2019 - 2020
Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
Professional Development in Psychotherapy and Counselling

Solutions-Focused Therapy
Counselling efficiently and effectively in the New Normal

Instructor: Dr. Natasha Sharma

Date:  Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Dr. Natasha Sharma is a leading authority on the psychology of relationships, parenting, and happiness. Creator of The Kindness Journal, founder of NKS Therapy, and co-founder of The 8-Hour Therapist, Dr. Natasha is also a Covid-19 media correspondent on managing emotional/mental fitness extensively during the Pandemic. Her TEDx Talk “Why What We Feel Matters More Than What We Think” has over a Quarter Million views on Youtube.

Workshop Summary:

Long before the current situation, the world already had a mental health crisis on its hands. Now, long periods of physical isolation, the loss of loved ones, the loss of jobs, financial insecurity, and the daily stress of our new "normal" are accelerating feelings of distress, fear, and anxiety. For those with the good fortune and access to even see a private counsellor, frequency and duration will more limited than ever. This webinar will teach listeners how to tailor and implement SFT during and in a post-pandemic world. Using her signature here-and-now, problem/solution, and self-empowering approach, Dr. Natasha will teach attendees:

  • How to effect positive change in clients in a single session
  • The top questions to ask clients to swiftly discover their deepest needs and desires (and therefore strongest motivators)
  • How to help clients discover their strongest values – the building blocks of designing their ideal/dream life
  • Key factors therapists will need to learn and integrate in counselling in a post-pandemic world.

Internal Family Systems Therapy - A New Paradigm?   

Instructor: Derek Scott, registered social worker, certified Internal Family Systems therapist

Date: Saturday, July 18, 2020

Location:  West Neighbourhood House, 248 Ossington Avenue, Toronto, ON, M6J 3A2

Derek Scott is a registered social worker and certified IFS (Internal Family Systems) therapist with an international online practice based near Toronto, Canada. He is the founder of IFSCA– an organization dedicated to bringing awareness of the IFS model to counsellors and therapists in Canada and beyond. Through IFSCA he offers courses teaching the IFS model online and in person at his retreat centre, Namaskar. He has taken the highest level of IFS training (level three) 3 times. Derek has worked in the field of counselling/therapy for over 35 years, including 15 years working exclusively as an IFS therapist and 18 years as an AIDS counsellor specializing in multiple loss. Read more about Derek Scott, and the IFS model here:   https://ifsca.ca/

Workshop Summary:

Internal Family Systems is an evidence-based therapy and an emerging model of psychotherapy that seeks to understand and incorporate the different complex and multi-faceted personality parts into therapeutic work.

This 8-hour training is led by Derek Scott RSW, Certified IFS therapist who has been working with and teaching Internal Family systems for over 15 years.

Through a variety of teaching methods, participants will develop an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of the model and what differentiates it from other models. Participants will also develop further understanding of the challenge of the multiplicity paradigm, the personality as a system, the specific roles parts play as well as how healing occurs within the Internal Family System framework including the role of Self, and the importance of facilitating the Self-to-part connection.

Prior to the day participants will be sent a link to an exclusive video featuring IFS founder Dick Schwartz facilitating an “unburdening” during a therapy session. The day itself will start with a psychodramatic illustration of the model followed by a didactic presentation with lots of time for Q&A. After this, participants will be invited into an experiential exercise to identify some of their own parts. The afternoon will consist of a teaching video and a live demonstration with a volunteer. We will wrap up the day with a discussion of the role of our “therapist parts”, the opportunity for further questions to be answered and a discussion of next steps.


LGBTQIA+ Series
Session 1: LGBTQIA+ Foundations- Creating Clarity and Confidence

Presenter: Tracy Whitmore

When: September 9, 2020

Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST

Description:

LGBTQIA+ Foundations is part one, of a three-part series. (attendance of all three sessions will be beneficial, though not required)

You will learn about sexuality, gender and sex, the language, labels and terminology used when talking with and about the LGBTQIA+ community. We’ll take a look at some history, statistics, risk and protective factors, and an introduction to developing a safe and inclusive practice and/or workplace.

You will walk away from this webinar with clarity and confidence in understanding LGBTQIA+ people and their experiences, what they need and how to begin creating a practice that is not only safe but is welcoming to them.

Presenter: Tracy Whitmore

Tracy Whitmore is a social worker with over 12 years’ experience providing therapy to LGBTQIA+ young people and their families. Her aim is to share the skills and knowledge she has acquired, with professionals to ensure LGBTQIA+ people have the best opportunities for a safe, healthy and celebrated existence in the world.


LGBTQIA+ Series
Session 2: Trans Awareness- What you need to know

Presenter: Tracy Whitmore

When: September 16, 2020

Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST

Description:

Trans Awareness is part two, of a three-part series. (attendance of all three sessions will be beneficial, though not required)

As a counsellor and/or health professional it is important not to rely on transgender individuals to be your educators. We will explore gender identity and how it interacts with sexuality, roles, expression, behaviours and stereotypes. Gender as a social construction and terminology.

The importance of names and pronouns, how to get it right. Social and medical affirmation/transition journeys and the role counsellors and therapists have in this process. Age and stages of life for affirmation and the needs of trans and gender diverse individuals.

Presenter: Tracy Whitmore

Tracy Whitmore is a social worker with over 12 years’ experience providing therapy to LGBTQIA+ young people and their families. Her aim is to share the skills and knowledge she has acquired, with professionals to ensure LGBTQIA+ people have the best opportunities for a safe, healthy and celebrated existence in the world.


LGBTQIA+ Series
Session 3: Taking Action- Putting it into practice

 Presenter: Tracy Whitmore

When: September 23, 2020

Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST

Description:

Taking Action is part three, of a three-part series. (attendance of all three sessions will be beneficial, though not required)

In this webinar we’ll cover, how to create safe, welcoming and inclusive counselling spaces, offices and organisations. We’ll look at what can be achieved within the physical spaces, forms, processes and interpersonal interactions. What is important for counsellors to consider before and during the first appointment, and then proceeding appointments.

There will also be opportunity to begin to plan how you will implement relevant changes in your practice and organisation. Bring along your questions and scenarios to explore solutions and strategies together. 

Presenter: Tracy Whitmore

Tracy Whitmore is a social worker with over 12 years’ experience providing therapy to LGBTQIA+ young people and their families. Her aim is to share the skills and knowledge she has acquired, with professionals to ensure LGBTQIA + people have the best opportunities for a safe, healthy and celebrated existence in the world.

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