Please note that this is the preliminary program and may be changed prior to the Evolution Conference.  
Program changes are indicated in red.

Thursday, December 12, 2013 

8:30-11:30 AM – Workshops 15-21
WS 15 – Fundamentals of EMDR Therapy as an Integrative Trauma Treatment
Francine Shapiro, PhD
EMDR therapy is widely recognized as an effective trauma treatment by organizations such as the World Health Organization and the Department of Defense.  In addition, 20 randomized trials demonstrate the positive effects of the eye movement component.  Unlike other empirically supported approaches, it is unnecessary for the client to describe the trauma memory in detail or do daily homework to achieve positive effects.  This presentation will demonstrate the eight phases of EMDR treatment with both adults and children through discussion, exercises and client videotapes.

WS 16 – The Hero’s Journey as a Roadmap for Managing Crisis and Healing
Robert Dilts, BA
The Hero’s Journey is an archetypal path of individual transformation. It is a map that shows the stages of our personal process of evolution. These stages are revealed time and again in myths and legends in all cultures throughout the history of humanity. While the structure of these stages is universal, the expression is completely unique for each individual. This workshop will explore how the stages of the Hero’s Journey can be applied to support to manage times of crisis and support healing.

WS 17 – Heightened Attention: Elixir of Therapeutic Growth
Erving Polster, PhD
Dr. Polster will describe an attention triad of concentration, fascination and curiosity, showing how each contributes to a quasi-hypnotic conversational fluidity, reducing old influence and inviting new experience. While these are foundational, he will also spell out some specific therapeutic guidelines that have embodied his therapeutic work, illustrating this with live therapy demonstrations.

WS 18 – Cognitive Therapy for Challenging Problems
Judith S. Beck, PhD
This interactive workshop presents a method for identifying, conceptualizing, and solving common problems in treatment. What do you do when patients present difficulties– for example, when they don’t do homework, get angry at the therapist, are afraid to reveal, go off on tangents, arrive late to session, demand special entitlements, engage in self-harm behaviors between sessions, jump from one crisis to another? Specialized techniques, adapted from psychodynamic, supportive, Gestalt, interpersonal, and other psychotherapeutic modalities, are often needed.

WS 19 – It Takes One to Tango: Doing Couples Therapy with Individuals
Michele Weiner-Davis, MSW, LCSW
That only one partner is willing to seek relationship therapy should not deter therapists, since there is much that can be accomplished.  In fact, there are occasions when working with only one partner is preferable.  This workshop will explore these situations and offer therapists a conceptual framework for conducting relationship-oriented sessions with one partner present.

WS 20 – Hypnosis: Advanced Techniques for Beginners
Jeffrey Zeig, PhD
Understanding hypnosis as a composition of phenomenological elements facilitates induction. Basic methods will be described and demonstrated. Attendees will practice induction methods and learn indications for applying “hypnotherapy without trance” to empower clinical methods in any form of psychotherapy.

WS 21 – Treatment of Individuals with Anger-Control Problems and Aggressive Behaviors: A Life-Span Treatment Approach
Donald Meichenbaum, PhD
How do you make a violent individual and what are the implications for both prevention and treatment, using a life-span perspective. This workshop will demonstrate how to use evidence-based interventions with angry and aggressive children, adolescents and adults.  A major focus will be on ways to bolster generalization and maintenance of treatment effects.

8:30-10:00 AM – Point/Counterpoint 5
The DSV-V Proposal for Personality Disorders Classification
Presenter: Otto Kernberg, MD
Discussant: David Barlow, PhD
Dr. Kernberg proposes that the DSM-V proposal is a helpful advance in the understanding of personality disorders, in spite of internal inconsistencies in its “hybrid model” basis.  At the bottom, the psychiatric research community is struggling with a lack of an integrated conception of the development and structure of the personality.

