Symposium Live Webcasts

Symposium Live Webcasts

Not able to join us in DC for the conference? No problem! We’re making many of our popular workshops available via live webcast so you can stream them from wherever is convenient for you. 

3-Day Intensive Couples Therapy Training: View the Full Course

OR Purchase the Individual Sessions

Sue Johnson Harnessing the Power of Emotion: A Step-by-Step Approach to EFT
Susan Johnson, EdD
Even as advances in neuroscience and attachment theory have led to an increasing appreciation of the centrality of emotions in human relationships, it’s ironic that therapists are so often intimidated by the raw power of clients’ feelings. This workshop will guide you through the process of helping clients tap into their deepest emotional reserves as a positive force for shaping growth and transformation.

Fisher Keynote – “The Future of Modern Love”
Esther Perel, MA, LMFT
Esther Perel will look at the ways our relational lives are undergoing a radical makeover. She’ll discuss the rise of algorithm as matchmaker, the commodification of human beings in the swiping culture, and the pressure to curate enviable lives on social media.

Fisher Creating Safety with High-Conflict Couples: A Nonverbal Approach
Janina Fisher, PhD
High-conflict couples can stymie even the most experienced therapist, turning the office into a verbal boxing ring, and us into referees or speechless bystanders. When our usual ways of working don’t slow the battle, much less transform it, nonverbal approaches can help volatile couples move beyond their habitual escalations. This workshop provides simple interventions drawn from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy that teach couples how to create safety and real intimacy in their relationships.

Fisher The New Science of Couples and Family Therapy
John Gottman, PhD & Julie Gottman, PhD
The names John and Julie Gottman have become synonymous with scientifically sound couples practice. They’ve spent decades developing an evidence base for the field through their work, and have honed their techniques for stabilizing marriage through research with nearly 3,000 couples. In their latest book, The Science of Couples and Family Therapy, the Gottmans note that, while it’s a mainstay of couples and family training, general systems theory hasn’t established an impressive track record as a therapeutic method. They believe it’s time to integrate recent research findings into clinical approaches grounded in a second wave of science-based systems theory.

Fisher The Magic Trio: What We Know Makes Couples Therapy Work
John Gottman, PhD, Julie Gottman, PhD, William Bumberry, PhD & Vagdevi Meunier, PsyD
In recent years, research has identified key, measurable elements of happy and stable long-term relationships. They include trust, attunement, listening compassionately and nondefensively within conflict, a relational safe haven and emotional commitment. In this workshop, you’ll acquire tools for approaching couples therapy more effectively.

Fisher Couples Therapy for Treating Trauma: The Gottman Method Approach
Julie Gottman, PhD & John Gottman, PhD
Trauma treatments have largely ignored the interpersonal symptoms of PTSD. But whether caused by early abandonment, childhood abuse, military combat, or other traumatic experiences, the impact of trauma on committed relationships is commonly encountered in everyday practice. In this workshop, using some recorded materials, we’ll focus on a therapy that interweaves individual PTSD treatment with the interpersonal orientation of Gottman Method Couples Therapy.
 
4-Day Intensive Trauma Training: View the Full Course

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Sue Johnson Opening the Heart: How to Deepen the Experience of Therapy
Janina Fisher, PhD
We often use terms like hard-hearted to describe those who can’t seem to feel empathy or connect to their own emotions, forgetting that the roots of open-heartedness grow out of safe and loving relationships early in life. Emotionally disconnected clients often flee from the deepening we try to facilitate in therapy because their bodies simply don’t know how to doempathy.

Fisher Cultural and Historical Traumas: Invisible Barriers to Healing and Change
Anita Mandley, MS, LCPC
Esther Perel will look at the ways our relational lives are undergoing a radical makeover. She’ll discuss the rise of algorithm as matchmaker, the commodification of human beings in the swiping culture, and the pressure to curate enviable lives on social media.

Fisher Treating Complex Trauma Clients at the Edge: How Brain Science Can Inform Interventions
Frank Anderson, MD
Therapists often get shaken and lose confidence in their approach when a client’s trauma response edges into seemingly uncontrollable extremes of rage, panic, or suicidal desperation. This workshop provides an essential road map for treating relational trauma cases through a detailed exploration of the neurobiological processes of hyperarousal and parasympathetic withdrawal underlying extreme symptoms.

Fisher Mastering the Craft of Treating Trauma: Four Core Skills
Deany Laliotis, LICSW
Underlying all the techniques and methodologies for treating trauma today is a core set of fundamental skills that determine a clinician’s effectiveness in this challenging arena of practice. This workshop will identify and explore in depth the clinical skills that transcend theoretical paradigms, bringing together all that we know about trauma treatment.

Fisher Couples Therapy for Treating Trauma: The Gottman Method Approach
Julie Gottman, PhD & John Gottman, PhD
Trauma treatments have largely ignored the interpersonal symptoms of PTSD. But whether caused by early abandonment, childhood abuse, military combat, or other traumatic experiences, the impact of trauma on committed relationships is commonly encountered in everyday practice. In this workshop, using some recorded materials, we’ll focus on a therapy that interweaves individual PTSD treatment with the interpersonal orientation of Gottman Method Couples Therapy.
4-Day Intensive Mindfulness Training: View the Full Course

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Sue Johnson Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR): A Day of Powerful Practices
Gina Biegel, MA, LMFT
Kick judgments, worries, daily to-do lists, and everyday stressors to the curb. Immerse yourself in practices from the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and colleagues. Simple and powerful practices such as the body scan, mindful movement, and loving-kindness will help you experience effective tools to use with clients. This day-long workshop is a game changer: you’ll return to your practice refreshed and ready to implement new approaches with your clients!

