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Law and Ethics

“What goes around….” is a 6-hour law/ethics workshop and is focused on recent and emerging developments in law and ethics that will impact clinicians of all disciplines, starting with changes to child abuse reporting obligations, then moving to cover changes for custody evaluators, record-keeping and maintenance, emerging issues and risks regarding tele-health practice, updates on duties to inform and warn when violent behavior may occur, modifications of laws concerning “retirement” of professionals, receiving subpoenas, testifying in court, risk management for supervisors, suicide risk management, and “selected slippery slopes.

Educational Objectives:

1. Identify at least two recent developments in law/ethics which may have national impact.
2. List at least two publications that concern child abuse reporting for downloading child pornography.
3. Identify at least two “slippery slopes”—high risk areas for clinicians


Make Your (Inevitable) Suggestions Count: Enhance Your Treatment Results Utilizing Clinical Hypnosis


Building on the pragmatic foundation you have already developed as a clinician, you can readily appreciate that suggestion is an inevitable part of any treatment modality. The study of clinical hypnosis encourages a deeper understanding of how you already use suggestive language in your therapy approaches as well as ways to broaden your range of skills in suggesting therapeutic possibilities. Immersion in the practice of clinical hypnosis fosters sensitivity to the unique and subjective aspects of human experience and offers ways to enlist these potentials as positive allies in treatment. In this respect, hypnosis may well be regarded as the original applied “Positive Psychology,” for anyone who practices hypnosis recognizes that people have many more resources than they realize. Hypnosis allows innate resources we all have to be far more accessible, greatly empowering individuals in the process.This one day pre-conference introductory level workshop will provide a solid conceptual and practical framework for understanding the dynamic and fascinating field of hypnosis. The emphasis will be on starting to develop some of the core skills for designing and delivering hypnotically based interventions in ways that are consistent with your chosen style of practice. Thus, this workshop will include “hands-on” experiences as well as the opportunity to observe and deconstruct a recorded clinical hypnosis demonstration session.

People learn best through experience, and hypnosis is a vehicle of focused, experiential learning. Research on the effectiveness of hypnosis highlights the fact that hypnosis enhances treatment outcomes. It is a domain of professional practice that encompasses effective and empowering approaches to psychotherapy (such as skill building, resource accessing and reframing) and behavioral medicine (such as pain management and promoting health and healing). What a privilege to work with people in this way!

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will be able to identify the suggestions inherent in conducting psychotherapy regardless of which specific model of (verbal) psychotherapy under consideration.
2. Participants will be able to identify and offer multiple examples of specific forms (structures) of suggestion. Participants will be able to list and describe at least three different models or conceptual frameworks for understanding hypnosis.
3. Participants will be able to list and define the so-called “classical hypnotic phenomena” that can be elicited in hypnosis (such as analgesia, time distortion, etc.).
4. Participants will learn about and be able to describe the potential applications of hypnosis in a variety of contexts, including psychotherapy and behavioral medicine.
5. Participants will be able to list and describe specific ways people respond differently to suggestions given in hypnosis to those given outside of hypnosis.

Change Your Brain, Change Your Life: A Therapists Guide to the Brain

The brain is the organ of learning, loving and behaving. It is the organ where psychotherapists do their work. Yet, most therapists get limited training in understanding and treating the brain. In this workshops, therapists will learn different brain systems, what they do, what happens when things go wrong and how to help them, including targeted psychotherapies based on brain system challenges. The work is based on over 135,000 brain SPECT scans over 26 years.


1. Learn the functions of 5 different brain systems.
2. Learn treatment strategies for 5 different brain systems.
3. Learn the problems that occur in 5 different brain systems.
4. Learn specific psychotherapy strategies for 5 different brain systems

The Biology of Humans at our Best and Worst

As it’s been said, all species are unique — but some are simply more unique than others.  In that regard, humans are utterly unique in the range of ways in which they can harm each other, or be compassionate and protective of each other.  This workshop will review the biology — considering everything from the events in the nervous system one second before a behavior occurs to the millions of years of evolutionary pressures that have shaped us as a species — of humans at their most pro- and most anti-social.