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Professional Training


Consultation services are designed to support individuals and clinical programs develop proficiency in the practice of DBT. This entails helping practitioners and/or clinical programs learn to effectively implement a DBT model. Consultation helps practitioners gain an in-depth understanding of how to implement DBT. Attention will be directed towards an assessment of the barriers to the implementation of DBT and identifying ways to strengthen clinical skills.

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This 10-week foundational course is designed for health care professionals interested in learning to practice Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). A broad- based cognitive-behavioural psychotherapy developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan originally for suicidal patients with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), DBT has been adapted for a range of patient populations including those with eating disorders, addictions, anger problems, treatment-resistant depression and other impulsive behaviours. DBT is an evidenced-based approach shown to be effective in helping people make improvements in the areas of suicidal and self- harm behaviour, health care utilization, treatment retention, substance use, anger, depression, general psychiatric symptoms and interpersonal functioning.

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Therapeutic Presence (TP) is the foundation for effective therapy across different therapeutic approaches. TP involves being completely in the moment on a multiplicity of levels, physically, emotionally, cognitively, and relationally. TP helps therapists to skillfully attune to one’s self while being attuned to others. TP involves being grounded in one’s self, while being open and immersed in what is poignant in the moment with a larger sense of spaciousness. This grounded, immersed and expanded awareness is offered in service of another’s healing; it is viewed as the essential foundation to developing a positive and healthy therapeutic relationship. A therapist’s presence creates a neurobiological experience of safety for the client which allows them to become more present and accepting with themselves and in their relationships. It also facilitates engagement in effective therapeutic work. In this training, participants develop a theoretical and experiential understanding of an empirically-based model of therapeutic presence, as well as exploring how mindfulness practice helps to remove barriers to presence and deepen the state of therapeutic presence. This workshop also can be offered using the Therapeutic Rhythm and Mindfulness (TRM™) program.

Self-Care for the Health Care Professional: Rhythm and Mindfulness as tools for Balance, Health and Well-being

Gather with other psychologists, therapists and health care professionals to focus on self-nourishment and soul-nourishment. As therapists, we are acutely aware of the costs of giving to others as well as the need to take care of ourselves. Yet, we are often too busy with our practice, our lives, families, and other responsibilities to take enough time to nourish or tune-up our greatest tool, ourselves. This is an opportunity to explore the fine balance of service to others with service to self, using tools such as drumming and meditation. This workshop will offer an experiential exploration of drumming, sound and meditation as tools to enhance health, balance and vitality. Drumming has been empirically validated to reduce stress, reduce burnout, increase immune functioning, balance mood states and increase overall health and wellness. Mindfulness meditation has also been found to reduce stress, enhance well-being and increase inner acceptance and presence. This group will be experiential in nature and is geared towards therapists and health-care practitioners. NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE needed in meditation or drumming.

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This exciting launch of the TRM™ facilitator training will take place in two stages.

Stage 1 will focus on generating the foundational practices of TRM™, including personal instruction on meditation, rhythm instruments, and the basis of effective group facilitation, including cultivating therapeutic presence. This stage will also focus on receiving intensive training in effective facilitation and the TRM™ protocol.

Stage 2 is focused on active co-facilitation of a TRM™ group and supervision. Each participant will receive an extensive and detailed manual outlining the principles and protocol of the TRM™ program. To learn about the prerequisites for the TRM™ Facilitator Training program click HERE

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This workshop will offer a hands-on approach to working with emotions with your clients. Emotions provide us with information on our experience and needs and can reveal a direction for how to grow. Working with emotions with clients may include how to activate and regulate, depending on the level of arousal our clients are experiencing. Working with emotions in the therapist is also valuable in allowing us to read what is occurring in the moment as well as how to calm and center and become present when feeling with our clients’ experience. In the therapy relationship, emotions can reveal what is occurring moment to moment; being aware can allow for a continued strengthening in the relationship. Leaders in Emotion Focused Therapy (Leslie Greenberg), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (Shelley McMain) and Therapeutic Presence (Shari Geller) will share their views on working effectively with emotions in the client, therapist, and relationship. Perspectives will be illuminated with clinical examples, video clips and emergent discussion.

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