BESSEL A VAN DER KOLK, M.D. DANIEL J SIEGEL, M.D. PETER A. LEVINE, PH.D. SUSAN JOHNSON, ED.D. JANINA FISHER, PH.D. DAVID GRAND, PH.D. HARVILLE HENDRIX, PH.D. DON MEICHENBAUM, PH.D. BARBARA FREDERICKSON, PH.D. TERRY REAL, LICSW MARLENE BEST, PH.D. MARY JO BARRETT, MSW JOHN BRIERE, PH.D. DAVID SCHNARCH, PH.D. PAT LOVE, ED.D. HELEN LAKELLY HUNT, PH.D. CHARLOTTE REZNICK, PH.D.
Most therapists, whatever their theoretical model, eventually discover that to have an enduring impact, therapy must offer more than just an opportunity to talk about problems. But over the past few years, we’ve seen a new era emerge; one that’s based on the scientifically informed recognition that - like theater, art, and music - effective therapy must create an experience that goes beyond words.
It’s not enough to simply be kind, supportive, empathic and provide a safe, nurturing environment. Today, more and more therapists are learning that evoking the kind of deep, visceral engagement that grabs clients’ full attention in this increasingly ADD culture requires us to be more directly present, more expressive, and more dynamic in the therapeutic encounter than ever before. At this year’s conference, Engaging the Emotional Brain: Tools for a New Era, we’ll focus on the emerging new synergies among neuroscience, artistic expression, revitalizing emotional experience, and psychotherapy.
1. Discover imaginative healing tools for helping children manage and transform a range of uncomfortable emotions and overcome sleep disturbances.
2. Explain how to help children achieve peak performance in school and live peacefully with siblings and parents.
3. Describe how to best match different types of MMI with an individual child’s temperament and life situation.
4. Explain what really works in trauma therapy.
5. Summarize a systemic view of trauma.
6. Discuss to complex trauma issues in youth, including post-traumatic stress, attachment. disturbance, behavioral and affect dysregulation, interpersonal difficulties, and identity-related issues.
7. Explain the neurobiology of destructive relationships.
8. Outline the new rules for treating millennial couples.
9. Create the optimal marriage.
10. Distinguish between primary and secondary emotions and use attachment theory as a road map for couples work.
11. Demonstrate how to encourage vulnerability by incorporating the “Soft, Slow, Simple” approach into your therapeutic style.
12. Utilize focused empathic reflection to reconnect, repair, and rebuild clients’ bonds.
13. Integrate the clients’ report of their internal experience and your observations of their nonverbal behavior, including involuntary gestures, posture changes, and external indications of shifts in their autonomic nervous system.
14. Develop your capacity to read your own somatic cues as a means of assessing the client’s experience.
15. Assess the often fleeting physical cues of the internal states that indicate crucial resources clients can access as they move toward healing.
16. Show clients to follow a “Brainspot”-the eye position in the visual field associated with the activation of trauma.
17. Explain to clients how to attend to their inner experience as they release emotions that typically are out of consciousness.
18. Recognize when a traumatic block has been cleared away and the desired change has been achieved.
19. Explore the most recent treatment advances in using yoga and somatic practices to help trauma survivors transform their disconnected relationship with their bodies and learn to feel safe, powerful, and effective.
20. Discuss the implications of her findings about love as well as practical, straightforward ways for bringing these insights into psychotherapy.
21. Challenge many of the myths commonly held about the teenage brain and highlight how understanding it can make all of us more creative and self-aware.
22. Demonstrate breathing, posture, facial, and vocal exercises to energize your therapeutic presence and enhance your mirroring of the client’s words and expressions.
23. Implement techniques for projecting different messages (empathy, support, authority, guidance) through how you stand, sit, and walk.
24. Explain how to make yourself “heard” through your body language and movements.
25. Discuss how micro-moments of love can ignite powerful mental, physical, and emotional changes.
26. Explain the connections between positive emotion, neural integration, and improvements in overall health and well-being.
27. Describe how therapists can make use of this biologically integrative experience in their clinical work to help clients enhance their ability to feel tenderness, warmth, and compassion.
Mindfulness Mediation and Imagery with Children - Charlotte Reznick, Ph.D.
Advances in Trauma Treatment Today - Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D., Mary Jo Barrett, MSW, John Briere, Ph.D., & Janina Fisher, Ph.D.
Advances and Challenges in Couples Therapy - David Schnarch, Ph.D., Pat Love, Ed.D. , Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D., Harville Hendrix, Ph.D., & Terry Real, LICSW
Harnessing the Power of Emotion - Susan Johnson, EdD, Marlene Best, Ph.D., C.Psych
Healing from the Bottom Up - Peter Levine, Ph.D.
Brainspotting: Processing Trauma without Talking About It - David Grand, Ph.D.
Future View: Charting Psychotherapy’s New Horizon - Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., Daniel Siegel, M.D.
& Barbara Fredrickson Ph.D.
When Talk Isn’t Enough: Embodied Awareness in the Consulting Room - Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
What Is This Thing Called Love? The Neuroscience of Positive Emotion - Daniel Siegel, M.D.,
and Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D.