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The Western Canadian Conference on Trauma and Addictions: Canada’s Premier Clinical Skills Conference

Co-Sponsored by Sunshine Coast Health Centre

Presented by Eboni Webb, Psy.D., HSP and Robert Weiss, Ph.D., LCSW, CSAT and John Briere, Ph.D. and Robert T. Muller, Ph.D., C. Psych., author of Trauma and the Avoidant Client & Trauma and the Struggle to Open Up and Mary Jo Harwood, MSW, LSW, DNCCM and Jennifer Sweeton, Psy.D., M.S., M.A. and Zachary Walsh, Ph.D. and Darryl S. Inaba, PharmD., CATC-V, CADCIII, co-author of Uppers, Downers, All-Arounders and Stanton Peele, Ph.D., author of The Truth About Addiction and Recovery

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 – Friday, May 29, 2020  |  Edmonton, ab


 

!  Additional Information:

Registration Code: TACONF-YEG


Date & Location

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 – Friday, May 29, 2020

8:30am – 4:00pm

DoubleTree by Hilton West Edmonton

16615 109th Ave NW, Edmonton, AB

phone:  780.484.0821

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Dear Colleague,

I am pleased to announce that our Western Canada Trauma and Addiction Conference: Canada’s Premier Counselling Skills Conference will be held on May 27, 28 and 29, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta. This conference will bring together leading experts who specialize in the area of trauma and addictions. We are honoured to co-sponsor this conference in partnership with Sunshine Coast Health Centre and Georgia Straight Women’s Clinic. We are extremely grateful to have aligned with an organization that supports and values quality training for mental health professionals.

Throughout the past 22 years, we have adopted a variety of conference formats. This year’s conference will focus solely on topics that are integral to treating trauma and addictions.  Treating individuals and families who are struggling with trauma and addictions require a host of clinical services delivered by skilled clinicians who employ the most up date and scientifically proven approaches.  The goal of our conference is to provide professionals with training that focuses on developing new skills, techniques and interventions that allow frontline professionals to enhance their skill set and improve client outcomes.

Over the past 20 years, our annual conference has trained over 13,000 frontline mental health professionals.  Our world renown line up of guest presenters will address imperative topics such as: Current Science and Evidence of Addiction and Recovery; Trauma and Attachment; Sexual Compulsivity and Addiction; Harm Reduction; The Disease Theory; Cannabis Primer: What Mental Health Professionals Need to Know; Working with Compulsive and Self-Endangering Behaviour in Trauma Survivors; Understanding and Addressing Vicarious Trauma and Trauma and the Struggle to Open Up: Relational Strategies to Treat the Challenging Client.

Mark this event on your calendar and I hope to see you at this very special event in Edmonton.

Regards,

 

 

 

Jack Hirose, MA

Conference Director


Dear Fellow Conference Attendees,

On behalf of the entire team at Sunshine Coast Health Centre and Georgia Straight Women’s Clinic, we do hope you join us at The Western Canadian Conference on Trauma and Addictions May 27 -29 , 2020. We are once again pleased to be co-sponsoring an event with Jack Hirose & Associates, Canada’s premier psychotherapy conference organizer. I have many fond memories growing up in Edmonton and am happy to be back for this exciting event!

Jack’s workshops and conferences are our favourite place to network with the psychotherapy community and train our staff. The Western Canada Conference promises to be another great opportunity to learn from North America’s leading trauma and addiction experts. Since 2009, Sunshine Coast has integrated trauma and addiction treatment and we are glad to see a conference that has a similar focus!

Thank you for your dedication to those you serve, your community, and to your own personal growth as a practitioner. Please be sure to stop by our display and introduce yourself.

See you in May!

