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The Many Pathways to Healing Conference: Clinical Interventions in the Treatment of Trauma, Grief & Loss

Presented by John Arden, Ph.D. and Christina Zampitella, Psy.D., FT and Jennifer Patterson, Psy.D., LCPC

Wednesday, November 13, 2024 – Friday, November 15, 2024  |  Calgary, ab


Date & Location

Wednesday, November 13, 2024 – Friday, November 15, 2024

8:30am – 4:00pm

Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre

1316 33 St NE, T2A 6B6, Calgary, AB

phone:  403.248.8888

website:  www.calgaryplaza.com/

 Full map & directions

Registration on this page is for live in-person attendance only. To attend virtually please register here: https://webinars.jackhirose.com/product/many-pathways-to-healing-ab/ 

Live In-Person Conference

  • Complimentary tea, coffee and assorted pastries
  • On-site exhibitors

Please note, in-person registration does not include access to the live stream or recorded footage.

Live Stream from Home

  • This conference will be live streaming from Calgary, AB to online participants on November 13 – 15, 2024 from 8:30am – 4:00pm MT
  • Recorded footage and all course content will be available until December 16, 2024
  • Please allow 5 – 7 business days after the conference has ended for recorded footage to become available
  • More information & live stream registration: https://webinars.jackhirose.com/product/many-pathways-to-healing-ab/


Limited quantities are available. Must pre-buy during registration, not available at the door. Individuals with strict dietary needs or preferences can pre-order lunch off the menu through the hotel restaurant. Lunch buffets are non-refundable, no refund or credit will be granted under any circumstance.

Who Should Attend

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants, School Counsellors, Behaviour Specialists, Rehabilitation Consultants, Geriatric Specialists, and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.



Day One – November 13, 2024

An Integrated Approach to Trauma Treatment: Synthesizing Neuroscience, Attachment Theory and Evidence-Based Modalities
Presented by John Arden, Ph.D.

8:30am - 4:00pm   November 13, 2024


This important workshop, facilitated by Dr John Arden, a world-renowned psychologist, teacher and author, will offer a wealth of knowledge and practical strategies that use a synthesized model of neuroscience, attachment theory and evidence-based treatment to more effectively treat clients who have experienced complex trauma.

You will learn about the latest research in neuroscience, epigenetics, immunology and endocrinology, and how these discoveries can be synthesized with evidence-based trauma treatments, psychotherapy research and attachment theory into a hybrid therapeutic model. This model will help you identify which elements of psychotherapeutic schools are effective and which may be counter-therapeutic in the trauma treatment context. You will be challenged and supported to move beyond any specific theoretical paradigms towards a common factors approach.

Engaging with real life examples, you will gain a deeper understanding of how addressing nervous system functioning is a fundamental therapeutic process in improving mood and behaviour and achieving a reduction in symptoms. Special attention will be given to addressing the neurodynamics of PTSD and the crucial role of memory.

At the end of this workshop, you will come away with many powerful tools, understandings and confidence to better assist your traumatised clients on their path to recovery and to live a fuller life.

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  • Explore the Synthesized Model: Delve into the synthesized model of neuroscience, attachment theory, and evidence-based treatment, understanding how these components inform trauma treatment strategies.
  • Understand Neuroscientific Foundations: Gain insights into the latest research in neuroscience, epigenetics, immunology, and endocrinology, and learn how to apply this knowledge to enhance therapeutic interventions.
  • Identify Effective Psychotherapeutic Elements: Learn to discern effective psychotherapeutic elements and their applicability in trauma treatment, while recognizing potential counter-therapeutic approaches.
  • Adopt a Common Factors Approach: Challenge and embrace a common factors approach, moving beyond specific theoretical paradigms to leverage universal therapeutic factors for trauma recovery.
  • Address Nervous System Functioning: Explore the fundamental role of nervous system functioning in mood regulation and behavior modification, and learn practical techniques to optimize nervous system health in clients.
  • Navigate Neurodynamics of PTSD: Gain specialized knowledge in addressing the neurodynamics of PTSD, including memory processing and its impact on symptomatology.
John Arden, Ph.D.

