WISE Professional Training

OPQ accredited 332

WISE Women don’t overeat because they are hungry for food, but because they are hungry for acceptance, validation and meaning.


When: Friday, February 17, 2017
Where: Hotel Novotel 2599 blvd. Alfred Nobel, St-Laurent
Time: 9 am – 5 pm (healthy lunch and snacks included)

$225 (early registration)
$245 (after February 5, 2017)

OPQ Accredited for 7 credits

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Weight issues now affect 1 in 2 Canadians.
If we are ever to solve the puzzle of obesity, licensed mental health professionals are the key. 

Register today for our workshop on:

The Emotional Roots of Overeating & the Psychological Roadblocks to Weight Management: An integrated treatment

Learning Objectives:

  • A better understanding of the emotional states that drive overeating and the psychological roadblocks that keep clients from achieving a healthy weight.
  • Knowledge of how the impact of family of origin and attachment dynamics affect weight and attitudes towards food.
  • An explanation of the differences and overlap between obesity, Binge Eating Disorder and traditional eating disorders.

You will gain valuable insight, as well as concrete tools and skills to help your clients struggling with weight, body image & self-esteem.
Because they’re worth it!

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Sylvia Dakessian, Psychologist

Sylvia DakessianFor more than 20 years, Sylvia has worked as a psychologist in private practice as well as teaching and doing workshops at the university, CEGEP and high school levels. Her fields of expertise include anxiety, depression, self-esteem and personality disorders. She completed her Master’s degree and doctoral courses at the Université de Montréal under the supervision of Professor Jacques Forget.

For the past 15 years, she has continued her training at the Victoria Institute where she has developed a solid base of knowledge in treating personality disorders.

Clare Lord, WISE Philosophy Executive Director

Clare LordClare has worked in the fields of eating disorders and disordered eating for the past 20 years. A McGill graduate in Science (Psychology), she is the former Executive Director of ANEB (Anorexie Nervose et boulimie) Quebec, where she developed their eating disorder support group and facilitator training programs as a Genesis Foundation grant recipient. She went on to found WISE Philosophy, which offers support groups to help participants discover the emotional root cause of their overeating, and facilitator training to those interested in running a WISE group. She is also a frequent lecturer at the high school and CEGEP levels, as well as in the community.



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WISE Facilitator Training Program


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Be part of our WISE Facilitator Training Program, an intensive, fun, interactive two-day training that covers everything you need to start, run and manage a WISE group. You will receive all course materials, as well as be given a “persona” and other assignments to maximize the training and simulate an actual group experience.  The business model and on-going corporate support are also explained.

If you’re interested in attending a training session, please let us know. Space is limited to 12 participants.

+Click here to read comments from Professionals who have already taken the training!

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Evaluation Comments:

Here are some comments from the professionals who took part in our WISE Facilitator Training Program this April in Montreal; when asked if participating in this training was a good decision, 93% rated it 5 on a scale of 1-5.

  • "Wow! Wow! Wow! Incredibly professional, comprehensive, well done."
  • "Thank you so much for creating such an important program and giving us all the opportunity to share it with others!"
  • "It was an excellent training experience."
  • "Overall- a program/training very well done!"
  • "My expectations were very high based on the excellent information and materials coming in- and the week-end met in most ways and exceeded in others these expectations. Bravo!"
  • "This experience re-ignited my sense of excitement. I look forward to starting a group."
  • "Most effective was working with various “personas” and understanding how to interact according to WISE Philosophy."
  • "I really like the manual. I learned and now use the info/concepts in my coaching practice."
  • "The modeling of running a group was very effective; the handouts and organization were excellent!"
  • "Role playing/simulation- very good way to try things out and make mistakes."
  • "When I was reading the manual, I was very impressed with the content. It was a great experience and a wonderful opportunity to meet such new wonderful facilitators."