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The Gottman Connection: Exploring the Ultimate Clinical Assistant

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Objectives

  1. Apply a thorough tele-therapy assessment of a relationship’s strengths and challenges in a complete written report and treatment recommendations to improve outcomes.
  2. Investigate the actual moment-by-moment dynamics in the complete written report and treatment recommendations to improve outcomes.
  3. Employ into your couples therapy a set of new online tele-therapeutic tools called the “Relationship Builder” that can be used with couples living together or apart.
  4. Assess how to help couples deal with conflicts and difficulties between sessions by using the “Relationship Builder” to access appropriate tools and exercises.

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Copyright : 03/20/2021

The Biology of Loss: How to Foster Resilience When Attachments Are Impaired

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  1. Measure the impacts of childhood trauma on psychological functioning and well-being in adulthood.  
  2. Differentiate how to uncover early traumatic events of childhood and unconscious feeling states. 
  3. Devise how to cultivate deeper therapeutic presence by bringing awareness to unconscious patterns and processes that may be exacerbating client symptoms. 
  4. Demonstrate how to keep clients engaged in present-moment experiences using a mind-body framework. 
  5. Evaluate recent developments in attachment research and trauma.
  6. Extrapolate how early loss can translate into maladaptive behaviors in adulthood.
  7. Propose 3 examples of skills for building resilience in the face of loss.

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Copyright : 03/19/2021

Psychotherapy and Neurobiology: Understanding the Science and Impact

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  1. Determine the neurobiological underpinnings of the arousal system that create dysregulation that is necessary for the development of PTSD  
  2. Appraise the three brain systems important for the understanding of psychotherapy  
  3. Determine the role of the default mode network in trauma recovery  
  4. Appraise the clinical research surrounding the effectiveness of various modalities in healing traumatic stress responses.  
  5. Propose several evidence-based methods that foster re-regulation of mind and body that can aid in reduction of symptomology that leads to continued trauma  

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Copyright : 01/11/2021

Couples Therapy Meets Sex Therapy: Toward an Integrated Approach

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  1. Determine how to integrate sexuality issues into EFT couple therapy. 
  2. Evaluate attachment issues that can impact a couple’s sexuality. 
  3. Determine how to help couples develop a sexual life with or without sexual desire.

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Copyright : 03/19/2021

Finding Meaning in Loss: The Sixth Stage of Grief

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  1. Analyze four strategies to address guilt, shame, and stigma in special circumstances, such as child loss, sibling loss, parental loss, and death by suicide or addiction.
  2. Assess and evaluate the strengths and limitations of the Kubler-Ross’s stage model as well as how a new stage can enhance posttraumatic growth and resiliency.
  3. Evaluate three techniques for using grounded positive psychology to assist clients who are grieving.

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Copyright : 03/21/2021

Polyvagal Theory in Action: Harnessing the Healing Potential of the Autonomic Nervous System

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  1. Employ exercises designed to engage the neural circuits of your client’s Social Engagement System to improve clinical outcomes. 
  2. Evaluate and track moments of autonomic disconnection to optimize repair in sessions. 
  3. Create an environment of autonomic safety using the “inside, outside, and between” guide. 
  4. Use your own Social Engagement System to effectively coregulate with clients.  

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Copyright : 03/18/2021

Accelerating Therapy with DBT Interventions: Breakthrough Techniques with Your Toughest Clients

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  1. Assess how to create discrepancy with values, goals, and behaviors to move therapy forward. 
  2. Appraise specific evidence-based tools to quickly engage clients in therapy and determine how best to target symptoms. 
  3. Determine how to develop skill with behavior chain analysis to understand the function of behavior and apply it to therapy to improve outcomes.     
  4. Demonstrate how to create movement and flow in therapy using both acceptance-based and change-based strategies.

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Copyright : 03/20/2021

Emotionally Focused Therapy for Individuals: Expanding the Self

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  1. Analyze the key elements of the attachment perspective on personality and its significance for clinical intervention. 
  2. Demonstrate the process of change and the elements of the EFT Tango.  
  3. Analyze the micro-interventions used by the EFT therapist. 
  4. Evaluate the applicability of EFIT for different clients with different symptomatology. 

