Freud, Jung and Adler were the originators of psychotherapy. Adlerian psychotherapy is an effective brief therapy model that is still popular around the world as it integrates successful interventions from many other approaches. Adler’s ideas highlight the importance of not only understanding the individual but the social context. This approach emphasizes working from a multicultural orientation and highlights personal responsibility. This approach uses a four-step process: Engagement, Assessment, Insight, and Reorientation. The focus of the treatment is positive as the therapist uses encouragement strategies to help the client identify their assets and strengths. DVD examples of actual sessions will be used to highlight the process and demonstrate how short-term change is possible with this approach.
A corrective emotional experience of responsiveness and connection is necessary and sufficient to create lasting shifts, not only in relationship satisfaction but also in attachment security in couple therapy. Therapists can shape new emotions and new interactions that change both partners and how they connect. We can, at last, shape the bonds of love.
We are Mything Links, the living connections between the great stories that speak to what is eternal in us and the playing out of these stories in daily life. Using the template of The Wizard of Oz, we will explore both experientially and analytically the psychological powers of this great story. Following the journey of the major characters we will investigate rediscovery of mind, heart, courage and being called to become more than we ever thought we could be. We will encounter the guiding archetypes of the great road of becoming, the Allies, the Spiritual Friend, the Witch and the Wizard and their presence in our lives.
Why does a grown adult need to be reminded by a therapist that he or she no longer needs to feel or act like a helpless child? Why does someone treat a new boyfriend or girlfriend unfairly as if he or she is the same as the last one who hurt him or her? One answer: Global thinking. Most people – therapists included – are global thinkers, people who metaphorically “see the forest but not the trees.” Global thinking is highly correlated with depression as well as PTSD. It’s also a basis for giving bad therapeutic advice. What forms does global thinking take, and what can therapists do to address this cognitive style? In this workshop, we will consider the role of global thinking on diverse symptom presentations, do an exercise in building and teaching discrimination criteria, and highlight the importance of teaching concrete and specific skills in making distinctions that lead to improved decisions and, subsequently, better mental health.
This workshop will critically evaluate the controversies concerning the concept of PTSD and the “state-of-the-art” alternative treatment approaches. Dr. Meichenbaum will demonstrate how to implement an integrated treatment approach using a constructive narrative perspective that builds on the client’s strengths.
EMDR therapy is widely recognized as an effective trauma treatment by organizations such as the World Health Organization and the Department of Defense. In addition, 20 randomized trials demonstrate the positive effects of the eye movement component. Unlike other empirically supported approaches, it is unnecessary for the client to describe the trauma memory in detail or do daily homework to achieve positive effects. This presentation will demonstrate the eight phases of EMDR treatment with both adults and children through discussion, exercises and client videotapes.
Dr. Polster will describe an attention triad of concentration, fascination and curiosity, showing how each contributes to a quasi-hypnotic conversational fluidity, reducing old influence and inviting new experience. While these are foundational, he will also spell out some specific therapeutic guidelines that have embodied his therapeutic work, illustrating this with live therapy demonstrations.