Learning objectives for our 2017 courses in the format required by accreditation organizations are shown below

Resonant Leadership: Purpose, Passion, and Power: Creating Resonance in Your Life as a Leader

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Discuss holistic self and community building
  2. Describe Our Changing World—Storytelling and Sense Making
  3. Define Resonant Leadership
  4. Discuss how hope and vision guide us today
  5. Describe exploration of our values and how they do and don't serve us
  6. Discuss the lenses through which we view self and others
  7. Define Clear and Cloudy Mirrors
  8. Describe cognitive and emotional strengths that help us move toward our vision
  9. Discuss how to gather data about one's self—Leadership Self Study
  10. Create a Vision, Purpose, and My Future picture
  11. Describe and practice ways to create strength

 

LGBT and Questioning Clients: Clinical Issues for the Therapist, Straight or Gay

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Describe psychological trauma of growing up gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning
  2. Identify symptoms of Covert Cultural Sexual Abuse for clients growing up LGBTQ
  3. Name the most common stages and phases of coming out
  4. Discuss contemporary perspectives of Lesbian and Gay couples
  5. Differentiate common misdiagnosed mental health disorders and assessments
  6. Utilize specific interventions and assessment tools for LGBTQ clients and gay affirmative therapy
  7. Discuss the top mistakes that therapists made treating LGBTQ clients
  8. Discuss interventions that work for an older generation versus younger population

Advancing Inclusion: Turning Us and Them into We

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Define inclusion
  2. Discuss ways to examine strategies to manage tensions created by our complex multicultural society
  3. Examine global diversity trends
  4. Discuss global diversity's impact on the workplace
  5. Discuss communicating effectively across differences to move from unconscious bias to unconscious awareness
  6. Describe how to add culturally competent services to diverse clients
  7. Demonstrate skill sets to practice such as: balancing intention and impact, holding multiple realities and moving from certainty to curiosity
  8. Assess how to measure diversity and inclusion

Bouncing Back: Rewiring the Brain for Resilience and Well-Being

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Discuss the basics of neuroscience of resilience
  2. Describe the evolutionary context of resilience
  3. Discuss the impact of conditioning, including early attachment experiences, on resilience
  4. Name practices that accelerate brain change
  5. Discuss body-based tools to regulate the nervous system and automatic survival responses
  6. Discuss the use of the brain's neurotransmitters to return the body-brain to its natural physiological equilibrium
  7. Describe practices that cultivate positive emotions
  8. Describe neural deconsolidation-reconsolidation as a way to heal toxic shame
  9. Discuss the importance of "doing one scary thing a day"
  10. Discuss how to teach clients to activate their brain's resonance circuit
  11. Discuss skills of social engagement and resonant relationships–setting limits and boundaries

Healing Sleep and Dreams

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Summarize the Integrative Approach to Sleep and Dreams
  2. Discuss sleep and dream loss: the night fever model
  3. Discuss sleep loss, inflammation, physical and mental health
  4. Describe the science of sleep and REM sleep
  5. Discuss the nature of sleep and dreams
  6. Describe cultural factors shaping our sleep
  7. Discuss counterfeit energies and our resistance to rest
  8. Describe how to screen and evaluate sleep and dreams
  9. Discuss the presentation and etiology of insomnia
  10. Discuss healing sleeplessness and insomnia
  11. Discuss managing body and bed noise
  12. Discuss managing mind noise
  13. Describe the art of spiritual surrender
  14. Discuss understanding dreams and dreaming
  15. Discuss sleep & dream lessons for waking

 

Frontiers of Trauma Treatment

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Summarize basic neurological and developmental effects of trauma
  2. Describe the acquisition of affect regulation
  3. Determine the breakdown of information processing in trauma
  4. Describe the threat response
  5. List 3 physical symptoms of psychological trauma
  6. Summarize the neuroscientific effects of trauma on attention and concentration
  7. Evaluate current neuroimaging research
  8. Describe survival action patterns
  9. Explain assessment and treatment planning stages
  10. List at least three treatment techniques for stabilization
  11. Indicate uses of EMDR, yoga, touch and group and theatre in resolving trauma
  12. Describe different trauma processing techniques
  13. Discuss the observation of videotape of trauma processing techniques
  14. Discuss learned helplessness and dissociation as it applies to trauma
  15. Describe successful integration of traumatic memories in terms of physical mastery

