Programs

Helping People Change Series

Monthly 2-day workshops (Friday/Saturday)

No prerequisite training needed

These professional workshops focus on specific aspects of therapeutic process, symptoms and dynamics, relationships and other therapeutic issues.

Topics may include: Personal Leadership; Ethical Issues; Working with Internal Parts; Couples Therapy; Infidelity in Couples Relationships; Working with At-Risk Youth; LGBT Relationship Therapy; Addictions; Trauma; Eating Disorders; Mood Disorders; Working with Life Transitions; Mindful Self-Care for Therapists; Transforming Your Relationship With Money; Working With Parents of FAS Children; Positive Parenting; etc.

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Transformational Systemic Therapy Level I

10-day training program (offered as one weekend a month over 5 months or 10-day residential intensive)

This program will help counsellors and therapists:

  • Use experiential process throughout their therapy sessions to tap healing Life Energy
  • Explore and facilitate change in clients' intrapsychic and relational systems
  • Make contact with clients' internal experience and create safety quickly and deeply
  • Surface clients' survival communication and coping patterns and help clients experientially choose more positive possibilities
  • Sculpt relationships among family members and tap somatic wisdom for change
  • Collaboratively with the client, begin to set positively directional, intrapsychic therapeutic goals for change
  • Learn the Satir process of transformational therapeutic change from engaging positive Life Energy
  • Help clients access, accept and utilize their internal strengths and resources in the change process
  • Map the internal processes of clients and help them access and change their behaviours, feelings, perceptions and expectations
  • Help clients integrate and maintain their changes

The program will include several therapy demonstrations and video study opportunities. Participants will be expected to complete a minimum of 12 hours of trio homework outside of the classroom hours to practice specific aspects of the program.

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Transformational Systemic Therapy Level II

10-day training program (10-day residential intensive training program)

(prerequisite STST Level I)

This Program will help Counsellors and Therapists:

  • Use their Self in a competent, confident, congruent and creative way throughout the Satir therapeutic process.
  • Make therapy experiential throughout each aspect of the therapeutic process.
  • Make therapy positively directional throughout each aspect of the therapeutic process.
  • Make therapy change focused throughout each aspect of the therapeutic process.
  • Make the therapy process systemic, working on changing the intrapsychic within the context of interactive relationships and changing the interactive from the intrapsychic changes.
  • Tap clients' Life Energy as the stimulus to growth and transformation.
  • Help clients access their subconscious processes and bring them into awareness.
  • Reframe symptoms into solutions and find the positive resources in symptoms.
  • Help clients access, accept and utilize their internal strengths and resources.
  • Help clients to increase their ability to own their internal processes and increase their choice-making possibilities.
  • Collaboratively work with clients to set positively directional therapeutic goals in both intrapsychic and interactive systems.
  • Facilitate bringing about transformational change and anchoring and integrating the changes.
  • Help couples and families connect in an accepting way.
  • Help couples and families resolve differences.
  • Appreciate their own personal and professional growth process.

The program will include several therapy demonstrations and video study opportunities. Participants will be expected to complete a minimum of 12 hours of trio homework outside of the classroom hours to practice specific aspects of the program.

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Transformational Systemic Therapy Level II Advanced

7-day residential intensive training program

(prerequisite: STST Level II)

The focus of the program is to improve participants’ competence, congruence and confidence in doing transformational, experiential, systemic change therapy. The course leader will utilize lecturettes, small group discussions, structured exercises, demonstrations, experiential learning and skill practice sessions to assist participants to move their therapy into a positively directional, change focused, experiential process.

The emphasis will be on bringing about transformational change in individual therapy, although reference will be made to couples therapy and family therapy, as well. The program will offer participants the opportunity to practice therapy and experiential, transformational change under supervision of program faculty. Much of the program will be skill development and demonstrations. Trio work with supervision, "fishbowl" supervision, video study, and mindful reflection of internal processes will make up a large portion of the program. Attention will also be given to understanding the neurological aspects of transformational change based on current research. Transformational Systemic Therapy is supported by current research in the fields of neurology, trauma, attachment, and mindfulness.

Participants will work in triads for a minimum of 8 hours in the evenings under supervision to practice different aspects of transformational therapy. As in the STST Level I and II training program, participants will use their own process of personal growth as the arena for their learning.

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Transformational Systemic Therapy Level III

10-day residential intensive training program

(prerequisite: STST Level I)

This program will focus on the application of TST to loss and grief, anxiety, trauma, depression, and suicide. Therapeutic vehicles, such as sculpting, internal parts party and personal mandala will be taught as part of the program. Compassion fatigue and self-care for the therapist will also be addressed.

This Program will help Counsellors and Therapists:

  • Conceptualize clients' experiences through the Satir Growth Model.
  • Bring sub-conscious internal dynamics into the client's conscious awareness.
  • Change impacts rather than focus on reducing symptoms.
  • Use specific interventions to resolve painful experiences.
  • Help clients access, accept and utilize their internal strengths and resources.
  • Facilitate bringing about transformational change and anchoring and integrating the changes.
  • Use their Self in a competent, confident, congruent and creative way throughout the Satir therapeutic process.
  • Make therapy experiential throughout each aspect of the therapeutic process.
  • Make therapy positively directional throughout each aspect of the therapeutic process.
  • Make therapy change focused throughout each aspect of the therapeutic process.
  • Make the therapy process systemic, working on changing the intrapsychic within the context of interactive relationships and changing the interactive from the intrapsychic changes.
  • Tap clients' Life Energy as the stimulus to growth and transformation

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Supervision Training Using TST

8-day supervision training, with supervision of supervision

Training includes:

  • Exploring therapists' internal processes as they impact therapy and possibilities for change.
  • Helping therapists conceptualize cases from both intrapsychic and relational systemic possibilities.
  • Helping therapists reflect on the role of a therapist and their own identity as a therapist.
  • Helping therapists see beyond their clients' pathology and symptoms to their Life Energy, internal resources and survival impacts.
  • Helping therapists experience their Life Energy and harness it towards positive possibilities.
  • Using process questions to help the therapists to explore their own therapeutic process.
  • Helping therapists set internal and relational goals for therapy.
  • Collaboratively setting goals for supervision with the therapists.
  • Creating a contract for supervision with their supervisees.
  • Becoming aware of their responsibilities as a supervisor and act in an ethical manner.
  • Addressing ethical issues in therapeutic process.
  • Maintaining their own congruence during supervision.
  • Facilitating positively directional and change focused supervision.
  • Creating a process for evaluating supervision.
  • Helping therapists evaluate the effectiveness of their therapy.

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Training For Trainers Using TST

15-day training program

  • Group process, theory and practice.
  • Group leadership skills and styles.
  • Concepts and skills of group dynamics.
  • Safety factors in groups.
  • Setting goals with groups and participants.
  • Learning and communication styles of participants.
  • Group process observation skills.
  • Processing members’ dynamics (intrapsychic and interactive).
  • Creating positively directional, experiential learning processes.
  • Ethical guidelines for workshop leaders.
  • Screening participants.
  • Meeting needs of individual participants in workshops.
  • Feedback skills in workshops.
  • Methods of evaluating group process and individual learnings.
  • Motivating for change.
  • Conflicts and possible disagreements among participants.
  • Building programs based on group purposes.
  • Using interactive and intrapsychic approaches.
  • Use of homework with participants.
  • What to do when your leadership is challenged.
  • How and when to use activities in workshops.

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