 

 

 

Melanie Alsager, MBA

Chief Executive Officer

 

 

 

 


NEW CONFERENCE FORMAT

  • 9 Internationally Renown Experts
  • 9 Full Day Workshops
  • 9 Imperative topics focusing on addictions and trauma

TOPICS INCLUDE:

  • Current Science of Addiction and Recovery: Dispelling the Stigma

  • Trauma and Attachment Across the Lifespan: Neurological Building Blocks, Defining Trauma and Attachment, Trauma and Brain Development
  • Always Turned On: Understanding and Treating Sexual and Porn Addiction in the Digital Age
  • Love and Relationship Addiction
  • Harm Reduction, The Disease Theory, and Trauma
  • The Cannabis Primer: What Mental Health Professionals Need to Know
  • Childhood Trauma, Addiction and PTSD: Treatment Strategies and Interventions
  • Working with Compulsive and Self-Endangering Behaviours in Trauma Survivors
  • Trauma and the Struggle to Open Up: Relational Strategies to Treat Challenging Trauma Clients
  • Vicarious Traumatization

IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

  • Each workshop is a full day course from 8:30am – 4:00pm
  • Space in each workshop is limited, please register early to reserve your seat
  • Changes to participant info provided during registration, including workshop selection, may be subject to an admin fee
  • Participants are permitted to change workshops on the day of the conference at no charge, subject to seating availability
  • Seating availability will be determined after the session begins
  • Seat sharing is not allowed, multi-day options are for one workshop participant
  • Groups do not need to attend the same workshop to qualify for the group rate, must attend all 3 days
  • Please read the complete terms and conditions here

 

 


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 1 – May 27, 2020


Workshop #1: Current Science of Addiction and Recovery: Dispelling the Stigma
Presented by Darryl S. Inaba, PharmD., CATC-V, CADCIII, co-author of Uppers, Downers, All-Arounders

8:30am - 4:00pm   May 27, 2020

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 

Brain imaging and other more recent research tools continue to discover variances in neuro-cellular, neuro-chemical, and neuro-functioning that underlie a vulnerability to develop substance-related and other addictive disorders. The brain anomalies associated with addictive disorders provide an understanding of the differences between the wide variety of drugs and behavioural compulsions. They also help to explain why some are more likely than others to relapse after treatment for their compulsive drug use or behaviours. The rapidly expanding field of Addiction Medicine provides new insights on preventing, assessing and treatment of addictions and related disorders. It is also providing more evidenced-based resources to better manage those struggling with these major mental health disorders. This presentation will explore the evolving science of Addiction and Recovery to dispel the undue stigma associated with Substance Related and Addictive Disorders. It will also offer an introduction to the new resources in development to treat these disorder and the evolving medical specialty of addiction medicine.

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COURSE GOALS:

  • Increased understanding of neuro-chemical, neuro-cellular and neuro-functional mechanisms that underlie addictions and related disorders.
  • Appreciation of the diathesis stress model as the root cause of addiction and related disorders
  • Familiarity with the brain’s memory process of dendritic spines and their role in triggering cravings that lead to vulnerability for slips and relapses in recovery.
  • Improved understanding of the brain’s memory process and its role in craving and relapse in addiction
  • Exposure to the expanding science of epigenetic gene expressions and how environmental trauma can influence the vulnerability to addiction

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

  1. Identify the 2 major circuit of the brain’s addiction pathway and name at least 2 brain structures involved with the “Go” and “Stop” processes of these circuits
  2. Elucidate 3factors that contribute to the development of the brain anomalies associated with Substance Related and Addictive Disorders.
  3. Describe how neurotransmitters affect compulsivity and cravings and name at least 3 the most important neurotransmitters involved in these activities.
  4. Explain formation of dendritic memory spines and identify the 2 major pathways of memory formation in the brain and their role in addiction.
  5. Provide at least 2 ways that gene expression is altered to influence addiction vulnerability
Darryl S. Inaba, PharmD., CATC-V, CADCIII

Dr. Darryl Inaba is Director of Clinical and Behavioural Health Services for the Addictions Recovery Centre and Director of Research and Education of CNS Productions in Medford, Oregon. He is an associate Clinical Professor at the University of California in…

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More information: www.cnsproductions.com/46.html



Workshop #2: Trauma and Attachment Across the Lifespan: Tools and Strategies to Address Complex Clients
Presented by Eboni Webb, Psy.D., HSP

8:30am - 4:00pm   May 27, 2020

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

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 poem, My Heart Leaps Up When I Behold (1802)“..the Child is father of the Man.”  Future pioneering psychologists would be inspired by this passage as they came to understand that both function and dysfunction are born in childhood and guide us in our adult lives.