10:15-11:45 AM – Point/Counterpoint 6
Facilitating the RNA/DNA Epigenetics of Creating New Consciousness is the Next Step in the Evolution of Psychotherapy
Presenter: Ernest Rossi, PhD
Discussant: Cloé Madanes, Lic. Psic.
Facilitating the RNA/DNA epigenetics of creating new consciousness is the next step in the evolution of Psychotherapy. Restricting psychotherapy to the limitations of the cognitive-behavioral level is becoming a disservice to psychology.  We must embrace the bioinformatics of the new technological devices that make it possible to assess & facilitate the dynamics of gene expression and brain plasticity economically within a single session of psychotherapy.

11:30 AM-1:00 PM: Lunch Break

1:00-4:00 PM – Workshops 22-28
WS 22 – Mindfulness, Radical Acceptance and Willingness: Teaching DBT Acceptance Skills in Clinical Practice
Marsha Linehan, PhD

WS 23 – Imago: Helping Couples Connect
Harville Hendrix, Ph D
Each couple describes a core scene which happens over and over again from which they want relief and therapists attempt to offer it. Imago Couples Therapy posits that while each core scene is unique, the theme of each couple’s story is identical: ruptured connection and the desire for restoration. All symptoms are branches on this tree.
This workshop will develop and demonstrate that theme and describe and demonstrate a singular intervention that helps couples restore connection.

WS 24 – Perspective Taking in Psychotherapy
Steven Hayes, PhD
This workshop will link the work in a science of perspective taking to work in mindfulness and acceptance-based psychotherapy, drawing especially on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.  Dr. Hayes will show how perspective taking can rapidly overcome barriers in psychotherapy, and when to deploy these methods to understand the cognitive basis of perspective taking skills.

WS 25 – The Three Positive Connections Needed for Creative Change
Stephen Gilligan, PhD
Psychotherapy is an exploration of how individuals can forge positive, therapeutic responses to life challenges.  This workshop focuses on the three core connections that allow clients to do this:
(1) Positive intention and goals (“towards a positive future”);  (2) Somatic Centering (“embodied presence”); and (3) Field Resources (“ positive connections beyond the problem”).  We will see how in a repetitive problem, all three of these connections are typically absent.  More importantly, we will see how clients may be helped to developed and sustain these positive connections while engaging with challenging material—e.g., a past trauma, a present difficulty, or a future possibility. Participants will be offered multiple techniques and examples, as well as several demonstrations to illustrate this positive orientation to psychotherapy.

WS 26 – Assertive Defense of the Self
Christine Padesky, PhD
Social anxiety results from fear of criticism or rejection.  Padesky teaches her treatment approach, Assertive Defense of the Self, which guides socially anxious clients in the development of coping skills and the confidence to face criticism and rejection. This same approach can be used effectively with low self-esteem. This lively and fun workshop involves demonstrations of each step and experiential practice of ADS.

WS 27 – Toward the Couples’ Treatment of Infidelity: A Gottman Method Therapy
John Gottman, PhD and Julie Gottman, PhD
Workshop begins by presenting the theory of how couples build trust and loyalty or how they erode trust and build a culture of secrecy and betrayal.  The three-stage Atone-Attune-Attach Therapy is then presented, and demonstrated with a case.

WS 28 – The Next Step in the Evolution of Psychotherapy: Facilitating the Psychosocial Genomics of Creating Consciousness
Ernest Rossi, PhD, Mauro Cozzolino, PhD, Giovanna Celia, PhD, David Atkinson, MD, & Kathryn Rossi, PhD
Theory, research and practice of facilitating the RNA/DNA dynamics of creating consciousness here & now is hypothesized as the next step in the Evolution of Psychotherapy. A live group demonstration of how to facilitate gene expression and brain plasticity by optimizing the 4-stage creative process will be experienced by everyone.

