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Race Diversity Today, Eugene Robinson

 

It was an honor to attend Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Eugene Robinson’s dinner presentation on race diversity in today’s America. His speech explored the research and insights that contributed to the creation of his recently published book Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America.

Robinson reflected on how he felt on the 2008 election night: “I knew it was happening, but like many other African-Americans, I didn’t really believe it was going to happen.” Once President Obama was elected, he said he called his parents to let them know that they’d lived to see the election of the first African-American president. So much had happened, he said, since he grew up, on the “tail end of the Jim Crowe era in South Carolina.”

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03.28.2011   Posted In: Symposium Highlights   By Jordan Magaziner
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Saturday Clinical Workshops, Comment Board

 
What were some moments from today that stood out for you the most? We invite you to take a few minutes to reflect on your favorite workshops from today and share what was most interesting or new today. You can comment below on the Comment Board, on other Saturday blog posts, or on our Facebook and Twitter pages. As always, we encourage you to include your name and hometown to continue creating a sense of community that we strive to create particularly at the Symposium each year.

03.26.2011   Posted In: Workshop Comments   By Jordan Magaziner
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Louann Brizendine Navigates through Gendered Brains

 

Is gender a social construction, caused when parents dress infant daughters in pink and paint sons’ walls blue? Or when they encourage sons to try out for sports and their daughters to try ballet? I always thought that there are minimal biological differences between men and women—until I heard Louann Brizendine’s presentation today, “The Gendered Brain.” Brizendine, a neuropsychiatrist who wrote the pathbreaking books The Female Brain and The Male Brain, took us on a tour of the male and female brains during each life stage, and pointed out the differences and similarities.

“The brains are more alike than different,” she said, “After all, we are the same species!” But from her extensive studies, it seems there are differences in the brains that really do make a difference. Some of it does have to do with society and culture, but some of it is biologically based.

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03.26.2011   Posted In: Symposium Highlights   By Jordan Magaziner
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The Heart of "Open Space"

 

The Symposium is a conference filled with many learning opportunities, events and programs that are fun, educational, thought-provoking, inspirational. . . and a little bit exhausting, too! On both Friday and Saturday night, psychologist and coach Lynda Klau is facilitating an event called Open Space, a method in which she is also trained, which will provide participants with whatever they want or need.

Klau said that typically, at conferences, the richest and most powerful times are actually at coffee breaks, or any unstructured times when people get together and share their various perspectives and understandings. So Open Space is a time when anyone who wants to gather can come and participate in activities—or not.

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03.26.2011   Posted In: Symposium Highlights   By Jordan Magaziner
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An Evening with Dick Cavett--The Art of the Interview

 
What a treat it was to be able to experience such a noteworthy and charismatic man as Dick Cavett in his area of specialty—an interview. Friday night’s dinner event featured Dick Cavett, the host of the Dick Cavett Show, in which he regularly interviewed stars such as Katharine Hepburn, Betty Davis, Groucho Marx, and innumerable others on the top of Hollywood and history’s “favorites” list.

In the classic talk show format, Cavett sat on stage across from Psychotherapy Networker Editor Rich Simon, in which the two went back and forth reminiscing about Cavett’s favorite times behind the camera, and Simon’s favorite times watching him on the screen.

Select clips from his talk show were played, to the audience’s delight. Some remembered seeing these interviews live so many years ago, and some enjoyed these scenes of celebrity interviews for the first time. Whether or not we grew up avidly watching Cavett’s show, the event was entertaining and enjoyable for everyone present.
03.26.2011   Posted In: Symposium Highlights   By Jordan Magaziner
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Friday Clinical Workshops, Comment Board

 

Welcome to the 2011 Symposium! Although some have been in the conference mindset since Wednesday, Friday is the first day of clinical workshops. Today began with Sherry Turkle’s intriguing morning keynote about technology and human relationships, and of course, Rich Simon’s unforgettable musical rendition of “Don’t Stop Believin’!”

What were your favorite workshop experiences today? What was most striking or interesting or new? We invite your comments here on the Comment Boards, on other Friday blog posts, or, if you’re unfamiliar with social networking, we welcome you to “brave new worlds” and explore our Facebook and Twitter pages! What as the best part of today for you?

03.25.2011   Posted In: Workshop Comments   By Jordan Magaziner
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Don Meichenbaum, Technology and the Future of Psychotherapy

 

Today’s lunch with Don Meichenbaum, Ph.D., the renowned founder of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and current Research Director at the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment, was the perfect complement to Sherry Turkle’s morning’s keynote. This morning, Turkle spoke about how our relationships with technology may be harmful to our relationships with each other. Meichenbaum’s presentation, “Technology and the Future of Psychotherapy,” told the other side of the story: how our digital gadgets can be extremely helpful as part of therapy.

Throughout his presentation, he gave us examples of how, through his specific work and through future possibilities, technology can be a key to improving mental health. His work on the Melissa Institute is all available on their website for free, for any mental health professional, educator—or anybody at all—to learn from and use.

