A Mindfulness-Based Approach
Almost all of us have habits that we’d like to change as well as healthy habits that we wish to cultivate. However, as we know, changing ingrained habits can prove to be among life’s most frustrating challenges. Mindfulness is a key to habit change, allowing us to bring unconscious and automatic behaviors into the light of awareness and expand our capacity for making more informed choices. In this workshop, you’ll discover not only how to transform your own habits, but also how to help clients change habits that don’t serve them. You’ll learn how to:
- Identify habits that you wish to change and others that increase well being you want to develop
- Apply mindfulness strategies before, during, and after habits arise to improve the probability of behavior change
- Proactively cultivate attitudes of acceptance, kindness, and curiosity that are essential to changing any habit, whether it’s eating, drinking, worrying, or procrastinatin
Hugh Byrne, PhD, a guiding teacher with Insight Meditation Community of Washington and co founder of the Mindfulness Training Institute and the Meditation Teacher Training Institute, is author of The Here and Now Habit: How Mindfulness Can Help You Break Unhealthy Habits Once and For All.
Self-Compassion and the Teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh
What would it feel like to love and accept every part of yourself? In this workshop, we’ll learn a four-step process for cultivating self-compassion with roots in modern science and the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. We’ll begin with guided meditations to help us get in touch with an embodied experience of compassion and love. Then we’ll learn how to direct that compassion toward ourselves, especially in difficult moments or when we’re feeling insecure. Through self-compassion meditation, we’ll explore how to heal suffering and trauma from the past. And finally, we’ll learn how to recognize beauty in the parts of ourselves that we might view as imperfect or even dysfunctional. Join us to:
- Learn how to transform the harsh habits of self-criticism through forging a friendlier relationship with the self
- Explore self-compassion through mindful movement, guided meditation, and group sharing
- Discover how self-compassion practices can improve your relationships and deepen your work
Tim Desmond, LMFT, is a psychotherapist, student of Thich Nhat Hanh, and cofounder of the Morning Sun Mindfulness Center in New Hampshire. He trains therapists in mindfulness and self-compassion practices and is the author of Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted in Anxiety, Depression and Trauma, Mind, Body, and Brain, Thursday Pre-Conference Clinical, Thursday Pre-Conference Clinical: 9:30 A.M. – NOON & 1 P.M. – 4 P.M., Thursday: 9:30 a.m. - Noon & 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., workshops
Tagged Anxiety, Depression, Janina Fisher, Mindfulness, Trauma
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.
Exploring the Neurobiology of Sex Differences
Far fewer men than women are making use of psychotherapy, even though the rate of serious problems among men—such as alcoholism, ADHD, and suicidality—are far higher. One reason is that basic therapeutic practices are more congruent with women’s ways of engaging than with men’s. Making use of clinical videotapes, this workshop will show you how to work with men’s attachment trauma and intense emotions, and simultaneously undo the shame men often feel about being in therapy. You’ll discover how to:
- Use gender-specific, attachment-based interventions to engage men more fully in the therapeutic process
- Incorporate the practice of dyadic mindfulness to consolidate therapeutic gains, foster resilience, and deepen the experience of feeling seen, felt, and understood
- Apply meta-therapeutic processing to help men explore their experience in the moment, especially when positive change occurs, in ways that can feel empowering
Continued with workshop 302.
Diana Fosha, PhD, is the developer of Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) and founder and director of the AEDP Institute. She’s the author of The Transforming Power of Affect and coeditor of The Healing Power of Emotion: Affective Neuroscience, Development & Clinical Practice, as well as many papers on healing transformational processes in experiential therapy and trauma treatment.
Posted in All Day, Couples, Kids, and Families, 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, Personal and Professional Development, workshops
Tagged Anxiety, Challenging Clients and Treatment Populations, Depression, Diana Fosha, Men
Advanced Clinical Tools and Cutting-Edge Science
From depression and anxiety to addiction and trauma, a lack of self-compassion is at the core of nearly every presenting problem. Luckily, neuroscience has demonstrated that through practice, self-compassion is a skill that can regulate emotions, transform negative core beliefs, and heal trauma. This highly interactive workshop brings together recent discoveries in neurobiology, cognitive science, and psychotherapy outcome research to give you a wealth of information about new developments that have huge implications for therapy, including:
- Learning how the brain’s compassion center, which neuroscientists call the Care circuit, can be targeted and fortified using specific techniques
- Self-compassion practices that have been adopted specifically for different kinds of presenting problems, including trauma, depression, and anxiety
- How you can use self-compassion practices to enhance your relationships with clients and make your work more enjoyable and deeply fulfilling
Continued with workshop 303.
Tim Desmond, LMFT, is a psychotherapist, student of Thich Nhat Hanh, and cofounder of the Morning Sun Mindfulness Center in New Hampshire who trains therapists in mindfulness and self-compassion practices. He is also the author of Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy.
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, Personal and Professional Development, workshops
Tagged Anxiety, Depression, Mindfulness, New Tools and Methods, Tim Desmond, Trauma
A New Approach to Grief Work
Death doesn’t end a relationship. In this workshop, we’ll explore a new way of doing grief work that helps the bereaved person say goodbye to one aspect of the relationship with a departed loved one while learning to acknowledge a continuing bond and a different kind of ongoing connection. We’ll learn a variety of ways to help clients face the challenge of grief by discovering how to:
- Identify factors that complicate the experience of grief, such as insecure attachments and invisible/divided loyalties
- Use meaning-making strategies such as restorative retellings of the death and reviewing the life imprint of the deceased on the client’s own life
- Introduce imagined dialogues with the loved one to reaffirm love and resolve residual grief
Continued with workshop 308.
Robert Neimeyer, PhD, has published 28 books, including Techniques of Grief Therapy. He’s a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Memphis and maintains an active clinical practice. He served as president of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, and as chair of the International Work Group for Death, Dying, & Bereavement.
Posted in All Day, Anxiety, Depression and Trauma, Friday Morning: 11 A.M. – 1 P.M, Friday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., Personal and Professional Development, workshops
Tagged Adolescents, Anxiety, Depression, Families, Kids, Robert Neimeyer, Trauma
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.
A Radical Approach to Healing Interpersonal Wounds
JANIS ABRAHMS SPRING
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.
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.