In this course you will come to understand the impact of trauma on the developing mind and how attachment is formed or lost through traumatic events.  You will learn how the brain is organized through healthy attachment and the critical elements of healthy attachment.  We will examine the current neuroscience behind both trauma and attachment and the top evidence-based strategies to address key DSM-V disorder through the lens of trauma.

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COURSE OBJECTIVES:

  • Learn the impact of trauma on the developing mind.
  • Identify the key features of healthy attachment and its impact neurologically.
  • Identify the key defensive survival strategies in trauma.
  • Learn how relational character strategies are formed that can be effective adaptations to relationship disturbances.
  • Develop strategies to address key disorders across the lifespan that are influenced by trauma and attachment disturbances (ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, etc.)
  • Develop strategies to address key personality disorders across the adult lifespan that are influenced by trauma and attachment disturbances (Antisocial, Borderline, Obsessive Compulsive Personality, etc.)
  • Understand how to establish a safe therapeutic environment that reestablishes healthy boundaries, connected communication and validates a client’s survival journey.

COURSE OUTLINE:

Neurological Building Blocks

  • Neurotransmitters of connection
  • Cortisol vs. Oxytocin
  • The importance of touch
  • The Polyvagal system
  • Healthy attachment

 Defining trauma and attachment

  • Developmental vs. attachment trauma
  • Single-incident trauma
  • Common sources of trauma
  • Parenting Styles
  • Attachment Styles

Trauma and Brain Development

  • Biopsychosocial model
  • Biphasic arousal model
  • Core organizers of experience

Common survival resources

  • Survival resources
  • Somatic resources

Relational Character Strategies and the DSM-V

  • Sensitive Strategies
  • Oral Strategies
  • Psychopathic Strategies
  • Industrious/Organizational Strategies

Critical Interventions

  • Proximity maintenance: Restructuring boundaries
  • Prosody: Modulating vocal intensity
  • Creating a secure therapeutic base
  • Creating a safe therapeutic haven
  • Validation: Connection before Redirection
Eboni Webb, Psy.D., HSP

Eboni Webb, Psy.D., HSP is a licensed psychologist and serves as an advisor to the Dialectical Behavior Therapy National Certification and Accreditation Association (DBTNCAA). She has practiced in numerous community settings including clinics that treat underserved communities of color, clients with…

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Workshop #3: Understanding the Diagnosis of Sexual Compulsivity/Addiction and the NEW ICD 11 Diagnosis and Prodependence: A new, attachment-focused treatment model for loved ones of addicts (and the mentally ill)
Presented by Robert Weiss, Ph.D., LCSW, CSAT

8:30am - 4:00pm   May 27, 2020

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 8:30am – 12:00pm – Understanding the Diagnosis of Sexual Compulsivity/Addiction

Author/Educator/Sexologist Rob Weiss Phd., LCSW will open this discussion with the recent World Health Organization (ICD-11) diagnosis of Compulsive Sexual Behaviour Disorder (CSBD) and its relationship to what we have typically called sex and/or porn addiction. The various myths surrounding sexual compulsivity/ addiction (what it is and what it isn’t) will be clarified, as he reviews typical types of sexual acting-out behaviours and the related consequences that are most indicative of sexual compulsivity/addiction. Technology and sex will be discussed in all forms, including hook-up apps, live AR/VR sex, along with the evolving problem of porn addiction in younger people. We will review common addiction terms as applied to sex like powerlessness and unmanageability as well as the addictive power of sexual fantasy. The talk will explore the oft underlying trauma and attachment deficits that unconsciously propel these types of adult intimacy disorders, helping attendees to understand sex addiction/compulsivity as an intimacy disorder, and not simply a sex issue. Common treatment plans will be reviewed along with basic goals of early treatment. Resources for client and future clinician education will be provided.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 1:00pm – 4:00pm – Prodependence: A new, attachment-focused treatment model for loved ones of addicts

