Ways to Get Through to Teens They Never Taught Us in Grad School
RON TAFFEL & MARTHA STRAUS
At a time when standardized, evidencebased methods are often seen as the clinical gold standard, many of us recognize how central spontaneity, authenticity, and a willingness to be unconventional are to connecting with teen and young adult clients. Using videos, two longtime clinicians will reveal the seat-of-the-pants methods they use to bring fresh life and emotional urgency to their work. If you’ve ever wondered how to get your unfocused, distracted, apathetic young clients to really pay attention, this session is for you. You’ll learn:
- How to bring more drama and energy into your work, including how to argue with clients and tap into their deepest passions
- When to genuinely self-disclose and how to confront without triggering defensiveness and disengagement
- Do’s and don’ts for giving advice as well as how to banter, play ignorant, and express tenderness
Ron Taffel, PhD, chair of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, is the author of eight professional and popular books and over 100 articles on therapy and family life.
Martha Straus, PhD, a professor at Antioch University New England, is the author of No-Talk Therapy for Children and Adolescents and the forthcoming Developmental Relational Interventions with Traumatized Teens.
Posted in Couples, Kids, and Families, Saturday Morning: 11 A.M. – 1 P.M., workshops
Tagged Adolescents, Challenging Clients and Treatment Populations, Families, Kids, Martha Straus, New Tools and Methods, Ron Taffel
The Secrets of Sparking “Aha” Moments
Here’s the dilemma: you want to validate your clients’ emotions, but you also know that spending too much time focusing on pain can lead to therapeutic stagnation. The solution: uplift your clients to evoke their desired emotional state. Eliciting these positive emotions will give them access to inner resources for more active and productive problem solving. While avoiding mutual burnout from sessions that go nowhere. You’ll learn how to:
- Frame ideas, questions, and other interventions to boost motivation and foster hope
- Use music and movement to lift depression, calm anxiety, and empower traumatized clients
- Use imagery techniques to elicit desired emotions and spark “Aha” moments
Courtney Armstrong, LPC, trains professionals in creative therapy techniques and is the author of The Therapeutic “Aha!”: Ten Strategies for Getting Clients Unstuck and Transforming Traumatic Grief.
Posted in Anxiety, Depression and Trauma, Mind, Body, and Brain, Personal and Professional Development, Saturday Morning: 11 A.M. – 1 P.M., workshops
Tagged Anxiety, Courtney Armstrong, Depression, New Tools and Methods
Engaging Clients in the New Psychotherapy Marketplace
In today’s marketplace, therapists who want their practices to thrive need to change the way they present themselves to clients who want it all—a price bargain and immediate results. So how do we explain to these anxious “shoppers” that lasting change takes time? This workshop provides comprehensive coaching in how to adjust your mindset to align with the expectations of today’s clients. You’ll learn how to:
- Identify techniques that engage potential clients from the first phone call, using jargon-free language to describe the benefits of therapy and what you can offer them
- Practice strategies for comfortably responding to up-front questions about the duration of treatment, fees, and insurance
- Demystify therapy and show tangible benefits by giving the client a take-home message at the conclusion of each session
- Retain clients longer by using metaphors about treatment the average person can understand
Note: This workshop doesn’t qualify for continuing education for psychologists.
Lynn Grodzki, LCSW, MCC, a psychotherapist and master certified coach, is the author of Building Your Ideal Private Practice: 2nd Edition and works as a business coach with therapists internationally, showing them how to improve their practices.
