Events

Events

EDT oriented presentations, seminars, and trainings offered in Canada. Events are independently offered unless noted as being sponsored by, or affiliated with, the Canadian Experiential Dynamic Society & Institute.  

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Completed: AEDP - An Overview from the Ground Up with Richard Harrison, Ph.D.

This 1-day workshop is designed for clinicians who are new to AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy), as well as people who have trained in the model and want to refresh and enhance their skills and understanding. Richard will distill and clarify key concepts and interventions at the heart of this intuitively appealing yet complex and powerful way of working. Together we will explore and discover how dyadic regulation of affect, experiential/somatic work, and processing core adaptive emotions to completion (all within the safety of the therapy relationship) unleash a transformational spiral of accelerated healing and quantum change.  This deep process enhances our clients’ sense of connection with self and others, heals attachment wounds, and empowers people to live more freely and fully.  This event is being organized and hosted by the Vancouver Couple & Family Institute. (https://www.vcfi.ca/events.php).

Date: November 2nd 2018, from 9am to 5pm

898 West Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Z 1J8

To register click here or contact the Vancouver Couple & Family Institute by phone at 604-677-3286 or email at info@vcfi.ca.


Completed: ‘Assessment and Treatment of Mind-Body Conditions’ with Dr. Angela Cooper

Patients with Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS), persistent physical symptoms or mind/body symptoms, often present with physical difficulties for which investigations fail to find a medical cause.  This can include symptoms such as; headache, fatigue, chronic pain, chest pain and gastrointestinal disturbance.  The blockage of psychological and emotional processes is thought to result in altered autonomic, endocrine, and immune system activity related to the development of these physical conditions and accounts for a large proportion of medical visits.  Research now shows us the intimate connection between how the brain processes strong emotions and the effect on the body’s nervous system.  When emotions automatically trigger the fight/flight/freeze response in the body, persistent physical and emotional complications can result. Patients with these difficulties often have co-occurring anxiety, depression and/or trauma and they are more likely to engage in destructive health-related behaviors. This combination of difficulties can lead to enormous health care costs, unsatisfactory medical treatment, long wait lists and patient/practitioner frustration.  ISTDP is a brief therapy model that has demonstrated evidence in helping patients with these type of conditions.

On the first day, Dr Cooper will provide an overview of her 3 year ISTDP research project; specifically outlining the underlying theory, assessment, treatment and evaluation process across 2 Family Medicine Centres in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  As part of this session, you will become familiar with a number of concepts through the use of video-taped clinical examples.  The second day will demonstrate different treatment approaches to different patient capacities. In addition, attendees will learn how to maximize their therapeutic effectiveness.  Contemporary research is revealing that instead of just focusing on ‘what’ therapy model we use, we need to be as attentive to ‘who’ uses the model. Therefore, we will focus on the person of the therapist to help you develop a deeper awareness of your own emotional blocks in order to maximise your effectiveness with patients/clients.

Date: November 30th & December 1st 2018, 9am-5pm.

Argyle Institute -  4150 Rue Sainte-Catherine #328, Westmount, QC H3Z 2Y5

The cost will be $375 for both days if the participants are Argyle clinical members and for non-Argyle clinical members, the cost for both days will be $450. The workshop is OPQ approved for both days - a total of 14 hours of accreditation. 

To register please contact the Argyle Institute by e-mail at admin@argyleinstitute.org or link to the website directly at: https://argyleinstitute.org/event/mind-body-conditions/


Completed: Blinded By The Light - A primer on AEDP work with Complex Trauma and Dissociation with Jerry Lamagna, LCSW

In this workshop, Jerry Lamagna LCSW provides a primer on treating complex trauma, suggesting important modifications to AEDP that focuses the therapeutic work on stabilization, titrated relational contact, the establishment of internal and
external safety/communication/collaboration and self building in preparation for later work with trauma processing and integration.

Date: October 20th 2018, 9am-5pm.

Oakham House, Ryerson 63 Gould Street, Toronto

Pre-registration required. To register: make a cheque out for $175, payable to Simone Levey, and
mail to 151 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON, M5S 1H1 or send an Interac e-transfer to simonelevey@gmail.com

Early bird fee: $150 by August 30. Cancellation Policy: $50 non-refundable fee after September 20. This training may be cancelled if insufficient registrations are received by August 30th; you will be notified and your money refunded in that event. There will be a small Master Class offered by Jerry on Sunday October 21 for those with some training in AEDP.
Please inform Simone Levey at the email address above if you are interested in attending.