1:00-2:30 PM – Point/Counterpoint 7
Moral Disengagement
Presenter: Albert Bandura, PhD
Discussant: Jeffrey Zeig, PhD
This presentation addresses how otherwise good people can do cruel things. They do so through selective disengagement of moral self-sanctions from inhumane conduct. At the behavior locus, worthy ends are used to sanctify harmful means by social and moral justification. At the agency locus, people obscure personal responsibility by displacement and diffusion of responsibility. At the outcomes locus, the detrimental social effects of one’s actions are ignored, minimized, or disrupted. At the victim locus, perpetrators dehumanize and blame recipients for bringing the maltreatment on themselves. These mechanisms operate at both individual and social systems levels. Disengagement of moral agency is illustrated in the workings of the corporate world, terrorism, the use of military force, application of the death penalty, and in ecological destruction that is heating the planet and making it less habitable.

2:45-4:15 PM – Point/Counterpoint 8
Humor, Playfulness and Timing in Strategic Therapy
Presenter: Cloe Madanes, Licenciada en Psicologia, HDL
Discussant: Otto Kernberg, MD
Madanes will explain how to change people’s destructive behavioral patterns by turning their world upside down.  Through case stories she will describe how, with humor and playfulness, it’s possible to get people to give up what they’re doing that isn’t working and try something new.  This is a systems approach with an emphasis on metaphor and timing.

4:30-5:30 PM – Invited Keynote Addresses 1 & 2
IK 1 – Brain Wars: How Not Looking at the Brain Leads to Missed Diagnoses, Failed Treatments and Dangerous Behaviors
Daniel Amen, MD
By not looking at brain function in complex psychiatric cases physicians often miss important information, which leads to erroneous diagnoses and missed opportunities for effective treatment.  This  lecture will explore how using functional brain imaging tools improves diagnoses and opens a new world of understanding and hope for many patients.

IK 2 – Mapping a Couples Emotional Profiles
Paul Ekman, PhD and Eve Ekman, MSW
The phrase emotional profile refers to the unique way in which each individual experiences emotions. The profile – how quickly each person becomes emotional, how strongly each person’s emotion is registered, and three other features of each person’s profile – is similar for how the person experiences anger, fear, disgust and anguish. Mapping Emotional Profiles — Couple is an online interactive tool that allows a couple to examine their emotional profile when angered about a disagreement, seeing how similar their profiles are, and whether each member’s self-perception is congruent with how the other member of the couple perceives him or her.

5:45-6:45 PM – Invited Keynote Addresses 3 & 4
IK 3 – Unity in a Modular World
Michael Gazzaniga, PhD
Fifty years of split-brain studies that have lead me to a long term view on how to best understand mind/brain interactions.    Overall, the view is consistent with the idea that complex neural systems, like all complex information processing system, are highly modular.  At the same time, how the modules come to interact and produce unitary goals is the great unknown.  In this process the importance of self-cuing cannot be overestimated.   It is demonstrably evident in the human neurologic patient and especially in patients with hemispheric disconnection.   When viewed in the context of modularity, it may provide insights into how a highly parallel and distributed brain coordinates its activities to produce a unitary output.  Gaining a full understanding of cueing mechanism, will require shifting gears away from standard linear models and adopting a more control and dynamical system view of brain function.

IK 4 – Love in a Time of Illness
Diane Ackerman, PhD
Ms. Ackerman will be speaking about love in a time of illness, something she has lived with for many years, and has written about in her most recent book, One Hundred Names for Love. One day Ackerman’s 74-year-old husband, a gifted author and professor, suffered a savage stroke. When he regained awareness he was afflicted with “global aphasia”—total loss of language—and could utter only a single syllable: “mem.” The standard therapies yielded only frustration. Diane soon found, however, that by harnessing their deep knowledge of each other, and her understanding of language and the brain, she could guide Paul back to the world of words. In the process she learned unexpected lessons about herself, their marriage, the underappreciated art of care-giving, and the brain’s ability to heal itself. By necessity, their lives changed dramatically. The challenge was to regain what could be found, re-imagine what couldn’t, and, by using unusual tools and methods, create a new love story.