01.20.2011 Posted In: M002 Beyond Pills: Effective Psychotherapy With Depressive Clients By Rich Simon
Thank you for attending the third session of Michael Yapko’s Master Class webinar. This session covers the role of relationships in depression and how depression really can be contagious. We hope you come away from the session with a better understanding of how to consider depression strategically, socially, and hypnotically.
What was most striking to you about this session? What new strategies do you think might be most applicable or relevant in your everyday practice? Do you have any related or significant experiences that might be helpful to your colleagues?
Please take a minute to consider these questions and everything you’ve learned so far throughout this webinar, and comment below about what’s been most interesting to you.
We invite you, as always, to please include your name and hometown with your comment. Thank you all for your participation and reflections.
01.17.2011 Posted In: P002 New Perspectives: Ethical Standards for the 21st Century Practitioner By Rich Simon
Thank you to everyone who attended the first session of “New Perspectives: Ethical Standards for the 21st-Century Practitioner.” We hope that this 5-part webinar series, featuring leading experts on ethical therapeutic practice, will provide you with practical and enlightening discoveries of modern ethical strategies and boundaries.
Today’s session with Mary Jo Barrett, “Ethical Dilemmas for the 21st-Century Practitioner” focuses on ambiguous situations: how to keep to our ethical boundaries while utilizing our clinical wisdom.
Using the Comment Boards provided after each session will help all of us process what we’ve learned so far and what questions we may have. It’s most helpful when all of us take a few moments to share relevant experiences, questions, or reflections. What stood out for you during today’s session? What do you think will be most applicable to you—professionally or personally?
In order to create a better sense of community, we invite you to please include your name and hometown along with your comment. Thank you all so much for your participation and thought-provoking reflections.
01.14.2011 Posted In: Keynotes By Rich Simon
Over the years, one important source of this sense of discovery has been the remarkable roster of speakers who have addressed the meeting, a group that over the years has included important figures like Maya Angelou, Elie Wiesel, Mario Cuomo, and Gloria Steinem. The group of featured speakers who will be presenting at the 2011 Symposium will hardly disappoint.
Opening this year’s Symposium will be MIT professor Sherry Turkle, a psychologist and anthropologist who’s spent the past 30 years studying the pervasive psychological impact of digital communications technologies on our lives. For a taste of her illuminating insights, click here to read an interview with her from the January issue of the Networker. You can also watch a video featuring Turkle on the process by which “we make our objects and our objects make us,” as she’s said.
On Saturday morning, poet David Whyte, a mesmerizing speaker and story-teller, will bring his unique powers of expression and vision to the task of describing the courage and creativity needed for “Crossing the Unknown Sea” into the uncertain future this year’s Symposium will explore. If you’re not familiar with David, just click here for a Networker profile of him and his work. You can also watch a brief excerpt from his unforgettable 2009 Symposium presentation to see him in action.
Finally, Sunday begins with an address by renowned therapist John Gottman on “The New Science of Trust.” At a time when the fabric of society seems to be irreversibly fraying, he’ll describe the crucial therapeutic significance of his latest research on enhancing human trust and connection. For an overview of John’s crucial contribution to the couples therapy field, check out this Networker article featuring him and his work or take a sneak peek at John in action here.
This blog will continue to give you a close-up view of the people and events coming up at this year’s Symposium that we think deserve your special attention, whether or not you decide to attend. Stay tuned on Fridays for more of our Symposium Countdown.
01.14.2011 Posted In: M002 Beyond Pills: Effective Psychotherapy With Depressive Clients By Rich Simon
We hope you enjoyed the second session of Michael Yapko’s Master Class Webinar, “Beyond Pills: Effective Psychotherapy with Depressive Clients.” Today’s session included a brief background on what hypnosis really is—and isn’t—and why it can be a beneficial method to help depressive clients.
We were given the opportunity to watch a clinical video presentation of Yapko with a real client who was in a major depression. “The Case of Mike” illustrates Yapko’s techniques with a client he’d never seen or spoken to before that meeting, and demonstrates the kind of experience such a client can have in a focused or hypnotic state.
Have you ever used hypnosis as part of your psychotherapy before? If so, what do you think works, or doesn’t work, well about it? What stood out for you today?