Completed: Inaugural Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy Symposium - "Overcoming Treatment Obstacles: High Anxiety and Barriers to Emotional Intimacy in Psychotherapy"

The Canadian Experiential Dynamic Therapy Society & Institute is excited to announce and host the inaugural Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy Symposium, a 2-day seminar aimed at helping therapists develop greater skills in identifying and addressing both high anxiety and barriers to intimacy in the therapeutic relationship.


Therapy often begins with the presumption that clients arrive with sufficient openness and emotional capacity to face painful feelings and progress toward achieving their therapeutic goals. Research shows, however, that therapy is only helpful for about half of clients, with approximately 15 percent of clients actually getting worse as a result of treatment. High, unregulated anxiety and barriers to emotional intimacy are treatment obstacles that interfere with clients’ ability to make successful use of treatment. This frequently results in unrealized therapeutic goals and premature dropouts. In order to help clients more consistently achieve their goals and build healthier ways of relating, therapists benefit immeasurably when we are able to recognize and address these obstacles.  By learning to collaboratively identify barriers to emotional closeness in the treatment relationship, and to rapidly recognize and regulate debilitating symptoms of anxiety, therapists will be able to reliably build deeper therapeutic alliances from which greater growth and intimacy can emerge. Participants of this symposium will gain an understanding of the nature and function of barriers to emotional intimacy in the therapeutic relationship, learn methods to clearly identify and restructure blocks to client self-awareness around treatment defeating behaviors, and learn how to effectively identify and regulate anxiety that is above a healthy threshold.  

Steven S. Shapiro, Ph.D. - “Transforming Resistance:  Working with the Challenges of High Defence and High Anxiety” - October 12, 2018, 9-5pm

Steven S. Shapiro is a clinical psychologist in Philadelphia with over 25 years teaching and clinical experience who specializes in Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy/STDP and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy/AEDP . He is a senior faculty and a founding member of the AEDP Institute in New York City, and he was the Director of Psychology and Education at Montgomery County Emergency Services Psychiatric Services. 

Deborah Pollack, Ph.D. - “To lead and follow: Using experiential dynamic therapy techniques to meet clients where they are, guide them through impasses, and help them achieve their goals.”   - October 13, 2018, 9-12:30pm

Deborah Pollack is clinical psychologist trained in Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy/STDP since 2009 and is certified practitioner of Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy/AEDP. She currently holds  clinical faculty positions at Syracuse University and SUNY Upstate Medical University, and she has a private practice in Syracuse, New York.  

Lindsay Chipman, MA - “Facilitating Grief: Grieving as Essential in the Restructuring of Anxiety and Resistance” - October 13, 2018, 1:30-5pm

Lindsay Chipman is a licensed psychotherapist and a certified practitioner of Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy/ISTDP and is furthering her specialization in ISTDP Advanced Training and Teacher/Supervisory Training in Washington, DC. She currently has a full time private practice in Montreal, QC and she teaches Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy/EDT privately. 

Mark C. Vail, Psy D. - “Four Movements in the Key of Grief”

Mark C. Vail is a psychoanalytically-trained clinical psychologist specializing in the practice, teaching, and supervision of Experiential Dynamic Therapy (EDT). He is committed to making the theory and technique of Experiential Dynamic Therapy increasingly accessible to therapists of all theoretical orientations via the development of novel, experiential learning approaches that complement the experiential nature of the therapeutic approach itself.  


Dates:  Friday October 12th and Saturday October 13th, 2018.

Location: Bibliothèque et centre d’informatique Atwater, Auditorium, 1200 Atwater Avenue, Westmount, QC, H3Z 1X4, https://www.atwaterlibrary.ca/

The symposium is OPQ approved for a total of 14 hours of CE accreditation.

For registration contact:

Lindsay Chipman, lindsaychipman22@gmail.com, 514-237-6643

Registration fee (for two full days): $250.00 + QC sales tax

Sold out. There are currently no spaces available for the CEDSTI Symposium. Please feel free, however, to contact Lindsay Chipman at the number or e-mail listed above should you wish to be placed on the wait list.


Ongoing: ISTDP Core Training with Dr. Joel Town & Dr. Allan Abbass  

A three-year training program in Halifax, NS with trainees meeting three times a year for two consecutive days. These training blocks will involve didactic teaching, practice exercises and supervision of the clinical work of trainees. Teaching will involve the extensive use of video recorded therapy sessions. In addition, trainees will form small supervision groups that will meet via video conference (e.g., Skype) on 10 occasions each year. Remote supervision will be provided by both trainers.

