Dr. Burns will describe disturbing new research on the accuracy - or lack of accuracy - or clinician's perceptions of how our patients feel - and how they feel about us. He will illustrate new, brief, highly accurate assessment instruments that can dramatically boost your clinical understanding and effectiveness.
The Law and Ethics Workshop covers emerging legal and ethical issues for mental health practitioners of all disciplines. The four-hour program addresses issues including confidentiality and privilege, note-taking, record-keeping, coping with subpoenas, the impact of professional society ethical codes on regulation of mental health practice, liability exposure with suicidal patients, and recent developments in “Tarasoff situations.”
This program focuses more closely on the needs of clinicians who fall into particularly high risk groups. Topics include confidentiality and privilege for children, coping with high-conflict divorce/custody families, the regressive impact of the regulatory environment on family therapy in particular, supervision/consultation issues that arise for professionals whose agency positions may include functions that conflict with ethical codes.
Fuzzy Focus is a method that therapists can use to bring about quick and effective results. Fuzzy Focus is a process whereby unconscious resources are accessed by disrupting existing mind-sets, which are keeping alternative frames of reference unavailable. To use Fuzzy Focus effectively, therapists must be grounded with a coherent understanding of human nature and human consciousness. This workshop teaches the participant Fuzzy Focus as well as the theoretical framework needed to use Fuzzy Focus.
The "Pointing Out Patterns" approach is a three-phase, nine-step process, which addresses the negative patterns of thinking and behavior that cause clients intrapsychic and interpersonal stress. The clinician rapidly observes and reveals these negative patterns, e.g., entitlement, intimidation, people-pleasing, etc., to the client, in a caring, supportive and straightforward manner, and assists the client in quickly diminishing, or eradicating negative patterns of thought and behavior.
Today, prudent therapists learn not only to influence client's interactions within their natural social context, but also influence their interactions with the helping system. In this workshop, the problematic relations between helping and family systems and strategies to change them will be described. Three areas will be explored: 1) humanistic approach to services; 2) correcting the family hierarchy; 3) boundary building.
This short course will approach therapist sculpting as an experiential tool based on the idea that dynamic experiences precede dynamic understandings. The presenter will offer an integrative approach to problems that is brief, experiential, phenomenological and effective. Therapist sculpting allows the therapist to empathize with the client; helps the client to disengage from the problem and focus on what is important; and helps the client discover new possibilities.
Building from the premise that clients are always cooperating and that resistance is created from the interaction style of the therapist, this presentation will present ten foundational principles for managing resistance from a social interaction theory perspective. The primary focus will be on managing resistance at pivotal points in the therapeutic dialogue.
Subject, patient, client, therapist, teacher, trainer, supervisor, supervised; all of us are shaped from an essence, the stuff we are made of, the hero within. This workshop will offer ways to utilize our hidden heroes in our therapeutic goals for inner change, and help the patient build from the hero within him/herself.