Couples Therapy to Transform Your Practice & MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD & Improving Social Connectedness

Workshop #12 & 15

Presented by Carissa Muth, Psy.D., CCC, R.Psych & Sara Klinkhamer MA, RCC

Live Streaming on November 27, 2024


6 Hours | Pre-approved for CEU’s


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This workshop is part of The Many Pathways to Healing Conference: Trauma, Addictions & Related Disorders

This workshop will be live streaming to online participants on November 27, 2024 from 8:30am – 4:00pm (Vancouver, BC)
Please adjust your start time according to your specific time zone. 

Recorded footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until December 28, 2024. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances.
Please allow 5 – 7 business days after the course airs for recorded footage to become available.

Registration will close on November 24, 2024. 

WORKSHOP #12: Couples Therapy to Transform Your Practice: Help Couples Build Lasting Relationships that Thrive | PRESENTED BY Carissa Muth, Psy.D., CCC, R.Psych

Join us for a transformative journey as we delve into the intricate dynamics of couples’ relationships. Often, by the time couples seek therapy, layers of resentment have built up, creating a barrier that seems insurmountable. In this three-hour workshop, Dr. Muth will guide participants through an integrated approach drawing from Emotion Focused Therapy, Nonviolent Communication, and research by the Gottmans.

Rather than offering a one-size-fits-all solution, this workshop emphasizes a holistic understanding of relationship dynamics. Participants will gain insight into coordinating identified needs in relationships with appropriate therapeutic interventions. Through exploring the science behind abandonment and connection, attendees will learn effective strategies for addressing these issues in treatment sessions. Additionally, tools will be provided for working with clients who struggle with empathy, empowering therapists to navigate such challenges with confidence.

Embark on this journey of discovery and equip yourself with the skills needed to help couples build lasting and thriving relationships.

WORKSHOP #15: MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD & Improving Social Connectedness | PRESENTED BY Sara Klinkhamer MA, RCC

Psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy is making a comeback, and this time it doesn’t look like it is going anywhere despite some significant controversies in the last few years. The most research has been conducted with MDMA for chronic PTSD, with Phase 3 clinical trials complete and the application into the FDA, it is expected to be approved by the end of this year in the United States. Already here in Canada many people have received treatment through the Special Access Program (SAP) and expanded access is on the horizon. For this 3-hour workshop, Sara Klinkhamer will focus on MDMA-assisted psychotherapy, which has also been the focus of the PhD she is currently completing through the California Institute of Integral Studies. It will be argued here that MDMA-assisted psychotherapy is particularly effective for treating PTSD because it improves one’s sense of social connectedness and social connectedness moderates PTSD symptom severity. A brief history and context will situate these claims. The talk will also include a discussion of the possibility that MDMA-assisted psychotherapy improves one’s sense of connectedness in general. Current and future research may show it is effective for treating various ‘maladies of disconnection’ including addiction, depression, relationship problems and other existential issues.

WORKSHOP #12: Couples Therapy to Transform Your Practice: Help Couples Build Lasting Relationships that Thrive | PRESENTED BY Carissa Muth, Psy.D., CCC, R.Psych

  • Coordinate identified needs in the relationship with the choice of therapeutic intervention.
  • Understand the science behind abandonment and connection and learn how to effectively address these dynamics during treatment.
  • Obtain practical tools for working with clients who express a lack of empathy.
  • Develop a strategic approach for managing high-conflict situations in a therapeutic manner.

WORKSHOP #15: MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD & Improving Social Connectedness | PRESENTED BY Sara Klinkhamer MA, RCC

  • Understand the complicated history of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy.
  • Understand the rationale for utilizing MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD.
  • Understand how MDMA-assisted psychotherapy increases participants sense of social connectedness.
  • Understand how a sense of social connectedness moderates PTSD symptom severity.
  • Understand what a ‘malady of disconnection’ is and how MDMA-assisted psychotherapy could be effective in treating these.

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants, School Counsellors, Behaviour Specialists, Rehabilitation Consultants, Geriatric Specialists, and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Dr. Carissa Muth is a registered psychologist in Alberta and the Clinical Director at the Sunshine Coast Health Centre and Georgia Strait Women’s Clinic. She holds Doctorate of Psychology, Master of Arts in Counselling, and Bachelor of Social Work degrees and ran a private practice in Alberta for the last eight years. Her research to date has focused on attachment theory, systems theory, and family involvement in addictions. With almost a decade of experience in inpatient and outpatient settings, Dr. Muth has provided psychological assessments, therapeutic treatments and conducted research in the field of substance addictions and comorbid psychological disorders. With a passion for learning, she has developed an eclectic understanding of the etiology and treatment of mental health and psychological disorders. Borrowing from this perspective, Dr. Muth integrates a variety of therapeutic modalities in order to provide feedback-informed holistic care to clients.

Sara brings a background of working on the Downtown Eastside in Vancouver for more than 10 years, which has given her much experience working with addiction and mental health issues, particularly trauma. Sara has also worked in both residential and outpatient settings as a concurrent disorders counsellor. Her strong belief in the worth of each individual, optimism in the face of adversity, as well as respect for autonomy and dignity, has served her well in this work. Sara completed her BA in psychology at Simon Fraser University in 2005 and her Masters of Counselling Psychology at Adler University in 2008. In 2009, Sara started a post-graduate program in Existential Analysis and in 2013 became a founding board member of the Existential Analysis Society of Canada. Sara joined the Sunshine Coast clinical team in 2016.

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual 1 Day Enrollment$269.00N/A
Individual 2 Day Enrollment$469.00N/A
Individual 3 Day Enrollment$669.00N/A
Full-Time Student$609.00N/A

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

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