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The Science of Consciousness
and the Future of Psychotherapy
DANIEL J. SIEGEL

Conference code:
PC103

Time:
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Dan Siegel

This workshop will focus on how the advances across a range of disciplines---including brain science, psychiatry, attachment theory, quantum physics, and spirituality to name just a few---have expanded our conception of consciousness and their implications for the practice of psychotherapy.   Once we offer a definition of the mind, a new view of mental health emerges, one that involves an embodied and relational regulation of energy and information flow as the mind self-organizes our lives.  What self-organization is, and how consciousness can be integrated within psychotherapy to cultivate well-being will be explored in this half-day workshop.

Schedule:

  1. What is Presence?
  2. How does awareness relate to attention?
  3. What is the overlap between the social brain and consciousness?
  4. What does energy and information flow as a fundamental aspect of Mind have to do with consciousness?
  5. A proposal about the Probability Distribution Curve of Energy and the Nature of Mind
  6. Integration and Well-Being
  7. Cultivating mental health through the integration of consciousness

Goals:  Participants will be able to…

  1. Define Presence
  2. Contrast attention to awareness
  3. Identify the overlaps between the social and the integrative theories of consciousness
  4. Offer a working definition of the mind as a self-organizing process
  5. Describe the quantum physics’ view of energy
  6. Outline the two states outside of integrative harmony
  7. Define how to use the Wheel of Awareness to cultivate the integration of consciousness in psychotherapy.

The Pain Paradox: The "Third Wave" of Mindfulness - Compassion Based Approaches for PTSD and Complex Trauma
John Briere

Conference code:
PC104

Time:
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

John Briere

In the real world of clinical practice, clinicians increasingly confront the limitations of current cognitive-behavioural and psychodynamic techniques in PTSD and/or complex trauma work.  Fortunately, a “third wave” of effective approaches to trauma is emerging, allowing clinicians to add new affect regulation, interpersonal, and mindfulness-compassion models to traditional therapy.

As importantly, clinicians are increasingly discovering the limits of medical-model approaches to trauma-related difficulties, and are moving beyond the need to “fix” or “cure” problems that may not be diseases or disorders in the first place.  As it turns out, acceptance, growth, and wisdom — all achievable by the trauma survivor — are natural complements to symptom reduction techniques, and often bring the client to new levels of awareness and appreciation.

This workshop presents the Pain Paradox, an East-West theory of trauma-related suffering that suggests that the “solution” to unwanted states is not to avoid, suppress, or intellectualize, but rather to carefully engage with, accept, process, and even use painful material in the context of a compassionate therapeutic environment.

Building on his books with valued co-authors (Principles of Trauma Therapy and Mindfulness-Oriented Interventions for Trauma), John Briere offers new approaches, insights, and perspectives described in his book-in-progress, The Pain Paradox: Embracing and Transcending Unwanted Experience on the Way to Well-Being.

You will learn —

  • Implement mindfulness and compassion approaches to integrate the painful effects of trauma into healing
  • Reduce self-identification with post-traumatic thoughts and feelings
  • Use “urge surfing”, “trigger work”, and “RAINing” to alter identification with internal states and processes
  • Apply new research on trauma “reconsolidation” to titrated exposure activities
  • Use Buddhist concepts like “dependent arising” to inform compassion and facilitate the processing of anger
  • Apply mindfulness-based breath techniques to facilitate trauma processing
  • Use your own compassion to help activate the client’s positive attachment neuro-circuitry and re-process early relational schema