Western Canada Mental Health Summit | Day Three

Presented by Robert T. Muller, Ph.D., C. Psych., HSP, Jonah Paquette, Psy.D. and Christine Dargon, Ph.D.

Live Streaming May 26, 2023

$249.00

6 Hours  |   Pre-approved for CEU’s

Description

This virtual conference will be a live stream of a live in-person conference being held in Calgary, AB. If you would like to attend live in-person please register here: http://www.jackhirose.com/workshop/the-canadian-trauma-and-mental-health-summit/

This online course will be streaming live on May 26, 2023 from 8:30am – 4:00pm MDT, 7:30am – 4:00pm PT, 9:30am – 6:00pm CT, 10:30am – 7:00pm ET after purchase.
This course is streaming live out of Calgary, AB beginning at 8:30am MDT (Calgary, AB). Please adjust your start time according to your specific time zone. 

Breaks
10:00am – 10:15am MDT
12:00pm – 1:00pm MDT
2:30pm – 2:45pm MDT

Recorded footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until June 26, 2023. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances.

Please allow 1 – 3 business days after the course airs for recorded footage to become available.

Registration will close on May 23, 2023. 


Pricing

Attend More and Save! 1 Day enrollment $249.00, 2 day enrollment $449.00, 3 day enrollement $649.00 + plus tax

Fees are per person, seat sharing is not allowed. Please respect this policy, failure to comply will result in termination of access without a refund. For group rates please contact webinars@jackhirose.com


Day Three (May 26, 2023) Workshop Choices:

Day Three 8:30am – 12:00pm: 

1. Trauma and the Struggle to Open Up: Relational Strategies to treat Challenging Trauma Clients | PRESENTED BY Robert T. Muller, Ph.D., C. Psych.

This practical full day workshop, led by Dr. Robert T. Muller, author of psychotherapy bestseller: Trauma and the Avoidant Client, builds our understanding of the therapeutic relationship with challenging trauma clients.

As therapists, we try to maintain a strong therapeutic relationship, but this can be easier said than done.  Drawing on attachment theory and research, and using a relational, integrative approach, Dr. Muller follows the ups and downs of the therapy relationship in trauma work.  He points to choices therapists make in navigating the process, examining how they affect outcome

Specifically, we look at relationship patterns in trauma work, and how these can lead to troubling therapist-client enactments.  When left unchecked, such patterns lead to ruptures in the relationship.  In trauma work, how do we repair a ruptured alliance?  And how can we help clients grow from the experience?  This workshop looks at such issues in detail.

Theory is complemented by case examples and therapy segments.  We draw from Dr. Muller’s new book, Trauma and the Struggle to Open Up, winner of the 2019 ISSTD award for the year’s best written work on trauma.

2. The “Wow” Effect: How Awe and Wonder Make Us Happier, Healthier, and More Connected | PRESENTED BY Jonah Paquette, Psy.D.

What do you feel when you gaze up at the Milky Way, see a beautiful rainbow, or stand before a mountain that seems impossibly high? This feeling – often complete with goosebumps and a shiver down our spine – is known as awe. And as it turns out, this under appreciated and often misunderstood emotion holds an important key to a happy, meaningful, and healthy life. This interactive workshop will explore the exciting new science of awe, and how the moments that make us go “wow!” impact our immune system, brain functioning, social connection, physical health, stress levels, and much more.

3. Play Therapy Toolbox: How to Use it! Specific Techniques and Novel Approaches | PRESENTED BY Christine Dargon, Ph.D.

This workshop will teach attendees how to use Play Therapy as an incredible method of communication and diagnostics. It will teach you how to interpret the ways in which children and adolescents play, the importance of what they play with/what they create, and how to interpret their interactions with us as the professional. You will learn how to understand and determine what the individual is struggling with and causes for presenting behaviours and emotions.

Play Therapy allows for the clinician to be creative, adapt techniques to fit any given individual or setting and is fun! This workshop will teach attendees a wide variety of such tools but will also do so in a hands on manner so that attendees can immediately return to work and implement these tools into their day to day work.

Day Three Afternoon 1:00pm – 4:00pm:

1. Trauma and the Struggle to Open Up: Relational Strategies to treat Challenging Trauma Clients (CONTINUATION) | PRESENTED BY Robert T. Muller, Ph.D., C. Psych.

This practical full day workshop, led by Dr. Robert T. Muller, author of psychotherapy bestseller: Trauma and the Avoidant Client, builds our understanding of the therapeutic relationship with challenging trauma clients.

