Narcissists---notoriously arrogant, condescending, lacking empathy, emotionally detached---often seem incapable of genuine relationship with anyone, therapists included. So how can we summon compassion for narcissists and engage them in treatment when they’re more likely to attack than cooperate with us? In this workshop, we’ll explore a method
The basic thrust of Positive Psychology---urging us to go beyond emphasizing pathology and “what went wrong” and help people change by identifying and building on individual strengths and life experiences---is unquestionably intriguing. But how do you translate this concept into specific clinical interventions that you can use in your therapeutic practice?
Clients often seek therapy because they have difficulty connecting with others. But while they talk about relationship problems in individual sessions, they exhibit them in group therapy. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the curative factors of group therapy that Irvin Yalom described and review some of its basic principles---the need for clear agreement
The targeted use of empirical data and research results to improve therapeutic outcomes is creating a revolution in psychotherapy. If you’ve been wondering how an integrated database could help you measure and assess the progress of your clients, and provide the feedback and guidance to help you achieve greater success, this is the workshop for you.
To err is human, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to identify and avoid the common pitfalls of family therapy. The traps include taking sides too early in treatment, trying too hard to control initial family sessions, and prematurely prescribing change. This pragmatic workshop, grounded in the empirically-supported principles of Functional Family Therapy,
Treating clients suffering from the multilayered impact of complex trauma---often associated with prolonged, severe childhood abuse---can be the most challenging, baffling work we do, compounded by fact that the treatment options change constantly. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the latest findings about complex trauma and their clinical
Although medications are often prescribed to treat depression, there’s a range of empirically tested psychotherapeutic techniques that are at least as effective, and sometimes more so, than medications by themselves. In addition, these strategies can teach new skills about how to cope with ongoing problems, and challenge and change self-defeating behaviors
While therapists often talk about the importance of emotion, we frequently aren’t comfortable with its explosive intensity, and, as a result, can be unsure of how best to respond when strong feelings are expressed in the consulting room. This workshop will teach techniques used in Emotionally Focused Therapy to help you stay attuned to the flow of emotions,
During the past decade, the language of neurobiology has become part of the vocabulary of psychotherapy. We’re aware of the importance of brain science, but as clinical therapists, how do we apply this knowledge in our practices? This workshop will provide a practical look at how to do just that, starting with the assessment process and going forward