Event Calendar

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May
21
Thu
2020
CAP Boulder: Breakfast Talk: Arielle Schwartz, PhD, on Post-Traumatic Growth: Practical Mind-Body Tools to Heal Trauma, Foster Resilience, and help your clients Awaken to their Potential @ Boulder Psychotherapy Institute
May 21 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

CAP Boulder: Arielle Schwartz, PhD, on Post-Traumatic Growth: Practical Mind-Body Tools to Heal Trauma, Foster Resilience, and help your clients Awaken to their Potential 

Speaker: Arielle Schwartz, PhD
Topic: Post-Traumatic Growth: Practical Mind-Body Tools to Heal Trauma, Foster Resilience, and help your clients Awaken to their Potential

Resilience and post-traumatic growth rely upon the opportunity to work through difficult life experiences. The deep, inner work of healing from trauma eventually can help clients to realize that they are stronger than they previously believed. In turn, they are more likely to accept themselves as they are, have an increased appreciation of life, develop new interests or passions, or discover new spiritual frameworks for their lives. As they feel stronger, they are more likely to see themselves as able to bring their gifts and contributions to the world.

Neuroplasticity is the science behind how clients heal from trauma. The brain changes every time we learn something new. Furthermore, this growth occurs throughout the entire lifespan. Traumatic memories are maintained by neural networks or groups of neurons that fire together. According to Hebb’s law, neurons that fire together will wire together. Most importantly, these neural networks are malleable and when clients recall traumatic memories in a safe context they can change how these memories are stored in the brain.

As therapists, we foster post-traumatic growth when we invite clients to take personal responsibility for the narrative that defines their lives. If their voices are full of disappointment and resignation, we can assist them to revise their stories until they arrive at satisfactory conclusions that support growth after trauma. This does not mean that they can change what happened in the past. However, they can work through the pain of the past until they find resolutions in the here and now. Healing from trauma does not only involve changes in your brain. It is equally important to attend to the impact of traumatic events on the body. Trauma resolution involves attending to somatic experiences, integrating new movement resources, and releasing traumatic activation from your body. Join Dr. Arielle Schwartz, in this engaging and interactive webinar, to learn practical tools that facilitate a strength-based approach to trauma recovery and increased resilience in your clients.

Location: Talk is at the Boulder Psychotherapy Institute: 1140 Lehigh Street, Boulder, CO 80305. Here’s a link with Directions: https://www.boulderpsych.com/directions.php. You can register at the Colorado Association for Psychotherapists website. Again please do not park in front of houses on the block.  Park across the street on the south side of Bear Creek Park.
Important: Please park across the street on the south side of Bear Creek Park. This is a residential neighborhood, and we need to keep the neighbors happy. 
Speaker Bio: Arielle Schwartz, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist, EMDR Therapy consultant, somatic psychotherapist, and certified yoga instructor with a private practice in Boulder, Colorado. She earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Fielding Graduate University and holds a Master’s degree in Somatic Psychology through Naropa University. She is the author of four books, The Complex PTSD Workbook: A Mind-Body Approach to Emotional Control and Becoming Whole (Althea Press, 2016), EMDR Therapy and Somatic Psychology: Interventions to Enhance Embodiment in Trauma Treatment (W. W. Norton, 2018), The Post Traumatic Growth Guidebook (Pesi Publishing, 2020), and The Practical Guide to Complex PTSD: Compassionate Strategies to Begin Healing from Childhood Trauma. She is dedicated to offering informational mental health and wellness updates through her writing, public speaking, social media presence, and blog. Learn more at www.drarielleschwartz.com.
Register at www.coloradopsychotherapists.org/calendar and select this event or call Carol O’Dowd, CAP President, at (720) 244-2299. 
Jun
18
Thu
2020
CAP Boulder: Breakfast Talk: Carol O’Dowd, CAP President, Update on State of Registered Psychotherapy re Sunset Review @ Boulder Psychotherapy Institute
Jun 18 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

