Learning objectives for our 2018 courses in the format required by accreditation organizations are shown below

Advancing Inclusion: Turning Us and Them into We

Upon completion of this course participants 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: The Neuroscience of Coping with Disappointment, Difficulty, even Disaster

Upon completion of this course participants 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

 

Human Connections–Resonant Relationships at Work and Home: Five Conversations That Will Heal the World

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  1. Define resonant relationships and resonant leadership
  2. Discuss building relationships based on trust and how hope and vision guide us today
  3. Describe exploration of our values and how they do and don't serve us
  4. Discuss the lenses through which we view self and others
  5. Describe and practice ways to influence others for peak performance
  6. Discuss how to gather data about one's self by knowing your lenses, understanding biases and managing conflict
  7. Describe cognitive and emotional strengths that help us move toward our vision
  8. Create a plan that practices conversations that support collaboration behaviors, development and integration.

Healing Sleep and Dreams

Upon completion of this course participants 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

 

Sanctuary: Re-igniting the Servant Soul

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  1. Define sanctuary and its impact on self
  2. Discuss the importance of self-care and begin a sustainable self-practice
  3. Discuss the influence of creating community for our self, our family our client, our world
  4. Identify how to develop clarity of our heart by saying no to toxicities and drama
  5. Discuss as you move through this day to remain in the present, brush off the busyness and non-attention and become aware of what it means to be attuned and fully alive
  6. Describe how to ignite inner passion by inspiring hope, confidence and saying yes to possibilities
  7. Discuss the nature of inspiration and lighting the way for others without burn out
  8. Create a 'playlist', an inspirational resource, to refer back to as you build your legacy

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

Upon completion of this course participants 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

 

A Clinical Introduction to Imago Relationship Therapy: Bringing Couples from Rupture to Connection

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  1. Define Imago Relationship Therapy
  2. Describe the Dialogue: The Flagship of Imago
  3. Observe a Demonstration of Mirroring Practice
  4. Describe the Mirroring technique
  5. Describe how to use Evolutionary Journey with Couples
  6. Discuss the Power of Validation and Empathy
  7. Describe when and how to integrate Validation and Empathy
  8. Observe Demonstration of Intentional Dialogue: Emphasis on the rhythm and how to shift energy
  9. Discuss how to use the Psychological and Social Journey with couples
  10. Describe the importance of moving clients from content to affect
  11. Discuss Using Sentence Stems and Doubling
  12. Describe How to Introduce Imago and the Initial Interview
  13. Discuss Affairs from An Imago Approach Observe and practice The Initial Interview

The Emotionally Mindful Therapist: Using Your Emotions to Help Yourself and Others

Upon completion of this course participants 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

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

Upon completion of this course participants 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

The Optimal Future Self: Overcoming Blocks, Accessing Possibilities

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  1. Define optimal future self (OFS) and its clinical impact
  2. Identify Ericksonian hypnosis principles, Somatic Experiencing™
  3. Discuss how to utilize the Somatic Experiencing™ clinically as it relates to OFS
  4. Discuss Internal Family Systems and coupling dynamics work
  5. Describe how hypnosis offers new possibilities for helping clients access empowering resource states
  6. Identify ways to access the OFS
  7. Identify 'a client block' and discuss ways to address these blocks by orienting to the optimal future self (OFS)
  8. Describe a meditation technique that is effective to access your OFS
  9. Discuss the challenges that may arise in this work and what to do to overcome these issues
  10. Discuss how to strategically use OFS to increase therapeutic effectiveness

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.

    Describe the practice of transformational conversations.

Frontiers of Trauma Treatment

Upon completion of this course participants 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 List three physical symptoms of psychological trauma
  5. Summarize the neuroscientific effects of trauma on attention and concentration
  6. Evaluate current neuroimaging research
  7. Describe survival action patterns
  8. Explain assessment and treatment planning stages
  9. List at least three treatment techniques for stabilization
  10. Indicate uses of EMDR, yoga, touch and group and theatre in resolving trauma
  11. Describe different trauma processing techniques
  12. Discuss the observation of videotape of trauma processing techniques
  13. Discuss learned helplessness and dissociation as it applies to trauma
  14. Describe successful integration of traumatic memories in terms of physical mastery

Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Practical Applications for Treating Trauma

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the organizing principles of the Polyvagal Theory
  2. Describe how Polyvagal Theory applies in a clinical setting
  3. Identify the autonomic nervous system and provide an example of an autonomic response
  4. Describe autonomic response mapping
  5. Discuss techniques to build autonomic regulation and resilience
  6. Discuss what the Social Engagement System is and how it evolved
  7. Describe how deficits in the regulation of the Social Engagement System relate to the core features of several psychiatric disorders
  8. Describe how the Social Engagement System is compromised by stress and trauma
  9. Discuss how to help clients interrupt habitual response patterns and find safety in a state of engagement
  10. Describe how autonomic interventions with breath, movement, touch and sound can reset the nervous system
  11. Indicate how Polyvagal Theory can address stress-related illnesses and psychiatric disorders
  12. Discuss how neural process evaluates risk in the environment and triggers adaptive neural circuits which promote either social interactions or defensive behaviors
  13. Define and discuss Immobilization without fear and how to reset it
  14. Identify social cues that disrupt or repair defensive reactions

