Mindfulness

103 – Transforming Your Habits

A Mindfulness-Based Approach
HUGH BYRNE

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.

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108 – Learning How to Love Yourself

Self-Compassion and the Teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh
TIM DESMOND

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.

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110 – A Day of Gentle Yoga

Calming the Mind and Body
AMY WEINTRAUB

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.

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112 – Brain Care as Self-Care

Discovering the Neuroscience of Wellbeing
LINDA GRAHAM

By tapping into the innate neuroplasticity of the brain to reduce stress, regain equilibrium, and restore perspective and resilience, we can avoid compassion fatigue and burnout and recover the rejuvenating creativity and flow of our work. In this experiential workshop, you’ll learn empirically validated techniques to calm the nervous system, come to clarity and discernment in decision-making, heal toxic shame, retire the inner critic, revive a sense of competency and connection with others, and cultivate the courage to take growth-enhancing risks in your life. You’ll leave with a toolkit that includes:

  • Doable micro-practices involving exercise, sleep, nutrition, learning, play, and social interactions that foster brain health
  • Ways to access positive emotions—gratitude, kindness, joy—to counterbalance the brain’s negativity bias and build resources for resilient coping
  • How to turn regrettable moments into teachable moments that transform mistakes and losses into opportunities for enhancing learning and resilience

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.

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118 – Awaken Your Heart

A Day of Movement, Meditation, and Dance
DANIEL LEVEN

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

Recharge and Replenish with Breathwork
JEREMY YOUST

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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124 – Transforming Shame and Self-Loathing

A Neurobiological Perspective
JANINA FISHER

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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203/303 – The Healing Power of Self-Compassion

Advanced Clinical Tools and Cutting-Edge Science
TIM DESMOND

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.

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206/306 – Rewiring the Brain to Enhance Attachment

How to Make Love More Possible
LINDA GRAHAM

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.

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209/309 – Creating a New Reality in Couples Therapy

Breaking Free of Weekly Sessions
HEDY SCHLEIFER

Everything we’re learning about the brain and the challenge of transforming deeply engrained emotional patterns tells us that the weekly appointment approach of traditional therapy is a limiting, highly flawed format. To help couples create new realities and move into a fuller experience of intimate connectedness, we need to provide opportunities for more immersive learning that fully engages the mind, body, and spirit of both partners. This workshop presents an intensive approach to helping couples transform their relationship. You’ll learn:

  • A step-by-step, experiential, multiday format that can provide a powerful boost to once-a-week therapy for guiding couples to explore a new style of connection and intimacy
  • How to expand mutual empathy by teaching partners how to “visit” each other’s emotional neighborhoods and better understand even the most painful places in their psyches
  • Strategies for guiding each partner to meet in a “main square” that they can mutually inhabit in emotional alignment with each other

Continued with workshop 309.

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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214/314 – From Dysfunction to Erotic Discovery

Transforming the Sexual Narrative
SUZANNE IASENZA

When couples come to therapy with problems involving desire, arousal, and orgasm, therapists often fall into the trap of thinking of them as somehow broken and in need of fixing. Instead, this workshop will offer an approach that guides couples from a state of disconnection to becoming a co-creative sexual discovery team exploring their own idiosyncratic pathway to pleasure. It will offer a three-part therapeutic process to help couples find alternatives to rigid scripts about what fulfilling sexuality is supposed to be like. You’ll learn how to:

  • Conduct a detailed sexual history for partners to help them understand their current sexual narratives and how to create more liberating stories
  • Empower both partners to make explicit their “menus” for preferred sexual activities as a way of expanding their repertoire for more genuine erotic satisfaction
  • Help couples use sensate focus as a meditative tool to enhance their sexual development

Continued with workshop 314.

Suzanne Iasenza, PhD, is faculty at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and the Postgraduate Program in Couples and Family Therapy of Adelphi University’s Derner Institute. She’s coeditor of Lesbians and Psychoanalysis: Revolutions in Theory and Practice and Lesbians, Feminism, and Psychoanalysis: The Second Wave.

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215 – Moving Through the Eye of the Storm (Clinical Showcase*)

Maintaining Safety and Stability in Trauma Therapy
RICHARD SCHWARTZ, DEANY LALIOTIS & JANINA FISHER

Whatever their approach, most trauma therapists would agree that establishing a sense of safety and connection is essential to therapeutic success. But different models offer very different methods for creating those conditions. Using videos of actual sessions, this Clinical Showcase session will examine the contrasting ways that Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) approach this fundamental clinical task. Among the topics covered will be how to:

  • Rise to the challenge of negotiating with different parts of self that can be activated by trauma
  • Maintain an attuned connection with the client, while at the same time, facilitating the client’s access to their inner experience
  • Enhance your ability to respond effectively to clients’ moment-to-moment experience, especially during extreme states of distress, that may trigger you

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.

Deany Laliotis, LICSW, is a trainer, clinical consultant, and practitioner of EMDR. She’s on the faculty of EMDR Institute, Inc., and is the codirector of EMDR of Greater Washington.

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.

* Clinical Showcases highlight the different ways well-known innovators approach common clinical problems. Master therapists will show video clips of their work and then engage in a probing exploration of their moment-to-moment therapeutic decision-making. The goal is to open up possibilities for dialogue, debate, and fresh perspectives not usually featured within more standard workshop formats.

 

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218 – Playing to the Edge

Stretching Clients beyond Their Comfort Zones
COURTNEY ARMSTRONG

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.

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316 – A CBT Approach to Depression

Challenging the Myths
JUDITH BECK

Among the many myths about the cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approach to depression is the idea that it’s an overly intellectualized, one-size-fits-all approach that ignores the importance of emotion and of the therapeutic alliance. In fact, one of its hallmarks is learning to adapt your style to mesh with the moment-to-moment changes in the mood of the client, especially those feeling hopeless and defeated. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to engage even the most deeply depressed clients and get an overview of the principles of treatment planning, the fundamental techniques of CBT, and how to customize your approach to the needs of particular cases. Among the topics will be:

  • How to structure sessions to maximize time and prioritize the issues most important to clients
  • The use of experiential techniques in CBT, such as imagery, behavioral experiments, psychodrama, and role-playing
  • Creating a toolkit of techniques clients can use to help themselves between therapy sessions and after therapy ends

Judith Beck PhD, is president of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Philadelphia and a clinical associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Her books include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Basics and Beyond and The Beck Diet Solution.

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