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October 2021

Finding Hope in Hard Times: Working Intersubjectively in Times of Crisis
– Presented by Jane Rubin, PhD, PhD, PsyD [SEMINAR]
Third Friday of the Month Oct 2021 thru May 2022

Fri October 15, 2021 | 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
$340 – $360
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The events of the past year—the global pandemic, the continuing battles against racism and white supremacy, the California wildfires—have left many people feeling increasingly hopeless about their lives.  Many of these people are our patients.  How do we help them to regain a sense of possibility in these difficult times?  This issue is complicated by the fact that many of the things that are contributing to our patients’ sense of hopelessness are contributing to ours, as well.  How can we…

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Essentials of Suicide Risk Assessment & Intervention
– Presented by Joe Obegi, PhD [SEMINAR]

Sat October 16, 2021 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Embassy Suites by Hilton, 101 McInnis Parkway
San Rafael, CA 94903 United States
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$130 – $150 70 tickets left
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This 6-hour course covers the essential aspects of suicide risk assessment and intervention. Part 1 teaches participants how to complete a high-quality suicide risk assessment, an essential first step in protecting the suicidal patient. Participants will learn a structured approach to (a) inquiring about suicidal thinking and behavior and (b) integrating this information with warning signs and risk factors for suicide. Guidelines for estimating suicide risk will be reviewed as well as how to create a treatment plan that reduces…

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January 2022

Hooked on a Feeling: Using Attachment Theory and Object Relations to Inform Work with Substance Misusing Patients
– Presented by Benjamin Fife, PsyD [SEMINAR]

Sat January 15, 2022 | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Embassy Suites by Hilton, 101 McInnis Parkway
San Rafael, CA 94903 United States
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$100 – $115 40 tickets left

The COVID-19 pandemic has confronted psychoanalytic psychotherapists with the need to respond to an increase in substance use and misuse in our patients and their family members.  According to multiple studies, since March 2020 substance use has increased by as much as twenty percent for people with existing substance use disorders (NIDA. 2020), and it is widely understood that social isolation and stress related to illness and medical trauma can increase susceptibility to substance misuse, addiction, relapse and overdose.  Psychoanalytic…

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February 2022

Moving from Chaos to Clarity: Core-Focused Family Therapy
– Presented by Judye Hess, PhD [SEMINAR]

Sat February 5, 2022 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Embassy Suites by Hilton, 101 McInnis Parkway
San Rafael, CA 94903 United States
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$100 – $115 40 tickets left

A major strength of Core-Focused Family Therapy (CFFT) is that it addresses all three dimensions of our experience: individual, interpersonal and systemic. One of the major critiques of family therapy in general is that, while it focuses on the interpersonal dynamics, it lacks the depth of individual therapy. CFFT attempts to correct this problem by encouraging clients to experience their core truths in several ways, including, the somatic level. This assists in communication among the family members. When the family…

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The Value of Introversion: The Clinical Application of One of Jung’s Least Understood Concepts
– Presented by John Beebe, PhD [SEMINAR]

Sat February 12, 2022 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Embassy Suites by Hilton, 101 McInnis Parkway
San Rafael, CA 94903 United States
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$130 – $150 34 tickets left

The nature of introversion and its relation to extraversion has often been misunderstood since C. G. Jung made these contrasting attitudes central to his theory of psychological types one hundred years ago. In this seminar we will explore how introverted and extraverted types of consciousness serve as checks and balances on each other, as both are necessary to healthy adaptation. We will identify four types of introverted consciousness that each of us has some degree of access to and explore…

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March 2022

Embracing Reality, Choosing Change, Surrendering Control: A Therapist’s Guide to the Gems in Object Relations Theory
– Presented by Jennifer Kunst, PhD [SEMINAR]

Sat March 12, 2022 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Embassy Suites by Hilton, 101 McInnis Parkway
San Rafael, CA 94903 United States
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$130 – $150 40 tickets left
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In this workshop, Dr. Jennifer Kunst will provide an overview of the key concepts of the British object relations model of psychoanalysis, emphasizing their application to clinical practice: nature-nurture, personality development, the role of the unconscious, the internal object world, Melanie Klein’s paranoid schizoid and depressive positions, and Wilfred Bion’s learning through experience. She will then revision these concepts as three essential practices that undergird mental health and are highly desirable outcomes of psychodynamic psychotherapy: embracing reality, choosing change, and…

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May 2022

Personality Dynamics in Psychotherapy: A Roadmap for Lasting Change
– Presented by Jonathan Shedler, PhD [SEMINAR]

Sat May 21, 2022 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Embassy Suites by Hilton, 101 McInnis Parkway
San Rafael, CA 94903 United States
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$130 – $150 75 tickets left

Master clinicians know meaningful and lasting psychological change does not come from focusing on symptoms, but on the personality dynamics and patterns underlying them. In the morning lecture, “Personality Pathways to Depression,” Dr. Shedler will discuss the personality styles most often seen in clinical practice (e.g., narcissistic, borderline, depressive, obsessive-compulsive), drawing on and integrating long-standing clinical wisdom with contemporary empirical findings. He will discuss how each personality style represents a unique psychological pathway to a diagnosis of “depression” that requires a distinct…

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