Fisher Keynote – “What Really Heals and Awakens”
Jack Kornfield, PhD
Trained as a Buddhist monk and clinical psychologist, Jack Kornfield has been a pioneer in bringing meditation, mindfulness, and Buddhist psychology to the West. He cofounded the country’s first major mindfulness meditation center in Massachusetts, and now runs Spirit Rock Center in California. In his bestselling books and countless trainings, Kornfield has always emphasized the central importance of loving awareness in bringing about positive change. Through transformative stories, clinical examples, and some shared practices of the awakened heart, Kornfield will explore how Buddhist psychology gets to the heart of the perennial human questions of suffering and freedom, identity and meaning, love and possibility.

Fisher All Together Now: Mindfulness, Psychotherapy, Identity, and Love
Jack Kornfield, PhD & Trudy Goodman, PhD
Supported by neuroscience research, mindfulness practice has demonstrated its ability to ease stress, control anxiety and depression, and improve cognition, focus, and memory. As its reach and influence has increased, mindfulness has raised fundamental questions about its role in therapy. How do these modalities fit together, what might mindfulness add to psychological treatment, and what might it tell us about who we are underneath it all? Through story, clinical examples, and experiential practice, this workshop will explore the gifts, meanings, and new conundrums of the practice of mindfulness and loving awareness for clients.

Fisher Taking in the Good: Mindfulness for Teens and Young Adults
Gina Biegel, MA, LMFT
As they try to navigate the demands of school, online social lives, and daily pressures, many teens and young adults today are worried, in pain, angry, and even out of control. In fact, 1 in 5 of them currently has or will have a serious mental illness. To make it through the emotional dysregulation of these complex years, they need a strong inner compass, and in this workshop, you’ll discover the evidence-based protocol that combines mindfulness and positive neuroplasticity to help establish that compass.

Fisher Demystifying Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): A Mindful Approach to Value-Based Actionk
DJ Moran, PhD, BCBA-D
Despite the popularity of mindfulness, not all our clients want to embrace an Eastern philosophy and sit on a meditation cushion every day. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) offers a way to use the power of contemplative practice while promoting concrete and quantifiable change. In this workshop, you’ll focus on specific ACT strategies and tools to integrate into your practice.
3-Day Intensive Neuroscience Training

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Sue Johnson Brain Care: Applying the Neuroscience of Well-Being
Linda Graham, MFT
Even as we look to the latest brain research for techniques to apply in our therapeutic work, we too often neglect the damaging impacts of stress, poor lifestyle choices, and overstimulation from digital devices on our brains and bodies.

Sue Johnson Catalyzing Brain Change: Transforming Adversity into Learning and Growth
Linda Graham, MFT
Helping clients develop flexible and adaptive strategies for coping with both everyday disappointments and extraordinary disasters is at the heart of the therapeutic process. In this workshop, we’ll focus on showing clients how to harness their own brain’s capacity for rewiring negative coping patterns that block growth. We’ll also identify empirically validated tools to encode new, more flexible patterns of response.

Fisher Helping Clients Unlearn Their Pain: The New Neuroscience of Pain
Howard Schubiner, MD
Nearly half of all clients in therapy have physical pain, yet for the majority of these individuals, their pain has no clear medical cause. This is particularly true for those with back and neck pain, headaches, fibromyalgia, and abdominal-pelvic pain. Neuroscientists now know that all pain is constructed by the brain’s alarm mechanism, which can be activated by either physical injury or perceived emotional threat.

Fisher Bringing a Polyvagal Perspective into Therapy: How to Safely Navigate Emotional Storms
Deb Dana, LCSW
When life—and therapy—brings scary moments, it’s the body’s autonomic nervous system that takes action. Polyvagal Theory has revolutionized our understanding of both how this system works, and how to create safety and connection. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to harness the healing potential of the autonomic nervous system to help your clients navigate the storms of fight, flight, and collapse.
3-Day Intensive Child Development Training

OR Purchase the Individual Sessions

Sue Johnson Laughter and Joy in the Consulting Room: A Solution-Focused Approach
Ben Furman, MD
What if instead of asking couples and family therapy clients to recount their hurts and frustrations, you asked them to play the Happy Family game? And if that went well, you then introduced them to the Miracle-Making Love Potion, or got them to answer the Awesome Celebration Question? In this workshop, you’ll discover how to add laughter and joy to your sessions.

Fisher The Dos and Don’ts of Working with Children: Bringing Together Creativity and Problem Solving
Lynn Lyons, LICSW
When doing therapy with children, we don’t often think of creativity and problem solving as equal partners. But when struggling families arrive at your office, it’s the immediate blending of these two components that allows the family to move quickly from being overwhelmed to engaged, and from feeling confused to having a more targeted focus. This workshop will help clinicians clarify the new skills clients need to change entrenched patterns that reinforce their children’s problems.

Fisher Playful Approaches with Kids and Teens: A Crash Course in the Kids’ Skills Method
Ben Furman, MD
If you’ve been under the impression that therapy with children and teenagers always needs to be serious business, be prepared to change your mind. In this workshop, we’ll explore Kids’ Skills, a systemic approach that offers a solution-focused, fun way of helping children and teens who suffer from behavioral problems, anxieties, and other psychosocial issues. The key is the provocative notion that children don’t have any problems—they have incipient skills they need to improve with the support of those around them.

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