Personal and Professional Development

523 – The Conduct-Disordered Client

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Overcoming Invisible Stigma

The key to working effectively with conduct-disordered clients is helping them transform overwhelming feelings of rage and helplessness into constructive action. This workshop will demonstrate approaches to addressing the roots of oppositional behavior—the internal sense of being worthless and irredeemable. We’ll explore ways of addressing the fears of social rejection and isolation that can sabotage clients’ everyday interactions with peers, family members, and employers by:

  • Promoting prosocial thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that can help clients engage with others
  • Coaching clients to create an internal foundation for believing they are worthy of friendship, love, and connection
  • Teaching social skills for working collaboratively with others, using effective praise and gaining positive attention from others

Robert Hull, MA, ED, MHS, a career educator, special education administrator, and school psychologist in the Prince George’s County Public School system, is an expert in implementing evidence-based practice into strategies that lead to desired outcomes. He’s the co-editor of Supporting and Educating Traumatized Students.

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524 – Working with Aging Men

Avoiding the “Grumpy Old Man” Trap

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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527 – Sex, Tech, and Addiction

Weiss, Robert 2016
How the Digital World is Affecting Human Intimacy, Relationships, and Sexuality

When we talked about addictions in the past, we usually meant being hooked on substances, such as alcohol or drugs. Today, however, the instant access, affordability, and anonymity of the Internet has created an escalation of related relationship and sexual behavior problems ranging from teens viewing porn to sexting, hookup apps, and porn addiction. This workshop will provide a framework to help therapists understand how to assess for and examine nonoffending online sexual behavior problems. You’ll learn how to:

  • Assess for the impact of intimacy disorders and sexual addiction on clients’ behavior and intimate relationships
  • Understand how spouses and
    partners can be affected by online compulsions and addictions
  • Plan a treatment strategy for
    managing nonoffending, compulsive behavioral disorders
  • Find client and clinician resources for treating online addictions

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

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528 – A New Approach to Self-Care

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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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529 – Enhance Your Online Presence

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The Key to a More Effective Web Site

As the Internet has revolutionized the therapy marketplace, it’s become increasingly critical for people to easily find you online. While the process of being search engine optimized might seem daunting, what it takes to get there might surprise you. This workshop highlights the concrete steps to leveraging the Internet. All participants must bring a laptop. You’ll learn how to:

  • Drive traffic to your web site and make it more findable over many search phrases
  • Position yourself as an expert in your field and an expert in your market
  • Market to a huge database of potential clients without breaking the bank
  • Ensure your online presence benchmarks favorably with local providers

Note: This workshop doesn’t qualify for continuing education for

Denise Marshall, business development manager at, works with over 150 associations and organizations in the healthcare industry, helping them grow their practice and develop an effective online presence.

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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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603 – How Therapy Can Enhance Psychopharmacology

Separating Myths from Reality

Many therapists feel that talking about meds with their clients is beyond their purview. But this workshop presents a model for helping therapists become more informed and effective in working with their clients on medication issues in ways that will enhance the success of the meds and deepen the therapeutic process. In addition, you’ll learn about the latest advances in psychopharmacology and sort through what research is revealing about the many debates and controversies surrounding the use of meds.

  • Distinguish between the biological and psychological components of psychiatric symptoms and learn how to work with both
  • Elicit clients’ attitude and responses to medication, including fear of becoming dependent or uncovering wounds and vulnerabilities
  • Review the best prescribing practices for medications and dosage for a range of disorders
  • Work with your own feelings and beliefs around meds that can get in the way of the therapeutic process

Frank Anderson, MD, is a psychiatrist as well as a psychotherapist. He’s the chairman of the Foundation for Self Leadership and a supervisor at the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute.

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604 – Dr. Jekyll Meets Mr. Hyde

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Making Therapy Stick

As therapists, we’re often so focused on helping our clients make significant progress during therapy that we pay less attention to helping them maintain these gains after therapy ends. But research shows that in the throes of life stresses, clients often revert to the negative habits that brought them to therapy in the first place, rather than use their newly learned insights and coping strategies. In this workshop, we’ll focus on how to make positive change stick in the long run by exploring:

  • The principles of relapse prevention and how to help clients retrain their brains to default to new, positive habits that will override older negative habits
  • How take-home strategies—like sending clients monthly checklists—can help them stay on track with their therapeutic goals
  • How to help clients become sensitive to their personal triggers and warning signals to stop regression in its tracks

Steven Stosny, PhD, is the director of Compassion Power. He’s the author of Love without Hurt and the coauthor of How to Improve Your Marriage without Talking about It. His most recent book is Living and Loving after Betrayal: How to Heal from Emotional Abuse, Deceit, Infidelity, & Chronic Resentment.

