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.
Behind all frustration is a wish not spoken. Most people express the frustration and not the wish—leading to conflict. This demonstration shows the process of converting frustration into a wish and making a request for a behavior change—leading to connecting.
There have been significant paradigmatic changes in models of assessment and treatment of gender incongruence. This workshop will review the historical shifts including changes in the World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s Standards of Care. The workshop will review updated diagnostic criteria, assessment and treatment methods. The presenter will present a treatment model using a trans-affirmative approach with case illustrations and discussion.
Research indicates that therapeutic failure nearly always results from patient resistance that hasn’t been addressed. In this workshop, you will learn how to bring subconscious resistance to conscious awareness and melt it away quickly for faster, better outcomes. Prepare to explore a revolutionary new approach based on the paradoxical premise that depression does not result from what’s wrong with you, but from what’s right with you.