Thursday: 9:30 a.m. – Noon & 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

101 – Solace (A Special Half-Day Session with David Whyte)

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The Art of Asking the Beautiful Question

Spend the morning in a special interactive session with poet David Whyte, discovering the deep well of beauty and creativity that lies within each of us. Through his storytelling, poetry readings, and directed writing exercises, you’ll explore language as a tool to expand our understanding of the world and a medium for plumbing the depths of our own experience. You’ll learn the art of articulating and asking the necessary questions that help us reimagine ourselves, our world, and our part in it. These are the “beautiful questions”—ones we often ask in very unbeautiful moments, perhaps the darkest moments we can imagine. We may not find answers, but simply by virtue of asking and grappling with them, they serve to shape our identity, deepen our vision, and expand our imagination.

Note: This special half-day session will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m.

David Whyte, Hons, poet, author and internationally acclaimed speaker, is the author of eight books of poetry and four books of prose, including Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment & Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words, The Three Marriages: Reimagining Work, Self & Other, and River Flow: New & Selected Poems.

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102 – The Joy of Singing

Finding Your Voice

Singing is breath and life itself. Yet most of us have few opportunities to experience the sheer joy, power, and inspiration that comes from singing and hearing our voice blend with those around us. This workshop is a chance for your heart, mind, and body to fully come alive. Led by a former member of the groundbreaking African American female a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock; this workshop will offer you an opportunity to raise your voice in a celebration of life and song. All are welcome and no previous experience in singing is required or necessary. You’ll:

  • Experience the exhilarating emotional power of being part of a vocal community
  • Discover the pleasure of singing African chants, spirituals, gospel music, and songs from the Civil Rights Movement
  • Undergo the transformation in mind and body that comes with giving yourself over to song
  • Feel the power of song to hold the history, culture, and soul of the community that creates it

Ysaye Barnwell, PhD, MSPH, is a singer, composer, author, and actress. She uses oral tradition, an African worldview, and African American history, values, and vocal traditions to build communities of song among singers and non-singers alike.

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103 – Transforming Your Habits

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A Mindfulness-Based Approach

Almost all of us have habits that we’d like to change as well as healthy habits that we wish to cultivate. However, as we know, changing ingrained habits can prove to be among life’s most frustrating challenges. Mindfulness is a key to habit change, allowing us to bring unconscious and automatic behaviors into the light of awareness and expand our capacity for making more informed choices. In this workshop, you’ll discover not only how to transform your own habits, but also how to help clients change habits that don’t serve them. You’ll learn how to:

  • Identify habits that you wish to change and others that increase well being you want to develop
  • Apply mindfulness strategies before, during, and after habits arise to improve the probability of behavior change
  • Proactively cultivate attitudes of acceptance, kindness, and curiosity that are essential to changing any habit, whether it’s eating, drinking, worrying, or procrastinatin

Hugh Byrne, PhD, a guiding teacher with Insight Meditation Community of Washington and co founder of the Mindfulness Training Institute and the Meditation Teacher Training Institute, is author of The Here and Now Habit: How Mindfulness Can Help You Break Unhealthy Habits Once and For All.

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104 – Making It Up As We Go Along

How Improv Can Lead to a More Authentic Life

So much of therapy is helping clients say “yes” when their habit is to say “no.” The principles of improvisation mirror this work, providing a safe space that inspires risk-taking, elicits unforeseen new options, and honors fun as a crucial dimension in life. During this experiential workshop (wear comfortable shoes!), you’ll experience an exhilaration, liberation, and authenticity that will leave you energized and inspired. You’ll walk away with:

  • Concrete ways to apply the improvisation spirit of “yes, and” to your clinical work, resulting in greater empathy, joining, and surfacing of unexpected clinical material
  • Increased comfort with the stance of “not knowing”
  • Strategies to shift feeling states and access creativity that can easily be applied in your personal and professional life
  • A greater capacity to challenge the barriers we all experience to intimacy and spontaneity

Lisa Kays, PLLC, is a therapist in private practice and a former program director at the Insight Treatment Centers. She’s also worked as a chemical dependency counselor at the Kolmac Clinic and as an addictions therapist at the Maryland Correctional Institute for Women.

