Events

The Education Committee is committed to providing compelling content to our members. Since our members have varied interests, approaches, orientations, specialties, training, demographics we aim to choose topics that appeal to a significant portion of our membership. Click here to learn more about our events. If you have any suggestions, please submit them to our suggestion box If you are not a member, please Join Us

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Upcoming & Past Events

January 28, 2022

Becoming an Empathic/Intuitive Healer: Skills for Healers To Enhance Patient Care

Webinar on January 28, 2022

Judith Orloff MD, a psychiatrist on the UCLA clinical faculty, empath and New York Times bestselling author of The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People and Guide to Intuitive Healing, shows how to reclaim this intelligence. She passionately believes that the future of medicine lies in using intuition to access deeper insight, empathy, and greater wellness. Too many of us walk around out of touch with our inner voice. What stops us from listening? How can we listen more? Dr. Orloff offers practical techniques to tap into your intuition and act on it to improve the quality of your decisions, health, and life.

There is an infinite amount of intuitive and empathic wisdom that we cannot access through logic alone. Many of us have felt it at least once.

In the healthcare profession, the linear mind plays an essential role in understanding the analytical knowledge specific to diagnosis and treatment. Now, we must invite our nonlinear, intuitive mind to create a complete picture of the person we are trying to help.

Join Dr. Orloff as she synthesizes the pearls of conventional medicine with cutting-edge knowledge of empathy to ignite their power to self-heal or help others.

Participants will learn to:

  • Apply new clinical skills to deepen your empathy and intuition that will augment and improve the quality of your decisions and your client’s treatment.
  • Identify if you are an empath or highly sensitive person
  • Utilize tools to read and interpret other people’s body language and how it can apply to working with clients.
  • Identify ways to protect your energy from being depleted and how to stop absorbing your clients’ stress and pain and difficult emotions
  • Deepen your empathy in everyday life and as a healthcare practitioner.
  • Treat and work with highly sensitive and empathic clients.
  • Access your own powers of self-healing as well as techniques to help others.

This special training for healthcare professionals and anyone interested in the healing arts will give you the foundational basics of the role of empathy in healing and a deeper understanding of how to therapeutically harness intuition.

“Do empaths make good nurses? Empathy guru and psychiatrist Dr. Judith Orloff, author of The Empath’s Survival Guide, says yes.” ~ Atlanta Journal Constitution (Click HERE to read the full article.)

Recommended reading: The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People; Thriving as an Empath: A Day at a Time; Guide to Intuitive Healing: 5 Steps to Physical, Emotional and Sexual Wellness by Judith Orloff MD

Speaker

Judith Orloff, MD is the New York Times best-selling author of The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People. Her latest book Thriving as an Empath offers daily self-care tools for sensitive people along with its companion The Empath’s Empowerment Journal. Dr. Orloff is a psychiatrist, an empath, and is on the UCLA Psychiatric Clinical Faculty. She synthesizes the pearls of traditional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, energy, and spirituality. Dr. Orloff also specializes in treating highly sensitive, empathic people in her private practice. Dr. Orloff’s work has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Oprah Magazine, the New York Times. Dr. Orloff has spoken at Google-LA and has a popular TEDX talk. Her other books are Emotional Freedom and Guide to Intuitive Healing. Explore more information about her Empath Support Online course and speaking schedule on www.drjudithorloff.com.

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December 3, 2021

When a Client is Considering Divorce: Clinical and Ethical Aspects

Webinar on Friday, December 3, 2021 at 2 pm ET

Deciding to stay or leave, to give up hope or try couples therapy--this is a common client dilemma addressed in individual therapy. But there is little clinical training on how to sensitively and skillfully help clients who are dealing with one of the most fraught psychological and ethical challenges in adult life.  So we are left to make it up on our own. This presentation will offer a novel perspective and a set of tools to help clients discern a direction that furthers their personal development and has ethical integrity for self and others.   

Deciding to stay or leave, to give up hope or try couples therapy--this is a common client dilemma addressed in individual therapy. But there is little clinical training on how to sensitively and skillfully help clients who are dealing with one of the most fraught psychological and ethical challenges in adult life. (It’s an ethical issue because it involves other stakeholders.) So we are left to make it up on our own. This presentation will offer a perspective and a set of practical tools to help clients discern a direction that is consistent with their personal goals and has ethical integrity for self and others. The presenter is known for his engaging and practical workshops.