Being an Emotionally Mindful Therapist

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Increase the ability to be present, engaged in therapy sessions
  2. Increase the ability to make purposeful use of emotional experiences in life and in working with clients
  3. Describe ways to avoid or cut off from the wisdom and power of emotions
  4. Practice strategies to sensitize to the felt experience
  5. Demonstrate skills to regulate anxiety and distress and navigate emotional experiencing
  6. Explain how to use a felt experience to better understand clients, track the unfolding process of therapy, and guide interventions
  7. Discuss how to strengthen observational skills
  8. Discuss how to strengthen the ability to manage emotional triggers and reactions
  9. Discuss how use of authentic selves can accelerate the the therapeutic encounter

 

Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Recognizing and Treating the Emerging Epidemic

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate how to connect with anxious children
  2. Create games, strategies and practices to get the anxious child to practice self regulation skills
  3. Identify how to help anxious parents better support their anxious children
  4. Discuss what recommendations to make to schools and teachers to help manage anxiety in students
  5. Explain the 4 behavioral health recommendations for all children (and adults)
  6. Describe the "3-S Process" for teaching stress management skills to children
  7. List the pros and cons of medication versus "nature's remedies"
  8. Discuss the variety of anxiety disorders in children
  9. Describe psychotherapies involving insight-oriented, cognitive-behavioral, mind-body, biological, mindfulness and family system interventions

Emotionally Focused Therapy: Cracking the Code of Love in Couples and Families

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Describe the foundations of attachment theory and attachment protest
  2. Discuss one's own attachment style model
  3. Track the negative cycle of interaction
  4. Identify how to help each partner understand how they unwittingly shape and are shaped by their partner
  5. Describe strategies to help the couple define the problem as the cycle rather than each other
  6. Discuss how to help clients touch the underlying feelings that drive the reactivity
  7. Define enactments in EFT
  8. Review and practice the skills that will help clients learn to reach and respond
  9. Discuss markers for termination
  10. Discuss cases using EFT model

Brain to Brain, Body to Body: The Interpersonal Nature of Shame

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Discuss the early roots of shame
  2. Identify shame's impact on the body and nervous system
  3. Describe patterns of emotions, thoughts and beliefs related to shame
  4. Explore Sensorimotor Psychotherapy interventions that directly address the manifestations of shame
  5. Discuss videotape observations of sensorimotor psychotherapy approaches to shame
  6. Discuss how shame is often disguised and veiled, sometimes even to our clients themselves
  7. Explain how to look at defense mechanisms against shame
  8. Discuss observable emotion expressiveness and physical manifestations of the antidotes to shame
  9. Clarify the use of touch including cautions, transference and countertransference, and potential benefits

Developmental Coaching for Leadership Agility

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Define Leadership agility
  2. Discuss agility from the outside in and the inside out
  3. Participate in "Living case study" (group exercise)
  4. Describe the levels of leadership agility
  5. Discuss how to diagnosis a manager's current level of leadership agility
  6. Describe different "power styles"
  7. Discuss the Principles of Leadership Agility Coaching
  8. Practice coaching for the Expert-Achiever transition
  9. Practice coaching for the Achiever-Catalyst transition
  10. Discuss using the Leadership Agility Compass as a coaching tool
  11. Discuss the formal assessment of leadership agility levels
  12. Discuss the Co-Creator and Synergist levels of leadership agility

Harnessing the Transformative Power of Mindful ACT Therapy: How to Live Well When Life Is Hard

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Describe Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  2. Indicate evidence-based approaches that supports the ACT model
  3. Describe how practices that cultivate mindfulness and loving kindness can empower clinical work
  4. Discuss and demonstrate ACT processes and interventions
  5. Discuss ways to integrate ACT techniques into your mental health practice
  6. Indicate methods of intervention that embody the ACT principles.
  7. Describe how to integrate ACT with other methods.
  8. Discuss the importance of flexibility in the model.
  9. Describe the practice of transformational conversations.