Abstract: Prodependence is the first attachment-based model for the treatment of addict’s partners and loved ones. The model moves beyond the trauma and deficit-based theories of codependency and co-addiction, allowing us to view this population with strength-based eyes and fresh ideas. Prodependence is more invitational, less pathological, and more personally affirming to those who are intimately involved with addicts, as Prodependence neither assumes or assigns any pathology or label to people simply because they are loving a troubled person to the best of their ability. The past 35 years have brought endless new, useful, and cutting edge treatments to the addiction space (Smart Recovery, EMDR, trauma work, somatic, equine therapies, and more) — all to foster better outcomes for our addicted clients. But when it comes to the treatment of an addict’s partner and loved ones, we have seen little new thought since the concept of codependency was first fleshed out over three decades ago. Now is the time for more compassionate and practical, clinically sound, tested treatment models be brought to life.

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COURSE OBJECTIVES: 8:30am – 12:00pm

  1. Attending professionals will learn the major psychological issues presented by men and women seeking help for repetitive patterns of relationship infidelity and sexual/romantic acting out.
  2. Attending professionals will be able to identify the three major signs of compulsive and addictive sexual behaviour in non-offending adults.
  3. Participants will gain knowledge of basic referral resources and information including: Self-help groups, review of the 12 step programs, online resources and useful articles and books.
  4. Attendees will gain insight into 3 or more “cultures” living online
  5. Attendees will learn 3 different arenas in which clients can become digitally-addicted

COURSE OBJECTIVES: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

  1. Introduce a new model of treatment (educate participants) for partners and families of addicts.
  2. Attendees will be able to compare and contrast codependence and prodependence to understand the differences between the models.
  3. Attendees will develop new skills to intervene on loved ones of addicts
  4. Attendees will learn how to differentiate a trauma treatment model from an attachment model.
  5. Attendees will learn new language for assessment and evaluation of this population.
Robert Weiss, Ph.D., LCSW, CSAT

Robert Weiss Ph.D., LCSW, CSAT is a digital-age intimacy and relationships expert specializing in infidelity and addictions—most notably sex, porn, and love addiction.   Author; Sex Addiction 101, Out of The Doghouse: A Step-by-Step Relationship-Saving Guide for Men Caught Cheating and…

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Day 2 – May 28, 2020


Workshop #4: Harm Reduction, The Disease Theory, and Trauma
Presented by Stanton Peele, Ph.D., author of The Truth About Addiction and Recovery

8:30am - 4:00pm   May 28, 2020

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Harm Reduction — which recognizes and builds on the fluidity of humans and their ability to change — is the opposite of the disease theory. And while significant cracks have begun to appear in the disease theory’s dominance in North America, remarkably, harm reduction thinking often accepts fundamental disease theory conceptions — primarily that addiction occurs simply as a result of exposure to opioids, is NOT impacted by social setting, and is irreversible. Dr. Peele deploys data, common sense, and the audience’s personal experience to show how wrong-headed — and dangerous — this disease theory residue is, while he presents an alternative way of thinking and treatment. Trauma theory is discussed in this regard.

