Aug
20
Mon
CBT for Youth
Aug 20 – Aug 22 all-day

Learn CBT techniques to treat children and adolescents suffering from depression and anxiety. Torrey Creed, PhD, will discuss and demonstrate how to conduct effective treatment for clients between the ages of 7 and 18. You’ll learn how to develop a conceptualization based on the cognitive model and how to use your conceptualization to plan treatment. You’ll learn how to engage youth in therapy and develop a strong therapeutic relationship. You’ll also learn how to adapt standard CBT interventions, so they are appropriate for different age groups in various settings, including schools. Experiential exercises will help you practice new skills, so you can transfer your learning to your real-life clients.

Aug
23
Thu
CBT for Families of Youth
Aug 23 all-day

Families present an interesting challenge in therapy. This new one-day specialty workshop, taught by Torrey Creed, PhD, will focus on the fundamentals of CBT as adapted for children and families. You will learn how to engage family members in goal setting, describe how patterns of thinking and behaving develop within families, and recognize indicators of whether a child or adolescent’s family should be engaged in treatment. You’ll learn how to develop a case conceptualization to understand families and how to use your conceptualization to plan and implement effective cognitive and behavioral interventions.

Sep
7
Fri
FREE WEBINAR for Therapists: “Healing from an Affair” with Hedy Schleifer @ ONLINE
Sep 7 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join Master Couples Therapist Hedy Schleifer for a free Webinar she is hosting called “Healing from an Affair” on Friday, September 7, 2018 at 1:00pm Eastern time.

In the aftermath of an affair: How do you assist a couple to be free of the trap of the “perpetrator/victim” roles? How do you enable them to make authentic amends? How do you restore and strengthen their relational bond? To achieve these essential goals of earnest “re-pair” after a distressing rupture, the couple’s therapist must create a contradiction: a relational and emotional ambiance in which both the mutual expression and acceptance of deep regret, as well as genuine forgiveness can take place.

In this one-hour Webinar, Hedy will reveal the steps that she takes during the two-day Intensive session called “The Amends Journey,” and she will give you a Roadmap to help partners: Transcend the Impasse; Own their individual contribution; Create mutual understanding and new appreciation of each one’s individual struggles; and Build a solid foundation for their renewed bond.

Gifts for attending this Webinar:
– 50% discount on the 9-part video training program AFFAIRS: A Step-by-Step Process for Reconnection. You will follow Hedy step-by-step, as she utilizes her EcCT method for bringing about deep reconnection and love in a couple on the verge of divorce, following an affair. The Video Program is an excellent preparation for the webinar, and reference material afterwards.
– $100 Scholarship for you and your partner to attend “A Couple’s Journey,”:
-> https://www.hedyyumi.com/event/workshop-for-couples-in-washington-dc-the-new-adventure-in-intimacy-2018-october/ Hedy and Yumi’s couples workshop, on October 19-21, 2018, in Washington, DC. 21 CE hours are available for therapists. Scholarship can be given to your clients.
– Recording: The webinar will be recorded. If you are unable to attend, we will send the recording to everyone who registers.

Sep
15
Sat
ACT for Couples
Sep 15 – Sep 16 all-day

With Benjamin Schoendorff, MA, MSc

Couples work in an area where acceptance and compassion can make a significant difference. Couples in distress rarely need conflict-management skills, they need to learn how to accept their and their partners’ feelings and vulnerabilities and to reconnect in those moments when they feel distressed. In this workshop you’ll explore an effective framework for integrating the best of contemporary couples work strategies and focus your interventions around both partners shared values. You’ll discover how to help couples learn to mindfully reconnect, become the partners they want to be, and build the intimate relationships they most deeply crave.

In this workshop, you’ll explore how the intuitive acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) matrix model (Polk, Schoendorff, Webster, and Olaz, 2016) can be used to integrate the most effective elements of integrative couples therapy and emotion-focused therapy (EFT). You’ll also explore how functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP) and ACT can help distressed couple to quickly reconnect around what matters most to them.

This workshop will include didactic presentations and experiential exercises, so come prepared to practice therapeutic approaches in real time.