Assessment and Intervention for Child and Adolescent Executive Function Difficulties

Upon completion of this course participants 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

Who Do We Choose To Be? Facing Reality, Claiming Leadership, Restoring Sanity

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss how we must reclaim leadership as a noble profession
  2. Describe how we are still uncomfortable with life's incessant changes and choose not to flee or withdraw from reality.
  3. Delineate how to use power and influence and respond with sanity to create cohesive teams and communities where people feel safe and motivated to be generous, creative and kind.
  4. Name several issues leaders must deal with to create environments that value people.
  5. Describe what we have learned from personal experiences as leaders and reintroduce the possibilities and expectations of working well together
  6. Discuss the belief of how we must first lead people through the falling apart stage, the collapse and acknowledge the strong emotions that accompany them
  7. Discuss the belief we must turn our attention away from issues beyond our control and focus on finding a path of contribution and meaning.
  8. Describe how our faith in human integrity will help us engage with the people who seek good leadership and focus on our communities' work that is within reach
  9. Identify practices that build teams, organizations, communities
  10. Discuss what we have learned from personal experiences that can give us the capacity to both expect and work well with life's incessant changes.                                                
  11. Discuss the Belief in Hope as a Primary Motivator 
  12. Discuss what, in our experience, has been a stronger and more reliable source of motivation than hope.       

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

Upon completion of this course participants 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

Internal Family Systems Workshop

Upon completion of this course participants 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
  5. List the six steps for healing exiled parts
  6. Describe how to work with difficult and/or resistant parts
  7. Discuss IFS affect management strategies
  8. Participate in experiential exercises that demonstrate affect management
  9. Summarize the IFS approach to couples' therapy
  10. Discuss case examples of couples using IFS
  11. Summarize IFS application to families
  12. Explain IFS application to groups and larger systems
  13. Indicate techniques to understand and deal with transference
  14. Use IFS methods to help therapists stay centered during sessions
  15. Describe how IFS helps therapists be freer in their work

Treating Complex Trauma: Optimal Integration of Treatment Models

Upon completion of this course participants 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

Working with Mindfulness: Practices and Perspectives for Individuals and Organizations

Upon completion of this course participants 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

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

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

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

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

Upon completion of this course participants 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

Conscious Leadership: A Unified Model of Leadership Development

Upon completion of this course participants 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

Constructive Narrative Psychotherapy: How to integrate narrative therapy procedures

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  1. Define 'Narrative Psychotherapy'
  2. Name neurobiological & psychosocial benefits of a strengths-based treatment approach
  3. Identify how to spot "HYPE"
  4. Discuss narrative psychotherapeutic procedures such as emotional processing, restorative retelling, adaptive disclosure, imagery rescripting and cognitive restructuring.
  5. Discuss video case demonstrations that demonstrate ways to integrate narrative therapeutic procedures
  6. Identify ways to bolster resilience in the following 6 domains: physical, interpersonal emotional, cognitive, behavioral and spiritual
  7. Describe ways to bolster resilience in psychotherapists
  8. Discuss ways to bolster resilience across the life-span
  9. Identify how to use narrative and evidence-based cognitive behavioral interventions to treat patients with various diagnosis including  complex PTSD and co-occurring disorders such as substance abuse.
  10. Discuss ways to integrate spirituality and psychotherapy in your patient's coping style

Enhancing Your Therapeutic Impact: Advanced Techniques of Therapy

Upon completion of this course participants 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. Understand 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. Learn 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. Learn how to strategically use visual methods to increase therapeutic effectiveness

Transforming Trauma: Using the AEDP Therapist's Bold, Embodied Presence

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  1. Define 'AEDP'
  2. Discuss how to strengthen your ability to be more present, engaged, and purposeful of your own emotional experience in your work with patients.
  3. Discuss how to recognize the ways in which your own "affect phobias" can get in the way of our patients' healing process.
  4. Define how to use your Self as a Healing Mechanism
  5. Indicate the implications of the caregiver's participation in treatment
  6. Describe how to work with shame and pathogenic affects in AEDP
  7. Discuss transforming maladaptive beliefs about Self and Other through cognitive restructuring and uncoupling dynamics
  8. Observe videotape of treatment techniques through actual sessions

Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Well-Being

Upon completion of this course participants 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

Bad Stuff: Fear, Greed, Shame, Hatred, and Guilt

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the similarities between fear and anxiety
  2. Describe the primary, secondary, and defensively-altered types of greed
  3. Explore developmental origins of fear, greed, shame, and guilt
  4. Describe patterns of emotions, thoughts and beliefs related to fear, greed and shame
  5. Identify manifestations of greed, hatred and guilt
  6. Identify the impact of each emotion category on the body and nervous system
  7. Discuss clinical illustrations and defenses of guilt, greed and shame
  8. Review therapeutic strategies that directly address the manifestations of fear, greed, shame, hatred, and guilt
  9. Observe classroom vignettes and psychotherapy approaches to hatred
  10. Discuss how shame is often disguised and veiled, sometimes even to our clients themselves
  11. Describe how to look at defense mechanisms against shame and guilt
  12. Discuss observable emotion expressiveness and physical manifestations of the antidotes to shame
  13. Clarify transference and countertransference strategies dealing with the resulting presence of fear and hatred

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

Upon completion of this course participants 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. Learn 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