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COURSE OBJECTIVES:

  1. To become aware of how the basic disease theory of addiction — exposure = addiction — is imbedded in cultural thinking.
  2. To understand how this thinking underlies our modern addiction and drug death epidemic.
  3. To understand how Harm Reduction often reflects — counterproductively — these cultural disease assumptions.
  4. To be familiar with epidemiological data, personal experience, and effective therapeutic tools to counteract this destructive cultural and clinical drift.
  5. To review the modern emphasis on trauma in Harm Reduction and treatment in terms of the foregoing.
Stanton Peele, Ph.D

Dr. Stanton Peele has written 14 books between his 1975 ​Love and Addiction ​ (written with Archie Brodsky) and his 2019 ​Outgrowing Addiction ​ (with Zach Rhoads) and hundreds of articles and blogposts. He has pioneered developments in non-drug (process)…

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Workshop #5: The Cannabis Primer: What Mental Health Professionals Need to Know
Presented by Zachary Walsh, Ph.D.

8:30am - 4:00pm   May 28, 2020

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 

Cannabis is already part of the lives of many Canadians, and all health professionals who work with individuals who use cannabis or are cannabis-curious.

Spend a day learning: What is THC? CBD ? Sativa? Indica? The many combinations? What’s recreational? What’s medical? Methods of delivery? When is it a problem? What’s for sale at the dispensary, the clinic or on the street? What are the questions to ask clients? What are the risks and benefits for anxiety, depression, trauma & psychosis?… and a lot more.

Understanding the new cannabis landscape will help you to successfully engage with clients; to know how to question and explore cannabis use. This workshop will help you into leading edge research and lots of information you never learned in school.

Zach Walsh is a Canadian psychologist and a leader in the field of cannabis and mental health.

Drawing from his own research, clinical experience and the latest empirical literature, he will discuss all you need to know about cannabis use in relation to mental health, cognition and well-being. You will learn about the risks and benefits for common mental health disorders, how cannabis use affects brain functioning as well as how to assess when cannabis use is a potential problem and more.

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COURSE OBJECTIVES:

  • Cannabis pharmacology – what do we know about THC, CBD and other active ingredients
  • The risks and benefits for anxiety, depression, trauma and psychosis
  • Cannabis and cognitive functioning from adolescence to old age
  • Cannabis, addiction and public health
  • How to assess when cannabis use is a problem
  • Guidelines for positive cannabis use

COURSE OUTLINE:

9:00am – 10:30am: Cannabis science 101 – cannabis history, constituents, and products. Introduction to the endocannabinoid system

10:45am – 12:00pm: Medical cannabis in Canada –  the hows and whys of the medical program in Canada, overview of patients experiences, cannabis for pain

1:00pm – 2:30pm: Cannabis and mental health  – PTSD, anxiety, depression, addiction, psychosis and problematic use

2:45pm – 3:45pm: Cannabis research – PTSD case study, whats ongoing & whats next

3:45pm – 4:00pm: Mindful cannabis use & wrap up questions

Zachary Walsh, Ph.D.

Zachary Walsh, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the UBC Department of Psychology and Director of the Therapeutic, Recreational and Problematic Substance Use lab at UBC. Having completed a clinical internship and a research fellowship at the Brown University Centre…

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More information: blogs.ubc.ca/walshlab/



Workshop #6: Childhood Trauma, Addiction and PTSD: Treatment Strategies and Interventions
Presented by Jennifer Sweeton, Psy.D., M.S., M.A.

8:30am - 4:00pm   May 28, 2020

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Over the past couple of decades there has been an exciting merging of psychotherapy and neuroscience research that is revolutionizing clinical practice. Cognitive, affective, and social neuroscience research provides profound insight into the brain changes humans are capable of producing, as well as how childhood trauma (such as ACEs), and trauma more broadly, may negatively impact the brain. We are beginning to learn, through neuroscience research, how the brain can change with the practice of psychotherapeutic techniques that target and improve the functioning of specific brain structures. This seminar, led by clinical expert Dr. Jennifer Sweeton, shares the most up-to-date research discoveries on the neuroscience of childhood trauma, addiction, and PTSD, and teaches highly effective psychotherapy techniques clinicians can begin using tomorrow to help clients recover.

