Mind, Body, and Brain

321 – Yoga and Mindfulness for Children

Harper, Jennifer Cohen 2016
Finding New Ways to Connect

Children struggling with anxiety, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, trauma, and other challenges often need more than talk therapy to heal and build resilience. They need to reconnect with their bodies, discover how to harness their inner resources, and develop a sense of their own strength and agency. This workshop offers an accessible process for meeting these needs using the powerful tools of yoga and mindfulness. Learn to:

  • Share yoga and mindfulness practices in a developmentally appropriate manner to maximize embodiment and sense of agency
  • Use a well-tested methodology based on five elements—Connect, Breathe, Move, Focus, Relax—to support self-awareness and self-regulation
  • Practice and teach 10 powerful and versatile activities, even if you have no prior yoga or mindfulness experience

Jennifer Cohen Harper, MA, E-RYT, is founder and director of Little Flower Yoga, bringing yoga and mindfulness to schools nationwide, VP of the Yoga Service Council, and author of Little Flower Yoga for Kids: A Yoga and Mindfulness Program to Help Your Child Improve Attention and Emotional Balance.

Posted in Couples, Kids, and Families, Friday Afternoon: 3 P.M. – 5 P.M., Mind, Body, and Brain, workshops | Tagged , , , , , ,

328 – Right Brain to Right Brain

Leven, Daniel 2016
Embodying the Therapeutic Connection

The idea that the mind and body are inextricably intertwined is widely accepted in our field, but many therapists ignore pivotal information that can be gleaned from nonverbal cues such as body language, vocal tone, and facial expressions. It’s through these cues that the client’s “emotional body” speaks and can expand their capacity to experience connection, attunement, and intimacy. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to deepen your work by:

  • Going beyond talk to access the wisdom of the right brain
  • Helping clients make connections between their emotions and physical sensations as a way of regulating stress
  • Learning a simple expressive arts process that includes mirroring your client’s key movements to deepen the therapeutic bond

Daniel Leven, MPC, RSMT, is founder and director of the Leven Institute for Expressive Movement and a faculty member at the Hartford Family Institute’s professional training program in In-Depth Body Psychotherapy.

Posted in Friday Afternoon: 3 P.M. – 5 P.M., Mind, Body, and Brain, Personal and Professional Development, workshops | Tagged ,

401/501 – Defining Moments in Couples Therapy

Johnson, Susan 2016
Neuroscience in the Consulting Room

Understanding the neurobiology of the brain not only explains how change happens, it also translates into more effective psychotherapy. In this dynamic demonstration-workshop, a psychotherapist and a neuroscientist offer a dialogue demonstrating the relevance of neuroscience to the process of repairing couples relationships. Together the presenters will review recorded couples therapy sessions to explore how neurobiological insights can inform and help shape a therapist’s moment-by-moment decision-making. You’ll learn how to:

  • “Read” clients’ facial and body language as outward signs of their brain function and emotional processing—and use this knowledge to select and time interventions more effectively
  • Make your interventions more efficient by tapping into the processes of relational regulation
  • Determine when clients can’t self-soothe or access higher brain functions and intervene accordingly

Continued with workshop 501.

Susan Johnson, EdD, the developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples and Families, is the director of ICEEFT – The International Center for Excellence in EFT. She’s also the author of Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love and Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships.

James Coan, PhD, associate professor of clinical psychology at the University of Virginia, is the recipient of the Association for Psychological Science’s Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions. He’s the author of The Handbook of Emotion Elicitation and Assessment.

Posted in All Day, Couples, Kids, and Families, Mind, Body, and Brain, Saturday Morning: 11 A.M. – 1 P.M., Saturday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., workshops | Tagged , , , ,

403/503 – What the Brain Needs for Transformational Change

Ecker, Bruce 2016
Using Memory Reconsolidation in Your Everyday Practice

New neuroscientific advances in memory reconsolidation enable us to achieve therapeutic breakthroughs with previously unheard of consistency. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to engage the brain’s process that decommissions implicit memories and the myriad symptoms they drive, such as PTSD, compulsive behaviors, and insecure attachment. You’ll find out how it underlies the effectiveness of a wide range of therapies and is key to achieving transformational change. Videos and live demonstration will show you how to mobilize the brain’s power to unlock and dissolve long-entrenched schemas, ego states,
parts, and emotional conditionings. Whatever your therapeutic approach, you’ll learn:

  • The series of steps that carry out the core process of profound unlearning
  • How to swiftly find key emotional schemas generating symptoms
  • Why a “juxtaposition experience” is essential for transformational change

Continued with workshop 503.