John Arden, Ph.D. is the author of 14 books, including Brain2Brain: Enacting Client Change Through the Persuasive Power of Neuroscience, The Brain Bible: How to Stay Vital, Productive, and Happy for a Lifetime, Rewire Your Brain: Think Your Way to…

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Day Two – November 14, 2024

Normative and Prolonged Grief: Proven and Effective Clinical Interventions to Help Your Clients Process Grief and Loss
Presented by Christina Zampitella, Psy.D., FT

8:30am - 4:00pm   November 14, 2024


Mental health and healthcare professionals are faced with the often misunderstood and misdiagnosed symptoms of normative and prolonged grief. Formal education rarely, if ever, provides extensive enough training to accurately identify and treat those who are grieving. Unfortunately, grieving clients are diagnosed incorrectly because symptoms can mimic normative or prolonged grief. The grieving process is often pathologized, or misdiagnosed, resulting in potential exacerbation of the presenting issues because inappropriate interventions are utilized. As a result, those who are grieving are often inadvertently disenfranchised by providers, which can make the professional support they sought to reconstruct their previously shattered identities and worldviews ineffective, and even, at time, exacerbate other mental health difficulties. It is essential to be versed in identifying grief related constructs that may underlie, or even cause, mental health and behavior associated problems.

This presentation aims to provide current, research based information on the grieving process, clarify misconceptions of outdated theories, and differentiate between normative and prolonged grief. It also examines the changes in conceptualization, differential diagnosing, and effective, clinically proven interventions that may be utilized with grieving individuals and families. Attendees will leave with an improved clinical skill set they can immediately apply to identify and treat their clients.

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  • Define and differentiate both “normative” and “prolonged” bereavement
  • Identify and work effectively with individuals who experience disenfranchised losses
  • Describe why the stage model of the grieving process is no longer utilized to inform treatment planning or develop interventions, while introducing modern theories of bereavement processes
  • Discuss and describe changes to the DSM-5-TR as it relates to normative and prolonged bereavement
  • Learn how to make effective and accurate differential diagnoses to inform appropriate interventions
  • Learn and utilize multiple creative, clinically proven effective interventions to support both those with normative and prolonged grief
Christina Zampitella, Psy.D., FT

Christina Zampitella Psy.D., FT is a licensed clinical psychologist, Fellow of Thanatology, founder and owner of The Center for Grief and Trauma Therapy, co-owner and Director of Clinical Services of Integrative Psychology Group. She often works as an adjunct professor and professional…

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Day Three – November 15, 2024

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Transcending Traditional Approaches
Presented by Jennifer Patterson, Psy.D., LCPC

8:30am - 4:00pm   November 15, 2024


In this foundational course, participants will embark on a transformative journey into Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT is a third-wave cognitive-behavioral therapy that transcends traditional approaches by seamlessly weaving together the processes of acceptance, mindfulness, and behavior change principles. Through experiential learning and evidence-based techniques, participants will cultivate a profound understanding of ACT and its practical applications.

Join ACT expert and International trainer Jennifer Patterson, Psy.D., LCPC, for this workshop, where you will develop efficient, evidence-based skills, case conceptualization techniques, and powerful strategies that will improve outcomes for the following:

  • Anxiety Issues
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Mood Disorders
  • Substance Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Eating Disorders
  • Trauma
  • Personality Disorders


The ACT Model

  • The nature of human suffering
  • ”Healthy normality” is a myth
  • Language: The double-edged sword
  • Undermine unhelpful thoughts
  • Aiming for psychological flexibility and why
  • The ACT hexagon model

Limitations of the Research and Potential Risks

  • Children and adolescents
  • Acute, florid hallucinations
  • Catatonic depression
  • Individuals with an adverse reaction to mindfulness exercises


  • Strengthening a willingness to have emotions
  • The opposite of acceptance is experiential avoidance
  • Experiential avoidance throughout the lifespan
  • Why acceptance is important


  • Look at thoughts rather than from thoughts
  • Coping with automatic thoughts
  • The power of words
  • The problem with cognitive fusion
  • Address CBT-based disputation techniques with defusion


  • Understand the “Self” in ACT
  • Self-as-content, self-as-perspective, self-as-context
  • Observer self-exercise
  • Deal with identity issues


  • Contacting the present moment
  • Why being in the here-and-now is critical for mental health
  • Relationship between mindlessness and psychopathology
  • Meditation, mindfulness and mindful action
  • Exercises for mindful action

