Conference Connections

December 1 – 2 2005 – Toronto, Ont.

Participants will develop an understanding of cognitive therapy’s approach to issues that are often seen as the domain of psychodynamic therapies, including the complexities of the therapeutic relationship, resistance to change, trauma, and other family of origin issues, and dealing with dreams, fantasies, and imagery. Participants will learn how to modify cognitive-behavioural approaches in order to apply them more effectively when profound issues complicate therapy. Participants will be able to identify cognitive-behavioural interventions that are particularly useful in making deep and lasting changes and to apply them within their own approach to psychotherapy.

You will learn:
– Cognitive therapy’s perspective on transference, countertransference, and other complexities of the therapeutic relationship
– Ways to structure treatment in order to minimize resistance, increase motivation for change, and maximize treatment adherence
– How to modify cognitive-behavioural therapy to better address long-standing interpersonal and intrapersonal problems
– Methods for identifying family of origin issues and addressing them within short and long-term therapy
– Techniques for using dreams, fantasy, and imagery
– Methods for accomplishing deep change and minimizing the risk of relapse

December 13, 2005 – Garden Grove, CA, USA

$79, RSVP by Nov 21st
includes continental breakfast (7:30am), buffet lunch, and entry to “after-seminar” mixer.
$125 after Nov 21st or at the door

Topics include: business mistakes to avoid (and ways to fix them), finding funding, getting out of debt, insurance & investments, marketing techniques and more – all relevant and immediately useful. Get the tips, techniques and tools needed to succeed. We will also have a session for those interested in “finding the right entrepreneur job or franchise”.

Nov 24 – 25, 2005 – Toronto, Ontario

Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT) is one of the best-validated couples interventions, and offers a comprehensive theory of adult love and attachment as well as a process for healing distressed relationships. It recognizes that relationship distress results from a perceived threat to basic security and closeness in intimate relationships. This experiential/systematic therapy focuses on helping partners restructure the emotional responses that maintain their negative interaction patterns. Through a series of nine steps, the therapist leads the couple away from conflict-deadlock into new bonding interactions.

You will learn:
– To understand the phenomenon of marital distress in an attachment context
– Creative powerful change events in therapy that foster a more secure bond between partners
– To deal with common impasses and difficult issues in marital therapy
– The steps of EFT that help couples to leave destructive, hostile, or defensive interactions, and share positive attachment that fosters secure bonding

WIPCE 2005
Nov 27-Dec 1, 2005 – Hamilton, New Zealand
Te Wananga o Aotearoa is dedicated to promoting inspirational ideas and practices from Indigenous communities that can be applied on an international scale. It is pleased to host this world renowned gathering of indigenous educators, researchers and students. The 2005 conference is an opportunity for honouring all previous hui (gatherings.) It also creates an occasion for bringing interesting and innovative ideas that evoke inspiration and pride as indigenous peoples.

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