This course examines the nature of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), and presents an integrated model of treatment of specific issues in brief, solution-focused episodes. Core elements of a safety plan and development of a community resource network are described. Careful management of the therapeutic relationship is a critical part of this approach. Some specific protocols for common BPD issues, such as suicidal ideation and self-injurious behaviors are elaborated.
Dreaming is a vital, nightly function of the brain. Disturbing dreams or recurrent nightmares are frequent symptoms of an acute focus on unresolved conflicts and events. Clients can learn to reclaim comforting sleep even before the overt reasons for seeking therapy are directly addressed. The potential of individualized metaphors structured within lucid dreaming empowers clients to "seize" the night." Hypnotic techniques offer an intriguing path that bypasses a client's ingrained fear of "falling to sleep."
Most therapy is verbal and logical; most troubled teens are neither! Brain scans now explain why, and we need to connect with kids where they are. Adolescents respond to experiential and behavioral approaches. Successful intervention with teens includes activities engaging the body, mind, emotion and creativity to accomplish far more than talk therapy alone. Come experience several fun, interactive strategies immediately useful with teenage clients, no matter how withdrawn, hostile, or defensive they appear to be.
This short course will use theory, techniques and group experience to demonstrate how playful self-expression, humor and self-soothing indulgent fantasy can be used in and outside the therapeutic setting to produce spiritually uplifting trance states. We will learn how to discourage "learned helplessness" and "burn out", encourage the ability to cope with life's challenges and increase opportunities to enhance the body's natural immune system functioning.
This course aims to provide a compass that helps to navigate within the different models of psychotherapy. This instrument comes in the form of a useful scheme with several levels: metaphysical, theoretical, technical and practical. Some classical models are going to be presented. Examples will be given of how to apply it to a model that the therapist recently became acquainted with, and time will be dedicated to reflect on our own clinical models.
Even a very thoughtful therapeutic strategy can leave a client and therapist spinning their wheels with much effort and little progress. It is very easy then for both to try something new only to inadvertently do more of the same. Participants will learn the methods of the therapeutic u-turn which includes lateral thinking and tailoring of a new objective. Lecture, slides and video tape examples will be used to illustrate points.
Supervisors often find themselves in the role of "supervisor" because they have been identified as good clinicians, but typically have little formal training in supervision. While clinical skills are essential, the application of those skills in supervision can be quite unique. This workshop will focus on the application of Ericksonian principles to the practice of supervision at various levels of clinical development. Practical and ethical aspects of supervision also will be discussed.
In spite of concentrated efforts by federal agencies to remedy deficits outlined in the 1991 Institute of Medicine report on the state of substance abuse treatment in the US, and in spite of the fact that the best quality psychotherapy outcome and process studies have been conducted by addictions researchers, the field continues to be unable to implement its own Best Practices. This presentation will provide participants with a research-based menu of brief interventions that can be applied in a variety of settings.
Does your client have anyone in their life that can "get them," so that they feel like running away or punching the person out? What if you had the hemispheric integration tool that can change their initial response to that person or even to a situation? When clients remain centered, they will influence and set boundaries that will actually change the dynamics of the relationship. When your client is different the interactions have to evolve.
Thirty-four million people are over 65 and that number will double to sixty-eight million within 25 years. This is a very different population, and therapy for this group must also be different. Therapy for seniors has to be brief and effective as quickly as possible. Many of the older members of our society just don't have the time or willingness to spend months awaiting change. Therapist will be encountering of the sixty-five plus population more often. This workshop will dispel some myths about aging and will present various brief treatment approaches used successfully with senior patients. We will include some brief approaches to treating grief and loss, coping with illness and pain and the depression which often accompanies these challenges.