Full Course Description
The 6 Most Challenging Issues in Therapy
Treating the Highly Resistant Client
- Overview of the nature of client resistance
- Correcting past views of resistance in therapy
- Helping the therapist understand their role in the client's resistance
- Discussion of how to overcome resistance
- Gathering the right details of where the therapist should focus for treatment
- Setting mutually agreed upon goals toward change
- Building the optimal therapeutic conversation
- Concluding remarks from Clifton Mitchell
- Final remarks advice of how to build the therapeutic relationship to best overcome resistance
- Follow-up training opportunities with Clifton Mitchell
Treating the Narcissistic Client
- Introduction to the narcissistic client
- Identifying who are the narcissistic clients
- Understanding the challenges of narcissistic clients
- Strategies to work with narcissistic clients
- Developing a relationship with the client
- Assessing your own vulnerabilities and triggers
- Connecting clients with their inner child
- Using homework assignments to generalize therapeutic learnings
- Concluding remarks from Wendy Behary
- Analysis of break-throughs with the narcissistic clients
- Follow-up opportunities with Wendy Behary
Treating the Borderline Client
- Overview of clients diagnosed as "borderline"
- Discussion of client traps for the therapist
- Understanding the nature of what causes blockage and lashing out from the clients
- Using the Internal Family Systems model of therapy to treat borderline clients
- Understanding the roles of each part within the client and how they contribute to the client's response
- Learning how to access the compassionate inner “self”
- Managing client anger and over-dependency
- Concluding remarks from Richard Scwhartz
- Helping clients use the Internal Family Systems approach outside of the therapeutic session
- Follow-up opportunities and resources with Richard Schwartz
Treating Clients with Severe Attachment Disorders
- Introduction to cases where challenges are not as straight-forward as expected
- Understanding the "cracks within the foundation" within our clients
- Using somatic methods to overcome attachment disorders
- Intergrating clients with their inner child part
- Recognizing internal attachment disorders within clients
- Identifying feelings of shame and worthlessness
- Concluding remarks from Janina Fisher
- Finding and identifying resolution of healing with clients
- Follow-up opportunities and resources with Janina Fisher
Treating the Stuck and Self-Destructive Client
- Introduction discussion of when therapy stalls
- Identifying when momentum has stopped within a therapeutic relationship
- Recognizing when a client is no longer making effort toward healing
- Getting the therapy moving again
- Identifying the things not to do to get a session moving again
- Acknowledging your own role as a therapist when treatment bogs down
- Repairing ruptures in the therapy relationship and moving toward progress again
- Discussion of how to do major confrontations with clients
- Concluding remarks from William Doherty
- Seeing the therapist role as both "healer" and "consultant"
- Follow-up training opportunities and resources with William Doherty
Customizing Therapy with the Resistant Client
- Introductory discussion of treatment method to disorder diagnoses
- Understanding the role that DSM diagnoses plays compared to methods customized to client
- Getting the therapy moving again
- Assessment of client characteristics and individualizing treatment to client
- Discussing therapy preferences with clients
- Developing integrative therapy techniques that are adapted to client
- Concluding remarks from John Norcross
- Discussion of evidence-based practices of healing and treatment
- Follow-up training opportunities and resources with John Norcross
- List common behaviors that often mistakenly promote resistance.
- Identify approaches to circumvent resistance.
- Explain how to help clients find emotionally compelling reasons to change.
- Describe the behavior and characteristics of narcissistic clients.
- Recognize why it’s important to achieve leverage with such clients and how to do so in treatment.
- Name techniques that are effective when working with narcissistic clients.
- Summarize the challenges of working with clients who have borderline personality disorder.
- Explain what Richard Schwartz means by vulnerable inner “parts.”
- Describe how to contain feelings of defensiveness when working with clients who have borderline personality disorder.
- Illustrate characteristics of clients who have attachment injuries and are self-loathing.
- Define “disowned selves” and understand how to help clients embrace these parts.
- Discuss how the therapeutic relationship can effectively heal attachment wounds.
- Explain how to recognize when a client isn’t making any progress in therapy.
- Discuss ways to help clients get back on a treatment plan or stop making self-destructive choices.
- Recognize how to discuss clients’ unhelpful behavior in session without sounding like a disappointed parent and further injuring them.
- List the six personal characteristics that enable therapists to best customize treatment.
- Explain how to effectively match therapeutic techniques to clients’ needs.
- Discuss the significance of customizing treatment to individual clients.
The Challenge of Treating Complex PTSD: What to do When Things Get Messy and Uncomfortable
Introduction and overview of collaborative change model for trauma treatment
- Introduction to collaborative change as a "meta-model" to other trauma therapies
- Discussion how collaborative change model can help therapists overcome being stuck
Experiencing collaborative change therapy with trauma
- In-depth study of the concept of ethical attunement
- Workshop between participants to discuss techniques
- Clinical feedback examples to support collaborative change model of therapy
- Review of collaboration change model and lesson on techniques how to apply it to other models of therapy
Concluding remarks and question and answer session
- Presenters answer specific questions about trauma model
- Final consolidation exercise to use with clients
- Describe how to assess the client’s motivation, stage of change, and preferred mode of learning to improve treatment outcomes.
- Articulate the importance of therapist transparency to improve client engagement
- Articulate strategies to help empower clients in session
- Explore intra-family violence and its clinical implications
Mastering the Anxiety Game: Teaching Clients to Welcome Their Fears
Introduction to anxiety disorders and treatment methods
- Protocol to apply to all anxiety disorders
- Overview of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other specific anxiety disorder treatment methods
Experiencing the treatment of anxiety disorders
- Video demonstrations of cognitive behavioral therapy in-session
- Summary and analysis video sessions
- Discussion of anxiety and trauma
Question and answer session with Reid Wilson and concluding remarks
- Final remarks about in-session videos
- Reid Wilson answers audience questions about treating anxiety disorders
- Explain how to rapidly engage anxious clients in the therapeutic alliance and change their mindset toward their fears.
- Identify why the first step to changing an overwhelming response to anxiety is accepting the perceived threat as something the client can approach and change.
- Implement strategies to help clients transform their fear into a challenge to be met or a puzzle to be solved.
Addictive Behavior as the Problem
Introduction to co-existence of substance abuse and mental health issues within clients
Experiencing Sensorimotor Psychotherapy with trauma
- Introduction to trauma and addications in clients
- Introduction to trauma' impact on children
- Helping Clients Reduce Their Shame
- In-depth overview of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
- Utilize clinical strategies to alleviate symptoms of shame in clients.
- Integrate Sensorimotor Psychotherapy interventions that teach clients how to regulate their nervous systems and alleviate symptoms of anxiety.
- Analyze the efficacy of cognitive interventions to improve treatment outcomes.