Personal and Professional Development

Personal and Professional Development

Explore new clinical tools, ways to grow personally and professionally, and therapeutic ethics.

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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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102 The Joy of Singing

Ysaye Barnwell • Thursday All Day
LOCATION: CONGRESSIONAL ROOM

Ysaye BarnwellMost of us have few opportunities to experience the sheer joy, power, and inspiration that come from singing and hearing our voice blend with those around us. This workshop is a chance for your heart, mind, and body to fully come alive.
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103 From Good to Great

Hedy Schleifer • Thursday All Day
LOCATION: Blue Terrace TENT

Hedy SchleiferChange and growth don’t come overnight. But we can use the science of expertise to move to a new level of clinical proficiency. In this workshop, we’ll use role playing and discussion to learn how to go from good to great. Continue reading

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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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105 Brainspotting for Creativity

David Grand • Thursday All Day
LOCATION: EMPIRE ROOM PATIO TENT

David GrandImagine being able to attain a sense of safety, balance, and joy that allows you to experience maximum creative expression in every facet of life. Discover how to use Brainspotting’s eye-focus-based technique to maximize your creative self-expression Continue reading

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108 Walking the Writer’s Path

David Seaburn • Thursday All Day
LOCATION: FORUM ROOM

David SeaburnThink you can write? In this workshop, taught by a therapist who’s also a published novelist, you’ll explore how to draw upon your experience, aptitude, and insight as a clinician to become a better and more imaginative writer. Continue reading

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110 Paint Your Vision

David Daniels • Thursday All Day
LOCATION: GOVERNOR’S BOARDROOM

David DanielsLearn to express your vision in watercolors. This hands-on workshop will introduce basic watercolor techniques to help you tap into your creative energies. This daylong experience will give you the know-how to continue painting for a lifetime.
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111 Improv for Life

Joshua Townshend-Zellner • Thursday All Day
LOCATION: SUITE 225E

Joshua Townshend-ZellnerLife is all about working with what’s handed to us, especially in times of rapid and sudden change. Good therapy, like good improv, requires the ability to act and react in the moment, accept the givens of a situation, and always be willing to adapt. Continue reading

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114 The Five Stages of Creativity

Lisa Mitchell • Thursday All Day
LOCATION: CALVERT ROOM

Lisa MitchellSpend the day getting lost in the flow of art and the art of therapy. This hands-on workshop will immerse you in easily accessible experiences—including drawing, collage, and mixed media—that emphasize the parallels between therapy and art. Continue reading

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116 Mindstrength

Ronald Alexander • Thursday All Day
LOCATION: SENATE ROOM

Ronald AlexanderGiven the repetitive wear and tear of clinical practice, we’re all at risk for falling into a rut that dulls us to new possibilities in our life and work. Spend the day developing your Mindstrength—a combined mindfulness and trance practice designed to access, heighten, and harness your creative resources. Continue reading

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117 Poetry of the Progress Note

Brad Sachs • Thursday All Day
LOCATION: SUITE 300E

Brad SachsAs clinicians, we tend to view written documentation of our work as a necessary evil, rather than as a unique opportunity to heighten our awareness and understanding of our patients, ourselves, and the relationship that evolves between us.
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118 The Soul of Photography

Dick Anderson • Thursday All Day
LOCATION: SUITE 268W

Dick AndersonIn this digital age, we’re awash in photographs documenting every aspect of our experience. Here’s a chance to both sharpen your craft and your ability to appreciate photography as an art form. Continue reading

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119 So You’re Writing a Book

Melanie Gorman • Thursday All Day
LOCATION: CABINET ROOM

Melanie GormanGiven their experiences in the therapeutic trenches, many therapists are bubbling over with compelling ideas for books they long to publish. But how many of them know what it takes to actually write, revise, and publish a book? Continue reading

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120 Brain Care is Self-Care

Linda Graham • Thursday All Day
LOCATION: BLUE PRE-FUNCTION ROOM

Linda GrahamBy tapping into the innate neuroplasticity of the brain to reduce stress, regain equilibrium, perspective, and resilience, we can avoid compassion fatigue and burnout and recover the rejuvenating creativity and flow of our work.
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