Personal and Professional Development

225 – The New World of Clinical Virtual Reality

Rizzo, Skip 2016
A Visit to the Future of Therapy Practice
SKIP RIZZO

Since the 1990s, virtual reality (VR) has rapidly evolved from an expensive computer toy into an affordable, increasingly popular clinical tool for assessing, managing, and treating such conditions as anxiety disorders, PTSD, acute pain, autism spectrum disorder, and ADHD. In this comprehensive overview of the therapeutic applications of VR, you’ll see a hands-on demo if the PTSD treatment system and also learn how to:

  • Enhance exposure therapy with anxiety disorders and PTSD through immersing clients in simulated experiences
  • Add a new treatment dimension to cognitive and motor rehabilitation, as well as pain distraction
  • Use VR for highly interactive clinical training and as an online healthcare support
  • Advance the clinical research and practice by leveraging the immersive and interactive companenets of the technology in such a fashion as to be considered “the ultimate Skinner box.”

Albert “Skip” Rizzo, PhD, is a psychologist and research professor at USC Davis School of Gerontology and USC Keck School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. He directs the Medical VR Lab at the USC Institute for Creative Technolgies where he researches the design, development, and evaluation of VR systems targeting the areas of clinical assessment/treatment, rehabilitation, and resilience.

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315 – The New Era of Brain-Based Psychotherapy (Clinical Showcase*)

Feinstein, David 2016
Energy Psychology and Brainspotting under the Microscope
DAVID FEINSTEIN, DAVID GRAND & STEPHEN PORGES

Recent years have seen a cascade of innovative psychotherapies claiming to routinely achieve dramatic breakthroughs without relying on many of the fundamental features of traditional talk therapy. Using videos of clinical sessions, this workshop will focus on two of the most influential of these approaches, Emotional Freedom Technique and Brainspotting, exploring how the practical clinical procedures used by each model trigger the neurobiological changes that can result in rapid therapeutic improvement. Moderating the discussion will be noted neuroscientist Stephen Porges, developer of the Polyvagal Theory. Among the topics covered will be:

  • What talk therapists can learn from EFT’s tapping procedure
  • How the methods of Brainspotting can be integrated into talk therapy
  • What concrete clinical advances have been fueled by neuroscience

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.

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.

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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320 – Promoting Positive Caregiving

Jacobs, Barry 2016
Gratitude and Meaning in Caring for Aging Parents
BARRY JACOBS & JULIA MAYER

While caring for aging parents is often portrayed as a physical, psychological, and financial burden, there’s a growing body of research suggesting that caregivers can derive important benefits from their role, including increased life satisfaction and even improved health. In fact, caregivers have the potential to get stronger as they gain the skills to provide care more effectively, even in the face of a loved one’s decline. This workshop will explore how therapists can enable caregivers to experience the growth potential in their caregiving mission by:

  • Clarifying clients’ sense of purpose in deciding to provide hands-on care
  • Normalizing ambivalence and frustration as they struggle to accept caregiving’s inherent self-sacrifices
  • Teaching intentional practices—including mindful awareness, present engagement, daily reflection, and prospective retrospection—to help them savor the meaning of their undertaking
  • Identify and nurture positive beliefs that will sustain caregiving, as opposed to negative thoughts that sap hope and sabotage the will to care

Barry Jacobs, PsyD, is the director of behavioral sciences for the Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program and the author of The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers. He’s on the Caregiver Advisory Panel and writes a monthly column for AARP.

Julia Mayer, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist who’s specialized in women’s identity, caregiver, and relationship issues for over 20 years. She’s the author of A Fleeting State of Mind as well as columns for WebMD and HealthCentral.

 

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324 – Treating Domestic Violence Offenders

Stosny_Steven 2016
How to Access Core Values
STEVEN STOSNY

Outrage at a video of NFL running back Ray Rice punching his fiancée unconscious brought massive media attention to the problem of domestic violence. But the media focus on the importance of abusers being punished ignored the question of how to actually help them change their behavior. This workshop takes the position that abusers are most likely to change when they access their own deeper values concerning the kind of partner or parent they want to be. It will demonstrate an approach that emphasizes helping men practice alternative ways to express resentment and find more prosocial ways to experience themselves as powerful in their families. You’ll explore how to:

  • Guide men to regularly practice incompatible response strategies as an alternative to abusing those around them
  • Help men ally with the person they want to be and learn to feel compassion for themselves
  • Help men use their own deepest values as a motivation for change

Steven Stosny, PhD, is the director of Compassion Power. He’s the author of Love without Hurt and coauthor of How to Improve Your Marriage without Talking about It. His most recent book is Living and Loving after Betrayal.