Yoga Skills for Therapists! (No prior yoga nor mat necessary)

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Identify the Yogic tools that foster the therapeutic alliance and client self-acceptance
  2. Describe how empirical evidence as demonstrated in the scientific literature supports Yoga as a mental health treatment
  3. Describe an overview of Yogic strategies for supporting client's optimum mental health
  4. Indicate how to integrate sound, breath and visual imagery into clinical work
  5. Practice yoga techniques that can be taught to clients
  6. Identify predominate mood through analysis of current breathing patterns
  7. Describe Yogic breaths, and the empirical evidence, that shows how to calm and focus the anxious mind
  8. Describe Yogic breaths and two simple meditation techniques to clear the mind and lift the mood
  9. Apply a Yogic technique to interrupt panic attack
  10. Describe meditation techniques effective with OCD and anxiety disorders
  11. Indicate how to address negative self-talk and the seeds of self-loathing in clients
  12. Discuss the research about and application of Yoga as an adjunct treatment for PTSD
  13. Describe and practice Yoga postures of empowerment
  14. Distinguish Yogic techniques appropriate for a clinical practice and otherwise
  15. Apply Yogic techniques to clinical work

Assessment and Intervention for Child and Adolescent Executive Function Difficulties

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Define executive functions: what they are and what they are not
  2. Discuss a comprehensive model of executive functions
  3. Discuss development of executive functions during childhood and adolescence
  4. Describe how executive function use varies based on domains of functioning
  5. Explain how executive functions vary based on arena of involvement
  6. Discuss the various roles of executive functions in classroom learning and production and everyday behavior
  7. Discuss the relationship of executive functions to childhood psychopathology
  8. Apply a multidimensional framework for assessing the executive function capacities of children and adolescents
  9. Describe student and teacher classroom observation methods for improving academic production and classroom management
  10. Describe a model for conducting functional behavior assessments and developing behavior support plans
  11. Plan intervention strategies that vary based on a continuum from degree of external control to degree of internal self-regulation
  12. Discuss the planning, implementation, and outcome assessment of school-, clinic-, and home-based interventions

Creativity and Compassion: Transformative Encounters with Adolescents and Young Adults

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Discuss how clinicians can strategize and intervene with creativity and compassion when developmental turbulence carries families into therapy
  2. Practice through role-playing, structure exercises and case studies to conceptualize the treatment of adolescents, young adults and their families
  3. Discuss what teens and young adults must mourn in order to make the journey from adolescence to autonomy
  4. Discuss what parents must mourn for in relevance to their children in order to prepare for claiming or reclaiming meaning and purpose in their lives in addition to parenthood
  5. Describe how to guide parents and their families towards 'healthy grieving'
  6. Discuss how 'healthy grieving' can offer self-awareness and potentially deepen a client's capacity to connect with and accept others, along with themselves
  7. Explore participant-therapists' personal history and responses so as to assist in augmenting their empathy

Internal Family Systems Workshop

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Describe the basic IFS model
  2. Discuss the observation of IFS live demonstration
  3. Discuss the impact of trauma on internal systems
  4. Discuss client protective parts List the six steps for healing exiled parts
  5. Describe how to work with difficult and/or resistant parts
  6. Discuss IFS affect management strategies
  7. Participate in experiential exercises that demonstrate affect management
  8. Summarize the IFS approach to couples' therapy
  9. Discuss case examples of couples using IFS
  10. Summarize IFS application to families
  11. Explain IFS application to groups and larger systems Indicate techniques to understand and deal with transference
  12. Use IFS methods to help therapists stay centered during sessions
  13. Describe how IFS helps therapists be freer in their work

