This keynote address will provide an overview of the interdisciplinary view of the mind and mental health. Over 60,000 mental health providers have been asked about their formal education in these areas and less than 5% have had seminars defining these two basic aspects of psychotherapy. This presentation will offer a view based on science of the definition of the mind and well-being and explore ways in which brief therapy can foster rapid and lasting change.
Through the special focus which therapy technique induces, therapists often lose touch with the power of such ordinary experiences as humor, friendliness, self-disclosure, approval/disapproval, banter, etc. via a live therapy session, Polster will show how these exchanges may join technique to tighten up the therapy experience and speed up the process.
Multiculturalism is a fact of life. All counseling practices are culture-bound and contextual, influenced by historical, sociopolitical and economic factors. Multicultural competencies can guide effective working alliances, solution-oriented goals, and a valuing of individ- uals' cultural core identity.
Psychotherapy has the lowest remuneration among all health professions, according to U.S. Labor statistics. Most practices are lan- guishing, while others are prospering. What are the elements that make the difference between success and failure? Hear from psy- chotherapy's leading entrepreneur how innovation and its implementation can not only change your practice, but also enable you to make a difference.
This presentation will cover the assessment and detection of spousal and partner abuse, as well as intervention strategies. Community resources, cultural factors and same gender abuse dynamics also will be discussed.
Subject, patient, client, supervisor, supervised, therapist, all of us are shaped from an essence, the stuff we are made of, the hero within. After drawing up an inventory and statement of the basic heroes that we have integrated and the stories that are the ones of our deep metaphors, we will travel and explore those resources that have contributed to our construction and our structure in productive and counterproductive ways. This workshop will offer ways to uti- lize them in our therapeutic goals for inner change.
This workshop will present how Solution-Focused Brief Therapists (SFBT) utilize expectation to help move clients toward goals. Workshop participants will be given the skills to understand how the basic principles, questions and interventions in SFBT all utilize expectation as a primary change agent. Further, participants will be shown ways to develop Solution-Focused Formula Tasks to incorporate expectation for positive client movement.
This presentation poses a brief substance abuse treatment which acknowledges and accommodates the personal needs being addressed by substance use, bypasses perceived resistance and employs the essence of idiosyncratic psychobiological learning to achieve a body-mind gestalt complementary to the client's sobriety. Client self-empowerment and relapse prevention are built into the intervention. This method develops a safe framework for addressing any subsequent mental health themes directly or indirectly related to substance misuse. A particular form of body language known as ideomotor signaling is established in this procedure.
In a world that is becoming more and more global and diverse, the need for a multicultural understanding of human experience is vital, especially for health care providers. Spirituality and religion are important elements of the culture. Spirituality and religion play a very important role in shaping how people are, the way they deal with birth and death, marriage and family, etc., and what is disease and how to cure it.
The expectation of the therapist that therapy can be both very brief and effective is the essence of working in the very brief mode, i.e., the therapist rarely sees the client more than one or two times. Typical methods used are: the miracle question, changing personal history, guided metaphor, conversational reframing, Rossi's "moving hands," and hypnosis. Case examples will be given, and the group will be invited to participate in a brief hypnotic change experience.