Course Seven – Helping Psychotherapists Work More Effectively with Parents Where the Child or Adolescent Presents a Significant Challenge

Course Seven - Helping Psychotherapists Work More Effectively with Parents Where the Child or Adolescent Presents a Significant Challenge

Course Coordinator: Elizabeth Tuters

Course Leaders: Michael Blugerman, Elizabeth Tuters, Heather Gregory

Thursday, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm: May 18, 25, June 1, 8, 2017 (Revised Dates)

Fees: $180

Preregistration is required.


This workshop will help therapists identify and deal with challenges presented by parents and children, in their practice. Through an understanding of core issues for birth, foster and adoptive children, the aim is to help parents develop confidence that will help the family to achieve a sense of calmness, confidence and security in parenting challenging children when things go terribly wrong.

Illustrations across the spectrum from early relational dysfunction, complex trauma and child abuse will be presented through case examples and theory.

Links across neuroscience, psychoanalytic and attachment-focused theories will be presented. Participants are encouraged to provide case examples for consideration and discussion.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the course the participants will be able to:

  1. Identify concepts such as container-contained, the holding environment, attachment and mentalization.
  2. Evaluate the role of loss, shame and mourning in this area of work.
  3. Explain the intersections among neuroscience, psychoanalytic and attachment-focused theories.
  4. Utilize different and competent strategies in assisting clients to achieve self-competence and satisfaction in their role as parents or in helping their child to become the child they can be.

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Michael Blugerman

Michael Blugerman, MSW, RSW, President, Canadian Association for Psychoanalytic Child Therapists; President, Association for Training on Trauma and Attachment in Children; Executive Director, Children’s Resource and Consultation Centre of Ontario; Chair, Ontario Association of Private Adoption Practitioners; Guest of the TPS.

Elizabeth Tuters

Elizabeth Tuters, MSW, RSW, FIPA, Child/Adult Psychoanalyst in Private Practice. Team Leader, Infant Program, Hincks-Dellcrest Children’s Centre/Institute; Officer, Board of Directors; Canadian Association of Psychoanalytic Child Therapists. Faculty, TPS&I.

Heather Gregory*

Heather Gregory, MSW, RSW, PhD (candidate at Smith College) Acting Manager, and Child & Family Therapist in the Assessment Directed Therapy Program at Boost Child & Youth Advocacy.

*By Invitation

Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits are available. This event is an accredited group learning activity (section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certificate Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA). The specific opinions and content of this event are not necessarily those of the CPA, and are the responsibility of the organizer(s) alone. As per the Royal College standard, each presentation provides a minimum of 25% interactive learning.

Full-time students in universities and colleges, and mental-health trainees are eligible for a 25% reduction in course fees. Proof of 2016/2017 status needs to be provided. Please contact the tps&i directly to register at a discount.

Refunds must be requested in writing two weeks prior to the beginning of a course. A handling fee of $30 will be retained. After these two weeks, fees cannot be returned.

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