Values Work

  • The positive side of language
  • Identifying core values
  • Differentiate values and goals
  • Writing values-based treatment goals
  • The ethics of values clarification

Committed Action

  • Define “commitment” objectively
  • Integrate evidence-based therapy with ACT
  • Develop ACT-based behavior therapy treatment plans
  • Improve behavioral activation with ACT

Pulling It All Together

  • Hexaflex model for psychological flexibility
  • Ask the “ACT Question” for self-help and case conceptualization
  • Inflexahex model: Diagnosis from an ACT approach

Incorporate ACT into Your Own Approach

  • Social skills training
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Inpatient treatment programs systems
  • Exposure and ritual prevention
  • Behavioral activation
  • Parent management training
  • Executive Coaching

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  • Develop a deep understanding of the theoretical and philosophical foundation of the ACT model to help clients increase psychological flexibility.
  • Expand the knowledge base of ACT as a contextual behavioral science and how it differs from Cognitive Behavioral therapies.
  • Detect the six psychological inflexible processes that maintain psychological rigidity and understand how they pull clients away from value-based behaviors.
  • Formulate consistent case conceptualizations for ACT to understand avoidance and how it relates to maintaining away moves related to value-based behaviors.
  • Utilize ACT case conceptualizations to prepare evidence-based treatment plans to assist with a cohesive treatment approach.
  • Utilize the six psychological flexible processes in ACT to facilitate emotional openness and increase psychological flexibility in clients.
  • Analyze how ACT attempts to undermine problematic language obstacles and implement clinical skills to assist clients in unhooking themselves from their thoughts.
  • Use metaphors, analogies, and experiential exercises to improve clients’ self-understanding and increase value-based behaviors.
  • Implement ACT evidence-based protocols and processes into treatment for specific disorders, including depression, anxiety, trauma, and personality disorders.
  • Synthesize core ACT interventions, like defusion, mindfulness, acceptance, and the observer self, to increase clients’ value-based behaviors.
  • Utilize ACT interventions, like contacting the present moment, to assist with developing observation and awareness skills for your client.
  • Explore and integrate the role of self-compassion in the ACT model and utilize exercises to help clients build self-acceptance.
Jennifer Patterson, Psy.D., LCPC

Jennifer Patterson, Psy.D., LCPC, has a mission to offer evidence based psychotherapy to help others live full and abundant lives. She is the clinical director of the MidAmerican Psychological Institute (MPI) in Joliet, Illinois, and established MPI’s Clinic for Compulsive…

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Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual 1 Day Enrollment $289.00 $309.00
Individual 2 Day Enrollment $489.00 $509.00
Individual 3 Day Enrollment $699.00 $719.00
Group 3-7 $659.00 $679.00
Group 8-14 $639.00 $659.00
Group 15+ $619.00 $639.00
Full-Time Student $619.00 $639.00

All fees are per person and in Canadian Dollars ($CAD)

Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).

Early bird cutoff date: October 30, 2024
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Wednesday, October 30, 2024.

Please review our Registration Terms and Conditions for information on our cancellation policy, payment policies, rebates, and more. You must agree to our Terms and Conditions to register for a workshop or conference.

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Exhibitors are welcome at this event. We are pleased to offer sponsorship opportunities to businesses and organizations that provide services related to nursing, psychotherapy, addictions treatment, counselling, marriage & family therapy, psychology and other related fields.
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Recommended Accommodation

Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre

1316 33 St NE, T2A 6B6, Calgary, AB

phone:  403.248.8888

website:  www.calgaryplaza.com/

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

Call: Please contact the hotel directly for current group rates, when booking please reference “Jack Hirose & Associates“. To make a reservation over the phone, please call 403.248.8888.

Select King Room: $139.00 plus tax
Select 2 Queen Room: $139.00 plus tax

*please note, room reservations are subject to availability*

Please keep in mind when booking Jack Hirose and Associates corporate guest rooms, reservations booked for most hotels can be cancelled within 48 hours. If you are booking guest rooms through third-party websites in many instances the reservations booked cannot be cancelled.

When booking hotel rooms, ask for the Jack Hirose and Associates corporate rate. To receive our corporate rate, rooms must be booked one month prior to the workshop date. Please keep in mind hotel rates may fluctuate.

Continuing Education Credits

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