Anxiety, Depression and Trauma

402/502 – Unremitting Anxiety

Wehrenberg, Margaret 2016
Finding Effective Treatments for Intractable Symptoms
MARGARET WEHRENBERG

How often have you used tried-and-true anxiety management skills only to find your clients’ panic still haunts them and their worry is unremitting? The obstacles to a more successful outcome may lie in failing to recognize undiagnosed co-occurring conditions. In this session, we’ll look at what to do when your anxious clients seem unable to recover. Together, we’ll explore:

  • Why refusing reassurance is the wrong move for worried clients with Asperger’s but the right move for OCD clients to eliminate excessive worry
  • The role of sensory sensitivity in remitting anxiety as it shows up in bipolar II, undiagnosed autism spectrum disorder, and ADHD
  • How to use journaling to identify and eliminate anxiety triggers and to determine when it’s easier to be anxious than angry
  • How to separate the client’s authentic voice from the OCD voice to treat extreme worry

Continued with workshop 502.

Margaret Wehrenberg, PsyD, is a practicing clinical psychologist, international speaker, and author of The 10 Best Anxiety Busters and The 10 Best-Ever Depression Management Techniques.

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404/504 – When Meditation Isn’t Enough

Schwartz, Richard 2016
Going Beyond Acceptance to Self-Compassion
RICHARD SCHWARTZ

Mindfulness has become a popular and useful tool in psychotherapy, but therapists too often encourage clients to adopt a passive-observer stance in therapy, as if it’s enough to just observe thoughts and emotions from a place of separation. This workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of how to go beyond detachment into a more engaged and relational form of self-compassion and self-healing. You’ll learn:

  • Strategies used in Internal Family Systems to contact the core Self and integrate the often conflicting parts that live within us
  • The importance of shifting the role of the therapist from the primary attachment figure to a container who opens the way for the client’s Self to emerge
  • Methods for honestly and transparently handling situations in which you get emotionally triggered by your client

Continued with workshop 504.

Richard Schwartz, PhD, is director of the Center for Self Leadership and the originator of the Internal Family Systems Model. He’s also the author of Internal Family Systems Therapy.

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405/505 – Healing Early Relational Injuries

Napier, Nancy 2016
A Body-Based Approach
NANCY NAPIER

When clients have experienced early relational injuries and disruptions, it can be hard to address their unconscious, non-adaptive responses using traditional talk therapy approaches. This workshop will show how to integrate Somatic Experiencing (SE) and other body-based approaches, including hypnotherapy to address the early survival responses that keep clients with childhood relational injuries from forming deeper bonds in the present. In this workshop, you’ll learn to:

  • Track nonverbal constriction, freeze responses, shut down, anxiety, and boundary issues to help clients become more aware of them
  • Use elements of SE to enhance resonance, slow down and deepen the therapy process, and enhance the ability of the nervous system to shift from disorganization to organization
  • Identify and work with trauma-based “coupling dynamics,” non-adaptive unconscious patterns that can negatively impact clients’ ability to connect with others

Continued with workshop 505.

Nancy Napier, LMFT, is a psychotherapist and hypnotherapist. She teaches for the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute and is the author of Recreating Your Self, Getting through the Day, and Sacred Practices for Conscious Living.

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412/512 – Mistakes of the Heart

Fisher, Janina 2016 2
Turning Miscues into Learning Opportunities
JANINA FISHER

Therapists are human; therefore, we all inevitably make mistakes. Unfortunately, we don’t always have the opportunity to safely acknowledge, process, and grow from them, much less help our clients recover from the hurt and anger we’ve inadvertently caused. This workshop will examine the underlying issues that often contribute to common therapist errors, explore how “mistakes of the heart” occur and can be acknowledged, and discover ways to “repair” relational ruptures so they become healing opportunities. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

  • Recognize the bodily signs of our countertransference responses, decreasing the possibility of “foot in mouth” comments, shutting down, or empathic failure
  • Identify the clients and issues most likely to trigger our fear and frustration and experiment with how to regulate our internal experience
  • Rehearse how to counteract triggers and repair ruptures in therapeutic connection
  • Practice using somatic communication to convey regret, re-attunement, and comfort rather than relying on words

Continued with workshop 512.

Janina Fisher, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and instructor at the Trauma Center in Boston, a senior faculty member of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, and a former instructor at Harvard Medical School.