As therapists, we try to maintain a strong therapeutic relationship, but this can be easier said than done.  Drawing on attachment theory and research, and using a relational, integrative approach, Dr. Muller follows the ups and downs of the therapy relationship in trauma work.  He points to choices therapists make in navigating the process, examining how they affect outcome

Specifically, we look at relationship patterns in trauma work, and how these can lead to troubling therapist-client enactments.  When left unchecked, such patterns lead to ruptures in the relationship.  In trauma work, how do we repair a ruptured alliance?  And how can we help clients grow from the experience?  This workshop looks at such issues in detail.

Theory is complemented by case examples and therapy segments.  We draw from Dr. Muller’s new book, Trauma and the Struggle to Open Up, winner of the 2019 ISSTD award for the year’s best written work on trauma.

2. Fostering Well-Being: A Strength-Based Approach to Change | PRESENTED BY Jonah Paquette, Psy.D.

While most mental health approaches focus on addressing deficits and treating psychopathology, recent research has begun to shed light on the core principles for well-being, and how we can harness these skills towards lasting positive change. Combining neuroscience and positive psychology, participants in this workshop will learn about some of the key brain systems linked to well-being, and how to strengthen these through positive self-directed neuroplasticity. In addition, we will explore how specific skills such as compassion, gratitude, savouring, and self-compassion can improve our physical health, social connections, and overall functioning. We’ll also explore some of the common myths related to happiness, and discuss factors that help explain why happiness can feel so hard to come by.

3. Play Therapy Toolbox with Children and Adolescents: Hands on Directive & Non-Directive Techniques | PRESENTED BY Christine Dargon, Ph.D.

This session builds on content that is discussed in the morning session “Play Therapy Toolbox: How to Use It! Specific Techniques and Novel Approaches”

This workshop will teach attendees how to use Play Therapy as an incredible method of communication and diagnostics. It will teach you how to interpret the ways in which children and adolescents play, the importance of what they play with/what they create, and how to interpret their interactions with us as the professional. You will learn how to understand and determine what the individual is struggling with and causes for presenting behaviours and emotions.

Play Therapy allows for the clinician to be creative, adapt techniques to fit any given individual or setting and is fun! This workshop will teach attendees a wide variety of such tools but will also do so in a hands on manner so that attendees can immediately return to work and implement these tools into their day to day work.

Day Three 8:30am – 12:00pm: 

1. Trauma and the Struggle to Open Up: Relational Strategies to treat Challenging Trauma Clients | PRESENTED BY Robert T. Muller, Ph.D., C. Psych.

  • Use an attachment theory framework in relational trauma work
  • Recognize therapist-client relationship patterns in trauma treatment
  • Consider their own (therapist’s) feelings in the therapeutic process (e.g. the wish to rush into trauma work, or the wish to avoid it)
  • Notice problematic relational enactments
  • Navigate conflicts and relational ruptures to get treatment back on track
  • Use conflicts and relational ruptures to bring about posttraumatic growth

2. The “Wow” Effect: How Awe and Wonder Make Us Happier, Healthier, and More Connected | PRESENTED BY Jonah Paquette, Psy.D.

  • Describe and define the experience of awe in concrete terms
  • Explain the effect of awe on social relationships and connection
  • Describe the link between awe and compassion

3. Play Therapy Toolbox: How to Use it! Specific Techniques and Novel Approaches | PRESENTED BY Christine Dargon, Ph.D.

Play Therapy – How to use it!

Specific Techniques and novel approaches

  • Assessment and Diagnostic
  • Therapeutic Benefits
  • Non-Directive versus Directive/Soft and Hard Mediums

Hands on learning and using the techniques – from crayons, to puppets, to movement and much more! This will be the focus of the day.

Non-Directive Techniques:

  • Sand Tray Work
  • Watercolors
  • Play Dough
  • Drawings
  • House- Tree-Person
  • Finger Painting

Directive Techniques

  • I spy
  • Movement and Music
  • Drama
  • Puppets
  • Maps – where in the world do you want to be?
  • What do you want to be when you grow up?
  • What Animal am I?
  • Doll House
  • Dance and Movement
  • Board games
  • Emotions – Feeling Face

Day Three Afternoon 1:00pm – 4:00pm:

1. Trauma and the Struggle to Open Up: Relational Strategies to treat Challenging Trauma Clients (CONTINUATION) | PRESENTED BY Robert T. Muller, Ph.D., C. Psych.

