Thursday: 9:30 a.m. – Noon & 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

116 – An Invitation to Presence

Cornell, Ann Weiser 2016
An Inside-Out Approach

How often have you heard someone admiringly described as having “presence,” without knowing exactly what it means, much less knowing how to develop that quality yourself? This experiential session will explore presence as both an internal state of awareness, openness, and sense of ease as well as the external manifestation of that state. You’ll learn how to reach that state inside—the first step to projecting these qualities outside—that will let you “extend” that experience of presence through your body and heart. We’ll use Focusing techniques to help us tap more deeply into our creative flow as well as how to:

  • Cultivate the open aware state of presence through finding resources in the world and relationships around you
  • Offer your clients empowering language and methods for finding their own state of presence
  • Bring more presence into your life whenever you really need it, including in client sessions

Ann Weiser Cornell, PhD, is a Focusing teacher and facilitator who’s been training clinicians in Focusing for more than 30 years. She’s the author of Focusing in Clinical Practice: The Essence of Change.

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117 – A Day of Qigong

Dougherty, Patrick 2016
Learning to Balance Your Life Energies

You’ve no doubt heard about Qigong, but how much do you really know about the benefits of this simple practice? Qigong opens up any blocked energy channels in the body and offers greater engagement and more profound connection with all life. In this workshop, you’ll learn:

  • The simple movements, visualizations, and breathing exercises of Qigong and how to develop your own daily practice
  • How to use Qigong as an antidote to emotional fatigue, burnout, anxiety, depression, and a range of physical ailments
  • How to enhance your capacity for connecting with clients by balancing your own energy, especially when they are out of balance

 Patrick Dougherty, MA, LP, a psychologist in private practice for more than 35 years, has been studying Eastern philosophies and practices for 25 years and integrating them into his clinical work. 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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118 – Awaken Your Heart

Leven, Daniel 2016
A Day of Movement, Meditation, and Dance

The heart is our core, our vital energy center. In this full-day experiential workshop, awaken your heart to new energy through a balanced blend of movement, meditation, and dance. You’ll discover a sense of aliveness and compassion that’s the source of healing joy, wellbeing, and deep connection with others. Please bring your yoga mat if you have one. All fitness levels are welcome.

  • Release tension in your body through somatic movement exercises
  • Cultivate heart energy through loving-kindness meditation
  • Experience connection and attunement to others through dance
  • Discover how music and movement can enhance your capacity for intuition, empathy, and a calm mind

Daniel Leven, MPC, RSMT, is founder and director of the Leven Institute for Expressive Movement and a faculty member at the Hartford Family Institute’s professional training program in In-Depth Body Psychotherapy.

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119 – Conscious Breathing

Youst, Jeremy 2016
Recharge and Replenish with Breathwork

We’re all born knowing how to breathe, but our frenzied lives can lead to a constricting breathing that makes us feel as if we’re running on fumes, not on the fresh air that allow us to thrive. This energizing workshop will teach you to breathe freely and fully in ways that boost energy, reverse burnout, reduce stress, and lessen fatigue.

  • Learn how and why conscious, intentional breathing can yield quick changes in your mood and state of mind
  • Participate in rejuvenating exercises that oxygenate your body and brain
  • Experience an increased sense of social connection and body awareness through somatic breathwork
  • Explore ways to use breathwork to help clients take mindfulness to the next level

Jeremy Youst is the founder of the Power of Breath Institute. For more than 30 years, his curriculum has trained and certified Somatic Breath Therapy practitioners.

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120 – The Secret World of Magic

Efran, Jay 2016
Discovering the Power of Enchantment

Have you ever wanted to be able to keep other people spellbound? Here’s your chance. In this workshop, using everyday objects and easily assembled props, you’ll learn some of the secrets of practicing magic that have delighted children of all ages for thousands of years. The presenter, a magician and therapist, will discuss the principles of magic and explain how and why people willingly suspend their powers of observation and analysis in favor of enchantment. You’ll learn:

  • A series of mind-boggling magic effects for connecting with clients and young people
  • How to spice up lectures and entertain family and friends
  • The basic forms of misdirection and why they work
  • Why people react to magic in different ways

Jay Efran, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of psychology at Temple University and a member of the Society of American Magicians. He’s coauthor of Language, Structure and Change: Frameworks of Meaning in Psychotherapy and The Tao of Sobriety: Helping You Recover from Alcohol and Drug Addiction.

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121 – Strategies for Preventing Burnout

Mathieu, Francoise 2016
Why Self-Care Alone Doesn’t Work

Many therapists say that when it comes time to learn about self-care strategies to prevent burnout, they’re more than ready to go “beyond kale and pedicures.” While self-care practices and increased attention to achieving work–life balance have been touted as the most effective approaches to reducing burnout and compassion fatigue, recent research has shown that they have limited effect. To really reduce workplace stress, a more systemic, multipronged approach is needed that targets often overlooked factors like control of one’s schedule, organizational culture, and extended work hours. In this workshop, we’ll:

  • Distinguish among burnout, compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and moral distress
  • Heighten awareness of the importance of an early warning system for detecting compassion fatigue in yourself and others
  • Learn evidence-based debriefing procedures for defusing trauma exposure
  • Examine three key tools shown to effectively reduce counsellor impairment: timely and effective supervision, trauma-informed training to better respond to clients in distress, and grounding techniques to reduce secondary traumatization

Françoise Mathieu, Med, RP, is a psychotherapist and compassion fatigue specialist with over 20 years of experience in trauma and crisis intervention. She’s the coexecutive director of Tend ltd. and author of The Compassion Fatigue Workbook.

