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27th Annual Summer Seminars: Meditation and Mindfulness in Clinical Practice

Mindfulness meditation is one of the most rapidly expanding and widely researched psychotherapeutic interventions today. It holds great promise not only for clinicians’ own personal development, but also as a remarkably powerful tool to augment virtually every form of treatment. Mindfulness is not, however, a one-size-fits-all remedy. Practices need to be tailored to fit the Continue reading

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27th Annual Summer Seminars: Essential Psychopharmacology 2016: From Neuroscience to Advances in Treatment

This seminar will provide an updated review of recent advances in neurobiology, genetics, and brain imaging with a focus on the pathophysiology of the major psychiatric disorders. Specific categories of treatment will include treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety disorders including PTSD and comorbid sleep disorders, and borderline personality. The effectiveness of atypical and Continue reading

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27th Annual Summer Seminars: The Widening Scope of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: Importance for Clinical Practice

The influence of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is widening as the importance of cost-effective, empirically validated, shorter-term treatment increases. From its beginnings as a treatment for specific phobias, CBT is now indicated as primary or adjunctive treatment for a wide range of mood, anxiety, and psychotic disorders. Topics to be covered in this course will include Continue reading

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27th Annual Summer Seminars: A New Prescription: Exercise and Other Groundbreaking Techniques for the Treatment of ADHD, Aggression, and Autism Spectrum Disorder

This seminar focuses on the latest medical and non-medical approaches and interventions for patients with ADHD, Aggression, the Addictions, and Social disorders, including a special section on Autism, based on new research and the instructor’s experience with disruptive adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In addition to new medications, the course will explore the proven effects Continue reading

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27th Annual Summer Seminars: Psychopharmacology: A Master Class

This seminar is intended to challenge clinicians to advance beyond standard psychopharmacology to a more advanced level of deciding when and how to use medications in the treatment of psychiatric conditions. Conceptual models about psychopharmacology will be explored, and symptom-oriented versus disease-oriented treatment approaches will be contrasted. Accordingly, symptomatic versus disease-modifying uses of drugs will Continue reading

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27th Annual Summer Seminars: Treating Attachment Pathology in Adult Patients

Whereas sophisticated assessment tools are available to identify attachment pathology in adults, less attention has been paid to the development of effective ways to treat insecure attachment pathology, primarily in personality and dissociative disorder patients. This seminar will review an approach to attachment-based treatment that utilizes three main interventions: 1. Positive re-mapping of internal working Continue reading

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27th Annual Summer Seminars: Essential Psychopharmacology, 2016: Practice and Update

An updated review of neurobiology and brain function will be presented, taking the attendee through neurotransmission sequence from neurotransmitter and synaptic function synthesis to gene transcription. The emerging role of gene polymorphisms will be discussed as well as the interaction between genes and the environment. The current use of antipsychotic drugs and mood stabilizing drugs Continue reading

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27th Annual Summer Seminars: Meditation and Mindfulness: Enhancing Treatment Effectiveness and Personal Wellbeing

Meditation is a systematic method of regulating attention and emotion—beneficial skills for alleviating mental and physical disorders in patients, and for enhancing the wellbeing of clinicians and cultivating positive attitudes associated with patient care. “Mindfulness” describes diverse forms of meditation, including focused attention, open monitoring, and compassion training. Most recently, compassion training is being carefully Continue reading

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27th Annual Summer Seminars: Can Depth-Oriented Psychotherapists Go Deeper Faster? The Internal Family Systems Model (IFS)

IFS shares with psychodynamic therapies the goal of helping patients discover and heal the wounds that underlie their symptoms. In the early 1980s family therapist Richard Schwartz used systems thinking and some family therapy technique to understand and intervene into the patterns that his patients were describing among what they called inner “parts” of themselves. Continue reading

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27th Annual Summer Seminars: Mind/Body Medicine: Components, Research, Techniques and Applications with an Emphasis on the Relaxation Response

This course, which will be both didactic and experiential, will focus on understanding the foundation of mind/body medicine, the role of stress in illness, recent research advances, and techniques and applications of mind/body medicine. Attendees will come to understand how the causes, development and outcomes of an illness are determined by the interaction of biochemistry Continue reading

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