Hold Me Tight® : 7 Conversations for a Lifetime of Love – February, 2019

Presenters: Lisa Blum, PsyD and Silvina Irwin, PhD Drs. Silvina Irwin and Lisa Blum are offering this educational and experiential workshop which teaches you the core concepts of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), heralded as one of the most effective couples therapies by the New York times and endorsed by the American Psychological Society as scientifically proven. These workshops are based on the international best-selling book Hold Me Tight: 7 Conversations for a Lifetime of Love by Dr. Sue Johnson. These transformative workshops will help you reconnect, repair, and re-energize your relationship and help you create a positive loving bond that will last a lifetime. Dates:  February, 1 – 3, 2019 Time: See schedule below CE Units: 14.0 Location: Temecula Creek Inn 44501 Rainbow Canyon Road Temecula, CA 92592 888.976.3404 Cost: Regular Registration per couple is $1250.00 by January 30, 2019. A limited number of discounts are available for students. Please…

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Advanced Topics in DBT: The Art of Moving from Conceptualization to Exposure for Emotional Avoidance©

Presenter: Shari Manning, Ph.D Dates:  Wednesday, April 11, 2018 – Saturday, April 14, 2018 This workshop brilliantly teaches the integration/augmentation of DBT and exposure with helpful demonstrations and opportunities for practice and feedback. This training will begin with one day of advanced training on DBT case conceptualization. It will then use your own individual cases to formulate exposure interventions and move into training on exposure in Stage 1 and Stage 2 DBT for the following 3 days. This training is designed for people who have attended previous trainings in DBT and will further develop skills needed to provide effective treatment with Stage 1 and Stage 2 clients.  Presenter will assume that participants have knowledge of the basic principles of DBT.  An overview of the treatment and treatment strategies will not be presented. Time:  Wednesday – Friday:  8:30 – 4:30 (doors open at 8:00 for sign-in and light breakfast) Saturday:  8:30 –…

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Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT) – Feb. 23, 2018

Presenters: Lisa Blum, PsyD and Silvina Irwin, PhD New Date:  Friday February 23, 2018 Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a research-validated, attachment-based approach to working with couples. EFT offers a map for understanding relationship needs and struggles in a coherent framework. This interactive introductory seminar combines didactic presentation, case vignettes, and videotaped excerpts of EFT in action with distressed couples. The presenters provide an overview of the EFT model, present key techniques and interventions, and discuss current research and practice applications. Time: 1 pm – 5:15 pm (sign in and snacks from 12:30 – 1pm) CE Units: 4.0 Location: 95 N. Marengo Ave, Suite 100 Cost:  $109 — Early bird price:  $99 if registered by Monday February 12th Course Level: Beginning to Intermediate.  This course is suitable for all practitioners who are unfamiliar with EFT Couples Therapy or who have had minimal training in the use of EFT Couples Therapy You…

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Trump’s Great Healthcare Insurance Idea

Here is Trump’s latest suggestion about the health care debacle: “If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date!” Now, first off, if you can’t get 50 Senators to vote on a reduction in publicly funded health care for low-income and elderly people (which most of us think is to harsh), how on Earth do you expect to get a majority to vote for pretty much no publicly funded health care for these folks. And what do you have in mind as that “later date!”? Many of the replies to the above Tweet were what I would expect. Things like: “They should repeal you.” “Then replace you at a later date.” That was my particular favorite. As you can see I loved it! But then there are people who agree with the Trumpster. Like this…

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Addictive internet games

The Washington Post online had an interesting piece today about teens addicted to onliine games and the havoc such an addiction or obsession can cause in a person’s life. There is, of course, a lot of research and concern about this issue.  The author, Caitlin Gibson, quotes psychologist Kimberly Young, founder of the Center for Internet Addiction. As saying the number of kids affected by such an addiction might (modestly) be estimated at “… 5 percent. But 5 percent of American kids is a lot.” The article points to some resources, such as sthe Center for Internet Addiction and a residential facility called reSTART.  reSTART, the article states is “…the nation’s first therapeutic retreat devoted specifically to Internet addiction.”   Last month reSTART :…launched a new adolescent program…after receiving a barrage of calls from parents desperate to separate their children from video games, consoles, computers and smartphones..” Here in Pasadena, CA…

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Emotions are Like Dogs

Emotions are Like Dogs: On the Difference Between Emotional Regulation and Stuffing It When I think about emotions and emotional regulation, I often think about a dog who was my friend.  Her name was Tasha and she was half Siberian Husky and half German Shepherd.  She and I shared a living space for sixteen years and she was just about the best possible companion.  She loved to run outdoors and at the time we lived in the woods in a small town so she could range wherever she wanted.  She would always come home after a good play in the woods, check her bowl, and plop down in front of the fireplace for a good nap.  This ability to run and wear herself out, I think, helped her to be as mellow as she was at home.  The local kids could pull her ears and her tail and she would…

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American Horrible Health Care Act: The Mandate

What we hear from Republicans is that the Affordable Care Act is “a disaster” or “broken,” and that the new House version will provide more access to health care without that nasty mandate that everyone buy insurance, and that it will cost far, far less.  Pie in the sky.  That is NOT what the current bill passed by the House is about. We also hear people like Paul Ryan talking about the mandate that everyone buy health insurance: “We are not going to make an American do what they don’t want to do.”  (Quote from an interview on Face the Nation, 3/12/17).  This is reiterated frequently by Speaker Ryan, other Republican members of Congress, and Republican policy makers: “I like for Americans to choose the benefits they want… I’m not in the business of telling people what benefits they should and shouldn’t have.” (Quote from Lanhee Chen of the the…

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Cooking Slowly – A Tale of Ever-Changing Times

NOTE:  If you find this interesting, click on the link at the end to find an expanded version for which you may be able to obtain Continuing Education credit. There is an old adage that if you put a live frog in a pot of water and heated it gradually, that frog would just sit in the water and not jump away (even though it could) until the water boils and it is thoroughly cooked.  It may or may not be true (no one has really tried it since the late 1880s), but either way it is an excellent metaphor for certain things. Some authors have been concerned about the replacement of people with robots, automatic tellers, and other types of automation in the workplace because of the associated loss of jobs (1).  This is one concern, but I want to focus on another.  It is about humanity and interpersonal…

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