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414/514 – Saying No to Psychiatric Meds

Naiman, Rubin 2016
An Integrative Approach to Mental Health
RUBIN NAIMAN

Armed with pharmaceuticals, biological psychiatry continues to escalate the “war on mental illness.” But because most of these drugs don’t actually heal but merely suppress symptoms, this is a losing battle with collateral damage in terms of serious side effects. Integrative mental health offers safe and effective alternatives to drugs for anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Based on endogenous healing, the body and mind’s natural proclivity toward health, this workshop offers evidence-based lifestyle, nutritional, and botanical interventions that can be readily integrated into psychotherapy. Together, we’ll explore:

  • The limitations, side effects, and weaning protocols for commonly used psychiatric meds
  • A range of nutraceuticals and botanicals that are alternatives for treating anxiety, depression, and insomnia, along with their indications, contraindications and dosages
  • The role of lifestyle interventions including exercise, body–mind medicine, and secular spiritual practices for managing mood disorders and sleep concerns

Continued with workshop 514.

Rubin Naiman, PhD, a clinical psychologist, is the sleep and dream specialist and clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine. His books include Healing Night and Hush.

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417 – How to Uplift Your Clients

Armstrong, Courtney 2016
The Secrets of Sparking “Aha” Moments
COURTNEY ARMSTRONG

Here’s the dilemma: you want to validate your clients’ emotions, but you also know that spending too much time focusing on pain can lead to therapeutic stagnation. The solution: uplift your clients to evoke their desired emotional state. Eliciting these positive emotions will give them access to inner resources for more active and productive problem solving. While avoiding mutual burnout from sessions that go nowhere. You’ll learn how to:

  • Frame ideas, questions, and other interventions to boost motivation and foster hope
  • Use music and movement to lift depression, calm anxiety, and empower traumatized clients
  • Use imagery techniques to elicit desired emotions and spark “Aha” moments

Courtney Armstrong, LPC, trains professionals in creative therapy techniques and is the author of The Therapeutic “Aha!”: Ten Strategies for Getting Clients Unstuck and Transforming Traumatic Grief.

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420 – Treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Winston, Sally 2016
Busting the Common Myths
SALLY WINSTON & MARTIN SEIF

Almost everything we learned about OCD in graduate school prior to 2000 was just plain wrong: it’s not rare, obvious, hard to treat, or a manifestation of deep underlying conflict. We now know it’s common, often unrecognized, and that it’s far more helpful to treat what maintains the symptoms than what lies “underneath.” This workshop will bring you up to date on contemporary thinking and treatment of OCD and OC spectrum disorders. You’ll learn:

  • What questions to ask that uncover OCD when it’s hidden from view out of shame
  • How understanding the biological mechanisms of inhibitory learning and habituation shape effective treatment
  • The basic principles of treatment planning, including exposure and response prevention
  • How to help clients endure the momentary anxiety of not doing ritual repetitive behavior

Sally Winston, PsyD, cofounded and codirects the Anxiety and Stress Disorders Institute of Maryland. She’s the inaugural recipient of the national Jerilyn Ross Award of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. She’s the coauthor of What Every Therapist Needs to Know about Anxiety Disorders.

Martin Seif, PhD, ABPP, cofounded the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. He’s associate director of the Anxiety and Phobia Treatment Center at White Plains Hospital and a faculty member of New York Presbyterian Hospital/Cornell Medical School. He’s the coauthor of What Every Therapist Needs to Know about Anxiety Disorders.

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424 – Sex Made Simple

mccarthy.barry2015
Reigniting the Spark in Intimate Relationships
BARRY MCCARTHY

Sexual dysfunction and dissatisfaction is the most common mental health problem in the United States. But all too often when clients raise sexual problems in therapy, clinicians either skirt the issue by diverting the conversation to other personal and relational issues or reinforce the myth that a stand-alone medical intervention will cure them. This workshop will teach you to deal directly with your clients’ sexual issues, especially how to rekindle desire and help couples be intimate and erotic friends, whether they’re 27 or 77, straight or gay, married or not. You’ll explore how to:

  • Challenge “sexual poisons” such as the beliefs that all sex should be intimate and mutual and that using erotic fantasy during sex is a betrayal
  • Help couples embrace a Good-Enough Sex approach encompassing multiple roles, meanings, and outcomes
  • Explore with couples the different types, strengths, and drawbacks of a range of common sexual styles

Barry McCarthy, PhD, a professor of psychology at American University, is the author of Sex Made Simple, Therapy with Men After Sixty; Rekindling Desire; Discovering Your Couple Sexual Style; Enduring Desire: Your Guide to Lifelong Intimacy; and Sexual Awareness.

