Canadian Positive Psychology Association

Webinar Series

June 4th, 2018 - 12pm-1pm EST

Presenter: Dina Bednar, MA, RP, RMFT

Topic: ‘The Wizard of Oz Technique’ to SFBT and Positive Psychology Work

Webinar Description: 
Milton Hyland Erickson (1901-1980) was a renowned American psychiatrist specializing in medical hypnosis and family therapy.  He is considered the grandfather of brief therapy, strategic family therapy, family systems, solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) and neurolinguistics programming. Michael Hoyt writes that the greatest gift that Milton Erickson gave to therapy is ‘utilization’. Steve DeShazer in an interview with Brian Cade called it the “Wizard of Oz” technique, and stated “we don’t give them anything that they haven’t already got”.  This webinar will highlight the art of utilization and how to apply it with clients. Specifically, participants will learn how to take a client’s hobbies, interests, daily life and look for abilities, skills, character strengths and virtues. This webinar will also illustrate how to use ‘anything and everything’ - even what many might consider liabilities or the “weeds” - and reframe them to strengths and skills of living.

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Dina Bednar Biography:

Dina Bednar is a registered psychotherapist, registered marriage and family therapist, and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor.  Dina works at a children’s mental health clinic in Hamilton, Ontario.  She is the associate director of the SFBT certificate program at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), the co-director of the Canadian Solution-Focused Center, and co-editor of the Canadian SFBT Newsletter.  Dina trains groups internationally on SFBT, working with children and adolescents, and on Single Session Therapy.

July 10th, 2018 - 12pm-1pm EST

Presenter: Alesya Courtnage, MA, RP, PhD (student)

Topic: Hope Speaks: Integrating the language of Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Hope Theory

Webinar Description: 

The literature from the field of positive psychology has been highly influential in positioning hope as dominant in conversations about how people navigate difficult times, and the presence of hope is recognized as being intimately connected to the human capacity to endure. However, the question of whether and how hopeful thinking can be increased within a clinical therapeutic context remains largely unexplored. Using Snyder’s Hope Theory as a backdrop, this presentation will examine how Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) intentionally amplifies hope and hopeful thinking by asking purposeful questions that increase motivation and expand possibilities for success. Participants will have the opportunity to view examples of SFBT in clinical settings. Future research questions, as well as the possible micro and macro level impact of including SFBT in the dialogue surrounding hope theory will be discussed.

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Alesya Courtnage Biography:

Alesya Courtnage is originally from Winnipeg, MB, Canada and brings the pragmatism of the Canadian Prairies to her work. Alesya received a Masters of Arts degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA in 2001 and has been practicing as a psychotherapist in different mental health settings ever since. In 2008 Alesya attended her first workshop in Solution Focused Brief Therapy and fell in love with the hope, optimism and respect that drives this style of therapy. Alesya's passion for the Solution Focused Approach has led her to both lead and attend trainings around the world. She travels throughout Canada providing seminars on this approach to mental health agencies, professional associations and conferences. Alesya has received training in Europe from the leading Solution Focused minds in the world and has begun pursuing her own research and publication projects while completing a PhD in Social Work at Wilfred Laurier University. Alesya has worked in the public mental health sector for many years and continues to be amazed at people's resilience, strength and ability to work through even the most challenging situations.

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