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105 – Brain-Based Coaching for Creativity

How to Bring More of Your Hidden Potential to Life

The essence of creative self-expression is connecting with bodily-held emotional experience. That’s why actors and singers call their bodies their instrument. Discover how to use Brainspotting’s eye-focus-based technique to provide a powerful process for going deep into the subcortical brain to maximize your own creativity, whether through performing, writing, acting, drawing, music, or anything else. Over the course of the day, you’ll:

  • Witness demonstrations using Brainspotting to coach an actor and singer to find the “character spot” to bring fuller life to their performance
  • Practice using Brainspotting to heighten your ability to bring new focus and more vivid sense memory to your chosen form of creative self-expression
  • Learn how to integrate Brainspotting into a range of personal and professional activities

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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106 – Becoming an Online Entrepreneur

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A New Paradigm for Your Practice

The paradigm for what it means to be a therapist in private practice is being revolutionized by today’s technological advances and new breakthroughs in e-marketing. Spend a day getting a step-by-step road map to how to reinvent your practice and redefine what you have to offer clients who you may never meet in person. Imagine taking your clinical expertise and turning it into high quality audios, videos, online courses, informational workbooks, action guides, or e-books.

  • Understand the ins and outs of how you can earn money online while experiencing the professional satisfaction of expanding the audience you can help with your expertise
  • Learn practical online marketing tools, including how to build a targeted email list, catch the attention of a wider audience, and motivate them to pay for your products and services
  • Brainstorm specific self-help topics that provide the best match between your skills and your audience’s interests

Elizabeth Thomas, MS, LAMFT, is the cofounder of The Doherty Relationship Institute and a licensed associate marriage and family therapist. She’s a feature writer at MN Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.

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108 – Learning How to Love Yourself

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Self-Compassion and the Teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh

What would it feel like to love and accept every part of yourself? In this workshop, we’ll learn a four-step process for cultivating self-compassion with roots in modern science and the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. We’ll begin with guided meditations to help us get in touch with an embodied experience of compassion and love. Then we’ll learn how to direct that compassion toward ourselves, especially in difficult moments or when we’re feeling insecure. Through self-compassion meditation, we’ll explore how to heal suffering and trauma from the past. And finally, we’ll learn how to recognize beauty in the parts of ourselves that we might view as imperfect or even dysfunctional. Join us to:

  • Learn how to transform the harsh habits of self-criticism through forging a friendlier relationship with the self
  • Explore self-compassion through mindful movement, guided meditation, and group sharing
  • Discover how self-compassion practices can improve your relationships and deepen your work

Tim Desmond, LMFT, is a psychotherapist, student of Thich Nhat Hanh, and cofounder of the Morning Sun Mindfulness Center in New Hampshire. He trains therapists in mindfulness and self-compassion practices and is the author of Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy.

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109 – The Gift of Storytelling

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Discovering a Path to Connection and Creativity

As basic to civilization as food and shelter, storytelling nourishes the deepest roots of our hearts and minds. Not only do we all have stories to tell, but we all need to tell stories to remember who we are. They help us find meaning in the world, ignite our connection to self, and open the path to the universal. In this workshop, you’ll discover how a memory once shaped into a story can reveal hidden wisdom and become a gift. Through a variety of playful interactive exercises, including movement, voice, writing, and visual arts, you’ll:

  • Expand a memory from your life through sensory images
  • Structure a story to find meaning and discover hidden wisdom
  • Become part of a community of tellers and listeners that will unleash your creativity

Noa Baum, MA, is an Israeli storyteller and educator performing internationally. She leads performance art and practical workshops that focus on the power of narrative to heal across the divides of identity. Her upcoming memoir is A Land Twice Promised: An Israeli Woman’s Quest for Peace.

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110 – A Day of Gentle Yoga

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Calming the Mind and Body

We often think of yoga as physical exercises, forgetting that it also serves to clear the mind and calm emotions. In this workshop, we’ll spend the day learning LifeForce Yoga practices you won’t find in regular yoga classes. These include meditative self-inquiry and mood-balancing Yoga Nidra, which promotes relaxation through a state of deep stillness. You’ll learn the uplifting “Say Yes to Your Self” guided imagery practice and practice joint warm-ups and gentle yoga stretching. By the end, you’ll have refreshed your capacity for openness and connection in a community of practitioners. Use this day to prepare for the fullness of the Symposium ahead and discover:

  • Simple poses, breathing exercises, and methods of meditative self-inquiry
  • Mood-balancing relaxation techniques and uplifting guided imagery practices
  • How to achieve a deep sense of calm, purpose, and joyful receptivity

Amy Weintraub, MFA, ERYT-500, author of Yoga Skills for Therapists and Yoga for Depression, directs the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute, which offers trainings for health and yoga professionals worldwide.

