Past Workshops


Re-Wiring the Brain for Better Mental Health: Neuroscience-Based Techniques that Transform Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, and Addiction into Resilience

March 2017

Jennifer Sweeton, PhD

This seminar, led by clinical expert Dr Jennifer Sweeton (Stanford University School of Medicine), shares the most up-to-date research discoveries and teaches highly effective techniques aimed at facilitating resilience and recovery from depression, addiction, anxiety that might be linked to trauma. Join Dr Sweeton for this seminar and discover how to:

  • Integrate brain-based trauma intervention approaches into your practice
  • Help clients build a more resilient brain
  • Improve motivation and treatment compliance
  • Monitor treatment progress
  • Teach clients how to modulate overwhelming emotions using the power of neuroplasticity and brain-boosting practices
  • Master 7 key evidence-informed, neuroscience-based strategies that promote posttraumatic growth
  • Learn why the best evidence-based trauma therapies can fail, and how to improve their effectiveness by integrating the skills taught in this workshop
  • Utilize new insights from positive neuroscience to help clients not only recover from, but thrive

Strengthening Your Mindfulness Toolkit: Motivate, Teach, Make it Fun and Make it Stick

April-May 2017

Christopher Willard, PhD

Research continues to show that mindfulness is an effective treatment for anxiety, depression, stress, pain relief, and many other ailments. As practitioners, we recommend Mindfulness to our clients as evidence-based treatment, but do we really know how to help our clients to use Mindfulness as a regular practice? Or, do we just tell our clients to practice Mindfulness, we recommend it, and then leave it at that? How do we motivate clients when they find Mindfulness too hard to stick to? And, most importantly, how do we teach children to use Mindfulness? Do we know how to present Mindfulness to our clients as an interesting and a dynamic practice that helps to change their brains for the better?


This unique workshop will take your current understanding of Mindfulness to the next level. You will be able to broaden your understanding of mindfulness know-how techniques to assist clients, not only in achieving mood regulation or inner peace, but also in motivating them when they find the regular practice of Mindfulness too difficult to stick to in the long term.


Healing the Grieving Heart: Effective Strategies for Helping Clients Heal from Grief, Trauma Break-ups, and Other Losses While Creating Renewed Meaning in their Lives

May 2017

Courtney Armstrong, LPC

Healing from grief doesn’t have to be slow or painful. This workshop will show you how to help clients navigate the journey of grief more easily and view loss as a pathway to greater compassion, deeper relationships, and more meaningful living. You will discover why the face of grief and loss has changed over the last decade and acquire a host of contemporary strategies you can use to comfort grieving clients and help them move forward in positive, healthy ways after loss.


Working with Clients with Complex Issues: Integrated Techniques for Working with Emotional Dysregulation, Unresolved Trauma, Complex Resistance and Chronic Anger and Hate

June 2017

Daniel Short, PhD

The principles taught in this workshop are derived from the Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) for the regulation of emotions, Motivational interviewing (MI) for increased engagement in problem solving, Interpersonal therapy (IPT) for increased therapeutic alliance and Trauma-focused CBT for work with traumatized individuals.


Dr Short will also demonstrate a key imperative from the Ericksonian approach to psychotherapy : a “Use what works!” approach. Milton Erickson was known for his “genius-like” problem solving talents and he was often able to effectively help his clients in just one session. He became famous for his great problem-solving abilities and for equipping his clients with the long-lasting transformational skills that allowed them to face life challenges competently and without further assistance from him. What was Erickson doing that allowed him to have such wonderful results so fast? Wouldn’t it be great, if we all worked from the same perspective? This pragmatic approach has been researched and elaborated in the Integrative Model for Psychotherapy.


Surviving the Emotional Rollercoaster: Using DBT to Help Clients with Mood and Anxiety Disorders Manage Their Emotions

August 2017

Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, RSW

DBT is a treatment originally designed to treat clients with BPD, but is increasingly being used to help clients with general problems in regulating emotions. Whether related to a mental illness such as bipolar disorder, depression or anxiety; or just to difficulties managing emotions that lead to problems with anger, relationships, and low self-esteem, an inability to manage emotions can lead to chaos and misery.


In this one-day workshop, you’ll delve more deeply into the DBT skills – broadening your understanding of some of the most important skills to help clients manage emotions and your ability to teach these to clients. Experiential exercises and video clips from Sheri’s real-life work with clients will help clinicians to increase their confidence in bringing DBT skills and strategies into their practice.