Speaker

Bill Doherty, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Family Social Science at the The University of Minnesota where he directs the Minnesota Couples on the Brink Project, which developed “discernment counseling” for couples on the brink of divorce, and The Citizen Professional Center, which does community engagement projects on health care and on divisive public issues. Following the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, he co-founded Braver Angels, a citizen initiative that uses couples therapy principles to bring conservatives and liberals together to counteract political polarization and restore the fraying social fabric in American society. Among Bill’s awards is the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Family Therapy Academy. His latest book is The Ethical Lives of Clients: Transcending Self-Interest in Psychotherapy, to be published in October 2021 by the American Psychological Association.

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November 5, 2021

Too Much of Nothing: Spotlight on the Developmental Trauma of Childhood Neglect

Webinar on November 5, 2021, at 2 pm EST

This conversation will be about the neglected clinical population of adults with a history of the developmental trauma of childhood neglect. These people have truly been largely unseen and un-helped in our field. Although most of us by now have heard of the ACES (Adverse Childhood Experience Survey) conducted by Kaiser in 1995-1997, it took until quite recently for the larger psychotherapy field to even know of it. Neglect as an adverse experience, has stayed hidden, at great detriment to the large numbers who have slipped through the cracks. Due to the larger ignorance, many of these people do not know themselves, what is “wrong,” or why they feel so bad. They lament, “but nothing happened to me!” which is precisely the problem. So much was missing. Since beginning to discover these issues in 1998, I have been on a mission to learn and teach about it. It is the subject of my new book, released on 8/31/2021, Working with the Developmental Trauma of Childhood Neglect: Using Psychotherapy and Attachment Theory Techniques in Clinical Practice.  I call this a conversation, because I would like to enlist the voices of the attendees, to both speak and ask questions, and make for a lively learning experience. I will present for the first hour and invited participation for the final half-hour.

Speaker

Ruth Cohn has been practicing Marriage and Family therapy, specializing in childhood trauma in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1990. She is also a Certified Sex Therapist; Board Certified in Neurofeedback; and Certified in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, EMDR, and Imago Relationship Therapy. She is the author of two books: Coming Home to Passion: Restoring Loving Sexuality in Couples with Histories of Childhood Trauma and Neglect, published in 2010; and her recent release Working with the Developmental Trauma of Childhood Neglect: Using Psychotherapy and Attachment Theory Techniques in Clinical Practice; and numerous articles related to trauma. She is also an avid artisan home cheesemaker and sourdough baker! She lives in San Francisco with her husband of 30 years, and beloved old dog, Angel.

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October 22, 2021

Learn how the brain constructs disruptive emotional responses and how to permanently release them.

Webinar on October 22, 2021 at 2pm

Part 1: “How emotions are made” - Demystifying emotional functioning.

Part 2: “Introduction to Self Emotional Resolution” - Pragmatic Emotional Resilience.

Helping people across the world resolve their emotional difficulties and training mental health professionals, coaches, and educators on Emotional Resolution

The unique situation that we are currently living, is unveiling hidden anxiety and fear and exacerbating old ones. Let’s use this strange time as an opportunity to resolve our fears, so our emotional responses can be congruent with our actual reality, instead of reactions out of fear.

Thanks to the work of scientists such as Lisa Feldman Barrett, Joseph LeDoux or Antonio Damasio, we now better understand how the brain constructs recurring emotional difficulties. We have been using this understanding paired with our extensive experience working with clients to design a simple and elegant way to re-train our brain to resolve recurrent emotional difficulties.

We call this method Emotional Resolution® or EmRes®.

This training is all about demystifying emotions and teaching you how to resolve your disruptive, painful, or blocking emotions on your own. You will understand how the brain constructs emotional difficulties and how it can permanently release them... in just a few seconds actually. This complete training will impart participants with the concrete knowledge to resolve emotional difficulties autonomously.

