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201/301 – To Stay Or Go?

Doherty, William 2016
Working with the Mixed Agenda Couple

It’s not easy when a couple enters treatment unsure about whether to dissolve a marriage or try to save it—especially when each partner leans in a different direction. These “mixed agenda” couples present challenges for even the most skilled couples therapist, particularly since successful couples therapy usually depends on both partners being at least nominally invested in working on the relationship. This workshop will demonstrate an approach called Discernment Counseling that helps partners develop clarity and confidence about whether to divorce or work on their relationship in therapy. You’ll discover how to:

  • Identify mixed agenda couples and avoid common mistakes in treatment, such as siding with the distancer or holding back hope because one spouse is not “in”
  • Help both parties own their contributions to the marital problems and weigh the pros and cons of exiting the marriage or trying couples therapy
  • Develop a detailed protocol of joint and separate conversations with spouses to clarify each partner’s goals and focus on what they can learn from the crisis of divorce

Continued with workshop 301.

William Doherty, PhD, is a professor and director of the Minnesota Couples on the Brink Project at the University of Minnesota. His books include Take Back Your Marriage, Take Back Your Kids and Medical Family Therapy with Susan McDaniel and Jeri Hepworth.

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202/302 – Engaging Men in Attachment-Focused Therapy

Fosha, Diana 2016
Exploring the Neurobiology of Sex Differences

Far fewer men than women are making use of psychotherapy, even though the rate of serious problems among men—such as alcoholism, ADHD, and suicidality—are far higher. One reason is that basic therapeutic practices are more congruent with women’s ways of engaging than with men’s. Making use of clinical videotapes, this workshop will show you how to work with men’s attachment trauma and intense emotions, and simultaneously undo the shame men often feel about being in therapy. You’ll discover how to:

  • Use gender-specific, attachment-based interventions to engage men more fully in the therapeutic process
  • Incorporate the practice of dyadic mindfulness to consolidate therapeutic gains, foster resilience, and deepen the experience of feeling seen, felt, and understood
  • Apply meta-therapeutic processing to help men explore their experience in the moment, especially when positive change occurs, in ways that can feel empowering

Continued with workshop 302.

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, as well as many papers on healing transformational processes in experiential therapy and trauma treatment.

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203/303 – The Healing Power of Self-Compassion

Desmond, Tim 2016
Advanced Clinical Tools and Cutting-Edge Science

From depression and anxiety to addiction and trauma, a lack of self-compassion is at the core of nearly every presenting problem. Luckily, neuroscience has demonstrated that through practice, self-compassion is a skill that can regulate emotions, transform negative core beliefs, and heal trauma. This highly interactive workshop brings together recent discoveries in neurobiology, cognitive science, and psychotherapy outcome research to give you a wealth of information about new developments that have huge implications for therapy, including:

  • Learning how the brain’s compassion center, which neuroscientists call the Care circuit, can be targeted and fortified using specific techniques
  • Self-compassion practices that have been adopted specifically for different kinds of presenting problems, including trauma, depression, and anxiety
  • How you can use self-compassion practices to enhance your relationships with clients and make your work more enjoyable and deeply fulfilling

Continued with workshop 303.

Tim Desmond, LMFT, is a psychotherapist, student of Thich Nhat Hanh, and cofounder of the Morning Sun Mindfulness Center in New Hampshire who trains therapists in mindfulness and self-compassion practices. He is also the author of Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy.

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204/304 – Getting Through to Inner-City Youth

Discovering the Untapped Hero Within

Look into the troubled lives of many impoverished inner-city youth and you’ll often discover a walled-off history of unacknowledged loss. This workshop will broaden your understanding of how social context can breed traumatic injury and offers a fresh look at the importance of uncovering the buried impact of trauma in the lives of acting-out
youth. We’ll focus on how to:

  • Maintain an effective, empathic therapeutic alliance with kids who
    are nonresponsive, hostile, and even physically threatening
  • Develop a genogram-like Loss Diagram detailing the deaths of loved ones, serial placements in foster homes, and dislocations due to economic or family circumstances
  • Help clients discover and appreciate their positive traits and skills that helped them through tough times, which are the key resources they’ll need to move toward a better future

Continued with workshop 304.
Kenneth Hardy, PhD, is director of the Eikenberg Institute for Relationships
and professor of marriage and family
therapy at Drexel University.

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205/305 – Post-Traumatic Growth

Ferentz, Lisa 2016
From Devastation to Hope

Although it’s important for therapists to help clients process the painful and often demoralizing effects of trauma, it’s also crucial to nurture their potential for new possibilities of healing through post-traumatic growth. In fact, learning respectful ways to plant seeds of hope and resilience can make all the difference when working with trauma survivors. In this workshop, we’ll focus on:

  • The tangible markers of post-traumatic growth, such as new ways of relating to others, the rediscovery of personal strengths, and a newfound appreciation for life in general
  • Specific strategies—including writing exercises, role-playing, art, and guided imagery—to help clients connect with the concept of post-traumatic growth and their own journey
  •  How to use somatic resourcing and remembered resources to access clients’ inner wisdom

Continued with workshop 305.

Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA, a private practitioner, consultant, and educator specializing in trauma, is the founder of the Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy Training and Education and author of Treating Self-Destructive Behaviors in Trauma Survivors: A Clinician’s Guide and Letting Go of Self-Destructive Behaviors: A Workbook of Hope and Healing.

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206/306 – Rewiring the Brain to Enhance Attachment

Graham, Linda 2016
How to Make Love More Possible

When work with a client bogs down, it’s often because of early attachment wounds that lead to maladaptive coping strategies and impaired emotional regulation. They also derail the full development of the prefrontal cortex, the neural basis of emotional and relational intelligence. Helping clients strengthen their neural functioning and recover an “earned” inner base of resilience is one of the greatest rewards—and challenges—of therapy. Modern neuroscience illuminates which specific tools and techniques clinicians can use to help clients with different attachment styles, including:

  • Somatic-based tools such as power posing, affectionate breathing, and rewiring through movement to recover physiological equilibrium and emotional stability
  • Tools of memory reconsolidation to reduce the impact of trauma memories and enhance clients’ sense of self-worth
  • Practices of mindful self-compassion to shift out of the brain’s ruminative negative judgements and enhance self-acceptance

Continued with workshop 306.

Linda Graham, MFT, has a private psychotherapy practice and leads trainings nationwide on the emerging integration of relational psychology, mindfulness, and neuroscience. She’s the author of Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being.

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207/307 – Couples on the Brink

Real, Terry 2016
When Is Enough Enough?

We’ve all encountered couples for whom therapy is a last ditch attempt before calling it quits. But how do we, as therapists, decide whether to throw our weight behind the relationship or let it end? This session explores the impact our own values, childhood experiences, and old family roles have on how we help couples answer this momentous question. Through case histories and discussion, you’ll learn how to think about ways to proceed in the face of challenges such as when:

  • One partner is ambivalent about the relationship and clearly disengaged from therapy
  • Your own personal deal breakers, such as physical or psychological abuse, are part of the couple’s history
  • Addiction issues cloud the viability of the relationship’s future
  • The couple’s on the brink after betrayal or infidelity

Continued with workshop 307.

Terry Real, LICSW, is the author of the bestseller I Don’t Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression and has been featured on numerous national news programs. He’s been in private practice for 30 years and is the founder of The Relational Life Institute, where he teaches therapist trainings and workshops for couples.

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208/308 – Lessons of Loss

Neimeyer, Robert 2016
A New Approach to Grief Work

Death doesn’t end a relationship. In this workshop, we’ll explore a new way of doing grief work that helps the bereaved person say goodbye to one aspect of the relationship with a departed loved one while learning to acknowledge a continuing bond and a different kind of ongoing connection. We’ll learn a variety of ways to help clients face the challenge of grief by discovering how to:

  • Identify factors that complicate the experience of grief, such as insecure attachments and invisible/divided loyalties
  • Use meaning-making strategies such as restorative retellings of the death and reviewing the life imprint of the deceased on the client’s own life
  • Introduce imagined dialogues with the loved one to reaffirm love and resolve residual grief

Continued with workshop 308.

Robert Neimeyer, PhD, has published 28 books, including Techniques of Grief Therapy. He’s a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Memphis and maintains an active clinical practice. He served as president of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, and as chair of the International Work Group for Death, Dying, & Bereavement.

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209/309 – Creating a New Reality in Couples Therapy

Breaking Free of Weekly Sessions

Everything we’re learning about the brain and the challenge of transforming deeply engrained emotional patterns tells us that the weekly appointment approach of traditional therapy is a limiting, highly flawed format. To help couples create new realities and move into a fuller experience of intimate connectedness, we need to provide opportunities for more immersive learning that fully engages the mind, body, and spirit of both partners. This workshop presents an intensive approach to helping couples transform their relationship. You’ll learn:

  • A step-by-step, experiential, multiday format that can provide a powerful boost to once-a-week therapy for guiding couples to explore a new style of connection and intimacy
  • How to expand mutual empathy by teaching partners how to “visit” each other’s emotional neighborhoods and better understand even the most painful places in their psyches
  • Strategies for guiding each partner to meet in a “main square” that they can mutually inhabit in emotional alignment with each other

Continued with workshop 309.

Hedy Schleifer, MA, LMHC, an internationally known couples therapist and clinical trainer, is the founder of the Tikkun Learning Center and the originator of Encounter-centered Couples Therapy (EcCT).

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210/310 – Working the Edge in Healing Trauma

Heller, Diane 2016
Can Therapy Sometimes Be Too Safe?

While most therapists are sensitive to the hazards of retraumatizing clients by pushing them too far, too fast, what about the dangers of playing it too safe? When is too much risk avoidance a disservice to clients and an indication of the therapist’s overprotectiveness getting in the way of growth? In this workshop, we’ll look closely at how to understand clients’ threat threshold and establish an optimal pace in trauma recovery, drawing fully on their resilience and capacity for self-healing. Through video clips and demonstration, we’ll cover how to:

  • Use resourcing and other methods to set up corrective experiences with clients learning how to handle increasing arousal and discomfort
  • Recognize your own tendency to be overprotective and rescue vulnerable clients
  • Invite and empower clients to face manageable challenges and find ways to test their own limits

Continued with workshop 310.

