A Therapeutic Technology for the 21st Century
SIEGFRIED OTHMER & SUSAN OTHMER
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.
Posted in Anxiety, Depression and Trauma, Mind, Body, and Brain, Personal and Professional Development, Sunday: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., workshops
Tagged Brain Science and Psychotherapy, Depression, Siegfried Othmer, Susan Othmer, Trauma
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.
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.
Relationship Dynamics and Weight Control Issues
Clinical discussions of body image issues, repeated failures at dieting, and problems with obesity too often ignore the marital and sexual issues that can affect eating habits and weight control. Dieting, whether successful or not, can alter the dynamics of a relationship, and the interactions between partners can facilitate or hamper weight regulation. Using research findings and clinical examples, this workshop will focus on the role weight control issues often play in sexual difficulties and maintaining equilibrium in a relationship. You’ll learn how to:
- Explore the differences between male and female attitudes regarding eating and weight
- Identify patterns of eating and weight issues that can contribute to relationship conflict
- Learn practical strategies to help clients separate concern about food and weight control from relationship issues
Edward Abramson, PhD, is the former director of the Eating Disorders Center at Chico Community Hospital. His books include Emotional Eating, It’s NOT Just Baby Fat!, and Body Intelligence.
Engage Both Sides of Your Brain to Maximize Your Learnings
JODY WAGER & NAOMI NIM
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.