Dr. McWilliams will review ten different psychological lenses through which individual differences have been viewed (temperament, attachment style, observed clinical pattern, defensive structure, affective organization, implicit cognition, motivational tendencies, individual and cultural location on the self-definition versus self-in-relation polarity, central relational theme, level of severity of problem), emphasizing with clinical vignettes the practical value of appreciating each perspective. Intended to be directly relevant to participants' clinical work irrespective of their theoretical orientation or level of experience, this workshop welcomes case material and collaborative problem-solving.
In this talk, Dr. Steven Hayes will claim that most key psychological concepts that have entered into our cultural mainstream contain within them a core conceptual and methodological flaw that makes application of these concepts inappropriate and invalid. Dr. Hayes will explain the error and show how it limits the good that psychology can do for the world. He will then examine a small number of areas of research where significant progress has been made by correcting the problem.
First half of life is about adaptation to gender and social norms and expectations at which a person succeeds or fails. Midlife raises the question: is this all there is? What now? What next/ A time for questions about the meaning and purpose of life, about responses to suffering and loss, creative expression, spiritual insights.
Working with the young adult with addictive disorders most frequently involves addressing the experience of bullying, physical and sexual abuse, emotional abandonment and loss. These dynamics are significant in addressing the more frequent co-occurring disorders of anxiety and depression. This presentation will also offer a framework for treatment strategies.
When the Space-Between rather than the Space-Within becomes the source of experience, by implication it is the location of therapeutic intervention. This speech will discuss the shift from the individual to the relational paradigm as the new domain of therapeutic intervention.
The acronym ACA or ACoA has been a part of the therapy community for several decades now. As the pioneer in the framework for its meaning and influence in the recovery field , Claudia Black will discuss her history with the meaning and the value this terms offers the client. She will also offer a framework for healing the family of origin issues that often contribute to depression, anxiety, relationship conflict and addiction relapse.