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A Masterclass Series in Innovative Approaches to Addiction Recovery

hosted by Liam O Mahoney at PCPSI

5 x 3hr live online workshops
Fridays 8 December 2023 | Stephen Porges
Friday 19 January 2024 | Janina Fisher
Friday 26 January 2024 | Larry Heller
Friday 16 February 2024 | Steve Hoskinson
Friday 23 February 2024 | Jan Winhall
4pm – 7pm GMT | 11am – 2pm ET (with 15min break)

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Recent research published by the Irish Health Research Board has demonstrated that addiction rates have surged in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. In one study of 655 participants, 70% reported that their substance use had increased dramatically in the period 2020-2022. This rapidly worsening situation presents challenges for therapists and treatment providers.

Historically mainstream addiction treatment is prone to reinforcing states of negative affect and negative “efforting” in clients. The inability to tolerate and build capacity for expansive states (joy, heartfulness, pleasure and positive affect) is a major consequence of this approach. We at PCPSI understand one core idea is essential when we meet people whose lives are blighted by the relentless cycle of addiction:

People flourish & heal through support and rest.

In this masterclass series, PCPSI brings together five internationally acclaimed experts in the fields of addiction who share this compassionate and holistic approach to support recovery:

? Dr. Stephen Porges,

? Dr. Janina Fisher

? Dr. Laurence Heller

? Jan Winhall M.S.W.

? Steve Hoskinson

Tickets can be purchased either as a series bundle or individually per webinar.?

These innovative speakers understand that our people need to be met from a state of heartfulness to heal from the wound that is at the core of all addictive behaviour, each bringing their own expertise and cutting-edge contemporary research in the fields of trauma, neuroscience and addiction studies.

In the previous PCPSI series, Liam O Mahony focused on the intimate relationship between Developmental Trauma and Addiction as well as the Heroic Intention of Addiction. Inspired by our five pioneering speakers, we seek answers to the following questions:

  1. Why is co-regulation essential in the treatment of addiction?
  2. Why is the capacity to tolerate and contain positive affects both challenging and healing for those healing from addiction?
  3. Why is mainstream addiction treatment prone to reinforcing states of negative affect and negative urgency in clients?
  4. How do we develop capacity in our nervous systems to tolerate rest?
  5. Why do so many addiction counsellors burn themselves out?
  6. How do we engage our own inner healing to provide optimal support for others?

These are only a selection of the questions we will answer in this masterclass series. If you want to be part of the new paradigm shift in addiction this is a must attend event for you.

Beyond Mainstream Treatment

The Masterclass includes

✔︎ 5 part LIVE online webinar, each 3 hours in length
✔︎ 5 resource papers from speakers
✔︎ Recordings of all webinars
✔︎ A certificate with 15 CPD points/hours

Individual webinars include:

✔︎ LIVE online webinar, 3 hours in length
✔︎ Resource paper from speakers
✔︎ Recordings of webinar
✔︎ A certificate with 3 CPD points/hours


4pm – 7pm Irish Standard Time (UTC+0:00) includes a 15-minute break.

Friday 8 December 2023 | Stephen Porges

Friday 19 January 2024 | Janina Fisher

Friday 26 January 2024 | Larry Heller

Friday 16 February 2024 | Steve Hoskinson

Friday 23 February 2024 | Jan Winhall M.S.W.

Tickets can be purchased either as a series bundle or individually per webinar.?

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Jan Winhall, M.S.W.  P.I.F.O.T. is an author, teacher and seasoned trauma and addiction psychotherapist. She is an Educational Partner and Course Developer with the Polyvagal Institute where she offers a training program based on her book Treating Trauma and Addiction with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model, Routledge 2021. Completion of four levels leads students to become Felt Sense Polyvagal Model Facilitators. She is an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Toronto and a Certifying Co-Ordinator with the International Focusing Institute. Jan is Co-Director of the Borden Street Clinic where she supervises graduate students. She enjoys teaching all over the world.

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