BT12 Super Course 03 – Harnessing Mindfulness: Tailoring the Practice to the Problem – Ronald Siegel, PsyD
Mindfulness-based psychotherapy is the most popular new treatment approach in the last decade—and for good reason. Mindfulness practices hold great promise both for our own personal development and as remarkably powerful tools to augment virtually every form of psychotherapy. Mindfulness is not, however, a one-size-fits-all remedy. In this workshop you’ll learn how mindfulness practices work to alleviate psychological distress, and how to creatively tailor them to meet the needs of diverse people and conditions. We’ll examine how to use mindfulness practices to help resolve disorders such as anxiety, depression, and stress-related medical problems, while enriching and enlivening therapeutic work.
BT12 Workshop 02 – Practicing the New Neuroscience of Psychotherapy – Ernest Rossi, PhD
Group and individual demonstrations of Rossi’s new Activity-Dependent Approaches to the 4-stage creative process for optimizing of gene expression, brain plasticity, problem solving and mind-body healing. Practical approaches for all the psychotherapies as presented in Rossi’s 2012 book, Creating Consciousness: How Therapists can Facilitate Wonder, Wisdom, Beauty, and Truth.
BT12 Workshop 07 – Three Positive Connections Needed for Therapy Transformation – Stephen Gilligan, PhD
Psychotherapy is an exploration of how individuals can forge positive, therapeutic responses to life challenges. This workshop focuses on the three core connections that allow clients to do this: (1) Positive intention and goals (“towards a positive future”); (2) Somatic Centering (“embodied presence”); and (3) Field Resources (“positive connections beyond the problem”). We will see how in a repetitive problem, all three of these connections are typically absent. More importantly, we will see how clients may be helped to developed and sustain these positive connections while engaging with challenging material—e.g., a past trauma, a present difficulty, or a future possibility. Participants will be offered multiple techniques and examples, as well as several demonstrations to illustrate this positive orientation to psychotherapy.
BT12 Workshop 10 – Brief Family Therapy – Camillo Loriedo, MD, PhD
The therapeutic relationship appears to be the key element for short-term treatment. The use of rapport in Ericksonian Psychotherapy is an excellent example of the essential use of the therapeutic relationship in Brief Family Therapy. As demonstrated by Carl Whitaker’s position in family therapy, therapist’s emotions, fantasies, and isomorphic behaviors can provide useful suggestions both for diagnosing and effectively utilizing the therapeutic relationship.
Many therapies involve brief lengths of treatment, including a single session. A structure will be presented for organizing the tasks and skills involved in different phases (pre, early, middle, late, and follow-through) of therapy. Numerous case examples, including video, will illustrate brief therapy techniques useful both in initial sessions and in the course of longer treatments.
Neuroscience documents how experiences of (1) Novelty, (2) Environmental Enrichment, and (3) Mental & Physical Exercise can optimize gene expression, brain plasticity (brain growth), and mind-body healing. We will practice psychotherapy as discussed in my recent book Creating Consciousness: How Therapists can Facilitate Wonder, Wisdom, Beauty, and Truth.
BT12 Workshop 36 – Transforming Negative States: A Workshop in Generative Psychotherapy – Stephen Gilligan, PhD
This workshop presents the Ericksonian and Self-Relations Psychotherapy approach to human states of suffering: depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, etc. This practical and positive approach assumes that each core human experience has equivalent potential to be positive or negative, depending on the human relationship to it; and thus focuses on how problems may be transformed to resources by skillful human connection. Multiple techniques and examples for will be given, along with an exercise and demonstration.
The purpose is to transpose office therapy into communal application. Personal change is fundamental to psychotherapy but life focus is its instrumentality, often overshadowed. These groups will prioritize it, seeking to portray life. The groups may be large and life-long. Dr Polster will provide conceptual innovations, representative exercises and live communal illustration.
This demonstration will show how problems/symptoms may be viewed as attempts by the creative unconscious to bring transformation and healing, and how the development of a generative trance can allow that transformation to be realized.