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VIDEO: Building Inner Strength with Brain Science

Cultivating Positivity and Virtue in Yourself and Your Clients

Rick Hanson

Weaving together insights from evolutionary biology, modern neuroscience, positive psychology, and mindfulness practices, neuropsychologist Rick Hanson claims the difficulty at the core of human experience is our perpetual struggle to overcome the negativity bias wired into our brains. Here, he explains how understanding the brain can help therapists and their clients grow inner strengths.

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VIDEO: Esther Perel on the New Rules of Love and Commitment

How Boomers Shaped Millennial Romance

Esther Perel

Couples therapist Esther Perel has been recognized as one of the world’s most original and insightful thinkers about couples, sexuality, and the peculiar paradoxes besetting modern marriage in the Western world. In this clip from her Networker Symposium keynote, she talks about the complicated and contradictory needs that are shaping Millennial marriage and commitment today.

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VIDEO: Peter Levine Shares a Personal Story About Trauma

What Does It Take to Ward Off Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Peter Levine

Among the first to fully realize that humans have an innate psychophysiological capacity for overcoming trauma, Peter Levine developed Somatic Experiencing, a simple yet profoundly effective mind-body healing technique. In this clip from his 2014 Symposium address, Levine shares a personal story about a traumatizing event in his own life, and explains the remedy that helped him ward off post-traumatic stress.

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Should You Have Leverage Over Your Clients?

Terry Real on Why Male Grandiosity Necessitates Leverage

Rich Simon

The idea of having leverage over a client in therapy seems like an unusual—and borderline unethical—practice. But according to relationship expert Terry Real, it's often necessary when working with male clients.

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Dealing with Dishonesty in Couples Therapy

David Schnarch on Not Taking Lying Personally

Rich Simon

Dealing with dishonest clients can be frustrating no matter what type of services you're offering, but in couples therapy, it can be even more infuriating; not only is the client lying to you and to themselves, but they're lying to—and risking damaging their relationship with—their partner.

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The Inevitability of Challenging Clients

Janina Fisher on Seeing the Cracks in the Foundation

Rich Simon

After working as a therapist for a number of years, it's easy to fall into the trap of thinking there's no case that's too difficult for you to handle. But, inevitably, we all eventually face a client who challenges us.

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In Search of the Therapeutic Breakthrough

Bruce Ecker on Finding the Underlying Reasons for Detrimental Behaviors

Rich Simon

The therapeutic breakthrough—it’s a moment that leads to deep, lasting change for a client. But is there an identifiable process that leads to breakthrough?

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Using Corrective Experiences in Attachment-Based Therapy

Diane Poole Heller on Bringing the Concrete to the Abstract

Rich Simon

One of the more unique challenges of working with clients who have attachment-based issues is the lack on concrete goals in their treatment.

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Understanding the Second Empathic System

Pat Love on a Key Difference Between Men and Women

Rich Simon

It's no secret to anyone that men and women register and react to emotions differently. But it's important for therapists who work with couples to more fully understand where this difference comes from and how to effectively work with it.

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Understanding Trauma and the Cycle of Growth

Mary Jo Barrett on Discovering How Clients Learn

Rich Simon

Clients may experience and respond to trauma in any number of ways, so the first step to determining how to best help them work through their trauma is to understand their growth cycle.

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