Friday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

217 – Mastering the Anxiety Game

Wilson, Reid 2016
Teaching Clients to Welcome their Fears

Therapists are supposed to make clients safe and secure, creating a cozy haven from a cruel world, right? Well, when it comes to treating anxiety, there’s growing evidence that the quickest, most effective approach involves instructing them to ramp up their fears while telling themselves how much they welcome the experience. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to help clients shift their relationship with their fears and override the responses that perpetuate them. You’ll explore:

  • How to rapidly engage anxious clients in the therapeutic alliance and change their mindset toward their fears
  • Why the first step to changing an overwhelming response to anxiety is accepting the perceived threat as something the client can approach and change
  • Strategies to help clients transform their fear into a challenge to be met or a puzzle to be solved

Reid Wilson, PhD, is adjunct associate professor of psychiatry at the UNC School of Medicine and the author of Don’t Panic and Stopping the Noise in Your Head and coauthor of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents as well as Playing with Anxiety and Stop Obsessing! 

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218 – Playing to the Edge

Armstrong, Courtney 2016
Stretching Clients beyond Their Comfort Zones

Good therapy often involves moving beyond providing acceptance and safety to challenging clients to stretch beyond their comfort zones and try things they didn’t think they were capable of. But how do you effectively challenge clients without overwhelming them or running them off? In this workshop, you’ll learn the art of “playing to the edge,” a term used in yoga that means stretching just beyond your comfort zone without causing unnecessary or counterproductive pain. Discover how to expand your clients’ expressive and behavioral range by:

  • Reframing a challenge into a compelling invitation using imagery and the powerful Align, Lift, and Lead communication strategy
  • Co-creating goals that are emotionally intriguing enough to motivate clients to push past their fears and explore new experiences
  • Playfully provoking your clients with fun experiments that make it enjoyable for them to try new skills

Courtney Armstrong, LPC, trains mental health professionals in creative techniques for healing trauma and is the author of The Therapeutic “Aha!”: 10 Strategies for Getting Your Clients Unstuck and Transforming Traumatic Grief.

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220 – Don’t Ask Me to Forgive You!

Spring, Janis Abrahms 2016
A Radical Approach to Healing Interpersonal Wounds

Forgiveness has been held up as the gold standard of recovery from interpersonal injuries, but in real life, hurt parties often find that they can’t or won’t forgive, particularly when the offender is unrepentant or dead. In this workshop, you’ll learn to reframe the issue in ruptured relationships not as forgiveness, but as acceptance without forgiving. We’ll explore how to:

  • Differentiate between forgiveness as it’s traditionally defined and acceptance as a tool to free clients from bitterness or preoccupation with their wounds
  • Coach hurt parties to reframe the personal meaning of a deeply wounding experience without the additional dimension of shame
  • Design ways to create an apology that’s specific and heartfelt
  • Empower both parties to acknowledge a fair share of responsibility for the wound as a way of fostering personal growth and perhaps reconnection and forgiveness

Janis Abrahms Spring, PhD, ABPP, is a former clinical supervisor at Yale University and author of After the Affair, How Can I Forgive You? and Life with Pop.

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221 – Men and Integrity

Dougherty, Patrick 2016
Exploring a New Way to Engage Your Male Clients

Therapists often struggle to find leverage in working with defensive or avoidant male clients reluctant to engage emotionally with their partners or in the therapy room. But while they resist deeper psychological inquiry, evoking the masculine virtue of integrity can help men develop a new vision of who they wish to be. Then from this place of integrity, they can become more focused on taking responsibility for their own behavior and why they act and react the way they do. We’ll explore how to:

  • Help men internalize and organize behavior around the five attributes of integrity: honesty, vulnerability, guilt/remorse, listening, and direct expression of feelings
  • Learn techniques to get men to embrace their vulnerability and acknowledge difficult-to-address issues, such as sexual intimidation, threatening behavior or passive withdrawal
  • Practice drawing up specific action plans for men that will lead to their making amends to their partner while also restoring their own sense of dignity and integrity

Patrick Dougherty, MA, LP, a psychologist in private practice for more than 35 years and has been focusing on men’s issues for over three decades. He’s the author of Qigong in Psychotherapy: You Can Do So Much by Doing So Little and A Whole-Hearted Embrace: Finding Love at the Center of It All.

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222 – Empowering Anxious Children and their Parents

Wagner, Aureen 2016
One Notch Outside the Comfort Zone

While cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been shown to effectively help as many as 80 percent of anxious kids, the exposure to perceived danger it requires is inherently counterintuitive for anxious kids and parents, who typically work hard to shield themselves from this very goal. So how can a therapist strike that delicate balance that fosters trust and safety while inspiring clients to nudge themselves one notch outside their comfort zones? In this workshop, we’ll explore the role of rapport, education, and empowerment in facilitating the client’s readiness for exposure-based CBT. You’ll discover:

  • The four steps for cultivating treatment readiness in different age groups: stabilization, communication, persuasion, and collaboration
  • Child-friendly applications of realistic thinking and gradual exposure techniques through case histories and role-playing exercises
  • How to help parents contain their own anxiety and keep it from exacerbating their child’s condition

Aureen Wagner, PhD, an anxiety treatment expert and international speaker, is the author of several books, including Up and Down the Worry Hill, Worried No More: Help and Hope for Anxious Children, and Treatment of OCD in Children & Adolescents: Professional’s Kit.

