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NP006, Couples, Bonus Session, John Gottman

 

As the final, bonus session in the Couples Therapy: Today and Tomorrow series, John Gottman, renowned for his breakthrough research on marriage and parenting, will explore how couples can be there for each other, despite inevitable difficulties and differences. Gottman will cover the core skills in the three primary contexts of a couple’s relationship, methods to help couples develop attunement skills, ways to interrupt destructive relational cycles, and more.

After this presentation, please take a few minutes to reflect on what was striking to you about this particular session, how it fits in with the series in its entirety, and how you feel after participating in this couples therapy course and hearing such diverse perspectives. What do you think was most interesting or made the most sense? What questions remain for you? Do you have any relevant experiences to share?

We encourage you to comment on this session and about the series as a whole, as this kind of engagement and participation is central to deeper learning and understanding. Thank you for your participation, and we hope you come away from this course with a better sense of where the couples therapy field is and where it might be going in the future.

07.11.2011   Posted In: NP006 Couples Therapy: Today and Tomorrow   By Psychotherapy Networker
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NP007, Excellence, Session 1, Scott Miller

 

We all strive to improve at what we do each day, but how do we achieve excellence as therapists? How do we ensure that we consistently succeed in helping clients?

The Road to Clinical Excellence includes six presentations, plus a bonus session, which are sure to change the way you think about clinical mastery. You’ll learn about the most recent research on the topic of excellence, and come away with practical ways that you can use to immediately and dramatically enhance your therapeutic effectiveness.

The first session with Scott Miller, the founder of the International Center for Clinical Excellence, will cover why experience, theoretical orientation, and interpersonal skills actually are not highly correlated with outcome. He’ll discuss ways to drastically enhance your performance and how to reinforce your clinical growth by creating “cultures of excellence.”

Please take a few minutes after each session is over to engage in the Comment Board. Feel free to comment about what you’ve learned in the session, to ask any questions you may have of the presenter or your peers, or to share any relevant experiences.

07.07.2011   Posted In: NP007 The Road to Clinical Excellence   By Psychotherapy Networker
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Couples, Session 5, Michele Weiner-Davis

 

Welcome to the fifth session in Couples Therapy: Today and Tomorrow. In this session with Michele Weiner-Davis, a leading expert on divorce and couples therapy, she’ll go over a step-by-step approach to helping couples heal from infidelities.

She’ll explore how to deal with intense emotions in sessions, how much to encourage partners’ disclosure of the details of the affair, how to help couples rebuild trust, and how to help couples in which affairs are ongoing.

Please take a few moments after the session to reflect on what you’ve learned, share relevant experiences, or ask any questions. We encourage you to take the time to comment and to respond to other participants’ comments as a way of further engaging in the material and with each other.

07.05.2011   Posted In: NP006 Couples Therapy: Today and Tomorrow   By Psychotherapy Networker
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NP006, Couples, Session 4, Sue Johnson

 

Welcome to Session 4 of Couples Therapy Today and Tomorrow with Sue Johnson, the originator of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). In this session, Johnson will explore the basic principles of EFT, the most empirically validated approach to couples work.

Johnson will discuss how attachment theory informs the dynamics of couples’ issues, how to develop a systematic treatment plan to intervene with couples, how to restore a sense of calm in couples relationships, and how to interrupt destructive cycles in relationships.

We encourage you to participate in the Comment Board as a forum to reflect on what you’ve learned and to share any relevant experiences with couples therapy, discuss what was most interesting to you, and ask any questions you may have. Thank you for your participation and for your comments, as the Comment Boards are an extremely important part of the webcast experience.

 

06.27.2011   Posted In: NP006 Couples Therapy: Today and Tomorrow   By Psychotherapy Networker
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P005, Diets, Session 4, Geneen Roth

 
Thank you for attending this fourth and final session of “Diets and Our Demons.” We hope you’ll come away from this course with a better understanding of the scientific research on diets and an understanding of the variety of viewpoints and skills about mental and physical health that therapists can bring into the consulting room.

During this session with Geneen Roth, who’s the author of eight bestselling books and a leader in looking at our relationship with eating, will delve into how our eating habits reflect our basic beliefs and attitudes about ourselves. She’ll cover why eating is inseparable from our core beliefs about life, the roots of our relationship with food, how to trust your body, and how to demystify weight loss.

