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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 […]

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How to Talk to Teens About Meditation

How do you even begin to talk about the benefits of meditation to teens? You want to be neutral yet communicate the benefits, be supportive but not overly invested… in this video, Fall 2018 presenter Gina Biegel models the concept of baby steps: introducing mindfulness as a practice that can be staged in small manageable […]

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The Teen Timeline

As a well-meaning adult, possibly a teacher, therapist or guidance counsellor, the window for you to secure buy in from your teen charges may be a little shorter than with other resistant clients due to many factors specific to working with teens. So how do you reply when they ask: How long is this going […]

Working With Resistant Teens

The saying goes: one can lead a horse to water but one cannot make it drink. But when it comes to teens, resistance might not always be capital R resistance… particularly when you might be another Authority Figure that teens are just wired to challenge and test… In this first of four videos, Fall 2018 […]

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Changing The Ways Couples Respond to Threat and Pain

Arguments about taking out the trash or the dishes are rarely about the trash/dishes when they arise persistently between romantic partners who have fallen out of love or become disillusioned or are in just ongoing crisis and distress. How is it that someone who used to make you so happy not only is no longer […]

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Clearing the Mental Locker

For most students, school is back in full swing with homework piling up, backpacks filling up and desks and lockers accumulating forgotten objects. Do you know some teens who could use some help in managing their mental lockers? Leading Edge presenter Gina Biegel has some practical tips and great worksheets for you in this article. […]

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The chicken and the egg

Which comes first? Good sex or good relationship? Traditionally, couples therapy goes for fixing the relationship first through talk therapy and assumes that once the relationship has improved, the sex will sort itself out. But upcoming Fall 2018 speaker Esther Perel observes: “I worked with so many couples that improved dramatically in the kitchen, and […]