Dates: Starting 2018 with annual training blocks likely taking place in March, June, and September each year (dates to be finalized shortly). The final two-day block will be scheduled alongside the annual Halifax ISTDP Immersion.

Center for Emotions & Health, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Participants must be registered health care professionals and able to video record sessions of their clinical work for supervision purposes. If you are interested in this training opportunity, please contact Dr. Joel Town by e-mail at dr.joel.town@gmail.com for details and to send your CV.


Completed: Assessing and Handling Resistance and Complexity with ISTDP - 15th Halifax Immersion

Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy was developed by Davanloo through decades of video based research to help detect and handle patient complexity and resistance. In Halifax through 20 years of clinical study of over 3000 cases, a systematic approach to detecting and handling resistance has been developed and condensed into the book Reaching through Resistance. A key research study of ISTDP in Treatment Resistant Depression led by Dr Joel Town has derived what appear the strongest outcome effects yet for this complicated patient group. 10 other studies conducted by colleagues around the world support ISTDP in refractory and complex populations.

In this 15th Halifax Immersion, Dr Allan Abbass and colleagues, will review this system in detail starting with the basic metapsychology of the ISTDP model then moving to study a series of complex cases to assist you with your own complex cases.

The 3 day immersion is followed by a second training event: observation of a 2 day video-based case consultation process to review some cases from those attending the course. This will allow further review of the concepts covered in the Immersion.

Dates: September 24th-26th 2018, 8:30am-4:30pm.

Halifax Convention Centre, Argyle Street, Halifax, NS B3J 2C4

For more information on the 15th Halifax Immersion or to register, please click here or e-mail Dr. Allan Abbass at allan.abbass@dal.ca.


Completed: An Introduction to Healing Attachment Trauma & Freeing the Sexual Instinct from Superego Inhibition with Robert J. Neborsky, M.D.

Day 1 - Dr. Neborsky will demonstrate the technique of Attachment Based Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (AB-ISTDP), a form of therapy that relies heavily on the research and method of Dr. Habib Davanloo, whose research on psychiatric outpatients demonstrated how accessing unconscious affects (“unlocking the unconscious”) early in the course of dynamic psychotherapy accelerates and deepens the therapeutic process ensuring a favorable outcome. Dr.
Neborsky will present video-filmed vignettes from psychotherapy sessions of his adaption of Davanloo’s method and demonstrate how the therapist can help clients improve their adult attachments. For those new to IS-TDP this will serve as a very “live” exposure of IS-TDP.

Day 2 - Dr. Neborsky will present an overview of IS-TDP in the context and conceptualization of sexual problems, and technical approaches to the therapy. The afternoon will feature extended video presentation of Dr. Neborsky’s work with 3 patients. All psychotherapists, independent of theoretical orientation and experience level, should find the conceptual material and specific technical skills helpful in their practices.

Dates: February 23rd & 24th 2018, from 9am to 5pm

University Golf Club, 5185 University Blvd, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1X5

To register click here or contact Terry Brennen at 604-789-2079 or by e-mail terrybrennenassociates@gmail.com.


Completed: Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy: The Theory and Technique of Emotion-Focused, Experience-Near Psychodynamic Therapy with Lindsay Chipman, M.A. & Mark C. Vail, Psy.D.

A 45-hour, 3 1/2 hour per week course on the theory and practice of EDT, offered through MediPsy in Westmount, Quebec. 

Dates: February 13th-May 22nd 2018, weekly on Tuesday mornings from 9am-12:30pm.

4610 Ste. Catherine Ouest in Westmount (Montreal), Quebec, H3Z 1S3. 

For questions please contact MediPsy by phone at 514-419-3005, e-mail at info@medipsy.ca, or register directly by clicking here.


Completed: AEDP - An Overview from the Ground Up with Richard Harrison, Ph.D.

This 1-day workshop is designed for clinicians who are new to AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy), as well as people who have trained in the model and want to refresh and enhance their skills and understanding. Richard will distill and clarify key concepts and interventions at the heart of this intuitively appealing yet complex and powerful way of working. Together we will explore and discover how dyadic regulation of affect, experiential/somatic work, and processing core adaptive emotions to completion (all within the safety of the therapy relationship) unleash a transformational spiral of accelerated healing and quantum change.  This deep process enhances our clients’ sense of connection with self and others, heals attachment wounds, and empowers people to live more freely and fully.  This event is being organized and hosted by the Vancouver Couple & Family Institute. (https://www.vcfi.ca/events.php).

