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The Essentials in Brief Therapy

In today’s practice, most clinicians would run into situations that their therapeutic encounter is momentary such as in the hospital’s emergency department or bounded by a limited number of sessions available. To provide therapeutic service in this changing work environment, the important question is not which particular one therapeutic modality is the best to use, but what is the most effective  and efficient means to address the client’s needs during the time of contact. The Essentials in Brief Therapy workshop is aimed to offer a pragmatic integrative approach. Drawing from current research in therapeutic process, this workshop is intended to introduce participants to hands-on principles and practices in doing brief therapies.  Several brief therapy models (e.g. Cognitive Therapy, Behaviour Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and Interpersonal Therapy) will be presented and explored via discussions, demonstration, role plays, and analysis of expert clinicians’ work. Participants will learn how to engage with clients and form a meaningful therapeutic relationship in diverse situations and contexts. Participants will learn to compare and contrast brief therapy models, and how and when to integrate them in their clinical work.

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About the Instructor:
Dr. Kenneth Kwan, Ph.D., RMFT, C.Psych. is the Founder and Executive Director/Chief Psychologist of Oshawa Psychological & Counselling Services, Woodbine Psychological & Counselling Services, and Oshawa Psychotherapy Training Institute. He is a registered psychologist in clinical and counselling psychology, a registered marriage and family therapist, an approved supervisor with the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT), and a registered sex therapist and an approved supervisor with the Board of Examiners in Sex Therapy & Couselling in Ontario (BESTCO). He has over 20 years of clinical practice experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families.

Dr. Kwan has provided extensive clinical training within the academic arena both as a lecturer and clinical supervisor.  Dr. Kwan has been a sessional lecturer, an associate graduate faculty member and clinical supervisor with both the Counselling Psychology, and School and Clinical Child Psychology programs at OISE, University of Toronto, and adjunct professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). He was an adjunct professor with the Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto.

In addition to clinical psychology, Dr. Kwan also has a strong interest in the practice of sport psychology. He has worked with elite athletes to improve their competitive edge. Dr. Kwan owned and operated a karate and fitness centre in the 90’s. He completed the National Coaching Certificate Program (Karate), Level I (Certified) and Level II (Theory) and has taught Health Psychology at the School of Kinesiology & Health Science, York University.

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