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What Are You Looking Forward To In 2012?

 

Especially during this time of year, in which many of us pause to reflect on the past year and think forward to the year ahead, we tend to consider what we’d like to strive to do less of and what we’d like to do more of. Common resolutions may include cutting back on calories and hitting the gym more often; spending more time with friends and family and less working overtime hours; spending less money on cute shoes and more on…well, nothing! Today, many of us work to spend less and less money and save more of it for the future.

At the Networker, this is the time of year in which we’re really looking forward to the upcoming annual Symposium in March. We’ve sent out the Symposium program and posted details on our website—and this year, for the first time, we’ve even produced a digital edition of the Symposium program, which you can see on our Symposium 2012 page.

Nearly every day, no matter what time of the year, I find myself enthusiastically talking (more like gushing) about the Symposium in some capacity—to some poor subscriber who calls to ask a magazine-related question, to a webcast participant who emails to ask about CE credits, to friends who are social work students, to a family member who’s a health nut (“Did you know Andrew Weil is coming to our conference next year?! And Jane Fonda?!”), and more. Those poor souls who have to hear me go on and on about much they’d love the conference and how it’s worth attending….

But for those of you who’ve never been to a Symposium—or for those of you who’ve been in the past—I wanted to let you know just a few reasons I think you should consider registering for Symposium 2012:
•    There’s no substitute for real-life, human interaction—in our increasingly virtual universe, where we can easily and instantly communicate and learn online, you may think, “Why should I travel to Washington, DC when I can learn in other ways?” Trust me, there’s just nothing like face-to-face learning, in this one-of-a-kind atmosphere of energy, positivity, openness, and inspiration.
•    The extraordinary featured speakers—Andrew Weil, Dan Siegel, Scott Miller, Mary Pipher, Pat Ogden, and special guest Jane Fonda—and more than 100 incredible presenters, like Mary Jo Barrett, Lynn Grodzki, William Doherty, and Harville Hendrix.
•    The wide variety of relevant topics—no matter your clinical interest, we’ve got something that’s sure to be interesting and provide you with a new, helpful perspective. We’ve got workshops on topics such as mindfulness, clinical mastery, communities of practice, professional development, the business of therapy, and much more.
•   The energetic atmosphere and ample opportunities for dialogue, adventure, and fun available when thousands of therapists are gathered in one place. 
•    It’s the best way to survey and reflect on the field—past, present, and future—with so many likeminded colleagues.
•    Come celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the Networker Symposium with us!

If you’ve attended the Symposium in the past, it’s likely you’ve got your own list of reasons to attend this year. What do you think is the absolute best reason to join us in Washington, DC this March 22-25, 2012?

12.23.2011   Posted In: Symposium 2012   By Jordan Magaziner
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NP0012, Ethics, Bonus Session, Marlene Maheu

 
As the final, bonus session in the “Handling Today’s Hidden Ethical Dilemmas” series, Marlene Maheu, a leader and pioneer in telehealth, will discuss how to effectively provide online therapy while maintaining ethical boundaries. She’ll explore such tools as Skype, Google, virtual self-help products, and more.

After this presentation, please take a few minutes to reflect on what was striking to you about this particular session, how it fits in with the entire series, and your thoughts after participating in this course and hearing perspectives on a variety of applicable topics. What do you think was most interesting or relevant to your practice? What questions remain for you?

We encourage you to comment on this session and about the series as a whole, as this kind of deeper engagement is vital to learning and understanding. Thank you for your participation, and we hope you come away from this course with a clearer vision of how to handle challenging ethics issues.
12.20.2011   Posted In: NP0012 Handling Today's Hidden Ethical Dilemmas   By Psychotherapy Networker
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NP0012, Ethics, Session 5, Steven Frankel

 

Today’s session with Steven Frankel will delve into how to avoid the most common ethical pitfalls and how to handle the most common ethical—and legal—issues. He’ll discuss role conflicts and deviations, boundary crossings and violations, and the three axioms of ethical responsibility.

After the session, please take a few minutes to let us know what you think. What did the presenter discuss that was new to you? What was most interesting or relevant? We invite you to share your thoughts, questions, and revelations, as well as including your name and hometown with your comments.

If you have any technical questions, please feel free to contact support@psychotherapynetworker.org. Thanks for your participation.

12.19.2011   Posted In: NP0012 Handling Today's Hidden Ethical Dilemmas   By Psychotherapy Networker
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NP0012, Ethics, Session 4, William Doherty

 

Learn from veteran therapist William Doherty as he’ll delve into complicated ethical situations by showing video clips from the popular HBO series, “The Sopranos” and “In Treatment” to lead discussions on useful and unbeneficial ways to bring up terminations when clients are no longer benefiting from therapy. Doherty will explain the most common scenarios when termination is—or should be broached—and will go over strategies for initiating termination topic at the right time and in the right way.

