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401/501 – Defining Moments in Couples Therapy

Johnson, Susan 2016
Neuroscience in the Consulting Room

Understanding the neurobiology of the brain not only explains how change happens, it also translates into more effective psychotherapy. In this dynamic demonstration-workshop, a psychotherapist and a neuroscientist offer a dialogue demonstrating the relevance of neuroscience to the process of repairing couples relationships. Together the presenters will review recorded couples therapy sessions to explore how neurobiological insights can inform and help shape a therapist’s moment-by-moment decision-making. You’ll learn how to:

  • “Read” clients’ facial and body language as outward signs of their brain function and emotional processing—and use this knowledge to select and time interventions more effectively
  • Make your interventions more efficient by tapping into the processes of relational regulation
  • Determine when clients can’t self-soothe or access higher brain functions and intervene accordingly

Continued with workshop 501.

Susan Johnson, EdD, the developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples and Families, is the director of ICEEFT – The International Center for Excellence in EFT. She’s also the author of Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love and Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships.

James Coan, PhD, associate professor of clinical psychology at the University of Virginia, is the recipient of the Association for Psychological Science’s Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions. He’s the author of The Handbook of Emotion Elicitation and Assessment.

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402/502 – Unremitting Anxiety

Wehrenberg, Margaret 2016
Finding Effective Treatments for Intractable Symptoms

How often have you used tried-and-true anxiety management skills only to find your clients’ panic still haunts them and their worry is unremitting? The obstacles to a more successful outcome may lie in failing to recognize undiagnosed co-occurring conditions. In this session, we’ll look at what to do when your anxious clients seem unable to recover. Together, we’ll explore:

  • Why refusing reassurance is the wrong move for worried clients with Asperger’s but the right move for OCD clients to eliminate excessive worry
  • The role of sensory sensitivity in remitting anxiety as it shows up in bipolar II, undiagnosed autism spectrum disorder, and ADHD
  • How to use journaling to identify and eliminate anxiety triggers and to determine when it’s easier to be anxious than angry
  • How to separate the client’s authentic voice from the OCD voice to treat extreme worry

Continued with workshop 502.

Margaret Wehrenberg, PsyD, is a practicing clinical psychologist, international speaker, and author of The 10 Best Anxiety Busters and The 10 Best-Ever Depression Management Techniques.

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403/503 – What the Brain Needs for Transformational Change

Ecker, Bruce 2016
Using Memory Reconsolidation in Your Everyday Practice

New neuroscientific advances in memory reconsolidation enable us to achieve therapeutic breakthroughs with previously unheard of consistency. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to engage the brain’s process that decommissions implicit memories and the myriad symptoms they drive, such as PTSD, compulsive behaviors, and insecure attachment. You’ll find out how it underlies the effectiveness of a wide range of therapies and is key to achieving transformational change. Videos and live demonstration will show you how to mobilize the brain’s power to unlock and dissolve long-entrenched schemas, ego states,
parts, and emotional conditionings. Whatever your therapeutic approach, you’ll learn:

  • The series of steps that carry out the core process of profound unlearning
  • How to swiftly find key emotional schemas generating symptoms
  • Why a “juxtaposition experience” is essential for transformational change

Continued with workshop 503.

Bruce Ecker, MA, LMFT, is codirector of the Coherence Psychology Institute and coauthor of Unlocking the Emotional Brain and Depth Oriented Brief Therapy.

Sara Bridges, PhD, is codirector of the Coherence Psychology Institute, associate professor at the University of Memphis, and coeditor of the series Studies in Meaning.

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404/504 – When Meditation Isn’t Enough

Schwartz, Richard 2016
Going Beyond Acceptance to Self-Compassion

Mindfulness has become a popular and useful tool in psychotherapy, but therapists too often encourage clients to adopt a passive-observer stance in therapy, as if it’s enough to just observe thoughts and emotions from a place of separation. This workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of how to go beyond detachment into a more engaged and relational form of self-compassion and self-healing. You’ll learn:

  • Strategies used in Internal Family Systems to contact the core Self and integrate the often conflicting parts that live within us
  • The importance of shifting the role of the therapist from the primary attachment figure to a container who opens the way for the client’s Self to emerge
  • Methods for honestly and transparently handling situations in which you get emotionally triggered by your client

Continued with workshop 504.