Advanced Principles and Practice for Optimal Results with Anxiety Disorders, Intensive Course on Exposure Therapy: Troubleshooting and New Applications

September 2017

Patrick McGrath, PhD

The Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) approach is the most effective treatment available for anxiety disorders. The theory behind ERP is well supported, and few mental health treatments enjoy more scientific support. Unfortunately, ERP is not used by most practitioners, leading clients with anxiety disorders to suffer needlessly while less adequate treatments or only medical approaches are applied to their care. This workshop will go beyond the theoretical background for ERP and will focus on practice. With multiple case examples, role plays, and exercises, participants will get a firsthand experience of what it is like to do ERP with clients. All of the anxiety disorders, OCD, and PTSD will be reviewed and case studies will be explored showing the ins and outs of using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and ERP in an intensive format. Designed to be used in weekly sessions, the techniques that will be discussed will showcase how and why to use ERP to get best results with your clients.


Healing the Family Members of People with Narcissistic and Borderline Personality Traits

September 2017

Margalis Fjelstad, Ph.D., LMFT

Every person with Borderline or Narcissistic Personality Disorder dramatically affects many other people with their dysfunctional behaviours, including parents, siblings, one or more spouses, and children as well as friends, co-workers, neighbours, etc. These family members are more likely to come into therapy than are the borderline or narcissist person. They are also very likely to be on anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medications. It is essential to be able to effectively help these numerous clients who may be greatly distressed and their lives disrupted by borderline or narcissist behaviours.


Traditional family therapy techniques do not work effectively with these families because of the emphasis on communication, empathy and cooperation, which the borderline or narcissist is often unable to do and feels highly resistant to doing. Family members are frequently ignored and their concerns dismissed as therapists put their primary attention onto the mental illness of the borderline or narcissist client. This workshop will focus on helping these many overlooked, neglected and misunderstood family members to find understanding, improved mental health, and to learn more effective coping skills to deal with their unique situation.


Mindfulness Master Class: A Step-by-Step Comprehensive Training in Using Mindfulness to Motivate Clients, Accelerate Change and Treat Major Clinical Issues

October 2017

Terry Fralich, LCPC

Advances in neuroscience have had a significant impact on the mental health profession in the last fifteen years. Helping your clients understand important concepts about the brain can dramatically increase your effectiveness. The presenter will explore important neuroscience concepts so that you will have the clarity and confidence to use “practical neuroscience” in your practice.


You will leave this training with a comprehensive mindfulness-based approach to treating diverse clients and issues, supported by effective hand-outs you can use right away to support transformative mindfulness practices by your clients. In addition, the training will enable you to more actively bring mindfulness into both your personal and professional lives, giving you strengthened confidence that mindfulness practice can truly lead to the more stable clarity, balance and happiness both you and your clients deserve.


Mindfulness and Resilience: Best Mindfulness Based Techniques to Bounce Back From Stress, Snap Back To Baseline & Grow With Change

March 2018

Pavel Somov, PhD

Join Dr Pavel Somov, one of the most recognized Mindfulness experts, international speaker, and the Author of 7 mindfulness-based self-help books, at this highly experiential and practical workshop. Dr Somov will present a program consisting of 10 lessons for developing resilience for clients, clinicians and the general population.


He will present an innovative and eclectic synthesis of classic and original mindfulness-based techniques; cognitive, behavioural and metacognitive interventions; stress inoculation training; pattern interruption and choice awareness development; choice fatigue conditioning; somatic/bottom-up emotional self-regulation; somatic willpower mobilization tips; uncertainty tolerance perspectives; therapeutic, meaning-based strategies; philosophical and spiritual memes.


Mindful Eating: Mindfulness Skills to Control Cravings, Eat in Moderation and Optimize Health and Coping

March 2018

Pavel Somov, PhD

Join psychologist Pavel Somov, PhD., in this practical and original workshop to learn how you can help your clients take control over emotional eating as a way of coping. Pavel Somov is author of seven books on mindfulness, including Mindful Emotional Eating, Reinventing the Meal, and Eating the Moment.


He proposes that emotional eating is a legitimate form of self-care and he teaches clients and clinicians how to “leverage more coping per calorie.” He has given a “cultural permission” to eat emotionally — with mindfulness-based tools to do so in moderation and without self-judgment and self-loathing. Numerous original exercises and meditative techniques will guide a more conscious alliance with food during moments of emotional distress. This workshop will go far beyond “eating the raisin”. It will provide you with a toolbox of mindfulness based techniques you can teach your clients so that they are more in control of their eating habits, weight, health and well-being.


