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The Centre's learning calendar has been discontinued as of July 14, 2017, and this page refers to an event in the past. For future events of this type, please contact the event organizer.

Organizer:  Mission Empowerment



  • In-person

Understanding and Treating Pathological Perfectionism and Related Disorders

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 09:00 to Friday, June 23, 2017 - 04:00

Location: BEST WESTERN PLUS The Arden Park Hotel
City: Stratford
Type: In-person
Access: Open
Presenter: Dr. Martin Antony
Topic: Clinical practices; Mental health issues and disorders
Organizer: Mission Empowerment
Audience: Direct service providers, Managers and organizational leadership, Evaluators and quality assurance

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Event registration


Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 09:00 to Friday, June 23, 2017 - 04:00


Early Bird Cost: $349 +HST (=$394.37) by May 21, 2017
Regular Cost: $379 +HST (=$428.27) after May21, 2017

*Includes lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments,

**All prices are in CAD$. American Patrons - your dollar goes further! $1 CAD = $0.75 USD (as of Nov 28, 2016 - check online for current exchange rate) 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: June 18, 2017  at 4pm

Perfectionism is a tendency to hold standards for oneself or others that are unreasonably high and overly rigid.  It is a transdiagnostic construct associated with a wide range of psychological problems, including depression, anxiety and related disorders, and others. This workshop provides an overview of pathological perfectionism, and evidence-based strategies for assessing and treating this problem, with an emphasis on cognitive strategies, exposure-based strategies, and acceptance-based strategies.  Techniques are based on a number of recent sources, including the presenter’s evidence-based self-help manual, When Perfect Isn’t Good Enough (Antony & Swinson, 2009) and a therapist manual written by the presenter and colleagues, Cognitive Behavioural Treatment of Perfectionism (Egan, Wade, Shafran, & Antony, 2014).  In addition, strategies for treating selected associated disorders (e.g., obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder, depression) will be discussed and illustrated using videorecorded vignettes.

Topics Covered Include:  


  • Factors that cause and maintain pathological perfectionism
  • How to assess perfectionism using self-report scales, interview methods, and behavioral assessment approaches
  • Cognitive and behavioral strategies for treating perfectionism
  • Cognitive and behavioral strategies for treating selected disorders that are often associated with perfectionism, including OCD, social anxiety disorder, and depression
  • How to integrate mindfulness and acceptance-based methods into treatment
  • Strategies for dealing with various treatment challenges, including ambivalence about treatment.  


Dr. Martin Antony biography

Martin Antony, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Ryerson University. He holds faculty appointments at McMaster University and the University of Toronto, and he is Director of Research at the Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, which he founded more than 15 years ago.

Dr. Antony has published 30 books and over 200 scientific articles and book chapters on the topics of perfectionism, anxiety & related disorders; and he has received a number of career awards for his contributions to research, training and education. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a past president of the Canadian Psychological Association, and a Fellow of several national and international associations.

Martin has presented more than 300 workshops and presentations to health care professionals from across North America, Europe, and Australia.  He has also been interviewed or quoted by the CBC, Globe and Mail, ABC News, Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, Fitness Magazine, National Geographic Channel, O (Oprah) Magazine, Shape Magazine, Washington Post, Women’s Health, Women’s World, Reader’s Digest, and many other print, radio, and television outlets.


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