Speaker

Cedric Bertelli, is the Founder and Director of the Emotional Health Institute (EHI), an organization that provides information and education about Emotional Resolution, or EmRes. EHI gives people struggling with stress, depression, anxiety, and many other negative emotions access to the best-trained professionals who can guide them to resolve disruptive emotional patterns. EHI has taught thousands of adults how to resolve their emotional difficulties. In the San Francisco Bay area alone, over 200 teachers were trained to use Emotional Resolution with children thanks to the Insitute’s collaboration with Dedication Special Education and the Marin County Ofice of Education. Cedric began to study and research the Emotional Resolution (EmRes) process in 2009 in his home county of France and has developed his understanding of emotional functioning and his craftsmanship of EmRes throughout the years. In addition to training mental health professionals, coaches, and educators on Emotional Resolution, Cedric also works with clients individually. He is passionate about helping people across the world resolve their emotional difficulties, and he looks forward to sharing information about Emotional Resolution with listeners. For more information or to connect with Cedric, visit emotionalhealthinstitute.org

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June 11, 2021

Webinar with Diana Fosha: Undoing Aloneness & the Transformation of Suffering into Flourishing: AEDP 2.0

Diana FoshaFriday, June 11, 9:30-11 am

The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places,” said Hemingway.

Diana Fosha adds: “There is no better way to capture the ethos of AEDP than to say that we try to help our patients--and ourselves—become stronger at the broken places . . . and to discover places that have always been strong and never were broken.”

Until recently, the mental health field, focused on pathology, and lacked concepts to capture the motivational strivings for health.  Drawing on neuroscience and developmental research, Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)  one of the fastest growing approaches to working with attachment trauma,  rectifies the bias towards pathology.  Building on our natural resilience, its therapeutics are based on our innate healing capacities, for we are wired for healing, self-righting and for resuming impeded growth.  AEDP’s clinical practice shows how to entrain that and harness it in treatment and do so experientially in the context of relational work within the therapeutic dyad

AEDP assumes a healthy core within all people and emphasizes the importance of experiential work with attachment, emotion and transformation.  It leverages safety and connection within the therapist-client relationship to facilitate healing.  This workshop will deepen your understanding of how attachment theory informs experiential psychotherapeutic work carried out from an empathic stance. In this workshop, Diana Fosha will focus on metatherapeutic processing, AEDP magical yet systematic methodology for healing trauma and transforming emotional suffering into flourishing.

Diana Fosha, PhD, is the developer of AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy), a healing-oriented psychotherapy to treat attachment trauma and help people connect to their vitality,and Director of the AEDP Institute. For the last 20 years, Diana has been active in promoting a scientific basis for a healing-oriented, attachment & emotion-focused trauma treatment model. Her work focuses on integrating neuroplasticity, recognition science and developmental dyadic research into clinical work with patients.  Described by psychoanalyst James Grotstein as a “prizefighter of intimacy,” and by David Malan as “the Winnicott of [accelerated dynamic] psychotherapy,” Diana Fosha’s powerful, precise yet poetic writing style captures the ethos of AEDP. Her phrases ---”undoing aloneness,” “existing in the heart and mind of the other,” “stay with it and stay with me,” “rigor without shame” and “True Other”  -- capture the ethos of AEDP.

She is author of The transforming power of affect (Basic Books, 2000) and author of numerous articles and chapters; co-author, with Natasha Prenn, of Supervision essentials for Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (APA, 2017); 1st editor, with Dan Siegel and Marion Solomon, of  The healing power of emotion: Affective neuroscience, development & clinical practice (Norton, 2009) and editor of the just published Undoing aloneness and the transformation of suffering into flourishing: AEDP 2.0 (APA, 2021). Four DVDs of her live AEDP clinical work, including a complete 6-session treatment, and one on clinical supervision, have been issued by the American Psychological Association (APA).

Diana Fosha lives and practices in New York City, presents at international conferences, and leads workshops and trainings worldwide. Many of her papers are available through the AEDP website at www.aedpinstitute.org   

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This event is for members only

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May 14, 2021

Going Into The Fire: Working with Highly Escalated Couples

George FallerWMHC Webinar with George Faller
Friday, May 14, 2021 at 9:30 - 11:00 am; 1.5 CE

Do escalated couples make you want to quit being a therapist? There is nothing like a bad couple therapy session to train therapists not to want to see couples Join us as we explore those moments of greatest difficulty for couples, from contempt and high reactivity to despair and stone-walling silence. Learn how to keep your focus and go deeper in the face of reactivity. Through a combination of lecture, videotape, and exercises, participants will experience the power of Emotionally Focused Therapy in transforming clients’ defensiveness into openness and safer relationships. 