Busting the Common Myths
SALLY WINSTON & MARTIN SEIF
Almost everything we learned about OCD in graduate school prior to 2000 was just plain wrong: it’s not rare, obvious, hard to treat, or a manifestation of deep underlying conflict. We now know it’s common, often unrecognized, and that it’s far more helpful to treat what maintains the symptoms than what lies “underneath.” This workshop will bring you up to date on contemporary thinking and treatment of OCD and OC spectrum disorders. You’ll learn:
- What questions to ask that uncover OCD when it’s hidden from view out of shame
- How understanding the biological mechanisms of inhibitory learning and habituation shape effective treatment
- The basic principles of treatment planning, including exposure and response prevention
- How to help clients endure the momentary anxiety of not doing ritual repetitive behavior
Sally Winston, PsyD, cofounded and codirects the Anxiety and Stress Disorders Institute of Maryland. She’s the inaugural recipient of the national Jerilyn Ross Award of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. She’s the coauthor of What Every Therapist Needs to Know about Anxiety Disorders.
Martin Seif, PhD, ABPP, cofounded the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. He’s associate director of the Anxiety and Phobia Treatment Center at White Plains Hospital and a faculty member of New York Presbyterian Hospital/Cornell Medical School. He’s the coauthor of What Every Therapist Needs to Know about Anxiety Disorders.
The Future of Committed Relationships
Committed intimate partnerships as we’ve known them are shifting. Couples today are negotiating their monogamy in new and creative ways involving different types of sexual arrangements, including open marriage, polyamory, group marriages, transgender relationships, and a variety of intentional partnerships. As therapists, we need to understand this new trend, the challenges they bring, and the skills required of us to remain open and aware of our own triggers. In this workshop, you’ll learn to:
- Explore how the concepts of individuation and flexibility are driving many non-traditional arrangements
- Help clients develop a code of honor that will define their monogamy as one of integrity and honesty, even if it involves a departure from traditional sexual fidelity
- Coach clients on how to negotiate prenuptial and postnuptial monogamy arrangements and how to renegotiate a new one after infidelity
- Understand why open marriages often can fail—and how couples can recover
Tammy Nelson, PhD, is a board-certified sexologist, certified Imago therapist, licensed professional counselor, and author of Getting the Sex You Want and The New Monogamy.
Succeeding with Our Most Reluctant Clients
JANET SASSON EDGETTE
Most teens are only in therapy because their parents, their teachers, the juvenile court judge, or some other authority has told them they must see a therapist—or else. Consequently, they often find standard therapeutic bromides and shrink-wrapped attempts to “engage” them artificial, even infuriating. In this workshop, we’ll address the challenges of working with teens who burrow into silence, regularly express their contempt for therapy, provoke your anger or frustration, and accept your help only if they don’t have to admit they need it. You’ll learn how to:
- Convey respect, compassion, and warmth toward your teen clients without coming off as unnaturally empathic
- Call your teen clients out on their behavior without aggressively challenging or alienating them
- Teach parents how to hold their teens accountable for their behavior without losing their connection with them
Janet Sasson Edgette, PsyD, is the author of Adolescent Therapy That Really Works and Stop Negotiating with Your Teen. Her latest book is The Last Boys Picked: Helping Boys Who Don’t Play Sports Survive Bullies and Boyhood.
Yoga Skills in the Consulting Room
Have you ever considered using yoga skills to help clients focus, relax, and access their feelings during sessions and at home? After all, the work of therapy can’t begin in earnest if the client’s mind is racing with anxiety, fogged by depression, or so tense that the entire body is locked in place. To counter that, this workshop will present a variety of no-mat yoga practices to help quiet mental chatter, reduce bodily tension, and promote heightened awareness. You’ll discover how to:
- Assess anxious clients who may benefit from calming yoga breath practices
- Introduce depressed clients to meditations and imaging practices that enhance focus
- Integrate a range of other techniques—including healing hand gestures, mantras, and guided imagery—to increase self-compassion and affirm the therapeutic bond
Amy Weintraub, MFA, ERYT-500, and author of Yoga Skills for Therapists and Yoga for Depression directs the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute, which offers trainings for health and yoga professionals worldwide.
