The Many Pathways to Healing Conference: Trauma, Addictions & Related Disorders

Live Streaming from Vancouver, BC | November 25 - 26, 2024

Presented by John Arden, Ph.D., Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D., Steve Grinstead, M.A., Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D., R. Psych, Carissa Muth, Psy.D., CCC, R.Psych, Pamela Malkoff Hayes, MFT, LMHC, LPC, ATR-BC, Jennifer Patterson, Psy.D., LCPC and Sara Klinkhamer MA, RCC

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


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




LIVE STREAM: November 25 – 27, 2024 from 8:30am – 4:00pm (Vancouver, BC) 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 24, 2024. 

Monday, November 25, 2024  |  Day One

An Integrated Approach to Trauma Treatment: Synthesizing Neuroscience, Attachment Theory and Evidence-Based Modalities

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.

Stress and Trauma: An Attachment-Based Perspective
WORKSHOPS 2 & 4: PRESENTED BY Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D.

Fresh insights from the sciences of development, emotion and attachment shed light on the hidden wisdom of the stress response, the essence of trauma, and the pivotal role of both attachment and emotion in etiology and recovery. What is also revealed in putting the pieces together is a common denominator that cuts across syndromes and diagnoses and informs intervention. While the material is presented with clinicians in mind, this model of stress and trauma applies across all ages and venues, including private practice, treatment programs, as well as personal healing and recovery. This model also has significant implications for the prevention, recognition and treatment of distressed children and youth, whether via the school, the family, special programs or direct treatment.

Tuesday, November 26, 2024  |  Day Two

A Mind-Body Approach to Address Chronic Pain and Co-Existing Disorders
WORKSHOP 5: PRESENTED BY Steve Grinstead, M.A.

The landscape of chronic pain treatment continues to evolve and change as we wean ourselves off the traditional biomedical approach that often over-emphasizes harmful opioid-based pain management interventions. In this presentation you will learn the unique challenges and obstacles that face chronic pain patients suffering with their pain and coexisting disorders, including medication misuse abuse or addiction. By understanding these unique challenges, you will discover that it requires an integrated, collaborative, and concurrent Body-Mind-Spirit team approach to achieve the best possible treatment outcomes.

Join chronic pain management international expert, Dr. Stephen F. Grinstead, for this dynamic interactive presentation. You will obtain the proper understanding, skills and treatment techniques you need to address the neurobiological psychological/emotional, social and Spiritual aspects of chronic pain when traditional biomedical interventions are no longer a viable option. By attending this presentation, you will discover how common coexisting disorders and family dynamics can also sabotage treatment – and what to do about it. You will learn how to develop a synergistic treatment plan incorporating the mind, body and spirit for healing as well as strategies to empower clients to be proactive in their healing process.

Conquering Anxiety: Strategies for Helping Your Anxious Clients
WORKSHOPS 6 & 9: PRESENTED BY Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D., R. Psych

Despite all the resources and training programs out there, in our post-pandemic world, anxiety is more pervasive than ever before, and people are finding it harder and harder to cope. Unfortunately, when they seek support, many anxious clients do not receive the right kind of help and some professionals even make anxiety worse.

In this workshop, you will discover evidence-based interventions and practical strategies to boost anxious client’s internal locus of control and master anxiety. Designed specifically for mental health professionals, this workshop goes beyond the basics and offers specialized knowledge and skills to optimize outcomes with anxious clients. Using a transdiagnostic approach, you’ll leave with a toolbox filled with concrete strategies that you can use immediately, no matter the nature or severity of your clients’ anxiety.

“Caroline was an excellent presenter who kept my interest throughout. Her genuine care for children and clinical examples were fantastic. Thank you!” – Edmonton, AB, Spring 2024

Proven Interventions for Complex PTSD
WORKSHOP 7: PRESENTED BY Carissa Muth, Psy.D., CCC, R.Psych

Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD) manifests after exposure to one or multiple extremely threatening or traumatic events, presenting additional severe and persistent symptoms beyond those of PTSD. Dr. Muth’s three-hour workshop delves into the distinct characteristics of CPTSD, highlighting its unique challenges and treatment approaches.

Drawing upon current research, Dr. Muth will elucidate the nuances that differentiate CPTSD from other diagnoses. Participants will gain insights into the impact of disturbances in self-organization, such as negative beliefs about oneself, emotional dysregulation, and interpersonal difficulties, crucial for accurate diagnosis and effective treatment planning.

