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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
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.
CAP Boulder: breakfast Talk: Carol O’Dowd, CAP President, Update on State of Registered Psychotherapy re Sunset Review
CAP Boulder: breakfast Talk: Deborah Bowman, PhD, on 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.
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
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.
CAP Boulder: breakfast Talk: Debi Elliott, MA, on 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.
CAP Boulder: breakfast Talk: Julia Sherman on A Vision Quest and Therapy: Ceremony, Intention and Healing On The Land And In Therapy
CAP Boulder: breakfast Talk: Bob Dressler, RP, on 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.