How to Bring More of Your Hidden Potential to Life
The essence of creative self-expression is connecting with bodily-held emotional experience. That’s why actors and singers call their bodies their instrument. Discover how to use Brainspotting’s eye-focus-based technique to provide a powerful process for going deep into the subcortical brain to maximize your own creativity, whether through performing, writing, acting, drawing, music, or anything else. Over the course of the day, you’ll:
- Witness demonstrations using Brainspotting to coach an actor and singer to find the “character spot” to bring fuller life to their performance
- Practice using Brainspotting to heighten your ability to bring new focus and more vivid sense memory to your chosen form of creative self-expression
- Learn how to integrate Brainspotting into a range of personal and professional activities
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.
Calming the Mind and Body
We often think of yoga as physical exercises, forgetting that it also serves to clear the mind and calm emotions. In this workshop, we’ll spend the day learning LifeForce Yoga practices you won’t find in regular yoga classes. These include meditative self-inquiry and mood-balancing Yoga Nidra, which promotes relaxation through a state of deep stillness. You’ll learn the uplifting “Say Yes to Your Self” guided imagery practice and practice joint warm-ups and gentle yoga stretching. By the end, you’ll have refreshed your capacity for openness and connection in a community of practitioners. Use this day to prepare for the fullness of the Symposium ahead and discover:
- Simple poses, breathing exercises, and methods of meditative self-inquiry
- Mood-balancing relaxation techniques and uplifting guided imagery practices
- How to achieve a deep sense of calm, purpose, and joyful receptivity
Amy Weintraub, MFA, ERYT-500, 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.
Learning to Step Up to Any Platform
If you’ve ever longed to be a more dynamic—or just more comfortable—public speaker, here’s your chance to hone your skills and bring out your inner performer. You’ll learn the essentials of breath control, body language, and stage presence as you participate in a range of fun exercises that will help you get comfortable with your voice and your body. You’ll discover how to connect with your material and express it with commitment and authentic feeling. You’ll push your boundaries in a safe, supportive, nurturing environment—and build the confidence and sense of competence you need to step up to any platform. You’ll learn to:
- Explore the core causes of the self-doubt that hampers your ability to speak out, and learn to use them as pathways to powerful communication
- Use improvisational theater games that unlock the resources of the subconscious mind and help you become more comfortable with spontaneity
- Discover the freedom and sheer joy of singing, speaking, and fearlessly expressing your true self with words and song
Dana LaCroix is a professional singer, songwriter, and critically acclaimed recording and touring artist. She’s written songs for feature films, been director of music at the New Drama School in Copenhagen, Denmark, and worked as a vocal coach at the Danish Academy of Music.
A Mind-Body-Spirit Approach
Although therapists routinely encounter sleeplessness in their practice, few are adequately prepared to address it. And failure to do so can impede the treatment of mood disorders, trauma, addictions, and even relationship issues. This workshop presents an integrative (body-mind-spirit) treatment approach that draws on cognitive behavior therapy, natural remedies, sleep hygiene, and spiritual strategies. It also transforms our view of sleep from a medical necessity to one of life’s sustaining satisfactions. We’ll focus on:
- How to define, evaluate, and treat the three primary types of insomnia—sleep onset insomnia, sleep maintenance insomnia, and non-restorative sleep—and their major causes
- The role of circadian rhythms in healthy sleep, insomnia, and achieving mental well-being
- How to expand your practice with a specialization in the new field of behavioral sleep medicine
Rubin Naiman, PhD, a clinicial psychologist, is the sleep and dream specialist and clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine. His books include Healing Night and Hush.
An Inside-Out Approach
ANN WEISER CORNELL
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted in All Day, Friday Morning: 11 A.M. – 1 P.M, Friday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., Mind, Body, and Brain, workshops
Tagged Body, Brain Science and Psychotherapy, Linda Graham, Mindfulness, New Tools and Methods
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!
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.