George Faller

Prior to a career in the field of mental health, George Faller MS, LMFT spent 20 years as a NYC Firefighter and NYC Police Officer. His experience as a FDNY Peer Counselor, particularly following the events of 9/11, sparked his passion to help those impacted by trauma. George is a certified Trainer/Supervisor/Therapist in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and founder of the New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy. He is a Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT) and teaches classes at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in Manhattan. He is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Connecticut and New York and he is the director of training at the Greenwich Center for Hope & Renewal in Connecticut

George brings a unique and varied experience to his practice. Whether he is providing marriage therapy to Wall Street executives, leading a conference for the United States Military or equipping therapists from around the globe, his ability to inspire is far-reaching. George is also committed to bringing EFT to underprivileged populations and pushing the leading edge of effective therapy.

George is the co-author of the books “True Connection”, “Sacred Stress” and “Emotionally Focused Family Therapy” and cohost of podcast “Foreplay Radio”. For more information go to georgefaller.com

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April 16, 2021

Helping Narcissistic Patients and People Suffering from the Narcissism of Others

Friday, April 16, 2021 at 9:30 - 11:00 am

Although narcissistic dynamics are universal and often benign, their excesses and enactments (such as narcissistic rage and the sense of entitlement to do harm) can do immense interpersonal, social, and political damage. Because patients with self-esteem problems are highly susceptible to feeling criticized and shamed, clinicians typically find it difficult to address narcissism in psychotherapy. But given the potential destructiveness of some narcissistic conditions, even limited progress in such clients is worth our therapeutic time.

Because they depict only one type of narcissistic psychology and emphasize externally observable traits rather than internal experience, the DSM criteria for Narcissistic Personality Disorder have only limited value for therapists.

Dr. McWilliams will explore the continuum from healthy narcissism to seriously disturbed narcissistic psychology (Kernberg’s “malignant” narcissism) and psychopathy (the DSM’s “Antisocial Personality Disorder”), with special attention to the psychological impact of these conditions on other individuals, groups, and communities. She will suggest ways of helping narcissistic patients and also ways of helping those who live or work with narcissistically driven others.

Nancy McWilliams teaches at Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Applied &
Professional Psychology and practices in Lambertville, New Jersey. She is author of
Psychoanalytic Diagnosis (1994, rev. ed. 2011), Psychoanalytic Case Formulation (1999), and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (2004) and is associate editor of both editions of the
Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (2006, 2017). A former president of Division 39
(Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association, she has been featured in three APA videos of master clinicians. She is on the Board of Trustees of the Austen Riggs Center. Her books are available in 20 languages; she lectures widely both nationally and internationally. She is currently working on a book on psychoanalytic supervision.

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January 16, 2020

Lust, Romance, Commitment: The Drive to Love, Who We Choose and the Neural Foundations of Love Addiction, Partnership Compatibility and Relationship Happiness

Fisher discusses three brain systems that evolved for mating and reproduction:  the sex drive; romantic love; and partner attachment.  She focuses on her colleagues and her brain scanning research (using fMRI) on romantic passion, rejection in love and love addiction.  Then, using her additional fMRI data and a questionnaire taken by 14+ million people to explore four broad basic styles of thinking and behaving associated with four primary brain systems--the dopamine, serotonin, testosterone and estrogen systems—and the role these temperament dimensions play in mate choice, relationship issues and partner compatibility.  She concludes with discussion of the neural foundations of long-term partnership attachment and marital happinessand the future of relationships in the digital age—what she calls “slow love.” 

Speaker Bio

Helen Fisher PhD, a biological anthropologist, is Senior Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute, Member of the Center for Human Evolutionary Studies, Rutgers University and Chief Scientific Advisor to Match.com.  Fisher has written six internationally best-selling books on romantic love and future sex, including: WHY WE LOVE; WHY HIM? WHY HER?; and ANATOMY OF LOVE (2ND ed).  She is a TED All-Star and a recipient of the American Anthropological Association’sDistinguished Service Award for her work at presenting anthropological data to the public. Her Curriculum Vita at www.helenfisher.com lists her publications and speaking activities.