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COURSE OBJECTIVES: 

  • Identify six key brain structures involved in addiction and PTSD.
  • Name two ways childhood trauma changes the brain.
  • Describe how developmental trauma brain change differs from brain change observed in adulthood trauma.
  • State two ways therapy can change the brain for better mental health.
  • Learn and practice at least three brain-changing techniques that reduce trauma and addiction symptoms.

COURSE OUTLINE: 

9am: Start

9-10:30am: ACES, and the neuroscience of trauma and developmental trauma

10:30-10:45am: Break

10:45-12pm: Neuroscience of addiction; Neuroplasticity and how therapy can change the brain

12-1: Lunch

1-2:30pm: Bottom-up techniques for trauma and addiction recovery

2:30-2:45pm: Break

2:45-4pm: Top-down techniques for trauma and addiction recovery

4pm: End

Jennifer Sweeton, Psy.D., M.S., M.A.

Jennifer Sweeton, Psy.D., M.S., M.A. is a licensed clinical psychologist, best-selling author, and internationally-recognized expert on anxiety and trauma, women’s issues, and the neuroscience of mental health. She is the author of the book, Trauma Treatment Toolbox, published by PESI…

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Day 3 – May 29, 2020


Workshop #7: Working with Compulsive and Self-Endangering Behaviours in Trauma Survivors
Presented by John Briere, Ph.D.

8:30am - 4:00pm   May 29, 2020

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Survivors of trauma and early attachment disturbance are at elevated risk of a variety compulsive and self-endangering behaviours, ranging from suicidality and self-injury to substance abuse, indiscriminate sexual activities, and binge eating. Many of these difficulties are seen as symptoms of a personality disorder, behavioural addiction, or impulse control disorder. However, emerging research indicates that they are more accurately understood as coping/homeostatic responses to triggered childhood memories and inadequate emotional regulation capacities.

Calling on his upcoming book Triggered: An Integrated Approach to Trauma, Attachment Disturbance, and Risky Behaviour (Guilford), John Briere presents an innovative, integrated approach to self-endangering behaviour, the compensatory avoidance model. Drawing on new research on memory reconsolidation, implicit processing, and revisions to habituation theory, this treatment system directly targets the memory/dysregulation dynamic, with interventions such as emotional regulation training; mindfulness, metacognitive awareness, and emotion surfing procedures; sequential memory processing; in vivo treatment of implicit memory activations; and harm reduction.

A new treatment component, trigger management, increases client autonomy, resilience, and problem-solving. Approaches to three risky behaviours will be presented in detail: self-injury, risky sexual behaviour, and bingeing and purging. Attendees will be provided with newly developed worksheets and assessment instruments that organize and inform the treatment process.

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COURSE OBJECTIVES:

  • Describe the Compensatory Avoidance Model (CAM)
  • List four different distress reduction behaviours
  • Outline the central components of trigger management
  • Discuss the limitations of prolonged exposure and habituation
  • Describe two ways in which implicit processing occurs in CAM-based therapy
John Briere, Ph.D.

John Briere, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, and Director of the USC Adolescent Trauma Training Center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.  A past president of…

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Workshop #8: Trauma and the Struggle to Open Up: Relational Strategies to Treat Challenging Trauma Clients
Presented by Robert T. Muller, Ph.D., C. Psych., author of Trauma and the Avoidant Client & Trauma and the Struggle to Open Up

8:30am - 4:00pm   May 29, 2020

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 

This practical workshop, led by Dr. Robert T. Muller, a leading expert on trauma therapy and globally-acclaimed author of the psychotherapy bestseller: Trauma & the Avoidant Client–is aimed at building your understanding of the psychotherapeutic relationship with challenging clients, particularly trauma clients. All clients present with some degree of traumatic affect, making this workshop suitable for all practitioners.

While many of us try to maintain a good therapeutic relationship, this can be difficult. Trauma clients struggle to trust the therapist; many minimize their own traumatic experiences, or become help-rejecting. Others rush into the work, seeking a “quick fix,” despite a long history of interpersonal trauma.

