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NEW PROGRAM! MCBT-100 - Mindfulness and CBT Certificate Program
This certificate program consists of MAST, MCBT-102 and MCBT-103. Each course is a 2-day course.
MAST - Mindful Awareness Stabilization Training
Research on Mindfulness Based Interventions (MBI’s) are showing very positive outcomes for moderate mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. The traditional 8 week MBCT and MBSR programs offered through hospital and community based health care settings can be very difficult to access for people who are suffering from more acute mental health problems or experiencing instability in their lives. Mindful Awareness Stabilization Training (MAST) is a brief 4 week program developed at St. Michael’s Hospital to teach introductory mindfulness and emotion regulation skills to people struggling with mental health challenges with an emphasis on psycho-education and shorter meditation practices. This group has helped patients learn mindfulness skills to use in their daily life and also prepare them to participate in longer, more intensive 8-10 week groups, if they so choose. Concepts from sensorimotor psychotherapy such as the window of tolerance and basics of neuroscience are taught within the program to help patients understand the importance of modulating arousal in order to stay well.
This 2-day training will emphasize experiential learning by leading participants through the 4 week MAST curriculum followed by group discussion on the experience. There will be time for in-session practice teaching of exercises and guided meditations.
GOALS: This training initiative will introduce clinicians to mindfulness practices through experiential learning. Participants will have the skills to use the MAST curriculum to support clients in their setting. This training will provide an opportunity for clinicians to deepen their own mindfulness practice which will serve as a foundation for providing mindfulness based interventions with clients.
MCBT-102 - Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Anxiety and Depression
This course will explore the use of mindfulness and cognitive behavioural strategies as interventions for anxiety and depression.
Research has demonstrated that many of the symptoms of anxiety and depression overlap, and that both sets of symptoms often present co-morbidly. As such, learning cognitive behavioural strategies for both anxiety and depression can help clinicians better meet their clients’ needs based on symptom presentation.
Research on the efficacy of the use of mindfulness is increasing, and clinical outcomes demonstrate that mindfulness can be extremely effective when working with symptoms of depression and anxiety.
This course will cover theoretical and practical understandings of the implementation of mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy. Moreover, this course will help clinicians problem solve when symptom presentation is complex or clients might not appear motivated/engaged.
MCBT-103 - Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Trauma
This course will explore the use of mindfulness and cognitive behavioural strategies as interventions for trauma. Trauma, depending on its complexity, can present through a variety of symptoms. As such, clinicians should be equipped to recognize symptoms of trauma and learn how to work with clients to decrease distress.
Research on interventions for treating trauma suggest that there are different approaches that should be used to treat the symptoms of trauma. Cognitive behavioural strategies seek to meet clients’ complex presentations by offering different interventions.
This course will cover theoretical and practical understandings of the implementation of mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy. This will include pacing of intervention, the importance of creating safety with clients, and how prolonged exposure should and should not be used. Moreover, this course will help clinicians problem solve when symptom presentation is complex or clients might not appear motivated/engaged.
DBT 110 - Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
An intensive out-patient therapy developed by Marsha Linehan to treat chronically suicidal clients diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. DBT has also been adapted to treat clients with addictions, eating disorders and other complex problems. Working with clients who experience these difficulties is extremely challenging for mental health and direct service professionals. DBT has proven to be effective in reducing suicidal, self-harm and other impulsive behaviours and to increase client engagement in therapy. DBT blends Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with acceptance-based strategies stemming from Zen philosophy. A primary therapeutic task is to balance acceptance of the client with a focus on change. During this training, participants will learn the theoretical underpinnings of DBT, the group and individual components and DBT skills from each of the four modules.
• How to conceptualize borderline personality disorder using the biosocial theory
• The components of standard Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
• How to balance validation and change strategies
• Skills for clients, including mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness
• How to conduct a behavioural analysis and solution analysis of problematic behaviours
• How to use commitment strategies to enhance client engagement in the treatment process
Lyndsey Davies M.S.W., R.S.W. has been working at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health since 1999 in the areas of both addictions and mental health and has provided numerous trainings and workshops in the areas of substance use and mental health issues. Lyndsey is a Therapist in the Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic and an Adjunct Lecturer in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. She also has a private practice working with individuals with BPD. At CAMH, she is both an individual therapist and skills group facilitator, utilizing Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, in a comprehensive DBT program and a 20 week skills group. In addition, she offers supervision to other staff members and students.
DSM 5 - Diagnostic Interviewing
This course is important for any mental health professional who intends to treat major mental problems such as mood, anxiety, psychotic and substance use disorders. A brief history of DSM, the major changes from DSM IV to DSM 5 and its strengths and controversies will be reviewed. Students will be given clear descriptions of key symptoms of the major diagnostic categories as well as some opportunity to role play interviewing for some disorders. Note, this class does not qualify students to communicate a diagnosis (as this is a controlled act), but it will provide clinicians with a better understanding of what diagnostic categories and symptoms look like through use of illustration, clinical examples and videos to obtain a better experiential appreciation of symptoms discussed.
1) Knowledge of the history of and controversies surrounding the DSM Manuals
3) How the DSM is used by professionals for arriving at a diagnosis
What is IPT? The Best Kept Secret in Psychotherapy: This program covers the basic theory and fundamental principles that are the foundation of the development of Interpersonal Psychotherapy by Klerman and Weissman as developed for the treatment for patients with depression. Students will learn about the Interpersonal Psychotherapy model detailing the history of its development, the social context at the time of development, and the research supporting the efficacy of the model. Participants will be taught about IPT treatment planning and session structure, which includes client inclusionary and exclusionary criteria for appropriateness of using this model and the beginning, middle and termination phases of the model.
IPT-100 Course in Fundamentals of Interpersonal Psychotherapy
This program covers the basic theory and fundamental principles that are the foundation of the development of Interpersonal Psychotherapy by Klerman and Weissman as developed for the treatment for patients with depression. Students will learn about the Interpersonal Psychotherapy model detailing the history of its development, the social context at the time of development, and the research supporting the efficacy of the model.
Participants will be taught about IPT treatment planning and session structure, that includes client inclusionary and exclusionary criteria for appropriateness of using this model and the beginning, middle and termination phases of the model. Definitions of the four focal areas, Interpersonal Disputes, Complicated Bereavement, Transitions and Interpersonal Deficits, and the goals and strategies used for each area will be described.
Students will have the opportunity to practice IPT techniques using case material and client actors and receive feedback from the instructors.
IPT- Advanced Interpersonal Psychotherapy
This program helps participants solidify IPT skills and increase their knowledge when adapting IPT to different clinical disorders and client groups, including Borderline Personality Disorder, Eating Disorders, work with Families, Adolescents, Geriatric clients. Research and clinical rationale will be presented to support the work with different disorders and populations.
Students will have an opportunity to present their initial experiences in implementing IPT in their practices and have the instructors address challenges they have encountered. Participants will have the opportunity to hear other students client cases and experiences using IPT.
Students will learn how to adapt treatment plans when focal areas and goals are not clear or more complex. Identifying clear clinical criteria for including extended family members into the IPT process will also be discussed. Instructors will demonstrate use of IPT in a group format. Common problems and solutions for this modality will be highlighted. Through didactics, presentation of a variety of clinical cases, client video taped sessions, role plays, conceptualization and treatment planning, and client actors, participants will hone their IPT skills and become more skilled in applying IPT principles to more complex and challenging cases and speciality populations. How to work in a multidisciplinary team and provide IPT for specific populations eg. depression and medical illness including eating disorders, HIV/AIDS.