The Closer I get, the More Dangerous You Look: Trauma and Attachment

Date & Time: 
December 9, 2016 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
Peachtree Inn 1187 Princess Street Kingston, ON

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Workshop Description:

We all have attachment styles which shape our responses to people close to us.  The attachment styles typically associated with people with traumatic histories pose particular challenges for the development of healthy relationships in adulthood and therapeutic relationships with counsellors and therapists.  This workshop will examine how attachment develops, how it is affected by childhood maltreatment, and how it is reflected in adult relationships.  Understanding our clients’ attachment styles can help explain intense emotional reactions in relationships, including the therapeutic relationship.  Understanding our own attachment styles helps us avoid exacerbating insecure attachment and increase our clients’ sense of security.  Participants will have the opportunity to consider their own attachment styles and the implications for their work.

Who Should Attend:

* Frontline Mental Health Workers

* Students Studying Psychology, Sociology, or Counselling

* Agency Workers who are interested in the information for the development of policies and procedures

About Speaker Dr. Julie Darke:

Julie is a psychologist with the Personality Disorders Service, Providence Care, Mental Health Services.  She provides a range of clinical services with the primary focus being group therapy.  Consultations and education are primarily related to working with people diagnosed with personality disorders, especially Borderline Personality Disorder, and related areas such as self-harm, dissociative processes, trauma sequelae, and sexuality and gender.  Julie has worked for many years with survivors of trauma and has been active in the community with equity-seeking groups and organizations.  In addition, she served as a human rights advisor for many years with the Human Rights Office at Queen’s.  She obtained her degrees at the University of Western Ontario, the University of New Brunswick, and Queen’s University.  Julie is a member of the  College of Psychologists of Ontario and the Canadian Psychological Association.  



Understanding Domestic Violence

Date & Time: 
May 8, 2015 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
1187 Princess St, Kingston, ON K7M 3E1

This workshop will explore the factors surrounding domestic violence. The workshop will explore the dynamics involved and the supports required when working with both the victim and the offender.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will come away with an understanding of abuse dynamics and the unique sensitivities a counselor must have in working with those involved with domestic violence situations. Discussion will focus on the challenges in working with victims and perpetrators, and known best practices. Working at overcoming resistance and accepting accountability for offending behaviour will be an important aspect of the discussion. Vicarious trauma for the counselor will also be explored. 

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Who Should Attend

  • Frontline mental health professionals
  • First responders
  • Students studying psychology and counselling techniques
  • Agency workers who are interested the information for developing policies and procedures

About the Speakers


Kim Irvine-Albano has a Masters of Arts degree in Transpersonal Studies from Atlantic University in Virginia Beach, a Bachelor’s of Arts (Honours) in Psychology from McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario, and is a Certified Practitioner from the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama. Kim is a clinical member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapy and a member of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama. Kim has worked in the field of domestic violence since 1993, and has offered training working with groups, couples and individuals for over 20 years.




Kevin Raison has worked in the social services field for the past 30 years in a variety of positions. His original work was in the field of community corrections where he worked for 10 years with provincial offenders being released into a Community Resource Centre (also known more commonly as a halfway house). It was there he first began to work with people in the area of domestic violence. He expanded his work in the field by later working in federal correctional institutions on a contract basis delivering the Improving Family Dynamics Program and later the Opportunities Program which both involved working with offenders who had a history of domestic violence. This was followed by 15 years working in community counseling at Northern Frontenac Community Services in Sharbot Lake where he counseled individuals and families with a diversity of different issues, but there was always some work with those who had domestic violence histories. He began working for K3C Counselling a few years ago doing some EAP work for them as well as delivering some group programs to work with male survivors of sexual abuse and then in September 2012 joined K3C on a full-time basis as the coordinator of the Partner Assault Response Program. This program works with both men and women who have been convicted of a domestic violence charge. The Partner Assault Response Program is a twelve week educational/counseling program that is delivered in a group setting.

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Register before April 30th to get the Early Bird Special of $55! Regular fee is $65. Register Online Now.


