Couples therapist Ellyn Bader and Mindsight Institute CEO Caroline Welch will explore how mindfulness can provide an accessible, useful tool in couples therapy, not only for the therapist, the two individuals, and their relationship, but also for the therapeutic process. Mindfulness can be practically applied through Caroline Welch’s 3Ps approach of Purpose, Pivoting, and Pacing to cultivate more resilience which is important to cultivate in couples therapy.
I will be speaking extemporaneously about the meaning of “Liminal”, which is the time between “What was” and “What next?” The outcome depends upon how we confront this crisis of uncertainty in our personal lives as well as the crisis that we humans have brought about for humanity and the planet: Not enough trees, too many people = global warming, eventual catastrophe.
A core premise of Generative Change work is that “everything contains the potential of its opposite/complement.” The more we increase one side of a complement the more we increase the potential of its opposite/complement. When we seek to bring more of something into the world (light), we simultaneously invite its opposite (shadow). In fact, we often want to bring more of something (light) because we know its opposite (darkness). Having only one side of a complement creates imbalance. This is frequently the case in psychotherapy, where the complement to a client’s desired change shows up as a form of resistance. This workshop will show that when client’s can be supported to hold both sides of a seeming conflict or struggle from a generative state, surprising new possibilities emerge.
A relational approach to addiction treatment is the missing component in most contemporary addiction treatment models based on concerns that working with the couple system too soon increases the risk for relapse. It turns out there isn’t empirical support for this default assumption. Conversely, long-standing, and well-established research has consistently supported couple and family approaches in treating addictive disorders, defining relationship stability as the greatest predictor of long-term sobriety and recovery.
Counseling and psychotherapy are inseparable from the people who provide them. Drawing on six decades of therapeutic research, Dr. Miller will describe eight provider skills that influence client outcomes for better or worse, across a broad range of treatment methods.
One out of every three couples struggles with mismatched sexual desire—a formula for marital disaster. When one spouse is sexually dissatisfied and the other is oblivious, unconcerned, or uncaring, sex isn’t the only casualty; a sense of emotional connection can also disappear.
Complicating matters is that fact that many couples (and some therapists) feel uncomfortable discussing sex and remain focused on “Red Herring” issues. This workshop offers a hands-on, collaborative model for addressing the "elephant in the room" and restoring sexual and emotional connection.
Based on the world's largest database of brain SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) scans, Dr. Amen will teach attendees about brain SPECT imaging and then show 50 cases in 60 minutes, including cases of depression, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, traumatic brain injury, addiction, and dementia.