This workshop will explore the findings from a 10,000-person survey of a mind-training practice, the Wheel of Awareness, and how they can inform an understanding of the mind, mental health, and the transformative power of harnessing consciousness in psychotherapy. Workshop participants are encouraged to practice the Wheel of Awareness before the event so that their own direct experience can be compared and contrasted to the findings of the survey and then applied to their own practice of psychotherapy.
At the heart of psychotherapy is the idea that listening to someone is an inherently healing act. Can an understanding of the grammar of music help us better understand the grammar of how patients communicate? Join NPR and PBS commentator Rob Kapilow for a unique exploration inside the language of music to see if it can help us learn to listen.
Dr. Burns’ new book, Feeling Great, is based on 40 years of research on how this cognitive therapy actually works, and more than 40,000 hours of therapy with depressed and anxious individuals, and includes powerful new tools to melt away therapeutic “resistance.” This opens the door to ultra-rapid treatment for the first time.
Having just celebrated his 80th birthday, 55th year of clinical practice, research and supervision, and 24th year as Research Director of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention. Don Meichenbaum will be discussing the “lessons learned”, including what “expert” psychotherapists do to achieve lasting changes and ways to spot HYPE in the field of psychotherapy. This will include a critique of the “state of the art” of both psychotherapy and cognitive behavior therapy.
Our relationship with our symptoms has a major influence on the way in which they become expressed. Helping clients to develop the capacity to mindfully reflect on symptoms and explore their potential positive functions or secondary gains can bring about both insight and transformation. This demonstration will present a method show the ability to “hold” symptoms from a state of curiosity and explore their “positive intention” using the generative change approach of engaging multiple intelligences.
Clinicians will oftentimes encounter individuals with impulsive and/or compulsive sexual behavior. This workshop will describe the complexity of understanding this behavior, taxonomic and clinical considerations. This presentation will also review the current controversies regarding this phenomenon as a clinical entity. The presenter will provide an overview of his own assessment and treatment model utilizing a sex positive and integrated approach with case illustrations and discussion.
Based on the brain scans and clinical histories of over 20,000 patients with ADHD, this workshop will help clinicians properly diagnose ADHD and subtype it into 7 different types. They will also learn the clinical symptoms, brain imaging patterns and treatments for each type.
Can we tell true memories from false ones? In several studies, these created false memories in the minds of people, were then compared to true memories.. Once planted, the false memories look very much like true memories—in terms of behavioral characteristics, emotionality and neural signatures. If false memories can be so readily planted in the mind, do we need to think about “regulating” this mind technology? And what do these pseudomemories say about the nature of memory itself?
There seems to be something wrong with our clinical training approach. One of the most replicated findings in psychotherapy research is that therapists, unlike surgeons, usually don’t improve with practice: their treatment outcomes after 30 years are about the same on average as when they started. This Great Conversation will focus on how we might use a science-based approach to train the next generation of psychotherapists so that they do get better with practice.