Educational Workshop: Demystifying & Managing Symptoms of Psychosis

Date & Time: 
May 23, 2014 - 9:30am - 12:30pm
28 Division St., Kingston, School of Kinesiology Building, Rm. 101 (Metered parking lot and street parking close by)

Featuring Speakers: Chris Bowie & Carrie Marshal

This workshop will be divided into two sessions:

The Experience of Psychosis across Mental Disorders - Chris Bowie, PhD, C. Psych

Psychotic and psychotic like experiences are exceptionally common in the general population and occur in multiple mental disorders.  This part of the workshop will present the experiences of psychosis and basic skills for managing psychosis.

Using Narrative and Activity in the Management of Psychotic Symptoms - Carrie Marshal, OT Reg. (Ont). PhD (candidate)

This part of the workshop will include discussion around the usefulness of a narrative approach in supporting persons who are experiencing psychosis, as well as exploring the role of meaningful activity in managing psychotic symptoms and the promotion of recovery in this population. The role of trauma and its relationship with psychosis and substance use will also be explored. 

Who Should Attend this Workshop:

  • Front line mental health professionals 
  • Students studying psychology and counselling techniques
  • Agency workers who are interested the information for developing policies and procedures

About the Speakers:


Christopher R. Bowie, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry, and a member of the Centre for Neuroscience Studies, at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He is the Head Consulting Psychologist for the Head’s Up Early Psychosis Intervention Program in Kingston and a Clinician Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. His research interests focus on the determining the causes and correlates, and developing treatments for, cognitive deficits in chronic mental disorders such as schizophrenia and major affective disorders. He completed his Ph.D. at Hofstra University and was awarded the Association for Psychological Science’s award for Top Ranked Thesis in the country. After his doctoral internship at the Clinical Neuroscience Center of Pilgrim Psychiatric Center, he did post-doctoral training with Dr. Barbara Cornblatt where he supervised neuropsychological testing and studied cognitive treatment outcomes in adolescents at risk for psychosis, earning a Young Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD). Dr. Bowie then took an academic appointment at Mount Sinai School of Medicine inNew York and continued to study the functional consequences of cognitive impairment in schizophrenia before moving to Queen’s in 2008. He has been awarded two additional NARSAD Awards to study of cognitive remediation in schizophrenia and recently received the Top-Ranked Young Investigator Fellow at the annual Winter Brain Conference. He is the author of over 100 peer reviewed scientific publications and several books and book chapters on cognition in chronic mental illness. Currently he is leading multiple trials of cognitive remediation for chronic mental disorders and studying early intervention for psychosis.


Carrie is an Occupational Therapist Case Manager in the Heads Up! Program at Hotel Dieu Hospital, and a PhD Candidate in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy at Queen’s University. She has been working in front line service and clinical roles with persons experiencing serious mental illness for the past 9 years, and has been providing support to persons experiencing early episode psychosis and their families for the past 2 years. 


Book Your Seat at the Early Bird Rate

Register before April 30th to get the Early Bird Special of $55! Regular fee is $65.

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Taking Care of You: Skill Building Group for Female Survivors of Trauma

Date & Time: 
March 19, 2014 - 1:00pm - April 23, 2014 - 2:00pm
Centre for Abuse & Trauma Therapy 234 Concession Street Suite 200 Kingston ON K7K 6W

A group designed to be complimentary to individual psychotherapy. Topics include grounding, mindfulness, setting boundaries, building self-compassion and mind/body wellness.

$60 for 6 Sessions. Wednesdays March 19-April 23 from 1:00-2:00 pm.

For more information contact: Bethany at or 613-507-2288 ext 3.

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Educational Workshop: The Back & Forth of Addiction & Trauma: Scar tissue, telescopes, pruning and resiliency

Date & Time: 
November 8, 2013 - 9:30am - 12:30pm
INVISTA Centre, 1350 Gardiners Road, Kingston, ON

The Back & Forth of Addiction & Trauma: Scar tissue, telescopes, pruning and resiliency
Featuring Speaker: Ron Shore

Who Should Attend this Workshop:

  • Front line mental health professionals who work with clients dealing with addiction
  • Students studying psychology and counselling techniques
  • Agency workers who are interested the information for developing policies and procedures

Workshop Fee: Register before Oct 18th to get the Early Bird Special of $55! Regular fee is $65. 

