412/512 Mental Fitness for “Trigger-Happy” Clients

The First Step We Too Often Overlook

Brent Atkinson • Saturday All Day

Brent AtkinsonWe all know the phenomenon: caught up in an emotionally charged situation, clients lose access to the insights and skills they appeared to learn in therapy. The problem is they haven’t reconditioned their nervous systems sufficiently. Greater mental fitness would allow them to regulate arousal and apply what they’ve learned in more challenging contexts.

This workshop will present a systematic mental fitness training program to help clients develop the nervous system capacities needed to have satisfying relationships. You’ll become adept at motivating clients to engage in mindfulness practices that:

  • Rewire their automatic inclinations, making it possible to avoid unproductive fighting
  • Reduce feelings of stress and anxiety that cause them to be edgy and “trigger happy” with their partners
  • Enable them to fully enjoy what they have, fret less about what they don’t have, and pursue needed changes without agitation or desperation

Continued with workshop 512.

Brent Atkinson, PhD, is director of postgraduate training at the Couples Research Institute and professor emeritus at Northern Illinois University. He’s the author of Emotional Intelligence in Couples Therapy: Advances from Neurobiology and the Science of Intimate Relationships.

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