  • Use an attachment theory framework in relational trauma work
  • Recognize therapist-client relationship patterns in trauma treatment
  • Consider their own (therapist’s) feelings in the therapeutic process (e.g. the wish to rush into trauma work, or the wish to avoid it)
  • Notice problematic relational enactments
  • Navigate conflicts and relational ruptures to get treatment back on track
  • Use conflicts and relational ruptures to bring about posttraumatic growth

2. Fostering Well-Being: A Strength-Based Approach to Change | PRESENTED BY Jonah Paquette, Psy.D.

  • Identify the key benefits of happiness to our physical health, emotional well-being, and interpersonal relationships
  • Articulate the concept of the brain’s negativity bias and its importance
  • Administer specific practices to cultivate self-compassion, create flow states, identify and utilize strengths, and savour positive experiences

3. Play Therapy Toolbox with Children and Adolescents: Hands on Directive & Non-Directive Techniques | PRESENTED BY Christine Dargon, Ph.D.

What techniques are best for what disorders:

  • Anger (OCD)
  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Depression and self-esteem issues
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Abuse
  • Fears

Play Therapy with Families, groups and couples

Areas of Caution

  • Hard and soft mediums
  • Sexualized and acting out behaviors
  • Children who have been abused and repetitive play

Mental Health 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 and all other mental health professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Education Professionals: All education professionals who work with children or youth including, but not limited to K–12 Classroom Teachers, School Counsellors, Learning Assistance/Resource Teachers, School Administrators, School Paraprofessionals including Special Education Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Childcare Workers and all other professionals who support behavioural challenges and complex learning needs.

Robert T. Muller, Ph.D., C.Psych. is on faculty as a Full Professor of Clinical Psychology at York University, is a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation (ISSTD); and both of his books have won ISSTD’s award for the best written work of the year on trauma.  He has over thirty years of clinical experience in the field, and maintains an active private practice in downtown Toronto. Throughout his professional career, Dr. Muller has been practicing, teaching, and supervising in the areas of trauma, attachment, and psychotherapy. He is the author of the award-winning psychotherapy bestseller, Trauma and the Avoidant Client: Attachment-Based Strategies for Healing, published by Norton Press. In addition, he has authored numerous scholarly articles, book chapters, and grants, and is currently lead investigator in a provincially-funded, multi-site program for the assessment and treatment of intra-familial trauma. He completed his clinical training at Harvard University, and has been active in the field since then.

Trauma and the Avoidant Client is available for purchase on Amazon.

For more information on trauma and mental health please visit Dr. Muller’s blog Talking about Trauma and the online magazine The Trauma and Mental Health Report.

Dr. Muller’s newest book is entitled Trauma and the Struggle to Open Up, and it’s about how to navigate the psychotherapy relationship with challenging trauma clients. This book is available purchase on Amazon.


Jonah Paquette, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist, international speaker, and author. He is the author of Real Happiness (PESI Publishing, 2015), a self-help book in which he distills the key findings in the field of happiness research, and offers user-friendly tools to achieve lasting well-being. His second book, The Happiness Toolbox (PESI Publishing, 2018), a research-based self-help workbook, provides easy-to-use handouts and worksheets designed to increase happiness and life satisfaction. His forthcoming book, Awestruck (Shambhala Publications, 2020), will explore the science of awe, and how moments of wonder benefit our physical and emotional health.

Dr. Paquette is a psychologist at Kaiser Permanente in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he serves as the Assistant Regional Director of Mental Health Training. Spanning 20 medical centers and consisting of nearly 200 mental health trainees, it is the largest non-governmental training program in the United States. In addition to his clinical work and writing, Dr. Paquette offers training and consultation to therapists and organizations on the promotion of happiness and conducts professional workshops around the country and internationally. He is also a frequent media contributor, having been featured regularly in print, online, and radio outlets. Dr. Paquette’s clinical experiences have spanned a broad range of settings, including Veterans hospitals, community mental health clinics, college counseling centers, and his current work at Kaiser Permanente. For more information about Jonah and his work, please visit www.jonahpaquette.com.

More information: www.jonahpaquette.com


Christine Dargon, Ph.D., having worked in clinical practice for over 20 years, now focusses her time on speaking and education. Dr. Dargon did graduate research and her dissertation on rape-related PTSD and began working with rape survivors over 25 years ago. Currently, Dr. Dargon is an international speaker traveling throughout North America presenting seminars of numerous topics. Dr. Dargon has also been teaching on the undergraduate and graduate levels for over 20 years and is currently on faculty at Grand Canyon University serving students in the Masters’ of Counseling Psychology Program and Ashford University teaching undergraduate courses. Dr. Dargon received her Doctorate of Counseling Psychology from Seton Hall University with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. She recently opened a alternative health and wellness center in North Arizona.

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