Practical Intuition: Deepening the Counselor-Client Relationship

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Describe how to access intuitive processes
  2. Discuss how to integrate left-brain with right-brain perceptions
  3. Discuss how to distinguish what is or isn't useful with brain perceptions
  4. Explore connecting with one's own intuition
  5. Discuss ways to translate 'hunches' into language
  6. Describe how to create appropriate boundaries
  7. Discuss creating a more profound way to relate with clients
  8. Discuss techniques to deepen awareness and intuitiveness
  9. Describe how to use intuitive processes in simple and structured ways

Working with Mindfulness: Practices and Perspectives for Individuals and Organizations

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Describe the potential benefits of mindfulness for individuals.
  2. Describe the potential benefits of mindfulness for organizations
  3. Discuss mindfulness of the breath, body sensations, walking, and external objects
  4. Review recent studies on the effect of mindfulness on the brain and the body
  5. Review examples of mindfulness programs in organizational settings
  6. Describe connections between mindful practices and emotional intelligence
  7. Practice mindful listening and mindful communication
  8. Describe the practice of Loving Kindness
  9. Discuss the use of Loving Kindness to decrease implicit biases and open way to resolution of conflicts.
  10. Describe the practice called Just Like Me
  11. Discuss models and methods for the workplace
  12. Discuss how to take it all back home

Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Discuss the principles and features of the Polyvagal Theory
  2. Describe how Polyvagal Theory applies in a clinical setting
  3. Indicate how Polyvagal Theory can demystify several features related to stress-related illnesses and psychiatric disorders such as PTSD, autism, depression, and anxiety
  4. Discuss what the Social Engagement System is and how the brain-face-heart connection evolved
  5. Describe how deficits in the regulation of the Social Engagement System relate to the core features of several psychiatric disorders
  6. Discuss Play as a neural exercise
  7. Discuss Listening as a neural exercise
  8. Discuss how neural process evaluates risk in the environment and triggers adaptive neural circuits which promote either social interactions or defensive behaviors
  9. Define and discuss Immobilization without fear
  10. Describe how the Social Engagement System is compromised by stress and trauma and how to reset it
  11. Identify social cues that disrupt or repair defensive reactions

Treating Complex Trauma: Optimal Integration of Treatment Models

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Describe complex PTSD and related conditions
  2. Describe trauma treatment models common denominators and unique contributions
  3. Create a navigational road map
  4. Describe assessment strategies/tools
  5. Describe phase-oriented trauma treatment
  6. Describe the Internal Family System and Self-leadership
  7. Explain self-at-best and self-at-worst Triangles of Experience
  8. Discuss identifying and working with defenses and phobias
  9. Describe attachment styles Discuss the modulation model
  10. Discuss translating a conceptual understanding into a treatment plan
  11. Discuss global and moment-to-moment decision-making
  12. Describe Transformation and experiential shifts
  13. Define adaptive action tendencies
  14. Define meta-processing and its use

Unwrapping the Gifts: A Strength-Based Approach to ADHD Across the Life Span

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Describe ADHD across the lifespan
  2. List the seven habits of highly effective ADHD-ers
  3. Explain rationale for strength-based model
  4. List skills and strengths associated with ADHD
  5. List the common problems associated with ADHD
  6. Discuss the life stories of successful ADHD adults
  7. Describe basic biology of ADHD
  8. State the role of testing in diagnosis of ADHD
  9. Name common pitfalls in diagnosis
  10. Discuss use of medication for ADHD
  11. Name conditions that often co-exist with ADHD
  12. Indicate the basics of ADHD treatment
  13. Explain the role of exercise and nutrition in ADHD treatment
  14. Discuss ADHD impact on couples and sexuality
  15. Apply model to predict life stage dilemmas and plan appropriate treatment in practice

Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Self-Alienation

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Discuss Internal Family Systems theory and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
  2. Describe building interest and curiosity in one's parts in place of phobic reactions towards emotions
  3. Discuss how clients can put non-judgmental language to their trauma-related symptoms
  4. Describe how to help client phobias of emotion and inner experience
  5. Discuss mindful tracking of fragmented parts of the self
  6. Utilize somatic interventions for regulating autonomic arousal and affect dysregulation to calm the body
  7. Describe how to integrate interpersonal neurobiology & social engagement techniques into the treatment
  8. Discuss introducing self-compassion through growing empathy for wounded child parts
  9. Discuss how to transform traumatic memory using somatic, visualization, and ego state techniques