Sep
18
Tue
Level One Theraplay & MIM
Sep 18 – Sep 21 all-day

Special Features of this training:
– Using video, we feature demonstration of treatment of a real client family including the MIM assessment, feedback to the parents and several Theraplay sessions.
– The training is interactive, intense and practical—you’ll leave with the knowledge and skills to begin using Theraplay in your work.
– It features video of Theraplay treatment with many different clients in addition to the demonstration family.
– The training includes interactive sessions to practice a variety of Theraplay activities.
– The training concludes with the creation of a treatment plan for one of your own clients and a chance to practice it for feedback.
Program Content:
– Principles of attachment theory on an intellectual and experiential level.
– The Four Dimensions of Theraplay.
– The Theraplay protocol.
– An introduction to the Marschak Interaction Method (MIM): administration, analysis and as a guide for treatment planning.
– Adapting Theraplay for working with children and families impacted by complex trauma and other populations.
– Managing resistance throughout the treatment process.
– Managing countertransference in your work with children and families.
– Implementing Theraplay into your practice.
Learning Objectives for Level One Theraplay & MIM:
– Administer the MIM and analyze it at a beginning level.
– List 3 goals to be achieved during a MIM feedback session with parents.
– Utilize the MIM as a guide for treatment planning.
– Describe the four dimensions of Theraplay, a modality of play therapy.
– Demonstrate one activity from each dimension:Structure, Engagement, Nurture and Challenge.
– Describe 3 possible ways of adapting Theraplay treatment to meet the needs of a child with complex trauma.
– Describe how to guide parents to participate in a Theraplay treatment session.

Sep
22
Sat
Counseling for Cooperative Co-Parenting
Sep 22 all-day

This workshop is for mental health professionals who will be working with parents who are separated or divorced and having difficulty co-parenting with the other parent. Approaches specific to this situation will be discussed with an emphasis on helping parents do what will be in the best interests of the children. Case examples will be presented and participants will be able to describe what could be done in the sample situations. Ethical and business management considerations for this work will also be discussed.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

– Identify three differences between co-parenting counseling and traditional individual therapy.
– List four types of contact and communication approaches for separated/divorced parents to use with the other parent and describe the circumstances when each approach would be appropriate.
– Identify six specific tools and resources that are available to help make co-parenting more successful.
– Define five counseling interventions specific to counseling for co-parenting that you would use in the sample case presented to you.
This seminar is appropriate for clinicians with all levels of experience.

Who May Benefit from attending:
– Social workers
– Psychiatrists
– Psychologists
– Licensed psychoanalysts
– Nurse practitioners
– Family and marriage/couple therapists
– Mental health counselors

Sep
27
Thu
CBT for Couples
Sep 27 all-day

Taught by Norman Cotterell, PhD, this workshop will teach you how to adapt cognitive behavior therapy to the treatment of couples. You’ll learn how to conceptualize common relationship difficulties in the context of the cognitive model and how to navigate the complex interaction of thoughts, feelings and behaviors that transpire within romantic partnerships.

Dr. Cotterell will describe how to analyze and challenge the dysfunctional thinking that can fuel couples’ anger and resentment and how to plan and implement treatment strategies that will help couples effectively resolve conflict and strengthen their relationships. You’ll learn how to create a relationship vision for a couple, how to identify signs of love and caring, and how to increase relationship satisfaction using a variety of interventions.

Through experiential exercises, role plays, and case examples, this workshop will teach you evidence-based strategies to help couples communicate effectively, solve problems, and find common ground.

Oct
3
Wed
Family Centered Treatment National Conference 2018
Oct 3 – Oct 5 all-day

The inaugural Family Centered Treatment National Conference will be held October 3-5, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The FCTNC 2018 will follow three tracks focusing on Clinical Practices & Innovation, Supervision and Training and Advancement Through Leadership, Research and Implementation. Presenters and attendees will include international recognized experts and leaders in Family Centered Treatment, trauma, attachment, implementation science, and children & family services. The conference is an opportunity for leaders in the field to share the latest innovations, ideas, practice information and resources and learn from one another.

This year’s theme, Building the Network: Proven Theories, Frontline Leadership and Innovation in Family Services, builds upon decades of practitioner-based experience in designing and sustaining high-quality and effective delivery systems for complex youth & families.

Oct
11
Thu
Learn It Today, Use It Tomorrow! Effective Interventions for Improving Behavior, Dysregulation, Social Skills & Executive Function Skills for Students
Oct 11 – Oct 12 all-day

This is a practical strategies seminar! During this full day training you will learn dozens of functional, ready-to-use strategies for teaching students how to develop skills for self-regulation, behavior, social skills, & executive functioning skills.

