CFIR Offering Community Supervision for Adults & Couples

CFIR’s co-founder, Dr. Dino Zuccarini, C.Psych. and CFIR Associate, Natalie Charron, M.A., Psy.D. (Candidate), R.P. are set to facilitate Community Clinical Supervision for Adults & Couples. Topics will include:

  • Clinical assessment and case conceptualization
  • Treatment planning and intervention strategies
  • Integrative treatment focus combining psychodynamic, CBT, EFT, Trauma-Informed Approaches
  • Training in dealing with complex individual and couple clients
  • Didactic presentations
  • Specific training in the treament of  complex trauma and personality disorders, depression, anxiety and sex therapy
  • Use of countertransference and transference processes
  • Client retention strategies
  • Guidance to build your own private practice
  • Supervisor’s Name on your invoices

1st Part – 1 hour (Facilitated by Dr. Dino Zuccarini, C.Psych.)

Looking to deepen your understanding of psychodynamic and experiential approaches and their use for your clients? Trying to figure out how to integrate cognitive, behavioural, experiential, and relational interventions in your work? Using an integrative approach, Dr. Dino Zuccarini, C.Psych. will support you to formulate a case conceptualization for your clients, and guide you in treatment planning and interventions. CBT, EFT, and psychodynamic/psychoanalytic conceptualizations will be provided for individual and couple therapy in the treatment of depression, anxiety, personality, and sexual disorders. He offers a framework on how to integrate treatments based on the client’s current level of functioning and the in-session relational space.

2nd Part – 1 hour (Facilitated by Natalie Charron, M.A. Psy.D. (Candidate), R.P.)

Need a space to process your experiences as a therapist? Want to learn more about retaining clients? Interested in learning how to use the moment-to-moment processes you observe in-session and to intervene in deeper ways with your clients? Using an integrative approach, Natalie Charron, M.A. Psy.D. (Candidate), R.P. provides a safe space for clinicians of all backgrounds to learn how to systematically analyze the countertransference and transference processes in the therapeutic context. She also proposes how to use this understanding of process to inform and generate more profound interventions with clients. In this group you will learn how to observe yourself, your clients and the relationship you are creating together to improve your guidance along their path of healing.

Supervision Format and Requirements

  • Supervision will be held once per month for two (2) hours and consist of two (2) parts.
  • A supervision contract will be required to be a member of a supervision group.

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Meet the Clinical Supervisors:

Dr. Dino Zuccarini, C.Psych.

Dr. Zuccarini, C.Psych. is a clinical psychologist and co-founder of the Centre for Interpersonal Relationships (CFIR). CFIR was established a decade ago to provide clinicians with an interest in integrative therapy a space to creatively explore the integration of psychotherapy systems. He has published peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on the topics of attachment injuries in couples, attachment and sex, LGBTQ couples therapies, and the integration of EFT and sex therapy. His practice focuses on the treatment of trauma, personality disorders, sex therapy and couple therapy, as well as depression and anxiety. He has been trained in various psychotherapy systems, including EFT, CBT and psychodynamic therapy.  He is currently investigating the relationship between psychoanalytic constructs and DSM-5 disorders to understand the deeper developmental underpinnings of disorders.

Natalie Charron, M.A., Psy.D (Candidate), R.P.

Ms. Charron has been a registered psychotherapist since 2014, and an Associate at CFIR since 2015.  She is currently completing a Doctorate in Clinical psychology and specialized in trauma, complex trauma and personality disorders. She has been trained as an integrative practitioner and combines psychodynamic with Mindfulness based CBT, interpersonal, and experiential models in her work as a clinician. She has conducted research on various topics including Narcissistic Pathology and published in peer reviewed journals on topics related to, identity, LGBTQ and spirituality. She is currently completing her Doctoral research on complex trauma and post-traumatic growth in childhood sexual abuse.

Social Support and Its Role in Mental Health

by: Stephanie Azzi, B.A., Counsellor

Humans are social beings; we all rely and depend on the support of others to help us deal with the difficulties we encounter in everyday life. Social support is a concept that encompasses the physical and emotional support we receive from our surrounding social worlds (e.g., our cities, neighborhoods), as well as from our personal relationships. We may receive social support from romantic partners, relatives, friends, coworkers, as well as from our social and community ties (Taylor, 2012). 

To better understand what effective social support looks like, it is important to look at two aspects of social support: received social support and perceived social support. Received social support refers to the emotional or physical support that is provided to a person by others, usually in a specific context or situation, and that is not always appreciated by this individual receiving it (Uchino, 2009). Perceived social support refers to a person’s beliefs about how available support is to them when they need it, and to how much they believe they are receiving it in different situations (Uchino, 2009). 

Social support can have positive effects on our physical health (e.g., reduces the risk of mortality; Holt-Lunstad, Smith & Layton, 2010) and on our mental health (e.g., reduces anxiety; Harandi et al., 2017); however, not all social support appears to be beneficial at all times. Whether or not social support is positive and beneficial appears to depend on various aspects of the support, such as who provides it and whether it is considered appropriate for the situation (Taylor, 2012). Certain forms of support may be more valued when they are provided from different individuals. For example, emotional support (i.e., providing empathy, affection and caring towards someone; Kent de Grey, Uchino, Trettevik, Cronan, & Hogan, 2018) seems to be most appreciated when received by close family members, spouses, and friends but may be perceived as unhelpful and unwanted from acquaintances (Dakof & Taylor, 1990). 

While we all need some form of social support as we deal with the vicissitudes of life, when reaching out for certain types of social support it is important that we consider who you are reaching out to and what type of support you are needing.

Stephanie Azzi, B.A., is a Ph.D. student in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Ottawa. She is currently completing a practicum at the Centre for Interpersonal Relationships (CFIR) in Ottawa, under the supervision of Dr. Dino Zuccarini, C.Psych. Stephanie works with individual adults and couples, providing psychological assessment and treatment services for a wide range of presenting issues including depression, anxiety, and interpersonal difficulties.