CAP Boulder: breakfast Talk: Carol O’Dowd, CAP President, Update on State of Registered Psychotherapy re Sunset Review

Speaker: Carol O’Dowd, CAP President
Topic: Update on State of Registered Psychotherapy re Sunset Review

 

Location: Talk is at the Boulder Psychotherapy Institute: 1140 Lehigh Street, Boulder, CO 80305. Here’s a link with Directions: https://www.boulderpsych.com/directions.php. You can register at the Colorado Association for Psychotherapists website. Again please do not park in front of houses on the block.  Park across the street on the south side of Bear Creek Park.
Important: Please park across the street on the south side of Bear Creek Park. This is a residential neighborhood, and we need to keep the neighbors happy. 
Speaker Bio: Carol O’Dowd, CAP President
Register at www.coloradopsychotherapists.org/calendar and select this event or call Carol O’Dowd, CAP President, at (720) 244-2299. 
Jul
16
Thu
2020
CAP Boulder: Breakfast Talk: Deborah Bowman, PhD, on Understanding Ego: Psychodynamic, Slang and Buddhist Perspectives @ Boulder Psychotherapy Institute
Jul 16 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

CAP Boulder: breakfast Talk: Deborah Bowman, PhD, on Understanding Ego: Psychodynamic, Slang and Buddhist Perspectives

Speaker: Deborah Bowman, Ph.D.
Topic: UNDERSTANDING EGO: PSYCHODYNAMIC, SLANG AND BUDDHIST PERSPECTIVES

 

Problems to healthy ego development in the psychodynamic view include a distorted sense of one’s capacities that are either inflated or deflated. Not understood in popular discourse or the slang usage of the term ‘ego’ is the deflated version of narcissism, a self-orientation characterized by victimization and dissatisfaction.

The Buddhist concept of ego acknowledges the problems of distortion at both ends of the spectrum yet sees these misperceptions inherent in the mistaken view of a permanent and separate self. While acknowledging the importance of confidence in one’s capacity for compassion and wisdom, the Buddhist view is particularly wary of any conceptualization of a definitive self.

For the purpose of better understanding ourselves and our clients we will consider ego in these three contexts across factors that include awareness, identity and one’s orientation to relationship and reality.

Location: Talk is at the Boulder Psychotherapy Institute: 1140 Lehigh Street, Boulder, CO 80305. Here’s a link with Directions: https://www.boulderpsych.com/directions.php. You can register at the Colorado Association for Psychotherapists website. Again please do not park in front of houses on the block.  Park across the street on the south side of Bear Creek Park.
Important: Please park across the street on the south side of Bear Creek Park. This is a residential neighborhood, and we need to keep the neighbors happy. 
Speaker Bio: Deborah Bowman, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist, certified Gestalt therapist and has been in private practice for 32 years.  She retired after 28 years as a Naropa University professor where she founded Transpersonal Counseling Psychology, Wilderness Therapy and the Naropa Community Counseling center.  She was a founding member of the Boulder Friends of Jung and is author of several books including The Female Buddha: Discovering the Heart of Liberation and Love.
Register at www.coloradopsychotherapists.org/calendar and select this event or call Carol O’Dowd, CAP President, at (720) 244-2299. 
Aug
20
Thu
2020
CAP Boulder: Breakfast Talk: Catherine Mathon, MA, LPC, on Equine Assisted Therapy: history, how it works, and how it helps Gifted and Twice exceptional individuals @ Boulder Psychotherapy Institute
Aug 20 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

CAP Boulder: breakfast Talk: Catherine Mathon, MA, LPC, on Equine Assisted Therapy: history, how it works, and how it helps Gifted and Twice exceptional individuals

Speaker: Catherine Mathon, MA, LPC
Topic: Equine Assisted Therapy: history, how it works, and how it helps Gifted and Twice-exceptional individuals

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy has become a popular modality in the past decade. After introducing a brief history of Equine Assisted Therapy, the various types of therapy, Catherine will review how Equine Assisted therapy works, what is the role of horses and why their improves and facilitates the therapeutic process with Gifted and Twice Exceptional (2e) Individuals.