Please take a moment to share with us below what was new or most interesting, particularly about getting to experience this kind of session.
In order to create a better sense of community, we invite you to please include your name and hometown with your comment. Thank you all for your participation and inspiring thoughts and comments.
01.11.2011 Posted In: NETWORKER EXCHANGE By Rich Simon
“It’s that time of the year again,” writes Judith Matz in her cover piece on our national obsession with dieting in the January/February Networker. “Every January, the weight-loss frenzy begins anew as the overeating of the holiday season subsides and millions of us resolve that this will be the year that we will lose weight and keep it off.”
Our national cornucopia spilleth over our waistlines in rolls of fat even more than it did 13 years ago: obesity rates were 15 to 20 percent in 1995, and about 34 percent in 2008. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us we’ve become an “obesogenic” society, “characterized by environments that promote increased food intake, nonhealthful foods, and physical inactivity.” For more information, click here. Read more
01.06.2011 Posted In: Symposium Highlights By Rich Simon
More than 1,200 attendees have already signed up--our largest registration ever! So this is a good time to see which Symposium topics are inspiring therapists the most.
Here are the five most popular sessions so far, in reverse order:
5. Paper Tiger Paranoia: Transforming the Fearful Brain: Rick Hanson will demonstrate that, while evolution may have hard-wired us to overestimate threat--favoring chronic anxiety--we can use our own neuroplasticity to override this evolutionary heritage. Read more.
4. Treating PTSD and Complex PTSD: 101 Ways to Bolster Resilience: Amidst all the competing claims of different approaches, Donald Meichenbaum, one of the founders of psychotherapy’s “cognitive revolution,” will separate myth from reality in the treatment of trauma. Read more.
3. The Therapist Under the Microscope: “In Treatment” and the Ethical Challenge of Practice: William Doherty will use clips from the popular HBO series to illustrate the ethical complexities of modern therapeutic practice. Read more.
2. The Attuned Couple: John Gottman, famous for his groundbreaking research on everyday couples interactions, will provide a practical roadmap through even the most densely overgrown marital jungle. Read more.
1. Creating a Beautiful Mind: Symposium keynoter and poet David Whyte will lead a journey through the uncharted challenges of 21st-century life. Read more.
Another workshop in particular that’s worth noting is the new The Hero’s Journey: A Special Two-Day Transformation Retreat. Come to the Symposium a day early for this newly created, two-day session. This popular workshop is filling up fast, as it'll be an unforgettable enrichment to your personal growth. Read more.
Of course, as more registrations come in, these Fabulous Five could find their stars eclipsed by yet newer wonders--after all, the Symposium season is young and we have 175 different events and workshops to choose from. Just click here to explore what workshops are likeliest to float your boat.
Let us know what inspires you the most about the upcoming Symposium.
01.05.2011 Posted In: M002 Beyond Pills: Effective Psychotherapy With Depressive Clients By Rich Simon
Thank you to everyone who attended the first session of Michael Yapko’s Master Class Webinar, “Beyond Pills: Effective Psychotherapy with Depressive Clients.” Through this four-session course, we’ll learn valuable methods to help treat depressed clients without antidepressant medications.
Today’s session is an important part of the learning process in order to understand what therapy can do that medication can’t, why we should be cautious of medications, and learning about new tools like hypnosis in order to better treat clients.
Using the Comment Boards provided after each session will help all of us process what we’ve learned by sharing relevant experiences, questions, or reflections. Please make sure to take a moment to tell us what stood out for you during this session. What do you think will have the most impact on you, professionally or personally?
In order to create a better sense of community, we invite you to please include your name and hometown along with your comment. Thank you all for your participation and thought-provoking reflections.
Last September, the Networker published an issue called “Life After 2.0,” devoted to exploring whether we’ve crossed a threshold in our relationship to technology--even therapists like me, a committed technophobe. As we explored the social and clinical impact of the ever-more-advanced communication technologies, I got more and more curious about what I was missing out on. Finally, I took the plunge and bought an iPod, and my life hasn’t been the same since. Read more
An article in the December Archives of General Psychiatry just reported that only 43 percent of people who sought treatment for depression went to a psychotherapist. This is part of a larger trend over the past couple of decades that has seen the number of people referred for therapy by physicians drop nearly 50 percent. Read more