Like walking a tightrope, working with couples in trouble requires focus and balance. Both partners want you to take their side, and, at times, it’s easy to get swallowed up by the intense emotionality of the sessions. So, how can you maintain a sense of balance and create an atmosphere in which healing can take place? In this workshop, you’ll learn how to use the principles of Imago Relationship Therapy to connect with the issues the couple brings to you and transform the emotional temperature of the session.
Breakthroughs in neuroscience and neurophysiology explain how a mindset can alter what is turned on and turned off in the brain and the body. The work of Siegel, Rossi, Bandura, Aronson & Steele and Deci & Ryan act as pieces of a puzzle that explain why therapy can be disrupted by an imposed mindset and how this “winner/loser world” mindset is an unseen barrier to our more natural, creative, interpersonal process. A new, simple brief therapy is presented for lasting, transformational change.
Couples in distress minimize and numb their pain by avoiding contact. By writing a vision of what they both want, the therapist can focus the couple on the future. By combining Gestalt concepts with those popularized by Hendrix and others, therapists can have a powerful effect on quickening the healing process. New sessions will involve writing, note taking, and an agreed upon assignment to be practiced during the week. With Roberta Karant and Stefan Deutsch.
This workshop will immerse us in an exploration of how the human brain, mind, and relationships form an interconnected“triangle of well-being” involving the flow of energy and information. The mind regulates this flow; our relationships share this flow; and the brain serves as a mechanism mediating this flow. Knowing how to work with empathic relationships, a coherent mind, and an integrated brain builds a perspective on how to approach psychotherapy from an “interpersonal neurobiology” perspective. Nine domains of integration will be highlighted for application in psychotherapy.
Daniel Siegel (2009) Mindsight and Integration in the Cultivation of Well-Being demonstrates interpersonal neurobiology therapy with a volunteer studying to be a therapist. She has experienced fear in one clinical setting and has also been “the glue,” holding together her family since she was young. Siegel uses the triangle of relationship/ mind/brain to help the volunteer experience her fear of responsibility by allowing images and body sensations to flow to “soften the mind.”
Is our brain built for love or war, connection or self-preservation? The attachment drive for a secure base involves neurological and neuro-endocrine systems and subsystems that determine such things as proximity seeking and contact maintenance. Couples most commonly enter therapy due to repeated, anticipated, and intense periods of mutual dysregulation whereby attachment injuries and adaptations become reanimated. In order to make the most of attachment theory, the psychotherapist must incorporate a working knowledge of the neurobiological processes that underlie all primary attachment relationships.
Starting with a review of recent studies on the neurobiology of trauma, Dr. van der Kolk will examine the utility of approaches from the fields of hypnosis, body oriented therapies and EMDR, both with research data and videotaped clinical interventions. The integration of these approaches during different stages of treatment will be discussed.
This keynote address will offer an overview of the neural basis of mindful awareness and how this important way of being present and receptive to one's own inner processes creates enhanced capacity for emotional resonance and empathy.
This introduction to a developmental-psychobiological approach for working with personality disordered couples will provide attendees with a powerful new method that continues to show good success. This approach focuses on a two-person psychobiological model using attachment, developmental neuroscience and arousal regulation, and moves the clinician from a conflict-content model to a deficit process model focusing on real-time enactments of dysregulation.
This workshop will expand on the premise of the keynote by more deeply exploring a working definition of the mind and mental health. At the core of this approach is the role of neural integration in developing a flexible, adaptive, coherent, energized and stable state flow of the mind. This FACES state enables the clinician to feel the pulse of wellbeing as moving between the extremes of rigidity and chaos.