Location: Talk is at the Boulder Psychotherapy Institute: 1140 Lehigh Street, Boulder, CO 80305. Here’s a link with Directions: https://www.boulderpsych.com/directions.php. You can register at the Colorado Association for Psychotherapists website. Again please do not park in front of houses on the block.  Park across the street on the south side of Bear Creek Park.
Important: Please park across the street on the south side of Bear Creek Park. This is a residential neighborhood, and we need to keep the neighbors happy. 
Speaker Bio: Deborah Bowman, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist, certified Gestalt therapist and has been in private practice for 32 years.  She retired after 28 years as a Naropa University professor where she founded Transpersonal Counseling Psychology, Wilderness Therapy, and the Naropa Community Counseling Center.  She was a founding member of the Boulder Friends of Jung and is author of several books including The Female Buddha: Discovering the Heart of Liberation and Love.
Register at www.coloradopsychotherapists.org/calendar and select this event or call Carol O’Dowd, CAP President, at (720) 244-2299. 
Sep
24
Thu
2020
CAP Boulder: Breakfast Talk: Debi Elliott, MA, on Ketamine Assisted Transpersonal Psychotherapy Combined with Neurofeedback @ Boulder Psychotherapy Institute
Sep 24 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

CAP Boulder: breakfast Talk: Debi Elliott, MA, on Ketamine Assisted Transpersonal Psychotherapy Combined with Neurofeedback

Speaker: Debi Elliott, MA
Topic: Ketamine Assisted Transpersonal Psychotherapy Combined with Neurofeedback

Debi Elliott and her colleagues invite you to learn more about the profound soul-healing properties of Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy to treat depression, anxiety, chronic pain, bipolar disorder, OCD, grief, PTSD, head injury and many other conditions. At WellWise, we incorporate brain mapping, neurofeedback, and biofeedback into the ketamine experience with feedback integration sessions and low dose ketamine neurofeedback training.  Brain maps show the neuro regenerative properties of Ketamine, a prescription drug with psychoactive properties. Ketamine releases brain-derived neurotropic factors that make the brain more neuroplastic which in turn creates ease in changing behaviors, emotions, and thoughts.  Healing becomes fun!

We guide these healing sessions both in individual and in group settings; very similar to how ancient traditions have used medicinal experiences for healing and spiritual growth.

The talk will discuss how all this works.

Location: Talk is at the Boulder Psychotherapy Institute: 1140 Lehigh Street, Boulder, CO 80305. Here’s a link with Directions: https://www.boulderpsych.com/directions.php. You can register at the Colorado Association for Psychotherapists website. Again please do not park in front of houses on the block.  Park across the street on the south side of Bear Creek Park.
Important: Please park across the street on the south side of Bear Creek Park. This is a residential neighborhood, and we need to keep the neighbors happy. 
Speaker Bio: WellWise is a collaboration between Dr. Naveen Thomas, Boulder psychiatrist, and Debi Elliott, psychotherapist. 
Register at www.coloradopsychotherapists.org/calendar and select this event or call Carol O’Dowd, CAP President, at (720) 244-2299. 
Oct
15
Thu
2020
CAP Boulder: Breakfast Talk: Julia Sherman on A Vision Quest and Therapy: Ceremony, Intention and Healing On The Land And In Therapy @ Boulder Psychotherapy Institute
Oct 15 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

CAP Boulder: breakfast Talk: Julia Sherman on A Vision Quest and Therapy: Ceremony, Intention and Healing On The Land And In Therapy

