Discuss techniques and recent developments within Forensic Science, including expert testimony, domestic violence/child custody, and psychological issues.
Describe recent advances in Integrative Medicine, including pain management, cancer therapy, and acupuncture; and
Discuss recent developments and issues within psychotherapy, including Guided Imagery and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Pre-conference: Certified Crisis Intervener Level I and Certified Crisis Intervener Level II
“Hunting for Good Will: An Exploration of the Use of Metaphor and Ericksonian Hypnosis with Borderline Patients”
How does one go about treating a Borderline patient? With a referral! This typical comment reflects the widespread professional discomfort about entering into a therapeutic relationship with a Borderline patient. While there seems to be no definitive answer in managing the Borderline patient, this presentation addresses the suggested use of metaphor and Ericksonian Hypnosis as therapeutic treatment strategies for reducing affective arousal and distress, helping to build tolerance skills, and creating a collaborative non-threatening atmosphere in which the patient can learn to problem-solve and take healthy risks. A beginner’s overview of Ericksonian Hypnosis including some basic induction and trance work will be offered.
“The Night Terrors and Nightmares Controversy in Therapy”
This presentation will examine the distinctions between childhood development night terrors, the trauma related night terrors that typically persist throughout the sufferer’s life-span and trauma-related nightmares. The problems of therapists relate to new information regarding the two types of night terrors, distinguishing night terrors from nightmares and interfacing with other professionals who are not clear on how to solve these problems.
“Maximizing Therapeutic Results: The Benefit of a Systemic Theoretical Approach”
The more information that is brought to assessment and decision-making for treatment, the greater the probability for solid change. Using a wide focus that goes beyond whether an individual is feeling better, doing better, and back on track, this presentation will focus on those variables that combined to create symptoms initially and which can well re-activate them again. This approach utilizes a complex history taking of the self, the system, and the environment and looks to identify all of those forces that can act on the individual to reinitiate minor to severe dysfunction. Further, it is an approach that becomes a “classroom” for the individual where he or she develops a comprehensive knowledge of self (strengths and weaknesses) the systems in which they live (personal and work) of the chronic and acute anxiety with which they live.
“2-Minute Screening Cardiovascular Disease”
This presentation will offer the latest findings in psychoneuroimmunology that confirm the connection between the mind and body. The “fight or flight” response and its destructive impact upon health will be explained. Mind/body strategies such as hypnotherapy, meditation, biofeedback, guided imagery, etc, will be described and demonstrated. Participants will be trained in some “quickies” that they can safely use themselves and in their practices to reduce stress and improve health.
8:00am-12:30pm – 30 min. break
Charles Leviton / Patti Leviton
“The Conflict Between Us is the Conflict Within Me”
This presentation contends that relationships are not blind luck or fate or random connections, but tend to be an appropriate fit that describes and identifies where each individual is in their own psychological growth pattern. At any moment in time we are either in balance or imbalance. We draw partners to us like a magnet to help reflect the positive and negative issues and unfinished business of life that we need to work on. Our partner becomes a surrogate stand-in for the parts of ourselves with which we are in conflict. Incorporating the process of guided imagery, we can look at these issues without judgment and discover new tools to improve the relationship, and more importantly, heal us.
“The Worried Child: Recognizing Anxiety in Children and Helping Them Heal”
Anxiety in children diminishes their intellectual, emotional and social development and affects their physical health. Children today deal with increased family breakdown, a failing school system and terrifying levels of social violence. The result? A shell-shocked generation, many of whom suffer from significant anxiety. This presentation is designed to enhance the diagnostic and treatment skills of mental health professionals, as well as to sensitize other professionals (health care professionals, educators) and parents to the special needs of children with anxiety disorders.
“Social Work Workshop”
“Facilitating Extraordinary Emotional Change”
Facilitating efficient change of emotional distress is one of the central issues in the recovery from most psychological conditions. Emotional Transformation Therapy™ (ETT™) offers a new level of interactive psychotherapy that is both brief and in-depth. This presentation will provide the theoretical and scientific basis of ETT™ . It will include lecture, discussion and live demonstrations. Participants will learn procedures for using color and “peripheral eye stimulation” for facilitating emotional change.
“2 Minute Non-Invasive Screening of Cancer, and Marked Cancer Cell Telomere Reducing Effect & Normal Cell Telomere Increasing Effect with Selectively Enhances Drug Uptake to Primary & Metastatic Cancer Tissues”
This presentation will cover quick and reliable non-invasive cancer screening, localization of the cancer and their metastasis, identification of cancer cell type and effective treatment of cancer using Selective Drug Uptake Enhancement Method Inhibition of cancer cell division by reducing cancer cell telomere to below critically low levels. This will also cover non-invasive quick measurement of normal cell telomere and 8-OH-deoxy Guanosine to quickly evaluate the patient’s general condition and remaining life span.