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Copyright : 03/20/2021

Treating Collective Trauma with Hakomi: Listening to the Body

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  1. Use the key Hakomi concepts of applied mindfulness and somatic awareness to improve outcomes when treating trauma. 
  2. Apply attachment- and compassion-based skills that facilitate the experiential process into the body-mind. 
  3. Develop an experiential mindset to hold the multilayered complexity of trauma in sessions. 
  4. Demonstrate the essential Hakomi personhood skills that help therapists stay grounded and self-regulated while in therapeutic engagement. 

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Copyright : 02/16/2021

Young Adults and the Addictive Cycle: What Lies Beneath

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  1. Analyze five critical experiences that fuel the mental health and addiction problems of young people.  
  2. Distinguish two practical tools to aid in the disruption of the addictive process. 
  3. Apply the core elements to a healthy treatment process. 
  4. Measure the interplay of various forms of trauma with use of technology.  

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Copyright : 02/10/2021

IFS in Action: Leading Clients to Self-Leadership

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  1. Apply strategies used in IFS to contact the core Self. 
  2. Practice shifting the role of therapist from the primary attachment figure to a container who opens the way for the client’s Self to emerge. 
  3. Use methods for transparently handling situations in which you get emotionally triggered by your client. 
  4. Employ strategies to get clients’ polarized, deeply conflicted parts to negotiate with each other. 

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Copyright : 03/18/2021

Guilt, Shame, and the Traumatized Client: Finding Release from Toxic Emotions

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  1. Determine the difference between guilt and shame for clients, and why shame is so difficult to resolve. 
  2. Determine the specific dynamics of trauma and early childhood coping strategies that promote and sustain shame. 
  3. Evaluate how secondary gain and “protective parts” impact clients’ willingness to let go of shame. 
  4. Assess the role the therapeutic relationship plays in helping clients process shame. 
  5. Determine how to cognitively, somatically, and creatively enhance clients’ self-compassion and curiosity to help them let go of shame. 

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Copyright : 03/18/2021

The Neurobiology of Healing Relationships: Trauma Work Meets Couples Therapy

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Objectives

  1. Assess the states of your client's brain that impede emotional connections.
  2. Create a working relationship with your client’s brain on multiple levels to promote trauma recovery and healthy relationships simultaneously.
  3. Apply memory reconsolidation principles to couples therapy.

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Copyright : 03/21/2021

Nutrition Essentials for Mental Health: Strategies to Enhance Mood and Well-Being

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  1. Prepare clients with a comprehensive overview of the basic principles of good nutrition, food preparation, and mindful eating to improve symptoms and well-being. 
  2. Assess the conflicting research and differing recommendations about nutritional practices and alternatives to medicines that foster mental health. 
  3. Determine the benefits, risks, and deficits of a variety of popular diet types, from carnivore to vegan, depending on the needs of a given client. 
  4. Demonstrate to clients the latest research on how diets can affect mood. 
  5. Analyze with clients the links between depression, inflammation, and cognitive function. 
  6. Evaluate foundation protocols for specific DSM categories of Mental Illness 

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Copyright : 01/12/2021

The Ethical Dilemmas in Today’s Therapy: Clarifying Boundaries

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  1. Assess how to set the ground rules that establish norms for transparency and client empowerment.
  2. Explain the do’s and don’ts of therapist self-disclosure.
  3. Assess how to maintain our energy to ensure we make wise ethical decisions.
  4. Explain how to handle ever-shifting online and social media boundaries with clients.
  5. Apply best methods for dealing with safety and ethical decisions when considering virtual vs in-person support.

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Copyright : 03/18/2021

Ancient Wisdom for Today’s Ailments: Connecting the Body, Mind, and Spirit

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  1. Evaluate the connection between trauma, stress, and chronic illness. 
  2. Apply three writing and drawing practices in a clinical setting to heal the effects of stress. 
  3. Use the genogram as a clinical tool to deepen work with clients around health, resilience, and hope. 
  4. Demonstrate guided imagery practices to use with clients in therapy and in community settings to help heal the body and heighten experiences personal growth. 
  5. Assess how to help clients access inner strengths through creative processes that tap into the imagination. 

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Copyright : 01/07/2021