All children are born with the capacity to develop and use all of the aspects of the organism to live healthy, productive,joyful lives. We know that trauma interrupts the healthy development of the child. There are also some very basic develop-mental aspects that can further thwart healthy development. An understanding of these hindrances is the first step toward helping children heal.
Psychotherapy is at a turning point in the new millennium. We can now draw on the principles of a vast array of sciences,including that of neuroplasticity, to create new approaches to therapeutic interventions that are aimed in specific ways to alter the connections in the brain. Mindsight is the capacity to monitor and modify the internal world. As we help others,and ourselves, to focus attention in specific ways that promote neural integration – to stimulate the linkage of different regions to one another – we can create the fundamental changes in brain structure that underlie therapeutic improvement.Effective psychotherapy can use mindsight to focus attention in ways that promote neural integration and cultivate well-being in body, mind, and relationships.
Longitudinal research with newlyweds shows that 67% have a drop in marital satisfaction in the first three years of their baby’s life. Hostility between the partners increases, and the baby’s emotional, cognitive, and neurological development are all adversely affected. The Bringing Baby Home program, which will be described, is effective in preventing both these negative changes and post-partum depression.
The study of psychological trauma has been accompanied by an explosion of knowledge about how experience shapes the central nervous system and the formation of the self. The study of trauma has probably been the single most fertile area in developing a deeper understanding of the relationship among the emotional, cognitive, social, and biological forces that shape human development.
Dr. Houston will offer ways and means to profoundly make a difference for the betterment of people, communities, organizations and cultures worldwide. Drawing on her work in over 100 countries in training leaders in human development in the light of social change, she will offer liberating thought ways, as well as techniques of activating human and social potentials in sensory, psychological, mythic and symbolic, as well as, spiritual and integral levels of the human capacity. Together, these lead to enhanced abilities to creatively and effectively deal with present challenges. Dr. Houston will address the unique place that present movements in psychology have to offer in a world of radical shifts.
Moderator: Alexander Simpkins, PhD
All growth takes place in relationships, which either enhance maturity, zest and self-regard or diminish these possibilities. Lerner will present the seven key steps that one person can take to dramatically alter the course of unhappy or downward spiraling relationships, with an eye toward helping clients restore self-esteem, accountability, personal clarity, and growth-fostering interactions.
This workshop explores how trauma affects people’s rhythms within themselves and with their surroundings. Trauma changes the way the brain processes information and how the human organism engages with the world. Because of biological systems that are altered in a use-dependent manner traumatized people continue to react in myriad ways to current experience as a replay of the past.
There is no area of research that brings a complex array of ethical issues into sharp focus more than conducting treatment trials when the focus is on decreasing suicidal behavior and preventing suicide. Historically, suicidal individuals have been excluded from treatment studies because their inclusion was thought to be unethical, unsafe or too difficult to manage clinically. This presentation will discuss where the field of suicide intervention research started, the successes and failures we have encountered thus far, as well as the critical issues that still need to be addressed in order to move the field forward.
Since the first “Evolution” conference in 1985, thousands of research studies and how-to books on psychotherapy have been published. Workshops, training programs, and certifications abound. At the same time, the overall effectiveness of psychotherapy has not improved a single percentage point. Meanwhile, practitioners face the most challenging economic practice climate in the field’s history. Incomes are down and fewer people are seeking psychotherapy as a remedy to their problems.