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P004: Attachment, Session 1, Alan Sroufe

 
Welcome to “The Great Attachment Debate”—a 6-part webinar interview series with leading experts in the field, brought together to present the scientific foundations of Attachment Theory and how it influences—or doesn’t influence—our clinical work. The series, following the March/April 2011 issue on attachment, kicks off with Alan Sroufe, Ph.D., a leading Attachment Theory researcher.

This first session will delve into what research has shown us about the effects of our early relationships. Sroufe will explore John Bowlby’s work and how it’s led to attachment research, connections between attachment style and mental health, how Attachment Theory affects the process of change in psychotherapy, and much more.

After listening to Sroufe’s presentation, please take a moment to comment here and share your thoughts. The Comment Boards will be on the Networker website throughout this webinar so we can share thoughts, experiences, and any questions, creating a space for learning and community. What did you learn today that was new or interesting?

Please feel free to include your name and hometown along with your comment, and make sure to check out Alan Sroufe and Daniel Siegel's feature article on attachment in the March/April issue, "The Verdict Is In."
03.31.2011   Posted In: P004 New Perspectives on Practice: The Great Attachment Debate   By Psychotherapy Networker
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Donald Meichenbaum Comment Board: New Perspectives on Trauma Treatment

 

As the final session of our New Practices on Trauma Treatment, hear from Donald Meichenbaum, the founder of cognitive-behavioral therapy, on his perspectives about trauma treatment in psychotherapy today.

Legendary for his impressive career—and his straightforward, sharp ways of thinking and speaking—this isn’t a presentation you’ll want to miss. He’ll explain which trauma treatments are effective, or ineffective, and why he believes so.

If you’d like some background information on him, be sure to check out a Networker interview with Meichenbaum that appeared in our November/December 2010 issue here.

After listening, please take a moment to comment here and share your thoughts and experiences, both on this session and on the entire series. What did you think of Meichenbaum’s take on trauma treatments? What presentation resonated with you the most? Which ideas do you connect with least?

11.08.2010   Posted In: P001 New Perspectives on Trauma Treatment   By Psychotherapy Networker
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    David Feinstein Comment Board: New Perspectives on Trauma Treatment

     

    Tune in to hear David Feinstein present the evidence for Energy Psychology (EP), following the article on the topic that he wrote in the November/December issue of the Networker. Energy Psychology is one of psychotherapy’s most controversial methods—is it truly effective? Feinstein will describe why and how EP has come to be regarded as controversial in context, and how to understand the practice of tapping as an effective method.

    In his article, Feinstein asks rhetorically, before embarking on his story:  “What could possibly have possessed a wizened, seen-it-all therapist like me to embrace an approach that much of the world of orthodox psychology considers the latest incarnation of snake oil?”

    Find out the answer in his article, posted online here, and then listen to him speak in a one-on-one conversation about his experiences with EP and how to integrate it into clinical practice.

    After listening to Feinstein’s presentation, please take a moment to comment here and share your thoughts. What did you think about EP before this presentation? What do you think now? Have you ever had any personal experiences with EP? Did you learn anything new today?

    11.08.2010   Posted In: P001 New Perspectives on Trauma Treatment   By Psychotherapy Networker
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      Laurie Leitch Comment Board: New Perspectives on Trauma Treatment

       

      All of us listening to this session of New Perspectives on Trauma Treatment, featuring Laurie Leitch, come from a wide variety of backgrounds, but few of us seize the opportunity to practice our models of therapy in places outside of our offices.

      Laurie Leitch, along with her business partner Elaine Miller-Karas, founded the Trauma Resource Institute in order to provide short-term trainings to groups of people surrounding traumatic events—in places like Haiti after the recent earthquake or New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina—so that their set of biologically based skills can help stabilize local people after disasters.

      Get ready to be wowed by Leitch’s descriptions of the incredible results that have occurred, after presenting simple skills to people who have suffered unimaginable horrors. After listening, please take just a moment to comment here. What do you think of this method? What stands out for you?

      11.08.2010   Posted In: P001 New Perspectives on Trauma Treatment   By Psychotherapy Networker
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        P001: The Frontiers of Trauma Treatment Web Series

         
        Thank you to everyone who attended today’s session of New Perspectives on Trauma Treatment.  This session--and this Comment Board!--is an integral part of the collective learning process we’re all embarking on together, in order to understand the changing world around us.

        Please take a minute to tell us about what stood out for you during today’s session--a piece of useful information or a thought-provoking anecdote. Or, share with us what will most impact your professional or personal life.

