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Assessment and Treatment of Mind-Body Conditions

November 30 @ 9:00 am - December 1 @ 5:00 pm

$375 – $450

SOLD OUT – You can register in our waiting list in case we have a cancellation  CLICK HERE

Two days presentation:

November 30 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
December 1 from 9:00am to 5:00pm

OPQ Recognition Number RE02671-18 (14 hours)

Angela Cooper, Ph D
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Patients with Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS), persistent physical symptoms or mind/body symptoms, often present with physical difficulties for which investigations fail to find a medical cause.  This can include symptoms such as; headache, fatigue, chronic pain, chest pain and gastrointestinal disturbance.  The blockage of psychological and emotional processes is thought to result in altered autonomic, endocrine, and immune system activity related to the development of these physical conditions and accounts for a large proportion of medical visits.

Research now shows us the intimate connection between how the brain processes strong emotions and the effect on the body’s nervous system.  When emotions automatically trigger the fight/flight/freeze response in the body, persistent physical and emotional complications can result. Patients with these difficulties often have co-occurring anxiety, depression and/or trauma and they are more likely to engage in destructive health-related behaviors.

This combination of difficulties can lead to enormous health care costs, unsatisfactory medical treatment, long wait lists and patient/practitioner frustration. ISTDP is a brief therapy model that has demonstrated evidence in helping patients with these type of conditions.


First Day: Assessment of Mind-Body Conditions:

Dr Cooper will provide an overview of her 3-year ISTDP research project; specifically outlining the underlying theory, assessment, treatment and evaluation process across 2 Family Medicine Centers in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  As part of this session, you will become familiar with a number of concepts through the use of video-taped clinical examples.

Objectives include:

  • Recognizing the 3 pathways of anxiety and the different treatment approaches for each pathway
  • Recognizing different behaviors/defenses that block the person’s ability to regulate, experience and express their emotions
  • Differentiating feelings from anxiety, defenses and symptoms
  • Learning about the concept of ‘response to intervention’ and how this guides the treatment process
  • Practicing new assessment skills together

Second Day: Treatment of Mind-Body Conditions and Maximizing your Therapeutic Effectiveness

The second day will demonstrate different treatment approaches to different patient capacities. In addition, attendees will learn how to maximize their therapeutic effectiveness.  Contemporary research is revealing that instead of just focusing on ‘what’ therapy model we use, we need to be as attentive to ‘who’ uses the model. Therefore, we will focus on the person of the therapist to help you develop a deeper awareness of your own emotional blocks in order to maximize your effectiveness with patients/clients.

Objectives include:

    • Introduction to the ISTDP treatment approach and outcomes with:
    • Patients with low-moderate resistance
    • Patients with high resistance and repression
    • Patients with fragility
    • Practicing new therapeutic skills using attendees own cases
    • Introducing a framework for attendees to understand their own emotional processes and blocks that may reduce therapeutic effectiveness
    • Engaging in experiential exercises designed to free up blocks and maximise effectiveness
    • Brief discussion of deliberate practice as a method for building emotional and therapeutic skills over time.


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November 30 @ 9:00 am
December 1 @ 5:00 pm
$375 – $450
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Argyle Institute
4150 Sainte Catherine Street West suite 328
Westmount, QC H3Z 2Y5 Canada
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(514) 931-5625


Argyle Institute
(514) 931-5625
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