Register Now: click here to register using our online form.

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About the Speaker

Ron Shore has worked to reduce drug related harm for two decades, and his work has been recognized with several community-based awards. He continues to lecture and teach on addictions through keynotes, workshops, and within the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University.





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Educational Workshop: Child Abuse & Eating Disorders: Connections & Implications for Therapy

Date & Time: 
May 31, 2013 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
817 Division Street, Kingston ON - Community Room, Family and Children's Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington

Eating disorders are debilitating illnesses that affect between 1-5% of Canadian women. For every 10 women with an eating disorder, there is at least 1 male suffering as well. With the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, it is critical to understand the many factors that contribute to the development of these disorders. While there is little empirical data suggesting that childhood abuse causes the development of eating disorders, many sufferers report abuse as a part of their experience.

This Workshop Includes Information About:

  • Diagnostic criteria and trends for  Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder
  • Contributing factors to disordered eating
  • The influence of early sexual abuse and trauma on eating behaviours
  • Low self-esteem and poor body image
  • Eating disorder symptoms as survival strategies
  • Implications for clinical work

Who Should Attend this Workshop:

  • Front line mental health professionals who work with clients dealing with eating disorders
  • Students studying psychology and counselling techniques
  • Agency workers who are interested the information for developing policies and procedures

Book Your Seat at the Early Bird Rate

Register before April 19th to get the Early Bird Special of $55! Regular fee is $65.

About the Speaker: Carrie Watson, MSW, RSW


Carrie has seven years of clinical experience in community settings, and has taught at the high school and college levels. Carrie currently divides her time between clinical practice at the North Kingston Community Health Centre, the emergency department at Kingston General Hospital, and her private practice.

Carrie is passionate about working with individuals and families struggling with eating disorders, disordered eating, poor body image, and self-esteem issues. She believes in building confidence from a variety of sources including healthy relationships, meaningful daily practices, self reflection, and mindful living.

Carrie guides her clients to consider how the body can support the life of which they dream, and teaches the value of being gentle and forgiving with one’s self.



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Educational Workshop: The Effects of Suicide

Date & Time: 
October 25, 2012 - 9:00am - 11:00am
1681 Bath Road, Kingston

Please note: the workshop room on the second floor is accessible only through one flight of stairs.

The Effects of Suicide:  Understanding Suicidal Clients and Supporting Families Through a Loss

According to the World Health Organization, someone around the globe commits suicide every 40 seconds. Approximately 3,500 suicides take place in Canada annually. How can you help someone who is suicidal?

This workshop provides education on interventions and approaches in working with a suicidal client. Our speakers will cover:

  • Peer support for families/friends
  • What works, the language of suicide, and the skill of listening
  • Confronting our own biases and beliefs of bereavement and loss
  • Sharing stories, finding strength, finding hope
  • Resources and literature recommendations

Who Should Attend this Workshop:

  • Front line mental health professionals who work with clients that express suicidal ideation
  • Students studying psychology and counselling techniques
  • Agency workers who are interested the information for developing policies and procedures
  • Individials seeking for information on dealing with suicidal family or friends

About the Speakers

Brenda Miller
Branch Manager, The Canadian Mental Health Association, Kingston

As an Addictions Counsellor and a Mental Health Promotion Worker, Brenda has facilitated groups for men and women dealing with mental health issues such as depression, anger management, grief and loss and children who are at risk of mental health issues. She has distinct experiences in strategic planning, problem solving, crisis intervention, program delivery and workshop presentations.

Judi Burrill
Director of Residential Services, Elizabeth Fry Society of Kingston

Judi is the Director of Residential Services at the Elizabeth Fry Society of Kingston. She offers an expertise in counselling for women in crisis, transitional counselling and facilitating workshops.

Book Your Seat at the Early Bird Rate

Register before October 4th to get the Early Bird Special of $55! Regular fee is $65.


