Presented by

Martha B. Straus, Ph.D.


Date & Location

October 30, 2015,

9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Cartier Place Suite Hotel

180 Cooper Street, Ottawa, ON K2P 2L5, (613) 236-5000


Refreshments will be served at the breaks

Parking at the hotel only $10.00 for the day


Carleton, Ottawa & St-Paul University students, please contact us directly to get your discount.


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Cartier Place Suite Hotel



Early Bird Rate:

$199 + $25.87 (HST) = $224.87 until October 2nd, 2015

Extended Early bird rate October 16, 2015

Regular Rate:

$225 + $29.25 (HST) = $254.25

Early Bird Group Rate (3 or more):

$180+ $23.40(HST) = $203.04 until  October 2nd, 2015

Extended Early bird rate October 16, 2015

Regular Group Rate (3 or more):

$199+ $25.87 (HST) = $224.87

Early Bird Student Rate:

$90 + $11.70 (HST) = $101.70 until October 2nd, 2015 

Extended Early bird rate October 16, 2015 with presentation of valid full time student ID

Regular Student Rate:

$110 + $14.30 (HST) = $124.30 with presentation of valid full time student ID

* To be eligible for group rate, all 3 registrations must be mailed/faxed together, and paid with one cheque or credit card number. 


Carleton, Ottawa & St-Paul University students, please contact us directly to get your discount.


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There are 5 ways to register :

  1. Online: Click on the “Register” tab to the left (Please note that we accept VISA and MASTER CARD)
  2. Phone: Call us at 1-613-702-0339 or  1-877-895-2867
  3. Fax completed registration form to 1-613-702-0339
  4. Email completed registration form to
  5. Mail this printed registration form and send it with your cheque or money order payable to MAGentix Communications Inc. to the following address:
438-1500 rue Bank
Ottawa ON K1H 1B8

Please send the registration form and the cheque or money order 5 days before the conference.


Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. and workshop begins at  9:00 a.m.


Certificate of Participation will be given at the end of the workshop.

Traumatized adolescents struggle with self-regulation. They are dysregulated across systems–neurologically, cognitively, physically, emotionally, behaviorally, socially, and spiritually. Anxious and vigilant, and unable to trust themselves or caregivers, they may experience even loving relationships as confusing and frightening. But to learn self-soothing, they must first be able to rely upon others and discover the joy of co-regulation. They benefit from relationships with adults that provide them with the psychological (and physical) sense of containment they cannot supply themselves.

Dr. Straus will explain how therapy is a specific attachment relationship, and discuss mindful, empathic strategies to help these teens feel more secure, connected, present, and stable.


Objectives for Professionals

  • To explore pathways for healing the effects of attachment trauma.
  • To understand the developmental importance of co-regulation across intrapersonal and interpersonal systems.
  • To describe adult behavior that increases calm, intentional, empathic interaction
  • To discuss specific intervention strategies for both highly activated and deactivated dysregulated states.


Objectives for Target Population

  • To understand the impact of adolescent trauma on family life.
  • To practice strategies for staying present and regulated dealing with adolescents in distress.


Workshop Outline

  1. Attachment Theory in a Nutshell
  2. The Significance of Development and Later Experiences
  3. “Earning” Attachment Security and New Internal Working Models
  4. Developmental Trauma Disorder and Diagnosis of Complex Trauma
  5. Dissociation and Identity Fragmentation in Adolescence
  6. Hyperactivating Strategies and Therapist Containment
  7. Interventions for Down-Regulation


Who should attend:

This conference is for

  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Youth Workers
  • Counselors and Therapists
  • Family Therapists
  • Teachers
  • School Guidance Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • School Administrators
  • Other Professionals in the Human Service Sector


“One of the best workshops I’ve ever been to. Many practical strategies, and lots of ideas, a fantastic, compelling speaker”

Workshop Attendee, Kenora, Ontario

“Very passionate…very knowledgeable…a great workshop”

Workshop Attendee, Winnipeg, Manitoba

“Dr. Straus is an exceptional presenter and clinician. It is very evident that she is very knowledgeable about adolescent girls, and she blends research and theory very pragmatically. Her stories and her humor made the time fly by!”

Workshop Attendee, Cape Cod Symposium

Certificate of Participation is given at the end of the workshop.

About Dr. Martha B. Straus

Martha B. Straus Ph.D.Martha B. Straus Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology at Antioch University New England Graduate School in Keene, New Hampshire, and adjunct instructor in psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School. She maintains a private practice in Brattleboro, Vermont, and consults internationally to schools, hospitals, community mental health centers, and social service agencies on child, adolescent, and family development, attachment, trauma, and therapy.

Straus graduated with honors from Brown University and received her doctorate in clinical and community psychology from the University of Maryland. She completed her internship at the Yale Child Study Center, where she was a Zigler Fellow in Child Development and Social Policy.

Straus’s postdoctoral years were spent in the department of psychiatry at Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She is the author of numerous articles and four books including most recently, Adolescent Girls in Crisis: Intervention and Hope, and the highly acclaimed No-Talk Therapy for Children and Adolescents. She lives in southern Vermont.


“Martha Straus knows adolescent girls well and she comes across as a wise, compassionate therapist and teacher of therapists. Her scope of knowledge and technique is impressive. Would I send my daughter to Martha Straus? In a minute! Would I want to be supervised by her? You bet. The next best thing is to read this terrific book.”

-William J. Doherty, PhD

Director, Marriage and Family Program, University of Minnesota

“Straus offers clinicians working with these children hope and wisdom, as well as much needed insight behind children’s challenging ways of being in the world…On top of that, the author’s warmth and wit make this book a good read for the beginning or veteran therapist.”

-Beverly James

Author of Handbook of Attachment-Trauma Problems in Children

“She offers herself as an engaged, creative, fun, and caring therapist. Her presentation style is warm, funny, and dynamic. Treat yourself to a lively and packed day!”

-Martha Byam , ACSW

Instructor and coordinator BASW program, UNH

You may buy the books by clicking on the photo




Certificate of Participation will be given at the end of the workshop.




logo_CACCF 6 related CEUs were given for this event.



CCPA accreditation for MAGentix's workshops

6 hours CEUs were given for this event.




It is now possible to get credited for hours of continuing education in psychotherapy for activities that are not previously recognized by the Ordre. Psychologists and psychotherapist’s permit holders must retain supporting documentation for these activities 3 years after the reference period.  Just insert this workshop in your Continuing Education Activity Attended Outside of Quebec files.


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