Sue Johnson

Founder of ICEEFT

Dr. Sue Johnson is the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 25 years of peer-reviewed clinical research. She is a best-selling author, award winning researcher, remarkable therapist and enthralling speaker.

Sue is founding Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy and Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant University in San Diego, California, as well as Professor Emeritus, Clinical Psychology, at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

Dr. Johnson’s best known professional books include, The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection (2004) and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors (2002).

Sue trains counselors in EFT worldwide and consults to the 35 international institutes and affiliated centers who practice EFT. She lives in Ottawa with her husband. She adores Gilbert and Sullivan, Monty Python, Argentine tango and kayaking on Canada’s northern lakes.

Keynote: New Directions in Science and Psychotherapy – Leading and Learning with EFT

Where is the field of psychotherapy going? Where is EFT in terms of this field? This presentation will outline some of the dilemmas of the enterprise of psychological intervention and the EFT perspective on these dilemmas. In particular, the focus will be on attachment science, the research on emotion and the interpersonal perspective on change. The question also arises – what have we learned in 30 years of clinical practice and research on EFT for couples, individuals and families and how does this apply to other therapy modalities?

Jeffry Simpson, PhD

Professor of Psychology

Jeffry A. Simpson, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Doctoral Minor in Interpersonal Relationships (IREL) at the University of Minnesota. His research interests focus on five areas: (1) attachment (e.g., when, how, and why do adult attachment orientations affect relationship functioning and quality?); (2) mating (e.g., how do individuals make decisions when deciding to become involved with certain romantic partners, what attributes they consider, and how do they make trade-offs between different attributes?); (3) empathic accuracy (e.g., under what conditions are individuals more versus less accurate at inferring their romantic partners’ thoughts and feelings during important social interactions?); (4) power and social influence (e.g., when, how, and why do romantic partners try to influence each other, given dynamics in their relationship?); and (5) social development (e.g., how do relationships and events experienced early in life affect the functioning and quality of romantic relationships and health years later?).

Jeff has served as editor of the journal Personal Relationships and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes (JPSP-IRGP). His programs of research have been funded by the National Science Foundation,the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Aging, the Australian Research Council, and the Marsden Foundation in New Zealand. He has served on or chaired grant panels at the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Aging, and the National Institute of Mental Health. He has been the recipient of the Berscheid-Hatfield award for mid-career achievement in the study of relationships and the Carol and Ed Diener Award for mid-career achievement in social psychology. He also has served as president of the International Association for Relationship Research.

Plenary: Early life attachment, stress, and caregiving as predictors of adult health: A longitudinal view,

A considerable amount is known about how current life
events are associated with physical health outcomes cross-sectionally. Few prospective studies,
however, have examined how early-life events—especially interpersonal ones—are related to
physical health outcomes over time. I will describe recent studies from a 40-year longitudinal
project that is identifying some of the key variables that prospectively predict better versus worse
physical health outcomes in middle adulthood, controlling for current life events known to be
associated with such outcomes. I will also discuss what kinds of early interpersonal experiences
buffer individuals from experiencing negative health outcomes years later.

Learning objectives:

* 1. Learning about biological embedding models of health across the lifespan.

* 2. Understanding how and why certain types of early-life experiences predict better vs.
worse health outcomes later in life.

* 3. Becoming aware of certain early-life experiences that may serve as buffering (protective)
factors that promote better health outcomes later in life, even when early adversity was experienced.

Alice Bowman

Louis Castonguay, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

Louis G. Castonguay, Ph.D. completed his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook, a clinical internship at U.C. Berkeley, and a Post-doctorate at Stanford University. He is currently a Professor at the Department of Psychology at Penn State University. With more than 190 publications (including eight co-edited books), his scholarly work and research focus on different aspects of the process of change and training, especially within the context of psychotherapy integration. He is also involved in the investigation of the efficacy of new integrative treatments for generalized anxiety disorder and depression, and the development of Practice Research Networks aimed at facilitating the collaboration between clinicians and researchers.

Dr. Castonguay has received several awards, including the Early Career Contribution Award from the Society of Psychotherapy Research, and the David Shakow Award from the Division of Clinical Psychology of the American Psychological Association (APA). He has also received four recognitions from the APA Division of Psychotherapy: the Jack D. Krasner Memorial Award, the Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Mentoring, the Distinguished Research Publications Award, and the Distinguished Psychologist Award for his life time contributions to the field of psychotherapy. He also served as President of the North American Society for Psychotherapy Research, as well as the International Society for Psychotherapy Research.

Plenary: Advancing psychotherapy via clinical and non-clinical science.

This presentation will describe ways by which research might be helpful to clinicians. It
will be proposed that while empirically supported treatments (EST) can provide us with
first lines of attack for some clients, they can be complemented and expended by other
sources of evidence based practice. In particular, findings related to principles of change
and psychopathology may provide helpful clinical guidelines without necessarily
imposing drastic change in the practice of many clinicians.

Learning objectives.

* Describe principles of change related to client characteristics

* Describe principles of change related to therapeutic relationship

* Describe principles of change related to therapeutic techniques

* Identify findings about psychopathology that can guide assessment and interventions use in psychotherapy

Gabor Maté, M.D.

Co-Founder, Compassion for Addiction

Dr. Gabor Maté is a renowned speaker, and bestselling author. He is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress and childhood development. Rather than offering quick-fix solutions to these complex issues, Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers to promote healing.

Dr. Maté has worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard-core drug addiction, mental illness and HIV. With over 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience and extensive knowledge of the latest findings of leading-edge research. He has written several bestselling books including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction; When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress; and Scattered Minds: A New Look at the Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder, and co-authored Hold on to Your Kids. His works have been published internationally in twenty languages.

Dr. Maté is the co-founder of Compassion for Addiction, a new non-profit that focusses on addiction. He is also an advisor of Drugs over Dinner.

Dr. Maté has received the Hubert Evans Prize for Literary Non-Fiction; an Honorary Degree (Law) from the University of Northern British Columbia; an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University; and the 2012 Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from Mothers Against Teen Violence. He is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Criminology, Simon Fraser University.

Plenary: Disconnect and Dislocation: Addiction From a Relational Perspective
The source of addiction is neither choice or genetics, but a fundamental disconnection of the individual from their true selves. This, in turn, is caused by a disconnect between the developing young human and her/his environment. Attachment relationships are thus at the heart of addiction, but in terms of causation and in terms of healing.

Learning objectives:

* Understand the source of addictions.
* Learn about the chemical and physiological circuits impaired in the brains of people with substance dependency or behaviour addiction.
* Examine the false “blessings” of addiction as experienced by the addict (e.g., as emotional anaesthetic, as personality booster, as social lubricant, and so on)
* Learn about the development of the addicted mind: how early childhood experiences shape the brain.
* Distinguish the social basis of addiction in economic, cultural and political dislocation and disempowerment.