Neuroscience and Effective Treatment of Anxiety Disorders

May 2018

John Arden, PhD

In this training you will develop a new way of looking at the recovery process enabling you to move beyond the traditional theoretical school approach. You will learn how to use the Brain-Based Therapy approach to educate your clients, make the goals of treatment understandable and achievable, and how to move fast towards recovery.


Using a synthesized model of neuroscience, attachment theory and evidence-based treatment, you will learn how to more effectively help clients with anxiety disorders such as GAD, Panic Disorder, OCD, and PTSD.


Brain Therapy: Planting SEEDS for a Healthy Brain and Better Mental Health

May 2018

John Arden, PhD

This seminar offers down-to-earth and practical suggestions on how to apply new developments in neuroscience in order to achieve positive client outcomes effectively and fast. Recent advances in neuroscience have increased our knowledge of how and why people change and what they need to change in their lifestyles in order to maintain good health and prevent relapse. This training will examine the use of brain-based interventions that enhance outcomes for clients and facilitate the effectiveness of existing intervention modalities


Effective Approaches for Successful Change in Clients with Borderline, Narcissistic and Antisocial Personality Disorders

June 2018

Daniel Fox, PhD

Working with individuals with Personality Disorders has long been identified as one of the most challenging areas of practice. This seminar will present cutting-edge information on Personality Disorders, along with the most current, effective, and powerful methods for treating and managing three challenging Personality Disorders: Borderline, Narcissistic and Antisocial. Despite having familiarity with some specific aspects or models of understanding or treating personality disorders, most professionals find personality disorders to be the most confusing, frustrating, and difficult of all mental health conditions. Fortunately, there have been recent advances in our understanding of personality disorders that offer professionals new, powerful, and highly effective methods for treating and managing these conditions in nearly any mental health, health care, or social service setting.


Stress-Proofing the Brain: Applying Neuroplasticity, Mindful Self-Compassion and Positive Psychology to Overcome Stress, Anxiety, and Trauma

July-August 2018

Melanie Greenberg, PhD

Slowing down and refocusing often sounds easier said than done. But if you can swing it, it is indeed possible to cultivate a more resilient, stress-proof brain. Join emotions researcher and Psychology Today blogger Melanie Greenberg, PhD, for a workshop on the neuroscience of stress and emotions devised for the general public and health professionals alike.


Through didactic presentations, hands-on experience, and one-on-one sharing, you will learn to use tools from mindfulness, neuroscience, and positive psychology to master and redirect your brain’s stress response by harnessing the power of neuroplasticity.


Brain to Brain Engagement: Neuroscience and Practice Based Techniques for the Best Client Outcomes

September 2018

Daniel Short, PhD

The ability to engage clients should go beyond good listening skills and validation techniques if we are to provide clients with the necessary ingredients for transforming their lives. Research has consistently indicated that a successful early engagement and positive client-practitioner alliance is the strongest and most reliable predictor of positive client outcomes, both short-term and long-term. This workshop will provide you with a toolbox full of techniques useful in creating a high quality interpersonal environment to suit the unique needs of each individual client. Dr Short will highlight how, in the age dominated by artificial electronic connection, the ability to establish meaningful face-to-face relationships with our clients is at the core of health and healing.


The Creative Genius of Milton Erickson: How You can Use the Same Methods for the Best Results with Your Clients

September 2018

Daniel Short, PhD

It is often said of Erickson that he was a creative genius. Naturally, there is some concern from others that they will not be able to replicate his dynamic approach to therapy. However, as Dr Short can personally testify to, every practitioner can employ the attitudes and habits of thought that make the Ericksonian approach so effective. What makes this approach to hypnosis and therapy so rewarding is not only the surprising accomplishments produced by the client but also the rich rewards of creativity and new learning that the therapist gets to enjoy on a session by session basis.


Attend this fascinating training session and let Dr Short take you on a journey from the history of Milton H Erickson’s work through to how to do Ericksonian therapy in your daily practice and how to achieve wonderfully surprising results with your clients.


Traumatic Grief and Complicated Loss, New Breakthroughs and Reliable Tools to Help Clients after Death, Divorce and other Losses: Best Practice to Restore Your Clients Lives after Loss

October 2018

David Kessler

This seminar is a rare opportunity to spend the day with David Kessler, a best-selling author and internationally known grief and healing expert who has co-authored books and worked with the groundbreaking Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and the legendary Louise Hay. David returns to Australia with his remarkable, high energy workshop that provides a new look at the subject of grief and loss.