Thursday, January 16

6:30-8:30 pm

Dinner will be served 

Vanderbilt Suites, 200 Park Avenue (enter on Vanderbilt and 44th Street or thgouth Grand Central)

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October 25, 2019

Prodependence: Moving Beyond Codependency

The concept of codependency has defined our views of caregivers and caregiving since it’s pop culture ascendence in the mid 1980’s. But what version of it is best and how is it to be utilized in 2019? This engaging talk takes a fresh, direct look at the 350+ books on the topic, along with related concepts and treatment goals evolved over the past 35 years. Together we will move the discussion from codependence to interdependence using new concepts, new ideas and new therapies. Utilizing an attachment based method of the assessment, evaluation and treatment of family members and loved ones of addicts and the mentally ill, this powerfully moving talk will address some of the following questions:

  • What is the goal of labeling someone as codependent?

  • Does this label and related treatment required provide the best chance for all to heal?

  • Is this the most effective way to help those experiencing the crisis of addiction or mental health?

  • Does the trauma-based model of codependency fully meet our client’s needs?

As a social worker (and a life-long caregiver) I have long struggled with the concept of labeling love as a disorder. Why offer negative, judgmental labels to those who have loved and stood by  incredibly difficult people and situations?. Why judge deeply involved, loving caregivers, most often working to overcome challenges that would overwhelm any loving person, as being anything short of deeply loving spouses/parents etc. caught up in a situation beyond their ability to heal? This engaging, fresh look at old concepts will allow old ideas to be reborn in a new century toward the highest good of all we treat. 

Speaker Bio: Robert Weiss PhD, LCSW is Chief Clinical Officer of Seeking Integrity LLC, a unified group of online and real-world communities helping people to heal from intimacy disorders like compulsive sexual behavior and related drug abuse. As Chief Clinical Officer, Dr. Rob led the development and implementation of Seeking Integrity’s residential treatment programming and serves as an integral part of the treatment team.

He is the author of ten books on sexuality,  technology, and intimate relationships, including Sex Addiction 101, Out of the Doghouse, and Prodependence. His Sex, Love, and Addiction Podcast is currently in the Top 10 of US Addiction-Health Podcasts. Dr. Rob hosts a no-cost weekly Sex and Intimacy Q&A on Seeking Integrity’s self-help website, SexandRelationshipHealing.com (@SexandHealing).

The Sex and Relationship Healing website provides free information for addicts, partners of addicts, and therapists dealing with sex addiction, porn addiction, and substance abuse issues. Dr. Rob can be contacted via Seeking Integrity.com and SexandRelationshipHealing.com. All his writing is available on Amazon, while he can also be found on Twitter (@RobWeissMSW), on LinkedIn (Robert Weiss LCSW), and on Facebook (Rob Weiss MSW).  Rob Weiss, MSW, PhD

Topic: Prodependence (synposis to follow, we are gearing the talk as much to those who love people with mental health issues as those with substance misuse disorder or bahavioral compulsions)

Friday, October 25, 1- 3 pm
Vanderbilt Suites
200 Park Avenue
Lunch will be served

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October 11, 2019

Early Career Private Practice-Building

Please join us for the Early Career Private Practice-Building event this October brought to you by the WMHC Early Career Members Committee. 

Date: Friday October 11, 2019 1:00PM-3:00PM
Location: Vanderbilt Suites (200 Park Avenue, New York, NY. 10166)
Lunch will be served

Private practitioners from different disciplines and clinical specialty areas talk about their experiences building a private practice and share advice and resources for early career members interested in or in the process of building a private practice. All members, even if you are not an early career practitioner, are welcome as it’s always helpful to learn about practice building from fellow colleagues. 

Panelists:

  • Merav Gur, Ph.D
  • Gauri Khurana, MD
  • Lynne Spevack, LCSW
  • Victoria Grinman, LICSW/LCSW-R
  • Jennifer Uhrlass, LMFT

 

 

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