After listening to the course, please take a few minutes to write on the Comment Board about what was most interesting to you during this session, and to reflect on the course in its entirety. What was most relevant to you in your professional and personal life? What questions remain for you? Thank you all for your participation in this series, and for taking the time to share your thoughts.
05.16.2011   Posted In: P005 New Perspectives on Practice: Diets and Our Demons   By Psychotherapy Networker
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P005, Diets, Session 3, Linda Bacon

 
Welcome to “Achieving Health at Every Size,” with Linda Bacon, who’s a researcher, professor, and author of Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight. In this session, Bacon will discuss the evidence illustrating that popular ideas regarding weight loss as equal to positive self-care can actually hinder a healthy lifestyle.

She’ll cover the science that disputes conventional perspectives about health and weight, how working toward weight-loss goals can undermine a client’s ability to achieve positive, healthy habits, how to help clients understand that self-nourishment is more important than weight loss, and much more.

After listening to the session, please share on the Comment Board what you learned and any questions you may have. What was most interesting or relevant to you? We invite you to include your name and hometown with your comment, and to take a few minutes to read and response to other participants’ comments.
05.09.2011   Posted In: P005 New Perspectives on Practice: Diets and Our Demons   By Psychotherapy Networker
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P004, Attachment, Session 6, Allan Schore

 
Thank you for attending this final session of “The Great Attachment Debate.” We hope you’ll come away from this course with a better understanding of attachment research and an awareness of the range of viewpoints about attachment theory and the consulting room.

During this session with Allan Schore, one of the leaders of the neuropsychology movement, he’ll delve into how affect and psychobiological change are significant in the therapy process. He’ll cover intersubjectivity and how understanding it can help us in our work, how to help clients develop a body-based relationship unconscious, and much more.

After listening to the course, please take a few minutes to comment about what was most interesting to you about this session, and to reflect on the course in its entirety. What was most relevant to you in your practice and everyday life? What questions remain for you? Thank you all for your participation in this series, and for taking the time to share your thoughts.
05.05.2011   Posted In: P004 New Perspectives on Practice: The Great Attachment Debate   By Psychotherapy Networker
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P005, Session 2, Judith Beck

 
Welcome to “Skills for Successful Dieting,” with Judith Beck, one of the world’s leading cognitive-behavioral therapists. In this second session of the 4-part “Diets and our Demons” series, Beck will go over the skills that are necessary for successful dieting, and what’s most important to effective weight loss. 

She’ll explain how to help clients follow through on a healthy lifestyle by facilitating the development of pre-dieting skills, regularizing eating, changing food selection, planning for special occasions, and keeping the motivation to integrate these skills into everyday life in a long-term manner. 

After listening to the session, please share on the Comment Board what you learned and any questions you may have. What was most interesting to you or relevant to your professional or personal life? We encourage you to include your name and hometown with your comment, and to take a few minutes to read and response to other participants’ comments.
05.04.2011   Posted In: P005 New Perspectives on Practice: Diets and Our Demons   By Psychotherapy Networker
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P004, Attachment, Bonus Session, Ed Tronick

 

Thank you for your participation in our New Perspectives on Practice Series, “The Great Attachment Debate.” These six sessions will cover a wide range of viewpoints on attachment theory and research and how the role of attachment theory in the consulting room. For our Bonus Session, “What Therapists Should Know about Human Development,” development researcher Ed Tronick will join us to discuss development, attachment, and psychotherapy.

After listening, please take a few minutes to comment about what’s most interesting to you so far throughout this webinar series, what stood out to you the most after Ed Tronick’s Bonus Session, and to ask any questions you may have. We invite you to include your name and hometown to continue creating a sense of community and to read and respond to others’ comments and questions.

04.29.2011   Posted In: P004 New Perspectives on Practice: The Great Attachment Debate   By Psychotherapy Networker
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P004, Attachment, Session 5, Sue Johnson

 

Sue Johnson, one of the originators of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) will discuss, in today’s session, how Attachment Theory can help clinicians conduct effective therapy, particularly in couples work.

She’ll cover how to use an understanding of Attachment Therapy to enhance emotional presence with clients, how to work with clients’ emotions during therapy, how therapists’ own attachment relationships can affect the therapeutic process, and much more.