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122 – From Good to Great

The Pathway to Therapeutic Excellence

Are you searching for a way to move to the next level of clinical expertise and enjoyment in your work? In this workshop, take part in an experiential learning adventure in how to go from “good to great.” You’ll leave with renewed energy and inspired ideas on how to become the therapist you envision yourself to be. You’ll also discover:

  • The research-based principles for growth developed by Jim Collins in his bestselling classic Good to Great
  • The fundamental principles at the heart of professional competence and best practices for pursuing them
  • Your core goals, values, passions, and ways to maintain your focus in the face of obstacles and challenges
  • How to confront difficulties and disappointments and use them as a launching pad for increased confidence

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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123 – Expanding Your Sexual Comfort Zone

Nelson, Tammy 2016
Getting Beyond Myths and Stereotypes

Working with sexual issues in therapy and the often edgy erotic behavior people engage in can challenges a therapist’s own values and deeply held beliefs about sex and relationships. As an introduction to sex therapy, this workshop will include videos, live demonstrations, and small-group discussion around sexual practice, providing essential training to help therapists face their own preconceived notions and countertransference issues around eroticism and intimacy. In this workshop, you’ll:

• Work through your own sex-related stereotypes, resistance, guilt, and shame to create a safe, comfortable, and nonjudgmental environment for clients
• Learn about alternative sexual practices, open monogamy, fetishes, BDSM, paraphilias, cross-dressing, and a range of other behaviors
• Process responses and any vicarious trauma that may be triggered by issues around pornography, sexual exploitation, and other erotic practices
• Expand your ability to communicate about sexual issues in the consulting room

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.

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124 – Transforming Shame and Self-Loathing

Fisher, Janina 2016 2
A Neurobiological Perspective

Shame and self-loathing are often part of trauma’s aftermath—responses so powerful they can shut off the capacity to absorb positive experience, block the ability to connect with others, and frustrate the best efforts of therapists to build self-esteem. This workshop will present a new perspective for understanding shame and a mind–body approach to treating it. You’ll learn that shame is more than an emotion—it’s a response wired deep in our neurobiology, a survival strategy driving somatic responses of obedience and submission. We’ll explore specific techniques to help clients:

  • Become aware of shame as a powerful body response reinforced by shame-based thoughts
  • Come to understand shame as a “part” of them rather than the whole of their being
  • Use Sensorimotor interventions for shifting shame states physiologically

Janina Fisher, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and instructor at the Trauma Center in Boston, a senior faculty member of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, and a former instructor at Harvard Medical School.

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125 – The Attachment Dance with Traumatized Clients

Ferentz, Lisa 2016
One Step Forward and Two Steps Back

While every therapist understands that treatment is most effective when it unfolds within the context of a safe therapeutic relationship, it’s often challenging to build a meaningful alliance with traumatized clients who turn therapy into an emotional rollercoaster. This is even more challenging when therapists have their own attachment wounds. Through case examples, videos, and discussion, you’ll learn how to:

  • Handle the impact of disorganized attachment and traumatic transference on the client–therapist relationship
  • Recognize how your own attachment experiences can evoke countertransreferential responses that can influence therapy
  • Integrate strategies that can strengthen attunement, address testing behaviors, and increase secure attachment

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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126 – A Day for New Therapists

Grodzki, Lynn 2016
Learning the Principles of Successful Practice

New therapists can be overwhelmed by the sheer number of existing approaches and the litany of do’s and don’ts they’ve been taught. This workshop will offer basic principles that transcend modalities and present practical advice about a range of difficult therapy situations. You’ll sharpen your professional skills and expand your tool box as you explore:

  • How to organize the essential information about a case and formulate an initial framing of goals for the client
  • Ways to use your “self” in therapy
  • The importance of tracking progress with the client, methods for measuring that progress, and what to do when there’s little or no progress
  • How to build and operate an effective practice

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.

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127 – The Ethical Dilemmas No One Talks About

Barrett, Mary Jo 2016
Clarifying Boundaries in 21st-Century Practice

The ethical rules for therapists used to be straightforward and unambiguous: no gifts, no dual relationships, no out-of-session contact, and of course, no sex. But the ease of digital connection and the shift in our profession’s norms have introduced new questions about professional boundaries many of us are unprepared for. How exactly do we manage relationships through email, texting, Facebook, and social media? Should we Google clients before our first session? How do we deal with rating sites like Healthgrades? In this workshop, we’ll explore ethical dilemmas, old and new, including:

  • How to set the ground rules for therapy that establish norms for transparency and client empowerment from the very first contact
  • The do’s and don’ts of therapist self-disclosure and participating in client celebrations and ritual occasions
  • How to maintain our energy to ensure we make wise ethical decisions

Note: This workshop fulfills many state-board requirements for training in ethics and risk management.

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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