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426 – Overcoming Culture Blindness

Mandley_Anita 2016
Treating Cultural and Historical Traumas
ANITA MANDLEY

If you work with African Americans, Native Americans, Holocaust survivors and their descendants, or any other disenfranchised clients, you’re working with the legacies of cultural and historical trauma. This workshop will open a path toward addressing wounds and issues that too often go ignored and limit the effectiveness of therapy. Discover how to enhance your work with people who have different cultural, religious, and racial backgrounds as well as those from a different gender or social class. We’ll focus on:

  • Increasing awareness of how race, culture, identity, social context, and privilege shape the development of complex trauma and impact the therapeutic relationship
  • Learning a model of self-regulation that allows therapists to regulate their neurobiological activation and bias
  • Using cultural assessment to understand the intersection of culture, race, and identity with developmental and complex trauma
  • Identifying and addressing the survival narrative that can be the key to working with clients’ cultural trauma

Note: This workshop fulfills many state-board requirements for training in cultural competency.
Anita Mandley, MS, LCPC, serves as the team leader for the Adult Trauma Team and the Dialectical Behavior Team at the Center for Contextual Change.

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515 – Engaging the Client with a Disorganized Attachment Style (Clinical Showcase*)

Fosha, Diana 2016
Avoiding the Common Pitfalls
DIANA FOSHA, DIANE POOLE HELLER & STEPHEN PORGES

Straightforward problem-solving is simply not an effective option in work with clients with intense trauma histories and disorganized attachment styles. Therapeutic tasks like creating initial conditions of safety, determining optimal therapeutic proximity, effectively using the “relational field,” and resourcing interventions are central to success with such clients. This special workshop will focus on the challenges of doing attachment-based work with an extremely vulnerable treatment population by bringing together two noted therapists and a neuroscientist to discuss videos of actual clinical cases. Among the topics we’ll look at are:

  • The dangers of retraumatization and determining the appropriate intensity level a client can tolerate
  • Disentangling the threat response needed to defend against a scary parent from the healthy orientation toward connection of secure attachment
  • How the Polyvagal Theory can illuminate both the nature of disorganized attachment and the process of therapeutic healing

Diana Fosha, PhD, is the developer of Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) and founder and director of the AEDP Institute. She’s the author of The Transforming Power of Affect and coeditor of The Healing Power of Emotion: Affective Neuroscience, Development & Clinical Practice.

Diane Poole Heller, PhD, is the creator of the Dynamic Attachment Re-Patterning Experience (DARe), Somatic Attachment Training (SATe) certification program, Therapy Mastermind Circle, Attachment Mastery online courses, and Psychotherapy 2.0 Summit with Sounds True.

Stephen Porges, PhD, is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University, where he’s creating a trauma research center within the Kinsey Institute. He’s author of The Polyvagal Theory.

* Clinical Showcases highlight the different ways well-known innovators approach common clinical problems. Master therapists will show video clips of their work and then engage in a probing exploration of their moment-to-moment therapeutic decision-making. The goal is to open up possibilities for dialogue, debate, and fresh perspectives not usually featured within more standard workshop formats.

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516 – The Power of Self-Talk in Anxiety Treatment

Wilson, Reid 2016
From Threat to Challenge
REID WILSON

How do you move someone toward anxious uncertainty when their heart, mind, and soul are committed to finding safety? The key is helping clients alter their self-talk in a way that transforms their relationship with a feared situation from one of “threat” to one of “challenge.” This shift in perspective can enable them to aggressively step forward into uncertainty even without having to shift their anxiety down. In this session, you’ll learn how to:

  • Train anxious clients in therapeutic self-talk based on their individual personality traits
  • Teach clients to approach, personify, exaggerate, and talk directly to their anxiety, even pursuing and ridiculing it
  • Use paradoxical instructions to help clients overcome their automatic instincts to avoid feared situations

Reid Wilson, PhD, is adjunct associate professor of psychiatry at the UNC School of Medicine. He’s the author of Don’t Panic and Stopping the Noise in Your Head and coauthor of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents as well as Playing with Anxiety and Stop Obsessing!

