At last count, over 400 separate models of psychotherapy have been found to exist (Garfield & Bergin, 1994). Despite the claims and promises made by the proponents of the various treatment models, 40 years of increasingly sophisticated outcome research has not found any one model or technique superior for the resolution of the problems that clients bring into treatment, Indeed, most of the research has only confirmed "common sense" (Frank 1993). In this workshop, forty years of outcome research will be translated into practical, common sense and empirically supported therapeutic skills that you can use for the efficient and effective resolution of the problems that clients bring to treatment.
Meditation offers useful and varied methods for brief therapy. Important scientific studies on meditation's neuroscience and clinical applications show many meditation methods are effective. Yoga, Buddhism, Daoism and Zen are described, each with its key concepts and unique approaches to mental development. Attendees learn research, theory and useful meditation methods step-by-step, including concentration, breathing, mindfulness, wu-wei, qi gong and zazen. Case examples form links to practice. Therapists will fine lasting solutions to enhance therapeutic work.
The field of hypnosis has moved to the forefront of objective research in striving to understand the role unconscious processes play in mindbody healing, automatic (reflexive) cognitive and behavioral responses, and the utilization of attentional mechanisms in problem-solving. In this workshop, participants will both learn and experience the merits of integrating hypnosis into goal-directed psychotherapies.
Without exception, developers and devotees to particular methods claim superiority in conceptualization and outcome of their chosen approach. Meanwhile, governmental bodies, professional organizations, and third party payers are assembling, mandating adherence, and in some instances limiting payment to lists of treatments considered “evidence-based. So, “what works?” The presenter will identify core factors responsible for therapeutic success regardless of theoretical orientation or psychiatric diagnosis. The research on “what works” will be carefully translated into practical, common sense, and empirically supported therapeutic skills that can be used for the efficient and effective resolution of problems clients bring to treatment.
BT12 Short Course 31 – Sustaining Passion and Longevity in Life Using Medical and Longevity Research and Theories in Brief Therapy – Eva Long, PhD
This is a fast-paced, proven successful workshop on how professionals will help patients and clients utilizing the current adult development research/best practices in meaningful work/self-renewal with practical implementation ideas. This session will focus on the importance of 1) creating a life’s purpose, 2) optimism, 3) a circle of friends, 4) managing loss, and letting go while connecting the dots on some of the most significant medical and longevity research.
BT14 Topical Panel 01 - Research in Psychotherapy - Ernest Rossi, PhD, Scott Miller, PhD, and Michael Yapko, PhD
Compare and contrast clinical philosophical perspectives of experts.
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.
We will review the little-known history of the MHE/Ravitz/Rossi research, which developed the first quantum electrodynamic field theory of therapeutic hypnosis from 1950 to 2016. We will use the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) perspective to plan, promote & publish research on MHE’s naturalistic hypnosis, consciousness, cognition & therapeutic states in Open Access High Impact Scientific Journals. Everyone is welcome to this first organizational meeting.
Skills and experience, research and theory ... each plays a central role in the development of effective therapy practice. And then there is something else. When we recall the work of such figures as Milton Erickson, Virginia Satir, and Carl Whitaker, we detect another layer: artistry. Surprisingly, artistry is something that can be taught, or more accurately, expanded. Everyone has the capacity. And it is artistry that brings forth all of that skill, experience, research and theory in effective and generative ways.