“The Bewitchery of Medusa”
This lecture is about Fibromyalgia, an illness which has been considered as exclusively physical. This work is, on the one hand, a proposal about the archetypal and psychological roots of the illness originated by a very deep wound in the feminine side of the soul, a wound that we can see among millions of women who suffer from it today, an illness which begun several thousands of years ago and is told in the myth of Medusa. On the other hand, you also will find my proposition of a psychological treatment protocol on the basis of Ericksonian Psychotherapys.
“Personal Growth Through Loss and Grief”
This topic speaks directly to the vital importance of addressing personal loss, trauma and grief. Loss is an unavoidable life experience. Whether it is anticipated/developmental loss or traumatic/unanticipated loss: the normal, natural and necessary response is grief. This grief can become the cornerstone to personal growth.
“Teaching Briefer Psychotherapies”
This will be a brief overview of one approach to teaching the briefer psychotherapies. Participants will be able to name the major elements of psychotherapy by which the briefer forms can be divided and name at least 4 schools of brief psychotherapy. This presentation will compare long-term psychotherapy and crisis intervention to brief psychotherapy along their shared dimensions.
“Psychergonomics: Holistic Wellness in the Workplace”
Pschergonomics takes the concept of ergonomics beyond physical and environmental concerns to include a holistic interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit. The presentation will examine how psychosocial factors like family, conflict, emotional stress, addiction and financial pressures can impact an employee’s health and well-being. This concept incorporates a new paradigm of health care into wellness in the corporate setting adding a new dimension to human health and safety.
“FascialCranial Integration for Pain Management”
FascialCranial Integration recognizes the importance of the fascial and CranioSacral systems and considers all aspects of the human body, when dealing with pain and dysfunction. It begins by looking at the body’s structural and functional imbalances. And then, begins the intricate process of putting the puzzle together identifying possible causes for these imbalances. For example, a person who stands with a forward head, hunched shoulders or a swayed back is out of alignment and may be putting abnormal stress on organs, joints and soft tissue in the body, which may be contributing to the pain and dysfunction that person is experiencing.
1:30pm-5:00pm – 30 min. break
“Assessment and Theory with Alcohol and Drug Addicted Adolescents”
This presentation will provide an overview of assessment methodology with drug and alcohol addicted teens. In addition, a residential therapeutic approach will be presented along with the results of multi-year outcome research involving adolescents having completed the program.
1:30pm-5:00pm – 30 min. break
This presentation will introduce participants to new strategies to achieve more positive outcomes with their adult clients in the outpatient setting that in the past often required more intensive therapy in a partial hospitalization program. Beyond Counseling invites the therapist to take greater liberties in challenging core dysfunctional beliefs embedded in the personality that contribute to personality disorders. These strategies will focus on assessing appropriateness for treatment and developing a rapid therapeutic alliance. You will learn key core beliefs common to most individuals suffering from mood disorders and strategies to influence change using this therapist’s model of core and outer self-esteem.
“Labyrinths: Improving & Quickening Client Awareness and Therapeutic Outcomes”
Over the past 8 years, the introduction of both finger and walking labyrinths into hospitals, schools, prisons, churches and private settings has significantly grown. Through direct experience, participants will gain insight and familiarity with several wood finger labyrinth designs including the unique two-person design, (used by many therapists around the country) with the goal of determining which design will enhance therapeutic outcome for their particular situation/client population. They will also participate in walking a large fabric labyrinth to see the therapeutic value of using labyrinths in group work.
Patricia Sweeting / Gloria Beckstrom
“Are You Handling Stress OR is Stress Handling You?”
When it comes to stress, how are you handling it? Working with clients and their problems can and does lead to burnout. Whether managing a practice, dealing with managed care requirements or carrying a large caseload, we need to know our own endurance levels and how to handle the stress of working in the helping field. We will be more effective with clients, with managed care requirements and with our own lives, when we know what may be happening to us and how to handle it.
“Somatosensory-Hypnotherapy: Integrating Mind-Body and Hypnotherapeutic Approaches to Healing”
Somatosensory-Hypnotherapy is a unique approach that integrates Ericksonian Hypnotherapy with the latest scientific findings of mind-body healing. The research evolving from the fields of Psychoneuroimmunology and Psychobiology are deepening our understanding of how the body and mind work together to generate the healing response; thus opening new applications for the use of hypnotherapy in the treatment of entrenches unresponsive symptoms. The theory and technique of Somatosensory-Hypnotherapy will be defined, presented and demonstrated.
“Nuts and Bolts of Successful Psychotherapeutic Practice in a Private or Public Setting”
This presentation will share secrets of success from experienced therapists in both private and public practice. You will learn about the knowledge of business and governmental regulations that are required to maintain a practice. Hear about how to choose a setting and which agencies, clinics or panels you should join. This is an interactive meeting designed to assist you in missing the pitfalls of professional therapy. Bring your questions and answers. The neophyte as well as the veteran will benefit from the exchanges and fresh points of view. There will be something for every working therapist here.