Bruce Ecker, MA, LMFT, is codirector of the Coherence Psychology Institute and coauthor of Unlocking the Emotional Brain and Depth Oriented Brief Therapy.

Sara Bridges, PhD, is codirector of the Coherence Psychology Institute, associate professor at the University of Memphis, and coeditor of the series Studies in Meaning.

Posted in All Day, Mind, Body, and Brain, Personal and Professional Development, Saturday Morning: 11 A.M. – 1 P.M., Saturday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., workshops | Tagged , , , , ,

404/504 – When Meditation Isn’t Enough

Schwartz, Richard 2016
Going Beyond Acceptance to Self-Compassion

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.

Posted in All Day, Anxiety, Depression and Trauma, Mind, Body, and Brain, Saturday Morning: 11 A.M. – 1 P.M., Saturday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., workshops | Tagged , , , ,

405/505 – Healing Early Relational Injuries

Napier, Nancy 2016
A Body-Based Approach

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.

Posted in All Day, Anxiety, Depression and Trauma, Mind, Body, and Brain, Saturday Morning: 11 A.M. – 1 P.M., Saturday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., workshops | Tagged , , , ,

406/506 – Rewiring for Love

Atkinson, Brent 2016
Increasing the Capacity for Connection

An overwhelming body of research now suggests that clinicians rely too much on insight and understanding—and too little on repetitive practice—in promoting lasting change. In other words, weekly therapy sessions are no match for deeply conditioned and internalized emotional patterns. That’s why we need to help clients engage in daily practices that rewire their patterns of emotional response. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to help clients implement a reconditioning program that includes:

  • Accessing audio recordings and interactive, web-based tools that provide on-demand, personalized step-by-step guidance at the moments when they need it
  • Implementing practice protocols that deliberately restimulate and interrupt old emotional reactions through visualization, relaxation, and mental rehearsal
  • Engaging in “sustained inviting” practices that prime and strengthen the brain’s intimacy circuits, boosting naturally occurring feelings of empathy, playfulness, and desire
  • Using smartphone technology to create a system of reminders, protocols, and check-in procedures that enhance follow-through

Continued with workshop 506.

Brent Atkinson, PhD, is director of post-graduate training at the Couples Research Institute and professor emeritus at Northern Illinois University. He’s the author of Couples Therapy: Advances from Neurobiology and the Science of Intimate Relationships.

Posted in All Day, Couples, Kids, and Families, Mind, Body, and Brain, Personal and Professional Development, Saturday Morning: 11 A.M. – 1 P.M., Saturday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., workshops | Tagged , , , ,

409/509 – Energy Psychology Enters the Mainstream

Feinstein, David 2016
A Power Tool for Your Practice

Now that the body of peer-reviewed scientific research has lent credibility to the emerging field of Energy Psychology, skeptical therapists have increasingly incorporated tapping protocols into their usual methods to boost their effectiveness. This workshop will demonstrate how to use a variation of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), the most popular form of energy psychology, based on tapping selected acupuncture points while target scenes are mentally activated. You’ll learn:

  • A basic tapping routine you can use with clients and apply in your own life
  • How to use EFT with PTSD, anxiety issues, relationship conflict, and other difficult conditions
  • How to integrate EFT with your current methods to regulate emotional over-arousal and escalating patterns of reactivity while creating greater personal empowerment

Continued with workshop 509.

David Feinstein, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who served on the faculties of the John’s Hopkins University School of Medicine and Antioch College. His books have won eight national awards, including the USA Book News Best Psychology/Mental Health Book of 2007.

Posted in All Day, Mind, Body, and Brain, Personal and Professional Development, Saturday Morning: 11 A.M. – 1 P.M., Saturday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., workshops | Tagged , , , , ,

410/510 – Working with the “Difficult” Male Client

Wexler, David 2016
How to Get Beyond Shame-o-phobia

Therapists often fail to create a user-friendly environment for reluctant male clients. The problem begins with a lack of awareness about how men fear having their shame and vulnerability exposed. This workshop will teach you about the mismatch between men’s relational style and the touchy-feely atmosphere of most counseling, and how to engage even “difficult” or “defensive” men and move them to the next level of intimacy and authenticity. You’ll learn to:

  • Recognize the defenses and perception of shame that keep men from confronting their emotions
  • Develop enhanced skills in building a therapeutic relationship with men based on straightforward guidance and “guy talk,” rather than ambiguous therapy-speak
  • Use specific techniques to counteract male relational dread and coach men to communicate in a related way
  • Help a man’s partner learn how to bring out his best qualities, without becoming codependent

Continued with workshop 510.

David Wexler, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and the executive director of the Relationship Training Institute. He’s the author of six books, including Men in Therapy and When Good Men Behave Badly.