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519 – Grounding the Overwhelmed Client

Cornell, Ann Weiser 2016
Client-Empowering Skills for Emotional Regulation
ANN WEISER CORNELL

For the work of therapy to move forward, clients need some emotional regulation from the start. This workshop will offer interventions that help clients acknowledge, be with, and keep company with even their most intensely vulnerable states. We’ll explore how to help clients develop a more compassionate inner relationship with distressing thoughts and feelings. You’ll learn how to:

  • Use language and techniques that support clients in being with extreme emotions instead of being flooded by them
  • Give your clients “homework” in the form of emotional regulation practices to use in between sessions
  • Strengthen your own calm presence with your clients even when you’re tired or feeling emotionally triggered

Ann Weiser Cornell, PhD, is a Focusing teacher and facilitator who’s been training clinicians in Focusing for more than 30 years. She’s the author of Focusing in Clinical Practice: The Essence of Change.

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520 – Sticky Minds and Subtle OCD

Winston, Sally 2016
How to Stop Co-Compulsing with Your Clients
SALLY WINSTON & MARTIN SEIF

We’ve all had the experience of working with clients who get stuck as they talk in endless loops about their worries or preoccupations, continually returning to the distressed place they started. That’s because what’s really troubling the client is a subtle form of OCD that requires a different type of approach. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to identify and treat OCD masquerading as other issues by exploring:

  • How therapy-as-usual, such as teaching coping skills or rational self-talk, can reinforce the subtle OCD symptoms
  • How to shift the focus from how OCD symptoms originated or what they mean to the cognitive compulsions that maintain them
  • How to implement effective therapy in which the goal is to change the
    client’s relationship with his or her thoughts, not the thoughts themselves

Sally Winston, PsyD, cofounded and codirects the Anxiety and Stress Disorders Institute of Maryland. She’s the recipient of the Jerilyn Ross Award of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and coauthor of What Every Therapist Needs to Know about Anxiety Disorders.
Martin Seif, PhD, ABPP, cofounded the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. He’s associate director of the Anxiety and Phobia Treatment Center at White Plains Hospital and coauthor of What Every Therapist Needs to Know about Anxiety Disorders.

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524 – Working with Aging Men

mccarthy.barry2015
Avoiding the “Grumpy Old Man” Trap
BARRY MCCARTHY

While 30 percent of men over 60 fall prey to depression, alcohol abuse, and sexual avoidance, the primary challenge of psychological, relational, and sexual health is typically one of misguided beliefs and expectations. In this workshop, you’ll learn an empathic approach to confront and change the attitudes and behaviors that keep many aging men stuck in a sense of loss, particularly when it comes to status, self-esteem, and sexuality. We’ll explore how to:

  • Empathically confront male clients who have fallen into the trap of becoming “grumpy old men”
  • Help aging men who have lost confidence in achieving erections recognize that sexuality involves sensual play and erotic touch, not only intercourse
  • Coach aging partners in how to turn to each other as intimate and erotic allies, as their vascular, neurological, and hormonal systems become more vulnerable

Barry McCarthy, PhD, ABPP, is a professor of psychology at American University, author of Sex Made Simple, Therapy with Men after Sixty, Sex Made Simple, Rekindling Desire, Sexual Awareness, and Men’s Sexual Health.

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525 – Enhancing Resilience in the Trauma-Exposed Workplace

mathieu.francoise
A Toolkit for Managers and Supervisors
FRANÇOISE MATHIEU

New research has shown that working in environments where there’s regular and significant exposure to trauma stories from clients can increase the risk of staff burnout and distress. Managers and supervisors can play an essential role in mitigating these reactions and increase the resilience of their staff. Using cutting-edge findings on organizational health in mental health settings, this workshop will present key skills for managers and supervisors needed to build strong, resilient, and productive teams. Together, we’ll:

  • Explore how to introduce reflective supervision, trauma-informed training, and grounding techniques to reduce counsellor impairment
  • Discuss how to create communities of practice among staff to enhance the group’s ability to handle stress
  • Learn how to identify key risk factors and how to implement trauma-informed management techniques to nest support staff

Françoise Mathieu, MEd, CCC, RP, is a psychotherapist and compassion fatigue specialist with over 20 years of experience in trauma and crisis intervention. She’s the coexecutive director of Tend ltd. and author of The Compassion Fatigue Workbook.

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