Richard Schwartz, PhD, is director of the Center for Self Leadership and the originator of the Internal Family Systems Model. He’s also the author of Internal Family Systems Therapy.

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405/505 – Healing Early Relational Injuries

Napier, Nancy 2016
A Body-Based Approach

When clients have experienced early relational injuries and disruptions, it can be hard to address their unconscious, non-adaptive responses using traditional talk therapy approaches. This workshop will show how to integrate Somatic Experiencing (SE) and other body-based approaches, including hypnotherapy to address the early survival responses that keep clients with childhood relational injuries from forming deeper bonds in the present. In this workshop, you’ll learn to:

  • Track nonverbal constriction, freeze responses, shut down, anxiety, and boundary issues to help clients become more aware of them
  • Use elements of SE to enhance resonance, slow down and deepen the therapy process, and enhance the ability of the nervous system to shift from disorganization to organization
  • Identify and work with trauma-based “coupling dynamics,” non-adaptive unconscious patterns that can negatively impact clients’ ability to connect with others

Continued with workshop 505.

Nancy Napier, LMFT, is a psychotherapist and hypnotherapist. She teaches for the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute and is the author of Recreating Your Self, Getting through the Day, and Sacred Practices for Conscious Living.

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406/506 – Rewiring for Love

Atkinson, Brent 2016
Increasing the Capacity for Connection

An overwhelming body of research now suggests that clinicians rely too much on insight and understanding—and too little on repetitive practice—in promoting lasting change. In other words, weekly therapy sessions are no match for deeply conditioned and internalized emotional patterns. That’s why we need to help clients engage in daily practices that rewire their patterns of emotional response. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to help clients implement a reconditioning program that includes:

  • Accessing audio recordings and interactive, web-based tools that provide on-demand, personalized step-by-step guidance at the moments when they need it
  • Implementing practice protocols that deliberately restimulate and interrupt old emotional reactions through visualization, relaxation, and mental rehearsal
  • Engaging in “sustained inviting” practices that prime and strengthen the brain’s intimacy circuits, boosting naturally occurring feelings of empathy, playfulness, and desire
  • Using smartphone technology to create a system of reminders, protocols, and check-in procedures that enhance follow-through

Continued with workshop 506.

Brent Atkinson, PhD, is director of post-graduate training at the Couples Research Institute and professor emeritus at Northern Illinois University. He’s the author of Couples Therapy: Advances from Neurobiology and the Science of Intimate Relationships.

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407/507 – The Power of the Therapeutic Contract

Love, Pat 2016
Establishing the Conditions for Therapeutic Success

In our eagerness to help clients, we often fail in the most fundamental tasks of therapy—clearly defining the presenting issue, agreeing upon the clients’ desired goals, and getting a realistic contract for the change. Without these elements in place, treatment can turn into a meandering game of hide-and-seek. Join us for an examination of how getting therapy started in the right way can dramatically boost your outcomes. We’ll explore how to:

  • Clearly define client goals in positive, specific, measurable terms
  • Help clients distinguish between “problem” and “problem-solving” states of mind
  • Use regular feedback to keep treatment on track and moving forward
  • Think of the contract as your compass, leading to the treatment’s goals

Continued with workshop 507.

Pat Love, EdD, a relationship consultant and marriage and family therapist, has authored/co-authored six books including the 2015 release You’re Tearing Us Apart: Ways We Wreck Our Relationships and Strategies to Fix Them.

Eva Berlander, PhD, a relationship consultant and marriage and family therapist, is the author of You Can Make it Happen; How Breakthroughs in Neuroscience Can Transform Relationships and the coauthor of You’re Tearing Us Apart.

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408/508 – Ethics Made Fun

Mitchell, Clifton 2016
A Game Show Approach

We all want to do what’s ethical, but slogging through most ethics courses can be a tiresome bore. Not this time! This workshop (back by popular demand) features a game show that we promise will be entertaining, engaging, and high-spirited. Participants will be divided into teams and equipped with electronic remotes for shooting answers to a computer-generated scoring system. Along the way, you’ll explore some of the most perplexing legal and ethical quandaries, including:

  • Aspirational ethics, insurance fraud, treatment mandates, advertising, and duty to treat
  • Informed consent, confidentiality, court records, dual relationships, duty to warn, confidentiality, informed consent and malpractice
  • Child abuse, statutory rape, suicide, duty to warn, and scope of practice

Continued with workshop 508.