        Please share with us whatever you felt was most striking about today’s webinar and, to create a better sense of community, we invite you to include your name and hometown with your comment. Thank you all so much for your participation and inspiring thoughts.
        10.05.2010   Posted In: P001 New Perspectives on Trauma Treatment   By Psychotherapy Networker
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          The Web Made Easy, with Bill O'Hanlon

           

          Thank you to everyone who attended today’s webinar, Bill O’Hanlon’s “The Web Made Easy.” This session--and this Comment Board!--is an integral part of the collective learning process we’re all embarking on together, in order to understand the changing world around us.

          Please take a minute to tell us about what stood out for you during today’s session--a piece of useful information or a thought-provoking anecdote. Or, share with us your favorite technological tools that have benefited your professional or personal life. What are some resources you use to improve your practice or yourself?

          Please share with us whatever you felt was most striking about today’s webinar and, to create a better sense of community, we invite you to include your name and hometown with your comment. Thank you all so much for your participation and inspiring thoughts.

          10.04.2010   Posted In: NETWORKER EXCHANGE   By Psychotherapy Networker
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            Dancing With Your Brain-Session 1

             

            Like Rich Simon said during today’s first Master Class webinar session with Dan Siegel, it’s absolutely amazing what opportunities technology affords us all. This kind of experience is extremely relevant to the kinds of online applications mentioned in the current issue’s articles.

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            09.16.2010   Posted In: NETWORKER EXCHANGE   By Psychotherapy Networker
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              Enhanced Learning Forum

               

              Thank you all—seasoned webinar-users and techno-phobes alike—for being part of today’s webinar with Dan.

              During Dan’s Wheel of Awareness exercise, I was struck by two things.

              First, it became so apparent to me that perhaps the distinguishing characteristic of our humanity is that we’re all symphonic conductors, coordinating in our unique ways the unimaginable vast range of  sensory, cognitive, and neural capabilities that live inside of us. The second is how little of this vast orchestra most of us utilize or even pay attention to in our day-to-day lives. Instead we allow our world to narrow into familiar patterns of thought, sensation and feelings as if that’s all that life could be.

              At the heart of therapeutic work is the shift that Dan described moving from being passengers simply drawn along through life to recognizing our ability to be captains actively directly the course of our own development. The Wheel of Awareness was a mini-demonstration for me what it might mean to shift from one relationship to life to another.

              This Week’s Assignment:

              Just to clarify your assignment before next week’s session, there are two components of what Dan’s asked us to do: one experiential exercise and a conceptual activity. Both would be enhanced greatly by sharing experiences, ideas and questions with someone on the Study Buddy list as you go over with each other reactions and personal highlights from the first webinar session.

              First, Dan asked us to take time over the next several days to return regularly to the Wheel of Awareness and concentrate on one segment of the rim each day. Find a quiet place for just a few moments every day and take some time to concentrate alternately on your external senses, intero-sensations, mental activities, and your relational segment. Just notice what happens as you do.

              Second, he’d like us to consider the Triangle of Well-Being, whose points encompass Relationship, Brain, and Mind, and consider: how are these three concepts related? What’s shared among mind, brain, and relationships, and how are they central to our experience of self and other? Dan would like us to explore these questions, and we’ll discuss them further next time.

              We invite everyone to post thoughts, ideas, and related experiences throughout the week on the Enhanced Learning Forum.  Particularly valuable would be hearing from everyone how you’ve begun to integrate any ideas, insights or discoveries from the webinar into your practice and your daily life.

              Thank you all for helping us create together the learning community that is this webinar—see you next week!

              Thanks,

              Rich Simon,
              Editor, Psychotherapy Networker

              09.13.2010   Posted In: M001 Dancing With Your Brain: Becoming a More Mindful Therapist   By Psychotherapy Networker
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                Post-Session Comment Board

                 

                Please take a moment to put into words whatever stood out for you about today’s webinar.

                It might be a particular bit of information, a new insight, a reaction to the overall experience of the session, or an unexpected connection that might not have occurred to you before. By contributing to the Comment Board, you’re not only stimulating your own brain, you're contributing to the entire group’s overall sense of discovery and exploration.

                To give us all a better feeling of community, we invite you to include your name and hometown with whatever posting you care to make.

