Phototherapy, Trauma-Informed Mindfulness and Music in Psychotherapy Among Upcoming Webinars

Student Stories

May 2, 2016

Yorkville University has three informative webinars for our Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MACP)  faculty and students scheduled for the summer months. These webinars are opportunities for members of the MACP family to share their expertise with colleagues and, in some cases, students. For more information (or to suggest a webinar topic), please contact Dr. Bik DasGupta, MACP Core Faculty Member at [email protected]


Incorporating Phototherapy into your Clinical Practice

Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Time: 3 p.m. (Atlantic Time) / 2 p.m, EST / 1 p.m. CST/ Noon MST / 11 a.m. PST

Presenter: Briar Schulz, RN, Ph.D.

Dr. Briar Schulz’s career in the helping profession has spanned over twenty years. In addition to being a Registered Nurse, she has a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology and a doctorate degree from the University of Victoria combining psychology, nursing and curriculum studies. Briar is a registered clinical counsellor in British Columbia and maintains a private practice that focuses on supervising graduate counselling students in the practicum as well as teaching for Yorkville University.

Summary: This webinar highlights the creative and therapeutic benefits of incorporating phototherapy into clinical practice. Three longitudinal case studies will be highlighted from Dr. Schulz’s clinical work with clients experiencing eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and self-harm. These clinical areas remain relatively unexplored areas of the phototherapy literature. Various strategies for incorporating phototherapy into practice will be shared in addition to literature resources for further research.

imgresTrauma-Informed Mindfulness: Understanding Procedural Memory and Activation in Meditative Practices

Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Time: 3 p.m. (Atlantic Time) / 2 p.m. EST/ 1 p.m. CST, Noon MST / 11 a.m. PST

Presenter – Trainer: Sarah Schlote, MA, RP, CCC, SEP Registered Psychotherapist and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner

Sarah is the founder and director of The Refuge: Centre for Healing and Recovery in Guelph, ON and the lead trainer for Trauma Trainings from The Refuge.  Her 15 years of experience are enhanced by a trauma-focused MA in Counselling Psychology from the University of Victoria, the 3-year Somatic Experiencing trauma resolution training, and multiple post-advanced pieces of training and master classes in neurophysiology, body reading, attachment, body memory, early developmental trauma and touch work.  She has practiced mindfulness since 2003 and often teaches about the intersections of trauma and contemplative practices.  For more information, please visit,, and

Summary: Mindfulness meditation and related skills are an important clinical toolset for supporting clients to develop a sense of presence and witness to their own experience.  However, these tools can also have adverse effects for clients with trauma.  Drawing from the principles and neuroscience of Somatic Experiencing, this webinar will introduce participants to procedural (or body) memory, and the importance of understanding bio-physiology when teaching mindfulness skills.  The activation cycle model will be introduced as a framework to reinforce the importance of working in a titrated way with bound activation in the nervous system, to prevent flooding, overwhelm, dissociation and spiritual bypassing when teaching clients how to “go within”.

566d69c813c819ab8f26557565070edcTitle: Music in Psychotherapy: Supportive and Insight-oriented Music Imagery

Date: Friday, June 24, 2016

Time: 3 p.m. (Atlantic Time) / 2 p.m. EST/ 1  p.m. CST/ Noon MST /11 a.m. PST

Presenter: Eric L. Ross, M.Ed., RCT-C, MTA

Eric holds a Master of Education (Counselling) degree from Acadia University (Wolfville, NS). He attended Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH) where he received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education and Music Therapy. He is a Registered Counselling Therapist – Candidate (RCT-C) with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists and a Certified Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Eric holds dual accreditations as Accredited Music Therapist (MTA) with the Canadian Association for Music Therapy and Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC) with the Certification Board for Music Therapists. He is committed to regular professional development to ensure that he offers people current information and an integrative approach to therapy. He is currently pursuing advanced training in music psychotherapy with the Therapeutic Arts Institute (Indianapolis, IN). Eric’s research interests include the use of music as self-care practice and the use of music in psychotherapy. He regularly presents at national and provincial conferences on the use of music in therapy. He works in the intimate-partner violence sector at New Start Counselling (Dartmouth, NS).

Summary: Interest in creative arts approaches to counselling continues to flourish. A critical need exists for therapists, including those using creative arts methods, to investigate linkages between their clinical work and current therapeutic theory. Research shows that therapeutic methods and goals form a continuum of levels of intervention—allowing therapists to make client-centered therapeutic decisions. This webinar draws on categories of music therapy methods and discusses the use of music and imagery as an approach to supportive and insight-oriented psychotherapy.

A review of literature relevant to discussing levels of therapeutic intervention is provided. The webinar continues with a summary of supportive and re-educative Music Imagery—an adaptation of Helen Bonny’s Guided Imagery and Music developed by Lisa Summer and Fran Goldberg. Topics include implementing supportive and insight-oriented Music Imagery, guidelines for selecting pre-recorded music, and discussion of clinical examples from case studies drawn from the presenter’s clinical practice.