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Andrew Weil’s Keynote Address

 

A Vision of Integrative Mental Health

This morning’s keynote speaker, Andrew Weil, is the world’s leading proponent of integrative medicine—healthcare that ties together conventional and alternative medicine—and his work and ideas fit well into the theme of this year’s Symposium: “Creating a New Wisdom: The Art and Science of Optimal Well-Being.” 

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03.23.2012   Posted In: Symposium 2012   By Jordan Magaziner
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Creativity Day Workshops

 

Energizing, Inspiring, and Revitalizing

Creativity Day provides a wide variety of options to fit a range of interests—dancing, singing, writing, mindfulness training, and so much more. What a way to start off a professional, clinical conference! Whatever your goal is during Creativity Day—energize for the days (or year) ahead, try something new, get your creative juices flowing, take a day to just enjoy and take care of yourself—I hope you were able to meet your goals and more.
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03.22.2012   Posted In: Symposium 2012   By Jordan Magaziner
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Welcome to the Symposium!

 

The Creativity Day Kickoff

Welcome to Symposium 2012! Here in Washington, DC, spring has arrived just in time for the annual Symposium, and it all feels just right: the cherry blossoms are thriving outside, and the spirit and energy inside the Omni Shoreham is already palpable as everyone is beginning to arrive.


Of course, I think many (myself included) were a little bit bleary-eyed as we greeted each other sleepily among the coffee and Danish at this early hour, some after arduous travels to get here in the first place. But as usual, Richard Gonzalez’s invigorating Creativity Day Kickoff was even better than caffeine to wake us up and get us excited about the day ahead and the conference in its entirety.


Although I knew what to expect in general from this welcoming event, it didn’t cease to astonish me, once again, how good it felt to get up from our seats and dance and move altogether—especially on a Thursday morning, when I’d usually be sitting in my desk at my office, working and sipping coffee. It made me feel like, yes, the Symposium has begun! And this is the start of an entirely different kind of day.

If you were able to participate, how did this Welcoming Event make you feel? Whether it’s your first time attending or your 35th, we want to know what you think about this first part of the conference and as we move through the conference experience together.

The Symposium promises to be very full of activity, learning, inspiration, and fun. Please just take a few minutes to let us know what you’re thinking and experiencing, here on the blog, on Facebook, or on Twitter, and just check out our Symposium Live page so you can constantly stay updated with what’s going on at the conference as it happens. We want to hear from you so we can all share our different experiences.

03.22.2012   Posted In: Symposium 2012   By Jordan Magaziner
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What’s the Highpoint of the Symposium?

 
We want to hear what you think!

What’s the best part of your conference experience so far? What’s your favorite part of the Symposium experience in general? Participating in a particular workshop or listening to a keynote address? Seeing your favorite presenter? Being part of an inspirational luncheon or dinner event? Being in the grand Omni Shoreham; traveling to Washington, DC in the spring; enjoying the dance party; seeing old friends; meeting new colleagues?

Whatever it is—a moment of inspiration, joy, creativity, revitalization, or pure fun—we want to know about it. Whether it happened just a few minutes ago or 20 years ago, we want to know what you think, especially this year, as we’re celebrate 35 years of the Networker Symposium.

So what’s the highpoint of the Symposium for you?
03.21.2012   Posted In: Symposium 2012   By Psychotherapy Networker
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NP0015, Trauma, Bonus Session, Francine Shapiro

 

In this Bonus Session with Francine Shapiro, the originator of EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), she’ll show how this revolutionary treatment can be used to address challenging cases and shorten treatment time.

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 what you’re thinking after participating in this course and hearing a wide variety of perspectives on trauma treatment today. What was most interesting to you? 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 deeper engagement is key to learning and understanding. Thank you for your participation, and we hope you come away from this course with a clearer understanding of 21st-century trauma treatment.