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605 – Therapy and the Dying Client

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Saying Goodbye with Meaning and Purpose

As baby boomers are now more than ever facing their own mortality, therapists are being called upon to play an increasingly important role in the last chapter of life. While therapists often receive education in grief, they typically have very little understanding of the dying client and what it means to complete life well. What they often fail to understand is that the death shapes the grief. Complicated death easily turns into a complicated grief for the family. The presenter will share from his experiences sitting at countless deathbeds how to help clients find a good death and say goodbye with meaning and purpose. We’ll examine how to:

  • Understand the impact of assisted suicide death laws on the therapist’s role
  • Help dying clients embrace the regrets of the past and face an uncertain future
  • Turn death from a time of victimhood to meaningful intentionality

David Kessler, MN, RN, is one of the world’s foremost experts on death and grief and author of five bestselling books, two with Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and one with Louise Hay. His first book, The Needs of the Dying, received praise from Mother Theresa. He is founder of, which has been a resource to over one million visitors.

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607 – An Introduction to Dialectical Behavior Therapy

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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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612 – Internet Marketing Bootcamp for the Overwhelmed Clinician

Bavonese, Joe 2016
Mastering New Strategies for Generating Referrals

Although the Internet has become the biggest referral source for private practitioners, many therapists feel overwhelmed when trying to keep up with all the latest marketing approaches, newest mobile devices (which now account for 60% of searches for therapy), and other ways to promote their practices online. Designed for both beginners and advanced computer users, this workshop will eliminate overwhelm by offering proven methods—both free and paid—to tap into this abundant source of referrals. You’ll learn how to apply the latest approaches to e-marketing to:

  • Design the content of your website to maximize the probability of converting visitors to clients
  • Position your website in a way that generates consistent local referrals
  • Create an effective paid advertising campaign for your practice on Google or Facebook
  • Differentiate between the hype and reality of Social Media marketing

Note: This workshop doesn’t qualify for continuing education for psychologists.

Joe Bavonese, PhD, a licensed psychologist, is director of the Relationship Institute and cofounder of Uncommon Practices, a business-training organization for therapists.

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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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618 – An Introduction to Coaching

Austin, Leslie 2016
Exploring an Alternative Career Pathway

Despite all the parallels between therapy and coaching, relatively few therapists have been able to launch successful coaching practices. This workshop will focus on three key elements in becoming a successful coach: establishing a solid business model, understanding how the goals and boundaries of coaching differ from therapy, and mastering some simple branding and marketing techniques to draw new clients to your coaching practice. In this dynamic workshop, you’ll:

  • Explore the similarities and differences between coaching and psychotherapy
  • Examine the legal, business, and licensing issues necessary to develop a sustainable business model as a coach
  • Determine how to effectively brand your practice in order to successfully introduce yourself into the mental health marketplace

Note: This workshop doesn’t qualify for continuing education for psychologists.

Leslie Austin, PhD, has been an executive coach, consultant, and psychotherapist for over 20 years. She’s an adjunct faculty member at New York University’s School of Professional Studies, teaching courses in coaching, leadership, and management.

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620 – Keeping the Inspiration Alive (Special Symposium Wrap-Up)

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Engage Both Sides of Your Brain to Maximize Your Learnings

Don’t let the energy and inspiration of the Symposium fade before you have a chance to truly integrate new ideas into your life and work. In this experiential workshop, you’ll use the latest understanding of how the human brain works to maximize the Symposium’s practical benefits through nonverbal movement as well as the use of writing and visual art. Join us to:

  • Use cognitive strategies and mind–body approaches to highlight your most meaningful Symposium learnings
  • Heighten your own motivation as you learn new strategies for achieving personal growth
  • Commit to a concrete vision of how to embrace new personal and professional possibilities in your life once you return home

Jody Wager, MS, BC-DMT, is the director of the expressive therapy department at Dominion Hospital and the president of the American Dance Therapy Association.

Naomi Nim, EdD, BC-DMT, LPC, NCC, is a psychotherapist and board-certified dance/movement therapist.

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