Year: 2019

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Supporting Death and Grief

As a palliative nurse, Sallie Tisdale will walk into the room of someone who is dying and it is familiar.  In this video she provides helpful information when working with someone who is dying and their families: Join Sallie Tisdale in Toronto for more Advice for Future Corpses: A workshop on preparing for death (May [...]
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Keep Your Own Agenda Out Of My Death!

As mental health professionals and medical professionals, working with people dying can be difficult. We all have our own ideas and bias about a “good death”. Palliative nurse, author and LES Spring 2019 presenter, Sallie Tisdale, says “Keep your own agenda out of it!!” Click here to learn more (it’s not as easy as it [...]

Why is self-compassion so hard?

“Self-Compassion sounds like a good thing until we practice applying it.” Does this ring true for anyone? Why is self-compassion so difficult for so many people? Spring 2019 Presenter Deirdre Fay answers: People are hesitant or resistant to self-compassion because we’re afraid of two things. One, it won’t work or make a difference, so Why […]

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Internal Family Systems: Phase-oriented vs NON Phase-oriented… why should trauma therapists care?

On the question of phase-oriented vs non phase-oriented treatment, Internal Family Systems (IFS) expert Frank Anderson is clear. Phase-oriented trauma modalities envision treatment as a linear progression:  1. Safety and Stabilization, 2. Processing Traumatic Memories and finally (hopefully) Reconsolidation and Repair. Non  phase-oriented modalities like IFS strive to work with all parts of the traumatic [...]
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WHY EMDR?

Participants from last year’s EMDR training and our Bessel van der Kolk workshops report that Dr. van der Kolk claims that EMDR is so effective for trauma patients that not having it in your toolkit is akin to malpractice. Dr. van der Kolk is known for his emphatic manner of speaking and while it is […]

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When old traditions become new innovations

How do you help someone in distress? In the world of psychotherapy we continually strive to improve our knowledge and skills to help people change distressing habits of emotion, behavior, thinking, spirit, and feeling. We will never stop asking how to best help others. Sometimes we act as if ideas about helping others were invented by [...]
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DBT: Not Just for Clients

As mental health professionals, sometimes you literally face life-and-death issues. Leading Edge Seminars presenter Sheri Van Dijk writes about how crucial self-care can be when grieving the loss of a client due to suicide and how DBT skills can be used: In my trainings and in my work with clients I regularly talk about the […]