Mind, Body, and Brain

528 – A New Approach to Self-Care

Bush, Ashley Davis 2016
How Small and Frequent Can Be the Key to Achieving Balance

Most therapists pay lip service to the idea that self-care is important in guarding against compassion fatigue and burnout. But lack of time, energy, and resources often make self-care techniques feel like just another item to check off on a long to-do list. The solution: bring self-care into the office every day, throughout the day. In this workshop, you’ll learn six specific restorative exercises, including:

  • How to punctuate the day with moments to clear your head and make space for yourself
  • Physical movements designed to relieve stress and loosen up the body and mind
  • Strategies to boost your energy during your work day
  • How to reduce hyperarousal during a session with a client
  • Ways to ground yourself at the end of the day before transitioning to home

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 Simple Self-Care for Therapists.

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601 – Hardwiring Happiness

From Passing States to Lasting Traits

We all need inner strengths such as resilience, confidence, and feeling cared about to bolster us through life—strengths largely derived from our positive experiences of them. Unfortunately, the brain’s evolved negativity bias, which makes it like Velcro for the bad and Teflon for the good, creates a kind of bottleneck that blocks the conversion of positive mental states into positive neural traits. Unless it’s addressed, this bottleneck limits the benefits of our efforts to heal and grow, including through psychotherapy. This workshop will explore lessons from the neuropsychology of emotional learning for:

  • Overcoming the negativity bias
  • Promoting key positive experiences that meet our core needs for safety, satisfaction, and connection
  • Enriching and absorbing these experiences to install them in neural structure

Rick Hanson, PhD, is a neuropsychologist and New York Times bestselling author. A Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, he’s been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide.

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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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608 – Treating the Traumatized Adolescent

D'Onofrio, Amelio 2016
How to Work with Rage, Terror, Shame, and Despair

Trauma often results in the loss of secure attachment, especially for children and adolescents who’ve lost hope that others can be supportive, protective, and caring. As a result, traumatized youth often find it difficult to trust that a therapist has their best interests at heart, which can increase the likelihood of volatile treatment sessions. In this workshop, you’ll explore how to create the sense of secure attachment needed for effective treatment. Discover how to:

  • Create a safe therapeutic climate by establishing clear ground rules for treatment and how to best communicate those rules to clients
  • Follow the sequential steps in the mentalization process and separate the effects of our own unresolved traumas from the emotional storm states of our clients
  • Identify the transferential triggers of the client’s past traumatic relationships and how to repair the ruptures when they’re enacted in therapy

Amelio D’Onofrio, PhD, is clinical professor and director of the Psychological Services Institute at Fordham University. He is also founder of The Florence Seminars in Mental Health in Florence, Italy. He is the author of Adolescent Self-injury: A Comprehensive Guide for Counselors and Health Care Professionals.

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610 – A Food-Peace Tool Kit

Dillon, Julie Duffy 2016
A Therapist’s Primer on Diet and Weight

The diet industry takes in 60 billion dollars a year by urging us to follow rigid meal plans, submit to painful exercise regimens, and distrust our bodies. But while it promises weight loss, the research suggests weight increases and quality of life decreases when people diet. So how are we to respond to clients seeking help with weight loss? This workshop will open up an opportunity for you to reconsider how you communicate about nutrition, exercise, and body size, as well as how you currently experience your own body and eating habits. In this workshop, you’ll learn to:

  • Assess current medical and cultural messages about health, nutrition, and body size and how that affects the psychotherapy experience
  • Describe health promoting nutrition and exercise paradigms that prevent disordered eating, weight cycling, and body dissatisfaction
  • Explore strategies for clients affected by Binge Eating Disorder to navigate their own recovery

Julie Duffy Dillon, RD, NCC, is a registered dietitian, eating disorder specialist, and food behavior expert and the founding dietitian of the BirdHouse Nutrition Therapy dietitian private practice. She is also host of the Love, Food podcast series.

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611 – Addictive Behavior as the Problem

The Hidden Role of Trauma

It’s no secret that many therapists consider the field of addictions treatment to be dangerous foreign territory with its own special language and methods. But increasingly, therapists and substance abuse professionals alike have begun to recognize the connection between addictive behavior and traumatic life experience. In this workshop, we’ll present an approach to addictive behavior that:

  • Focuses on the interactive relationship between the underlying trauma symptoms and the impulse to “use” to regulate unbearable feelings and sensations
  • Provides a meaning-making component that lessens shame and offers inspiration to live a “life beyond trauma”
  • Integrates Sensorimotor Psychotherapy techniques that teach clients how to regulate their nervous systems, decrease anxiety, tolerate sadness and loneliness, and ground themselves both physically and emotionally
  • Engages the client’s right brain through drawing, diagramming, movement and gesture, as well as utilizing traditional cognitive interventions

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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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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617 – Hakomi

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Observing Implicit Memory at Work

While traditional talk therapy relies largely on conscious awareness, research shows that explicit brain functions have only limited impact on our feelings and behaviors. In this experiential workshop, we’ll explore how to use Hakomi’s mind–body approach to dyadic mindfulness to tap into often ignored implicit brain functions—the learned but not remembered—that promote self-regulation and self-compassion. You’ll learn how to:

  • Use dyadic mindfulness to foster exploration of the core beliefs shaping the client’s difficulties and secure attachment in the therapy relationship
  • Combine mindfulness and somatic methods to rewire neural connections and heal early wounding
  • Help clients discover the difference between observing rather than reflecting on moment-to-moment experience

Halko Weiss, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and cofounder of the Hakomi Institute. He’s the author of six books, including The Handbook of Body Psychotherapy and Somatic Psychology and Hakomi: Mindfulness Centered Somatic Psychotherapy.

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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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