After listening to this session, “Attachment Patterns in Couples Relationships,” please take a few minutes to reflect on what you’ve learned so far in this webinar, to ask any questions you may have, or what you thought was most interesting and relevant. We invite you to include your name and hometown and to respond to other participants’ comments and questions, as always.

04.28.2011   Posted In: P004 New Perspectives on Practice: The Great Attachment Debate   By Psychotherapy Networker
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P004, Attachment, Session 4, David Schnarch

 

This session will air on Tuesday, April 26th 2011.

Join David Schnarch, a leading proponent of the role of differentiation in the therapeutic process, as he discusses his perspectives on attachment and why he believes that Attachment Theory can keep clients in the role of needy children.

This fourth session of “The Great Attachment Debate,” will go over the importance of differentiation in healthy development, delve into enmeshment and how it contributes to fused relationships, explain “attachment hegemony” and how it can get in the way of effective therapy, and much more.

After listening to Schnarch’s presentation, we encourage you to please reflect on what you’ve learned and comment on what was most interesting to you, ask any questions you may have, and share any relevant experiences. We invite you to include your name and hometown, and to review what other participants have to say about this particular session and their webinar experiences.

04.22.2011   Posted In: P004 New Perspectives on Practice: The Great Attachment Debate   By Psychotherapy Networker
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David Whyte

 
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I felt the wind at my back, just a few minutes into David Whyte's keynote address on Saturday morning. I knew I was embarking on a journey with a wise and generous guide who could show me how to see with fresh eyes. I followed, trusting his knowledge of the landscape of the heart and his willingness to share, with sincerity, the ups and downs of  his own journey.

He led us through a varied landscape  a mix of poetry and story, reflection and prophecy. Along the way he invited us to consider again the landmarks of our own interiority.  In his company, I was emboldened to look and to see how beauty can rise from ash; how the hurt and experiences we try to avoid are simply milestones on the road of a life rich in promise.

He shared a touching anecdote about connecting with his teenage daughter
over tea. Then there was his powerful reading of Shakespeare's Sonnet 29 and, just after, a turning in the road of his address brought us to this astonishing statement:

"There's no journey of sincerity that a human being can take in life without having their heart broken."

He invited us to engage in all aspects of our lives — our loves, our work, our relationship with ourselves — in the full knowledge that we will fall short:

"If you don't become disappointed in yourself, you're not trying."

Then, with his well-known gentleness and wit, he encouraged us to abandon ourselves anyway:  

"There is no way you can love without getting your heart broken, so why not get good at it?"

I laughed, I teared up and I was encouraged — literally. I left with my heart open and feeling brave about the road ahead and whatever I would encounter on my way.

I believe I was not alone.

Let us know how David Whyte touched you — in his morning address or during the workshops.
03.29.2011   Posted In: Keynotes   By meghan oconnell
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Reflections on Symposium 2011 Experiences

 
It’s Monday afternoon, and hopefully all of you who attended the 2011 Symposium are back in your homes and resting after such a full weekend—and what a wonderful weekend it was! Between all of our inspirational—and hilarious!—keynote speakers, the thought-provoking presentations, and interesting workshops, it seemed as if everyone at the conference was constantly buzzing about what they’d learned and what it meant to them. As always, the Omni Shoreham was filled with people from all over the world (participants hailed from 25 different countries!). The hotel spilled over with the energy of people excited to be there, some for the first time, and some returning after dozens of Symposiums, marking the start of spring in their lives.

We’re really interested to hear what was most special for you during the conference. If you were a first-timer, what was your experience like; if you attended after many years, what was different about this year than others? Who was your favorite keynote speaker or workshop presenter, and why? What did you learn or do that inspired you and that’s most relevant in your life?
03.28.2011   Posted In: Symposium Highlights   By Jordan Magaziner
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Sunday Workshops, Comment Board

 
If you were able to postpone traveling back to your hometown until Sunday afternoon, what were your favorite workshop moments? Please take a few moments to comment about what stood out to you most during your last day of Symposium 2011. Feel free to leave comments below on the Comment Board, on other Sunday post, or on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Thank you so much for all of your participation—we believe it helps create a sense of cohesion and community, even when we’re not all in the same Omni Shoreham ballroom
03.28.2011   Posted In: Workshop Comments   By Jordan Magaziner
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The Science of Trust, John Gottman’s Keynote

 

“Do you trust me?” What a question to propose to a significant other or a friend. Maybe they’ll respond with “Yes, of course,” but when it really comes down a situation that requires absolute trust, they won’t. John Gottman’s keynote speech, based on research published in his most recent book The Science of Trust, covered the scientific data behind trusting one another—something that’s vital to the success of a romantic relationship, and that impacts so much else in daily life.

