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Compassionate Inquiry

Program Information

Objectives

  1. Demonstrate how to keep clients engaged in present-moment experience using a mind-body framework. 
  2. Explain how to help clients access emotional states through body awareness. 
  3. Discuss how to uncover early traumatic events of childhood and unconscious feeling states. 
  4. Explore how to cultivate deeper therapeutic presence by bringing attention to what remains unexpressed in clients’ everyday awareness. 

Outline

In this workshop Dr. Mate weaves together scientific research, his practice and personal experiences to present a treatment modality that transforms and heals.

Part I

Mate defines and introduces Compassionate Inquiry as an approach to psychotherapy in which both the individual and therapist uncover the level of consciousness, mental climate, hidden assumptions, implicit memories and body states which forms the real message that words both express and conceal.

This session will:

  • Review the basic assumptions of Compassionate Inquiry
  • Understand the importance for both the therapist and client, to embody their true nature and co-create a new paradigm 
  • Recognize the limitations of the DSM and of using diagnoses as labels
  • Look at emotional and physical diseases that can be addressed by Compassionate Inquiry
  • Recognize the importance of relational aspects of diagnosis
  • Explore questions that create conditions under which a new paradigm can develop

Part II

Mate builds on his book, When the Body Says “No”.

This part of the session will:

  • Understand the belief that who gets sick is not accidental
  • How to challenge a client’s processing system
  • Understand the role of stress in the development of disease
  • Review the stress reaction from a systematic understanding
  • Identify the risk facts and the primary adaptations to stress and how it affects: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health
  • Look at several case studies that used Compassionate Inquiry to bring about transformation and healing

Copyright : 22/03/2019

IFS in Action: Leading Clients to Self-Leadership

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Objectives

  1. Apply strategies used in IFS to contact the core Self.
  2. Specify how to shift 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. Analyze how to get clients’ polarized, deeply conflicted parts to negotiate with each other.

Outline

Internal Family Systems (IFS): Origins and Contacting the Core Self

Identify Diagnoses & Symptoms: Open the Way for the Client’s Self to Emerge

Access Internal Strengths & Resources for Healing

Handling Situations in Which You Get Emotionally Triggered

IFS Techniques to Get Client’s Deeply Conflicted Parts to Negotiate

Copyright : 22/03/2019

Couples Therapy for Treating Trauma: The Gottman Method Approach

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Objectives

  1. Determine the impact of PTSD on a couple’s relationship to inform the clinician’s choice of treatment interventions for both the individual and couple.
  2. Apply simple yet effective clinical interventions in session to help clients acquire a new perspective of PTSD and a more adaptive approach to managing symptoms.
  3. Assess the often ignored social and interpersonal symptoms of PTSD in clients.

Outline

What is PTSD?

  • DSM-5
  • Ignored PTSD Symptoms
  • Epidemiology
  • Cases of PTSD
  • Neuroscience of PTSD
  • The Physiology of PTSD
Effective Treatments of PTSD
  • Individual Treatments
  • Couples Treatments
    • Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT)
Couples’ Therapy for PTSD
  • PTSD’s Affects on Relationships
  • The Non-PTSD Partner
  • Effects on Sound Relationship House
    • Love Maps
    • Turning Toward
    • Conflict Management
Intervention for Couples with PTSD
  • Surfacing
  • Exploration
  • Returning to Couple Interaction
  • Specific Interventions
  • Creating Shared Meaning

Copyright : 25/03/2018

The Art and Science of Presence: Applications for the Consulting Room

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Outline

  1. Questions from Audience
  2. What is Presence?
  3. How does awareness relate to attention?
  4. What is the overlap between the social brain and consciousness?
  5. What does energy and information flow as a fundamental aspect of Mind have to do with consciousness?
  6. A proposal about the Probability Distribution Curve of Energy and the Nature of Mind
  7. Integration and Well-Being
  8. Cultivating mental health through the integration of consciousness 

Objectives

  1. Argue why integration—the process of creating differentiated linkages among different brain systems and aspects of personality functioning—is essential to the process of psychological healing
  2. Utilize clinical tools to enhance the integration of consciousness, including The Wheel of Awareness, a reflective exercise that opens up pathways to expanding personal identity and moving beyond the limiting sense of a skin-defined self
  3. Evaluate how to increase your own sense of moment-to-moment immediacy and presence in creating healing connections with your clients

Copyright : 26/03/2017

Polyvagal Theory in Action

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Objectives

  1. Employ exercises designed to engage the neural circuits of your client’s Social Engagement System to improve clinical outcomes. 
  2. Catalogue moments of autonomic disconnection and find the right 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. 
  5. Assess the impact of trauma on the autonomic nervous system.