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111 – Beyond Words

Self-Discovery through Painting

Do you remember the freedom of painting as a child? It was simple: yummy paints, lots of imagination, and nothing was ever considered a mistake. This was how we told our stories before we could speak. Now is your chance to reconnect with your lost nonverbal language, taking you past the limitations of words. Using play and improvisational techniques, you’ll create imagery that’s uniquely yours and discover what you don’t know you know! Painting in this spontaneous manner provides an opportunity to find your visual voice and expand your expressive range. No art experience is necessary. You’ll learn to:

  • Reconnect with the rich visual imagery you already possess
  • Use paint and brushes to create an unplanned painting that focuses on making things up
  • Work in small groups to experience the interplay of improvisational painting
  • Experience a journey that evokes surprise, spontaneity, humor, and creativity

Barbara Barry is creator of the Art for Self-Discovery studio and teaches at Symphony Space and the C.G. Jung Foundation in New York. Her book is Painting Your Way Out of a Corner: The Art of Getting Unstuck.

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112 – Brain Care as Self-Care

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Discovering the Neuroscience of Wellbeing

By tapping into the innate neuroplasticity of the brain to reduce stress, regain equilibrium, and restore perspective and resilience, we can avoid compassion fatigue and burnout and recover the rejuvenating creativity and flow of our work. In this experiential workshop, you’ll learn empirically validated techniques to calm the nervous system, come to clarity and discernment in decision-making, heal toxic shame, retire the inner critic, revive a sense of competency and connection with others, and cultivate the courage to take growth-enhancing risks in your life. You’ll leave with a toolkit that includes:

  • Doable micro-practices involving exercise, sleep, nutrition, learning, play, and social interactions that foster brain health
  • Ways to access positive emotions—gratitude, kindness, joy—to counterbalance the brain’s negativity bias and build resources for resilient coping
  • How to turn regrettable moments into teachable moments that transform mistakes and losses into opportunities for enhancing learning and resilience

Linda Graham, MFT, has a private psychotherapy practice and leads trainings nationwide on the emerging integration of relational psychology, mindfulness, and neuroscience. She’s the author of Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being.

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113 – The Performer in You

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Learning to Step Up to Any Platform

If you’ve ever longed to be a more dynamic—or just more comfortable—public speaker, here’s your chance to hone your skills and bring out your inner performer. You’ll learn the essentials of breath control, body language, and stage presence as you participate in a range of fun exercises that will help you get comfortable with your voice and your body. You’ll discover how to connect with your material and express it with commitment and authentic feeling. You’ll push your boundaries in a safe, supportive, nurturing environment—and build the confidence and sense of competence you need to step up to any platform. You’ll learn to:

  • Explore the core causes of the self-doubt that hampers your ability to speak out, and learn to use them as pathways to powerful communication
  • Use improvisational theater games that unlock the resources of the subconscious mind and help you become more comfortable with spontaneity
  • Discover the freedom and sheer joy of singing, speaking, and fearlessly expressing your true self with words and song

Dana LaCroix is a professional singer, songwriter, and critically acclaimed recording and touring artist. She’s written songs for feature films, been director of music at the New Drama School in Copenhagen, Denmark, and worked as a vocal coach at the Danish Academy of Music.

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114 – Deepening Your Relationship to Photography

Applications for Your Life and Practice

How often have you looked at a photograph and found yourself laughing, or crying, or overwhelmed by a wordless sense of awe? Often such images have little to do with F-Stops, aperture settings, or light meters. Rather, they are the result of serendipitous, unexpected encounters with the world around us. Using beautiful Rock Creek Park as our laboratory, here’s your chance to develop a more nurturing and receptive relationship to our surroundings. Then, we’ll return to write about our photos—investigating the layers of meaning our images evoke and sharing the discoveries we awaken in each other. In this workshop, you’ll:

  • Discover how to use the art of photography as a gateway for personal discovery
  • Use poetry and other descriptive writing to enrich your photography experience
  • Apply what you learn in this workshop to help your clients learn new ways to explore and express their feelings

Dick Anderson, MA, creative consultant for Psychotherapy Networker, is a wilderness photographer who’s canoed and trekked extensively in the wilds of northern Canada and Alaska.

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115 – Healing Insomnia

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A Mind-Body-Spirit Approach

Although therapists routinely encounter sleeplessness in their practice, few are adequately prepared to address it. And failure to do so can impede the treatment of mood disorders, trauma, addictions, and even relationship issues. This workshop presents an integrative (body-mind-spirit) treatment approach that draws on cognitive behavior therapy, natural remedies, sleep hygiene, and spiritual strategies. It also transforms our view of sleep from a medical necessity to one of life’s sustaining satisfactions. We’ll focus on:

  • How to define, evaluate, and treat the three primary types of insomnia—sleep onset insomnia, sleep maintenance insomnia, and non-restorative sleep—and their major causes
  • The role of circadian rhythms in healthy sleep, insomnia, and achieving mental well-being
  • How to expand your practice with a specialization in the new field of behavioral sleep medicine

Rubin Naiman, PhD, a clinicial 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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