Our Programs

2020
BPD, Relationships, and Trauma: The Impact of BPD on Relationships and Vice Versa
Dec
9th
7 PM EDT
Dr. Fitzpatrick will discuss what is known about how BPD impacts family and partner relationships. She will address how people with BPD navigate relationships, as well as how BPD symptoms impact and are impacted by communication problems in a relationship. She will also discuss the potential of trauma and PTSD in family members of someone with BPD. This event is co-presented by The Sashbear Foundation and The Ashley Boca Mindfulness Foundation.

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Presenters:

Dr. Skye Fitpatrick - Presenter Dr. Skye Fitzpatrick is the Director of the TULiP (Treating & Understanding Life-Threatening Behaviour and Posttraumatic Stress) Research Lab at York University. Dr. Fitzpatrick completed her PhD in 2018 at Ryerson University, a predoctoral internship in Seattle at the University of Washington, and postdoctoral fellowship in the Center of Alcohol Studies at Rutgers University. Her current research interests focus on the examination of emotional and relationship processes in the treatment of BPD and PTSD, and identifying ways to streamline and refine concurrent treatments for this comorbidity.

2021
Mindfulness in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: An Introduction
Jan
10th
3 PM EDT
Ms. Varma looks forward to providing an introduction to what mindfulness is, speaking briefly about the research supporting it, and its importance in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). The webinar will be 45 minutes in length, followed by a brief Q&A.

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Presenters:

Ms. Sonya Varma - Presenter Ms. Sonya Varma is a clinical psychology graduate student in the Treating and Understanding Life-threatening Behaviour and Posttraumatic Stress Lab at York University, under the supervision of Dr. Skye Fitzpatrick. Prior to beginning her graduate training, Ms. Varma worked as a Research Analyst under the supervision of Dr. Shelley McMain in the Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Clinic at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Her primary role involved coordinating a multi-site randomized control trial evaluating a brief duration of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) for individuals with BPD. Ms. Varma has presented at national and international conferences on emotion processing and the therapeutic relationship in BPD. Ms. Varma's research is guided by a deep interest in identifying ways to optimize BPD interventions, determining what interventions work best for who and why. She is currently working to enhance our understanding of the distinct ways in which Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), emotion dysregulation (i.e., disrupted experiences of emotion and difficulties modulating it), and interpersonal difficulties impact BPD pathology.


Validation in DBT and Beyond: The Importance of Understanding the Emotional Life of Your Clients, Your Loved Ones, and Yourself
Feb
10th
7 PM EDT
Dr.Uliaszek will review the six levels of validation discussed in DBT, as well as examples of how to incorporate these tools in the therapy session. This will be followed by the pitfalls of invalidation in interpersonal relationships and how to bring a mindful, validating presence to interactions with friends, family, co-workers, and significant others. Finally, this webinar will discuss how a lack of self-compassion results in self-invalidation and ways to practice validating your own emotion experience on a daily basis.

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Presenters:

Dr. Amanda Uliaszek - Presenter Amanda A. Uliaszek is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Clinical Science at the University of Toronto where she has been the director of the Personality, Psychopathology, and Psychotherapy Lab since 2011. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Northwestern University and completed her predoctoral residency at the University of Illinois Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Uliaszek’s research is concentrated on a multi-leveled approach to the study of borderline personality disorder (BPD) symptomatology, as well as the efficacy and effectiveness of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), an evidence-based psychological treatment for BPD. Dr. Uliaszek has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles examining BPD and DBT, has presented her work at dozens of international conferences, and conducted clinical workshops in multiple hospitals and treatment facilities. Dr. Uliaszek is a registered psychologist in Ontario, with an expertise in the delivery of DBT and cognitive-behavioral therapy for a range of personality disorders, depressive and anxiety disorders, and eating disorders.


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