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The Role of Emotions in Mind-Body Health with Dr Angela Cooper

11 November 2017 @ 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM


The blockage of psychological and emotional processes is thought to result in altered autonomic, endocrine, and immune system activity related to the development of these physical conditions and accounts for a large proportion of family practice visits often having co-occurring anxiety, depression and/or trauma. Patients with Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS), persistent physical symptoms or mind/body symptoms, often present with physical difficulties for which investigations fail to find a medical cause.  This can include symptoms such as; headache, fatigue, chronic pain, chest pain and gastrointestinal disturbance. When emotions automatically trigger the fight/flight/freeze response in the body, persistent physical and emotional complications can result. In this 3-hour workshop, Dr Cooper will provide an overview of her ongoing ISTDP (Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy) research project; specifically outlining the underlying theory, assessment, treatment and evaluation process across 2 family medicine centres in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

This will help build your skills in:

  • Recognizing the physical symptoms of anxiety in your client, where they are discharged and treatment approaches to regulate the anxiety.
  • Recognizing behaviours that block the person’s ability to regulate, experience, and express their emotions
  • The concept of ‘response to intervention’ and how these guide the treatment process

Interventions designed to overcome treatment blocks and maximize your clinical effectiveness.


11 November 2017
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Lindsay Chipman


The Greene Avenue Community Centre
1090 Ave. Greene
Montreal, Quebec H3Z 1Z9 Canada
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