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"Mental health is an integral part of health; indeed, there is no health without mental health."
-World Health Organization

Perinatal IPT Training Workshop (Interpersonal Psychotherapy) - STARTS April 11, 2023!

Come learn my favourite first-line psychotherapy for Mums with perinatal depression!

Space is limited. Register here

In this online, interactive IPT training workshop, we will cover the following:
a brief history of IPT
common factors - and what makes IPT, IPT - principles, characteristics, etc
when to use IPT
attachment styles
managing suicide risk in individual and group IPT

We will talk about the phases of IPT:
the timing and format of each session
tasks of each phase
specific techniques used

Practising each technique:
I do live demonstrations of some of the techniques and show video vignettes of others (with examples from perinatal patients). We will do numerous break-out sessions throughout the training so that everyone can practice and develop some comfort and confidence using every technique. I aim to have each participant develop an ability to be able to do each technique by the end of the workshop. After I demonstrate a technique or show a video demonstration, you will be divided into groups of 3 - one will be the therapist, one the patient, and one the "observer". After the first person takes his/her turn and you've had a chance to have some discussion in your small groups, we'll come back to the larger group to share your learning points. You will then return to the break-out rooms to switch roles and repeat. So everyone really learns in a safe and supportive way and can leave the workshop ready to use the various skills. For those new to IPT, I will also be happy to recommend IPT supervisors.

Focal Areas of IPT:
I explain in detail the four Problem Areas or Focal Areas of IPT, and how to determine which one to choose. This becomes the focus of the therapy.

I do a Q&A to cover any general or perinatal mental health questions people may have.

Certificate of Completion:
A certificate of completion will be given to those who attend the full training program.

The workshop takes place over 4 days during 4 hours each day, from 11am-3:30pm EST (Toronto time zone). The dates are Nov 1, 2, 8, 9, 2022 (Tues/Wed/Tues/Wed).

The price is USD $627. The early bird rate for those who register prior to Oct 12th is USD $567. For applicants who register together in groups of 3 or more prior to Oct 12, the rate is $547 - invite your friends! For the group rate, please email us at maternalwellnessclinic at gmail dot com to give us the names, emails etc of each person in your group, and we will send you a payment link(s). The student rate is $497 - please upload your student card and a letter from your program with your expected date of graduation (e.g., a screenshot of your acceptance letter). If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us. We are here to help and can't wait to have you join us!


Did you know Dr. Polak is also passionate about helping women heal from gestational hypertension, diabetes and other chronic diseases with nutrition?

Interested in learning more? Join her next free webinar!

Did you know that our cells are programmed to heal themselves? We’ve all whacked our shin on a coffee table or seen a child fall and scrape her knee, right? Within days, we see the bruise change colours and then disappear as if the whack never happened. And the same happens with the child’s scraped knee. Amazing, right? The same thing can happen at the level of our organs and organ cells. Let’s say you’ve been diagnosed with gestational diabetes or type 2 diabetes. Your body is still making plenty of insulin for you, but your insulin receptors are not working properly – the insulin “key” normally opens the door to let glucose go from your bloodstream into the cell. Instead, the glucose stays in your bloodstream and you end up with “high blood sugar”, "insulin resistance", and eventually a diabetes diagnosis. Most doctors will tell you to eat less sugar, but that will only mask the problem! But… if you eat the right foods, you can very quickly reverse the insult so that the sugar can get into the cell normally again. A 1979 study found that almost half the participants with insulin-dependent diabetes were completely off insulin by the end of the study. How long did it take? Maybe 16 months? 16 weeks? Nope. The study was 16 DAYS. Off insulin completely in just 16 days. Dyslipidemia, or high cholesterol, likewise is most often completely reversible when you eat the right foods. Often in just weeks. Heart disease can often be reversed or never start in the first place. Even autoimmune diseases can completely reverse (though it usually takes longer – months instead of days or weeks). Eating this way also prevents cancer from starting or progressing. You'd think that a strategy to heal our most deadly and crippling diseases would be the #1 biggest and most important course in med school, right? No! Why on earth did they not teach us this in medical school and residence training?? I explain this and more in my free webinar. Come join me and start your journey back to recovering your best health and feeling better than ever. Invite a friend!


Group IPT Research Project

In early 2021, we started conducting a two-year Randomized Controlled Trial on the effectiveness of Group Interpersonal Psychotherapy delivered remotely using Zoom. It is open to Mums in northern and rural Ontario who have recently had a baby and are experiencing depression. Participants must be under 12 months postpartum, have a valid OHIP card, and be a resident of Ontario. Send us a message if you would like to receive further information.

Dr. Vivian Polak is the Principal Investigator of this two-year research study starting in Jan 2021. It is a Randomized Controlled Trial comparing virtually delivered Group Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) for Mums with postpartum depression to usual care. IPT is a first-line therapy for depression and works particularly well in the perinatal population. However, this mode of remote delivery of a group IPT protocol has never been tested. We want to determine if Group IPT when delivered to women in different locations (i.e., in their own homes) can help Mums recover from depression. Women will be randomised to two groups - immediate treatment or delayed treatment. We encourage all women to access any other care while participating in the study by providing them with a list of resources. A new group starts approximately every 6-8 weeks. Participants must be under 12 months postpartum, have a valid OHIP card, and be a resident of Ontario. Our primary focus is on mothers in Northern Ontario. Send us a message for more information or to join this study.

We hope to scale up this group therapy to serve all women (pregnant and postpartum) of Ontario. Current research shows that up to 85% of Mums do not get diagnosed or treated for perinatal depression. Let's be the change we want to see. To scale it up, we will need more IPT therapists! Hence, Dr. Polak is also offering Perinatal IPT Training Workshops for interested therapists. For more info and to register for the training that starts Nov 1, 2022, click here. Please share widely!


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