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Online Certificate Program in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

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January 11, 2016 – December 16, 2016

Program Pre-Approved by the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association for 160 Credit Hours (Event Code 33919) and Promoted by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy

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Online CBT Certificate Program

Free Workshop! Gaining Ground: Women and Harm Reduction

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Gaining Ground December 2015

Gaining Ground: Women and Harm Reduction” is an extremely popular workshop, designed and lead by community partners with the support of Toronto Public Health. Experienced speakers address a variety of topics related to women’s needs in harm reduction. Topics may include:

  • how women’s substance use patterns are unique;
  • understanding the history of colonialism as a first step in connecting with First Nation women;
  • bringing harm reduction to imprisoned women;
  • understanding women, trauma and substance use;
  • advocating for women who use substances and are struggling with child apprehension services;
  • harm reduction practice relevant within violence against women shelters;
  • what harm reduction means for sex workers;
  • ensuring the voice of lived experience has power in your agency.

What participants will take away from the workshop:

  • An overview of the key issues that affect women who use substances and ways to deliver services that meet their needs.
  • Practical tips, tools and strategies for working with women from a harm reduction perspective.
  • An opportunity to reflect on your practice and to connect to service providers across sectors.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • There is no lunch served, but there is a cafe on the main floor of the building.
  • Out of respect to those who have allergies, please do not wear scented gels, sprays, or lotions.
  • We are honoured to open each session at 9:30 am with a traditional Anishnawbe First Nation smudge lead by an Elder: cedar or sage may be burned.  It is optional to attend this part of the workshop.
  • Please bring a USB Key if you would like copies of the power points from the presentations.

 

Conference: Moving Forward Together

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A Conference about Harmonizing Indigenous Wellness

in Medicine and Health Practices

November 27th-28th

Six Nations Community Hall

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Conference – Harmonizing Indigenous Wellness in Medicine and Health Practices

Integrating Mindfulness & Meditation into Clinical Practice

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Mission EmpowermentBill Gayner, MSW, RSW

November 26-27, 2015, Stratford, ON

Regular Registration Fee: $339 + HST

Fee includes lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments.

Workshop Description

This interactive and experiential 2-day workshop will focus on fundamental skills involved in teaching and integrating mindfulness meditation in clinical practice (counselling, psychotherapy and other therapeutic and helping settings). The workshop will highlight an approach called Recollective Awareness Meditation, an open, gentle, psychologically-oriented meditation that builds on the practices found in other mindfulness programs such as MBSR/MBCT and is accessible to long-time meditators and beginners alike:

  • for experienced mindfulness practitioners, it will deepen, refresh and clarify your meditation and clinical practices
  • for those new to mindfulness, it will serve as a useful introduction on how to develop your own mindfulness practice for enhancing  self-care and therapeutic presence with clients, as well as orienting you in how to teach mindfulness to clients once you have had some more experience with it yourself
  • for those in between (who have been practicing mindfulness and have some understanding of it as a clinical intervention), this workshop will enable you to start using mindfulness with your clients, integrating it into the clinical approaches that you are already using.

Topics Covered:

  1. Six key meditative processes and the differences between them
  2. How to use mindfulness to deepen therapeutic presence and attunement with clients
  3. How to use mindfulness to deal with difficult clinical situations
  4. How to assess, introduce, and coach clients in mindfulness and meditation
  5.  How to cultivate compassion and self-compassion in treatment
  6. Key challenges that come up when teaching mindfulness and meditation, and strategies for navigating these challenges
  7. The recommended guidelines for your own mindfulness practice in order to effectively teach mindfulness to others
  8. Resources for further learning and practice

Who Should Attend? Any helping professional who provides some form of counselling and would like to gain mindfulness tools and strategies to use with clients.  This includes social workers, counsellors, psychiatrists, family physicians, nurses, occupational therapists, chaplains, and other social service and health care professionals.

About the Presenter Bill Gayner, MSW, RSW, is a registered Social Worker, an Adjunct Lecturer with the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, and a faculty member of the Mount Sinai Psychotherapy Institute.  He works in the Clinic for HIV-Related Concerns at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, where he integrates mindfulness into individual psychotherapy and leads mindfulness programs for clients and hospital staff.  Bill co-led a randomized-controlled trial of mindfulness-based stress reduction for gay men living with HIV.  His interests include mindfulness, community mental health and integrative psychotherapy.

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Webinar: Trauma and the Body: An Introduction to Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

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Hosted by:

Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

Cost: $25

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP) is a body-based treatment model developed by Pat Ogden.  This presentation: provides an overview of the basic principles of SP, identifies differences between SP and traditional talk therapies, describes the role of mindfulness in SP, and introduces the Window of Tolerance and its role in trauma treatment.

About the Presenter

Kimberley Shilson has been providing assessment and treatment services for 25 years. She is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and certified by the CCPA. Kim’s practice focuses on trauma work with adolescents and adults, and she provides psychological consultation to children’s agencies and individual practitioners.

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Working With Emotions in Psychotherapy: A Trans-Theoretical Approach

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Thursday, Nov. 26th 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 27th 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Facilitated by:  

Dr. Leslie Greenberg, Dr. Shari Geller and Dr. Shelley McMain

Fee: $550 + HST Early Registration $495 plus HST, if registered by Oct.30th, 2015

Student Rate: $400 plus HST

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Live 3-hour (3 CE) Webinar: Structured Assessment of Violence Risk in Youth (SAVRY)

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Live 3-hour (3 CE) Webinar

Dr. Laura Guy | SAVRY

$199 

Wednesday | October 28th, 2015 | 2 Sessions

Session 1: 9:00a – Noon (Pacific) / Noon – 3:00p (Eastern)
Session 2: 2:00p – 5:00p (Pacific) / 5:00p – 8:00p (Eastern)
Please join us for a 3-hour Live Webinar by Dr. Laura Guy on the Structured Assessment of Violence Risk in Youth (SAVRY). We limit the space in each session to provide you with the opportunity to interact with Dr. Guy and ask questions about the administration and implementation of the SAVRY for assessing and managing risk for violence in youth.
During the Webinar, Dr. Guy will review major developmental concepts relevant to violence risk assessment and management with youth, teach participants how to rate the risk and protective factors on the SAVRY, and discuss how the measure can be used in practice.

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