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David B. Wexler, Ph.D.
Stephen R. Feldman, J.D., Ph.D.
Martin Seligman, Ph.D.
Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
Michael Yapko, Ph.D.
Otto Kernberg, M.D.
Fred Luskin, Ph.D.
Allan Zuckoff, Ph.D.
Gina Arons, Psy.D.
Irvin D. Yalom, M.D.
Richard Fields, Ph.D.
Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.
Pat Love, Ed.D.
John Briere, Ph.D
Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D.
Phillip Resnick, M.D.

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David B. Wexler, Ph.D.Executive Director of the Relationship Training Institute, and Chairman of the Treatment & Intervention Committee of the San Diego Domestic Violence Council. Author DOMESTIC VIOLENCE 2000: An Integrative Skills Program for Men, published by Norton in 2000.

Advanced Domestic Violence Training

DVD 1: Approaching the Unapproachable

  1. To define and classify the various levels and forms of domestic violence.

  2. To identify treatment skills and treatment strategies with clients who are resistant to traditional domestic violence counseling.

  3. To identify treatment methods that are more successful with clients resistant to traditional domestic violence counseling.

DVD 2: Accountability Strategies and Using Yourself

  1. To identify common mistakes made in the treatment of domestic violence and the underlying assumptions, and use case examples to illustrate the mistakes and ways to correct them.
  2. To identify the common misconceptions media and the culture have played in gender specific problems that must be overcome to effectively treat domestic violence.
  3. To identify strategies and boundaries for clinicians who are working with cases of repeated domestic violence.

WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE: Contemporary Research, Assessment and Treatment Innovations for Partner Abuse

Tape 1: Definitions & typologies of domestic violence: One size does not fit all.

A comprehensive view of the origins of domestic violence and especially about the typologies of partner abuses: one size does not fit all. Participants will be challenged to revisit pre-conceived notions about domestic violence.

  1. To identify a broad range of abusive relations behaviors.
  2. To outline and list historical factors in the origins of domestic violence.
  3. To classify the research regarding typology of partner abuse.

Tape 2: Screening, risk assessment, and group fundamentals.

Participants will learn about the most contemporary assessment techniques for both domestic violence offenders and victims, and about the fundamental components of current domestic violence treatment programs.

  1. To demonstrate effective utilization of basic assessment strategies for domestic violence situations.
  2. To list the essential issues in assessing victims of domestic violence.
  3. To classify the basic elements of current group treatment for domestic violence.

Tape 3: Understanding Male psychology and approaching "Good men behaving badly".

Inter weaving the latest theory and research, clinical anecdotes, and poplar videos; this workshop outlines new theory and research about male psychology. Integrating self psychological, narrative, and cognitive behavioral perspectives, participants will learn skills for dealing with especially resistant and defensive clients.

  1. To identify new perspectives for understanding male psychology.
  2. To list new triggers for relationship abuse.
  3. To describe new strategies for dealing with resistance in domestic violence treatment while outlining difficulties in these strategies.

Tape 4: Controversies, couples and treatment.

This session focuses on the political controversies in the field of domestic violence and offers participants specific strategies for group, individual and even couple intervention. Participants should be prepared to hear new and controversial perspectives on these complex issues.

  1. To identify and explain the central controversies in the field of domestic violence
  2. To define outline and describe interventions in group, individual, and couples treatment.
  3. To list the effects of domestic violence on children.

Tape 5: The effects on kids and personal reactions.

This final session focuses on the effects of domestic violence on children, as well as special subjects that must be addressed in the treatment of relationship violence. This session will also help participants identify personal reactions that inevitably result when dealing with perpetrators, victims, and bystanders of relationship violence.

  1. To list the effects of domestic violence on children.
  2. To outline and describe persona impact of working in the field of relationship violence.
  3. To classify the various prevention, intervention and treatment approaches for children in a domestic violence home.
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Stephen R. Feldman, J.D., Ph.D.Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Author, Law & Mental Health Professionals (Washington), published by APA, 1995 (Supp 1998).


How to Stay out of Trouble with Everyone: A workshop on Law & Ethics for the Mental Health Provider. Including sessions on Malpractice, Confidentiality, and Special Problems.

Malpractice - What it is, How it Works, Courts and Torts, Boards and Complaints, Codes of Ethics, Areas of Danger, Avoiding it All.
Confidentiality - Definitions, Distinguishing Privilege, Limits and Exceptions, Record Keeping and Releasing, Impact of HIPAA (New Federal Law).
Special Problems - Gifts, Touch, Couples and Dual Relationships, Case Consults.

