Welcome to this year’s State of the Art virtual conference! For the next five days, we hope you’ll take advantage of State of the Art’s many opportunities to explore the latest insights and innovations from leaders in the field and the community of fellow attendees from all over the globe who’ll be sharing in the experience with you, as well as practical tools and guidance that can elevate your practice. To begin getting connected to other participants, you can search the community directory, create a profile, or start discussions in the event forums.
To get a better feel for what you can expect over the next five days of State of the Art, take a look at the conference schedule at a glance and a welcome video from Networker editor Rich Simon.
Scheduled events go live at 1 pm Eastern each day and will be available on demand for the next 5 months.
Today’s presentations include “The Power of Attention” with Emotional Intelligence author Dan Goleman and a dialogue between Dan Siegel and Rick Hanson called “Does Neuroscience Really Matter?” Recorded especially for State of the Art 2013, these presentations explore some of the key cutting edge issues shaping the world of contemporary psychotherapy.
To enhance the quality of the dialogue at State of the Art, Dan Siegel and Rick Hanson have both agreed to follow up on today’s session based on your questions! They’ll be answering them in a video Q&A session next week, so be sure to leave your questions as soon as possible either during their presentation or in the forums.
We’ve also confirmed that Esther Perel, William Doherty, Mary Jo Barrett, Dick Schwartz, Chris Germer, and Diana Fosha will be following up on audience questions next week, so watch out for the presentations and get your questions in! We’ll keep you updated on additional Q&A sessions as we confirm them with presenters.
We look forward to engaging with you during this week of inspiration, guidance, and discovery!
Susan Johnson on Why Labeling Clients’ Emotions Isn’t Enough
Emotions can be tricky—once they enter the consulting room, it’s easy for both therapists and clients to become stuck in, overwhelmed by, and embattled with strong emotions. It’s no surprise that so many models of therapy focus on changing clients’ problematic thoughts and behaviors—their unhealthy habits, outbursts, and destructive self-talk—while emotions take a back seat. When clients’ emotions are addressed in these cognition-focused models of therapy, they’re labeled and acknowledged without becoming central to the therapeutic process.
Tell Us What You Think | Ask Questions | Get Feedback From Your Peers
David Mays reviews the latest research and how it will shape the future of psychotherapy.
Did David Mays make his case successfully? Were there any developments Mays discussed that you think will be of great importance in the future of psychotherapy? Are there developments you don’t think will have as much importance as Mays implied? Will what you learned about suicide risk assessment change the way you assess and diagnose clients? How will what you learned change the way you practice both today and in the future?