Drawing on the findings of her own mythic life and work in over 100 countries, 40 cultures, and with leaders the world over, Dr. Houston will offer a workshop rare for its ability to evoke new ways of being through the consideration of the dynamics of both old and emergent myths and stories of transformation. Participants will experience state of the art methods in experiencing sensory, psychological, symbolic and spiritual growth, and discovery in ways both practical and profound. Liberating thoughtways, shifts in perception and understanding, and growth in capacity will enable the participant to take these discoveries back to his or her own clients, communities and organizations. Full of music and high theatre, and often hilarious (Houston’s father wrote the joke, “Who’s on First?”), this workshop will explore the mystery of living in a time of whole system transition when what we can do as individuals can make a significant difference in the lives of many.
Few couples seem as unlikely to profit from therapy as those in which one partner as already decided to leave. Yet, even at this point, a therapist has an opportunity to turn the situation around. In this workshop, you will learn how to step in, even at the 11th hour, and help couples with seemingly intractable problems – hopelessness, ongoing affairs, and one spouse’s unwillingness to seek therapy, to resolve their difficulties, recommit to their marriage, and reclaim their lives.
Thanks to a number of recent studies, there is now solid empirical evidence for what distinguishes highly effective therapists.In this workshop, participants will learn in detail the qualities and practices that separate the great from the good. Participants also will find out about a system of feedback procedures that can be used to develop a profile of their most and least effective moments in therapy – what works and what doesn’t. Not only will attendees get a far more exact idea of their clinical strengths and weaknesses, and how to use the findings in which to improve their own practice, but they also will come away with concrete tools that will immediately boost clinical abilities and effectiveness.
Neuroscience implies creative activity in art, science, dreaming, meditation, therapeutic hypnosis, and psychotherapy can turn on activity-dependent gene expression and brain plasticity to facilitate positive human transformations. A variety of group processes will explore Rossi’s Novel Activity-Dependent hand Mirroring Approaches to Erickson’s General Waking Trance during brief psychotherapy.
Dr. Meichenbaum will discuss the “State of the Art” in treating PTSD and use videos to demonstrate how to conduct integrative treatment intervention. He will highlight the value of a Constructive Narrative Perspective. Finally, some 300,000 soldiers are returning from combat with PTSD and comorbid disorders. Dr. Meichenbaum will address their needs and discuss ways to bolster resilience. (see www.warfighterdiaries.com)
In this workshop, using lectures, demonstrations and practice, participants will distinguish between the individual and relational paradigm, and learn how to use the Imago Dialogue Process to help couples create a conscious partnership in which difference is accepted, conflict is transformed into creative tension, love is born and sustained, and personal healing and growth are facilitated.
Cloé Madanes will present a theoretical framework and tools that therapists can use to understand what relationships need to change in order to solve the problem presented to therapy. Madanes will present 20 of her favorite strategies illustrated with case examples and with experiential exercises.
Despite the common framing of depression as a medical illness, there is much more hard evidence pointing to social factors leading to the large and still growing population of depression sufferers. In this presentation, the focus will be on the social factors that lead to and exacerbate depression. How therapy, itself a social process, can make use of hypnotic and strategic approaches to experientially teach skills known to reduce and even prevent depression will be explored.
There is a vast wisdom describing the capacity for self-transformation and healing central to Buddhist psychology, now a focus of current neuroscience research as well. We will delineate the principles and clinical/therapeutic applications of mindfulness, compassion and forgiveness trainings, attunement, mental health and well being, as well as the profound shift of identity that has parallels in eastern psychology and recent neuroscience research. We will explore the wedding of a spiritual psychology of the heart in tune with clinically sound modern science.
This workshop will review the evidence supporting and discussing recent applications of a transdiagnostic, unified, cognitive behavioral and emotion focused approach to treating emotional disorders. Participants will learn how to apply treatment components organized in modules to a wide range of emotional disorders in adults through instruction, case examples,and video clinical vignettes.