  1. To identify the definitions and practice guidelines for confidentiality, boundaries, and ethics of working with clients.
  2. To identify treatment strategies for couples, depression, drug problems and trauma.
  3. To identify treatment skills using hypnosis, interactive therapies, and cognitive-behavioral approaches.
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Martin Seligman, Ph.D. Fox Leadership Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania. Author, Authentic Happiness


Positive Psychology & Authentic Happiness

Positive emotion about the past concerns contentment, serenity, satisfaction. About the future, it includes optimism and hope. About the present, it includes the pleasures. Ways of measuring and interventions to build these emotions will be discussed.

  1. To define positive psychology as compared to traditional illness/disease models of counseling.
  2. To define optimism and pessimism, as it relates to the clients perception of their life.
  3. To classify and describe positive psychology in terms of emotion, character, and within institutions
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Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine; Medical Director, Trauma Center, Boston, MA, Author, Psychological Trauma

Advanced Trauma Treatment

DVD 1: Advanced Trauma Treatment Part 1

This presentation goes beyond the basics of trauma treatment with descriptions and applications of more effective treatment strategies.

  1. To identify and classify the top 5 effective treatment approaches for trauma, and post traumatic stress disorder.
  2. To identify five (5) most common treatment mistakes by therapists that confound the problems and co-morbid issues of PTSD.
  3. To identify and describe three(3) experiential approaches that can be used effectively for trauma and PTSD.

DVD 2: Advanced Trauma Treatment Part 2

  1. To identify the behavioral characteristics of therapists that are most effective with trauma patients.
  2. To identify both ethical and treatment problems that need to be addressed in treating trauma patients, including transference and counter transference issues.
  3. To classify "environmental" and "cultural" issues of trauma that need to be resolved as a result of terrorism.       

The Effects of Trauma on the Self

This presentation explores the effects of childhood trauma on development of the self, and in relationships to others.

  1. To define PTSD in clinical and behavioral terms.
  2. To identify which modalities are more effective in treating PTSD.
  3. To identify the key elements of childhood trauma and their impact on relationships and appropriate and effective treatment.
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Michael Yapko, Ph.D. Author of ten books on strategic & brief therapies. Author, Treating Depression with Hypnosis Recipient of the Arthur Shapiro Award best hypnosis book of 2001, Society for Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis.

Treating Depression with Hypnosis

Hypnosis has been shown to enhance cognitive-behavioral interventions. In this presentation Dr. Yapko presents some of the ways hypnosis can be used in the treatment of depression.

  1. To identify 3 cognitive behavioral approaches that can universally be used for depression.
  2. To classify components of "poor future orientation" and its impact on depression and affect.
  3. To describe and classify the many ways hypnosis can be used in treating depression.
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Otto Kernberg, M.D. Director, Personality Disorders Institute, N.Y. Presbyterian Hospital, Westchester Division; Professor of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University; Training and Supervising Analyst, Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.

Borderline and Histrionic Personality Disorder

This presentation summarizes the etiology, psychopathology, and differential diagnosis of borderline and histrionic personality disorders, together with a summary of the underlying theory integrating biological and psychodynamic determinants of personality structure.

  1. To define and describe in diagnostic criteria the borderline personality and the histrionic personality.
  2. To summarize the theory of these disorders while identifying biological and psycho dynamic factors.
  3. To identify 3 determinants of environmental and biological factors that contributes to borderline personality disorder and histrionic personality disorder.

Transference Focused Psychotherapy (TFP) for Severe Personality Disorder

This presentation summarizes a manualized, psychodynamic psychotherapy for borderline patients developed at the Personality Disorder Institute of the Weill Cornell Medical College over the past twenty years.

  1. To identify the key components of the approach described in this lecture for treating borderline personality disorder (BPD).
  2. To identify and prioritize the issues to be addressed early in treatment of BPD.
  3. To identify issues that need to be addressed late in treatment for BPD.
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Fred Luskin, Ph.D. Director, Stanford Forgiveness Project. Author, Forgive for Good: A Prescription for Health & Happiness, Harper, 2002. Associate Professor, Institute for Transpersonal Psychology

Forgiven for Good

This address details the research proven 9 steps to forgive hurts, both large and small. Guided practice & experiential practices are included.