After the session, please take a few minutes to let us know what you think. What did Doherty discuss that was new to you? What was most interesting or relevant? We invite you to share your thoughts, questions, and revelations, as well as including your name and hometown with your comments.

If you have any technical questions, please feel free to contact support@psychotherapynetworker.org. Thanks for your participation.

12.12.2011   Posted In: NP0012 Handling Today's Hidden Ethical Dilemmas   By Psychotherapy Networker
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NP0012, Ethics, Session 2, Ofer Zur

 

How has digital technology changed the ethical challenges therapists face with clients every day?  Join psychologist Ofer Zur in this practical discussion of the new ethical trials that have been brought up due to 21st-century technologies such as email, social media platforms, the Internet, cell phones, and more. Zur will break down these new dilemmas and provide suggestions as to what clinicians should do to effectively handle these ethical quandaries.

After the session, please take a few minutes to engage in the Comment Board and let us know what you thought. What did Zur bring up that was new to you? In your opinion, are there any other ethical dilemmas that exist because of new technologies that weren’t mentioned in this presentation? Do you have any questions for the presenter or participants?

We invite you to share your thoughts, questions, and revelations, as well as including your name and hometown with your comments. If you have any technical questions, please feel free to contact support@psychotherapynetworker.org. Thanks for your participation.

12.05.2011   Posted In: NP0012 Handling Today's Hidden Ethical Dilemmas   By Psychotherapy Networker
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NP0012, Ethics, Session 1, Mary Jo Barrett

 
Welcome to the New Perspectives on Practice series, “Handling Today’s Hidden Ethical Dilemmas.” In this popular series with leading experts on ethical practice, you’ll gain a practical and illuminating look at ethical guidelines for therapists in the 21st century.

This first session with Mary Jo Barrett, the founder and director of the Center for Contextual Change, will give you real-world examples of how to maintain boundaries even in the most challenging situations with clients. Learn why engaging in peer supervision and consultation are vital to conducting ethical therapy, and delve into many issues that are consistently confusing for clinicians. 

Throughout this series, a Comment Board will be available after each session. These Comment Boards are a way for participants to share thoughts and reflections about what was most thought-provoking and to ask questions of the presenters and of each other. We invite and encourage you to use these Comment Boards as a forum for learning. After listening to this first session, please just take a few minutes to share what you think. What was most interesting about this presentation? What questions do you have? 

Thank you so much for your participation, and welcome to this relevant and important series. If you ever have any technical questions or issues, please feel free to email support@psychotherapynetworker.org.
12.02.2011   Posted In: NP0012 Handling Today's Hidden Ethical Dilemmas   By Psychotherapy Networker
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NP0010, Mindfulness, Bonus Session, Sharon Salzberg

 
As the final, bonus session in “Is Mindfulness Enough?” series, Sharon Salzberg, a leading spiritual teacher, who’s a pioneer in bringing Eastern meditation practices to the West, will differentiate between kindness as “sweetness” and how it can be used as a spiritual force in daily life and in our practices—especially with those who have hurt us.

After this presentation, please take a few minutes to reflect on what was striking to you about this particular session, how it fits in with the series in its entirety, and what you’re thinking after participating in this course and hearing such a wide variety of perspectives on a variety of applicable topics. What do you think—is mindfulness enough? What do you think was most interesting or made the most sense to your practice? What questions remain for you? Do you have any relevant experiences to share?

We encourage you to comment on this session and about the series as a whole, as this kind of deeper engagement is key to learning and understanding. Thank you for your participation, and we hope you come away from this course with a clearer vision of how we can effectively integrate mindfulness practices and psychotherapy to benefit ourselves and our clients.
11.07.2011   Posted In: NP0010 Is Mindfulness Enough?   By Psychotherapy Networker
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NP0010, Mindfulness, Session 5, Richard Schwartz

 
During meditation practices, we learn how to observe and calm our disturbing thoughts and feelings. Discover with Richard Schwartz, the founder of the Internal Family Systems model, how to take the next step from paying attention to these distressed parts to healing them.

After this session, please take a few minutes to take a look at the Comment Board and let us know what you think. Do you have any experience with the Internal Family Systems model? If not, would you consider bringing these techniques into the consulting room? Do you have any questions for the presenter or your colleagues? We invite you to share your reflections and including your name and hometown with your comments. If you have any technical questions, please feel free to contact support@psychotherapynetworker.org. Thanks for your participation.
10.24.2011   Posted In: NP0010 Is Mindfulness Enough?   By Psychotherapy Networker
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NP0010, Mindfulness, Session 4, Michael Yapko

 
What do mindfulness practices and clinical hypnosis have in common? Michael Yapko, a clinical psychologist internationally recognized for his work in clinical hypnosis, will expound upon the practical lessons hypnosis may have to teach therapists about the vital role of suggestion in the change process. Explore the similarities between mindfulness and clinical hypnosis, and decide for yourself whether there are clinically significant connections between mindfulness and hypnosis techniques.

