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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 […]

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. […]