  1. To define forgiveness, reconciliation and justice condoning, and explain the differences.
  2. To define and identify "unenforceable rules" and the value of challenging them.
  3. To define and identify 'Narrative : change and its relationship to forgiveness.
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Allan Zuckoff, Ph.D. Research Instructor in Psychiatry and Co-Director of Training, Center for Psychiatric & Chemical Dependency Services, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Co-Author, Improving Treatment Compliance (Hazelden).

Motivational Interviewing

A lively, thought provoking application of motivational interviewing (MI) to enhance readiness to change and commitment to treatment. This talk focuses on the spirit of MI, and how to understand crucial components including motivation, confidence, resistance, and commitment to change.

  1. To identify key components necessary for commitment to change, and to treatment.
  2. To identify collaborative counseling skills that address motivations, confidence, resistance and commitment to change.
  3. To identify the stages of change and appropriate motivational strategy skills
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Gina Arons, Psy.D. Clinical Psychologist, private practice, Lincoln, MA. Presents nationally and internationally on issues related to Motherless-Daughters.

Motherless Daughters: Perspectives

The death of a mother is not an event that a woman recovers from over time. It is a defining piece of a woman's existence. This presentation addresses the psychological and developmental challenges facing women who have lost their mothers in childhood and later in life.

  1. To define motherless-daughters and loss of mother at various developmental stages.
  2. To classify reactions and coping strategies for loss of mother, at various developmental stages.
  3. To identify treatment approaches, both individual and group therapy, for mother loss.

Treatment of Motherless Daughters

This presentation explores clinical work with motherless-daughters using case examples. Transference and counter-transference concerns are examined.

  1. To identify individual, couples, and family therapy approaches that is most effective with motherless-daughters.
  2. To identify obstacles to treatment and ways to overcome them for mother loss.
  3. To identify counter transference concerns in working with motherless-daughters.
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Irvin D. Yalom, M.D. Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry Stanford University, Author, Existential Psychotherapy. Author, Group Psychotherapy. Newest book, The Gift of Therapy, 2002.

The Gift of Therapy: Existentially Flavored Tips.

Dr. Yalom presents material on the nature of existential therapy, the influence of an existential perspective on the therapist-client relationship, the characteristics of the healing therapeutic relationship, the use of the here and now, letting the client matter, and considerable material on self-disclosure. The session includes a question and answer period.

  1. To identify existential issues and common pathways to resolution
  2. Identify the curative factors of group psychotherapy from a traditional and Schopenauer perspective.
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Richard Fields, Ph.D. Author, Drugs in Perspective, 5th Edition, October, 2004, McGraw. Private Counseling Practice, Seattle, WA, Tucson, AZ. Entertainment Industry Council, Awards Review Committee.

Romancing the Stoned: Engaging Intellectualizing Ambivalent Substance Abusers into Treatment.

This presentation focuses on intervention points, and issues for the very bright, highly intellectualizing substance abuser. The dynamics of "engagement" are illustrated using film and case examples. The role of "optimism" in recovery is also explored.

  1. To define addiction in behavioral terms.
  2. To identify and classify resistance to recovery by substance abusers.
  3. To identify difficult types of dually disordered clients and ways to negate their resistance and sabotaging of treatment approaches.

Drugs In Perspective, 5th Edition
by Richard Fields, Ph.D.

Drugs In Perspective, by Richard Fields, Ph.D.Eleven dynamic chapters, engaging and organized, building knowledge and skills sequentially. This edition has been updated and revised to cover everything from etiology, drug-specific information, as well as alcohol/drug prevention, intervention, treatment and relapse. Practical and engaging, the book has a strong family systems theme.

Overall Program Goals

  1. To identify the prevention, treatment, and intervention skills for treating alcohol/drug dependence and addiction.
  2. To identify the role of family dynamics in alcohol/drug problems, and the need for a systemic approach to be more effective in treatment.
  3. To identify issues of etiology, drug-specific information, relapse prevention, and treatment.

Chapter 1: Etiology: A Better Understanding of Models of Drug Dependence and Addiction.

  1. To identify etiological factors and the various confounding reasons why people use, and abuse alcohol/drugs.
  2. To describe the various models of alcohol/drug use, abuse and addiction.
  3. To outline the meaning of drug use, and the family, psychosocial and socio cultural models.

Chapter 2: Alcohol/Drugs in Our American Society Major Problems and Perspectives

  1. To describe and detail the various dimensions of the problems of alcohol, binge drinking by college students, tobacco, and driving under the influence.
  2. To classify the various systemic problems that contribute to the overall drug problem in the U.S., including issues of "supply and demand".
  3. To describe the criteria for the 5 perspectives of alcohol/drug use.