The workshop will focus on the application of evidence-based interventions tailored specifically for CPTSD. Dr. Muth will explore Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), offering participants a comprehensive toolkit for addressing the complexities of this disorder.

Through a detailed case study of a client with CPTSD and comorbid Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), attendees will learn step-by-step strategies for implementing evidenced-based interventions. Special emphasis will be placed on addressing both disturbances in self-organization and core PTSD symptoms, ensuring a holistic approach to treatment.

Join Dr. Muth in this comprehensive workshop to deepen your understanding of CPTSD and enhance your clinical skills in treating this complex disorder.

Effective and Strategic Intervention Plans to Reduce Relapse Episodes
WORKSHOP 8: PRESENTED BY Steve Grinstead, M.A.

This interactive presentation is for professional healthcare clinicians who want to learn how to assist their clients to identify and manage the progressive warning signs and high risks situations that lead to alcohol or other drug (AOD) relapse despite a commitment to sobriety. You will learn that relapse is a process not an event and that there are many identifiable warning signs and high-risk situations that occur far in advance of their AOD use.  Valuable tools will be introduced that will enable you to assist your clients to take the mystery out of the relapse process and develop a strategic relapse prevention plan.  You will learn how to utilize and personalize the “Relapse Cycle” and “Relapse Autopsy” processes to better help your clients in preventing a future relapse cycle.

You will also learn how to develop an early relapse intervention plan (R.I.P.). Then you will be led through a strategic step by step high risk situation identification process.  The process ends with teaching participants to help clients finalize a relapse prevention plan designed to help them better identify and manage future warning signs and high-risk situations. This workshop includes a combination of lectures, and interactive group discussions, designed to enhance the training process.

Motivational Interviewing Techniques: Brief Interventions to Help the Unmotivated Client
WORKSHOP #10: PRESENTED BY Carissa Muth, Psy.D., CCC, R.Psych

Unlock the power of motivational interviewing (MI) to guide clients past ambivalence and toward meaningful action in their lives. This transformative three-hour workshop offers practical strategies and evidenced-based techniques to empower treatment providers in facilitating change even in the face of resistance. Led by Dr. Muth, participants will delve into the core principles of MI, learning how to leverage language and employ a collaborative approach to ignite and sustain their clients’ internal motivation. Through a four-step process, attendees will discover how to effectively navigate conversations, overcome resistance, and propel clients toward achieving their goals.

Wednesday, November 27, 2024  |  Day Three

Art Therapy Interventions for Anxiety, Chronic Pain, Addictions, Grief and Loss
WORKSHOPS 11 & 14: PRESENTED BY Pamela Malkoff Hayes, MFT, LMHC, LPC, ATR-BC

Are you seeking potent techniques to aid clients grappling with anxiety, chronic pain, addictions, or feeling stuck? Dive into an accessible Art Therapy approach to evaluate and tackle anxious and self-destructive behaviors. The Creative Cognitive Therapy Method, developed by Pamela Hayes Malkoff, offers a comprehensive system merging traditional cognitive behavioral therapy with Art Therapy techniques, facilitating profound client transformation for a better quality of life. This succinct 10-session program maintains a solution-focused approach, aiding clients in maintaining focus, gaining fresh perspectives, and bolstering daily coping skills.

This cutting-edge seminar employs case studies, hands-on art experiences, demonstrations, and interactive discussions to foster creative thinking and encourage clients to replace ego-driven reactions with thoughtful responses. Delve into the integration of Art Therapy with CBT, Positive Psychology, and Mindfulness to foster delayed gratification, shift worldviews, process fears, embrace imperfections, and release past resentments and pain. Engage in firsthand experiences, creating your own art, and discover how stepping outside your comfort zone can empower and harmonize both negative and positive emotions.

Couples Therapy to Transform Your Practice: Help Couples Build Lasting Relationships that Thrive
WORKSHOP 12: 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.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Transcending Traditional Approaches
WORKSHOPS 13 & 16: PRESENTED BY Jennifer Patterson, Psy.D., LCPC

In 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.

MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD & Improving Social Connectedness

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.

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).

Dr. Gordon Neufeld is a Vancouver-based developmental psychologist with over 50 years of experience with children and youth and those responsible for them. A foremost authority on child development, Dr. Neufeld is an international speaker, a bestselling author (Hold On To Your Kids) and a leading interpreter of the developmental paradigm. Dr. Neufeld has a widespread reputation for making sense of complex problems and for opening doors for change. While formerly involved in university teaching and private practice, he now devotes his time to teaching and training others, including educators and helping professionals. His Neufeld Institute is now a world-wide charitable organization devoted to applying developmental science to the task of raising children. He is a father of five and a grandfather to seven.

