The Many Pathways to Healing Conference: Clinical Interventions in the Treatment of Trauma, Grief & Loss

Live Streaming from Calgary, AB | November 13 - 15, 2024

Presented by John Arden, Ph.D., Christina Zampitella, Psy.D., FT and Jennifer Patterson, Psy.D., LCPC

Sponsored by Sunshine Coast Health Centre & Georgia Strait Women's Clinic


Up To 18 Hours  |   Pre-approved for CEU’s




LIVE STREAM: November 13 – 15, 2024 from 8:30am – 4:00pm (Calgary, AB) Please adjust your start time according to your specific time zone. 

ON-DEMAND: Recorded footage & course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available December 1- 28, 2024. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances.

Registration will close November 12, 2024. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2024  |  Day One

An Integrated Approach to Trauma Treatment: Synthesizing Neuroscience, Attachment Theory and Evidence-Based Modalities
PRESENTED BY John Arden, Ph.D.

This important workshop, facilitated by Dr John Arden, a world-renowned psychologist, teacher and author, will offer a wealth of knowledge and practical strategies that use a synthesized model of neuroscience, attachment theory and evidence-based treatment to more effectively treat clients who have experienced complex trauma.

You will learn about the latest research in neuroscience, epigenetics, immunology and endocrinology, and how these discoveries can be synthesized with evidence-based trauma treatments, psychotherapy research and attachment theory into a hybrid therapeutic model. This model will help you identify which elements of psychotherapeutic schools are effective and which may be counter-therapeutic in the trauma treatment context. You will be challenged and supported to move beyond any specific theoretical paradigms towards a common factors approach.

Engaging with real life examples, you will gain a deeper understanding of how addressing nervous system functioning is a fundamental therapeutic process in improving mood and behaviour and achieving a reduction in symptoms. Special attention will be given to addressing the neurodynamics of PTSD and the crucial role of memory.

At the end of this workshop, you will come away with many powerful tools, understandings and confidence to better assist your traumatised clients on their path to recovery and to live a fuller life.

Thursday, November 14, 2024  |  Day Two

Christina Zampitella, Psy.D., FT
Normative and Prolonged Grief: Proven and Effective Clinical Interventions to Help Your Clients Process Grief and Loss
PRESENTED BY Christina Zampitella, Psy.D., FT

Mental health and healthcare professionals are faced with the often misunderstood and misdiagnosed symptoms of normative and prolonged grief. Formal education rarely, if ever, provides extensive enough training to accurately identify and treat those who are grieving. Unfortunately, grieving clients are diagnosed incorrectly because symptoms can mimic normative or prolonged grief. The grieving process is often pathologized, or misdiagnosed, resulting in potential exacerbation of the presenting issues because inappropriate interventions are utilized. As a result, those who are grieving are often inadvertently disenfranchised by providers, which can make the professional support they sought to reconstruct their previously shattered identities and worldviews ineffective, and even, at time, exacerbate other mental health difficulties. It is essential to be versed in identifying grief related constructs that may underlie, or even cause, mental health and behavior associated problems.

This presentation aims to provide current, research based information on the grieving process, clarify misconceptions of outdated theories, and differentiate between normative and prolonged grief. It also examines the changes in conceptualization, differential diagnosing, and effective, clinically proven interventions that may be utilized with grieving individuals and families. Attendees will leave with an improved clinical skill set they can immediately apply to identify and treat their clients.

Friday, November 15, 2024  |  Day Three

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Transcending Traditional Approaches
PRESENTED BY Jennifer Patterson, Psy.D., LCPC

n this foundational course, participants will embark on a transformative journey into Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT is a third-wave cognitive-behavioral therapy that transcends traditional approaches by seamlessly weaving together the processes of acceptance, mindfulness, and behavior change principles. Through experiential learning and evidence-based techniques, participants will cultivate a profound understanding of ACT and its practical applications.

