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Conference code:

9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.


keynote speakers


Manuel Calviño:
Finding Meaning in Today's World:
The Impact of Psychology on the Modern Era

Dan Siegel

Dan Siegel:
An Interpersonal Neurobiological Approach to Treatment: Assessing Chaos and Rigidity and Exploring the Domains of Integration

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Sessions


Conference code:

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Diana Fosha

Undoing Aloneness:
The Dyadic Healing of Attachment Trauma

Diana Fosha, PhD

Aloneness in the face of overwhelming emotion is the epicenter of emotional suffering. Attempts to deal with it result in psychopathology that brings patients to seek help. Attachment is key to undoing that aloneness so that previously feared-to-be overwhelming emotions can be processed and thus trauma transformed. Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), a transformational, healing oriented model of treatment, is one of the fastest growing approaches to working with attachment trauma, has developed rich, creative, systematic interventions for doing precisely that: undoing the patient’s aloneness. AEDP is fearless in working with the experience of the patient-therapist attachment, moment-to-moment tracking and processing it rigorously.

AEDP emphasizes the moment-to-moment experiential co-creation of safety and the undoing of aloneness in the face of overwhelming emotions. Unlike traditional models of therapy that are psychopathology-based, AEDP roots itself in transformational theory, and has a change-based theory of therapeutic action. The methodology of AEDP has patient and therapist emotionally engaged, closely following the edge of emergent transformational experience all the while processing trauma. Processing both traumatic and restorative emotional experiences to completion, the AEDP process culminates in vitality, energy, and the non-finite positive emotion-fueled spirals of resilience, well-being and creativity.

Through extensive audio-visually recorded actual therapy sessions, this workshop will provide ample exposure to AEDP's hallmark techniques of dyadic affect regulation (to undo aloneness and process traumatic experience), healing-oriented emotion processing, and metatherapeutic processing (to process transformational experience) which can consolidate therapeutic gains, foster resilience, expand relational capacity, and also deepen receptive affective experiences of feeling seen, felt, loved and understood.

Participants will learn to...

  • Undo aloneness by fostering an therapeutic attachment-based stance to facilitate affect regulation between therapist and client
  • Use dyadic affect regulation in working with clients’ previously feared-to-be-unbearable emotions.
  • Utilize experiential techniques to undo aloneness and put into action dyadic affect regulation
  • Utilize experiential techniques for working safely and deeply with relational experience
  • Utilize experiential techniques to help a client process intense emotional experiences

Conference code:

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Roxanne Castellanos

“AcompañArte”: Group Therapy for latency-age children
Roxanne Castellanos Cabrera

Validated by clinical practice, “AcompañArte” is a group psychotherapeutic program aimed at younger schoolchildren suffering from emotional stress and challenges with their parents. This workshop will present the theoretical framework of AcompañArte and offer a demonstration session.

You Will Learn:

  • The theoretical basis and methodological support of AcompañArte
  • What an AcompañArte session looks like and how it is implemented through demonstration.

Conference code:

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Dr Alexis Lorenzo Ruiz

Human Behaviour in Critical and Extreme Situations:
Theories and Best-Practices from Emergency and Disaster Response and Recovery
Alexis Lorenzo Ruiz, PhD


Our understanding of how a person behaves in critical and extreme situations and in the aftermath continues to evolve. This workshop focuses on the treatment of communities affected by natural disasters and emergencies using not only clinical intervention but programs for integrative learning as well as conscious design of the psychosocial environment to facilitate healing. Developed in Cuba, this approach is based on the study of emergency response, post-disaster recovery and training from events that include: the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the Isla Montserrat volcano, the earthquake in Haiti in 201.

You Will Learn:

  • Main trends in Latin American in response (emergency and recovery) to critical and extreme situations
  • What are the psychosocial factors associated with critical and extreme situations
  • The process of stress and trauma in this context
  • Best-practices in designing and implementing psychosocial programs
  • How to holistically integrate and yet also recognize and respect the diverse and complex processes that underlie human behaviour in these situations

Conference code:

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Trauma, Sex, and Couple: Understanding the effects of childhood interpersonal trauma on sexual-relational adult functioning to guide leading edge empirically-based psychotherapeutic interventions
Natacha Godbout, PhD

Recent neuroscience research demonstrates that traumatic experiences tend to be encoded not as chronological memories but in the form of non-verbal feeling and body memories, such as intrusive sensations, strong impulses to act out, autonomic dysregulation, and intense emotions. When these implicit memories without words are situationally evoked by trauma-related triggers, the overwhelming events of long ago erupt into the client’s present day experience. Addictive and self-destructive behavior can bring temporary relief but soon pose a bigger threat to the client’s well-being because it takes increasingly larger ‘doses’ to achieve the same effect. Because traumatic activation shuts down the brain areas responsible for good judgment and the ability to learn from past experience, many clients are still unsafe—now due to the risks of their own self-destructive behavior.

