Workshop

The Practical Side of Counseling

Overview

Discover what every therapist should know about insurance: the difference between EAP, HMO, EPO, PPS, and POS plans; the 12 crucial questions to ask when checking coverage and the criteria for Medical Necessity; how to fill out claim forms so they process quickly; and how to avoid common costly mistakes.

Learn how to integrate insurance into your practice so you can successfully advocate for your clients needs and make your services more accessible to clients of all socioeconomic backgrounds.

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Somatic Psychotherapy

Overview

Somatic Psychotherapy acknowledges that the body and the mind are interconnected and function together, and that to adequately address psychological issues, the body must also be considered and addressed. From the somatic perspective, changes do not just happen on a psychological level, but must also be somatically experienced and anchored.

This series offers an understanding of the way the mind and body impact each other and introduces ways to work somatically in clinical practice.

Workshop

Queer Consciousness

Overview

Members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Questioning (LGBTIQ) communities face unique mental health and well-being issues about which mental health providers should be aware. The courses in this series will provide the latest information on these issues and supportive therapies.

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Buddhist Psychology

Overview

This five-course series incorporates research from Western science and psychological insights from Theravadin (Vipasanna), Zen and Tibetan (Vajrayana) traditions of the East.

Participants will gain a clinical understanding of foundational Buddhist theory, including the Buddhist notion of suffering and the role that happiness and equanimity play in psychological health, the cultivation of powerfully beneficial states of mind and body, effective meditative practices and mindfulness techniques that can be employed in clinical work, and the most current neurological research as it applies to both Buddhist meditation and psychotherapy.

Each course includes lecture, personal practices, case studies, skill-based exercises and demonstrations that show participants how to apply these concepts in clinical practice.

Workshop in The Practical Side of Counseling

What's Missing from Your Client Charts: Writing Great Progress Notes and Treatme

Overview

Many therapists think of their progress notes as a completely confidential means to keep track of client’s history and treatment.  In reality, we should be writing notes as if someone else might read them. While we may shiver at the idea of an insurance plan, ethics committee, or licensing board requesting to review a client’s chart, this is happening more frequently, even to therapists who don’t work with insurance.  In these cases, well-written records can be a therapist’s best defense. This new workshop will address what EVERY therapist should know about client charts and notes. Attendees will learn how to efficiently write notes that not only assist in treatment, but that meet the expectations of state law, professional ethics, licensing boards, and insurance plans.

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Workshop in Queer Consciousness

Therapy with Transgender and Nonbinary Clients

Overview

This 2-day seminar course will provide students with a brief but solid foundation in clinical therapy with transgender and nonbinary clients. We will cover terminology, pronouns, the damage caused by misgendering, and how to show respect and allyship with gender nonconforming individuals. We will discuss ethical issues in working with this population, looking at the history of intense pathologization of trans people, and discussing the importance of working from a gender affirmative, trauma-informed, advocacy-based approach. Diagnosis and assessment based on the DSM-5 and the WPATH Standards of Care v. 7 will be reviewed, including the requirements for writing gender reassignment surgery recommendation letters. Decision-making around hormones and hormone blockers for children and adolescents will be discussed. The course will include in-depth exercises and clinical vignettes on a variety of clinical topics common to trans and nonbinary clients, such as gender-based body dysphoria, lack of mirroring, internalized negative self-image, and crisis interventions for suicidality when locked facilities are frequently gender-segregated and may even be unsafe. We will cover techniques for treating the complex PTSD that frequently results from experiences of chronic societal oppression, discrimination, harassment, and threats of violence, identifying advocacy opportunities where possible in order to protect trans children and adolescents. Lastly, a panel of gender diverse guest speakers will join us to share personal stories and answer questions from the audience.

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Workshop in Buddhist Psychology

Hakomi II (Buddhist Concentration)

Overview

Perhaps the greatest revolution in the practice of psychotherapy and counseling is reflected in the movement from ‘talking about’ a client’s difficulties, to exploring them, in the present moment, through therapeutic experiments. In this course participants will explore how experiential psychotherapies endeavor to bring a client’s challenges to life in the therapy room, through experiments that involve the verbal – words, inner thoughts, beliefs and injunctions, as well as the physical – posture, movement, gesture, sound, and touch. The moments during which experiments occur represent perhaps the most electric and powerful moments in psychotherapy, and they have the potential of both revealing deep inner issues as well as liberating resources that are necessary for change.

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Workshop in Somatic Psychotherapy

Hakomi I

Overview

The Hakomi Method is regarded as one of our central contemporary body-centered psychotherapies, with applications to individual, couple, family therapy, group and organizational work. Mindfulness, a cornerstone of the Hakomi Method, is one of the most powerful tools available in psychotherapy. Working experientially and mindfully adds significant depth, impact and aliveness for therapist and client alike. Theoretically, the Hakomi Method synthesizes western psychology and systems theory (chaos and complexity in specific), and eastern meditative practices in fluid, creative and elegant ways. Through didactic presentation, experiential exercises, and demonstrations you will learn principles, techniques, assessment procedures, immediately applicable skills and practical interventions that use present time experience to explore and change core models of the world, to gently access deep, unconscious characterological organization, and to enhance clients’ hidden resources.  Hakomi 2, the 2nd part of this seminar, will be offered this summer.

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Workshop in Buddhist Psychology

Fundamentals of Buddhist Psychology

Overview

This course will present basic Buddhist philosophy, explore techniques from Buddhism that are used as therapeutic tools & interventions, will introduce different meditation and mindfulness techniques that help reduce suffering, and will look at the Buddhist view of psychology in relation to modern theoretical orientations. Students will learn practical techniques to prevent compassion and empathy burnout regardless of the student’s spiritual orientation. This is a safe space: students of every kind are encouraged to attend and can expect the class to be experiential, spirited and supportive.

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Workshop in Buddhist Psychology

Engaged Buddhism and Psychotherapy

Overview

The interface between Buddhism and psychotherapy is an increasingly important one, both for individual psychotherapists and for the practical integration of Buddhist teachings into contemporary Western society. Thich Nhat Hahn coined the phrase, “engaged Buddhism”. How does Buddhist practice from a socially engaged perspective influence our sense of direction in our work with clients? Does it make a difference? In this seminar, we will explore the relationship of social action to Engaged Buddhism and Psychotherapy.

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