12-Nov-2020 10:00 AM - 13-Nov-2020 6:00 PM - Online (Mountain Time)

Integrative psychotherapy: How leveraging new research on lifestyle modification and therapeutic approaches can support mental health and cognitive rehabilitation

Online Workshop

Thursday, November 12, 2020 & Friday, November 13, 2020  
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Mountain Time)

With functional lifestyle change and the use of psychotherapeutic techniques as important components of Integrative Psychotherapy, Canadian occupational therapists are in a unique role to support client health. Recent research in psychology, neuroscience, immunology and epigenetics shows that the “mind” is not one thing, but is composed of ongoing interactions between mental operating networks. Depression, anxiety and trauma are strongly associated with chronic inflammation and autoimmune disorders. Dysregulations of diet, the immune system and even gut bacteria profoundly affect mental health. Since mental health and physical health can no longer be compartmentalized as areas addressed by specialists, occupational therapists must understand the mind-brain-body feedback loops to maximize the effectiveness of intervention. 

In this two-day online workshop, Dr. Arden will present concrete and research-based strategies and plans to support client mental and cognitive health. He will discuss how, and why, functional lifestyle changes can support symptom recovery. The relationship between health and mental health, the interaction between mental health, the immune system, genes and brain dynamics, and the obesity and autoimmune pandemic facing North America will be discussed.  Dr. Arden will clarify how early adverse experiences can effect long-term health, explain genetic suppression and expression (deactivation and activation), assess how the stress systems can be activated, analyze the immune system and its intricate connection to brain systems, rate how chronic and acute stress can dysregulate the immune system, and review how autoimmune disorders contribute to anxiety, depression, trauma and cognitive problems.  

Preliminary Workshop Agenda:
Day 1

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

"Self" - organization

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The social self 

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.


1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Behaviour - gene interactions

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

The effects of immune system on mental health

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Self-maintenance: The effects of nutrition, diet and exercise

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Habits, addiction, and motivation 

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Autostress disorders: Stress

Day 2

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Anxiety disorders

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Generalized anxiety disorder

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.


1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Panic disorder 

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

The trauma spectrum

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Transcending rigidity: Depression

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Mind in time: Placebos, mindfulness

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Positive psychology

Learning objectives:

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  1. Distinguish between various health conditions and psychological disorders and their overlap.

  2. Explain how poor health contributes to poor mental health as well as vice versa.

  3. Analyze how an overactive immune system contributes to depression, anxiety and trauma response.

  4. Evaluate how adverse childhood experiences contribute to long-term chronic health and mental health conditions and what to do about it.

  5. Plan where to encourage lifestyle changes that improve health and mental health.

  6. Measure the effect of poor sleep, diet and lack of exercise on changes in mental health.

  7. Choose which psychotherapeutic intervention to use for various psychological conditions.

  8. Assess the effects of various psychotherapeutic interventions.

  9. Select pain-based and evidence-based approaches with the most practical outcomes.

  10. Formulate an intervention plan most appropriate for the individual based on her/his ethnicity, socioeconomic position and LGBTQ.

Target audience:

Occupational therapist clinicians, occupational therapy educators, social workers, psychologists, psychotherapists, nurses, physicians, counselors and any other mental health practitioners who wish to develop their skills or understanding of new concepts in integrative psychotherapy.  A foundational knowledge of mental health concepts is recommended.

Please note: Each participant is responsible to ensure they apply the information within the context of their licensure, provincial/territorial legislations, institution regulations, scope of practice, etc.

Workshop level:

Intermediate (3-5 years of experience in this specific practice area)


John Arden, PhD, ABPP 

John Arden, PhD, ABPP has over 40 years of experience providing psychological services and directing mental health programs.  In July of 2016, Dr. Arden retired from Kaiser Permanente (KP) where he served as the Northern California Regional Director of Training and developed one of the largest mental health training programs in the United States. In this capacity, he oversaw more than 150 interns and postdoctoral psychology residents in 24 medical centers. Prior to this he served as Chief Psychologist for KP Vallejo.

Dr. Arden’s study of neuropsychology has inspired him to integrate neuroscience and psychotherapy, synthesizing the biological and psychological into an integrated vision for healthcare. His work incorporates what is currently known about the brain, immune system, genome, and metabolism, with psychotherapy research, mindfulness, nutritional neuroscience and social intelligence. He has conducted seminars in all US states and 30 countries.

Dr. Arden is the author of 15 books.  His newest, Mind-Brain-Gene integrates epigenetics, psychoneuroimmunology, neuroscience with psychotherapy research.   Previously, his book, Brain2Brain describes how to talk to clients about their brain.   He is also the lead author (with Dr. Lloyd Linford) of two volumes for the practitioner entitled Brain-Based Therapy: Adults and Brain-Based Therapy: Children & Adolescents. His first book, Consciousness, Dreams, and Self, was awarded the 1997 Outstanding Academic Book Award by Choice, a publication of the American Library Association. An international panel of jurists nominated his second book: Science, Theology, and Consciousness, to the Templeton Foundation.  Dr. Arden explored the degradation of the fabric of American society with America’s Meltdown: Creating the Lowest Common Denominator Society. His seven self-help books are: Surviving Job Stress, Improving Your Memory for Dummies, Conquering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (with Dr. Victoria Beckner), The Brain-Based Anxiety Workbook, and The Brain-Based OCD Workbook, and Rewire Your Brain.

Registration fees:
Early bird rates: Registration and payment completed by August 26, 2020

CAOT Member and Associates

Non member*



Plus applicable taxes

Regular rates: Registration and payment completed between August 26, 2020 and November 4, 2020 

CAOT Member and Associates

Non member*



Registration deadline: November 4, 2020

Included in your registration fee:

Two-day workshop, electronic copy of presentation slide handouts, coffee/tea/water during mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks, opportunity to network and make connections with other occupational therapists interested in this topic, one-hour Q&A webinar with the presenter approximately 1 month following the workshop, electronic certificate of attendance.

Save the date:
Q&A Webinar

Maximum number of registrants:   

Cancellation/refund policy:

All cancellation/refund requests must be sent in writing to education@caot.ca. All cancellation requests received prior to November 4, 2020 will be given a full refund minus a $50.00 administrative fee. All cancellation/refund requests after November 4, 2020 will be given a 50% refund. Substitutions are permitted, subject to a $50.00 administrative fee. . 

CAOT reserves the right to modify the workshop title, description, registration dates and information on the workshop webpage. CAOT will notify participants on or before October 2, 2020  if there is insufficient registration by that date and reserves the right to cancel a Workshop due to insufficient registration up until October 16, 2020. CAOT reserves the right to modify the offering, interrupt Workshops, change the timing of a Workshop, cancel a Workshop or change the location of a Workshop due to the presenter no longer being able to present the Workshop, severe weather, power failure, building closures or other special circumstances that are beyond the control of CAOT by notifying participants as soon as possible. If the Workshop is cancelled by CAOT, registrants will receive a full refund of the registration fee. CAOT will not be responsible for other costs or expenses incurred by registrants as a result of any such changes.

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