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03.25.2011   Posted In: Keynotes   By Jordan Magaziner
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Sherry Turkle's Keynote: "Cyber Intimacy & Solitude"

 

This morning’s keynote, “Cyber Intimacy and Cyber Solitude” with Sherry Turkle, perfectly fit the theme of this year’s Symposium, “Braving New Worlds”—and Rich Simon’s musical production of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” also appropriately fit the theme of exploration. Turkle, the director of MIT’s Initiative on Technology and Self and a clinical psychologist, spoke about the evolution of our relationships with technology, as illustrated by her extensive studies, as well as her own, changed perspectives and understanding of our beloved electronics.

In the 1970s, she was hired by MIT to teach sociology, but was so struck by the “love affair” she reported students having with computers that she decided to change her role at MIT to instead study and track these shifting relationships.

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03.25.2011   Posted In: Keynotes   By Jordan Magaziner
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Creativity Day Workshops, Comment Board

 
Welcome to the Symposium! Some of you have already been in the spirit of this annual gathering since Wednesday with the start of the Hero’s Journey, some of you have arrived today from all over the world, and some will be arriving tomorrow.

Did you participate in Part 2 of the Hero’s Journey? What was it like to conclude that 2-day experience? If you participated in other Creativity Day workshops, what were your experiences like?

Read about others’ experiences here on the Comment Boards, or on the other Thursday blog posts highlighting this morning's Kickoff event and the Creativity Day Workshops, or go up to our Facebook and Twitter pages and join in the conversation there! In any case, we invite you to include your name and hometown with your comments.
03.24.2011   Posted In: Workshop Comments   By Jordan Magaziner
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Creativity Day Workshops

 
Creativity Day is a rare opportunity for those of us stuck in the grind of day-to-day sameness and seemingly endless to-do lists. This particularly special day of the conference affords us an opportunity to try something new, to explore a passion we don’t get to pursue in our careers, or to discover creative techniques that can be incorporated into our daily personal and professional lives.

Each year, a host of talented and inspirational leaders inspire us in different arenas, offering us the chance to engage in creative adventures like dancing, yoga, photography, and qigong. Whether we’re seasoned singers or tone deaf, it’s a unique and revitalizing experience to try new things or engage in something you know you already love.
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03.24.2011   Posted In: Symposium Highlights   By Jordan Magaziner
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Creativity Day Kickoff

 
Welcome to Creativity Day! Richard Gonzalez led our Creativity Day Kickoff in Afro-Caribbean dance and song, awakening our minds and bodies from early-morning sleepiness, and signaling the beginning of a different kind of day: a day intended to spark inspiration in ourselves and others.

Check back later for some photos of this energetic event; maybe you’ll see yourself or your friends. If you attended the Creativity Day Kickoff—particularly if you’re a first-timer—what did you think?  
03.24.2011   Posted In: Symposium Highlights   By Jordan Magaziner
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The Hero's Journey, Part 1

 

“All of us work with people—we help people help themselves—but rarely do we take time for ourselves,” said Robert Dilts at the start of the Hero’s Journey, “Over the next two days, we’ll get time to regenerate.”

This first day of the mystical-sounding Hero’s Journey delved into what, exactly, is the Hero’s Journey, and then we explored our inner lives through cognitive and movement exercises.
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03.23.2011   Posted In: Symposium Highlights   By Jordan Magaziner
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The Hero's Journey, Comment Board

 
This year, for the first time, an extra day was added to the Symposium, to make room for a special 2-day retreat—“The Hero’s Journey”—led by Robert and Deborah Bacon Dilts. What was your experience like on this first day of the Hero’s Journey? What was something that stood out to you—a specific moment, exercise, or idea?

As always, we invite you to include your name and hometown with your comment, so we all get even more of a sense of community.
03.23.2011   Posted In: Workshop Comments   By Jordan Magaziner
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Couples Therapy, Session 5, Michele Weiner-Davis: Comment Board

 

michele_weiner_davisThank you for attending the final session of Couples Therapy: Today and Tomorrow. We hope you’ll come away from this course with relevant skills you can apply to your practice and a better understanding of couples work.

Today’s session with Michele Weiner-Davis, a leading expert on divorce, will cover methods for helping couples heal from infidelity, how much to encourage disclosure of details of the affair, and how to deal with intense emotions.

What struck you most about this session, and what was most interesting to you from the whole course? Please comment below about what was most important, relevant, and thought-provoking to you.

Thank you all for your participation in this series and for taking the time to share your comments.

03.07.2011   Posted In: P003 Couples Therapy: Today and Tomorrow   By Rich Simon
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Couples Therapy, Session 4, Susan Johnson: Comment Board

 

susan_johnson_headshotThank you for attending Session 4 of Couples Therapy: Today and Tomorrow. This session with Susan Johnson, the originator of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) will explore the basic principles of EFT, the most empirically validated approach to couples work.

Johnson will discuss how attachment theory informs the underlying dynamics of couples’ issues, how to develop a systematic treatment plan with couples, how to help couples calm down, and how to interrupt destructive relational cycles.

