Dealing with narcissistic and borderline defenses that block healthy relating can be quite challenging when dealing with couples. This short course will address ways to creatively apply core aspects of Rossi's mind-body approach to develop treatment plans and interventions that can facilitate the containment of these defenses and help reorganize the dynamics of the couple system. The integration of the psychodynamic system and cognitive behavioral perspectives will be addresses throughout the course.
The daunting task of leading clients from a disempowering sense of external control to an actualizing sense of inner control becomes doable by helping them reframe their behavior from actions to language, i.e., seeing actions as an attempt to send a message or a signal to the world around them. This practical idea will be illustrated in role-play demonstrations of the WDEP system: Wants, Doing (or behavior as language), self-Evaluation, and action Planning.
This workshop will demonstrate how to guide patients in having intra-body conversations. Recognizing the essential purpose of pain as an attention-getting signal, we can sponsor pain patients' compassionate listening to their pain signals as opposed to trying to avoid them, and guide them to respond in ways that are self supportive and soothing. The process also allays anxiety and generalizes to effect management.
"Physician heal thyself" aptly describes this presentation for graduate supervisors/instructors who understand the need for increased diversity-mindedness amongst therapists. This presentation will focus on using proven pedagogical and therapeutic skills that will challenge graduate supervisors and instructors 1) to be self-relexive and diversity-minded and 2) to use themselves as the primary conduits of a new multicultural consciousness in teaching and supervision arenas.
This workshop provides mental health professionals with an introduction of Voice Therapy, an innovative cognitive/affective/behavioral technique that facilitates change in psychotherapy. Through lecture, discussion and video tapes, participants will learn how to use voice therapy techniques and exercises to help patients overcome destructive thoughts and behavior in order to make meaningful changes in their lives.
In 1990, the presenters Heinz Von Forester, Gianfranco Cecchin, and Humberto Maturana created the Systemic Constructions human interaction model. This model has evolved into six overlapping domains that affect the social, spiritual and biological influences of human functioning and interactions. This course will teach how to use these six domains to help to ask the right questions that can lead to the break-up of clinical log-jams and increase the lasting effectiveness of the briefer therapies.
This short course will describe a brief strategic/solution-focused and hypnotic approach to anxiety related disorders. Participants will learn to creatively engage their obsessive thinking, perfectionist, Whying and What Ifing clients via live demonstration, experiential exercise and case studies. The art of What Willing will be introduced conversationally, experientially and energetically. This course will demonstrate how a client can be transported back and forth in time and space, accessing her unique history of success and future memories of her best self.
There are six core personality adaptations that form the basic building blocks of personality. These are schizoid, paranoid, antisocial, passive-aggressive, obsessive-compulsive and histrionic. Each of these has a specific way (feeling, thinking, or behavior) of making contact with the world, a target area for growth and change, and a trap area where the person has the greatest defenses. By knowing this information, the therapist can quickly establish rapport, target interventions to the area that will produce the greatest change, and avoid getting trapped in the client's defenses. This workshop will look at these six core adaptations, how they develop, and how to work most effectively with each one.
This course examines the nature of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), and presents an integrated model of treatment of specific issues in brief, solution-focused episodes. Core elements of a safety plan and development of a community resource network are described. Careful management of the therapeutic relationship is a critical part of this approach. Some specific protocols for common BPD issues, such as suicidal ideation and self-injurious behaviors are elaborated.
Dreaming is a vital, nightly function of the brain. Disturbing dreams or recurrent nightmares are frequent symptoms of an acute focus on unresolved conflicts and events. Clients can learn to reclaim comforting sleep even before the overt reasons for seeking therapy are directly addressed. The potential of individualized metaphors structured within lucid dreaming empowers clients to "seize" the night." Hypnotic techniques offer an intriguing path that bypasses a client's ingrained fear of "falling to sleep."