Through the lens of attachment theory, using a relational, integrative approach, Dr. Muller follows the ups and downs of the therapy relationship with trauma survivors. How do we tell when we’ve unknowingly compromised safety in the relationship? What happens to the relationship when clients or therapists rush into the process, and how can this be addressed? And how can subtle conflicts in the relationship become useful in treatment? Dr. Muller points to the different choices therapists make in navigating the relationship. In trauma therapy, those choices have a strong impact on outcome.

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Recovering from trauma is a complicated process. When people reveal too much, too soon, they may feel worse. The pacing of therapy is critical. Here too, the key is in the therapist-client relationship. Dr. Muller walks you through the relational approaches that help pace the process of opening up – so that people find the experience helpful, not harmful.

Throughout the workshop, theory is complemented by case examples, practical exercises, and segments from Dr. Muller’s own treatment sessions. This workshop focuses on clinical skills that are directly applicable in your work as therapists. You will learn specific skills to ensure ethical practice with all clients.

 

COURSE OUTINE:

  1. Opening up about the trauma: A relational process
    • When the expectation is to stay silent about the past: You mustn’t tell anyone!
      • Guarding the family secret
      • When loyalty prevails
      • How clients protect themselves from their own history
    • How trauma stories “leak out” with the therapist
      • Trauma fragments appear unannounced
      • Clients only want to stay silent for so long
    • Client avoidance of the past, painful feelings, and relationships
      • It’s hard to show vulnerability, even with the therapist
    • Mutual avoidance: When client and therapist avoid: This trauma is too scary to handle!
  2. How to pace the process of opening up (considering many clients have limited access to funds): The dangers of rushing into trauma work yet providing encouragement to open up once the therapeutic relationship is prepared
    • When the client rushes in:
      • Strategies to provide containment
      • When the client rushes to forgive the perpetrator
    • When the therapist rushes into trauma work, and unknowingly undermines the process
      • Wanting to rescue the client brings the “quick fix”
      • Therapists export the “quick fix”
  1. Strategies to bring a sense of safety to the therapeutic relationship
    • Taking the client’s suffering seriously: Sounds easy! It isn’t.
    • Naming client traumatic experiences
      • When the client disagrees: “I’m no victim!”
    • Validating client traumatic experiences
      • When the client doesn’t accept validation so readily
      • Naming and validating client traumatic experiences: A therapeutic process
    • Honesty in the therapeutic relationship: Easier said than done
    • Negotiating change from the start helps bring containment and hopefulness
      • The NAT: Helping the client articulate and imagine themselves as different
  1. Helping clients mourn traumatic losses: A relational process
    • Bringing emotion into the work
    • How mourning brings post-traumatic growth
      • Facing a lost childhood
      • A changed worldview
      • A changed view of self
  1. Navigating and using conflict in the therapeutic relationship
    • The relationship can easily go off the rails: When enactments bring ruptures
      • Ruptures always blindside the therapist
      • Ruptures are a big deal in trauma therapy
    • How to repair a ruptured alliance
      • How the therapist should look inside
      • Relational first response: Validating the client’s experience
      • Providing containment around the conflict
      • Helping the client mentalize: Unpacking the conflict
  1. Beyond the trauma: Reclaiming identity
    • When trauma dominates identity
    • Helping clients reclaim intentionality, dignity, personal values

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

  1. Navigate and use conflicts in the relationship
  2. Bring safety to the therapeutic relationship early on
  3. Help clients pace the process of opening up
  4. Recognize their own (therapist) feelings in the treatment (eg, the wish to rush into trauma work, or the wish to avoid it)
  5. Help clients mourn traumatic losses to bring post-traumatic growth
Robert T. Muller Ph.D., C. Psych.