Regular-education teachers (as well as special education teachers and support staff) will find the information presented invaluable. Strategies presented will allow regular education teachers to utilize approaches within their own classroom.

Learner Objectives:

– Identify and describe the role of neurological functioning in emotional regulation difficulties.
– Demonstrate and learn proactive skills to prevent problematic behaviors.
– Learn how to recognize triggers and precursors to meltdowns, blow-ups and shut downs.
– Make sense of the multiple layers of emotional dysregulation and comorbidity with ADHD, executive function,
– sensory processing and autism.
– Investigate practical strategies and resources as well as lessons for teaching social, and emotional regulation.
– Learn multiple tools and resources for working with students with challenging behaviors.
– Create lessons and action plans for teaching emotional regulation, anxiety reduction, and attention skills.
– Learn strategies during escalated behavior.
– Develop effective strategies to use after a behavioral crisis

Oct
12
Fri
3-Part Treatment Plan for OPT (Oral Placement Therapy)
Oct 12 – Oct 13 all-day

This introductory course to OPT (Oral Placement Therapy)​ is the foundation for TalkTools training and is integrated throughout all of our courses. OPT is a type of oral-motor therapy that targets specific movements needed for speech and feeding. The “3 parts” of OPT are: auditory and visual sensory systems COMBINED WITH tactile — and propioceptive — sensory systems. TalkTools training applies a unique, hierarchical approach to OPT, focused on a measurable, results-driven path for both therapists and clients across all ages and diagnoses with the goal of:

– speech clarity
– improved feeding
– independence
– improved quality of life
This interactive, hands-on course includes highly motivating activities targeting the abdomen, velum, jaw, lips and tongue. Techniques learned can be readily implemented across many therapy environments — private practices, hospitals, schools and home.

Learning Outcomes:
– Appropriately assess oral placement/feeding/speech problems based on muscle systems.
– Integrate hierarchies for motor dissociation and grading (jaw-lips-tongue).
– Plan programs of therapeutic intervention to address physiological and motor-based speech disorders.
– Be able to apply at least 10 new therapy techniques.
– Properly use oral placement techniques to improve individual speech clarity and production.

Aug
20
Mon
CBT for Youth
Aug 20 – Aug 22 all-day

Learn CBT techniques to treat children and adolescents suffering from depression and anxiety. Torrey Creed, PhD, will discuss and demonstrate how to conduct effective treatment for clients between the ages of 7 and 18. You’ll learn how to develop a conceptualization based on the cognitive model and how to use your conceptualization to plan treatment. You’ll learn how to engage youth in therapy and develop a strong therapeutic relationship. You’ll also learn how to adapt standard CBT interventions, so they are appropriate for different age groups in various settings, including schools. Experiential exercises will help you practice new skills, so you can transfer your learning to your real-life clients.

Aug
23
Thu
CBT for Families of Youth
Aug 23 all-day

Families present an interesting challenge in therapy. This new one-day specialty workshop, taught by Torrey Creed, PhD, will focus on the fundamentals of CBT as adapted for children and families. You will learn how to engage family members in goal setting, describe how patterns of thinking and behaving develop within families, and recognize indicators of whether a child or adolescent’s family should be engaged in treatment. You’ll learn how to develop a case conceptualization to understand families and how to use your conceptualization to plan and implement effective cognitive and behavioral interventions.

Sep
7
Fri
FREE WEBINAR for Therapists: “Healing from an Affair” with Hedy Schleifer @ ONLINE
Sep 7 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join Master Couples Therapist Hedy Schleifer for a free Webinar she is hosting called “Healing from an Affair” on Friday, September 7, 2018 at 1:00pm Eastern time.

In the aftermath of an affair: How do you assist a couple to be free of the trap of the “perpetrator/victim” roles? How do you enable them to make authentic amends? How do you restore and strengthen their relational bond? To achieve these essential goals of earnest “re-pair” after a distressing rupture, the couple’s therapist must create a contradiction: a relational and emotional ambiance in which both the mutual expression and acceptance of deep regret, as well as genuine forgiveness can take place.

In this one-hour Webinar, Hedy will reveal the steps that she takes during the two-day Intensive session called “The Amends Journey,” and she will give you a Roadmap to help partners: Transcend the Impasse; Own their individual contribution; Create mutual understanding and new appreciation of each one’s individual struggles; and Build a solid foundation for their renewed bond.