                09.13.2010   Posted In: M001 Dancing With Your Brain: Becoming a More Mindful Therapist   By Psychotherapy Networker
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                  The Relationship Revolution

                   

                  Well, it’s arrived: the September/October issue is online! I think that this is a really special issue--truly, this topic of how our human relationships are affected by our digital ones is extremely relevant. Read more

                  09.13.2010   Posted In: NETWORKER EXCHANGE   By Psychotherapy Networker
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                    Dan Siegel's September Series

                     

                    I think there’s just something universally difficult about coming back to everyday life after a long holiday weekend like Labor Day. Sometimes it’s because having that extra day to sleep in throws you off schedule, and sometimes it’s because that long weekend was actually spent accomplishing more on your ever-growing to-do list. In any case, most people seem to feel that their week afterward--even if the week is only four days!--is unusually tiresome.

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                    09.10.2010   Posted In: NETWORKER EXCHANGE   By Psychotherapy Networker
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                      Back Issues: Oldies, But Goodies

                       

                      These days, news is considered “old” if a piece is written even a few hours ago. With so much technology at our fingertips, everyone strives to know what’s going on right now. It used to be that school textbooks might have been updated every few years or so but now, many are revised yearly to include current events or encourage new online resources. Read more

                      08.31.2010   Posted In: NETWORKER EXCHANGE   By Psychotherapy Networker
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                        The Today Show Interviews “Emerging Adulthood” Author

                         

                        Early this morning, I thought my half-asleep mind must have been playing tricks on me when I heard the name Jeffrey Arnett--the author of “Emerging Adulthood: The Winding Road from the Late Teens to the Twenties” who I blogged about yesterday--on the Today show. But a few hours and cups of coffee later, I remembered to check out the Today show morning segments, and there he really was! Read more

                        08.24.2010   Posted In: NETWORKER EXCHANGE   By Psychotherapy Networker
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                          This Generation of 20-somethings: Why Are They Different?

                           

                          Today is the first day of school. Not for me--as I sit in front of my office computer rather than in front of a professor--but for many. For those still in college, for my brother beginning his very first day of college classes, and for tons of other kids around the country. Some students don’t begin until after Labor Day, but you can almost feel it crackling in the air, that first-day-of-school expectancy fluttering around, affecting thousands of students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others. Read more

                          08.23.2010   Posted In: NETWORKER EXCHANGE   By Psychotherapy Networker
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                            Eating Our Emotions—Judith Matz’s “Attuned Eating” Approach

                             

                            Recently, Judith Matz’s In Consultation article (July/August) received compliments from a reader who also specializes in emotional eating. “It’s about time this approach gets some mainstream lip service!” she writes. “This article so clearly articulates what is truly at issue here.” Read more

                            08.12.2010   Posted In: NETWORKER EXCHANGE   By Psychotherapy Networker
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                              Can Man’s Best Friend Experience PTSD From War?

                               

                              I’ve been learning a bit about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) lately because in our upcoming September issue, we briefly explore technology intended to help individuals suffering from PTSD, particularly vets traumatized from experiences in Iraq.

                              Today, this AP news article really caught my eye, which says that a German shepherd exhibited signs of PTSD after performing her duties with the military in Iraq.

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                              08.04.2010   Posted In: NETWORKER EXCHANGE   By Psychotherapy Networker
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                                Networker Articles Admired By AlterNet Fans

                                 

                                The Networker was featured again yesterday on news site, AlterNet.org--this time not just for one specific article, but to showcase the increasing popularity of Networker articles among its readers.

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                                07.30.2010   Posted In: NETWORKER EXCHANGE   By Psychotherapy Networker
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                                  Journey into the Wilderness

                                   

                                  While immersing myself in Dick Anderson’s “Seeking the Silence” (July/August,) I felt that familiar feeling of awe that comes from observing someone do something that I could never do myself! It’s like when I’ve attended a particularly good concert, or when I've seen something remarkable like the performers in Cirque du Soleil. I always think, "Wow. . . I wish I could do that!"  Read more

                                  07.29.2010   Posted In: NETWORKER EXCHANGE   By Psychotherapy Networker
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                                    “The New Monogamy”

                                     

                                    I thought this month’s issue was so interesting, to say the least! I feel that the “new monogamy,” as author Tammy Nelson puts it, is definitely reflected in everyday life and in the media. I was also intrigued by the cover question: “Can we have our cake and eat it too?” Read more

                                    07.12.2010   Posted In: NETWORKER EXCHANGE   By Psychotherapy Networker
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                                      Lynn Grodzki's Marketing Within Your Comfort Zone

                                       

                                      Today, part 2 of Lynn Grodzki’s Practice-building in Hard Times, fit perfectly with the themes and strategies she emphasized last Wednesday. She focused today on marketing within our comfort zones, Read more

                                      06.22.2010   Posted In: NETWORKER EXCHANGE   By Psychotherapy Networker
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