Professional Development

Family Constellation

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Tickets are available on Eventbrite

Closer to the event, we will post and email to the registered participants
exact location at the St. Paul University.
On event Facebook page you will find all the latest information
and three interviews with Diana
If you are not on Facebook you can watch
the same videos on YouTube

The Treatment of Trauma and the Internal Family Systems Model.

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A Full day with Founder Richard Schwartz, Ph.D.

Date: September 9th, 2017 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Downtown Toronto YWCA – 87 Elm Street Toronto, Nancy Auditorium

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Developed over the past three decades, the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model is an evidence-based model that offers both a conceptual umbrella under which a variety of practices and different approaches can be grounded and guided, and a set of original techniques for creating safety and fostering Self-to-Self connection in couples and families.

This presentation will provide an introduction to the basics of the IFS model and its use with attachment and trauma. An overview of IFS and its clinical applications will be presented.


The Treatment of Trauma andThe Internal Family Systems Model

Presenter: Richard Schwartz, Ph.D.

The Internal Family Systems (IFS) model is an evidence-based model that offers an empowering and non-pathologizing approach to treating trauma. It helps clients access an undamaged essence from which they heal the parts (subpersonalities) of them that continue to live in shock, pain, and shame.

Many trauma therapies propose that the existence of subpersonalities is a sign of pathology — a consequence of the fragmentation of the psyche by traumatic experiences. In contrast, the IFS model sees all parts as innately valuable components of a healthy mind. Trauma does not create these parts, but instead forces many of them out of their naturally valuable functions and healthy states into protective and extreme roles and makes them lose trust in the leadership of the client’s Self, which in IFS is an inner essence of calm, confidence, clarity, connectedness and creativity.

This essence does not need to be developed or cultivated and is not damaged by trauma. Most people, and particularly trauma clients, have little access to their Self in their daily lives because it is obscured by the protective parts that dominate them. When their parts trust that it is safe to allow their Self to manifest, clients will immediately display those strengths.

The goal then becomes not to eliminate parts but instead to help them relax into the knowledge that they no longer have to be so protective. IFS assists them in realizing that they are no longer under the same level of threat and that there exists a natural inner leader who they can trust. In this way, IFS brings family systems thinking to this internal family, understanding distressed parts in their context, just as family therapists do with problem children, and restoring inner leadership in a way that parallels the creation of secure attachments between parents and children.

Very often, trauma clients hold the belief that they have been so damaged that they will never heal and that their very essence is tarnished. When IFS clients experience that their trauma did not touch their essence and that they don’t have to meditate for years to begin to experience liberation from suffering they feel empowered and released from shame. They also learn that their parts are not what they seem, and that by turning toward parts with compassionate curiosity rather than trying to get rid of them, they transform into valuable qualities.

Educational Objectives
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • identify the basic theory and principles of Internal Family Systems therapy
  • know how to access their clients’ Self- a core of compassion and other leadership qualities
  • deal with client “resistance” more effectively and with less effort
  • know how to utilize the clients’ Self to repair attachment injuries
  • recognize the IFS model as an internal attachment model
  • identify the parallels between external and internal attachment styles
  • identify the effects of trauma on parts and Self
  • utilize the model in treating trauma
  • gain an awareness of their own parts and how those parts impact therapy
  • apply IFS principles to transference and counter-transference

To register please send an email to: and make payment below. As this event is likely to sell out please register early. I will post here when it is sold out.

You are registered once payment is received, cost is $225.

Payment via Paypal includes 3% Paypal fee, or you can e-transfer payment by email to

CECs this course is OACCPP approved for 7 CECs

CEUs – If you are a US participant and would like to apply for CEUs please contact Joanna Lawson:


  • 3 days or more before the workshop date (i.e. up to and including Sept. 5th): Receive a refund, less $40 administration charge.
  • fewer than 3 days before the workshop date receive a 50% refund. There will be no refund for non-attendance.

Directions:   In the block bounded by University Avenue to the west and Bay Street to the east, and Gerrard Street to the north and Dundas Street to the south.
Closest subway:  St. Patrick Station (University-Spadina line)

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Trauma in the Mind’s Eye

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The Canadian Harm Reduction Network
666 Spadina Avenue, Suite 1904, Toronto, ON M5S 2H8

Phone: 416 – 928 – 0279 • Fax: 416 – 966 – 9512


Call for Proposals

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Hi Everyone,

I hope you are all having a great summer!

Please hold the date for the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health upcoming annual conference – Innovation & Opportunities in Campus Mental Health on October 30 – 31st. Call for proposals! If you are interested in presenting at the conference the call for proposals is currently open. For more information on the conference and for submitting a proposal please click on the link below.

If you have any specific questions about the conference and submitting a proposal, please direct questions

Kind regards,

Lavlet Forde, MA. RP.


George Brown College, St. James Campus

416.415.5000 ext. 3770

Racial Battle Fatigue: Shift Your Campus Culture to Better Support Students, Faculty & Staff of Colour

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Wednesday, July 26th • 2-3:30 pm (ET)

Your students, faculty and staff members of color are counting on you to provide them with the support they need to avoid experiencing Racial Battle Fatigue. For many people of color, persistent and degrading racial micoaggressions have taken a physical, psychological and emotional toll. Manifesting as fatigue, generalized anxiety, stress and a myriad of other ills, Racial Battle Fatigue is a very real problem for not only students at predominately white institutions, but for faculty and staff of color, as well.

Join us on July 26, 2017 with experts Dr. Kathy Obear and Dr. Tanya Williams and in just 90 minutes, you’ll learn how to help shift the culture on your campus so you can better support racially marginalized groups and challenge racism on your campus.

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Learning Outcomes

This live event will include the following topics: 

  • The ways that Racial Battle Fatigue impacts people marginalized by racism. Intervene and learn ways to support so your students, faculty and staff don’t continue to experience the physical, psychological and emotional toll that racial micro aggressions can cause.
  • Liberatory strategies that support marginalized students, faculty and staff of color on your campus — shift the institutional culture to lessen the impact of Racial Battle Fatigue in your community. 
  • The ways that white colleagues can ally with People of Color to lessen the impact of racism — recognize unearned privilege, take responsibility for changing societal patterns and better support minority groups on your campus. 
  • Strategies for creating organizational change to create greater racial justice and to minimize Racial Battle Fatigue.