Finding New Ways to Connect
JENNIFER COHEN HARPER
Children struggling with anxiety, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, trauma, and other challenges often need more than talk therapy to heal and build resilience. They need to reconnect with their bodies, discover how to harness their inner resources, and develop a sense of their own strength and agency. This workshop offers an accessible process for meeting these needs using the powerful tools of yoga and mindfulness. Learn to:
- Share yoga and mindfulness practices in a developmentally appropriate manner to maximize embodiment and sense of agency
- Use a well-tested methodology based on five elements—Connect, Breathe, Move, Focus, Relax—to support self-awareness and self-regulation
- Practice and teach 10 powerful and versatile activities, even if you have no prior yoga or mindfulness experience
Jennifer Cohen Harper, MA, E-RYT, is founder and director of Little Flower Yoga, bringing yoga and mindfulness to schools nationwide, VP of the Yoga Service Council, and author of Little Flower Yoga for Kids: A Yoga and Mindfulness Program to Help Your Child Improve Attention and Emotional Balance.
Posted in Couples, Kids, and Families, Friday Afternoon: 3 P.M. – 5 P.M., Mind, Body, and Brain, workshops
Tagged Adolescents, Body, Expressive Arts, Families, Jennifer Cohen Harper, Kids, Mindfulness
Going Beyond Acceptance to Self-Compassion
Mindfulness has become a popular and useful tool in psychotherapy, but therapists too often encourage clients to adopt a passive-observer stance in therapy, as if it’s enough to just observe thoughts and emotions from a place of separation. This workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of how to go beyond detachment into a more engaged and relational form of self-compassion and self-healing. You’ll learn:
- Strategies used in Internal Family Systems to contact the core Self and integrate the often conflicting parts that live within us
- The importance of shifting the role of the therapist from the primary attachment figure to a container who opens the way for the client’s Self to emerge
- Methods for honestly and transparently handling situations in which you get emotionally triggered by your client
Continued with workshop 504.
Richard Schwartz, PhD, is director of the Center for Self Leadership and the originator of the Internal Family Systems Model. He’s also the author of Internal Family Systems Therapy.
Posted in All Day, Anxiety, Depression and Trauma, Mind, Body, and Brain, Saturday Morning: 11 A.M. – 1 P.M., Saturday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., workshops
Tagged Body, Brain Science and Psychotherapy, Mindfulness, Richard Schwartz, Trauma
A Body-Based Approach
When clients have experienced early relational injuries and disruptions, it can be hard to address their unconscious, non-adaptive responses using traditional talk therapy approaches. This workshop will show how to integrate Somatic Experiencing (SE) and other body-based approaches, including hypnotherapy to address the early survival responses that keep clients with childhood relational injuries from forming deeper bonds in the present. In this workshop, you’ll learn to:
- Track nonverbal constriction, freeze responses, shut down, anxiety, and boundary issues to help clients become more aware of them
- Use elements of SE to enhance resonance, slow down and deepen the therapy process, and enhance the ability of the nervous system to shift from disorganization to organization
- Identify and work with trauma-based “coupling dynamics,” non-adaptive unconscious patterns that can negatively impact clients’ ability to connect with others
Continued with workshop 505.
Nancy Napier, LMFT, is a psychotherapist and hypnotherapist. She teaches for the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute and is the author of Recreating Your Self, Getting through the Day, and Sacred Practices for Conscious Living.
Posted in All Day, Anxiety, Depression and Trauma, Mind, Body, and Brain, Saturday Morning: 11 A.M. – 1 P.M., Saturday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., workshops
Tagged Anxiety, Body, Nancy Napier, New Tools and Methods, Trauma
A Power Tool for Your Practice
Now that the body of peer-reviewed scientific research has lent credibility to the emerging field of Energy Psychology, skeptical therapists have increasingly incorporated tapping protocols into their usual methods to boost their effectiveness. This workshop will demonstrate how to use a variation of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), the most popular form of energy psychology, based on tapping selected acupuncture points while target scenes are mentally activated. You’ll learn:
- A basic tapping routine you can use with clients and apply in your own life
- How to use EFT with PTSD, anxiety issues, relationship conflict, and other difficult conditions
- How to integrate EFT with your current methods to regulate emotional over-arousal and escalating patterns of reactivity while creating greater personal empowerment
Continued with workshop 509.
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.
Posted in All Day, Mind, Body, and Brain, Personal and Professional Development, Saturday Morning: 11 A.M. – 1 P.M., Saturday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., workshops
Tagged Anxiety, Body, David Feinstein, Depression, New Tools and Methods, Trauma