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Psychological Trauma Workshop

A practical skills-based course to understand and treat unresolved psychological trauma as it relates to a range of office-based clients, from Canadian-born to refugees


Clare Pain MD, Lisa Andermann MD & Ruth Lanius MD, PhD


Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18, 2009 & Friday, September 25 and Saturday, September 26, 2009

This intensive continuing education skills-based workshop is intended to provide psychotherapists with an expanded clinical repertoire to manage the complex psychotherapeutic challenges encountered in treating traumatized patients.  It aims to facilitate improved therapeutic outcomes in this hard-to-treat patient population.


At the conclusion of the course, participants will:


  • Be able to recognize prominent affects and behaviours of traumatized patients and appreciate the resulting clinical challenges and potential pitfalls.
  • Be oriented to the neuroscience underpinning the effects of unresolved trauma and affect dysregulation.
  • Know effective approaches to work with patients who have unresolved trauma, noting the similarities and differences between Canadian-born and refugees/new Canadians.
  • Know approaches to reduce the risk of therapeutic impasses and negative outcomes, including substance abuse and dependence.


Suitable for supervisory faculty, psychiatrists, GP-psychotherapists, psychologists, social workers, nurses.

Accreditation will be sought.


Participants can enroll in the workshop only or apply for the MSPI Certificate in Psychotherapy Program.  Certificate candidates (minimum requirement - 2 years experience as a credentialed health professional and psychotherapist) are expected to complete the workshop, and participate in 20 hours of one-on-one or small group supervision with an MSPI psychotherapy supervisor within a two-year period.  Study credits are given for all group-learning activities.


For more information and fees for the workshop, please review the workshop flyer.



If you would like to be put on the waiting list, please contact:

Connie Kim,
Administrative Coordinator, MSPI
Mount Sinai Hospital, Department of Psychiatry
942-600 University Ave.
Toronto ON
M5G 1X5
416 586-4800 ext. 8419
416 586-8654 fax