KN webinars - Past Sessions

March 28, 2013

Walk-In Counseling Services: Making the Most of One Hour

All therapists have experience with clients who are seen for only one session. In fact, research consistently indicates that one is the modal number of sessions for all models of therapy and that single sessions are highly effective. This presentation describes theory, strategies, and techniques for making those single sessions as effective as possible. The presenter has 20 years of experience in a single session walk-in context and is co-editor of When One Hour is All You Have: Effective Therapy for Walk-in Clients (2011). The model was developed in Calgary and has been imported to other parts of Canada and the United States. The approach is based on current research on brief therapy and makes use of strength-based models of practice. The presentation will describe the rationale for walk-in services, the most current research in support of walk-in and single session therapy, a mindset and a model that support single session work.

Dr. Arnie Slive is a Licensed Psychologist (Texas). He is an AAMFT Clinical Fellow as well as an Approved Supervisor for more than 25 years. His interests are in brief, strength-based psychotherapy, program development, supervision and teaching. He has published in the areas of family therapy, residential treatment, adolescence, and single session, walk-in therapy. He formerly lived in Calgary, Alberta where he was a founder of the Eastside Family Centre and had a 20-year relationship with Wood’s Homes as Clinical Director and consultant. He was a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Calgary (Clinical Psychology Program). He is a past president of the Alberta Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. He is the recipient of the Divisional Contribution Award (AAMFT) and the Innovative Services to Family Award (Alberta Division, AAMFT). He is a Fulbright Scholar. He is co-editor with Monte Bobele of When One Hour Is All You Have: Effective Counseling For Walk-in Clients (2011). Arnie now lives in Austin, Texas where he consults to community agencies, operates a small private practice and is a faculty member at Our Lady of the Lake University counseling psychology program (San Antonio). Arnie and Susan have been married for 45 years and are proud parents and grandparents.

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Nov 29, 2012
The Caregiving Relationship and Infant Mental Health
 
The significance of the infant’s primary caregiving relationship is indisputably central to the infant’s overall cognitive, social and emotional development. Recognizing that the caregiving relationship is responsible for the infant’s developed proximity-seeking behaviours and autonomy-related behaviours will assist clinicians in identifying attachment patterns, related mutual-regulation patterns and/or self-regulation in the infant. Infant mental health is fundamentally rooted in the caregiving relationship. This understanding is even more critical when it comes to trauma in the caregiving relationship by way of neglect. It has profound consequences for the infant’s overall development. The webinar focuses on the development of the attachment relationship and the role it has in the infant’s developed regulation capacity.
 
Mary Rella,  B.A., Dip. C.S. Mary is the Manager of Consultation Assessment and Training Services at the Panorama Program, Thistletown Regional Center part of the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. Mary leads the clinical assessment teams to further provide consultation and service in collaboration with other Children’s Mental Health agencies and Child Welfare. Mary has worked with families in clinical settings and Child Welfare for over 20 years. Mary continues to provide parenting assessments, attachment assessments and training to professionals across the province of Ontario. Mary’s professional focus is in the areas of: parent/child relationships and the repair of relational trauma. Mary has developed extensive training in the area of Therapeutic Access in conjunction with the Child Welfare System and she provides clinical consultation to mental health professionals as well as Children’s Aid professionals. Mary has a private practice specializing in working with individuals, families and couples. Mary is an energetic presenter who is passionate about her work and continues to include current research and clinical applications providing knowledge and training regarding parent/child interactions. 
 
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Sep 19, 2012 Evidence-based practice in child mental health: A research update
 
There is an increasing call in Canada to improve both prevention and treatment services to address the extent of mental health difficulties experienced by children. Critical in these efforts is the need to selectively implement effective interventions, an approach that often appears to be lacking. This lecture will review some key constructs and findings in the evidence-based practice movement as it applies to child mental health services including research-practice gaps, a common elements approach, and a measurement feedback approach.
 
Dr. John D. McLennan has undergraduate degrees in medical science and medicine from the University of Alberta. He completed his residency in psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as a Masters in Public Health. He went on to complete a fellowship in community psychiatry and residency in preventive medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He obtained a PhD in Health Research Methodology at McMaster University during research fellowship training at the Offord Centre for Child Studies. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary. His current research examines utilization patterns and outcomes of child health services. His clinical work is mainly focused on assessment and treatment of children with disruptive behaviours and attentional problems.
 
 
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May 22, 2012
Supporting Fatherhood Involvement: an evidence-based father-focused co-parenting
intervention designed for child welfare families  

This webinar presented an innovative program that has been shown to lower rates of child abuse and neglect in at-risk populations using a unique clinical focus. The program is already evidence-based with non-child welfare families and research is underway that shows its promise for child welfare families and family-serving organizations as well. This presentation reviewed the improved child outcomes in 800 low income families from various cultural groups. The Albertan replication of this research was also introduced.
 
 
Marsha Kline Pruett, Ph.D., M.S.L.Marsha Kline Pruett, Ph.D., M.S.L., is the Maconda Brown O’Connor Professor at Smith College School for Social Work. She has a national and international reputation for the development, implementation, and evaluation of preventive interventions in courts and family-focused community agencies. She has written extensively for academic and lay audiences, co-authoring Your Divorce Advisor (2001) and Partnership Parenting (Sept. 2009). She was awarded the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts’ Stanley Cohen Award for Distinguished Research. 
 
 
  Kyle Pruett, M.D.
Kyle Pruett, M.D. is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale Child Study Center. He has a national and international reputation for his clinical work with at-risk children and families as a private practitioner, researcher, writer, and advocate through various media forms. He is the author of 4 highly praised books: Fatherneed, The Nurturing Father, Me, Myself, and I, and Partnership Parenting, which he co-wrote with his wife. He consults on issues pertaining to children and mental health to schools, government bodies, judges and attorneys. 
 
 
 
 
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March 29, 2012

Embedding the experiences of children into the lives of adults

 
The experiences of children affect their lives in a profound manner, seen every day by those who work with them. Despite this, it is hard to generate attention and interest as these are seen as problems of 'mental health', 'child welfare', 'special education' etc. We now know that these experiences have an even more significant effect of the health of adults and the costs of chronic disease in adult health care. The major part of the presentation explains how the toxic stressors of childhood affect the brain and bodies of children, how this experience is embedded into the child and growth in to adulthood and what the outcome is in adulthood. This links with the work of professionals in child work with the public concerns of adult health and brings out the message that we need to understand and improve what we do to and for children in our society.

 
Speaker: Wade Junek MD, FRCPC, Psychiatrist, Day Treatment Services, IWK Health Centre
 
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