Open Workshop

101 The Therapist’s Journey

Erving Polster & Caroline Paltin • Thursday All Day
LOCATION: HAMPTON ROOM

Erving PolsterCaroline PaltinGiven the professional isolation in which we often practice, a common paradox of the therapist’s life is yearning for the very quality of personal connection we try to offer our clients. Life Focus Groups enable participants to explore their lives,
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104 The Art of Performance

Richard Gonzalez • Thursday All Day
LOCATION: REGENCY BALLROOM

Richard GonzalezDoes the thought of giving a toast, making a presentation, or performing music for a group—however small—fill you with dread? Fear no more! Come be creative and spend this day engaging in interactive movement and communication exercises. Continue reading

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106 The Wholeness Process

Connirae Andreas • Thursday All Day
LOCATION: Blue room

Connirae AndreasIf you’ve explored Eastern spirituality, you’ve probably heard phrases like “The small self is an illusion: realize that you are a vast Self” and “Enlightenment comes through loss of the ego.” Continue reading

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112 A Day of Qigong

Patrick Dougherty • Thursday All Day
LOCATION: DIPLOMAT ROOM

Patrick DoughertyQigong, an ancient Chinese mindfulness practice derived from Taoist traditions, is a simple but powerful way of balancing one’s energy to reduce stress, promote good health, slow the aging process, and enhance emotional well-being.
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123 The Ethically Attuned Therapist

Mary Jo Barrett • Thursday All Day
LOCATION: PALLADIAN ROOM

Mary Jo BarrettThe ethical rules for therapists used to be unambiguous: no gifts, no self-disclosure, no dual relationships, no out-of-session contact, and, of course, no sex. But today the rules against boundary violations aren’t so straightforward, nor do the old prohibitions always seem clinically useful. Continue reading

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124 Navigating the New DSM-5

Martha Teater • Thursday All Day
LOCATION: AMBASSADOR ROOM

Martha TeaterThe recent introduction of DSM-5–the most important revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in 20 years–requires clinicians to make various changes to the way they assess and diagnose clients. Continue reading

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201/301 Undoing Aloneness

Diana Fosha • Friday All Day
LOCATION: AMBASSADOR ROOM

Diana FoshaThe dyadic regulation of emotion is fundamental to the experience of good therapy. Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) offers a range of precise experiential methods that facilitate moment-to-moment connection with clients. Continue reading

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205/305 Meditation and Imagery with Children

Charlotte Reznick • Friday All Day
locATION: BLUE ROOM

Charlotte ReznickIn today’s fast-paced, complicated world, mindfulness, meditation, and imagination (MMI) practices offer enormous potential for providing children with compelling experiences in therapy that enable them to access their inner wisdom.
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206/306 Ethics Made Fun

Clifton Mitchell • Friday All Day
LOCATION: PALLADIAN ROOM

Clifton MitchellWe all want to do what’s ethical, but slogging through most ethics courses can be a tiresome bore. Not this time! This workshop (back by popular demand from the 2013 Symposium) features a game show that’s entertaining, engaging, and high spirited. Continue reading

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208/308 Unlocking the Emotional Brain

Bruce Ecker & Sara Bridges • Friday All Day
LOCATION: EMPIRE ROOM

Bruce EckerSarah BridgesRecent discoveries in neuroscience have revealed that memory reconsolidation is the core process that’s in play whenever deep transformation occurs. It’s the brain’s innate process for unlocking and erasing an ingrained emotional learning. Continue reading

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216 Flash Forum on Trauma

LOCATION: HAMPTON ROOM

Advances and Challenges in Trauma Treatment Today

Donald Meichenbaum, Mary Jo Barrett, John Briere, Janina Fisher • Friday Morning

This Forum will offer fresh perspectives on how our basic understanding of trauma has developed since PTSD first became accepted as official diagnosis 30 years ago. Continue reading

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217 Becoming Someone Else

Anna Deavere Smith • Friday Morning
LOCATION: DIPLOMAT ROOM

Ann Deavere Smith

Both therapists and actors depend on using focused attention and empathy to take in the complexity and nuance of human experience. In this workshop, you’ll learn to take in the personalities and painful stories of others without losing yourself. Continue reading

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316 Flash Forum on Couples Therapy

LOCATION: HAMPTON ROOM

Advances and Challenges in Couples Therapy Today

DAVID SCHNARCH, Pat Love, Harville Hendrix, Helen LaKelly Hunt & Terry Real • Friday Afternoon

In this Forum, each participant will respond to the question “What’s the most important new idea or discovery shaping your practice with couples today?” Continue reading

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319 Treating PTSD and Complex PTSD

Donald Meichenbaum • Friday Afternoon
LOCATION: DIPLOMAT ROOM

Donald MeichenbaumnIn the aftermath of traumatic experiences, 75 percent of victimized individuals evidence resilience, or the ability to bounce back and cope with adversities as they arise. In some instances, they even show post-traumatic growth.
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401/501 Hardwiring Happiness

Rick Hanson • Saturday All Day
LOCATION: PALLADIAN ROOM

Rick HansonWe all need inner strengths such as resilience, confidence, and feeling cared about to bolster us through life—strengths largely derived from our positive experiences of them. Continue reading

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