Posted in All Day, Couples, Kids, and Families, Mind, Body, and Brain, Personal and Professional Development, Saturday Morning: 11 A.M. – 1 P.M., Saturday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., Uncategorized, workshops | Tagged , ,

411/511 – A New Model for Private Practice

A Mind-Body Approach

Increasingly, therapists are looking for alternatives to the timeworn, office-bound rigidity of traditional private practice. This workshop offers a new vision of the private practice format: inclusion of an educational group process that can be used in a wide variety of settings with many different populations—people suffering from common problem like depression, anxiety, chronic illness, and trauma, as well as other healthcare professionals and community leaders. You’ll learn how to:

  • Teach members self-awareness and self-care through guided meditation, drawing, journaling, movement, and other mind–body skills.
  • Transition from the usual therapist role to one of group leader, educator, guide, and coach
  • Develop a business model for both expanding your practice and reaching large numbers of people you might not otherwise serve

Continued with workshop 511.

James Gordon, MD, a psychiatrist, is the founder and executive director of the Center for Mind–Body Medicine and clinical professor in the departments of psychiatry and family medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He’s the author of Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey out of Depression. His group work with war-traumatized Gazan and Israeli children was featured on 60 Minutes.

Posted in All Day, Mind, Body, and Brain, Personal and Professional Development, Saturday Morning: 11 A.M. – 1 P.M., Saturday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., workshops | Tagged , ,

413/513 – An Introduction to Brainspotting

Processing Trauma without Talking About It

Symptoms of unprocessed trauma—including dissociation, numbing, and chronic anxiety—are notoriously difficult to eliminate through talk therapy. The reason: the overwhelmed brain is unable to process verbal information about the events. But Brainspotting, a brain-based method for clearing trauma blockage without clients having to talk about it, nurtures the capacity for natural self-healing. Through demonstrations and participation, you’ll explore how to:

  • Identify specific eye movements, including wobbles and microsaccades, as well as other facial cues and reflexes that reveal specific “spots” in the brain associated with the activation of trauma
  • Guide traumatized clients to attend to their inner experience as they move through dissociative blocks and maximize a process of self-healing
  • Develop skills that allow you to pay attention to your interactions with clients while also staying attuned to the internal brain changes reflected in their eye movements

Continued with workshop 513.

David Grand, PhD, is the developer of Brainspotting and has trained more than 8,000 therapists internationally. He’s the author of Brainspotting: The Revolutionary New Therapy for Rapid and Effective Change.

Posted in All Day, Mind, Body, and Brain, Personal and Professional Development, Saturday Morning: 11 A.M. – 1 P.M., Saturday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., workshops | Tagged , , , ,

414/514 – Saying No to Psychiatric Meds

Naiman, Rubin 2016
An Integrative Approach to Mental Health

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.

Posted in All Day, Anxiety, Depression and Trauma, Mind, Body, and Brain, Saturday Morning: 11 A.M. – 1 P.M., Saturday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., workshops | Tagged , ,

417 – How to Uplift Your Clients

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

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.

Posted in Anxiety, Depression and Trauma, Mind, Body, and Brain, Personal and Professional Development, Saturday Morning: 11 A.M. – 1 P.M., workshops | Tagged , , ,

423 – Helping Clients Get Centered

Weintraub, Amy 2016  22 large
Yoga Skills in the Consulting Room

Have you ever considered using yoga skills to help clients focus, relax, and access their feelings during sessions and at home? After all, the work of therapy can’t begin in earnest if the client’s mind is racing with anxiety, fogged by depression, or so tense that the entire body is locked in place. To counter that, this workshop will present a variety of no-mat yoga practices to help quiet mental chatter, reduce bodily tension, and promote heightened awareness. You’ll discover how to:

  • Assess anxious clients who may benefit from calming yoga breath practices
  • Introduce depressed clients to meditations and imaging practices that enhance focus
  • Integrate a range of other techniques—including healing hand gestures, mantras, and guided imagery—to increase self-compassion and affirm the therapeutic bond

Amy Weintraub, MFA, ERYT-500, and author of Yoga Skills for Therapists and Yoga for Depression directs the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute, which offers trainings for health and yoga professionals worldwide.

Posted in Mind, Body, and Brain, Saturday Morning: 11 A.M. – 1 P.M., workshops | Tagged , , ,

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

Fosha, Diana 2016
Avoiding the Common Pitfalls

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.

Posted in Anxiety, Depression and Trauma, Mind, Body, and Brain, Personal and Professional Development, Saturday Afternoon: 3 P.M. – 5 P.M., workshops | Tagged , , , , , ,