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2013 Networker Symposium

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For more than three decades, the Networker Symposium has been celebrated as something much more than a professional conference. Nowhere else will you find a gathering with more range and excitement, with more chances to meet other kindred spirits who understand the daily challenges of your work—people who get the same jokes and grouse about the same gripes, who are seeking the answers to the same questions, who, somehow, seem to belong to the same tribe. So welcome to the 2013 Networker Symposium recording, psychotherapy’s most enlivening tribal gathering.At this year’s Symposium, The Therapist’s Craft: Healing Connection in a Digital World, we’ll explore the latest advances in identifying the pivotal skills that set the master practitioners in our field apart from the rest of us and—perhaps even more important—provide a clear road map of how we can get there ourselves.OUTLINE

Psychotherapy and the Science of Human Excellence – K. Anders Ericsson, Ph.D.Customizing Mindfulness – Ronald Siegel, Psy.D.The Motivation Revolution – David Burns, M.D.The Core Tasks of Therapy – Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D.Deliberate Practice and the Inner Life – Tara Brach, Ph.D.Emotional Healing – Tara Brach, Ph.D.Creating a Corrective Emotional Experience – Diane Poole Heller, Ph.D.Future View: Charting Psychotherapy’s New Horizons – Gary Small, M.D., Susan Johnson, Ed.D., William Doherty, Ph.D.The Power of Emotion – Susan Johnson, Ed.D., Kathryn Rheem, Ed.D.OBJECTIVES
  1. Summarize Dr Ericsson’s research on becoming a more effective clinician
  2. Describe the three core elements of mindfulness practice
  3. Specify how mindfulness practices can be tailored to the needs of particular types of clients
  4. Describe a paradoxical approach that encourages resistance and promotes real change
  5. Describe a case conceptualization model that enables clients identify strengths and develop resilience
  6. List techniques that enhance clients sense of resourcefulness and agency
  7. Summarize Dr. Brach’s paradoxical approach towards mediation
  8. Describe Buddha’s teaching for emotional healing
  9. List tools for moving beyond the ego itself for experiencing greater attunement
  10. Demonstrate meditation and guided exercises as shown by Dr Brach
  11. List three fundamental portals for establishing lucid and compassionate presence
  12. Demonstrate how to create a corrective emotional experience in your practice
  13. Summarize how the use of technology might be altering the evolution of the human brain
  14. Explain the methods involved to become a skilled conversational partner with your client
  15. Outline the key concepts of EFT and attachment theory
  16. List specific techniques to help clients’ breakdown defensive walls
  17. Identify and differentiate between primary and secondary emotion
Length: 11 DVD(s)
Duration: 14 hours, 29 minutes
Ronald D. Siegel, Psy.D.

Ronald D. Siegel, Psy.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychology, part-time, at Harvard Medical School, where he has taught for over 35 years. He is a long-time student of mindfulness meditation and serves on the Board of Directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He teaches internationally about mindfulness and psychotherapy and mind–body treatment, has worked for many years in community mental health with inner-city children and families, and maintains a private clinical practice in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Dr. Siegel lives in Lincoln with his wife and daughters.

Dr. Siegel is author of The Mindfulness Solution, coauthor of the self-treatment guide Back Sense, which integrates Western and Eastern approaches for treating chronic back pain, and coeditor of an acclaimed book for professionals, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. He regularly uses the practices in this book to work with his own busy, unruly mind.


