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.
This presentation will offer a guide as to how this science can help to make our sessions relevant and on target in terms of leading to better affect regulation, cognitive coherence and supportive, stable relationships.
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.
Living is composed of a supreme flow of experiences. Telling is the selective option to revisit this landscape and to reveal the accessibly hidden markers of a lifetime. Dr. Polster will show how a sharply pointed attention within a group process will light up our lives, a key element in a growing life focus cultural movement. Techniques and precedents for conducting this process will be addressed.
Couples can arrive in therapy in such high distress that they see their relationship as fragile or disintegrating. It is easy for therapists to share this view. A search for “hidden” strengths can restore the couple’s hope and help create change pathways that otherwise might elude the therapist.
The brain is involved with everything we do, especially our relationships. In this fun presentation Dr. Amen will discuss different areas of the brain involved in relationships, what they do, what happens when things go wrong and how to improve them. You are a better marital therapist when you understand the brain.