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Upcoming Workshops

The Connection Imperative

What Compassion and Hypnosis Teach us about Treating Violence and Trauma

Presented By
:·Dr. Harry Stefanakis, Ph.D., R. Psych.

Date: Saturday April 29th, 2017

Time: 9:00 AM. to 4:30 PM


Unitarian Church of Vancouver
Main Hall, Hewitt Centre
949 West 49th Avenue (at Oak Street)
Vancouver, BC  V5Z 2T1


The fundamental problems in today's society involve experiences of fragmentation. People experience a sense of fragmentation within themselves, from each other and the world at large. Violence and trauma are consequences of fragmentation, and also are causes of fragmentation. The antidote to fragmentation is connection.

In this one day workshop, Dr Stefanakis will explore how compassion and hypnosis activate this antidote and provide us with a foundation for intervening in violence and trauma.

Through discussion and demonstration, Dr. Stefanakis will present his C.O.R.E. (Centering, Opening, Releasing and Extending) essential components for effective interventions supported by theory, research and practice from more than two decades addressing violence and trauma issues.


Dr. Stefanakis is a clinical and consulting psychologist. He is on the board of the Institute for Knowledge Mobilization, past president of the Ending Relationship Abuse Society of BC, and has been on the board and faculty of the CSCH (BC) for 5 years. He has over 20 years of experience in facilitation of individual and social change, focusing on intelligent compassion processes, a concept which he has developed.

In addition to providing education and consultation for progressive private sector corporations, he has been a visiting expert for the United Nations Asia and Far East Institute, and a consultant for the B.C. government and the U.S. Navy. He has participated in the Be More Than A Bystander campaign, and has produced three audio CDs: "Guided Presence", "Letting Go: Guided Exercises for Relaxation and Pain Relief", and "Practices for Freedom".



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Physicians, Dentists, Psychologists, Chiropractors or those holding a Master's degree in social work, psychology or marital/family therapy; as well as naturopathic doctors or doctors of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Attendees must be registered with a recognized professional body.

A full time student enrolled in a graduate or professional program in active pursuit of a doctorate in medicine, dentistry, or psychology, or a Master's degree in counselling psychology, social work or one of the disciplines listed above, or a diploma or degree in dental hygiene. The program must be held in a university accredited by its appropriate regional accrediting body.