The application of culturally-informed practices taking into account socio-cultural and historical contexts and intersecting identity factors is essential to ethical practice. In this presentation cultural-centered frameworks are reviewed as tools to recognize unconscious biases and to enhance respectful and inclusive engagements with individuals, groups, and communities. This presentation is informed by the APA Multicultural Guidelines and the Multicultural Counseling Competencies (Sue, Arredondo & McDavis, 1992). Examples from clinical and organizational practice will be introduced.
A coherent science on attachment now offers therapists a map for self and relational system that cogently outlines both dysfunction and health – and how to lead clients from one to the other. This presentation will outline the strengths of this integrating framework as a general and specific in-session guide for individual, couple and family therapy, focusing on the map it offers for affect regulation, cognitive restructuring and behavior change.
Racial, gender, and LGBTQ micro aggressions are brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral or environmental indignities which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative slights to targets. They are often reflections of implicit bias that are outside the level of conscious awareness of well-intentioned individuals. Nevertheless, they have been found to cause lowered subjective well-being in the lives of marginalized group members and may lead to mental health problems. Research indicates that clinicians and supervisors are often perpetrators of micro aggressions.
The prominence of women as friends would have surprised people living in the distant past and would still surprise people in certain parts of the world, where only male friendship is prized. Yet, if you ask Americans today whether men or women have more friends, the answer is likely to be women. I shall examine the ingredients that seem basic to women’s friendships and suggest ways in which friendships between women (and between women and men) may be the saving grace in our present lives. I shall also examine the concept of friendship more generally as it has been understood in the western tradition since Aristotle. What are the benefits of friendship? Is it possible to live well without friends? What can women learn from male friendships and men learn from female friendships?
The discovery of the quantum nature of our universe is so major an event that its profound implications cannot be overstated. Quantum theory demands a radical re-visioning of the role of Consciousness as the underlying organizing principle of the universe. Working with these concepts, both spiritual and scientific, we have enabled students to be, to do and to create in ways that are suggestive of higher levels of human accomplishment. Similarly from the quantum perspective of the simultaneity of past, present and future we are able to change the story of minor past events until it become a realistic part of one’s memory.
The presentation will trace the evolution of cognitive behavior therapy, showing the “untold story” and critically evaluate its present status. It will also consider the future intervention of computer technology.
In her new Audible original audio series: Where Should We Begin, Esther Perel invites the listener into the raw intimate space of real anonymous couples who are participating in unscripted counseling sessions. In opening the closed doors of psychotherapy, she stands to redefine not only the boundaries of therapy, but also the communal nature of healing. The project raises some timely questions: If one of therapy's aims is to create a space for meaningful, challenging and authentic conversations between partners, can it broaden its aim and address relationships in today’s complex world in general. Can it serve to strengthen and improve human connection in society at large? What does therapy offer that differs from coaching? Where do thought leaders and psychotherapists intersect?
As advances are made in better understanding the power of focus in shaping one’s subjective perceptions and even physiology, the field of hypnosis has played an especially important role in this ongoing process of discovery. Despite too many clinicians’ terribly misinformed dismissal of hypnosis as little more than a gimmick, in fact hypnosis has evolved a strong scientific basis for its insights into neuroscience, cognition, suggestive language and information processing, placebo and nocebo responses, the therapeutic alliance, and more. Some of these insights and their clinical implications will be discussed.
The clinical method of motivational interviewing (MI) evolved from the person-centered approach of Carl Rogers, maintaining his pioneering commitment to the scientific study of therapeutic processes and outcomes. The original developer of MI will summarize the development of this method, its linkage to Rogers, and research on its therapeutic processes, outcomes, and training.
In this session we will explore the wise and loving perspectives of Buddhist Psychology. These transformative teachings and practices can awaken in clients and therapists alike an inner capacity for wakefulness, joy, dignity, and compassion—Buddha-nature. Combining practical and clinical examples, teaching stories, and innate wisdom we will consider the heart of healing, love, consciousness and the nature of mind.