EP17 Workshop 10 - In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Released Trauma and Restores Goodness - Peter Levine, PhD
Traditionally, therapies have attempted to change perceptions of the world by means of reason and insight, with conditioning and behavior modification, or with drugs and medications. The trauma response is a set of defensive bodily reactions that people initially mobilize in order to protect themselves, both from threat, and then later, against feeling the crushing totality of their horror, helplessness and pain. However, as time goes on, this avoidance keeps them frozen and stuck in the past, unable to be fully present, in the here and now, and unable to go forward in life. Fixed in the defensive trauma response, the shame, defeat and humiliation, associated with the original event replays itself over and over again in the body. Dr. Levine explores the implications of Body-oriented psychotherapy and recent findings in the neurosciences, on how the brain and body deals with e
EP17 Workshop 12 - The Discriminating Therapist: Teaching Discrimination Strategies Through Hypnosis as a Foundation for Good Decision Making - Michael Yapko, PhD
Therapy has typically focused on explaining why people have their problems and why they sometimes make the poor choices they make. This workshop focuses on HOW, not why, people unintentionally make choices that negatively impact their emotional well-being and quality of life. We will identify obstacles to making the key discriminations that can give rise to better decision making, especially global cognitive style and a past orientation. We will explore the role hypnosis can play in encouraging the development of effective discrimination strategies that can lead clients to choose “this,” not “that.”
EP17 Workshop 13 - Transforming Symptoms and Other Negative Experiences - Stephen Gilligan, PhD
A central currency in the therapeutic exchange is negative experiences--depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, etc. This practical and positive approach assumes that each core human experience has equivalent potential to be positive or negative, depending on the human relationship to it; and thus focuses on how problems may be transformed to resources by skillful human connection. This process operates at two levels: (1) developing a generative state (in the therapist, client, and relationship field) and then (2) using specific methods of transforming negative experiences and behaviors. Multiple techniques and examples for will be given, along with an exercise and demonstration.
EP17 Workshop 14 - Myth as a Transformative Agent - Jean Houston, PhD
Mythic structures illumine and fortify personal and cultural change. In using the significant myths that inform cultures and persons, there are potent means developed by Dr. Houston of applying mythic and symbolic material towards the shifting needs and challenges of our time. Houston will explore and demonstrate some of these.
EP17 Workshop 15 - ADHD: The 7 Clinical Types - Daniel Amen, MD
Based on the brain scans and clinical histories of over 20,000 patients with ADHD, this workshop will help clinicians properly diagnose ADHD and subtype it into 7 different types. They will also learn the clinical symptoms, brain imaging patterns and treatments for each type.
EP17 Workshop 16 - Treatment of Patients with PTSD and Co-Occurring Psychiatric Disorders: A Constructive Narrative Perspective - Donald Meichenbaum, PhD
Ways to implement the core tasks of psychotherapy with patients who evidence PTSD and co-morbid disorders of prolong and complicated grief, Substance Abuse Disorders and Borderline Personality Disorders. A case conceptualization model of risk and protective factors and incorporates a constructive narrator perspective will be presented.
EP17 Workshop 18 - The Science of Couples and Family Therapy - John Gottman, PhD, Julie Gottman, PhD, and William Bumberry, PhD
It’s been 50 years since the revolutionary inception of General Systems Theory that started couples and family therapy. Yet the central concepts were never made precise, or measurable and the theory never became scientific. In this workshop we show how we can now complete this theory and produce effective and powerful couples and family therapy methods.
EP17 Workshop 20 - The Body Keeps Score - Bessel van der Kolk, MD
Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world’s foremost experts on trauma, has spent over three decades working with survivors. He explores innovative treatments—from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga—that offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain’s natural neuroplasticity.
EP17 Workshop 23 - The Satir Approach: Essence and Essentials - Maria Gomori, MSW, PhD
The Satir Model is focused on the whole human being, bringing about transformational change within the individual, family and social systems. The therapeutic process is experiential, systemic, positively directional, and change oriented. We are all part of a universal system: the Life Force that provides energy for growth. A model for growth, focused on potential, and challenging the awareness of human beings on the expression of Self and the crucial need to value self and to feel validated, Self-Esteem is the cornerstone of Satir work. Changing consciousness from competition to empowering, from self-pity to congruence. The process requires the therapist have a high level of therapeutic competence, demonstrate congruence, and provide safety and guidance. I will demonstrate, and we will practice, "The Iceberg," one of Satir’s vehicles for change, a powerful process of internal transformation.
EP17 Workshop 26 - Psychodynamic Psychotherapy of Narcissistic Personality Disorders - Otto Kernberg, MD
This workshop will describe the various clinical syndromes reflecting narcissistic personality disorders, and the corresponding prognostic indicators for psychodynamic psychotherapy. The typical transference developments of these patients will be outlined, and corresponding technical interventions described. The relevance for the love life of these patients will be explored and treatment implications described.