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Mon-Wed, Oct 30-Nov 1, 2017

Oct 30 - 9am to 4:30pm
Oct 31 - 8:30am to 4:30pm
Nov 1 - 8:30am to 3:30pm

Donald Gordon Conference Centre (accomodation is available)
421 Union St W, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6


    RESIDENTS: $680
    This includes 2 nights accommodation, breakfast (2), lunch (3), dinner (2), continuous coffee breaks (3 days).
    $135 a night Bed & Breakfast for anyone who wants to arrive on the 29th or depart on the 2nd.

    This includes lunch(3), dinner (2), continuous coffee breaks (3 days)

CANCELATION POLICY: Refund will be issued only if we have a waitlist.

DAY 1:
Danny Yeung
Dan Hughes
Jon Baylin

Helping children become better at integrating trauma, anxieties and insecurities requires their caregiver’s to have good self-regulation skills and to find a way to be socially engaged with children whose fear of relationships make them reactive and defensive. Often parents enter blocked care when their children repeatedly and strongly reject their attempts to connect or when their own attachment histories have made it difficult to build the brain circuitry that supports compassion and holding their child “in mind”, an ability that Diana Fosha argues is a critical component for creating change. Teaching parents to be PACEful to allow for change in their child is not possible when they are defensive and protective and work with the child often must start with work with the parent.

Danny Yeung in his key note address will demonstrate how Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) transforms trauma in a client who has survived childhood sexual abuse by catalyzing three state transformations across four distinctive neuropsychological states. He will illustrate how the moment-to moment attunement by the therapist allows for a shift from rigid defensive states to affective states that are characterized by relief, lightness and hope. The client is then helped to mourn the self and develop experiences of emotional serenity, wisdom and a sense of truth, a cognitive and emotional coherence that allows for a new, adaptive and non-shame-based narrative.

Danny will provide a framework outlining the complex theoretical roots of AEDP that include attachment theory, emotions theory and neuroscience, illustrate how transformance is the overarching drive for healing in AEDP and provide an overview of the set of essential skills that will allow for the three state transformations in four different neuropsychological states.

Dan Hughes will discuss how AEDP compliments DDP and can add to our work with parents, teens and children using clinical vignettes to illustrate the convergence of the two models.

Jon Baylin, using the clinical examples shown by Danny and Dan will guide us through what is happening in the clients’ neurobiology, how the therapist invites a shift in the polyvagal system from defense to social engagement and how this shift then can lead to a greater ability to be mindful and to have the capacity for compassion towards self and others.

The afternoon will conclude with broader discussion of how AEDP, DDP, mindfulness practice and other models that focus on co-regulation before self-regulation can lead to the development of mental health in our clients.

This is an exciting opportunity to have skilled clinicians illustrate the importance of attachment theory, intersubjectivity and knowledge of interpersonal neurobiology principles for the promotion of well-being in our relationships with our clients, children and friends.

DAY 2 & 3:
Our second and third day of the conference will feature presenters who use DDP in various settings such as schools, residential treatment facilities, hospitals and private practices. We will have Michael Chang, M.D. from CHEO address the issue of technology on attachment relationships.

Registration is now open. Our full schedule will be available in June 2017. We look forward to having you join us at the wonderful Donald Gordon Center.

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Danny Yeung MD CCFP CGPP FCFP, Chair of International Development and Senior Faculty of the AEDP Institute, is a trainer and supervisor of Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) for post-graduate mental health professionals in Hong Kong, China, and Canada. An Assistant Professor with the Department of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Danny also serves as a Consultant Physician / Psychotherapist of Assertive Community Treatment Team and Mental Health Court Support Program for the Department of Psychiatry of Mount Sinai Hospital.

His unique contribution as a family doctor and a psychotherapist in the ACT Team, unparalleled globally, was instrumental in helping his team to win the American Psychiatric Foundation Advancing Minority Mental Health Award in 2007 and the Leading Practices Award presented by Ontario Hospital Association in 2007. He was also personally honored with the Joel Sadavoy Community Mental Health Award for 2011, Award of Excellence from the College of Family Physicians of Canada for 2012 and Peter R. Newman Humanitarian Award for 2013.

Dan Hughes, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist with a limited practice in South Portland, Maine. He founded and developed Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), the treatment of children who have experienced abuse and neglect and who demonstrate ongoing problems related to attachment and trauma.

He has spent over 40 years helping children and youth reach their full potential and reconnect with others in their lives. Dan has conducted seminars, workshops, spoken at conferences and guest lectured throughout the US, Europe, Canada, and Australia over the past 18 years. He is also engaged in extensive training and supervision in the certification of therapists in his treatment model, along with ongoing consultation to various agencies and professionals.

He has written and co-authored numerous books and been featured in many articles. He and Jon Baylin have co-authored Brain Based Parenting (2012) and the Neurobiology of Attachment (2016).

Dr. Baylin received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in 1981. He has been working in the mental health field for 35 years. For the past twenty years, while continuing his clinical practice, he has immersed himself in the study of neuroscience and in teaching mental health practitioners about the brain, giving numerous workshops for mental health professionals on “Putting the Brain in Therapy.”

Several years ago, Dr. Baylin began a collaborative relationship with Daniel Hughes, a leader in the field of attachment-focused therapy. Their books, Brain Based Parenting (2012) and The Neurobiology of Attachment-focused Therapy (2016) are both in the Norton series on Interpersonal Neurobiology. Dr. Baylin is also the coauthor with Petra Winnette of Working with Traumatic Memories to Heal Adults with Unresolved Childhood Trauma (2016), Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Dr. Baylin has been presenting internationally for several years and has delivered keynote sessions at conferences both abroad and in the USA. In 2016, he received a lifetime achievement award from ATTACh.


Donald Gordon Conference Centre
421 Union St W, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

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