The Mind-Body-Energy ToolKit: Clinical Approaches that Go Beyond Talk

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Describe a variety of energy psychology approaches
  2. Discuss Polyvagal Theory
  3. Describe the Wheel of Awareness
  4. Discuss Emotional Freedom Techniques
  5. Discuss strategies related to Affect Regulation
  6. Explain the power of imagery approaches.
  7. Identify and treat "Psycho-energetic Reversals"
  8. Discuss applying approaches to anxiety, panic attacks and couple work
  9. Discuss how to integrate new skills from experiential training into practice

Trauma Competency: Neuroscience, Diagnosis, and Best Practices for Successful Trauma Treatment

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Describe both the neuroscience of trauma and its biological nature
  2. Define and differentiate the following diagnoses: Simple Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Developmental Trauma Disorder; Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder
  3. Define Janet's phase model and goals of treatment for complex trauma
  4. Demonstrate various trauma tools; mindfulness, guided imagery, EFT and meridian-based techniques to decrease client's arousal levels and modulate affect
  5. Describe the current trauma processing modalities

Enhancing Your Therapeutic Impact: Advanced Techniques of Therapy

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Discuss how to integrate elements of both the expressive and healing arts
  2. Use metaphors, visual images, and theatrical techniques to awaken clients from their unadaptive trances
  3. Describe how the grammatical understructure both film and hypnosis offer new possibilities for helping clients access empowering resource states
  4. Elicit new beliefs, challenge preconceptions, and empower clients to move beyond their self-perceived limitations
  5. Discuss how to attune to affect, behavior, cognition, attitude, linguistic, and relationship patterns; as well as how to attune to the preconscious associations that drive behavior
  6. Describe how to strategically use visual methods to increase therapeutic effectiveness

Conscious Leadership: A Unified Model of Leadership Development

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Describe the Conscious Leadership Framework
  2. Discuss the Stages of Adult and Leadership Development
  3. Discuss Reactive and Creative Structures of Mind
  4. Describe the Leadership Circle Profile Assessment
  5. Discuss the Unified Model of Leadership
  6. Explore Profile Results
  7. Discuss Working with Underlying Self-Limiting Beliefs
  8. Discuss Developing Intuition to Balance Reason
  9. Discuss Discerning Personal Purpose
  10. Discuss Distilling a Leadership Vision
  11. Discuss Authenticity
  12. Practice Courageous Conversation
  13. Discuss Legacy

Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Well-Being

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Explain what it really means to be happy
  2. Discuss why happiness is important and its impact on personal well-being
  3. Discuss how happiness can be elusive to many
  4. Describe how positive psychology and it's focus on building what is strong increases happiness
  5. Utilize evidence-based tools and techniques through small group work practice to experience and observe positive psychology approaches
  6. Apply mindfulness-based interventions to clinical populations and predict results
  7. Experiment with positive psychology during classroom clinical vignettes to see this option as a valuable supplement to traditional approaches
  8. Identify how to retain happiness by creating a therapeutic maintenance plan

The Nuts and Bolts of AEDP: Translating Theory into Clinical Practice

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

    li>Discuss the AEDP Protocol
  1. Define moment to moment tracking in AEDP
  2. Describe how to identify and pursue entry points
  3. State examples of experiential language
  4. Discuss self-disclosure and its meaning and use in AEDP
  5. Describe the dyadic change processes and how to recognize them
  6. Discuss importance of receiving and receptivity
  7. Describe AEDP anxiety regulation strategies
  8. Discuss working with defenses in AEDP
  9. Discuss intrapsychic and interpersonal attachment
  10. Discuss the concept of privileging the positive in AEDP
  11. Describe the role of acknowledging mastery and success
  12. Discuss metatherapeutic processing