“Trust is the number one issue with struggling couples,” Gottman said, “And trustworthiness is the number one most desirable trait.”

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03.28.2011   Posted In: Symposium Highlights   By Jordan Magaziner
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Race Diversity Today, Eugene Robinson

 

It was an honor to attend Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Eugene Robinson’s dinner presentation on race diversity in today’s America. His speech explored the research and insights that contributed to the creation of his recently published book Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America.

Robinson reflected on how he felt on the 2008 election night: “I knew it was happening, but like many other African-Americans, I didn’t really believe it was going to happen.” Once President Obama was elected, he said he called his parents to let them know that they’d lived to see the election of the first African-American president. So much had happened, he said, since he grew up, on the “tail end of the Jim Crowe era in South Carolina.”

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03.28.2011   Posted In: Symposium Highlights   By Jordan Magaziner
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Saturday Clinical Workshops, Comment Board

 
What were some moments from today that stood out for you the most? We invite you to take a few minutes to reflect on your favorite workshops from today and share what was most interesting or new today. You can comment below on the Comment Board, on other Saturday blog posts, or on our Facebook and Twitter pages. As always, we encourage you to include your name and hometown to continue creating a sense of community that we strive to create particularly at the Symposium each year.

03.26.2011   Posted In: Workshop Comments   By Jordan Magaziner
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Louann Brizendine Navigates through Gendered Brains

 

Is gender a social construction, caused when parents dress infant daughters in pink and paint sons’ walls blue? Or when they encourage sons to try out for sports and their daughters to try ballet? I always thought that there are minimal biological differences between men and women—until I heard Louann Brizendine’s presentation today, “The Gendered Brain.” Brizendine, a neuropsychiatrist who wrote the pathbreaking books The Female Brain and The Male Brain, took us on a tour of the male and female brains during each life stage, and pointed out the differences and similarities.

“The brains are more alike than different,” she said, “After all, we are the same species!” But from her extensive studies, it seems there are differences in the brains that really do make a difference. Some of it does have to do with society and culture, but some of it is biologically based.

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03.26.2011   Posted In: Symposium Highlights   By Jordan Magaziner
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The Heart of "Open Space"

 

The Symposium is a conference filled with many learning opportunities, events and programs that are fun, educational, thought-provoking, inspirational. . . and a little bit exhausting, too! On both Friday and Saturday night, psychologist and coach Lynda Klau is facilitating an event called Open Space, a method in which she is also trained, which will provide participants with whatever they want or need.

Klau said that typically, at conferences, the richest and most powerful times are actually at coffee breaks, or any unstructured times when people get together and share their various perspectives and understandings. So Open Space is a time when anyone who wants to gather can come and participate in activities—or not.

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03.26.2011   Posted In: Symposium Highlights   By Jordan Magaziner
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An Evening with Dick Cavett--The Art of the Interview

 
What a treat it was to be able to experience such a noteworthy and charismatic man as Dick Cavett in his area of specialty—an interview. Friday night’s dinner event featured Dick Cavett, the host of the Dick Cavett Show, in which he regularly interviewed stars such as Katharine Hepburn, Betty Davis, Groucho Marx, and innumerable others on the top of Hollywood and history’s “favorites” list.

In the classic talk show format, Cavett sat on stage across from Psychotherapy Networker Editor Rich Simon, in which the two went back and forth reminiscing about Cavett’s favorite times behind the camera, and Simon’s favorite times watching him on the screen.

Select clips from his talk show were played, to the audience’s delight. Some remembered seeing these interviews live so many years ago, and some enjoyed these scenes of celebrity interviews for the first time. Whether or not we grew up avidly watching Cavett’s show, the event was entertaining and enjoyable for everyone present.
03.26.2011   Posted In: Symposium Highlights   By Jordan Magaziner
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