Gifts for attending this Webinar:
– 50% discount on the 9-part video training program AFFAIRS: A Step-by-Step Process for Reconnection. You will follow Hedy step-by-step, as she utilizes her EcCT method for bringing about deep reconnection and love in a couple on the verge of divorce, following an affair. The Video Program is an excellent preparation for the webinar, and reference material afterwards.
– $100 Scholarship for you and your partner to attend “A Couple’s Journey,”:
-> https://www.hedyyumi.com/event/workshop-for-couples-in-washington-dc-the-new-adventure-in-intimacy-2018-october/ Hedy and Yumi’s couples workshop, on October 19-21, 2018, in Washington, DC. 21 CE hours are available for therapists. Scholarship can be given to your clients.
– Recording: The webinar will be recorded. If you are unable to attend, we will send the recording to everyone who registers.

Sep
15
Sat
ACT for Couples
Sep 15 – Sep 16 all-day

With Benjamin Schoendorff, MA, MSc

Couples work in an area where acceptance and compassion can make a significant difference. Couples in distress rarely need conflict-management skills, they need to learn how to accept their and their partners’ feelings and vulnerabilities and to reconnect in those moments when they feel distressed. In this workshop you’ll explore an effective framework for integrating the best of contemporary couples work strategies and focus your interventions around both partners shared values. You’ll discover how to help couples learn to mindfully reconnect, become the partners they want to be, and build the intimate relationships they most deeply crave.

In this workshop, you’ll explore how the intuitive acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) matrix model (Polk, Schoendorff, Webster, and Olaz, 2016) can be used to integrate the most effective elements of integrative couples therapy and emotion-focused therapy (EFT). You’ll also explore how functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP) and ACT can help distressed couple to quickly reconnect around what matters most to them.

This workshop will include didactic presentations and experiential exercises, so come prepared to practice therapeutic approaches in real time.

Sep
18
Tue
Level One Theraplay & MIM
Sep 18 – Sep 21 all-day

Special Features of this training:
– Using video, we feature demonstration of treatment of a real client family including the MIM assessment, feedback to the parents and several Theraplay sessions.
– The training is interactive, intense and practical—you’ll leave with the knowledge and skills to begin using Theraplay in your work.
– It features video of Theraplay treatment with many different clients in addition to the demonstration family.
– The training includes interactive sessions to practice a variety of Theraplay activities.
– The training concludes with the creation of a treatment plan for one of your own clients and a chance to practice it for feedback.
Program Content:
– Principles of attachment theory on an intellectual and experiential level.
– The Four Dimensions of Theraplay.
– The Theraplay protocol.
– An introduction to the Marschak Interaction Method (MIM): administration, analysis and as a guide for treatment planning.
– Adapting Theraplay for working with children and families impacted by complex trauma and other populations.
– Managing resistance throughout the treatment process.
– Managing countertransference in your work with children and families.
– Implementing Theraplay into your practice.
Learning Objectives for Level One Theraplay & MIM:
– Administer the MIM and analyze it at a beginning level.
– List 3 goals to be achieved during a MIM feedback session with parents.
– Utilize the MIM as a guide for treatment planning.
– Describe the four dimensions of Theraplay, a modality of play therapy.
– Demonstrate one activity from each dimension:Structure, Engagement, Nurture and Challenge.
– Describe 3 possible ways of adapting Theraplay treatment to meet the needs of a child with complex trauma.
– Describe how to guide parents to participate in a Theraplay treatment session.

Sep
22
Sat
Counseling for Cooperative Co-Parenting
Sep 22 all-day

This workshop is for mental health professionals who will be working with parents who are separated or divorced and having difficulty co-parenting with the other parent. Approaches specific to this situation will be discussed with an emphasis on helping parents do what will be in the best interests of the children. Case examples will be presented and participants will be able to describe what could be done in the sample situations. Ethical and business management considerations for this work will also be discussed.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

– Identify three differences between co-parenting counseling and traditional individual therapy.
– List four types of contact and communication approaches for separated/divorced parents to use with the other parent and describe the circumstances when each approach would be appropriate.
– Identify six specific tools and resources that are available to help make co-parenting more successful.
– Define five counseling interventions specific to counseling for co-parenting that you would use in the sample case presented to you.
This seminar is appropriate for clinicians with all levels of experience.