New neurobiologically-informed somatic techniques can directly address the physiological responses related to both the trauma and addiction, offering renewed hope for long-term sobriety and bringing long-awaited emotional relief to victims of abuse.

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the physiological effects of childhood trauma and neglect
  • Describe the role of addictive and self-destructive behavior in trauma survivors
  • Identify the barriers to stable sobriety and recovery
  • Describe somatic interventions that increase clients’ capacity to tolerate emotion and impulse

Plus a presentation by a representative of Cenesex (Cuban National Center for Sex Education)

2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. sessions


Conference code:

2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Dan Siegel

Mind/Body/Spirit/Soul : Neural Processes and Mental Health
Daniel J Siegel and Jorge Luis Velázquez Julián

In this workshop, we will explore the who, what, where, how, when and even why of the mind—of the essence of our selves—by providing a working definition of the mind and how this relates to our embodied brain and our relationships with other people, and with the planet.

“Mind” is a term that lacks a definition in a range of fields of academics as well as in education, parenting, and even mental health.  Beyond common descriptions of mental activities, such as emotion, memory and thought, defining the mind itself empowers us to ask what a healthy mind might be, and what we can do to cultivate a healthy mind in our individual and collective lives.

We will dive deeply into the nature of subjective experience, consciousness, and information processing—and also explore how another facet of mind can be seen as the “self-organizing emergent, embodied and relational process that regulates the flow of energy and information.”  This definition enables us to propose that the mind is not limited to the head’s brain, it is fully embodied not merely enskulled; it is not even limited by the skin, but is also relational—involving our connections to other people and the planet.  Further, defining the mind as a regulatory process means you can learn to strengthen the monitoring and modulation that make up regulation.  This exploration empowers us to ask how one cultivates optimal self-organization and find that the linking of differentiated parts of a system to each other—a process called “integration”—creates flexible, adaptive, coherent, energized, and stable functioning.  This “FACES” flow emerging with integration can be seen as the heart of health.

The mind creates health in our lives by creating integration within and between—the “two” locations of our proposed view of mind—within our bodies and between our inner selves and other people and the planet.  What seems like two places, as we’ll see, is simply locations of one system, the system of our embodied and relational mind.

Participants in the workshop will be able to…

  • Describe nine domains of integration
  • Outline how traumatic experiences are uniquely stored in memory and ways in which those memories can become integrated with trauma resolution
  • Name three applications of attachment theory in assessment of developmental trauma
  • Identify chaotic and rigid states as examples of impaired integration and well-being


Conference code:

2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Caroline Welch

Roadmap to Optimizing Personal and Professional Well-Being for Women
Caroline Welch

Never before have women been called upon to simultaneously play so many roles so well. Our commitments come in the form of nonstop, converging demands of work, family, friends, and even ourselves! How do we put limits on the lure of the internet and our devices, give up multitasking, and live our days consistent with our current priorities? This workshop will offer practical guidance about how to use “the 4 Ps” to develop your own strategy for increased well-being:

  • Presence – how to get off autopilot, spend more time in the present, and finally feel that you’ve “caught up”
  • Prioritizing – how to figure out what matters most for not only today but longer-term while leaving space for the unexpected
  • Pacing – how to move beyond the ever-elusive “balance” and “doing it all, all at once” to remember that life is a marathon
  • Pivoting – how to recognize when change is needed and that it’s always an option in your decision-making

This workshop will provide a framework for increased happiness, efficiency, and well-being. In addition to the four “Ps,” you will learn:

  • The compelling science behind why awareness, integration, and relationships – especially friendships – are so important to well-being
  • Strategies for focusing on the task at hand rather than the overall results
  • Guidelines for limiting the use of electronic devices that really work
  • Strategies to dispel the myths that get in our way, such as: “I have no time to meditate,” “I can do it all!” “It’s a zero-sum game,” “I need to eliminate all stress and exhaustion from my life,” “I’m not good enough,” and “More is better.”

