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.
Internal voices often criticize us, discourage us, and can be the source of unpleasant limiting beliefs like, "You'll never succeed" or "I'm unlovable." However, internal voices also can encourage us, offer timely information, and be staunch allies in troublesome times. In this workshop, you will experience several ways to transform troublesome voices into positive resources.
This workshop will discuss differences between healing and treatment, and the incorporation of healing into standard psychotherapy. Methods of interweaving healing and spirituality with treatment interventions will be discussed and demonstrated in an experiential format. Exercises will be given so participants can create and experience aspects of healing useful in therapy.
This workshop will address the biological, social and psychological aspects of aging; what it feels like to be old; how the younger people in our lives respond to us; and what we need from the mental health profession. Mrs. Goulding will discuss loss - of people who are important to us as well as the loss of physical health, and sometimes the loss of the capacity to run our own lives. Also discussed will be the positives that the elderly can be helped to find. There will be lecture, fantasy and triads.
Helping people to change is the easy part, relatively speaking; the really tough job is to make the changes last. Many people with chronic, intractable problems - those with addictions, personality disturbances, behavioral problems, unhealthy lifestyles - manage to make some progress and meet initial goals. Bet alas, the changes are not maintained. This is not only discouraging for clients but frustrating for clinicians.
A relationship can fail without conscious intent unless you understand the two major forces underlying resentment and alienation. Come learn how one shift in perception and three simple techniques can create harmony and happiness at home and work. This workshop will include lecture, video, practical handouts, experiential exercise and discussion.
The experience of feeling "stuck" is a common hazard of our profession and leaves therapists searching for creative solutions. Clinical creativity is never a solo process but always interactive, inseparable from the imagination and creativity of the clients. It is easy for therapists to get bogged down in literal definitions of problems that go counter to clients' idiosyncratic logic. This workshop will explore different ways of breaking through impasses by looking "outside the box" and changing the frame of reference from the literal to the world of personal meaning. Video tapes will demonstrate the use of metaphors, rituals, fantasies, writing and paradox in making a creative leap.
Hypnosis has been shown to enhance the effects of treatment in general, and CBT in particular, making treatment more effective and with more enduring results. Hypnosis as a field is supported by a body of scientific literature that is broad, deep and fascinating, addressing issues such as information processing, the relationship between the brain and the mind, the dynamics of interpersonal influence, and how suggestions become realities. As practicing clinicians, we have a great deal to learn from studying hypnosis whether we ever intend to become "hypnotists" or not. The role of suggestion - influential communication - is so basic to any healing technique that to ignore, avoid, or underestimate its impact in the therapy process weakens our ability to practice therapy effectively.
Ignoring the impact of trauma on the client's family overlooks powerful dynamics that are crucial to treatment outcome. Participants in this workshop will learn how to involve the trauma sufferer's partner and other family members as resources in the healing process. Participants will learn how to better educate clients about the typical symptoms of trauma, the stages of trauma recovery, how to help family members both soothe and set limits with the traumatized person, and the typical pitfalls families encounter - including the depleting response of "enough already" as a family member tries to heal from a trauma.