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326 – What Therapists Need to Know about the Digital World

Weiss, Robert 2016
Closer Together, Farther Apart
ROBERT WEISS

In the 1960s, we experienced the Generation Gap. Today a Technology Gap exists between tech-novice therapists and their app- and device-savvy clients. This workshop will bring you up to speed on what you need to know about the myriad ways in which social and virtual media are changing the ways younger clients think, behave, and relate to others. Learn about:

  • Sexuality and the web: an overview of the world of dating sites, hook-up sites, cybersex, and cyber porn
  • Cyberbullying: a comprehensive survey of how the Internet can be used to humiliate and intimidate
  • How to differentiate social media outlets: understanding their distinctive cultures and users
  • How to distinguish normal from pathological immersion in the world of the web

Note: This workshop fulfills many state-board requirements for training in cultural competency.

Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S, is senior vice president of clinical development for Elements Behavioral Health. Speaker, clinician and author of seven books on human intimacy and sexuality, he currently blogs for The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and PsychCentral.com.

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327 – The Sexually Well-Informed Clinician

Kerner, Ian 2016
Going beyond Masters and Johnson
IAN KERNER

Did you know that the clitoris has 18 different parts that each play a role in sexual function? Or that men regularly experience three different types of erections? Knowledge is power, and nowhere is that truer than in the practice of sex therapy at a time when the science of sexuality is expanding exponentially. In this workshop, you’ll learn how the latest advances in sexual science can guide your treatment planning and extend your therapeutic effectiveness with issues of desire, arousal, and orgasm. We’ll focus on how to:

  • Connect with your clients around “hard to talk about” sex issues and build a therapeutic alliance that will encourage them to open up
  • Assess for a range of presenting issues, including low desire, mismatched libido, premature ejaculation, erectile disorder, delayed ejaculation, among others
  • Formulate a sex therapy case and develop a treatment plan that integrates insight-based psychotherapy, CBT, experiential exercises, and homework assignments
  • Understand the latest research on issues like spontaneous vs. responsive desire, arousal noncordance, dual control model, and sexual fluidity.

Ian Kerner, PhD, LMFT, is a nationally recognized sex therapist and former writer of a weekly column for CNN Health. He’s also the author of She Comes First and Passionista.

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328 – Right Brain to Right Brain

Leven, Daniel 2016
Embodying the Therapeutic Connection
DANIEL LEVEN

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.

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403/503 – What the Brain Needs for Transformational Change

Ecker, Bruce 2016
Using Memory Reconsolidation in Your Everyday Practice
BRUCE ECKER & SARA BRIDGES

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.

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406/506 – Rewiring for Love

Atkinson, Brent 2016
Increasing the Capacity for Connection
BRENT ATKINSON

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.

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407/507 – The Power of the Therapeutic Contract

Love, Pat 2016
Establishing the Conditions for Therapeutic Success
PAT LOVE & EVA BERLANDER

In our eagerness to help clients, we often fail in the most fundamental tasks of therapy—clearly defining the presenting issue, agreeing upon the clients’ desired goals, and getting a realistic contract for the change. Without these elements in place, treatment can turn into a meandering game of hide-and-seek. Join us for an examination of how getting therapy started in the right way can dramatically boost your outcomes. We’ll explore how to:

  • Clearly define client goals in positive, specific, measurable terms
  • Help clients distinguish between “problem” and “problem-solving” states of mind
  • Use regular feedback to keep treatment on track and moving forward
  • Think of the contract as your compass, leading to the treatment’s goals

Continued with workshop 507.

Pat Love, EdD, a relationship consultant and marriage and family therapist, has authored/co-authored six books including the 2015 release You’re Tearing Us Apart: Ways We Wreck Our Relationships and Strategies to Fix Them.

Eva Berlander, PhD, a relationship consultant and marriage and family therapist, is the author of You Can Make it Happen; How Breakthroughs in Neuroscience Can Transform Relationships and the coauthor of You’re Tearing Us Apart.

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408/508 – Ethics Made Fun

Mitchell, Clifton 2016
A Game Show Approach
CLIFTON MITCHELL

We all want to do what’s ethical, but slogging through most ethics courses can be a tiresome bore. Not this time! This workshop (back by popular demand) features a game show that we promise will be entertaining, engaging, and high-spirited. Participants will be divided into teams and equipped with electronic remotes for shooting answers to a computer-generated scoring system. Along the way, you’ll explore some of the most perplexing legal and ethical quandaries, including:

  • Aspirational ethics, insurance fraud, treatment mandates, advertising, and duty to treat
  • Informed consent, confidentiality, court records, dual relationships, duty to warn, confidentiality, informed consent and malpractice
  • Child abuse, statutory rape, suicide, duty to warn, and scope of practice

Continued with workshop 508.

NOTE: This workshop fulfills many state board requirements for training in ethics and risk management. It repeats the game show format used in previous years.

Clifton Mitchell, PhD, is an international clinical trainer with over 24 years of training experience. He’s a professor at East Tennessee State University and the author of Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients.

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409/509 – Energy Psychology Enters the Mainstream

Feinstein, David 2016
A Power Tool for Your Practice
DAVID FEINSTEIN

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.

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