Chapter 3: Drug Specific Information Drugs on the Street Where You Live.

  1. To identify the various classification categories for drugs.
  2. To describe the routes of administration, history, effects and hazards for each drug and drug category.
  3. To describe the role of drugs in athletics and sports.

Chapter 4: Screening and Assessment of Alcohol/Drug Problems

  1. To define addiction in behavioral terms (the three c's - control, compulsion, and continues use despite negative consequences) and the stages of alcohol/drug use.
  2. To classify and describe the diagnostic categories of alcohol and drug use.
  3. To describe and outline the role of alcohol/drugs in suicide, and the various screening and assessment tools for drug abuse, and addiction.

Chapter 5: Substance Abuse and Family Systems

  1. To describe in behavioral terms the various imbalanced family systems.
  2. To describe in behavioral terms the various roles in alcoholic/addict family systems.
  3. To describe in behavioral terms the stages of family recovery from substance abuse and addiction.

Chapter 6: Parenting: Impact on Alcohol/Drug Use and Abuse

  1. To define shame, and describe examples of shame and impact on the child, adolescent, and adult.
  2. To describe the role of parental imbalance and boundary inadequacy in family systems.
  3. To describe the imbalanced life styles of alcoholic/addict or substance abusing families.

Chapter 7: Growing Up in an Alcoholic Family System

  1. To describe the behavioral characteristic of Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACAs).
  2. To describe the relationships of ACAs as adults as a result of growing up in an alcoholic family system.
  3. To outline the various treatment modalities of ACAs.

Chapter 8: Prevention of Substance Abuse Problems

  1. To describe the various prevention approaches for substance abuse from early scare-tactics to coping skills.
  2. To identify the various school-based prevention programs and their advantages and disadvantages.
  3. To describe and outline the key components of an effective prevention program.

Chapter 9: Motivation and Intervention for Substance Abuse Problems

  1. To describe the components of motivational interviewing for substance abuse and addiction, and change.
  2. To describe the stages of intervention and list the important criteria of each stage to be more effective.
  3. To describe in behavioral terms the various interventions for each stage of alcohol/drug use, abuse, and addiction.

Chapter 10: Co-occurring Disorders with Substance Abuse.

  1. To define co-occurring disorders, including affective and personality disorders.
  2. To identify the various treatment strategies and approaches for co-occurring disorders.
  3. To list the various treatment issues and confounding problems for co-occurring disorders.

Chapter 11: Alcohol/Drug Treatment and Relapse Prevention.

  1. To outline the history of alcohol/drug treatment and what we have learned historically.
  2. To list the stages of alcohol/drug recovery, behavioral and cognitive thinking at each stage and treatment strategies.
  3. To outline an effective treatment strategy and relapse prevention strategy for alcohol/drug dependence and addiction.
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Director, Center for Human Development, L.A., CA. Associate Clinical Professor, UCLA. Author, The Developing Mind. Author, Parenting from the Inside Out.

Interpersonal Neurobiology of the Developing Mind

An overview of this exciting new field and its applications to understanding the science of nurturing and the mechanisms by which the mind develops across the life span.

  1. To define "interpersonal neurobiology".
  2. To identify three applications for "IN" in treating trauma.
  3. To identify three methods of nurturing the development of the mind.

Self-Regulation and the Developing Mind Across the Lifespan

This presentation explores: Mind, Brain and Experience, Memory, Attachment, Emotion, Self-Regulation, Mental Representation and States of Mind.

  1. To identify the role for the brain and mind in memory.
  2. To identify three key components in emotional and self-regulation for the brain-mind.
  3. To identify three methods to improve memory, attachment, emotion and self-regulation.

Parenting from the Inside Out

How a deeper understanding can help parents raise children who thrive.

  1. To identify the role of early nurturing and attachment in development for a child.
  2. To identify three key components in treating healthy attachment and self-concept in children.
  3. To classify healthy and unhealthy behaviors for nurturing and attachment.
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Author, The Truth About Love: Hot Monogamy, Co-founder, Austin Family Institute.


The Truth About Love.

A healthy long-term love relationship is the single greatest predictor of success in life. Session will explain the truth about love and learning the elements of vintage love.

  1. To explain and give examples of attachment (long-term).
  2. To list the positive factors on health and success for healthy long-term relationships.
  3. To outline ways to helps couples resolve conflict in relationships and take personal ownership.
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Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, University of Southern California, School of Medicine. Director, Psychological Trauma Clinic, LA County, USC Medical Center.

