Couple therapy will flourish as this field integrates research from social and neuropsychology and clarifies the processes that mediate change in love relationships. It will address more and more “individual” physical and mental health problems, relationship traumas and sexual issues. We can integrate science and the sizzle of “hot” emotion to transform individuals and relationships.
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.
Following a brief discussion of the nature of expertise, the implications for psychotherapists will be considered. How to formulate collaboratively a Case Conceptualization Model that informs treatment decision -making will be presented. How to implement the Core Tasks of Psychotherapy and evidence-based behavioral change principles will be examined.
Millions of Americans are overweight or obese. Medication and psychotherapy may result in modest weight loss but nearly all regain weight within five years. The missing ingredient for successful treatment is cognition. To make permanent changes in their eating behavior, and thus their weight, individuals must learn how to change their dysfunctional ideas about food, eating, other people, and themselves and learn how to cope with a sense of unfairness, deprivation, disappointment, and discouragement. Cognitive behavioral approaches have been demonstrated to be effective for this problem.
Louis (Ludwig) van Beethoven (1770-1827) was product of a violently dysfunctional upbringing. In the fall of 1802, at just the time his name and fame were beginning to spread across Europe, he suffered a suicidal depression. Through equal parts self-delusion and sheer will, Beethoven managed to reinvent himself personally and artistically as a hero battling fate itself. Thus armed, he emerged from his funk in early 1803, and proceeded to create a body of work unlike anything anyone had ever before imagined. Central to Beethoven’s new compositional vision was his conviction that his music be a vehicle for profound self-expression: his therapist’s couch. This program will explore Beethoven’s life and times and will then focus on his Symphony No. 5 as an example of how a piece of instrumental music can become—literally—a highly personalized confessional.
Dr. Lerner will offer clinical examples of how she uses straightforward “coaching” that invites clients, in relatively few sessions, to experiment with bold acts of change that can change everything. She will outline the theoretical perspective that guides this work, and share her personal experience with systems- based remarkable acts of change.
We witness a continuous parade of stars, financial gurus, clergy, politicians and athletes who enter rehabs sometimes repetitively. Is this about media coverage or are these elite canaries in the coal mines of our culture signifying a greater danger? Our understanding of addictions with the aid of neuroscience is expanding dramatically. With it is the realization of cultural and scientific shifts which underline the therapist’s role in facing our number one public health problem. One of the gifts of this challenge is our growth in technology which will transform what every therapist does for a living and maybe how humans evolve. But maybe we professionals are like the famous—reluctant to face difficult realities.
Following the exposure to traumatic and victimizing experiences, 75 % of individuals will be impacted, but they go onto evidence resilience and in some instances post traumatic growth. In contrast, 25 % will evidence PSTD and persistent adjustment disorders. In this presentation, Dr. Meichenbaum will discuss what distinguishes these two groups and the implications for treatment decision making. He will use a Constructive Narrative Perspective to demonstrate how to bolster client's resilience.
For over 20 years, Dr. Zimbardo has researched the power of relationship with time has on our lives. He has co-authored two published books on the topic, The Time Paradox and The Time Cure, and developed the Zimbardo Time Perspective Inventory (ZTPI) which has been translated into over 24 languages and validated globally. his talk will review the major research on time perspective and introduce his work with Dr. Richard Sword and Rosemary Sword on Time Perspective Therapy, a brief therapy intervention to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Drs. John and Julie Gottman will present a state-of-the-art review of how to conceptualize and treat the highly intractable problem of domestic violence toward intimate partners. They will review the research literature and present a conceptualization of the issues in treating this population. They will describe a highly successful randomized clinical trial study and the results that demonstrate long-term follow up effectiveness.