Walking Through Grief – Helping Others Deal with Loss

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Walking Through Grief – Helping Others Deal with Loss

Ottawa: April 6, 2016 (early rate deadline March 16)

Toronto: April 7, 2016 (early rate deadline March 17)

London: April 13, 2016 (early rate deadline March 23)

This workshop is designed to give helpers an increased awareness of the dynamics of grief and to provide tools and strategies to best support someone who is grieving.

Some of the topics covered:

  • Types of Grief and Loss
  • The Myth of “Normal Grief”
  • Understanding the Complexities of Grief and Loss
  • Working with Adults, Children/Youth, Families and Communities
  • Specific Strategies and Approaches to Grief

Unable to attend? Join the live webinar

April 8, from 1 pm – 2 pm (CST)

Early Rate $198; Regular Rate $220

Brief Narrative Therapy Training and Research

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Workshops and Certificate Programs

The Windz Institute is the home of brief narrative therapy training, education, research and community outreach. Our service philosophy is non-pathologizing and client-centred, focusing on what is strong in people, rather than what is wrong in people. We offer advanced training and education based on innovative knowledge and practice-based research.

Emotion-Focused Therapy of Depression & Anxiety

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Emotion-Focused Therapy of Depression & Anxiety

with Les Greenberg, PhD,  Primary Originator and Developer of EFT  


May 5-6, 2016, Kitchener, ON Early Registration Fee: $349 + HST Regular Registration Fee: $379 + HST Group Rates Available Fee includes lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments.

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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy with Patricia Rockman, MD, Physician, Professor, and Director of Education at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies  

April 28-29, 2016, Stratford, ON Early Registration Fee: $349 + HST Regular Registration Fee: $379 + HST Group Rates Available Fee includes lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments. **Please Note: This workshop can be applied to the Certificate in MBCT Facilitation through the  Centre for Mindfulness Studies/University of Toronto, for a transfer fee.  Email us for more info. Workshop Details and Registration Information>

Self-Compassion & Emotional Resilience

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Self-Compassion & Emotional Resilience
with Kristin Neff, PhD

April 8, 2016, Stratford, ON
Early Registration Fee: $199 + HST
Regular Registration Fee: $219 + HST
Group Rates Available
Fee includes lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments.

Workshop Description

For many years self-esteem was seen to be the key to psychological health.  However, research psychologists have identified several downsides to the endless pursuit of self-esteem such as ego-defensiveness, constant social comparisons and instability of self-worth. Research suggests that self-compassion is a healthier way of relating to oneself, offering all the benefits of self-esteem without its downsides.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the three key components of self-compassion
  • Describe key research that supports the benefits of self-compassion
  • Practice techniques to increase self-compassion in everyday life
  • Learn some of the core skills of the 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program developed by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer
  • Use self-compassion to alleviate caregiver burnout
  • Teach basic self-compassion skills to clients

This workshop is intended for professionals who want to learn self-compassion skills that they can integrate into their work life and teach to clients.  It is also appropriate for anyone who wants to develop more self-compassion in their personal life.

About the Presenter

Kristin Neff, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Human Development and Culture at the University of Texas at Austin, and the author of Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity BehindShe is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, conducting the first empirical studies on self-compassion over a decade ago.  Kristin was recently featured in the award-winning documentary called The Horse Boy which chronicles her family’s adventure with autism.
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Narcissism & Infidelity: An Integrative Approach to Couples Therapy

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Two of the world’s most forward thinkers on sexuality and relationships join together to

offer you an exciting day exploring clinical perspectives and interventions for the

really tough situations of couples struggling with desire, affairs and even divorce. Using

case examples and hands on intervention we will demonstrate how to integrate

couple dynamics with “deep work” on the part of each individual.

Friday, April 1 2016

8:30-9am Registration

9-4pm Workshop

St. James Cathedral, Snell Hall

65 Church St., Toronto, Canada

$145 early bird rate through midnight ET

Feb 15th and $165 thereafter

Registration for event:

More Information: Narcissism & Infidelity – April 2016

Continuing ED credits: 5 credits for APA



Somatic Experiencing Professional Training

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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.


  • 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.


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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