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Event DescriptionDear Prospective Participant:
I was thrilled when Jack Hirose offered me the opportunity to do four-day intensives in Edmonton and Otttawa in the summer of 2013. This intensive will differ from my two-day workshops in several ways. First, the number of participants will be much smaller, leading to a more intimate learning environment and more opportunities for informal dialogue and feedback as you learn.
Second, after I describe and illustrate a technique, such as the Interpersonal Downward Arrow, Relationship Journal, or Externalization of Voices and Acceptance Paradox, you’ll have the opportunity to break into dyads and triads to practice and master that technique. This will give you the chance to achieve real mastery of many powerful techniques that you can use right away in your clinical work.
Third, you’ll have the chance to work on some of your own issues as part of the learning process if you choose to do so. We're all human, and we all have the tendency to feel anxious, frustrated, inadequate, or demoralized in the course of our work and in our personal lives as well. Although this will not be a therapy group, but a training workshop, the "patient" experience can make these techniques far more meaningful, and will make you a more sensitive and effective clinician.
Fourth, we’ll cover a broad range of topics, including how to deal with:
• Depression and low self-esteem
• Anxiety Disorders
• Relationship Problems
This is important because patients rarely come to us with one specific problem, but nearly always suffer in many different ways, so we need a broad range of tools if we are to treat the whole person, and not just an isolated symptom.
Finally, we’ll work hard and laugh and cry together. Intensives have consistently been the most vibrant and inspirational teaching experiences I’ve ever had. I warmly invite you to join us. I’ll do everything I can to make this one of the best learning opportunities of your career. I look forward to meeting you in July!
David Burns, MD