Mind, Body, and Brain

103 – Transforming Your Habits

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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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105 – Brain-Based Coaching for Creativity

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How to Bring More of Your Hidden Potential to Life
DAVID GRAND

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.

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108 – Learning How to Love Yourself

Desmond, Tim 2016
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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112 – Brain Care as Self-Care

Graham, Linda 2016
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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115 – Healing Insomnia

Naiman, Rubin 2016
A Mind-Body-Spirit Approach
RUBIN NAIMAN

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.

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116 – An Invitation to Presence

Cornell, Ann Weiser 2016
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.

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117 – A Day of Qigong

Dougherty, Patrick 2016
Learning to Balance Your Life Energies
PATRICK DOUGHERTY

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.

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119 – Conscious Breathing

Youst, Jeremy 2016
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

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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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1:15 PM Saturday Luncheon Address

Porges, Stephen 2016
The Science of Therapeutic Attunement: Intersubjective Regulation from the Inside Out
Stephen Porges

Noted researcher Paul Ekman has called psychophysiologist Stephen Porges’ work “a truly revolutionary perspective on human nature.” In his groundbreaking book, The Polyvagal Theory, Stephen transformed therapists’ understanding of the underlying mechanisms of traumatic response and how safety, caring, and trustworthiness is conveyed unconsciously in our body language, voice tonality, facial expression, and eye contact.
Ever since, he’s become an indispensable guide for therapists who want to understand, from the inside out, how therapy works at the level of the nervous system.

In his lunchtime address, Stephen will explore what Polyvagal Theory tells us about the common element in good therapy, good teaching, and good social relations—turning off defensiveness and establishing a sense of safety. He’ll show how understanding neurobiology and psychophysiological cues can enhance therapists’ capacity to best create these conditions in the consulting room.

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202/302 – Engaging Men in Attachment-Focused Therapy

Fosha, Diana 2016
Exploring the Neurobiology of Sex Differences
DIANA FOSHA

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.

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203/303 – The Healing Power of Self-Compassion

Desmond, Tim 2016
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

Graham, Linda 2016
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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227 – Nutritional Essentials for Mental Health

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10 Mood-Enhancing Strategies
LESLIE KORN

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.

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315 – The New Era of Brain-Based Psychotherapy (Clinical Showcase*)

Feinstein, David 2016
Energy Psychology and Brainspotting under the Microscope
DAVID FEINSTEIN, DAVID GRAND & STEPHEN PORGES

Recent years have seen a cascade of innovative psychotherapies claiming to routinely achieve dramatic breakthroughs without relying on many of the fundamental features of traditional talk therapy. Using videos of clinical sessions, this workshop will focus on two of the most influential of these approaches, Emotional Freedom Technique and Brainspotting, exploring how the practical clinical procedures used by each model trigger the neurobiological changes that can result in rapid therapeutic improvement. Moderating the discussion will be noted neuroscientist Stephen Porges, developer of the Polyvagal Theory. Among the topics covered will be:

  • What talk therapists can learn from EFT’s tapping procedure
  • How the methods of Brainspotting can be integrated into talk therapy
  • What concrete clinical advances have been fueled by neuroscience

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.

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.

Stephen Porges, PhD is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University, where he’s creating a trauma research center within the Kinsey Institute. He’s author of The Polyvagal Theory.

* 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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