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New Hope for Treatment-Resistant Depression

9 AM to 1:15 PM - Mountain Time Canada/USA

11 AM to 3:15 PM - Eastern Time Canada/USA

3 PM - 7:15 PM London, UK

4 PM - 8:15 PM Madrid, Spain

4 PM - 8:15 PM Berlin, Germany

This webinar qualifies for 4 CE Hours ***See details within the continuing education section.

Course Content Level – Beginner/Intermediate

Target audience (Psychologists, Social Workers, MFTs, Licensed Professional Counselors, Psychotherapists, Addiction Counsellors, Art Therapists, ....).

Can't Attend Live? No worries, you will have 45 days to watch the recording!

Course Description:

The very nature of major depression often defeats our best therapeutic efforts: how can clients change when they have no hope or interest? When they can’t concentrate and have no energy? When they are immobilized?

It is not surprising that treatment-resistant depression often defies the efforts of skilled therapists and effective medications, leaving clients defeated and discouraged or even more depressed. Even though diagnoses of depression correlate highly with a history of trauma, we generally do not treat depression as a trauma-related disorder.

How can we help chronically depressed individuals more effectively?

Using interventions drawn from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, you will learn to help clients relate to their depressive symptoms with curiosity and mindfulness, rather than identifying with them, and to understand them as symptoms communicated by trauma-related parts of the personality. This online workshop will offer techniques for transforming the physical and cognitive symptoms through changes in posture, breath, and energy.

Learning Objectives:

• Educate clients about depression as a somatic state, not just a psychological state

• Identify 3 cognitive schemas that reinforce depressive states

• Describe a Sensorimotor Psychotherapy conceptualization of depression

• Identify three body-centered interventions that increase energy and focus in depressed clients

• Experiment with Sensorimotor interventions that transform depressive beliefs

• Discuss the use of the social engagement system and its role in evoking an internal sense of safety

Agenda: (Time in Mountain Time Zone - USA/Canada)

9 am to 9:45 am : Understanding depression as trauma-related

a. Depression as an adaptation to an unsafe world

b. Role of the autonomic nervous system

c. Depression and parasympathetic hypoarousal

9:45 am to 10:30 am: Depression-related cognitive symptoms

a. Effects of cognition on the body and nervous system

b. Interactive relationship between depressive thoughts and somatic response

Q & A

10:30 am to 10:45 am:


10:45 am to 11:45 am: Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

a. Using the body as a source of information and a source of intervention

b. Engaging the mindful brain

c. Somatic interventions for overcoming neurovegetative symptoms

d. Somatic interventions for challenging cognitive symptoms

11:45 am to 12:45 pm: Working with the Social Engagement system

a. Polyvagal Theory (Porges)

b. Social engagement as a neural system

c. Using the social engagement system to increase feelings of safety

12:45 pm to 1:15 pm:

Discussion and Q & A

Your Presenter:

Janina Fisher, Ph.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Instructor at the Trauma Center, an outpatient clinic and research center founded by Bessel van der Kolk. Known for her expertise as an author, speaker, and consultant, she is also Assistant Educational Director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, Director of Psychological Services, Khiron Clinics UK, an EMDR International Association Continuing Education Provider, and a former Instructor, Harvard Medical School. She is co-author with Pat Ogden of “Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment” and author of the forthcoming book, “Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Internal Self-Alienation.”

Continuing Education

CEU Information - Eligible for 4 hrs

It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards/regulatory body to verify CE requirements for their license to practice. Attendance is automatically tracked through your Zoom login. If you are not present for the entire duration of the live broadcast or if you are watching the Home Study/recorded version of this workshop, you will need to complete a quiz with a pass of at least 75%

R. Cassidy Seminars - (pending)


There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.

Cosponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars, P.O. Box 14473, Santa Rosa, CA 95402. There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.

Please note, in order to keep Envision's workshops affordable, CEs can be purchased for those who needs them through our third party provider R. Cassidy for $20 USD. Follow the process by navigating to the link here:

Satisfactory Completion

Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates available after satisfactory course completion at (web link).

***If participants watch the recording version of the presentation, they will have access to Self-Study CE Hours after completion of a short quiz.

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

Disability Access - If you require ADA accommodations please contact our office 30 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.

All grievances must be in writing to info@envisionservices.ca, and will be replied to within 5 - 10 business days.

*IF YOU HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS, DISABILITY OR CONCERNS: Please contact Envision at info@envisionservices.ca

*Refund policy

Refunds on purchased tickets are available up until 15 days before the date of the webinar (no refund after this date). Refunds will include the ticket price less a $50 processing fee for all refunds/price adjustments. *Prices subject to change. Refunds within 15 days of workshops will be in the form of a workshop credit (credits do not expire).

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