Every day, mental health professionals help and serve those, who face the dragons of their history. When our clients have experienced major, life-changing traumas, such as abuse, loss, or injury, we often called, to help them make sense of what happened and reimagine what their lives can be, moving forward. In this presentation, mental health […]

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Anger management describes the skills, strategies and techniques that can utilized to reduce the emotional turmoil and psychological arousal caused by anger, rage and conflict. This course reveals the positive and negative sides of interpersonal anger and provides tools and techniques for transforming hostility and rage into assertion and passion. The “Four Angry I’s” and […]

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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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