03.21.2012   Posted In: NP0015 21st-Century Trauma Treatment   By Psychotherapy Networker
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NP0016, Attachment, Session 1, Alan Sroufe

 
Is Attachment Theory important to clinical practice today? Over the next few weeks, the Great Attachment Debate will present a variety of viewpoints from leading experts on the scientific foundations of Attachment Theory to answer this relevant question about its implications.

In this first session, you’ll learn the fundamentals of Attachment Theory—John Bowlby’s influence, the connection between attachment style and psychopathology, and why Attachment Theory is important to clinical practice—with leading researcher Alan Sroufe.

After each session, please take a few minutes to engage in the Comment Board, an important part of our learning experience and to create a community of learning between participants. Please 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. We invite you to include your name and hometown along with your comment. If you ever have any technical questions, contact support@psychotherapynetworker.org.
03.20.2012   Posted In: NP0016 The Great Attachment Debate   By Psychotherapy Networker
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Celebrating the Networker’s 30th Anniversary!

 

Dear Colleagues,

In celebration of the Networker’s 30th anniversary, we’ve been taking some time to reflect on the past three decades: what have we been doing as a magazine? As a community? As a field? Where are we going?

Back in January, we asked subscribers to contribute their personal stories about how the magazine has influenced their development as therapists and as people. We wanted to know if there were any specific issues or articles that had a significant impact, led to an interesting experience, or really, anything that readers wanted us to know.

We were so honored by the responses that came pouring in, and would like to post some of these responses (many in an abridged format) here. We’d love to hear more, too. If you’re a subscriber of the magazine, we’d love to provide you with another opportunity for response and comments here.

If you’re not a magazine subscriber but still a part of the Networker community—a webcast participant, a Symposium attendee, or just a fan in general—we want to hear from you, too. How has the Networker community impacted you? And an even larger question, if you’ve gotten a chance to read our March/April issue on “Is Therapy Getting Better?”—what do you think? Where do you think this community, and the wider community of mental health professionals, is headed?

-Rich Simon

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03.19.2012   Posted In: NETWORKER EXCHANGE   By Rich Simon
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NP0015, Trauma, Session 6, Diana Fosha

 
Discover an attachment-based approach to healing trauma founded in affective neuroscience with Diana Fosha, the developer of Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP). Learn how to build a relationship with clients as a trusted “True Other” and enlist clients in a process of dyadic affect regulation that’ll allow the client’s latent resilience to develop.

Afterward, please let us know what you think. Do you have any questions for the presenter? What was most interesting or relevant to you? 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. As always, if you have any technical questions or issues, please feel free to email support@psychotherapynetworker.org.
03.13.2012   Posted In: NP0015 21st-Century Trauma Treatment   By Psychotherapy Networker
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Can You Afford Not to Attend Symposium 2012?

 

We’re less than 2 weeks away from Symposium 2012 and in the frenzy of last-minute conference planning—honing my introductory speeches, rehearsing my Opening Night song and dance, checking and double-checking to-do lists, and more. Read more

03.09.2012   Posted In: Symposium 2012   By Rich Simon
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NP0017, Ethics, Session 6, Marlene Maheu

 
As the final session in the “Handling Today’s Hidden Ethical Dilemmas” series, Marlene Maheu, a leader and pioneer in telehealth, will discuss how to effectively provide online therapy while maintaining ethical boundaries. She’ll explore such tools as Skype, Google, virtual self-help products, 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 entire series, and your thoughts after participating in this course and hearing perspectives on a variety of applicable topics. What do you think was most interesting or relevant to your practice? What questions remain for you?

We encourage you to comment on this session and about the series as a whole, as this kind of deeper engagement is vital to learning and understanding. Thank you for your participation, and we hope you come away from this course with a clearer vision of how to handle challenging ethics issues.