After the session, please take a few minutes to take a look at the Comment Board and let us know what you think. Do you have any experience with clinical hypnosis practices? If not, would you consider bringing these techniques into the consulting room? Do you have any questions for the presenter or your colleagues? We invite you to share your thoughts and questions, as well as sharing your name and hometown with your comments. If you have any technical questions, please feel free to contact support@psychotherapynetworker.org. Thanks for your participation.
10.17.2011   Posted In: NP0010 Is Mindfulness Enough?   By Psychotherapy Networker
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NP0009, Marlene Maheu, Bonus Session

 

As the final, bonus session in the “Handling Today’s Hidden Ethical Dilemmas” series, Marlene Maheu, a leader and pioneer in telehealth, will discuss how to effectively provide online therapy while maintaining ethical boundaries. She’ll explore such tools as Skype, Google, virtual self-help products, and more.

After this presentation, please take a few minutes to reflect on what was striking to you about this particular session, how it fits in with the series in its entirety, and what you’re thinking after participating in this ethics course and hearing perspectives on a variety of applicable topics. What do you think was most interesting or made the most sense to your practice? What questions remain for you? Do you have any relevant experiences to share?

We encourage you to comment on this session and about the series as a whole. Thank you for your participation, and we hope you come away from this course with a clearer vision of how to handle challenging ethics issues.  If you have any technical questions, please feel free to email support@psychotherapynetworker.org and they'll assist you.

09.22.2011   Posted In: NP0009 Handling Today's Hidden Ethical Dilemmas   By Psychotherapy Networker
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NP0009, Ethics, Session 5, Steven Frankel

 

During this session of “Handling Today’s Hidden Ethical Dilemmas,” you’ll have the opportunity to hear from Steven Frankel, who’s a certified clinical and forensic psychologist as well as an attorney at law. Frankel will discuss the best ways to deliberately avoid the most common ethical dilemmas in order to protect your clients and yourself.

After the session, please take a few minutes to engage in the Comment Board and share your reflections with the presenter and other participants. What was most striking to you about this presentation? Do you have any questions related to this material? We invite you to share your thoughts, questions, and ideas, as well as including your name and hometown with your comments. If you ever have any technical questions, please feel free to contact support@psychotherapynetworker.org. Thanks for your participation.

09.19.2011   Posted In: NP0009 Handling Today's Hidden Ethical Dilemmas   By Psychotherapy Networker
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NP0008, Attachment, Bonus Session, Ed Tronick

 

Discover Open Systems Dynamics, the concept that both the attachment bond and the repair of the attachment bond are essential to emotional and mental health, with Ed Tronick, renowned Harvard development researcher. Tronick, who developed the Still-Face paradigm, which has become a standard means of studying human development, will discuss how infants make meaning, the mutual regulation model, and how failed reparations affect mental life.

After the session, please reflect on this presentation as well as the series as a whole. Take just a few minutes to engage in the Comment Board and let us know what you think. Do you have any specific questions about this session for the presenter or your peers? How did all of these perspectives lend themselves to your understanding of how Attachment Theory is—or isn’t—clinically relevant?

We invite you to share your thoughts, questions, and revelations, as well as including your name and hometown with your comments. If you have any technical questions, please feel free to contact support@psychotherapynetworker.org. Thanks for your participation.

09.19.2011   Posted In: NP0008 The Great Attachment Debate   By Psychotherapy Networker
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NP0009, Ethics, Session 4, William Doherty

 

Learn from veteran therapist William Doherty as he’ll delve into complicated ethical situations by showing video clips from the HBO series, “The Sopranos” and “In Treatment” to lead discussions on useful and unbeneficial ways to bring up terminations when clients are no longer benefiting from therapy. Doherty will explain the most common scenarios when termination is—or should be broached—and will go over strategies for initiating termination topic at the right time and in the right way. 

After the session, please take a few minutes to engage in the Comment Board and let us know what you think. What did Doherty discuss that was new to you? What struck you the most? We invite you to share your thoughts, questions, and revelations, as well as including your name and hometown with your comments.

If you have any technical questions, please feel free to contact support@psychotherapynetworker.org. Thanks for your participation.

09.15.2011   Posted In: NP0009 Handling Today's Hidden Ethical Dilemmas   By Psychotherapy Networker
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NP0008, Attachment, Session 6, Allan Schore

 

One of the leaders of the neuropsychology movement, Allan Schore will explain why moving from insight to affect regulation is important, and how to help clients develop a body-based relational unconscious. He’ll discuss the Emotional Revolution that’s taken place and will help you better understand the human unconscious and how all of these understandings will lend to more effective therapeutic treatment.

