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Diagnosing with Internal Family Systems: Uncovering the positive intention even with self-harming behaviours

This is the question that is asked ALL THE TIME according to Internal Family Systems clinician Frank Anderson. How do you find the positive intention of suicidal attempts? What about opioid addiction? In this video Frank reframes self-harming behaviour in order to awaken greater understanding and awareness. Join Frank Anderson in Toronto and learn more about [...]
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Elder Little Brown Bear, the Junos and Us

Hello, This is Michael Kerman. As some of you may know, Max Kerman of The Arkells is my son. His act of reconciliation at the Junos this year in London, Ontario encouraged me to write this. On  April 25 and 26, we are honoured to host Elder Little Brown Bear for a two day workshop: […]

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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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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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Clinical Applications of Cannabis: Prescribed Opioids vs Cannabis

According to StatsCan, an estimated 43% of Canadians have tried marijuana, 33.5% have used it more than once and at least 10% of Canadians have used it in the past year. Despite this widespread exposure, cannabis use is still associated with much stigma and plain outright misinformation. In this video discussing client concerns about potential […]

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Staying up-to-date—Learning the Language of Cannabis

In these two videos, Fall 2018 presenter Zach answers the two questions that are most commonly asked by clients in clinical settings. And if you want to spend an entire day with Zach learning even more, he is presenting The Cannabis Primer: What Every Mental Health Professional Needs To Know… NOW! in both Toronto and […]