8:00am-12:00pm – 30 min. break
1:00pm-4:00pm – 15 min. break
“Keeping Your Soul Alive as a Therapist in the Era of Managed Care: A Personal and Professional Recharging”
This workshop will recharge your personal and therapeutic batteries and put the fun and meaning back into your work. It will inspire and empower you to find and develop your unique voice in your clinical work and to find hope and possibilities in seemingly hopeless situations. This presentation will go beyond his hopeful, effective approach to therapy to address a positive approach to one’s life and the universe in a way that challenges discouragement.
“Advantages of Treating Cancer by Integrating Traditional Chinese Medicine with Western Medicine”
Clinic observation and research shows that by integrating traditional Chinese medicine into Western medicine for the treatment of cancer, traditional Chinese medicine adds certain advantages. You will learn how traditional Chinese medicine views and treats cancer and how it can be integrated into Western medicine treatment with great success.
“Physiological Functions of Phytonutrients: A Brief Introduction”
The purpose of this presentation is to contribute to the attendee’s ever increasing awareness of the importance of nutrition in health. It will provide an organizational framework with which to better understand phytonutrition and create an understanding of the importance of phytonutrient when accessing dietary and supplementation practices and recommendations. The presentation will also assist the practitioner in better accessing the completeness and balance of phytonutrient supplements.
Dr. Julian Ungar
“Revisioning Illness: Readingthe Patient as a Sacred Text”
“Pattern Theory and the Prediction of Violence”
“The Vision and Integration of Medical Wellness”
This presentation will provide an opportunity to learn and discuss the status and future of medical wellness programs and integrated services. It targets those with similar interests for defining and setting standards for medical wellness professionals and programs. Increasingly, health professionals and providers are assessing new strategies for positioning clinical service, rehab, education, preventative care and wellness as integrated components for the continuum of healthcare services.
Touch therapies are reported to give human recipients a feeling of well-being along with pain and stress reduction, although the underlying biological and chemical mechanisms are little understood. This presentation will provide instruction in Biotouch; information on how it can be integrated into various clinical and community settings; and hands on practice of Biotouch points.
This presentation will also provide the following objectives:
1) Identify the role of touch in homeostasis and psychosocial development and function.
2) Understand the theory of touch gates, gene expression, and the neuro-immuno-cutaneous-endocrine network.
3) Understand the integration of Biotouch into the therapeutic armamentarium.
“Psychotherapeutic Massage: Ethical and Legal Implications”
Attendees will receive an overview of the professions of psychotherapy, massage therapy, and their blending as psychotherapeutic massage. Varying state and local laws as well as professional ethical considerations of both professions will be compared and contrasted. Suggestions for reconciling differences among conflicts in law and ethics when providing both services as a professional will be presented.
“The Magic Garden: Creating Personal Therapy Frames While Maintaining Connection with Multi-Modal Team Treatment of Adolescents and Children”
Increasingly child and adolescent treatment occurs as a multi-modal team process coordinated among a therapist, the child’s parent or foster parent, a case manager, a school social worker or special education team, a rehabilitation specialist and possibly even a Guardian. How can therapists maintain the Integrity and trust of child clients within the individual therapy relationship while maintaining connection with new multi-modal and outcomes based on team treatment models? An exploration of this question will include a review of recent literature reporting the impact of increasingly team-based treatment plans upon psychotherapy approaches, alliance-building, and communication.
“Bio-Integrative Medicine – Integration of Body, Mind and Spirit”
“Manipulation Under Anesthesia – Hope for the Hopeless”
The manipulation under anesthesia (MUA) procedure is a non-invasive procedure increasingly offered for acute and chronic conditions, including: neck pain, back pain, joint pain, muscle spasm, shortened muscles, fibrous adhesions and long term pain syndromes. It is part of a multidisciplinary treatment approach for pain, including Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Pain medications and rehabilitative exercises. This will aid the attending Physicians in less invasive options for chronic pain as well as foster understanding of other disciplines.
“Your Inner Parent – A Transgenerational Approach to Family Therapy”
“Integrating Energy Medicine”
This presentation is an introduction to Energy Medicine in a CAM Complimentary/Alternative Medicine Practice and how to Integrate with all therapies. The direction of Healing through the Subtle Bodies will be discussed and how to use the various energy medicine systems, i.e.: homeopathy, gem and flower essences, acupuncture or meridian balancing, neutralization of heavy metals, chemicals, radiation, etc. and the importance of nutrition and electromagnetic energy to revitalize. Methods of evaluation in Energy Medicine will also be discussed and the importance of finding the root cause in healing through subtle analysis.
“The Role of Attachment in Parenting and Custody Evaluations”
This presentation will focus on assessing the quality of the parent-child and child-sibling relationships in parenting and custody evaluations. The central concept of “attachment” will be discussed by providing an overview of the conceptual, clinical, and research literature on attachment theory and it’s applications. The presentation will focus on attachment patterns in childhood, but will also address attachment patterns in adults and their relationship to parenting issues and parent child interaction patterns. Several instruments used in psychological evaluations and research on attachment will be presented.