NOTE: This workshop fulfills many state board requirements for training in ethics and risk management. It repeats the game show format used in previous years.

Clifton Mitchell, PhD, is an international clinical trainer with over 24 years of training experience. He’s a professor at East Tennessee State University and the author of Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients.

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409/509 – Energy Psychology Enters the Mainstream

Feinstein, David 2016
A Power Tool for Your Practice

Now that the body of peer-reviewed scientific research has lent credibility to the emerging field of Energy Psychology, skeptical therapists have increasingly incorporated tapping protocols into their usual methods to boost their effectiveness. This workshop will demonstrate how to use a variation of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), the most popular form of energy psychology, based on tapping selected acupuncture points while target scenes are mentally activated. You’ll learn:

  • A basic tapping routine you can use with clients and apply in your own life
  • How to use EFT with PTSD, anxiety issues, relationship conflict, and other difficult conditions
  • How to integrate EFT with your current methods to regulate emotional over-arousal and escalating patterns of reactivity while creating greater personal empowerment

Continued with workshop 509.

David Feinstein, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who served on the faculties of the John’s Hopkins University School of Medicine and Antioch College. His books have won eight national awards, including the USA Book News Best Psychology/Mental Health Book of 2007.

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410/510 – Working with the “Difficult” Male Client

Wexler, David 2016
How to Get Beyond Shame-o-phobia

Therapists often fail to create a user-friendly environment for reluctant male clients. The problem begins with a lack of awareness about how men fear having their shame and vulnerability exposed. This workshop will teach you about the mismatch between men’s relational style and the touchy-feely atmosphere of most counseling, and how to engage even “difficult” or “defensive” men and move them to the next level of intimacy and authenticity. You’ll learn to:

  • Recognize the defenses and perception of shame that keep men from confronting their emotions
  • Develop enhanced skills in building a therapeutic relationship with men based on straightforward guidance and “guy talk,” rather than ambiguous therapy-speak
  • Use specific techniques to counteract male relational dread and coach men to communicate in a related way
  • Help a man’s partner learn how to bring out his best qualities, without becoming codependent

Continued with workshop 510.

David Wexler, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and the executive director of the Relationship Training Institute. He’s the author of six books, including Men in Therapy and When Good Men Behave Badly.

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411/511 – A New Model for Private Practice

A Mind-Body Approach

Increasingly, therapists are looking for alternatives to the timeworn, office-bound rigidity of traditional private practice. This workshop offers a new vision of the private practice format: inclusion of an educational group process that can be used in a wide variety of settings with many different populations—people suffering from common problem like depression, anxiety, chronic illness, and trauma, as well as other healthcare professionals and community leaders. You’ll learn how to:

  • Teach members self-awareness and self-care through guided meditation, drawing, journaling, movement, and other mind–body skills.
  • Transition from the usual therapist role to one of group leader, educator, guide, and coach
  • Develop a business model for both expanding your practice and reaching large numbers of people you might not otherwise serve

Continued with workshop 511.

James Gordon, MD, a psychiatrist, is the founder and executive director of the Center for Mind–Body Medicine and clinical professor in the departments of psychiatry and family medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He’s the author of Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey out of Depression. His group work with war-traumatized Gazan and Israeli children was featured on 60 Minutes.

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412/512 – Mistakes of the Heart

Fisher, Janina 2016 2
Turning Miscues into Learning Opportunities

Therapists are human; therefore, we all inevitably make mistakes. Unfortunately, we don’t always have the opportunity to safely acknowledge, process, and grow from them, much less help our clients recover from the hurt and anger we’ve inadvertently caused. This workshop will examine the underlying issues that often contribute to common therapist errors, explore how “mistakes of the heart” occur and can be acknowledged, and discover ways to “repair” relational ruptures so they become healing opportunities. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

  • Recognize the bodily signs of our countertransference responses, decreasing the possibility of “foot in mouth” comments, shutting down, or empathic failure
  • Identify the clients and issues most likely to trigger our fear and frustration and experiment with how to regulate our internal experience
  • Rehearse how to counteract triggers and repair ruptures in therapeutic connection
  • Practice using somatic communication to convey regret, re-attunement, and comfort rather than relying on words

Continued with workshop 512.