If you have any technical questions, please feel free to contact support@psychotherapynetworker.org. Thanks for your participation.
03.09.2012   Posted In: NP0017 Handling Today's Hidden Ethical Dilemmas   By Psychotherapy Networker
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NP0017, Ethics, Session 5, Steven Frankel

 

During this session of “Handling Today’s Hidden Ethical Dilemmas,” you’ll have the opportunity to hear from Steven Frankel, who’s a certified clinical and forensic psychologist as well as an attorney at law. Frankel will discuss the best ways to deliberately avoid the most common ethical dilemmas in order to protect your clients and yourself.

After the session, please take a few minutes to engage in the Comment Board and share your reflections with the presenter and other participants. What was most striking to you about this presentation? Do you have any questions related to this material? We invite you to share your thoughts, questions, and ideas, as well as including your name and hometown with your comments. If you ever have any technical questions, please feel free to contact support@psychotherapynetworker.org. Thanks for your participation.

03.09.2012   Posted In: NP0017 Handling Today's Hidden Ethical Dilemmas   By Psychotherapy Networker
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NP0015, Trauma, Session 5, Christine Courtois

 

Explore the distinctive challenges of working with dissociated clients with Christine Courtois, the cofounder of The CENTER: Post-Traumatic Disorders Program in Washington, DC. In this session, you’ll learn practical methods for helping clients with dissociative disorders move beyond their patterns of avoidance so they can process their experiences of trauma, abuse, or loss.

Afterward, please let us know what you think. Do you have any questions for the presenter? What was most interesting or relevant to you? 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. As always, if you have any technical questions or issues, please feel free to email support@psychotherapynetworker.org.

03.07.2012   Posted In: NP0015 21st-Century Trauma Treatment   By Psychotherapy Networker
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NP0017, Ethics, Session 3, Clifton Mitchell

 

Join Clifton Mitchell for a practical discussion on the latest legal developments on therapists’ responsibility to handle self-injurious behavior in clients, report abuse or rape, and handle right-to-die issues. Mitchell will delve into significant legal and ethical situations and discuss practical case studies that’ll help you better understand the best ways to deal with these important issues—ethically and legally speaking—in the consulting room.

After the session, please take a few minutes to engage in the Comment Board and let us know what you think. What did Mitchell discuss that was new to you? Do you have any specific questions for the presenter or your peers? We invite you to share your thoughts, questions, and revelations, as well as including your name and hometown with your comments. If you have any technical questions, please feel free to contact support@psychotherapynetworker.org. Thanks for your participation.

03.07.2012   Posted In: NP0017 Handling Today's Hidden Ethical Dilemmas   By Psychotherapy Networker
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NP0017, Ethics, Session 2, Ofer Zur

 

How has digital technology changed the ethical challenges practitioners face in the consulting room? Join psychologist Ofer Zur in this practical discussion of the new ethical trials that exist due to new technologies such as email, social media platforms, the Internet, cell phones, and more. Zur will break down the new issues and provide suggestions as to what therapists should do in order to best handle these ethical quandaries.

After the session, please take a few minutes to engage in the Comment Board and let us know what you thought. What did Zur bring up that was new to you? Do you think there are any other ethical dilemmas brought up by new technologies that weren’t mentioned in this presentation? Do you have any specific questions for Zur or for your peers? We invite you to share your thoughts, questions, and revelations, as well as including your name and hometown with your comments. If you have any technical questions, please feel free to contact support@psychotherapynetworker.org. Thanks for your participation.

03.06.2012   Posted In: NP0017 Handling Today's Hidden Ethical Dilemmas   By Psychotherapy Networker
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NP0017, Ethics, Session 1, Mary Jo Barrett

 

Welcome to New Perspectives on Practice: Handling Today’s Hidden Ethical Dilemmas. This practical and thought-provoking series with leading experts on ethical practice will explore current ethical guidelines for therapists. The first session with Mary Jo Barrett will delve into how to reconcile boundary maintenance and will cover why peer supervision and consultation are vital to ethical therapy, plus many issues that are consistently confusing for clinicians.