"Dr. Siegel's presentation is one of the best workshops I have attended. He was very informative and entertaining. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to learn more about mindfulness." Terri D. | Vancouver, BC | December 2 & 3, 2014 "This workshop was extremely interesting and fulfilling. Although I wasn't familiar with Ron's work prior to the course, I instantly felt his authenticity and expertise. I have had a contemplative practice for over 20 years and I am so encouraged by the meeting of the spiritual and secular / scientific for contributing to the health and well-being of clients and professionals. With much gratitude for bringing his wisdom to Vancouver!" Vancouver, BC | December 2 & 3, 2014   "Excellent presentation! Enjoyed the mix of theory and practical. Appreciated the stories which brought the theoretical to life. Great overview of mindfulness and I am eager to learn more and apply personally and professionally." - Nadine | Vancouver, BC | December 2 & 3, 2014
"Thank you for the clear, effective teaching of mindfulness. I have learned a significant amount of DBT and Ron presented further useful information and techniques that will be very beneficial to my work as a youth and family therapist." - Vancouver, BC | December 2 & 3, 2014   "Excellent workshop. Good mix of theoretical and experiential. Good humour and stories to illustrate issues." - Pat R. | Vancouver, BC | December 2 & 3, 2014 "Ron is an engaging instructor, obviously very experienced and passionate about his subject area. His approach is very motivating." -Hilary C. | Vancouver, BC | December 2 & 3, 2014 "Ron - I loved your approach, humour and candidness. I first started to meditate 40 years ago, and have used it to 'self regulate' for these many decades. Very thankful that you and others have 'legitimized' mindfulness as an offering to clients." - Tom F. | Vancouver, BC | December 2 & 3, 2014   "Engaging, witty, self-deprecating, humble, but very wise to the pitfalls of therapeutic theory and its applications." - T. Robinson
"Wonderful, very engaging, knowledgeable and made the days fly by."
"Appreciated the depth and breath of knowledge from which the speaker presented."
"Ron was an interesting and dynamic speaker.  Time flew.  I will certainly use the exercises in my practice but more importantly try to implement mindfulness in my lifestyle." - Irene Semenuk
"Presenter is very engaging.  Discussion quite varied.  Very well organized."
"Nice balance of humor, clarity and knowledge of information."
"Loved his style – gentle, honest, knowledgeable.  Great sense of humour."
"Ron is so down to earth and adds humour to his seminar.  Mixes anecdotal and life experiences with (awe-inspiring) research which compellingly aligns and demystifies the tenets and “proposed” effectiveness of mindfulness practices”. - Alison Hoogervorst
"I found this workshop to be very inspiring on my journey to mindfulness in the education field."
"Excellent presenter.  I really enjoyed you and enjoyed a lot.  Thank you for coming to Winnipeg."
"Ron is very entertaining and makes the workshop fun and an enjoyable learning experience." "Exceeded my expectations. A wonderful blend of theory and application. So refreshing to see how mindfulness weaves through and with our clinical orientation and practice. Ron is a knowledgeable, entertaining speaker!" - Cathleen Botten, Registered Psychologist | Banff, AB | July 15 - 17, 2015 "Dr. Siegel is an extremely skilled facilitator and I truly appreciated his sense of humour and his straightforward approach. Thanks!" "I cannot express enough how invaluable this retreat was for me both personally and professionally. Dr. Siegel is a wonderful teacher and presenter. The all-day silent meditative practice was enormously helpful – peaceful and informational. Thank you for a wonderful experience." - Carol Metcalfe, B.A., M.S.W., R.S.W | Banff, AB | July 15 - 17, 2015 "Ron is such a skilled presenter and is constantly keeping us engaged and yearning for more! Loved the opportunity to experience being mindful!" - Louise | Banff, AB | July 15 - 17, 2015 "I appreciated the combination of practice and education. Dr. Siegel was an engaging speaker that was very knowledgeable. I am very satisfied with what I have learned in the last 3 days. I believe that it will be an asset to my clinical practice." "I really appreciated Dr. Siegel’s breadth of knowledge. He helped us to more fully understand what mindfulness is - I didn’t realize how elementary my previous understanding was. I also really enjoyed Dr. Siegel’s humour and humility – he has an amazing ability to humanize our experiences inside and outside of theory. I thoroughly enjoyed this workshop." - Erin Fischer, B.A, M.Ed | Banff, AB | July 15 - 17, 2015 "Truly excellent and useful – it motivated me to practice mindfulness more intensely." - Marta Edgar, Ph. D, R. Pysch | Banff, AB | July 15 - 17, 2015 "Incredibly valuable workshop. Generous presenter – sharing educational material and knowledge/stories and personal experiences. Loved the personal meditation experiences as well. Thank you!" - Barbara Morrison, MSW, RSW | Banff, AB | July 15 - 17, 2015    

David Burns, M.D.