Outline

The Autonomic Nervous System

  • The Autonomic Impact of Trauma
  • Flexible vs. Rigid Autonomic Nervous System

Polyvagal Theory
3 Organizing Principles 

  • Neuroception
  • Hierarchy
  • Co-regulation

The Social Engagement System

  • The Power of Eyes
  • Prosody
  • Vocal Bursts
  • Reciprocity-Rupture-Repair
  • Breath
  • Movement

Guiding Questions & Conclusion

Copyright : 22/03/2019

Becoming Solution Focused in Therapy

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Objectives

  1. Identify the differences between solution-focused and problem-focused approaches. 
  2. Explain effective ways to use the Solution-Focused Approach to improve clinical outcomes with clients. 
  3. Assess the research on the Solution-Focused Approach as it relates to case conceptualization. 

Outline

Attendees to this recording will leave inspired and filled with a new perspective on using the Solution Focused Approach. 

  • Share stories of my success from my practice. 
  • Live demonstrations of SFBT skills in action. 
Attendees will come away from this recording believing that they can use this approach with any client with any problem. 
  • Review current research to demonstrate the efficacy of SFBT 
  • Show video examples of therapy sessions with a variety of issues highlighted. 
Attendees will be reminded of the truest and most positive aspects on the human experience and how this can be leveraged in a therapy session. 
  • Interactive exercises. 
  • Stories of hope and resilience will be shared.  

Copyright : 24/03/2019

Applying Mindfulness in Therapy with Jack Kornfield and Trudy Goodman

Program Information

Objectives

  1. Articulate methods by which meditation can be integrated with psychotherapy practices to improve clinical outcomes.
  2. Determine the clinical implications of secondary trauma on the therapist and identify simple yet effective meditation interventions to alleviate symptoms of secondary traumas and improve the therapeutic relationship.

Outline

Silent Meditation Sitting The Integration of Psychotherapy and Meditation

  • The Therapist and Secondary Traumas
  • Meditation Exercises to Use with Fear and Anger
  • Mindful Questions to Ask the Client
  • Naming and Acknowledging Experiences
    • Expanding the Window of Tolerance
Mindfulness
Loving-Kindness Practice
Using Gratitude and Appreciation to Help Heal
Audience Q&A
  • Trauma within Communities
  • Working on Internal vs. External Relationships
    • Relationships within the Moment
  • Using Mindfulness
    • The Ethical Underpinning of Mindfulness
  • Zen Training
The Joy Practice

Copyright : 24/03/2018

Facing a Pandemic with Radical Compassion

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Objectives

  1. Apply core principles of mindfulness to the new challenges posed by the Corona virus epidemic
  2. Utilize the RAIN technique to effectively manage fear and anxiety

Outline

Finding togetherness in a virtual environment

  • Prioritizing and facing fears
Impact of pandemic across individuals and societies
  • Responding with awakened compassion
  • Transforming suffering with growth
Guided meditation – envisioning an evolved self
Identifying blocks in the paths of awareness and peace
Key elements in responding effectively to Corona virus
Responding directly to fear with RAIN
  • Processing “after the RAIN” – turning states into traits
Preparing the nervous system for mindfulness practice
  • Customizing and individualizing mindfulness approaches
  • Bargaining with fear
Radical compassion – touching vulnerability
RAIN exercise
Bringing radical compassion to others
  • Challenges of Corona virus on stress management practices
  • Domains of radical compassion
Reflection exercise

Copyright : 19/03/2020

Has Neuroscience Lived up to its Promise?

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Objectives

  1. Evaluate what research has taught us about the most important clinical applications of neurobiological principles.
  2. Assess how a better understanding of the relationship between mind and brain can change your interventions with clients.
  3. Determine how new research may shape the future direction of psychotherapy and inform clinical treatment.

Outline

Integrating neuroscience research into psychotherapeutic practice

  • “Decade of the Brain” – early formulations
  • Biological psychiatry – role of genetic predisposition

Iatrogenic effects of autism and schizophrenia misconceptualizations
Initial research into medication interventions

  • Differences between trauma and classic psychiatric disorders

Limited generalization of brain scan techniques 

  • Influence of movement on trauma

Synrhythmic regulation

  • How brains express interest with affection

Brain structure and development 

  • Experience expectant and dependent processes

Development of secure attachments

  • Trauma impact on brain integration and self-regulation

Modes of communication and attachment

  • Contingent communication across cultures
  • Effect of mindfulness training on children
  • Effective psychic responses to Covid 19