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Educational Workshop - Shattered Attachments: Helping Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse

Date & Time: 
April 27, 2012 - 9:30am - 12:30pm
Strathcona Paper Centre - Napanee 16 McPherson Drive, Napanee, ON K7R 3L1

About the Workshop

The Centre presents a practical workshop for people who work with adult survivors of childhood abuse. Join us for this half day workshop, where our featured speaker, Seonida Andrews will discuss the first stage of therapy in recognizing, treating and referring adult survivors of childhood abuse.

Who Should Attend this Workshop:

  • Counsellors
  • Social Service Workers
  • Professionals from the Helping Fields

Seonida Andrews will Discuss:

  • Useful tips on how to best serve these clients in the therapy room
  • Suggestions on what may be problem areas to look out for
  • Understanding how being raised in abuse alters one’s worldview, and why that is important to therapy
  • How to avoid inadvertent mistakes with clients who have been badly abused

About the Speaker

Seonida Andrews, M.Sc.Psych.
Therapist, Centre for Abuse & Trauma Therapy

Seonida Andrews has over twenty years of experience counselling adult survivors of all forms of childhood abuse. She has the expertise to safely guide survivors through the challenging process of recovery from sexual, physical, emotional and verbal abuse, including survivors of such profound abuse as child pornography and prostitution. She supports survivors through managing the symptoms of abuse such as flashbacks, self-injury, eating disorders, nightmares, depression, panic attacks, and dissociation.

Seonida is a Clinical Member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists. She has training in Marriage and Family Feminist Counselling and in treatment for dissociative identity/multiple personality at the Royal Hospital in Ottawa. She has also worked as a therapist at Bertha’s Counselling Centre and at the Sexual Assault Centre Kingston. She has counselled in the Prison for Women, has supported HIV+ individuals and is sensitive to the needs of senior survivors.

Book Your Seat at the Early Bird Rate Today!

Register before April 6th to get the Early Bird Special of $55! Regular fee is $65.
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A Tribute to our Dear Friend Lin Spence

We have lost a dear friend and incredible person. For those who had the pleasure to know or work with Lin Spence, she was a driving force for our charity, and so much was made possible because of her hard work, dedication, knowledge and experience. We wish to honour the indelible mark Lin has made in all of our lives. While we are deeply saddened, we can’t help but smile when we think about the time we spent with Lin.


Educational Workshop - Workplace Bullying and Violence: Understanding Prevention, Prediction and Resilience

Date & Time: 
November 18, 2011 - 9:30am - 12:30pm
Isabel Turner Library 935 Gardiners Road, Kingston ON

Bullying in the workplace is more common than you might think. According to a study conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 25% of companies reported some degree of bullying in the preceding year.

This workshop aims to shed light on the issue, and provide insight into resilience strategies. Sessions will cover:

Workplace Bullying and Violence: An Overview
Speaker: Julian Barling

  • What do we know about predictors of workplace bullying and violence
  • Are some populations “at risk”
  • Can we ever prevent workplace bullying and violence

Building Resilience: The Role of Individual and Situational Variables
Speaker: Glenda Fisk

  • What is resilience, where does it come from
  • What situational and personality characteristics contribute to resilience
  • How individuals can foster resilience

Book Your Seat at the Early Bird Rate Today!

Register before Nov 4th to get the Early Bird Special of $55! Regular fee is $65.

About the Speakers

Julian BarlingJulian Barling, PhD
Queen’s Research Chair,
Queen’s School of Business

Dr. Barling’s research interests focus on the nature and development of transformational leadership, and employee safety and well-being. He is the author of well over 150 research articles and book chapters, and the author or editor of ten books, including The Psychology of Workplace Safety and the Handbook of Work Stress. Julian was formerly the editor of the American Psychological Association’s Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, chair of the American Psychological Association’s Task Force on Workplace Violence, chair of the Ontario Advisory Council on Occupational Health and Safety, and is currently completing a book on organizational leadership that will be published by Oxford University Press in 2012.


Glenda Fisk

Glenda Fisk, PhD
Assistant Professor,
School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University

Glenda Fisk joined the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University in 2006 after completing her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at The Pennsylvania State University.  Her main research interests focus on how experiencing different emotions impacts work performance, stress and resilience.  In addition to research, Glenda teaches graduate-level classes in Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior, statistics and research methods.

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