David Burns, M.D. is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He also has served as Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Medicine School and Acting Chief of Psychiatry at the Presbyterian University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in Philadelphia. Dr. Burns has authored six books on cognitive behavior therapy including his best-selling Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy (1980), which has sold over four million copies. In a national survey, Feeling Good was rated #1 – from a list of over 1,000 self-help books – and is the most frequently recommended book by mental health professionals in the United States and Canada for clients suffering from depression. His most current work is titled When Panic Attacks. Although he is best known for his work on psychotherapy, Dr. Burns has also done significant research on the central nervous system and received the A.E. Bennett Award for his studies of serotonin metabolism. Currently he is investigating variables associated with therapeutic success or failure. His research has been published in numerous scientific journals. Dr. Burns is a dynamic and engaging educator. Every year, thousands of mental health professionals attend his workshops. Dr. Burns also maintains a strong interest in public education. He was recently featured in a ninety minute PBS special on depression and received the Distinquished Contribution to Psychology through the Media Award from the Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology in 1995.


"This was an incredible life changing workshop. It was an absolute delight with excellent practical tools, opportunities to witness live personal healing and practice with each other." - Calgary, AB | July 15 - 18, 2019 "The most useful and life-changing workshop I’ve ever been to!" - Calgary, AB | July 15 - 18, 2019 “This was an excellent workshop and valuable for many professions. Please keep bringing CBT workshops to Alberta! The workshop was both professionally and personally helpful, and powerful, and enlightening.”  - Sara Maraj | Banff, AB | July 17-20, 2017

“So great. Learned a huge amount. I am a somatic focused practitioner and have been resistant to working with CBT. This has definitely opened a huge doorway of interest. Thank you.” - Richmond, BC | July 6-9, 2016

“Outstanding. Dr. Burns is competent, knowledgeable, and very practical. More than that, he is wonderfully human. His ability to bring himself and his own vulnerabilities into the room super infused this conference.”  - Dave Flynn | Banff, AB | July 17-20, 2017   “David Burns is extremely knowledgeable, an effective presenter and an expert in his field. The workshop has exceeded my expectations. Thank You!”  - Mayes Pillay | Banff, AB | July 17-20, 2017
  “Dr. Burns was great. Exceeded my expectations. I was not expecting so much interaction. Going form the pages of the Feeling Good Handbook and 10 Days to Self-Esteem to 3D in person has been so much more helpful for me.” - Murray Walters | Banff, AB | July 17-20, 2017

"Overall, very well done. I appreciated David taking these techniques and humanizing them. Makes me excited to get back to work and start using some of these techniques and start practicing to hone in on my skills. I would definitely attend another workshop provided by David Burns. So refreshing to see him take such an interest in his patients and their overall care.” - Edmonton, AB | June 6-7, 2016


"Dr. Burns is a warm, humble man. I love his down-to-earth approach, his humour and his personable manner. I loved the role-plays. I can use those in my sessions. He is an expert in this field and it comes across in his workshops.” - Megan Pomore | London, England | April 30-May 1, 2015