Robert T. Muller, Ph.D., C.Psych. is on faculty as a Full Professor of Clinical Psychology at York University, is a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation (ISSTD); and both of his books have won…

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Workshop #9: Understanding and Addressing Vicarious Traumatization
Presented by Mary Jo Harwood, MSW, LSW, DNCCM

8:30am - 4:00pm   May 29, 2020

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 

The work of Mental Health Professionals and Therapists, can often make the world look and feel different. It is not uncommon that the pain witnessed becomes internalized and alters one’s own psychological and physical wellbeing. It is not uncommon that intense and powerful images, sounds, smells and tactile experiences become intrusive in everyday life.  The impact on individuals as well as organizations can be barriers for successful delivery of services. Recognizing this and being good stewards of one’s trauma exposure response, as well as mitigating the collective impact on organizations, provides opportunities for enhanced services and sustainable staffing. Vicarious trauma awareness opens doors to resilience. Vicarious trauma awareness provides another tool to assist and heal those we attempt to support and serve.

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As a result of completing this course in vicarious trauma, Mental Health Professionals and Therapists will:

Recognize

  • Symptoms of stress, anxiety and trauma and how these symptoms can influence wellbeing, effectiveness and behavior
  • How empathy and mirroring contribute to vicarious trauma
  • The impact of trauma on organizations and groups collectively.

Learn:

  • The neurobiology behind vicarious trauma
  • Tools and strategies to regulate and reduce stress, anxiety and trauma reactions
  • To develop and enhance qualities of resilience and post-traumatic growth
  • Strategies for addressing parallel process within organizations.

Practice

  • Techniques for managing vicarious trauma reactions
  • Skills To foster constructive and supportive responses to colleague’s vicarious trauma reactions.

 

COURSE OUTLINE:

  1. Introduction and Self-assessment
  2. Neurobiology of Vicarious Trauma and symptoms
  3. Skills for managing Vicarious Trauma
  4. Resilience and Post traumatic Growth
  5. Recognizing Trauma and Re-enactment
  6. Parallel Process
  7. Discuss and practice ways to address Vicarious Trauma with colleagues and within an organization
  8. Develop personal self-care plans
  9. Questions and wrap up
Mary Jo Harwood, MSW, LSW, DNCCM

Mary Jo Harwood, LSW, MSW, DNCCM is a licensed social worker in Pennsylvania. A significant part of her 31 years as a social worker has been spent working with traumatized individuals and groups in the capacity of a therapist, EMDR…

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Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual 1 Day Enrollment $249 $269
Individual 2 Day Enrollment $449 $469
Individual 3 Day Enrollment $639 $659
Group 3-7 $619 $639
Group 8-14 $599 $619
Group 15+ $579 $599
Full-Time Student $579 $599

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

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

Early bird cutoff date: May 13, 2020
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Wednesday, May 13, 2020.


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

DoubleTree by Hilton West Edmonton

16615 109th Ave NW, Edmonton, AB

phone:  780.484.0821

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Our rates:

To make a reservation over the phone, please call 780.484.0821 or 1.800.661.9804

May 26 – 29, 2020
2 Queen Beds $155.00 plus tax per night
1 King Suite – $175.00 plus tax per night
1 King Hospitality Room – $325.00 plus tax per night

Rates are based on single or double occupancy. A $15.00 charge will apply for each extra adult. Maximum occupancy is 4 persons per room.

To Book Online: 

May 26 – 29, 2020 visit http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/Y/YEGNMDT-HTT-20200526/index.jhtml

*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 not 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

This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
  • Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)
  • Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (CCPCP)
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
  • Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
  • Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC)
  • Medical Psychotherapy Association Canada (MDPAC)
  • Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
  • Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA)

† The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved CEUs.

* Participants will receive a certificate of completion after every workshop. Workshops are pre-approved for 5.5 or 6 credits per day unless otherwise specified.


This workshop may be may be eligible for CEUs from the following associations:  Show more
  • Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW)
  • Canadian Centre for Accreditation (CCA)
  • Canadian College of Professional Counsellor & Psychotherapists (CCPCP)
  • College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
  • Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (OAMFT)
  • Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care (OACYC)
  • Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
  • Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW)
  • Ontario Society of Psychotherapists (OSP)

* Please contact your accrediting body for more information on individual association requirements.


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