Complex Psychological Trauma

DVD 1: Complex Psychological Trauma: Connecting BPD to Post Traumatic Stress

This presentation suggests that early trauma can profoundly affect ones' relationship to self and others, and that these effects are not as much symptoms as attempts to survive and recover.

  1. To identify the role of abandonment as it impacts relationships.

  2. To identify three (3) ways to improve relationships of clients with trauma histories.

  3. To identify self-sabotaging behaviors and destructive impulses and ways to address them. 

DVD 2: Treating Complex Post-Traumatic Stress   

Complex PTSD can result in dramatically inaccurate thoughts, feelings, perceptions, and associated behaviors, they appear to emerge "out of the blue" as rage, impulsivity, self-hatred, abandonment issues or dissociative behaviors.  The central role of the therapeutic relationship in activating and resolving these activations is explored.

  1. To identify 3 treatment approaches to de-activate and resolve issues as a result of trauma.
  2. To identify treatment boundaries and approaches for rage and self-hatred.
  3. To identify the transference and counter transference issues in the therapeutic alliance with trauma patients.

Early Trauma: Borderline Personality: The Challenge of Relationship.

This keynote suggests that early trauma can profoundly affect ones' relationship to self and others, and that these effects are not as much symptoms as attempts to survive and recover.

  1. To demonstrate key factors that validate the principle that early trauma will profoundly affect personality.
  2. To describe the dysfunctional coping skills of trauma clients.
  3. To describe and classify treatment approaches for trauma, outlining those that are most effective.

Treating Complex Interpersonal Trauma in the Therapeutic Relationship.

Presentation describes the development of abuse-specific relational schema - "packages" of early cognitive-emotional learning and memories that can e activated by later adult interpersonal relationships. The central role of the therapeutic relationship in activating and (more importantly) resolving such "relational flashbacks" is presented.

  1. To list 3 examples of early cognitive emotional learning that might lead to interpersonal dysfunction.
  2. To list 3 examples of hoe the therapeutic alliance would be hindered by the activation of " relational flashbacks".
  3. To demonstrate and describe ways to resolve these "relational flashbacks" in the context of the therapeutic relations and milieu.

Treating Trauma Activation.

Triggered activation can result in dramatically inaccurate thoughts, feelings, perceptions, and associated behaviors, that appear to emerge "out of the blue" as rage, impulsivity, self-hatred, abandonment issues or dissociated behavior. The central role of the therapeutic relationship in activating and resolving these activations is explored.

  1. To identify 3 treatment approaches to de-activate and resolve issues as a result of trauma.
  2. To identify treatment boundaries and approaches for rage and self-hatred.
  3. To identify the transference and counter transference issues in the therapeutic alliance with trauma patients.
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Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo, Research Director, The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and the Treatment of Victims of Violence.

Anger & Aggression Behavior: A Life Span Treatment Approach.

Examine the nature and development of anger and aggressive behavior from a life-span perspective.

  1. To identify the factors or precursors to anger/aggression.
  2. To identify the key factors of different stages of life for anger/aggression.
  3. To identify the various environmental stressors and relational stressors that make one vulnerable to anger/aggression.

Treatment of Anger Control Problems.

A case conceptualization model is presented for assessment and treatment decisions, including the challenge of predicting and preventing violence.

  1. To identify 3 key components that may contribute to violence.
  2. To identify 3 cognitive behavioral approaches to the treatment of violence.
  3. To identify 3 community prevention approaches for violence.
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Associate Director, UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Program (ISAP). UCLA, School of Medicine. Prinicipal Investigator, NIDA Methampehtamine Clinical Trials Group.


Current Trends in Adolescent/Young Adult Drug Abuse

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Advances in Current Substance Abuse Treatment

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Director, Division of Forensic Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine.


Risk Assessment for Violence. (session 1 & 2)

Session will provide a practical map through the marshy minefield of uncertainty in risk assessment for violence. Recent research will be used to help clinicians do better "dangerousness" assessments in persons with delusions, command hallucinations, premenstrual tension and homosexual panic. A fast moving, well organized, humorous presentation packed with vital information.

  1. To outline and list the key components in assessing dangerousness.
  2. To explain the correlation of psychotic patients to dangerousness.
  3. To explain clinical responses and reporting requirements for "dangerousness" or harm to self or others.
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