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224 – When the Therapist Gets Triggered

The View from Two Different Career Stages

As therapists, we all know moments when the intensity of the emotions our clients trigger in us can be disorienting or even overwhelming. What’s not often discussed is how those trigger moments can vary as a function of the therapist’s age and experience. In this workshop, two therapists—one early in her career and the other in practice for over 35 years—will explore the difficult emotions that can arise in response to different clients and how to respond to them. We’ll explore:

  • The differences and similarities in what’s likely to trigger therapists
    at different stages of their clinical
  • How distinguishing primary and secondary emotions can be clinically helpful in getting beyond triggers and regaining perspective and flexibility
  • Specific questions that can be used as tools to help you clarify what’s going on in moments of overwhelm and what you can do about it

Jette Simon, Lic, is an ICEEFT and certified trainer, supervisor, and therapist. She’s the director of Washington DC Training Institute for Couples Therapy and the EFT Institute in Copenhagen.

Signe Simon-Coulter, MSEd, is a doctoral candidate at Fordham University.

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225 – The New World of Clinical Virtual Reality

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

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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227 – Nutritional Essentials for Mental Health

Leslie Korn - 03
10 Mood-Enhancing Strategies

Research increasingly indicates that mental health and well-being are related to diet. This workshop will explore how you can bring this knowledge into your practice. We’ll examine the latest nutritional research and discuss its importance for psychotherapeutic practice—specifically, how diet can affect mood, energy, inflammation, and cognitive function. You’ll learn how to:

  • Provide your clients with the basic principles of good nutrition, food preparation, and mindful eating
  • Guide clients in making dietary choices that can stabilize and enhance mood, reduce anxiety, and improve sleep
  • Match the benefits and risks of a variety of popular diets, from carnivore to vegan, with specific client needs

Leslie Korn, PhD, MPH, practices somatic psychotherapy and mental health nutrition, specializing in the treatment of trauma and chronic physical illness. She trained in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and has lived and worked in the jungle of Mexico for over 25 years. She’s the author of Rhythms of Recovery: Trauma, Nature, and the Body and Nutrition Essentials for Mental Health: A Complete Guide to the Food-Mood Connection.

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228 – Addressing Attachment Issues with Traumatized Teens

Straus, Martha 2016
Getting Hooked—and Unhooked

To work with troubled and traumatized adolescents, it’s crucial for therapists to first foster their own capacity for self-awareness and self-regulation. It’s not easy, though, especially when our young clients’ extreme reactions—ranging from angry arousal to frozen shutting down—can trigger our own sense of helplessness, failure, dissociation, and rejection. In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to use this nonfunctional cycle to get unhooked by:

  • Identifying specific adolescent attachment styles that interact with or trigger our own
  • Exploring the React, Reflect, and Respond model to best help our clients
  • Using The Four M’s—mirroring, mentalizing, mindfulness, and modulation—to increase connection and mood regulation
  • Focusing on attunement—including strategies of validation, self-disclosure, and the compassionate sharing of adult feelings and opinions—to bring traumatized teens back into relationship with themselves and you

Martha Straus, PhD, a professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology at Antioch University New England, is the author of No-Talk Therapy for Children and Adolescents and Adolescent Girls in Crisis: Intervention and Hope, and the forthcoming Developmental-Relational Interventions with Traumatized Teens: The Challenge of Attachment.

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

Feinstein, David 2016
Energy Psychology and Brainspotting under the Microscope

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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316 – A CBT Approach to Depression

Beck, Judith 2016
Challenging the Myths

Among the many myths about the cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approach to depression is the idea that it’s an overly intellectualized, one-size-fits-all approach that ignores the importance of emotion and of the therapeutic alliance. In fact, one of its hallmarks is learning to adapt your style to mesh with the moment-to-moment changes in the mood of the client, especially those feeling hopeless and defeated. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to engage even the most deeply depressed clients and get an overview of the principles of treatment planning, the fundamental techniques of CBT, and how to customize your approach to the needs of particular cases. Among the topics will be:

  • How to structure sessions to maximize time and prioritize the issues most important to clients
  • The use of experiential techniques in CBT, such as imagery, behavioral experiments, psychodrama, and role-playing
  • Creating a toolkit of techniques clients can use to help themselves between therapy sessions and after therapy ends

Judith Beck PhD, is president of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Philadelphia and a clinical associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Her books include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Basics and Beyond and The Beck Diet Solution.

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