Ever since she first achieved prominence with her bestseller Reviving Ophelia, Mary Pipher has devoted herself to illuminating the connections between the broad social and cultural issues that engulf us, our clients, and our communities. Through such widely read and broadly influential books
Each of us possesses an implicit self, expressed and known to ourselves and others through nonverbal, sensory and motor means, including our stance, posture, gestures, and facial expressions. This workshop will explore the rich somatic component that drives human behavior and show you how to tap into this implicit self in your clinical practice.
Yes, it’s time to measure client progress---and doing so will benefit both your clients and your practice. Clients whose mental health functioning is improving are far likelier to stay the course and benefit from therapy. Those who are experiencing worsening are likely to leave treatment worse off. How can you effectively monitor mental health vital signs?
Research tells us that we’re hardwired to connect: we learn, develop, and respond emotionally in relationship to others. Yet while a high percentage of individuals in therapy have big issues with their partners, most therapists still work with the individual. Is this because our clients are reluctant to enter therapy with their partners or because we hesitate
We’re engulfed by a culture whose major media messages encourage us to be competitive, independent, and materialistic---even though the innate biology of our nervous system functions best when we work together in supportive, cooperative, and connected groups. This workshop will focus on how an understanding of brain functioning can help
It’s good for a therapist to be an accepting, empathic listener, but getting stuck in the “nice” gear can restrict your ability to ask challenging questions, set limits, provide reality checks, or speak important truths. This workshop will teach you how to expand your clinical repertoire beyond nice. We’ll address the discomfort, fears, and desire to be liked
An Integrative Approach to Mental Health
The historical view of body and mind as separate entities has led to a segregation of medical and mental healthcare. Based on the work of Andrew Weil, this workshop introduces the emerging field of integrative mental health (IMH) to help heal this body-mind rift. It’s no longer sufficient for
Trauma lives in our bodies, as well as in our minds---and so does healing. This workshop will explore the psychophysiological aspects of trauma and healing, providing specific tools to help shift clients away from the frozen, high-alert psychophysiological state characteristic of trauma and activate the healing-conducive
Even as skilled, veteran therapists, we can find ourselves clumsily blundering through certain awkward clinical situations---a client gets angry at us, flatly rejects our brilliant interventions, or questions our competence. With couples, one partner may hog all the air time or refuse to consider the possibility that he or she may need to change, too.
Self-destructive behaviors are often a puzzle. Why does someone mutilate herself or become addicted to a substance he knows is harmful? This workshop explains these behaviors---and gives you the tools to resolve them---by viewing them as part of a larger cycle. We’ll learn that such behavior often starts in response to sexual,
While mindfulness is prevalent in psychotherapy today, it can also be misunderstood---and misused in practice---as a “one size fits all” therapy. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to enhance therapeutic outcomes by individualizing clinical applications of mindfulness to suit each patient. We’ll focus on combining mindfulness techniques and clinical hypnosis,
Given all that we’re learning about social neurobiology, how can couples learn to shape each other’s brains to promote their own mental health and “relational maturity?” In this workshop, we’ll explore a pragmatic, step-by-step process that can activate the natural capacities of our brains for deep, wordless, emotional and spiritual connection. Through lecture, videotape clips,