After the session, please take a few minutes to engage in the Comment Board and let us know what you think. What did Schore discuss that was new to you? Do you have any specific questions for the presenter or your peers? We invite you to share your thoughts, questions, and revelations, as well as including your name and hometown with your comments.

If you have any technical questions, please feel free to contact support@psychotherapynetworker.org. Thanks for your participation.

 

09.12.2011   Posted In: NP0008 The Great Attachment Debate   By Psychotherapy Networker
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NP0009, Ethics, Session 1, Mary Jo Barrett

 

Welcome to New Perspectives on Practice: Handling Today’s Hidden Ethical Dilemmas. This practical and thought-provoking series with leading experts on ethical practice will explore current ethical guidelines for therapists. The first session with Mary Jo Barrett will delve into how to reconcile boundary maintenance and will cover why peer supervision and consultation are vital to ethical therapy, plus many issues that are consistently confusing for clinicians. 

After each session, there will be Comment Boards available as a way for participants to share what was most interesting or relevant from the sessions, and to ask questions of the presenters and of each other. We invite you to utilize these Comment Boards as a forum for thought and discussion after each session and after completing the course.

What was most striking about this session with Mary Jo Barrett? Do you have any similar, relevant experiences? Did this bring up any questions for you? Thanks so much for your participation, and welcome to this important and lively series! And as always, if you ever have any technical questions, please contact support@psychotherapynetworker.org for help.

09.05.2011   Posted In: NP0009 Handling Today's Hidden Ethical Dilemmas   By Psychotherapy Networker
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NP0008, Attachment, Session 5, Sue Johnson

 

How is Attachment Theory relevant to effectively couples therapy? Learn with Sue Johnson how understanding and working with attachment relationships will help therapists deepen their emotional presence and work with clients’ emotional reactivity in session. Johnson, one of the originators of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, will explore the principles of this empirically validated treatment and how to apply Attachment Theory in therapy.

After this session, please take a few minutes to engage in the Comment Board and let us know what you think about using this method with couples and whether you think Attachment Theory is applicable in couples therapy. What was new or most striking about this presentation? What questions did this bring up for you?  We invite you to include your name and hometown along with your comment. If you ever have any technical questions, contact support@psychotherapynetworker.org.

09.05.2011   Posted In: NP0008 The Great Attachment Debate   By Psychotherapy Networker
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NP007, Excellence, Bonus Session, Don Meichenbaum

 

Don Meichenbaum, the founder of Cognitive Behavioral Modification, will lead you in this Bonus Session, “What Expert Therapists Do,” on learning how to master the core tasks of psychotherapy and how to enhance your practice and expertise using web-based training procedures. Discover how to use new computer technology as an adjunctive tool in the psychotherapeutic relationship to improve your outcome and better help your clients.

We encourage you to take a few minutes after this session to comment on what you’ve learned from this presentation, and from the course as a whole. What was most striking or most relevant to you? What questions do you have? As always, if you ever have any technical issues, just email support@psychotherapynetworker.org for help!

08.23.2011   Posted In: NP007 The Road to Clinical Excellence   By Psychotherapy Networker
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NP0008, Attachment, Session 2, Jerome Kagan

 

Are we too attached to attachment theory? In this session with leading child psychologist Jerome Kagan, you’ll get the opportunity to explore the methodology and evidence behind Attachment Theory. Then, you’ll be able to decide whether you think the research shows that temperament or attachment is more significant to human development.

After hearing Kagan talk about the research and theories, please take a few minutes to engage in the Comment Board. Let us know what you think. What did you learn from this session that was new? What was most striking about this session for you? What questions do you have? We invite you to include your name and hometown along with your comment. If you ever have any technical questions, contact support@psychotherapynetworker.org.

08.15.2011   Posted In: NP0008 The Great Attachment Debate   By Psychotherapy Networker
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NP0008, Attachment, Session 1, Alan Sroufe

 

Is Attachment Theory important to clinical practice today? Over the next few weeks, the Great Attachment Debate will present a variety of viewpoints from leading experts on the scientific foundations of Attachment Theory to answer this relevant question about its implications.

In this first session, you’ll learn the fundamentals of Attachment Theory—John Bowlby’s influence, the connection between attachment style and psychopathology, and why Attachment Theory is important to clinical practice—with leading researcher Alan Sroufe.

After each session, please take a few minutes to engage in the Comment Board, an important part of our learning experience and to create a community of learning between participants. Please feel free to comment about what you’ve learned in the session, to ask any questions you may have of the presenter or your peers, or to share any relevant experiences. We invite you to include your name and hometown along with your comment. If you ever have any technical questions, contact support@psychotherapynetworker.org.

08.08.2011   Posted In: NP0008 The Great Attachment Debate   By Psychotherapy Networker
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