Mount Sinai Psychotherapy Institute 


Friday, September 15, 2017 at 9:00 AM EDT
Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 5:00 PM EST

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Mount Sinai Hospital 
600 University Ave.
19th Floor Boardroom
Toronto, ON M5G1X5

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Connie Kim 
Mount Sinai Psychotherapy Institute 
416-586-4800 x2473 
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The Evidence-Based Psychotherapist 

Dates: Friday September 15, Saturday September 16 & Friday November 24, Saturday November 25, 2017 
Fridays 9am-5pm; Saturdays 9am-12:30pm (all 4 days to be attended)

What makes a therapist effective?  Several evidence-based strategies are presented in this highly interactive course focusing on the therapeutic alliance and reducing impasses by understanding relational dynamics, attachment, trauma, mentalizing, culture, and countertransference.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
  • List therapists' qualities that can promote a therapeutic alliance
  • Describe clinical approaches that reduce the risk of therapeutic impasses and negative outcomes in psychotherapy.
  • Adjust therapeutic engagement and exploration according to individual patient differences related to culture or unresolved trauma.


Paula Ravitz, MD, FRCPC, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, and Mount Sinai Hospital Morgan Firestone Psychotherapy Chair, is Director of the Psychotherapy, Humanities and Education Scholarship Division for the University of Toronto, Department of Psychiatry.  Her academic focus is on Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), attachment, and knowledge translation of evidence-supported psychotherapies having co-edited with Robert Maunder the 6-book/DVD series, Psychotherapy Essentials to Go.

Jan Malat, MD, FRCPC, is a staff Psychiatrist at Mt Sinai Hospital and Medical Head of Assessment and Concurrent Disorders at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine.  In 2000 he completed a Fellowship examining integrative group based treatments for concurrent disorders. He is the Associate Lead and Group Modality lead of Psychotherapy in the Department of Psychiatry. He teaches and trains Psychiatry Residents and Fellows at the University of Toronto in both Psychotherapy and Addictions. He regularly presents at national conferences and workshops and has several publications on the topics of group therapy and integrative treatment approaches for concurrent disorders.

Clare Pain, MD, MSc, FRCPC, directs the Psychological Trauma Program at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, and co-directs the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration. She has taught and published on psychological trauma, refugee and global mental health.  Her books include: Trauma and the Body: a Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy (Ogden, Minton & Pain); and The Impact of Early Life Trauma on Health and Disease (Lanius, Vermetten & Pain).

Priya Raju, MD, FRCPC, is a child and adult psychiatrist who works with marginalized (inner-city, newcomer and Aboriginal) populations in hospital and community settings across downtown Toronto. At the Sick Kids Centre for Community Health (the former Hincks-Dellcrest Centre), she co-leads the Migration Consultation Team, a teaching unit with expertise in issues of resettlement and acculturation. As an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, she supervises two to four trainees in Interpersonal Therapy (Adolescents) per year, and contributes to multiple academic initiatives related to culture, power and equity issues in psychiatry.

Priya Watson, MD, FRCPC, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders clinic. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, and has additional appointments at CAMH as an Education Scholar and as a Scholar in the Cundill Centre for Child and Youth Depression. Dr. Watson has published and lectured internationally on the subjects of trauma, culture, psychotherapy, and psychiatric education.

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Cancellation and Refund Policy

A $50.00 handling fee will be deducted upon cancellation.  Refund requests must be received in writing at least 2 weeks prior to the start date.  In this 2 week period, 50% will be refunded. However, after the start of the workshop, no refunds will be given.