After completing this course, you will be able to:
- Understand and apply core principles of mindfulness and moment-by-moment tracking in accessing and regulating emotion with clients.
- Describe neural integration and its importance in emotional and relational wellbeing (as outlined by Interpersonal Neurobiology and Polyvagal Theory).
- Be familiar with the background and history of experiential psychotherapies and its key figures.
- Be familiar with a number of experiential techniques aimed at increasing integration.
- Describe both top-down and bottom-up ways to work with defenses.
- Describe the triangle of conflict and why clients are in any moment either in defense, anxiety, or emotional experience.
- Describe how to move clients from ‘explaining’ to ‘exploring’.
- Describe why anxiety, shame, and defensive exclusion are natural byproducts of insecure attachment.
- Describe the conceptualization of depression as shutting down of the SEEKING system as delineated by affective neuroscience.
- Understand why the capacity for rest, play, and the safety to have one’s feelings are all fostered by secure attachment.
INTEGRATING EXPERIENTIAL PSYCHOTHERAPIES
This course is a 10-hour crash course in experiential work. It covers both the basics, as well as advanced topics, integrating concepts from AEDP, IPNB, attachment theory, and mindfulness, among others, with ample clinical demonstration. 10 CEU’s provided (if you are not a psychologist, you may want to check with your board that APA-approved CEU’s are recognized in your state).