"This is the 2nd workshop I've taken with you and I've continued to be amazed at the power of this therapy. I look forward to continuing to learn more about TEAM and use it with my clients. Thank you so very much. God bless.” - Lorian Quinlan | Edmonton, AB | June 6 - 7, 2016   "I have been to lots of workshops and this was in my top four - inspirational, enlightened, motivated, humbled.” - London, England | April 30 - May 1, 2015   "I am very glad I made the journey to hear Dr. Burns. I have used his material for years and he has answered questions I needed answered!” - Lea Connell | London, England | April 30 - May 1, 2015   "David, thanks for re-invigorating my professional passion!” - Edmonton, AB | June 6 - 7, 2016   "This course has inspired me so much. It has convinced me that I will return to school for more training and education to fulfill my dream of becoming a certified therapist. Thank you so much, Dr. Burns!” - Ed H (Enviros Wilderness Canada) | Edmonton, AB | May 7 & 8, 2014   "Enriching personally and professionally. Inspiring insight into human psychology. Entertaining delivery, conducted compassionately and respectfully.” - Halifax, NS | June 9 & 10, 2014   "Wonderful skills for both professional and personal growth. I wish this was taught at university. I experienced so many emotions and grew my knowledge tremendously. This is the most human approach to human issues. Thank you!” - Angela Massiah (Social Worker - Mental Health Clinician | Alberta Health Services) | Saskatoon, SK | July 2 – 5, 2014   "Best workshop I’ve been to.” - Edmonton, AB | May 7 & 8, 2014   "Very pleased to have this caliber of speaker – just a dream come true!” - Edmonton , AB | May 7 & 8, 2014   “Dr. Burns quite possibly helped me change my life this week. I am so grateful. What a generous spirit." - Burnaby, BC | July 7 – 10, 2014   “This is the second Burns workshop I have attended and both have been excellent. I feel more confident and motivated to employ the skills and strategies in my own practice, and am excited to do so. Thank you for an excellent workshop, I will definitely be back for future opportunities to learn from Dr. Burns.” -Karen L (Mental Health Professional) | Edmonton, AB | May 7 & 8, 2014   “I am so grateful to have had your training session at the beginning of my counseling career. I feel hopeful and more prepared to provide effective therapy using your approach.” -Diane Howe | Edmonton, AB | May 7 & 8, 2014
"I registered because I heard great things about this course and wanted to learn state-of-the-art material to enhance my skills. This course has done that and a whole lot more. Loved learning through role plays, both in listening and participating. Energizing - with humour and tears! I walked away tired and full!" -Viki | Saskatoon, SK | July 2 - 5, 2014
“The training has renewed my passion for my profession and inspired me to pursue further training, perhaps even complete my Ph.D." -Tracy Laing | Burnaby, BC | July 7 - 10, 2014
“This was my second time attending one of David’s workshops and I am really glad I came. I needed the refresher and it really motivated me to start practice groups to really learn and implement the skills/tools. I am also planning to revisit how we deliver our programs so that we can incorporate the “TEAM” approach. I really appreciated the roleplays and demonstrations, they were most helpful.” -Nancy S | Halifax, NS | June 9 & 10, 2014
 "Thank you for enriching us and unselfishly sharing your wisdom. We need this desperately as therapists and as people.” - Leonard Herrem | Saskatoon, SK | July 2 - 5, 2014   “I will be worshipping at the Burns alter for the next several years.” -John Moore (Alberta Health Services) | Edmonton, AB | May 7 & 8, 2014
"You are the delightful exception in the world of therapists. As intense as the learning is - it is fun, exciting and life-changing! The real honesty shared by complete strangers in such a short time, with the result of complete healing, is a joy." -Barbara Levesque (Family Counseling) | Saskatoon, SK | July 2 - 5, 2014
“Dr. Burns has a wonderful presenting style. The opportunity to have roleplays was amazing learning. Thank you for your ‘realness’ and ‘humanness.’” -Edmonton, AB | May 7 & 8, 2014
“This workshop and meeting Dr. Burns has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. I feel as if I am reborn. You are my guru, Dr. Burns! Thank you so much!” -Rahel (McMan Youth - Family & Community Services) | Burnaby, BC | July 7 - 10, 2014
"This was an excellent workshop. This is the most practical application workshop I have ever been to. I'm excited to go back and start using the TEAM Model. Thank you, Dr. Burns is an inspiration to us all!" -Patti Dekowny (Social Worker) | Saskatoon, SK | July 2 - 5, 2014
“I am really glad that I made the decision to do a second 4-Day Intensive. It has really helped solidify some of the concepts and techniques. I would highly recommend to anyone who is feeling overwhelmed with the material to go back to work and try these skills out, and then return to another intensive. It will give you so much more the second time around." -Sylvia Lai (MSW, RSW - St. Paul's Hospital) | Burnaby | July 7 - 10, 2014   "Thank you so much for the opportunity to work with you, Dr. Burns. To be honest, when I got up on stage with you I wasn't sure what to expect. I was blown away that I felt a real shift in perspective and revelation within the work, and that my view of myself is more realistic and better. I have tried other types of therapy and did not feel the change that I did in the two hours on stage with you. Thank you!" -Nicole Espeseth (YWCA) | Saskatoon, SK | July 2-5, 2014   "I really enjoyed this course and see it as the start of developing raw techniques and becoming a better therapist. Dr. Burns’ approach and teaching methods resonated very strongly with me. Thoroughly enjoyable. Thank you.” -Carolyn Taylor (Offshore Resilience, Ltd.) | London, UK | April 30 – May 1, 2015   "David’s commitment to facilitating progress in therapy, both in 1:1 sessions and in the profession as a whole is inspiring. Thank you – I have learned a lot, been challenged a lot, and laughed more than I expected! Warm wishes.” - Caroline Williamson, M.A | London, UK | April 30 – May 1, 2015   "One of the best workshops I have attended. I feel much more confident in providing valuable therapy to my clients. The TEAM approach is truly invaluable. The instructor is phenomenal.” - Al Kassam | Red Deer, AB | April 8 – 11, 2015   "Thank you for such an informative, skill-based, advanced therapy course. I am looking forward to walking into my office on Monday morning and implementing these techniques, even with a client who has already made a great deal of progress, as well as a client who appears to be resistant. I also appreciate your ability to continually model ‘checking your ego at the door’ and opening my ability to be able to disarm and agree in a genuine manner!” - Annette Tucker | Red Deer, AB | April 8 – 11, 2015   "Dr. Burns’ workshop was inspirational. The techniques and methods he presented will be instrumental in working with my clients. This was a fantastic learning experience!” - Nicola Rimke | Red Deer, AB | April 8 – 11, 2015

Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D.

Don Meichenbaum, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor Emeritus from the University of Waterloo. Ontario from which he took early retirement 20 years ago. He is presently Research Director of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention in Miami (Please see www.melissainstitute.org). He is one of the founders of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

In a survey of clinicians reported in the American Psychologist, he was voted “one of the ten most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century.” He has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Clinical Division of the American Psychological Association and he was Honorary President of the Canadian Psychological Association. He has presented in all 50 U.S. states and internationally. He has published extensively and most recently published Roadmap to Resilience: A Guide for Military Trauma Victims and Their Families (visit www.roadmaptoresilience. org). His other books include The Evolution of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: A Personal and Professional Journey with Don Meichenbaum, Treatment of Individuals with Anger Control Problems and Aggressive Behaviour; Stress Inoculation Training; Facilitating Treatment Adherence; and The Unconscious Reconsidered.

He has consulted for various populations including veterans’ hospitals, the National Guard, psychiatric treatment centres for children, adolescents and adults, treatment centre for individuals with traumatic brain injuries, torture victims, Native populations, deaf populations and school boards. See papers by Dr. Meichenbaum on www.melissainstitute.org (go to home page and click on Author’s Index and scroll to Meichenbaum).



“Don is the most interesting, dynamic, and hilarious presenter. I could listen to him/learn from him all day." - CBT & DBT Conference | Calgary, AB | December 3, 2015   "Dr. M - very good presenter; great topic and very knowledgeable." - Paula Caines | Calgary, AB | December 3, 2015 “A master's voice! Second time hearing him. I have already studied Don's work.” - Richmond, BC | December 2, 2015
  “This was fabulous! Dr. Meichenbaum was very engaging, skilled, and able to convey the information in an organized fashion that was easy to understand. I loved his use of anecdotes and the presentation of DVD clips of clinical work. I sincerely believe that the information I learned will enhance my clinical work.” - Sarah | Vancouver, BC | November 7, 2014 “A very engaging, informative and entertaining speaker.” - Vancouver, BC | November 7, 2014 "Dr. Meichenbaum is a legend." - 2014 Trauma Conference | Calgary, AB | November 19, 2014
“Best learning experience I've had in years! I graduated in '87 (Ph.D.). Great new info and research, AND entertaining presentation!" - Toni (Private Practice) | Vancouver, BC | November 6, 2014 “Two days very well spent. I feel satisfied that I learned new information, but also have new resources to draw on in my clinical work, as well as providing leadership with the staff at my centre. Thank you.” - Dana | Vancouver, BC | November 6 & 7, 2014 “The material was presented well. Interesting from a clinical perspective. I will share notes with colleagues.” -Barb | Vancouver, BC | November 7, 2014 “Thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise with us. Your use of materials (videos and handouts) made the presentation very engaging and applicable to my professional setting (an outpatient counseling centre for individuals with substance use issues).” - Vancouver, BC | November 6 & 7, 2014 “I loved Dr. Meichenbaum. He uses humour, and his workshop was very fun, engaging and very informative. I will be very interested in other workshops by Dr. Meichenbaum - thank you very much.” - Vancouver, BC | November 6, 2014 “Excellent workshop, good examples, sense of humour kept me engaged and attentive.” - Vancouver, BC | November 6, 2014

More information: www.melissainstitute.org