At Ananda Mental Health Workshops our goal is to bring learning opportunities about mental health and interventions to improve mental health to Central Ontario. We will be hosting workshops about psychotherapeutic treatment modalities such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for various diagnoses and problems. We will have professionals speaking about various interventions to treat clients with severe mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorders and concurrent disorders with substance abuse; as well as issues such as suicidality, shame, and other severe problems in living. We're striving to develop a local Learning Community to enhance care to clients with mental illness and addictions, and to assist mental health professionals in taking care of their clients and of themselves.

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Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for the Treatment of Eating Disorders with Dr. Anita Federici

April 30 - May 1

In this engaging and comprehensive training, the following material will be covered by way of didactic presentation, video material, case examples, practice exercises, small group discussions, and role-plays:

  • How to identify eating disorders
  • Rationale for using DBT for the treatment of eating disorders
  • The Biosocial Theory adapted for eating disorders
  • DBT treatment assumptions
  • Strategies to manage multiple problem behaviours
  • Skills to enhance commitment and motivation
  • How to balance validation/acceptance with change-based strategies across levels of care
  • Adapted diary cards for eating disorder treatment
  • Introduction to DBT skills adapted for eating disorders
  • How to conduct behaviour chain analyses on purging, restricting, binge eating, etc.

Cultivating Courage & Shame Resilience within Clients with Ivana Mitchell MSW, RSW, RP, CDWF

June 4 - June 5

Workshop Description: Shame - the painful feeling of being inadequate, unworthy, and unlovable - is perhaps the most primitive and complex of all emotions, and commonly experienced by many clients struggling with mental illness, addiction, trauma, aggression, and eating disorders. Shame is at the root of perfectionism, self-loathing, and our inner critic, corroding the very part of us that believes we are capable of change. It is universal and no one is exempt. That means that there is no “us…

Understanding and Responding to Suicide Attempts: Skills for Safer Living a group intervention for people experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviours with Yvonne Bergmans, PhD, MSW, RSW

June 18 - June 19

Workshop Description: Working with clients at risk for suicide can be both challenging and frightening for care providers. Suicidality crosses all diagnostic categories and for those clients who have had repeated attempts, they are at higher risk for dying by suicide. Working from a cross-theoretical perspective of suicide arising out of deep emotional and psychological pain, known sometimes as “psychache” (Shneidman. 1993), the fluid intersection of the basics of emotion-focus therapy and narrative therapy will begin this two day workshop…

Using Dialectical Behaviour Therapy to Treat Emotion Dysregulation in Clints with Sheri Van Dijk

September 17 - September 18

Workshop Description: Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) is a treatment originally designed to treat borderline personality disorder (BPD). In recent years it has been increasingly used to treat many other disorders because of its usefulness in treating clients unable to manage emotions. Following an introduction to DBT theory and how this treatment differs from traditional cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), Sheri Van Dijk will discuss how DBT can be applied to working with clients facing a broad range of conditions such as…

Radically Open DBT, 1 Day Only with Nicole Little, PhD

October 12

Self-control, the ability to inhibit competing urges, impulses, or behaviours is highly valued by most societies. However, excessive self-control has been linked to social isolation, aloof interpersonal functioning, maladaptive perfectionism, constricted emotional expressions, and difficult-to-treat mental health problems, such as anorexia nervosa, obsessive compulsive personality disorder and refractory depression. The aim of this workshop is to introduce clinicians to the theoretical foundations and new skills underlying Radically Open-Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (RO-DBT) for disorders of overcontrol. The biosocial theory for overcontrol posits that heightened…

Cognitive – Behavioural Treatment of Problem Perfectionism and Related Disorders with Martin, M. Antony, PhD

November 29 - November 30

Perfectionism is a tendency to hold standards for oneself or others that are unreasonably high and overly rigid.  It is a transdiagnostic construct associated with a wide range of psychological problems, including depression, anxiety and related disorders, and others. This workshop provides an overview of problem perfectionism, and practical strategies for assessing and treating this problem, with an emphasis on cognitive strategies, exposure-based strategies, and acceptance-based strategies.  Techniques are based on a number of recent sources, including the presenter’s evidence-based…

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