After each session, there will be Comment Boards available as a way for participants to share what was most interesting or relevant from the sessions, and to ask questions of the presenters and of each other. We invite you to utilize these Comment Boards as a forum for thought and discussion after each session and after completing the course.

What was most striking about this session with Mary Jo Barrett? Do you have any similar, relevant experiences? Did this bring up any questions for you? Thanks so much for your participation, and welcome to this important and lively series! If you have any technical questions or issues, please feel free to email support@psychotherapynetworker.org.

03.05.2012   Posted In: NP0017 Handling Today's Hidden Ethical Dilemmas   By Psychotherapy Networker
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Student Scholarship Opportunities

 

A Pathway to the Ultimate Experience.

The 2012 Networker Symposium will be my third time attending, and I can’t help but think back to my first conference experience. At the time, I was a student intern at the Networker, working part-time while finishing up my undergraduate career. Read more

02.29.2012   Posted In: Symposium 2012   By Jordan Magaziner
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NP0015, Trauma, Session 4, Ken Hardy

 
Discover the relevance of trauma issues like family dynamics, poverty, and racism with Kenneth V. Hardy, the director of the Eikenberg Institute for Relationships. In this session, you’ll learn how to broaden your clinical frame of reference to address the sociocultural factors that can keep traumatized clients stuck.

Afterward, please let us know what you think. Do you have any questions for the presenter? What was most interesting or relevant to you? 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. As always, if you have any technical questions or issues, please feel free to email support@psychotherapynetworker.org.

02.29.2012   Posted In: NP0015 21st-Century Trauma Treatment   By Psychotherapy Networker
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NP0013, Mindfulness, Bonus Session 2, Ron Siegel & Michael Yapko

 

This lively Bonus Session, a dialogue between Ron Siegel, an assistant clinical professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, and noted hypotherapist Michael Yapko, will offer contrasting perspectives on the impact of mindfulness practices on therapy today. Siegel will explore the ways in which Eastern mindfulness practices are being integrated into Western psychotherapy, and how this union is affecting both. Yapko will discuss how understanding the role of suggestion can enhance mindfulness as a clinical tool.

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 what you’re thinking after participating in this course and hearing such a wide variety of perspectives on a variety of applicable topics. What do you think—is mindfulness enough? What do you think was most interesting or made the most sense to your practice? 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 deeper engagement is key to learning and understanding. Thank you for your participation, and we hope you come away from this course with a clearer vision of how we can effectively integrate mindfulness practices and psychotherapy to benefit ourselves and our clients.

02.23.2012   Posted In: NP0013 Is Mindfulness Enough?   By Psychotherapy Networker
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NP0013, Mindfulness, Bonus Session, Sharon Salzberg

 
In today's session, Sharon Salzberg, a leading spiritual teacher, who’s a pioneer in bringing Eastern meditation practices to the West, will differentiate between kindness as “sweetness” and how it can be used as a spiritual force in daily life and in our practices—especially with those who have hurt us.

After this presentation, please take a few minutes to reflect on what was striking to you about this particular session. What do you think was most interesting or made the most sense to your practice? What questions remain for you? Do you have any relevant experiences to share? As always, if you have any technical questions, please feel free to email support@psychotherapynetworker.org.
02.23.2012   Posted In: NP0013 Is Mindfulness Enough?   By Psychotherapy Networker
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NP0015, Trauma, Session 3, Pat Ogden

 

Learn how to help trauma clients create a “somatic narrative” with Pat Ogden, the founder and director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Discover how helping clients gain greater awareness of their bodies and creating a somatic narrative will help them work through experiences and distressing emotions that may be otherwise inaccessible to them cognitively.

After listening to the session, please share your thoughts and any questions on the Comment Board. What was most interesting or relevant to you? 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. As always, if you have any technical questions or issues, please feel free to email support@psychotherapynetworker.org.

02.22.2012   Posted In: NP0015 21st-Century Trauma Treatment   By Psychotherapy Networker
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