Mental Health Summit

New Conference Format 13 Internationally Renown Experts 12 Full Day Workshops 12 Imperative Topics Relevant to Mental Health A Letter from Jack Hirose   Dear Colleague, To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Jack Hirose and Associates, we are launching our…

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The Zones of Regulation

Self-Regulation is a skill everyone needs to manage the daily trials and tribulations.  Sometimes we become incapacitated to cope, and with all the pressures on our youth, all too often we are seeing more self-regulation needs in this general population. …

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Treating Anxiety Disorders in Children & Adolescents

The increasing rate of stress and trauma to children, which includes divorce, family breakdown, violence in society, and the media, has produced a “shell shocked” generation suffering from anxiety in many cases. The challenge for educators and clinicians is to…

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Working with Oppositional, Defiant and Anger Issues in Children and Adolescents

Children diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) can present a monumental challenge to therapists, teachers, parents and siblings. ODD and other conduct problems are the single greatest reasons for referrals to outpatient and inpatient mental health settings for children, accounting…

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ARCHIVE: Advanced CBT for Insomnia & with Comorbid Conditions: A Client-Centered, Evidence-Based Approach

Many clinicians are familiar with the basic strategies of cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia, but when it comes to implementation in their practice, they can become stuck when encountering difficult cases.The solution to this problem is to provide advanced training…

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Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

What do we look for in a psychotherapist or a professional counsellor? When we’re in emotional pain, the answer probably isn’t academic knowledge, training in a particular approach, nor even life experience. Instead, we likely want someone who’s compassionate (able…

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and T.E.A.M. Techniques in Whistler

Join Dr. David Burns this summer in Whistler, BC, for his fabulous four-day intensive on the treatment of depression and all of the anxiety disorders with advanced CBT and TEAM Therapy techniques. This intensive training offers unique and exciting learning…

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Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors

Childhood abuse necessitates self-alienation: we must disown that humiliating “bad child” and work harder to be the “good child” acceptable to our attachment figures. In the end, we survive trauma at the cost of disowning and dissociating from our most…

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Autism Spectrum Disorder

In this hands-on seminar you will discover what it is like to have a brain with autism. Once you experience the difference between a typical brain and a brain with autism, you will be able to design more effective and…

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Autism Spectrum Disorder

In this hands-on seminar you will discover what it is like to have a brain with autism. Once you experience the difference between a typical brain and a brain with autism, you will be able to design more effective and…

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2 Day DBT Intensive

Dialectical behaviour 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…

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