Diane Poole Heller, PhD, is the creator of the Dynamic Attachment Re-Patterning Experience (DARe) Therapist Certification program, Therapy Mastermind Circle, and an established expert in Adult Attachment Theory and Trauma Resolution.

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211/311 – Harnessing the Power of Emotion in Families

Faller, George 2016
An Introduction to Emotionally Focused Family Therapy

By zeroing in on the underlying attachment needs, Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) offers a powerful, step-by-step process for transformational change. Learn how to help family members work through relational distress and past injuries to create new relational patterns for achieving deeper bonds and greater felt security. Whether you work with individuals, couples, or families, this training will show you how to create enactments in the consulting room that will deepen the impact of your work. In this workshop, we’ll:

  • Learn how to use the techniques and theoretical underpinning of EEFT to understand a family’s emotional dynamics, access attachment issues, and create new patterns of emotional healing
  • Recognize how protection patterns keep individuals from opening themselves to their vulnerability and block families’ natural ability to repair
  • Become familiar with the three-stage EFFT treatment process for achieving deeper connection, including how to create alliances with different family members, manage change events that access underlying vulnerabilities, and model positive new interaction patterns.

Continued with workshop 311.

George Faller, LMFT, is the founder of the New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy. He teaches at the Ackerman Institute for the Family and is the director of training at the Center for Hope and Renewal.

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212/312 – Mastering the Art of Empathic Confrontation

Behary, Wendy 2016 3
Beyond the Niceness Trap

Do you “play nice” and shy away from confrontation with evasive, oppressive, prickly, pompous, or narcissistic clients—even when you know that challenging them and setting limits is precisely what you should do? Then this is the workshop for you. You’ll learn specific strategies to address the discomfort, fears, and desire to be liked that can get in the way of your meeting the challenges such clients pose. Discover how to:

  • Say “no” with your face and body language, as you learn how not to look, act, or feel like a doormat
  • Use empathic confrontation to reengage with clients while also setting limits and holding them accountable
  • Identify and explore your own triggers to enhance your ability to differentiate between protecting clients and holding back from expressing truths that may be painful but necessary

Continued with workshop 312.

Wendy Behary, LCSW, is the founder and director of The Cognitive Therapy Center of New Jersey and The New Jersey Institute for Schema Therapy. She’s the author of Disarming the Narcissist and Let’s Face It!

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213/313 – The Challenge of Treating Complex PTSD

Barrett, Mary Jo 2014
What to Do When Things Get Messy and Uncomfortable


When working with trauma cases do you often see clients go into flight, fight, and/or freeze? Do they yell at you, insult you, or leave the session? Are there times you find yourself angry at your clients or just downright don’t like them? Do you recognize your own flight, fight, and/or freeze response? Welcome to the messy, often confusing world of trauma treatment. In this workshop, you’ll explore practical in-session techniques as well as a framework to help you recognize what’s happening when things heat up and get intense.

  • Focus on how to assess the client’s motivation, stage of change, and preferred mode of learning and how to build a therapeutic collaboration around it
  • Explore the importance of therapist transparency and how to empower clients by making the therapy process as safe and explicit as possible
  • Learn how to explore intra-family violence or include additional family members in your sessions

Continued with workshop 313.

Mary Jo Barrett, MSW, Executive Director and Founder, The Center for Contextual Change.  Creator of The Collaborative Change Model; A Meta Model for the Treatment of Complex Trauma.  Co-author of Treating Complex Trauma: A Relational Blueprint for Collaboration and Change.

Linda Stone Fish, MSW, PhD, the David B. Falk Endowed Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Syracuse University, is the author of Nurturing Queer Youth.

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214/314 – From Dysfunction to Erotic Discovery

Iasenza, Suzanne 2016
Transforming the Sexual Narrative

When couples come to therapy with problems involving desire, arousal, and orgasm, therapists often fall into the trap of thinking of them as somehow broken and in need of fixing. Instead, this workshop will offer an approach that guides couples from a state of disconnection to becoming a co-creative sexual discovery team exploring their own idiosyncratic pathway to pleasure. It will offer a three-part therapeutic process to help couples find alternatives to rigid scripts about what fulfilling sexuality is supposed to be like. You’ll learn how to:

  • Conduct a detailed sexual history for partners to help them understand their current sexual narratives and how to create more liberating stories
  • Empower both partners to make explicit their “menus” for preferred sexual activities as a way of expanding their repertoire for more genuine erotic satisfaction
  • Help couples use sensate focus as a meditative tool to enhance their sexual development

Continued with workshop 314.

Suzanne Iasenza, PhD, is faculty at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and the Postgraduate Program in Couples and Family Therapy of Adelphi University’s Derner Institute. She’s coeditor of Lesbians and Psychoanalysis: Revolutions in Theory and Practice and Lesbians, Feminism, and Psychoanalysis: The Second Wave.

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