Conference code:

2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sat Dharam

Beyond Addiction: The Yogic Path to Recovery
Sat Dharam Kaur

This introduction to the Beyond Addiction program will provide therapists with tools derived from the Kundalini Yoga tradition to support clients to break compulsive patterns, reduce cravings, calm the nervous system, move through obstacles and build connection to their authentic self. Breathing exercises, mantras, rhythm, postures and movement will be explored to draw participants into the present moment and access joy.

In this workshop you will learn to:

  • use techniques to replace overwhelm with peace, and reduce cravings
  • reactivate your senses to feel, hear and see more keenly in the present
  • move from numbness to aliveness
  • use movement to discover empowerment

Conference code:

2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

John Briere

High Risk Behaviours in Adolescents and young Adults
John Briere


Description to follow



Conference code:

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(lunch from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.)

Lisa Ferentz

Post-Traumatic Growth: A Journey of Hope and Healing
Lisa Ferentz

Much has been written about the long-term adverse affects of traumatic life experiences, including PTSD, depression, and addiction.  In this workshop we will focus on an exciting and encouraging alternative byproduct to traumatic events which takes clients through the pain and grief of trauma but eventually brings them to a place of newfound hope, resiliency, and healing. We will explore the tangible markers of post-traumatic growth, including: a new way of relating to others; the capacity to believe in new possibilities; the rediscovery of personal strengths; and a newfound appreciation for life in general.  We will explore creative strategies that can help clients connect with the concepts of post-traumatic growth and their own growth journeys.  Participants will learn how to use both somatic resourcing and “remembered resources” to access the “inner wisdom” that can identify arenas of growth.  We will then explore strategies including before and after collages, two-handed writing, guided imagery and visualizations, monitoring and journaling with the Post-Traumatic Growth Inventory all of which will help clients recognize and celebrate their progress.  Case examples, videotapes, and client’s artwork will be incorporated into the workshop as well.


Learning Objectives:

  • Give three examples of how the meaning clients attach to trauma can either intensify or mitigate their experiences.
  • Explain the “hamster wheel” phenomenon of perpetually asking “why” trauma occurred and how to navigate it in therapy.
  • Explain the “Shattered Vase” analogy and its relevance to post-traumatic growth.
  • Identify the 5 measurable arenas that are indicative of Post-traumatic Growth and give examples of each.
  • Describe and implement at least 3 strategies designed to connect clients to the concepts of PTG and to strengthen their awareness of their own growth journeys.

Conference code:

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(lunch from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.)

Ross Greene

Advanced Topics in Collaborative & Proactive Solutions
Ross Greene

In this workshop, Dr. Greene will describe many of the finer points and nuances of the non-punitive, non-adversarial, collaborative approach he described in his books The Explosive ChildLost & SchoolLost & Found, and Raising Human Beings. He'll make extensive use of videos to help illustrate the use of the assessment instrumentation used in the model and how to solve problems collaboratively.  But he'll also be reviewing the basics, so the course is applicable to those who were not present at his workshop on Tuesday as well as those who were.

This workshop will build on Ross Greene's long time work with children, families and systems. See here for more information

At the conclusion of the seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the fundamental differences between modifying behavior and solving the problems that are causing those behaviors
  • Describe how to use the Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems (ALSUP) and the guidelines for writing unsolved problems
  • Describe how to gather information about kids' concerns in the first step of Plan B, including the different "drilling" strategies
  • Describe the two categories of adult concerns in the second step of Plan B
  • Describe how to reach solutions are that realistic and mutually satisfactory in the third step of Plan B

Conference code:

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(lunch from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.)

Ronald Siegel

Getting Beyond I, Me, Mine: Mindfulness, Wisdom, and Compassion in Psychotherapy
Ron Siegel

What do we look for in a psychotherapist when we’re in pain? The answer probably isn’t just academic knowledge or training. Rather, we hope that he or she will be wise—have a deep understanding of how to live life—and compassionate—able to supportively enter into our suffering with us. We might also hope that he or she would be interested in others, rather than overly self-focused. So how might we develop these qualities in ourselves? And what would psychotherapy in particular look like if wisdom, compassion, and reduced self-preoccupation were actually goals of treatment? In this program, you’ll learn:

  • What wisdom and compassion are, and how they can be cultivated for both the professional and the client
  • How to harness modern scientific and ancient discoveries about using wisdom and compassion to support well-being
  • How to use mindfulness and compassion practices to foster psychological insight, spiritual awakening, cognitive flexibility, empathy, and caring action, in ourselves and others
  • Ways to move beyond our evolutionarily hard-wired concerns with personal comfort and self-esteem to find greater freedom and ease both inside and outside the clinical hour.

**Conference/schedule subject to change**