Steve Grinstead, Dr. AD, LMFT, ACRPS is an author and nationally recognized expert in preventing relapse related to chronic pain disorders and is the developer of the Addiction-Free Pain Management System. He has been working with pain management, addictive disorders and coexisting mental and personality disorders for two decades. He was formerly in private practice in Sacramento as well as consulting for pain clinics in Sacramento, Auburn, and Yuba City, California working with patients experiencing chronic pain and substance use disorders. Dr. Grinstead has a Bachelors Degree in Behavioral Science, a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and a Doctorate in Addictive Disorders. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, (LMFT) a California Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC-II), and an Advanced Relapse Prevention Specialist (ACRPS). He was on the faculty of UC Santa Cruz Extension Alcohol and Drug Studies Program and also taught at Santa Clara University, UC Berkeley Extension and Stanford University Medical School.

Dr. Grinstead has authored and co-authored books and pamphlets with Terence T. Gorski, including the books listed below and he is currently writing his new book Freedom From Suffering: Seven Strategic Steps to Effective Pain Management, due out in late 2006. The exercises in this book are being field tested in several treatment programs including the Avalon Gardens, Palm Springs Program.

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Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D., R. Psych, is a Psychologist. Mother. International Speaker. Yoda of Anxiety. Neurodivergent Superhero. Changer of Lives. She is a dynamic force in the field of psychology, dedicating nearly three decades to transforming the lives of children, teens, and their families. With a dedicated commitment to fostering deep connections, instilling unwavering confidence, igniting motivation, and building resilience in the face of challenges, Dr. Buzanko’s mission is clear: to ensure that every child and teenager receive the understanding and support they deserve.

Renowned for her expertise in the assessment and support of anxiety, ADHD, ASD, learning, and behavioural challenges, Dr. Buzanko stands as a trusted ally, advocate, and go-to authority. Dr. Buzanko’s research pursuits delve into the realms of resilience and growth, directly informing her clinical approach and resulting in innovative training programs and workshops that have transformed the practices of countless educators, caregivers, allied mental health professionals, and medical doctors.

Dr. Caroline Buzanko is a captivating speaker and anyone who attends her workshops can expect to be enlightened, inspired, and equipped with practical strategies to empower the children and teens they work with. Together, let’s create a world where every child thrives and embraces their full potential.

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.

Pamela Malkoff Hayes, MFT, LMHC, LPC, ATR-BC is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) in the states of California, Florida, Georgia, and Rhode Island. She is also a Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist with the American Art Therapy Association (AATA). Her specialties include: alcohol and drug addictions, relationships, families and parenting, depression and anxiety, grief, LGBTQ, gender identity and sexuality. She is also a court certified Sexual Abuse Evaluator and trained in Hypnotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).

Ms. Hayes has a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design in New York, NY and Otis/Parsons in Los Angeles, CA and a Graduate Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy from The Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA

Over the course of her 30+ year career she has worked in schools, hospitals, prison, foster and residential care, and private practice. Ms.Malkoff Hayes lives in Atlanta, Georgia where she runs a private practice and facilitates Art Therapy groups. She is the creator of the Creative Cognitive Therapy Method – which combines CBT with Art Therapy. She is a noted speaker and educator, lecturing throughout the United States. In addition, she provides virtual therapy with Headspace Health.

She has taught art therapy courses at Philips Graduate University, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and Chicago School for Professional Psychology. She has written several books and produced several DVDs and online classes on Art Therapy. She stars in the video podcast, “3 Minute Art Therapy”, and was recently featured on “The Science of Happiness/ SoulPancake” as the expert Art Therapist.

Ms. Hayes is also a painter, a 2nd Dan Black Belt and the mother of two daughters (now graduated from college) that she home schooled for the first 10 years of their lives. On a personal note, Ms. Malkoff Hayes recently married her high school prom date, after not seeing him for almost 30 years. There is no predicting life’s twists and turns. Combining parenting, fine arts, teaching and Martial Arts has furthered her understanding of discipline, perspective, creativity and family dynamics. She also loves a nice warm bowl of Pho.

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.

Sara Klinkhamer MA, RCC, 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.

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