Speaker: Julia Sherman
Topic: A Vision Quest and Therapy: Ceremony, Intention and Healing On The Land And In Therapy
As participation in vision quests and all types of wilderness rites of passage grow – particularly in Colorado – it is important for therapists to explore the role that they may play in supporting clients through this unique experience. In her presentation, Julia Sherman will share the framework of a vision quest and her personal experience within it.  She will also offer ways that therapy supported the process both as a foundation as she entered the program and with integration as she emerged from it.  
Location: Talk is at the Boulder Psychotherapy Institute: 1140 Lehigh Street, Boulder, CO 80305. Here’s a link with Directions: https://www.boulderpsych.com/directions.php. You can register at the Colorado Association for Psychotherapists website. Again please do not park in front of houses on the block.  Park across the street on the south side of Bear Creek Park.
Important: Please park across the street on the south side of Bear Creek Park. This is a residential neighborhood, and we need to keep the neighbors happy. 
Speaker Bio: Julia Sherman
Register at www.coloradopsychotherapists.org/calendar and select this event or call Carol O’Dowd, CAP President, at (720) 244-2299. 
Nov
19
Thu
2020
CAP Boulder: Breakfast Talk: Bob Dressler, RP, on Together Alone: adventure, mystery, transformation and ordeal in marriage and other intimate pursuits @ Boulder Psychotherapy Institute
Nov 19 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

CAP Boulder: breakfast Talk: Bob Dressler, RP, on Together Alone: adventure, mystery, transformation and ordeal in marriage and other intimate pursuits

Speaker: Bob Dressler, RP
Topic: Together Alone: adventure, mystery, transformation and ordeal in marriage and other intimate pursuits

“…while truth should prevail, it is a disaster when only one kind of truth prevails at the expense of others. If only one kind of truth prevails, the technical and abstract truth of science, then nothing stands in the way of the demeaning of and destruction of human life for what appear to some to be reasonable short term goals.”     novelist Walker Percy

We’re practicing in the age of the ascendancy of the medical model in psychotherapy, the attendant emphasis on “specific ingredients” in therapy, and a lot of hype regarding specific psychotherapeutic techniques and approaches.  

Let’s step back a bit and examine intimate relationship and therapy from a broader humanist, client-centered, and existential perspective, building on alternatives to the medical model.  From that broader perspective, what key aspects of intimacy emerge that might be overlooked in popular contemporary approaches to couples and relationship work?

  • “Together alone:”  “the dilemma of being ourselves, and allowing our partner to be himself or herself while being part of a couple.”  Betty Cannon 
  • Adventure:  embarking on the adventure of living one’s own life, not someone else’s.  
  • Mystery:  opening up to the fundamental mystery of another human being, as well as the mystery of one’s own existence and place in the world.  
  • Transformation:  opening up to our fundamental relatedness in the world. 
  • Ordeal:  confronting one’s ego, and opening of the heart to another. 

Finally, we’ll look at implications for those in intimate relationship, and for practitioners of relationship work with clients.

Location: Talk is at the Boulder Psychotherapy Institute: 1140 Lehigh Street, Boulder, CO 80305. Here’s a link with Directions: https://www.boulderpsych.com/directions.php. You can register at the Colorado Association for Psychotherapists website. Again please do not park in front of houses on the block.  Park across the street on the south side of Bear Creek Park.
Important: Please park across the street on the south side of Bear Creek Park. This is a residential neighborhood, and we need to keep the neighbors happy. 
Speaker Bio: Bob Dressler is a Registered Psychotherapist specializing in relationships, couples, and marriage counseling in Louisville, Colorado. Prior to beginning his career as a psychotherapist, he worked for over twenty years in the business world, including nine years as an organizational consultant focused on leadership, teamwork and change processes. He is an existential therapist, trained in and practicing Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP), which integrates psychodynamic and body-oriented work in an overarching existential framework.
Register at www.coloradopsychotherapists.org/calendar and select this event or call Carol O’Dowd, CAP President, at (720) 244-2299.