Center of Canada

Date Smart Advanced Workshop

Date Smart and Love Mindfully: Core Components of Healthy Dating and Relationships

Designed for clinicians working with clients who struggle with unhealthy relationship dynamics

Presented by Carla Marie Manly, Ph.D. California Clinical psychologist, Author, and Speaker

Dr. Carla Marie Manly is a highly sought-after relationship expert featured in national media outlets including Oprah, NBC, Forbes, GQ Magazine, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and more!

11.5 EMDRIA Education Credits – Program Approval #19022-DL07

(46-question exam required with a passing grade of 70%).

The course content and exam will be available for 90 days

**Please note EMDRIA requires all participants who wish to obtain CEs to provide the EMDR Center of Canada Inc. with a copy of their certificate of completion in an EMDRIA approved basic training in EMDR Therapy.

(please upload certificate to your Membership profile)

Seminar Overview

Date Smart and Love Mindfully is designed to teach how to prevent getting into relationships that end up failing anyway.

Participants will learn the fundamental core principles needed to build a healthy relationship, and how to date in today's world.

Participants will also learn what "Red Flags" to watch for when dating, and what they should be looking for in a potential mate.


This Seminar is designed for:

* Clinicians whose clients struggle with repeated failed relationships, or for clients in committed but unfulfilling relationships.

* Clinicians who want to help clients learn to prevent starting relationships that fail anyway.

* Clinicians who want to deepen their understanding of toxic relationship dynamics that are present but often overlooked

This seminar is open to mental health clinicians.

EMDR training is not required; the focus will be on Attachment Theory with elements of EMDR and CBT.

Dr. Carla Marie Manly

Dr. Carla Marie Manly is a highly sought-after expert featured in national media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, NBC, The New York Times, USA Today, Forbes, The Los Angeles Times, Oprah, HuffPost, Reader’s Digest, Psychology Today, Parade, GQ, Women’s Health, Architectural Digest, Men’s Health, and more!

Dr. Manly is a clinical psychologist and wellness expert based in Sonoma County, California. In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Manly is deeply invested in her roles as an author, consultant, advocate, and speaker. With a holistic, body-mind-spirit approach, she specializes in improving professional and personal relationships through mindfulness and healthy communication skills. Viewing self-development as the foundation for optimal wellness, Dr. Manly’s work focuses on building health intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships through increased self-awareness. Her work blends traditional psychotherapy with alternative mindfulness practices to support inner freedom, awareness, and balance.

Dr. Manly’s latest book, Date Smart: Transform Your Relationships and Love Fearlessly, joins her other highly acclaimed titles, Joy from Fear: Create the Life of Your Dreams by Making Fear Your Friend, and Aging Joyfully.


We know that the key to successful relationships is relational self-awareness; many clients simply never learned self-awareness and relationship fundamentals. To worsen matters, the realm of dating and relationships has undergone vast changes in the last several decades. Due to a variety of factors ranging from the effects of technology to increased stress and isolation, relationships are suffering.

As clinicians, we need to understand the ongoing changes in our clients’ lives and their effects, yet we don’t want to lose sight of the fundamentals that allow clients to form healthy and satisfying intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships.

The DATE SMART and LOVE MINDFULLY seminar provides you with an opportunity to augment your existing understanding of healthy relationship dynamics. With current, research-backed statistics and interactive activities, this dynamic seminar supports your understanding of what it takes to help your clients form healthy, essential neural connections that support loving intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships.

Offered in a framework that interweaves core tenets of attachment theory, EMDR, CBT, and depth psychology, this powerful seminar provides essential insights and tools that will positively support and invigorate your work with clients.

Note: Participants do not need to practice any particular modality (e.g., CBT, EMDR, attachment theory, etc.) to benefit from this highly inclusive training. Given that the general highlights and benefits of various modalities are introduced, clinicians are encouraged to adopt the elements that feel most pertinent and beneficial for the population being served.

Suggested Reading*: DATE SMART: Transform Your Relationships and Love Fearlessly

*Note: We will reference the self-awareness and relationship exercises as well as other materials included in Date Smart during the seminar.

Date Smart & Love Mindfully: Core Components of Healthy Dating and Relationships

Presented by Carla Marie Manly, Ph.D.

$320 CDN 

(for student/non-profit discount please refer to instructions on the left)

If you are a student, please include a letter from the registrar confirming your full time student status. If you are employed at a Non-Profit Agency, please submit a letter from your employer on the Agency’s Letterhead confirming your employment. Please email the required letter to admin@emdrcenterofcanada.com in order to receive the discount code before purchasing on-demand course.

*Tuition in USD is dependent on current currency exchange rate


Upon completion of this workshop, the participant will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the various clinical approaches — when used alone and in combination—and their roles in intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships.  Focus modalities: Attachment theory, EMDR, CBT, depth psychology. 

  2. Identify and distinguish the underpinnings of various psychotherapeutic modalities (e.g., CBT, EMDR, attachment theory, or depth psychology) to better understand the client’s intrapersonal and interpersonal relationship needs.

  3. Integrate the clinician’s own clinical education and background with other psychotherapeutic modalities to best serve the individual client’s goals and needs.

  4. Utilize clear case conceptualization to foster client healing and change.

  5. Recognize various elements of a client’s history that negatively affect dating and relationship patterns.

  6. Identify and describe the psychotherapeutic strategies (e.g., self-reflection, exercises, and real-life practices) that support positive change in clients’ lives.

  7. Demonstrate working knowledge of the various elements of healthy relationships including self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and attachment status.

  8. Utilize intrapersonal and interpersonal exercises to actively build, integrate, and demonstrate greater understanding of key intrapersonal and interpersonal dynamics.

  9. Appreciate and understand the implications of the everchanging, complex social and cultural issues that impact a client’s dating and relationship patterns.

  10. Demonstrate application of learned concepts to an aspect of a confidential clinical case study.


Throughout the seminar, we’ll build and strengthen understanding of foundational concepts including:

  • Attachment theory basics and the impact dating and relationships
  • EMDR approaches to healing intrapersonal relationship issues
  • CBT fundamentals to support healthy mindsets and behaviors
  • Depth Psychology contributions to healthy, connective intimacy
  • Utilizing EMDR, Attachment Theory, CBT, and Depth Psychology to better understand and support clients’ needs.


  • Key case conceptualization elements
  • How the client’s history impacts dating and relationship patterns
  • Intergenerational transmission of unhealthy relationship dynamics
  • The implications of unhealthy dating patterns and failed relationships
  • Destructive relationship markers
  • Idealized love, the “fairy tale” complex, and other destructive beliefs.
  • The role of healthy self-awareness in relationships
  • Building blocks of self-esteem
  • The role of mindfulness in intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships
  • Essential components of emotional intelligence (EQ)
  • Necessary elements of healthy relationships
  • Conflict management in relationships
  • Building healthy communication to foster connection
  • Sexuality and intimacy in dating and relationships
  • Destructive relationship habits and mindsets
  • Often-missed relationship red flags
  • The role of technology in relationships
  • The impact of society and culture on dating and intimate relationships
  • Supporting the client’s decision to end or maintain intimate relationship
  • Key exercises to facilitate improved self-awareness
  • Key exercises to foster improved other-awareness and healthy connection

As an added benefit, the seminar involves individual and interactive exercises along group discussions to further self-reflection and strengthen clinical expertise.

It is recommended that clinicians consider contributing elements of anonymous current and former case studies to further clinical expertise.

With a one-size-does-not-fit-all approach, participants are encouraged to adapt their use of the material presented in appropriate ways to suit their own therapy modality and client population.

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