Anxiety, Depression and Trauma

602 – The Many Faces of EMDR

Laliotis, Deany 2014
Harnessing a Broad-Based Approach to Change

While EMDR is best known for its treatment of trauma, it has developed into a comprehensive psychotherapy approach that treats a broad spectrum of presenting issues across various clinical populations.  This workshop is for practitioners who are interested in learning more about this highly effective, evidence-based approach that can treat a wide range of problems from single traumatic events to relationship problems, self-esteem issues and complex trauma. We’ll explore how to:

  • Identify nodal experiences that are shaping, not only client’s current symptoms, but their lives and identity
  • Focus on the predominant themes in clients’ lives that underlie their current difficulties
  • Integrate the adaptive information-processing model of EMDR with whatever model of therapy you’re currently using

Deany Laliotis, LICSW, is a trainer, clinical consultant, and practitioner of EMDR. She’s on the faculty of EMDR Institute, Inc., and is the codirector of EMDR of Greater Washington.

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607 – An Introduction to Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Mandley_Anita 2016
Principles and Techniques

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a model that can be applied across a range of difficult-to-treat conditions, including borderline personality disorder, alcoholism, eating disorders, and a range of self-injurious behaviors. This workshop will teach you how to develop tools to integrate the principles and techniques of DBT with your work, no matter what population you treat. You’ll learn specific skills and strategies to help clients:

  • Develop the capacity to self-soothe, self-regulate, tolerate connection with others, accept help, and support and maintain a stable sense of self
  • Empower themselves through the use of mindfulness, breath awareness, and self-observation techniques to achieve more emotional control
  • Develop tools to enhance their capacity for positive experiences and self-care

Anita Mandley, MS, LCPC, who has more than 30 years of experience in the mental health field, serves as the team leader for the Adult Trauma Team and the Dialectical Behavior Team at the Center for Contextual Change in Skokie, Illinois.

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614 – An Integrative Approach to Complex Trauma

Korn, Deborah 2016
Putting It All Together

With so many models to choose from in the trauma field today, how do you decide which is best for your client? How do you decide whether to intervene at the somatic, emotional, behavioral, or cognitive level? This workshop will introduce a clear framework for integrating a range of models into your work and for determining the most appropriate interventions to meet your clients’ needs. You’ll learn to:

  • Formulate cases based on Shapiro’s EMDR themes of responsibility, safety, and control
  • Use Siegel’s Window of Tolerance and Porges’s Polyvagal Theory in deciding when and how to intervene with dysregulated arousal
  • Apply Schwartz’s IFS model and Fosha’s AEDP model in addressing how to sequence interventions when dealing with defenses and core emotions such as grief, longing, anger, and shame

Deborah Korn, PsyD, maintains a private practice and is on the faculty of the Trauma Center at JRI in Boston. She’s been on the faculty of the EMDR Institute for the past 22 years, writing, teaching, and consulting internationally on trauma-related topics.

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615 – Grief Intelligence

Learning to Live with Loss

Although grief is a universal human experience, many of us feel ill-equipped to understand and help our clients work through their deep sense of bereavement. How do we further help them if their grief immobilizes them, retriggering past traumas or overwhelming them with persistent negative emotions? This workshop will provide a comprehensive view of the process of grief in all its forms. We’ll explore ways to:

  • Use guided visualization to place the lost relationship in the larger perspective of the client’s life now and in the future
  • Create simple rituals, such as journaling, to keep the deceased alive in memory
  • Gain understanding of a difficult relationship through writing imagined letters from as well as to the deceased

 Ashley Davis Bush, LICSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice with over 25 years of experience. She’s the author of 6 self-help books, including Hope and Healing for Transcending Loss.

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616 – Integrating Neurofeedback into Psychotherapy

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A Therapeutic Technology for the 21st Century

The most intractable issues therapists encounter are the result of early developmental disruptions that determine the brain’s basic patterns of functioning and are inaccessible to the usual clinical interventions. The recently developed method of infra-low frequency neurofeedback offers a powerful tool for restoring functionality to the brain’s core regulatory framework. This new approach to neurofeedback is effective with a wide range of disorders including problems on the anxiety-depression spectrum, PTSD, the personality disorders, addictions, and eating disorders, among others. In addition to observing a live demonstration of a brief neurofeedback assessment and training session, you’ll also learn about:

  • The different kinds of neurofeedback, including Infra-Low Frequency neurofeedback, and how they change the brain’s regulatory functioning
  • How to match electrode placement and the frequency of the target reward with the client’s individual profile and presenting difficulty
  • How to assess clients’ basic patterns of dysregulation, including brain stability, state regulation, and behavioral disinhibition, as well as their specific deficits

Siegfried Othmer, PhD, is Chief Scientist at the EEG Institute in Los Angeles and author of Restoring the Brain: Neurofeedback as an Integrative Approach to Health and Brian’s Legacy.

Susan Othmer, PhD, is Clinical Director at the EEG Institute in Los Angeles, and former Director of Clinical Research and Development at the EEG Spectrum Institute. She’s board certified in neurofeedback.

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9:00 AM Sunday Keynote

How Hard Times Can Open the Heart: Deepening Your Brain’s Natural Powers for Healing
Rick Hanson

With his bestselling books Buddha’s Brain, Hardwiring Happiness, and Just One Thing, psychologist Rick Hanson has become the foremost explicator of the brain’s “negativity bias,” our evolutionary tendency as vulnerable mammals to be more or less continually on the lookout for danger, ready to fight or flee, and more likely to remember bad experiences than good. Integrating his background in neuroscience, contemplative practices, and
positive psychology, he’s also become one of our foremost clinical innovators, focused on how to help clients have greater access to their inner resources and enhance their capacity for deep pleasure and savoring the moment.

In his keynote address, Rick will focus on how our deepening understanding of neuroscience can enable us, even in times of great stress, to tap into five natural capacities of the brain that, rather than constricting us into fight, flight or freeze, can open possibilities for living fuller, more aware lives.

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