Date: February 2nd 2018, from 9am to 5pm

898 West Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Z 1J8

To register click here or contact the Vancouver Couple & Family Institute by phone at 604-677-3286 or email at info@vcfi.ca.

(This workshop may be full. To register, or be placed on the waiting list, please contact the VCFI by phone or e-mail).


Completed: The Role of Emotions in Mind-Body Health and Treating "Medically Unexplained Symptoms" with Dr. Angela Cooper

In this 3-hour workshop, Dr. Cooper will provide an overview of her ongoing ISTDP (Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy) research project; specifically outlining the underlying theory, assessment, treatment and evaluation process across 2 family medicine centres in Halifax, Nova Scotia. As part of this session, you will become familiar with a number of concepts through the use of video-taped clinical examples. This will help build your skills in:

• Recognizing physical symptoms of anxiety in clients, with treatment approaches to regulate the anxiety

• Recognizing behaviors that block the person’s ability to regulate, experience, and express their emotions

• The concept of ‘response to intervention’ and how this guides the treatment process

• Interventions designed to overcome treatment blocks and maximize your clinical effectiveness

Saturday November 11th, 2017 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT Cost: $50

The Greene Avenue Community Centre (Sun Room), 1090 Ave. Greene, Westmount, QC, H3Z 1Z9

For more information on the workshop or to register, please contact Lindsay Chipman at lindsaychipman22@gmail.com or 514-237-6643.


Completed: The Role of Emotions in Mind-Body Health and Treating "Medically Unexplained Symptoms" with Dr. Angela Cooper

As a follow up to her presentation in November 2016 at the National Family Medicine Conference, Dr. Angela Cooper is returning to Vancouver to collaborate with members of the public and the health community as we explore together the role of emotional factors in mind-body health. These sessions will be of particular interest to health care professionals, including psychotherapists, physicians, nurses, and other mind-body practitioners.

Saturday, August 12, 2017 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM PDT

U.B.C. - Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, 2215 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC

For more information on the workshop or to register, please click here or on the event name above.

Additionally, please note there will be a screening of the new documentary "All the Rage" on Friday night, August 11th, 2017 from 7-9:30pm at the Centre for Peace (Canadian Memorial United Church), 1825 W. 16th Avenue, Vancouver, BC.  For more information on how to get tickets to the screening (with a Q&A to follow) please click here.


Completed: 14th Halifax Immersion in ISTDP: Focus on Fragile Character Structure with Dr. Allan Abbass

This 3 day immersion course will focus on: the Metapsychology of Fragile Character Structure, Psychodiagnostic assessment, capacity building formats, the use of the technique of bringing structural changes through bracings and graded format. The process of working through will be reviewed as well. Dr Joel Town, Dr Steve Shapiro and Dr Ryan Wilson will present case examples.

Wed, Sep 27, 2017, 8:30 AM – Fri, Sep 29, 2017, 5:00 PM ADT  

Halifax Convention Center, Argyle St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3P 1N8

For more information on the Immersion or how to register, please click here or on the event name above.

For more information on other trainings and presentations offered by Dr. Allan Abbass please click here.


Completed: Western Canada Institute for ISTDP - ISTDP Core Training 2017 with Jon Frederickson, MSW

Our second Core Training in ISTDP begins this July!  Jon Frederickson returns to Calgary to begin the 3-Year training program for 8 trainees to become practitioners of intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy. Four three day weekends per year plus additional trainings. The training involves powerpoints, readings, extensive skill building exercises, teaching, and group supervision of videotaped therapy session.

Friday July 14th-Sunday July 16/17 9am-5pm 

Mount Royal Station, 2317 14th Street SW, Calgary, AB, T2T 3G7

For more information on core training and how to apply, please click here or on the event name above.


Completed: MediPsy -  Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy: Advanced Summer Course (Spectrum of Fragility - Theory & Technique) with Lindsay Chipman, M.A. & Mark C. Vail, Psy.D.

A 3 day, 21-hour course meeting one full weekend (9am-5pm) and one weekend day thereafter (see dates below). The course will be open to all therapists who have completed the Introductory Course (or by permission of the Instructors) who wish to better understand how to safely and effectively help patients presenting with fragile character structure.

Dates: June 10th & 11th, July 23rd or 24th (3 days total).  Registering now, space is limited.

4610 Ste. Catherine Ouest in Westmount (Montreal), Quebec, H3Z 1S3. 

To access the course outline or register please click here (an expanded description of the course contents is available on the MediPsy page by clicking on the course title).  For questions, or to register by phone, please contact MediPsy at 514-419-3005.