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Beyond Pills, Session 4, Michael Yapko: Comment Board

 
michael_yapko-bigThank you for participating in the fourth and final, Q & A session with Michael Yapko. We hope that this webinar has been informative and inspiration and that it’s provided you with a new understanding and perspective on depression.

Now’s your chance to ask all of the questions that you’ve been thinking about during the previous sessions, whether specific or general. What have you been wondering or waiting to ask so far? This is an opportunity to engage with expert Michael Yapko in order to answer any of the questions you may have about depression, hypnosis, or anything else he’s covered.

As always, we invite you to please take a minute to consider your experience participating in this entire webinar and comment below about what has been most interesting to you. Please include your name and hometown with your comment, and thank you again for your participation.
01.27.2011   Posted In: M002 Beyond Pills: Effective Psychotherapy With Depressive Clients   By Rich Simon
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    New Perspectives on Ethics, Session 2, Ofer Zur: Comment Board

     

    ofer_zur_lrgThank you for attending the second session of New Perspectives: Ethical Standards for the 21st Century Practitioner. Today’s course, “Ethics in the Digital Age” with Ofer Zur covers some of the ethical challenges caused by technologies such as e-mail, search engines, and social media.

    How has the Internet Revolution raised professional boundary issues? How do you handle clients who research you on the web, and should you ever research them? We hope you come away from this session with the answers to some of these questions and more.

    Please take a minute to consider and everything you’ve learned so far throughout this New Perspectives webinar, and comment below about what’s been most interesting to you. What new strategies from today’s session do you think will be most applicable to your practice? Do you have any related experiences from your own professional or personal life that would be relevant here?

    We invite you, as always, to please include your name and hometown with your comment. Thank you all for your participation and reflections.

    01.24.2011   Posted In: P002 New Perspectives: Ethical Standards for the 21st Century Practitioner   By Rich Simon
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      Sherry Turkle Questions Our Love Affair with Technology

       

      It turns out that we’re not the only ones talking about MIT psychologist Sherry Turkle, our Symposium keynote speaker. Her new book, Alone Together, an insightful look at our shifting relationship with technology, has gotten a lot of press recently, earning glowing reviews from both Newsweek and Time.

      Have you ever text messaged someone who’s in the same room or e-mailed people in your office rather talking face-to-face? While our beloved new gadgets make our lives more efficient—and entertaining—are they actually separating us, instead of connecting us? Turkle says they are. This week, she appeared on the Colbert Report to discuss it.

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      01.21.2011   Posted In: NETWORKER EXCHANGE   By Jordan Magaziner
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      Beyond Pills, Session 3, Michael Yapko: Comment Board

       

      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.

      01.20.2011   Posted In: M002 Beyond Pills: Effective Psychotherapy With Depressive Clients   By Rich Simon
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        New Perspectives on Ethics, Session 1: Comment Board

         

        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.

        01.17.2011   Posted In: P002 New Perspectives: Ethical Standards for the 21st Century Practitioner   By Rich Simon
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          Meet this year's Visionaries

           

          sherry_turkleOver 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 david_whyteUnknown 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 Johnjohn_gottman 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.

          Rich Simon,
          Editor, Psychotherapy Networker

          01.14.2011   Posted In: Keynotes   By Rich Simon
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          Beyond Pills, Session 2: Comment Board

           

          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.

          01.14.2011   Posted In: M002 Beyond Pills: Effective Psychotherapy With Depressive Clients   By Rich Simon
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            Diets and Our Demons

             

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            “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

            01.11.2011   Posted In: NETWORKER EXCHANGE   By Rich Simon
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              The Fabulous Five Workshops

               

              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.

              Sincerely,

              Rich Simon
              Editor, Psychotherapy Networker

              01.06.2011   Posted In: Symposium Highlights   By Rich Simon
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              Technology and the Relationship Revolution

               
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              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

              01.04.2011   Posted In: NETWORKER EXCHANGE   By Rich Simon
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                The Ethical Dilemmas No One Talks About

                 

                Remember when setting appropriate boundaries in psychotherapy was a no-brainer? “No” was the operative word--no gifts, no sex, no self-disclosure, no financial or social connection whatsoever outside the hermetically-sealed cloister of the consulting room. The rules were simple, direct, and unambiguous. But in today’s more informal therapy marketplace, the rules often don’t seem as clear anymore.

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                So what’s a therapist to do when a client anxiously offers a diamond-studded token of appreciation for all of the positive change you’ve helped him achieve? Do you accept a not-so-valuable gift--a tin of holiday cookies--from a vulnerable client to express thanks? What’s your decision when your therapeutic instincts conflict with the rulebook?

                I highly recommend one article in particular--Ofer Zur’s “The Ethical Eye” is a refreshingly sane and practical discussion of how to reconcile risk management with humanistic values. You can read this article free or you can read it as part of our 3-CE Ethics Reading Course.

                How does today’s culture make ethics more (or less) complicated in your practice? What resources do you consult in order to make the best possible therapeutic decisions?

                Does communications technology--Skype, e-mailing, text messaging, Facebook, or even the telephone--pose any ethical issues to our therapeutic practice? Which modern ethical dilemmas would you like to hear more about--or are there any of your own that you’d be willing to share?

                Rich Simon
                Editor, Psychotherapy Networker

                12.28.2010   Posted In: NETWORKER EXCHANGE   By Jordan Magaziner
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                  The Decline of Big Pharma and the Rediscovering of Psychotherapy

                   

                  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

                  12.14.2010   Posted In: NETWORKER EXCHANGE   By Rich Simon
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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 2: Feeling “Felt”

                               

                              Wow… after reflecting on yesterday’s second session of Dan Siegel’s Master Class, I realize that that feeling of amazement comes from the idea that we really are “dancing” with our brains through this particular course. It’s taken me a little while to process all that I learned in his one-hour webinar (which never really seems to be long enough for a conversation with Dan!) because I found so many aspects of his talk so intriguing.

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                              09.24.2010   Posted In: NETWORKER EXCHANGE   By Jordan Magaziner
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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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