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How do you “see” your clients? How do you conceptualize the way past events in their lives – perhaps recent, such as deployment in Iraq and/or Afghanistan or in their childhood, such as abuse – affect their core beliefs and how their feelints, thinking and behavior during the day? Case conceptualizations help us think through what is contributing to our clients’ problems and how we might best help them. This workshop is designed to help practitioners develop case conceptualizations that will then help guide their treatment.
Albert Ellis frequently used humor, along with the more common didactic and Socratic styles of challenging a client’s faulty cognitions. Humor can be a powerful aspect of developing a strong therapeutic alliance with a client and as a means to help clients change unhelpful attitudes. This workshop will cover various forms of humor, effective use of the various forms of humor, cautions in using humor with clients, and developing humorous disputes relevant to a client and the client’s specific unhelpful cognitions. Sample cases and live demonstrations will be offered in a fun supportive environment.
In recent years, there has been an explosive interest in the introduction of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) practices into the psychotherapy/counseling session across therapeutic orientations. In addition to acquiring core mindfulness skills themselves, therapists often struggle with the nuts and bolts of how to introduce and sustain mindfulness practice in treatment planning. This workshop will provide a bridge to the introduction of MBSR within the REBT framework.
Are clients really resistant or is it more accurate to see them as feeling demoralized, hopeless and stuck? How can we help such clients begin again to change their lifestyles? And how can we help them maintain that change? Clients grappling with a wide variety of problems, including addictions, eating disorders, and bi-polar disorders all get “stuck” at times. This workshop will focus on ways to renew hope and return to the process of therapeutic change. The workshop will draw on what we now know from neurobiology and will focus on techniques from motivational interviewing and Rational Emotive & Cognitive Behavior Therapy (RE&CBT) approaches.
In this interactive workshop, participants will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of REBT’s theory of emotional and behavioral disturbance. Techniques for identifying and restructuring irrational beliefs will be taught, as well as generating homework assignments to reinforce session content. Strategies for motivating clients to agree on the goals and tasks of therapy will also be discussed. A live demonstration with a volunteer will bring the theory and its applications to light.
Suicide has been a significant public health crisis for a long time and it is still surrounded by limited public awareness and understanding. Furthermore, existing literature suggests that graduate programs may not provide adequate training in working with suicidal clients. The question is always the same: “What am I supposed to ask next?” This workshop will focus on the RE&CBT model for suicidality by describing two novel instruments: The Suicidaction Potential Theory (SPT) and the Commitment to Life Inventory (CLI). Participants are encouraged to come prepared with clinical scenarios for role plays and discussions.
Working with trauma can present a variety of unique challenges which many therapists may not understand nor be familiar with. If you work with clients reporting loss of self, agonizing shame, emotional numbness, inability to bridge the gap between present and past, inability to feel safe, inability to connect with their body and/or self, inability to find words for their feelings due to trauma, you can benefit greatly from this workshop.
This full-day workshop will draw on what we now know from the neuroscience revolution and will focus on several paths to recovery. The theoretical models and treatment approaches will be based on principles of Rational Emotive &Cognitive Behavior Therapy (RE&CBT) and on the latest research findings in the area of trauma and dissociation.