Reigniting the Spark in Intimate Relationships
Sexual dysfunction and dissatisfaction is the most common mental health problem in the United States. But all too often when clients raise sexual problems in therapy, clinicians either skirt the issue by diverting the conversation to other personal and relational issues or reinforce the myth that a stand-alone medical intervention will cure them. This workshop will teach you to deal directly with your clients’ sexual issues, especially how to rekindle desire and help couples be intimate and erotic friends, whether they’re 27 or 77, straight or gay, married or not. You’ll explore how to:
- Challenge “sexual poisons” such as the beliefs that all sex should be intimate and mutual and that using erotic fantasy during sex is a betrayal
- Help couples embrace a Good-Enough Sex approach encompassing multiple roles, meanings, and outcomes
- Explore with couples the different types, strengths, and drawbacks of a range of common sexual styles
Barry McCarthy, PhD, a professor of psychology at American University, is the author of Sex Made Simple, Therapy with Men After Sixty; Rekindling Desire; Discovering Your Couple Sexual Style; Enduring Desire: Your Guide to Lifelong Intimacy; and Sexual Awareness.
Posted in Anxiety, Depression and Trauma, Couples, Kids, and Families, Personal and Professional Development, Saturday Morning: 11 A.M. – 1 P.M., workshops
Tagged Anxiety, Barry McCarthy, Couples, Sex and Sexuality
How to Enhance Therapist–Teacher Collaboration
Just as family and home environments can create and maintain mental health disorders, teachers and school environments can contribute to the various performance problems young people experience. This workshop targets two practitioner audiences—therapists already working in school-based or school-linked setting and office-based clinicians interested in collaborating more effectively with teachers and schools. In this workshop, you’ll learn several powerful techniques, including:
- Treatment planning system approaches with common school problem such as noncompliance, attention difficulties, peer relationship struggles, emotional dysregulation, avoidance, and defiance
- Processes and protocols to improve collaboration with schools and teachers, including drafts of MOUs, contract templates, student support team designs, and case coordination guidelines
- Specific techniques teachers can use in the school setting to reinforce treatment goals, including strategies to work with resistance, provide choices, be a relationship coach, and create calm in the learning environment
Jody Nelson, EdD, LMFT, is chair of the Master of Arts in Mariage and Family Program, Argosy University/Twin Cities and associate director of Guadalupe Alternative Programs, a community-based organization.
Treating Cultural and Historical Traumas
If you work with African Americans, Native Americans, Holocaust survivors and their descendants, or any other disenfranchised clients, you’re working with the legacies of cultural and historical trauma. This workshop will open a path toward addressing wounds and issues that too often go ignored and limit the effectiveness of therapy. Discover how to enhance your work with people who have different cultural, religious, and racial backgrounds as well as those from a different gender or social class. We’ll focus on:
- Increasing awareness of how race, culture, identity, social context, and privilege shape the development of complex trauma and impact the therapeutic relationship
- Learning a model of self-regulation that allows therapists to regulate their neurobiological activation and bias
- Using cultural assessment to understand the intersection of culture, race, and identity with developmental and complex trauma
- Identifying and addressing the survival narrative that can be the key to working with clients’ cultural trauma
Note: This workshop fulfills many state-board requirements for training in cultural competency.
Anita Mandley, MS, LCPC, serves as the team leader for the Adult Trauma Team and the Dialectical Behavior Team at the Center for Contextual Change.
Attachment and the Dance of Sex: Integrating Couples and Sex Therapy
Until relatively recently, the very notion that concepts like romantic love and the longing for emotional closeness had any scientific basis raised eyebrows among the academic research establishment. Susan Johnson, the developer of Emotionally Focused therapy (EFT), has not only been a clinical pioneer in demonstrating how to bring an immediate experience of deep intimacy into troubled relationships, but has brought the rigor of empirical science to bear in establishing EFT’s effectiveness. As both a clinician and researcher, she’s established that it’s not an oxymoron to speak of the “science of love.”
In her keynote, Susan will show how attachment science offers a new understanding of sexuality and how the emotional sanctuary of committed relationships can help partners discover their distinctive sexual signature and lead to optimal lovemaking.