Who May Benefit from attending:
– Social workers
– Psychiatrists
– Psychologists
– Licensed psychoanalysts
– Nurse practitioners
– Family and marriage/couple therapists
– Mental health counselors

Sep
27
Thu
CBT for Couples
Sep 27 all-day

Taught by Norman Cotterell, PhD, this workshop will teach you how to adapt cognitive behavior therapy to the treatment of couples. You’ll learn how to conceptualize common relationship difficulties in the context of the cognitive model and how to navigate the complex interaction of thoughts, feelings and behaviors that transpire within romantic partnerships.

Dr. Cotterell will describe how to analyze and challenge the dysfunctional thinking that can fuel couples’ anger and resentment and how to plan and implement treatment strategies that will help couples effectively resolve conflict and strengthen their relationships. You’ll learn how to create a relationship vision for a couple, how to identify signs of love and caring, and how to increase relationship satisfaction using a variety of interventions.

Through experiential exercises, role plays, and case examples, this workshop will teach you evidence-based strategies to help couples communicate effectively, solve problems, and find common ground.

Oct
3
Wed
Family Centered Treatment National Conference 2018
Oct 3 – Oct 5 all-day

The inaugural Family Centered Treatment National Conference will be held October 3-5, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The FCTNC 2018 will follow three tracks focusing on Clinical Practices & Innovation, Supervision and Training and Advancement Through Leadership, Research and Implementation. Presenters and attendees will include international recognized experts and leaders in Family Centered Treatment, trauma, attachment, implementation science, and children & family services. The conference is an opportunity for leaders in the field to share the latest innovations, ideas, practice information and resources and learn from one another.

This year’s theme, Building the Network: Proven Theories, Frontline Leadership and Innovation in Family Services, builds upon decades of practitioner-based experience in designing and sustaining high-quality and effective delivery systems for complex youth & families.

Oct
11
Thu
Learn It Today, Use It Tomorrow! Effective Interventions for Improving Behavior, Dysregulation, Social Skills & Executive Function Skills for Students
Oct 11 – Oct 12 all-day

This is a practical strategies seminar! During this full day training you will learn dozens of functional, ready-to-use strategies for teaching students how to develop skills for self-regulation, behavior, social skills, & executive functioning skills.

Regular-education teachers (as well as special education teachers and support staff) will find the information presented invaluable. Strategies presented will allow regular education teachers to utilize approaches within their own classroom.

Learner Objectives:

– Identify and describe the role of neurological functioning in emotional regulation difficulties.
– Demonstrate and learn proactive skills to prevent problematic behaviors.
– Learn how to recognize triggers and precursors to meltdowns, blow-ups and shut downs.
– Make sense of the multiple layers of emotional dysregulation and comorbidity with ADHD, executive function,
– sensory processing and autism.
– Investigate practical strategies and resources as well as lessons for teaching social, and emotional regulation.
– Learn multiple tools and resources for working with students with challenging behaviors.
– Create lessons and action plans for teaching emotional regulation, anxiety reduction, and attention skills.
– Learn strategies during escalated behavior.
– Develop effective strategies to use after a behavioral crisis

Oct
12
Fri
3-Part Treatment Plan for OPT (Oral Placement Therapy)
Oct 12 – Oct 13 all-day

This introductory course to OPT (Oral Placement Therapy)​ is the foundation for TalkTools training and is integrated throughout all of our courses. OPT is a type of oral-motor therapy that targets specific movements needed for speech and feeding. The “3 parts” of OPT are: auditory and visual sensory systems COMBINED WITH tactile — and propioceptive — sensory systems. TalkTools training applies a unique, hierarchical approach to OPT, focused on a measurable, results-driven path for both therapists and clients across all ages and diagnoses with the goal of:

– speech clarity
– improved feeding
– independence
– improved quality of life
This interactive, hands-on course includes highly motivating activities targeting the abdomen, velum, jaw, lips and tongue. Techniques learned can be readily implemented across many therapy environments — private practices, hospitals, schools and home.

Learning Outcomes:
– Appropriately assess oral placement/feeding/speech problems based on muscle systems.
– Integrate hierarchies for motor dissociation and grading (jaw-lips-tongue).
– Plan programs of therapeutic intervention to address physiological and motor-based speech disorders.
– Be able to apply at least 10 new therapy techniques.
– Properly use oral placement techniques to improve individual speech clarity and production.