We invite you to participate in this Comment Board to share your experiences with couples  therapy, comment on what was most interesting to you about Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, and ask any questions you may have. What was most relevant about what you learned today?

Please include your name and hometown along with your comment. Thank you again for your participation and your comments.

03.01.2011   Posted In: P003 Couples Therapy: Today and Tomorrow   By Rich Simon
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Couples Therapy, Session 3, Harville Hendrix: Comment Board

 

harville_hendrix_p003Thank you for attending Session 3 of Couples Therapy: Today and Tomorrow. This session with Harville Hendrix will delve into the basic principles of the Imago approach to authentic connection between couples.

Hendrix, the co-developer of Imago Relationship Theory and the co-founder of Imago Relationship International, will discuss how to understand the resistance to love that was founded in childhood experiences, how to help partners learn to heal wounds from each other’s childhoods, the basic skills of mirroring and empathy, and how couples can validate each other--even when they disagree.

We invite you to participate in this Comment Board to share your experiences with couples  therapy, comment on what was most interesting to you about Imago Relationship theory, and ask any questions you may have. What was most relevant about what you learned today?

Please include your name and hometown along with your comment. Thank you again for your participation and your comments.

02.17.2011   Posted In: P003 Couples Therapy: Today and Tomorrow   By Rich Simon
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    Couples Therapy, Session 2, Terry Real: Comment Board

     

    terry_real_p003Welcome to Session 2 of Couples Therapy: Today and Tomorrow. During this session with Terry Real, you’ll get the opportunity to hear about how to help today’s couples develop the skills they need to achieve a high level of connection and emotional intimacy.

    Real will discuss how to deal with the differences between what men and women contribute to relationships, how to identify the techniques that disrupt relationships, and how to present your observations as a therapist in an honest way.

    As always, we invite you to participate in this Comment Board to share relevant experiences with couples therapy, comment on what was most interesting to you, and raise any questions you may have. What was most important to you about what you learned today?

    Please include your name and hometown along with your comment. Thank you again for your participation and your comments.

    02.16.2011   Posted In: P003 Couples Therapy: Today and Tomorrow   By Rich Simon
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      New Perspectives on Ethics, Session 5, Steven Frankel: Comment Board

       

      steve_frankelThank you for attending the final session of New Perspectives on Practice: Ethical Standards of the 21st Century. We hope you’ll come away from this course with a better understanding of how to handle ethical dilemmas in our practices, particularly ones created by new technologies.

      Today’s session with Steven Frankel will delve into how to avoid the most common ethical pitfalls and how to handle the most common ethical—and legal—situations. He’ll discuss role conflicts and deviations, boundary crossings and violations, and the three axioms of ethical responsibility.

      What do you think was most relevant to you about today’s session, and about the whole course? Please comment below about what was most important, applicable, and interesting.

      Thank you all for your participation and comments.

      02.14.2011   Posted In: P002 New Perspectives: Ethical Standards for the 21st Century Practitioner   By Rich Simon
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        New Perspectives on Ethics, Session 4 with William Doherty: Comment Board

         

        william_doherty_lrgToday’s session with William Doherty, the fourth in our ethics webinar course, will cover the subject of terminating therapy in an ethical manner, in a different format. He’ll use cases from HBO TV series “The Sopranos” and “In Treatment” to illustrate effective and ineffective ways to terminate therapy when clients are no longer benefiting.

        We hope that after this informative and entertaining session, you’ll have a clearer understanding of helpful and unhelpful ways to terminate therapy and how to handle it ethically.

        What do you think was most relevant about today’s session? We encourage you to take a few minutes now to share any related experiences, and to comment on what was most applicable to you or most interesting.

        Please consider what struck you the most about today’s session and to think about everything you’ve learned so far about ethics, and comment below. As always, we invite you to please include your name and hometown with your comment. Thank you all for your participation.

        02.07.2011   Posted In: P002 New Perspectives: Ethical Standards for the 21st Century Practitioner   By Rich Simon
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          New Perspectives on Ethics, Clifton Mitchell, Session 3: Comment Board

           

          clifton_mitchellThank you for attending the third session of New Perspectives on Practice, “Ethical Standards for the 21st Century.” Today’s session with Clifton Mitchell--“The Therapist’s Duty to Warn, Report Abuse and Rape, and Handle Self-Injurious Behavior” will cover the latest legal developments concerning therapists’ obligation to prevent clients from harming themselves or others. We’ll explore the responsibilities and the limitations of confidentiality and other ethical situations, such as how to handle clients’ self-injurious behaviors.

          We hope you come away from this session with a better understanding of what’s required of therapists ethically and how to better deal with situations like clients who self-harm. What do you think was most relevant from today’s session? What was most applicable to you in your everyday practice? Do you have any related experiences that would be helpful to other participants?

          Please take a minute to consider these questions and everything you’ve learned so far throughout this webinar, and comment below about what’s most striking to you.

          As always, we invite you to please include your name and hometown with your comment. Thank you all for your participation and thought-provoking comments.

          01.31.2011   Posted In: P002 New Perspectives: Ethical Standards for the 21st Century Practitioner   By Rich Simon
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