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Hanging Out with Tara Brach

Rich Simon

By Rich Simon We’ve all become so used to getting our needs for information and social life met online–email, videos, ipods, skype–that we sometimes forget how irreplaceable the actual experience of direct human-to-human contact really is.  Although we’re as fond of the lulling pleasures of cocooning as the next couple, one evening a couple of weeks ago, my wife Jette and I did something very old-fashioned. Read more

Welcome to “The Latest Advances in Trauma Treatment.” This series will explore the clinical implications of the latest advances from attachment, development, and neurobiological research and how to effectively apply them with clients. What’s the best way to structure treatment with trauma clients? How can therapists help clients reshape their trauma narrative? How can clinicians effectively tailor therapy to meet clients’ needs in the context of trauma? Discover the answers to these questions and much more.

In this first session with Mary Jo Barrett, the founder and director of the Center for Contextual Change, she’ll explain what she’s identified as the five essential ingredients to effective trauma work, through the lens of a structured, collaborative method of working with clients.

Discover how the stories clients tell about a trauma event shape their experience of it with Donald Meichenbaum, a founder of Cognitive Behavioral Modification and an expert in the treatment of PTSD. You’ll learn how to help clients create a more positive, “untold” story, the significance of resilience in healing, and how to help clients enhance their cognitive, emotional, physical, and behavioral resilience.

Learn how to help trauma clients create a “somatic narrative” with Pat Ogden, the founder and director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Discover how helping clients gain greater awareness of their bodies and creating a somatic narrative will help them work through experiences and distressing emotions that may be otherwise inaccessible to them cognitively.

Discover the relevance of trauma issues like family dynamics, poverty, and racism with Kenneth V. Hardy, the director of the Eikenberg Institute for Relationships. In this session, you’ll learn how to broaden your clinical frame of reference to address the sociocultural factors that can keep traumatized clients stuck.

Explore the distinctive challenges of working with dissociated clients with Christine Courtois, the cofounder of The CENTER: Post-Traumatic Disorders Program in Washington, DC. In this session, you’ll learn practical methods for helping clients with dissociative disorders move beyond their patterns of avoidance so they can process their experiences of trauma, abuse, or loss.

Discover an attachment-based approach to healing trauma founded in affective neuroscience with Diana Fosha, the developer of Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP). Learn how to build a relationship with clients as a trusted “True Other” and enlist clients in a process of dyadic affect regulation that’ll allow the client’s latent resilience to develop.

In the bonus session with Francine Shapiro, the originator of EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), she’ll show how this revolutionary treatment can be used to address challenging cases and shorten treatment time.

After the session, please let us know what you think. If you ever have any technical questions or issues, please feel free to email support@psychotherapynetworker.org.

Neuroscience: NP0032 – Session 4

As a therapist do you want to increase your sense of personal and clinical possibilities? Join Michael Gelb as he teaches how to apply the principles of neuroplasticity to everyday life, how to use mind mapping techniques, and how to improve your memory skills.

After the session, please let us know what you think. If you ever have any technical questions or issues, please feel free to email support@psychotherapynetworker.org.

John Norcross Reviews The Different Approaches That Work With Each Extreme

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It Can Also Make You a More Effective Therapist, According to Michael Gelb

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Perhaps the only certainty in life if that there are no certainties, and few understand that better than those of us working in the field of psychotherapy. We’ve witnessed the surge of designer drugs being marketed directly to the public, coped with the declining number of clients pursuing long-form talk therapy, and argued with insurance companies that are becoming less and less willing to cover the number of sessions that many clients need.
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Learn how to sidestep common clinical mistakes that promote resistance, and ways to overcome resistance if it does occur. Professor and author of Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients, Clifton Mitchell describes the best approaches to circumvent resistance, from clarifying goals, slowing down the pace, and helping clients find emotionally compelling reasons to change.

Explore a treatment plan for clients with narcissistic personality disorder that helps you maintain compassion while achieving leverage. Wendy Behary, author of Disarming the Narcissist: Surviving and Thriving with the Self-Absorbed, teaches how to use tactical confrontation, cognitive restructuring, behavioral therapy and skills training, experiential psychotherapy, and more.

How do you work with borderline personality disorder clients without lapsing into feelings of defensiveness? Richard Schwartz, originator of the Internal Family Systems model, describes working with borderline personality disorder clients who are preoccupied with protecting their vulnerable inner “parts” and can respond to mental health treatment with anger, impulsiveness, and aggressiveness.

Discover how to join with self-loathing clients who are so filled with feelings of shame and worthlessness that they find little benefit from the therapeutic relationship. Janina Fisher, who lectures and writes about integrating neuroscience research and body-centered approaches into psychotherapy, guides the viewer on how to help clients heal their attachment issues and gain self-compassion and acceptance.

In this session, marriage and family therapist William Doherty highlights some techniques to follow when a client isn’t following the treatment plan, continues to follow a self-destructive path, or simply isn’t making progress. Learn how to avoid sounding like a disappointed parent or threatening to abandon the client when therapy stalls.

Discover an assessment protocol to identify six personal characteristics that’ll allow you to customize treatment to match clients’ needs. Distinguished professor of psychology and clinical psychologist John Norcross explores how to identify these personal characteristics to achieve more effective treatment.

After the session, please let us know what you think. If you ever have any technical questions or issues, please feel free to email support@psychotherapynetworker.org.

Neuroscience: NP0032 – Session 3

Do you feel like your training has left you unprepared for the differences between men and women in therapy? By understanding gender differences you’ll learn how to become a more effect therapist. Join Louann Brizendine as she helps you increase your therapeutic ability to attune to both male and female clients.

After the session, please let us know what you think. If you ever have any technical questions or issues, please feel free to email support@psychotherapynetworker.org.

Clifton Mitchell Pushes Into The Pain To Find The Client’s Emotionally Compelling Reason To Change

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As Told by Louann Brizendine, It’s a Dramatic Story of Neurobiology, Differentiation, and Human Survival

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