Do you feel that your client would benefit from alternative forms of therapy in addition to traditional ones? Join James Gordon as he shows therapists a wide range of techniques, from spiritual to physical, to help depressive clients.
By Rich Simon Not so many years ago, few respectable therapists would have incorporated anything like “mindfulness” or a so-called “mind-body” approach into their practice. Such words were redolent of New Agey, airy-fairy gobbledegook, not at all appropriate for the serious business of psychotherapy. The body was indeed a very useful physical means for conveying the mind to therapy, but once in session, everything below the neck might as well spend the next hour in Timbuktu for all its relevance to the therapeutic process. Read more …
Do you feel that yoga might be beneficial to your clients’ mental well-being? Join Amy Weintraub as she takes you beyond basic mindfulness practices to discover how to incorporate yoga into your practice and into your life.
By Rich Simon These days, many noble and once well-remunerated occupations—like journalism and magazine publishing—seem in danger of declining into economic irrelevancy. And, not to unduly shock anybody reading this, the financial prospects of therapists aren’t looking too hot now, either. Not only are we told there are way too many of us—600,000 mental health professionals nationwide—for the population to sustain, but managed care has done its best to shrivel whatever pittance we used to be able to count on for our services. Read more …
Do you want to enhance your clinical effectiveness? Do you feel that the body and the mind are treated as separate entities when they should be treated as a whole? Join Rubin Naiman as he helps to widen your perspective as a therapist and helps you to bridge the mind-body rift.
By Rich Simon Therapists have always loved stories about dramatic in-session breakthroughs, those rare times when clients unexpectedly experience what seem like epiphanies—sudden insights about themselves and their lives, after which nothing will ever be the same for them. This kind of transformative moment can make the slow, painful slog of therapy feel worthwhile, and it’s a welcome counterbalance to the frustrations of a difficult, underpaid, underappreciated vocation. As a teary-eyed, beaming client waves a grateful good-bye, “That,” we can say, “is why we do therapy!”… Or so the fantasy goes. Read more …
Explore with renowned clinician Dan Siegel how applying the latest advances in the neuroscience of child development to clinical practice can have practical implications for parents and families. You’ll discover how therapists can help parents raise calmer, happier children by teaching kids to think and listen before reacting, shifting their emotional states through physical activities, and paying attention to their left brain story-telling.
You’ll gain a broader perspective on the social context of parent-child relationships today with Ron Taffel. He’ll explain how clinicians can help parents reassert their authority by creating effective “I mean it” moments with their kids and teens and other practical strategies for parents.
What are the benefits and drawbacks of working individually with a child in therapy as opposed to working with the family at large? When is it effective to involve parents and other family members in treatment? Explore with Martha Straus the best ways to work with postmodern families in therapy.
Explore the distinct challenges to attachment and intimacy that the stepfamily structure often creates. Patricia Papernow, who’s worked as a trainer, consultant, and therapist with stepfamily relationships, will cover practical strategies for helping clients form healthy stepfamily relationships.
Bullying has fallen more and more into the media spotlight lately. Is it that kids are becoming more aggressive? Or are we just paying more attention to this phenomenon? Is it the new forums available for these kinds of behavior—21st-century technologies that can make it easier to kids to bully? How can therapists, parents, and schools help the child who’s being bullied? Learn with Stan Davis, the co-leader of the Youth Voice Research Project, about how to focus on resilience in the child who’s being bullied and to help strengthen their support communities, in addition to working to stop the bullying behaviors.
Teach parents a new way to praise and encourage their children while getting them to comply and overcome difficulties by shifting the focus from “problems” to helping kids gain meaningful new skills. In this approach, parents will take on the role of guides and cheerleaders and children will gain confidence in themselves. Ben Furman, psychiatrist and trainer of solution-focused psychotherapy, will explore this method and take you through case studies.
Explore the effects that overprotective parenting can have on children with Michael Ungar, director of the Resilience Research Center and author of 11 books for therapists and children. Discover how parents can best offer children opportunities to experience risk and responsibility while ensuring their safety and give them boundaries without suffocating them, increasing their anxiety, or reinforcing their need for rebellion.
Consider the enormous psychological and cultural impact of today’s digital technologies on children, adolescents, parents, and society in this enlightening address with renowned MIT psychologist Sherry Turkle. You’ll discover that our smartphones, laptops, tablets, social media sites, and other electronic gadgets have a deeper impact on us as individuals, families, and society at large than we might have previously realized.