Janina Fisher, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and instructor at the Trauma Center in Boston, a senior faculty member of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, and a former instructor at Harvard Medical School.

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413/513 – An Introduction to Brainspotting

Processing Trauma without Talking About It

Symptoms of unprocessed trauma—including dissociation, numbing, and chronic anxiety—are notoriously difficult to eliminate through talk therapy. The reason: the overwhelmed brain is unable to process verbal information about the events. But Brainspotting, a brain-based method for clearing trauma blockage without clients having to talk about it, nurtures the capacity for natural self-healing. Through demonstrations and participation, you’ll explore how to:

  • Identify specific eye movements, including wobbles and microsaccades, as well as other facial cues and reflexes that reveal specific “spots” in the brain associated with the activation of trauma
  • Guide traumatized clients to attend to their inner experience as they move through dissociative blocks and maximize a process of self-healing
  • Develop skills that allow you to pay attention to your interactions with clients while also staying attuned to the internal brain changes reflected in their eye movements

Continued with workshop 513.

David Grand, PhD, is the developer of Brainspotting and has trained more than 8,000 therapists internationally. He’s the author of Brainspotting: The Revolutionary New Therapy for Rapid and Effective Change.

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414/514 – Saying No to Psychiatric Meds

Naiman, Rubin 2016
An Integrative Approach to Mental Health

Armed with pharmaceuticals, biological psychiatry continues to escalate the “war on mental illness.” But because most of these drugs don’t actually heal but merely suppress symptoms, this is a losing battle with collateral damage in terms of serious side effects. Integrative mental health offers safe and effective alternatives to drugs for anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Based on endogenous healing, the body and mind’s natural proclivity toward health, this workshop offers evidence-based lifestyle, nutritional, and botanical interventions that can be readily integrated into psychotherapy. Together, we’ll explore:

  • The limitations, side effects, and weaning protocols for commonly used psychiatric meds
  • A range of nutraceuticals and botanicals that are alternatives for treating anxiety, depression, and insomnia, along with their indications, contraindications and dosages
  • The role of lifestyle interventions including exercise, body–mind medicine, and secular spiritual practices for managing mood disorders and sleep concerns

Continued with workshop 514.

Rubin Naiman, PhD, a clinical psychologist, is the sleep and dream specialist and clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine. His books include Healing Night and Hush.

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415 – Secrets and Responsibilities in Working with Infidelity (Clinical Showcase*)

Real, Terry 2016
What to Do When One Partner Won’t Give Up the Affair

Few situations feel as high stakes as healing infidelity—especially if the unfaithful partner is unremorseful or doesn’t want to give up the affair. Should we keep confidences? Should we insist on monogamy from this point forward? Transparency? What about our own feelings and convictions? Should we try to be neutral—is that even possible? How supportive should we be? Or how challenging? In this clinical showcase, two therapists will show videos of cases demonstrating two contrasting approaches to the use of confrontation of the betraying spouse and determining how—and how not—to set therapeutic boundaries. You’ll explore how to:

  • Handle secrets and issues of confidentiality without feeling trapped or drawn into power struggles
  • Navigate the challenge of helping couples rebuild trust as well as the therapist’s role in the couple’s decision whether or not to stay together
  • Use direct and indirect methods of confrontation at key junctures to encourage clients’ accountability and move the therapy process forward

Terry Real, LICSW, is the author of the bestseller I Don’t Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression and has been featured on numerous national news programs. He’s been in private practice for 30 years and is the founder of The Relational Life Institute.

Michele Weiner-Davis, MSW, LCSW, is the director of the Divorce Busting Center in Colorado and author of several bestselling books, including The Sex-Starved Marriage and Divorce Busting.

* Clinical Showcases highlight the different ways well-known innovators approach common clinical problems. Master therapists will show video clips of their work and then engage in a probing exploration of their moment-to-moment therapeutic decision-making. The goal is to open up possibilities for dialogue, debate, and fresh perspectives not usually featured within more standard workshop formats.

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