The scientific study of the brain is relatively new compared to other biological systems. As such, many psychological professionals are unfamiliar with certain fundamental principles of neuroscience. A thorough understanding of the brain requires foundational knowledge of the brain’s anatomy, physiology and pharmacology. This seminar presents a broad introduction of basic concepts such as gross […]

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Working with families entering the recovery process presents unique challenges that are often unidentified or misattributed to the identified client. Through the examining perspectives of attachment theory, principles trauma-informed care & psychosocial rehabilitation, this presentation will provide participants with a framework to successfully engage the entire family system in the recovery process. By integrating these […]

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Film/video-based therapy is a cutting-edge new approach to counseling, psychotherapy, art therapy and clinical psychology using video technology. Clinical work includes using this approach in such diverse settings as prisons, mental hospitals and community counseling centers as well as with populations including at-risk youth, trauma victims, developmentally disabled youth and everyday adults struggling with relationship […]

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Performing Under Pressure

This presentation focuses on the emerging clinical intervention, pressure management. A growing body of recent research, including studies from Yale Law School (2015) and studies reported in The APA Monitor (2014) indicate individuals who experience frequent feelings of pressure are prone to experience specific mental health disorders such as depression, substance use disorder and anxiety […]

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What Works in Therapy

This presentation examines the common factors underlying effective psychotherapy and brings the psychotherapist and the client-therapist relationship back into focus as key determinants of psychotherapy outcome. Study after study concludes that psychotherapy works to improve the lives of the clients who seek help from professional therapists. But what are the most effective modalities that create […]

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Family Roles in Addiction

Clinicians who work with families who have a partner or child with a drug or alcohol problem need to be effective as quickly as possible since this can be a life-or-death situation. The professional who can identify and understand the family’s dynamics has an enhanced ability to effect positive change. Knowing the difference between healthy […]

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Historically treatment approaches for substance use and behavioral disorders has minimized couples work, yet, research informs us that the couple relationship plays a significant role in addiction recovery outcomes. While addiction takes a traumatic toll on the couple relationship, so does recovery; divorce rates are highest for couples with addiction histories. It is normal for […]

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Preventive and Therapeutic Interventions: Treating the Whole Person with Integrative Care Interdisciplinary treatment approaches consider the biological, social/environmental, personality/emotional and spiritual variables that maintain an addiction. Addiction manifest chronic maladaptive ways of coping. Integrative care means that there is time to develop a relationship with the client in an environment conducive to healing. Triggers, mediators […]

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Major Depressive Disorder is the leading cause of adult disability in America accounting for 210 Billion dollar in economic burdens. The first line of treatment has traditionally been anti-depressant medications. The likely hood of receiving remission with Anti-depressants is limited and declines with each successive treatment attempt. Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS) offers new hope […]

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Understanding Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder. It is estimated that over 30 million Americans suffer from eating disorders. We have recently opened up our eating disorders program in San Clemente, serving adult females, and will begin our adolescent program at our Rancho San Diego facility this month. These disorders are […]

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