Join ACT expert and International trainer Jennifer Patterson, Psy.D., LCPC, for this workshop, where you will develop efficient, evidence-based skills, case conceptualization techniques, and powerful strategies that will improve outcomes for the following:

  • Anxiety Issues
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Mood Disorders
  • Substance Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Eating Disorders
  • Trauma
  • Personality Disorders


The ACT Model

  • The nature of human suffering
  • ”Healthy normality” is a myth
  • Language: The double-edged sword
  • Undermine unhelpful thoughts
  • Aiming for psychological flexibility and why
  • The ACT hexagon model

Limitations of the Research and Potential Risks

  • Children and adolescents
  • Acute, florid hallucinations
  • Catatonic depression
  • Individuals with an adverse reaction to mindfulness exercises


  • Strengthening a willingness to have emotions
  • The opposite of acceptance is experiential avoidance
  • Experiential avoidance throughout the lifespan
  • Why acceptance is important


  • Look at thoughts rather than from thoughts
  • Coping with automatic thoughts
  • The power of words
  • The problem with cognitive fusion
  • Address CBT-based disputation techniques with defusion


  • Understand the “Self” in ACT
  • Self-as-content, self-as-perspective, self-as-context
  • Observer self-exercise
  • Deal with identity issues


  • Contacting the present moment
  • Why being in the here-and-now is critical for mental health
  • Relationship between mindlessness and psychopathology
  • Meditation, mindfulness and mindful action
  • Exercises for mindful action

Values Work

  • The positive side of language
  • Identifying core values
  • Differentiate values and goals
  • Writing values-based treatment goals
  • The ethics of values clarification

Committed Action

  • Define “commitment” objectively
  • Integrate evidence-based therapy with ACT
  • Develop ACT-based behavior therapy treatment plans
  • Improve behavioral activation with ACT

Pulling It All Together

  • Hexaflex model for psychological flexibility
  • Ask the “ACT Question” for self-help and case conceptualization
  • Inflexahex model: Diagnosis from an ACT approach

Incorporate ACT into Your Own Approach

  • Social skills training
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Inpatient treatment programs systems
  • Exposure and ritual prevention
  • Behavioral activation
  • Parent management training
  • Executive Coaching

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.

John Arden, Ph.D. is the author of 14 books, including Brain2Brain: Enacting Client Change Through the Persuasive Power of NeuroscienceThe Brain Bible: How to Stay Vital, Productive, and Happy for a LifetimeRewire Your Brain: Think Your Way to a Better Life, Brain-Based Therapy with Adults: Evidence-Based Treatment for Everyday Practice and Brain-Based Therapy with Children and Adolescents: Evidence-Based Treatment for Everyday Practice (with Lloyd Linford). Dr. Arden serves as Director of Training in Mental Health for Kaiser Permanente in the Northern California region. He oversees the training programs in 24 medical centers where over 100 postdoctoral residents and interns are trained each year. Dr. Arden also provides individual, group and family therapy and chemical dependency counselling through Kaiser Permanente. He presents workshops on brain-based therapy internationally and in the United States. Dr. Arden has written books on anxiety (Brain Based Therapy for Anxiety: A Workbook for Clinicians and Clients), OCD (Brain Based Therapy for OCD: A Workbook for Clinicians and Clients) and PTSD (Conquering Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: The Newest Techniques for Overcoming Symptoms, Regaining Hope, and Getting Your Life Back, with Dr. Victoria Beckner).

Christina Zampitella Psy.D., FT is a licensed clinical psychologist, Fellow of Thanatology, founder and owner of The Center for Grief and Trauma Therapy, co-owner and Director of Clinical Services of Integrative Psychology Group. She often works as an adjunct professor and professional speaker, and especially enjoys training emerging mental health professionals. Dr. Zampitella is the host of her podcast, Phoenix Rising with Dr. Z. She focuses her clinical practice, research, course development, and teaching on bereavement studies, spirituality, nature-based therapy, and integrative psychology. She served as the chair for the Continuing Education Committee for several professional institutions and is an advisory board member of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). She is the former resident psychologist for Fox 5 News in San Diego, and often appeared on NBC News. She has been featured in Elle Magazine, BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, New York Post, and several Delaware Magazines and newspapers. Dr. Zampitella happily lives with her husband, three-bonus sons, three cats, and her dog in Delaware.

Jennifer Patterson, Psy.D., LCPC, has a mission to offer evidence based psychotherapy to help others live full and abundant lives. She is the clinical director of the MidAmerican Psychological Institute (MPI) in Joliet, Illinois, and established MPI’s Clinic for Compulsive Behaviors which aims to use evidenced-based treatment for behaviors like hoarding, self-injury and emotional eating. At MPI she supervises pre-doctoral candidates using ACT, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP). Dr. Patterson also provides consultation for rehabilitation and pain patients at Silver Cross Hospital.

Dr. Patterson received both her Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and is an expert in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and empirically supported treatments. She is an ACT trainer who leads workshops across the country and served as the vice-president of the Chicago Chapter for the Association for Contextual Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Patterson is a featured psychologist on “Hoarding: Buried Alive” on The Learning Channel and an author for Psychology Today’s blog When More Isn’t Enough.

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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