We witness a continuous parade of stars, financial gurus, clergy, politicians and athletes who enter rehabs sometimes repetitively. Is this about media coverage or are these elite canaries in the coal mines of our culture signifying a greater danger? Our understanding of addictions with the aid of neuroscience is expanding dramatically. With it is the realization of cultural and scientific shifts which underline the therapist’s role in facing our number one public health problem. One of the gifts of this challenge is our growth in technology which will transform what every therapist does for a living and maybe how humans evolve. But maybe we professionals are like the famous—reluctant to face difficult realities.
This workshop in law, ethics and regulation focuses on three of the four most frequent causes for actions against mental health professionals, nationwide. Since the 2010-2011 law/ethics/regulation workshop focused primarily on boundary violations (including sexual contact between professional and patient/client), this 2012-2013 workshop focuses on incompetence, criminal convictions and cases involving high-conflict custody problems. The workshop emphasizes awareness and management of risk factors in the major areas of high risk practice via music videos illustrating the principles taught in the program.
When we are in love, “Life is like a dream,” and each values the other. This brief exercise reintroduces a loving dream of the couple, utilizing values of childhood and the pleasure of trance to help them accomplish this once again. The female and male therapists induce the trance together.
This workshop will present effective clinical applications of HeartMathTM tools and heart coherence feedback training. Participants will learn positive emotion-focused techniques for self-regulation and emotional stabilization demonstrated to improve clinical outcomes when working with stress, anxiety, panic, grief, anger, and other toxic emotions as well as applications with mindbody symptoms such as insomnia, chronic pain, asthma, and hypertension. Participants will also receive “hands on” training in the use of individual heart rhythm monitors and review ways of using them effectively with a wide variety of clients.
This workshop will focus on the importance of building relationships in Family Therapy. It will introduce participants to “connecting questions” that generate the experience of connection and relating between family members. There will be demonstration and practice so that small groups will be able to feel for themselves the experience of connection and become more able to translate this into their work.
Movies are complex multisensory stories reflecting a specific world. They transport messages and solutions in order to provide the viewer with the possibility of identifying with the movie characters, get absorbed in it, empathize, recognize consciously or subconsciously one’s own central topics in life. They provide the possibility of being catalysts for developmental processes that can be used in psychotherapy. In this presentation participants will learn about the processes of watching movies and the transfer into therapy.
This Short Course will explore the reciprocal contributions between hypnotherapy and Buddhist/mindfulness meditation. Participants will learn how to incorporate the language of mindfulness (spaciousness, acceptance/ patience, openness, compassion) into the therapeutic/hypnotherapeutic practices, thus helping clients embrace the benefits that both have to offer.
Neuromuscular awareness is a method which focuses on the discovery and development of the skill to perceive one’s own internal bodily sensations and to act upon this awareness to reduce pain. The ability to recognize small bodily changes helps the client to create a new pathway in mind-body connection.
Mindfulness-based psychotherapy provides an evidence-based model for integrating diverse cultural beliefs and wisdoms in therapy. This course will demonstrate how to integrate cultural beliefs and wisdoms in short-term psychotherapies. Non Western societies attach more importance to the heart. The heart is considered central to producing changes in psychotherapy because a person validates reality not by how they think (cognition) but how the person feels (affect). Moreover, societal pressure and the focus on individualism unintentionally create “neurosis” and a tendency towards “narcissism” in our culture.