Increasing resilience in the presence of trauma and disruption

  • “Healthy mind platter”
  • Sleep and trauma
  • Resources for resilience

Use-dependent brain development

  • Modulating limbic activity with frontal lobe involvement
  • Effects of experience on neurological responsivity

Alteration of brain structures and functions in response to trauma

  • Multiple pathways of therapy – achieving integration

Resources for facilitating mindfulness and coping with current crisis

Copyright : 19/03/2020

The Body as Healer: Working from the Bottom Up

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Objectives

  1. Integrate the clients’ awareness of their internal experience and your observations of their nonverbal behaviors, including involuntary gestures, posture changes, and external indications of shifts in their autonomic nervous system.
  2. Develop your capacity to read your own somatic cues as a means of resonating and connecting with the client’s experience.
  3. Assess the often-fleeting physical cues of their internal states that indicate crucial resources clients can access as they move toward healing.

Outline

From Trauma to Awakening & Flow

  • Trauma Vortex & Counter Vortex
  • Emotions & Touch

Core Regulation: Working from the Bottom Up

  • The Roots of Traumatization
  • Terror & the Freeze Response
  • Neuroception & the Activation of Arousal
  • Unsafe Touch

Copyright : 19/03/2020

Couples in Quarantine: Staying Together Apart

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Objectives

  1. Develop an understanding of Systemic Family Therapy and Contextual Couples Therapy and how they apply to the current climate of world and couples during these times.
  2. Develop an understanding of families in crisis during a disaster and the impacts (negative and positive) this can have on relationships. 

Outline

Systemic Family Therapy

  • Stimuli
  • Pulls within relationships
Differences in couple relationships
  • Complimentary
  • Polarization
  • Differences = strengths
Contextual Couples Therapy
  • Impacts on where relationships are at
  • Impact of morals
  • Impacts of heightened stress
Parenting
  • Our own childhood experiences
  • Adult children
Virtual Space
  • How to connect
  • Affordable
  • Podcasts
Relationships
  • Intimate
  • Work
Types of family responses
  • Catastrophic
  • Difficult but optimistic
  • Manageable
  • Small compared to previous disaster
Continuity Principle
  • Role continuity
  • Relational continuity
  • Historical continuity

Copyright : 20/03/2020

Emotionally Focused Therapy for Individuals

Program Information

Objectives

  1. Determine the key elements of the attachment perspective on personality and its significance for clinical intervention.
  2. Apply the process of change and the elements of the EFT Tango in sessions.
  3. Apply the micro-interventions used by the EFT therapist to gradually move clients into transformative moments.
  4. Assess the applicability of EFIT for different clients with different symptomatology.

Outline

Introduction to Susan Johnson
Introduction to Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy

  • Summary of EFT w/ Couples 
  • The Focus of EFIT
  • Importance of Attachment Theory
  • Case Study Video 1: Natalie
Understanding the Theory Behind Emotionally Focused Therapy & Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy
  • Attachment Theory Implications for Practice
  • Core Tenets of Attachment Theory
Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy
  • Goals of EFIT
  • How to Reach EFIT Goals
  • EFIT Stages & Steps
  • 5 Basic Moves of EFIT
  • Dancing the EFT Tango
  • Exercise: Tango Dance Move 3
  • Case Study Video 2: Natalie
Q&A

Copyright : 20/03/2020

Hope for Treatment-Resistant Depression: A Sensorimotor Approach to Change

Program Information

Objectives

  1. Choose how educate clients about depression as a somatic state, not just a psychological state.
  2. Employ cognitive schemas that reinforce depressive states to improve client outcomes.
  3. Use a Sensorimotor Psychotherapy approach to understanding depression in sessions.
  4. Use three body-centered interventions that increase energy and focus in depressed clients.
  5. Evaluate Sensorimotor interventions that transform depressive beliefs.
  6. Determine the use of the social engagement system and its role in evoking an internal sense of safety as it relates to treatment.

Outline

Explore the foundations for Sensorimotor Psychotherapy 

  • DSM-IV Symptoms of Depression
  • Trauma
  • Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Responses
  • Implicit Memories
Describe the process through which depression is conditioned in bodily responses
  • Compliance as a Survival Resource
  • Depression and Hypoarousal
  • Procedural Learning
Describe Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and explore the ways that it can be used to address the physical and cognitive symptoms of depression
  • Mindfulness
  • Action and Curiosity
  • Dis-identifying from Symptoms and Reframing
  • Other Interventions
  • Social Engagement
  • Leavening Distress States with Positive States

Copyright : 20/03/2020