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Equine-Assisted Therapy with Military Veterans and Their Families

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This course will include an introduction to military culture and will focus on common post-deployment stressors for combat veterans and their families. Discussion around the unique benefits of equine facilitated psychotherapy for treating combat stress/PTSD and crisis intervention and suicidal risk for combat vets will be presented.

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Working with Client Strengths

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Historically, psychotherapy has focused on pathology and deficits, but a focus on client strengths and resiliencies can enhance client motivation, faith in the therapy process, as well as goal attainment and hope. Through lecture, demonstration and experiential exercises, participants will be introduced to interventions and approaches that tap into clients’ agency and strengths in order to mobilize positive change. This course will utilize positive psychology research on life satisfaction and well-being; tools from the collaborative approaches of solution-focused therapy, motivational interviewing, and narrative therapy, and clinical applications of self-efficacy theory.

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Radical Compassion: Introduction to Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)

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In this introductory course, participants will learn: to apply the IFS framework of “Self” and “parts,” to facilitate six fundamental steps of the IFS protocol; and to describe underlying neurobiological mechanisms in language helpful for clients. This highly respected, empirically validated, comprehensive model of psychotherapy offers a clear, non-pathologizing, and empowering method of understanding human problems. Synthesizing multiplicity of mind with systems theory, IFS provides an innovative and enriching philosophy of practice that invites both therapist and client into a transformational, compassionate relationship in which healing can occur.

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Posttraumatic Growth: Resolving and Going Beyond PTSD

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This 6-hour course will provide an advanced examination into the existential and spiritual issues that frequently follow in the wake of severe, long-term and repetitive trauma. Participants will explore the disintegrative impact of trauma, generation of a range of pre-personal and transpersonal material and how to clinically help clients sort through this unfolding in an attempt to develop more comprehensive and authentic approaches to self and other. The course will also cover the role of splitting, dissociation, addiction, meaning of suffering, the impact of malevolence and development of problematic coping styles. The material is designed for psychologists, psychotherapists, nurses, doctors, psychiatrists, spiritual directors, chaplains, church ministers, hospice and humanitarian workers, funeral directors, teachers and anyone who works with victims of trauma.

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Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness

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Although most mental health approaches have traditionally aimed to “fix what’s wrong,” the newer subfield of positive psychology instead helps us to “build what’s strong.” In doing so, we can help buffer patients against a variety of mental health difficulties, and can even enhance a number of physical health outcomes.  Drawing from positive psychology, mindfulness-based approaches, and cutting-edge neuroscience, this seminar will teach participants the latest in the field of happiness research and will provide the tools necessary to transform clinical practice. Through lecture, discussion, and experiential exercises, participants will learn 7 scientifically backed principles for well-being, and over 35 research-based practices to promote greater happiness.

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Introduction to Esoteric Healing - Learning the Practical Application of Healing

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Students are expected to come prepared with the knowledge learned in the pre-requisite online class: Introduction to Esoteric Healing – The Philosophy. In this class students learn the practical application of their alignment and attunement with the soul, how to assess and balance the physical/etheric, emotional, mental, and spiritual energy fields of the chakras/centers and of the organs and systems learned in the pre-requisite. Students also learn how to apply this hands-off technique as an in-person and an absentee energy healing modality. Lots of student-to-student practical application in the classroom. The process of doing and receiving Esoteric Healing is transformative.

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Energy Psychology: Mind/Body Techniques for Emotional Management

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Energy Psychology techniques address the body, mind, and emotions simultaneously, thereby rapidly decreasing emotional activation and reducing stress, fear, and anxiety, while increasing feelings of resilience, confidence and peace. Become familiar with the most popular form of Energy Psychology, Emotional Freedom Techniques. Leave the class with practical tools to begin to use in your practice with clients as well as techniques you can teach to clients for home use.

“The procedures used in energy psychology can bring about remarkably rapid changes in the way people feel and move through the world.” ~ Bessel van der Kolk, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University Medical School

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Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT): Helping Couples Form a Secure Attachme

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EFT is an effective, empirically validated model of couple therapy grounded in attachment theory. By conceptualizing relationships as emotional bonds, and harnessing the power of each partner’s emotions, the therapist helps couples attend to the basic attachment needs that underlie distressing and distancing cycles of interaction. Participants will be able to describe the EFT perspective and the basic components of an EFT therapy. They will also observe how to guide partners to access their primary emotion, and then use these more vulnerable emotions to create new interactions between couples. Using lecture, case material, and film of actual session and role plays, this course will demonstrate the EFT approach to fostering intimate relationships characterized by accessibility, responsiveness and emotional engagement.

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Culturally Competent Evidence-Based Interventions for South Asians

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The course aims to introduce various cultural nuances that make up the South Asian diaspora living in the greater Bay Area. It will address common myths and stereotypes held by mental health professionals not belonging to the community. Content is derived from the instructor’s professional experience, alongside findings from surveys given to both members of the South Asian community and therapists working with the community. Participants will get the opportunity to understand in depth, the various groups and sub groups within the community and the role of shame, stigma and cultural norms that prevent South Asians from seeking services for mental health challenges. The impact of such avoidance on relationships both within the immediate family and that of the extended family will be explored. Educational techniques and culturally attuned interventions will be introduced and practiced during the course.

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Co-Constructing Goal Building Conversations

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Learn how to guide treatment to be more effective especially in time-sensitive formats through the use of goal building conversations. Through lecture, demonstration and experiential exercises learn tools that tap into client’s agency and strengths to mobilize change quickly. Research on therapeutic efficacy and positive outcomes, tools from collaborative approaches like solution-focused therapy and motivational interviewing, and clinical applications of positive psychology and self-efficacy theory will be introduced to demonstrate how to host conversations that outline well-formed goals and promote progress from the first session.

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