What if our therapeutic goals of improving self-esteem, developing a stable and coherent sense of self, and expressing our authentic feelings all turn out to be misguided? What if they inadvertently feed the cultural enthusiasm for celebrity and success that makes so many of us miserable? This presentation will examine how mindfulness practices can be harnessed in psychotherapy to reexamine our conventional sense of self, leading both us and our clients toward greater well-being, wisdom, and compassion.
People with post-traumatic stress often suffer for years and develop a variety of troubling and often crippling problems. This talk will detail a philosophy and methods of working briefly and effectively with people who have been traumatized. An array of new methods have shown that previous conceptions and methods of working with trauma are unnecessarily long-term and re-traumatizing. These new approaches, rather than being based on the past and deterministic models, are oriented towards the present and future and a sense of possibilities. You will leave equipped with a different understanding of how to treat trauma and four specific methods you can use right away in your work.
The rigid beliefs and bizarre behavior of clients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can seem intimidating to any therapist. But if you look under the hood, the driving force of this dominant disorder is always the same: something could go terribly wrong and it will be your fault. Treatment can be difficult, but it is not complex. Participants will learn the core strategies of treatment and the primary tactics to confront client resistance.
]Managing the process of change involves working with a number of levels of key factors. These factors include our environment (where and when we act), our behavior (what we do), our capabilities (how we think and plan), our values and beliefs (why we think and act the way we do), and our identity (who we perceive ourselves to be) and our sense of purpose (for whom and for what we dedicate ourselves). The presentation will explore the relevance of these different levels of influence to brief therapy and how they may be identified and addressed to help clients reach their therapeutic goals.
Conventional wisdom can guide us but also confuse us when seemingly good pieces of advice contradict each other (e.g., “Look before you leap…BUT he who hesitates is lost”). How can someone know when to do this rather than do that? How can we help clients make better decisions in order to improve the quality of their lives? The fields of cognitive neuroscience and phenomenology have offered us many insights into decision-making processes and some of these will be discussed as they apply to the context of active, short-term psychotherapies.
We don't often think of creativity and problem solving as equal partners in therapy with children. But when struggling families arrive at your office, it is the immediate blending of these two components that allows you and the family to move quickly from overwhelmed to engaged, confused to targeted. Based on 29 years of successes and failures, this speech will offer ideas to immediately connect with families, help them untangle the tired messiness they often arrive with, and create active interventions that build momentum, create new patterns, and offer hope.
Therapy is successful when clients are able to experience significantly changed realities. While the identification and transformation of symptoms is important in this regard, the activation of the client's creative capacity to make positive changes is even more important. This paper will explore how the 6-step model of Generative Psychotherapy provides a disciplined yet flexible process for helping clients claim and use their agency for creative change.
BT18 Speech 14 - Helping Trauma Survivors to Have the Relationships They Deserve - Laura Brown, PhD
Survivors of complex childhood trauma --systemic abuse, neglect, and disrupted attachment schemata -- enter adulthood with internal working models of relationship that often lead them into difficult and painful connections with others. I will address the specific challenges in empowering these survivors to stop "paying the price of admission" to intimacy, and discuss how therapists can find effective strategies for addressing pre-verbal and early verbal core beliefs about self, being lovable, and being safe in relationships.
This live demonstration will show the 6-step model for generative change: (1) opening a creative space, (2) setting a positive intention, (3) developing a creative state, (4) taking action steps, (5) transforming obstacles, and (6) homework and self-practices.