The 2017 Conference Schedule

This is a two-day event with eight presenters & up to 15 hours of instruction! You may register for the entire conference or choose to come for one day only.

THURSDAY, JULY 27, 2017

(8.25 Contact Hours)

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FRIDAY, JULY 28, 2017

(6.75 Contact Hours)

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7:30am – 8:30am

Registration, Networking, & Breakfast

8:30am – 9:00am

Welcome & Opening Remarks

John H. Magill, State Director - SC DMH

9:00am – 10:30am

The Hungry Ghost: Cutting Edge Science Revelations & a Biopsychosocial Perspective on Addiction

Gabor Mate, M.D.

10:30am – 10:45am

Break

10:45am – 12:00 noon

On Being a Master Therapist: Insights for Practicing Clinicians

Jeffrey Kottler, Ph.D.

12:00 noon – 1:30pm

Lunch

(on your own)

12:30 noon – 1:30pm

Optional Break-Out Session

Q & A Session with Dr. Mate

1:30pm – 3:00pm

Solace: The Art of Asking the Beautiful Question

David Whyte

3:00pm – 3:15pm

Break

3:15pm – 4:45pm

Treating Anxiety in Children: Empowering Anxious Children and Their Parents

Aureen Wagner, Ph.D.

4:45pm – 5:00pm

Lowcountry Choir Performance

5:00pm – 5:30pm

Treatment or Entrapment: Mentally Ill Behind Bars

Lefford Fate, M.A.

5:30pm – 6:30pm

Q & A Session with David Whyte

David Whyte

7:45am – 8:30am

Registration, Networking, & Breakfast

8:30am – 9:00am

Opening Remarks

Deborah Blalock, LPCS - CDMHC Exec. Director

9:00am – 10:30am

Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: From Pharmacotherapy to Psychotherapy to Virtual Reality

Barbara Rothbaum, Ph.D.

10:30am – 10:45am

Break

10:45am – 12:00 noon

Raising Human Beings: Bringing Out the Better Side of Human Nature in Our Kids and Ourselves

Ross Greene, Ph.D.

12:00 noon – 1:30pm

Lunch

(on your own)

12:00 noon – 1:00pm

Optional Break-Out Session

Q & A Session: Working with Children, Ross Greene, Ph.D.

1:30pm – 3:00pm

The Art and Science of Presence: Applications for the Psychotherapy Room (Live Video Feed Presentation)

Dan Siegel, M.D.

3:00pm – 3:15pm

Break

3:15pm – 4:45pm

The Power of Storytelling in Therapy and Everyday Life

Jeffrey Kottler, Ph.D.

Overview of Presentations

The Hungry Ghost: Cutting Edge Science Revelations & a Biopsychosocial Perspective on Addiction

– Gabor Mate, M.D.

Dr. Mate will draw from the work from his 2009 Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Award Winning Book, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts. Blending first-person accounts, riveting case studies, cutting-edge research and passionate argument, Dr. Mate takes a panoramic yet highly intimate look at this widespread and perplexing human ailment.

Countering prevailing notions of addiction as either a genetic disease or an individual moral failure, Dr. Gabor Maté presents an eloquent case that addiction – all addiction – is in fact a case of human development gone askew.

Turning to the neurobiological roots of addiction, Dr. Maté presents an astonishing array of scientific evidence showing conclusively that:

  • Addictive tendencies arise in the parts of our brains governing some of our most basic and life-sustaining needs and functions: incentive and motivation, physical and emotional pain relief, the regulation of stress, and the capacity to feel and receive love
  • These brain circuits develop, or don’t develop, largely under the influence of the nurturing environment in early life, and that therefore addiction represents a failure of these crucial systems to mature in the way nature intended
  • The human brain continues to develop new circuitry throughout the lifespan, including well into adulthood, giving new hope for people mired in addictive patterns. Dr. Maté then examines the current mainstream.

 

On Being a Master Therapist: Insights for Practicing Clinicians

– Jeffrey Kottler, Ph.D.

What is a master therapist and how do I become one? This talk explores the factors, traits, and skills that distinguish extraordinary practitioners from those who are merely competent. Based on interviews conducted over the last decade with more than 100 of the world’s most prominent therapists, Dr. Kottler will highlight personal qualities and seminal attributes that make the greatest difference. As much as what we do with clients, and apart from any favored interventions, it is who we are as human beings that is so influential and powerful. It isn’t just what we do that matters most but who we are.

Objectives

  • Participants will examine the research related to excellence in clinical practice.
  • Participants will discuss the personal attributes, traits, and skills that make the most difference.
  • Participants will look at themes of congruence, authenticity, caring, and relational skills as critical factors.

 

Q & A Session with Dr. Mate

– Gabor Mate, M.D.

This voluntary session gives attendees the opportunity to discuss and examine Dr. Mate’s addiction research and ideas in greater detail. Attendees will be given the opportunity to engage in a deeper conversation about his work.

 

SOLACE: The Art of Asking the Beautiful Question

– David Whyte

Each one of us grows into a steadily unfolding story where the horizon gets broader and more mysterious, the understanding of loss and mortality more keen, the sense of time more fleeting and the understanding of our own mistakes and omissions more apparent. In the midst of this deepening we have to make a life that makes sense: there is no other life than the one that involves this constant beckoning, this invitation to the fiercer aspects of existence.

Join poet David Whyte in exploring the discipline of finding and asking the questions that help us re-imagine ourselves, our world and our part in it, questions that work to reshape our identities, helping us to become larger, more generous and more courageous; equal to the increasingly fierce invitations extended to us as we grow and mature.

Objectives

  • Participants will learn the definition of a beautiful question.
  • Participants will learn how to identify and articulate questions that deepen their capacity to successfully navigate life’s challenges.
  • Participants will learn how to identify and articulate questions that will help them become more courageous in their work and personal lives.

 

Treating Anxiety in Children: Empowering Anxious Children and Their Parents

– Aureen Wagner, Ph.D.

Anxiety is the most common mental health problem in children and teenagers. While cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been shown to effectively help as many as 80 percent of anxious kids, the exposure to perceived danger it requires is inherently counterintuitive for anxious kids and parents, who typically work hard to shield themselves from this very goal. So how can a therapist strike that delicate balance that fosters trust and safety while inspiring clients to nudge themselves one notch outside their comfort zones?

Using her child-friendly Worry Hill® approach to CBT, Dr. Wagner combines effective strategies with clinical pearls to explore the role of rapport, education, and empowerment in facilitating the child’s readiness for exposure-based CBT. You’ll discover:

  • The four steps for cultivating treatment readiness: stabilization, communication, persuasion, and collaboration

  • Child-friendly applications of realistic thinking and gradual exposure

  • How to help parents help their children by managing their own anxiety

 

Treatment or Entrapment: Mentally Ill Behind Bars

– Lefford Fate, M.A.

We’ve all heard the startling statistics regarding incarceration rates, and our burgeoning prison industrial system. What’s less known or acknowledged is the high rate of mental illness among our prison population.
Nearly one in five offenders in our correctional system suffer from mental illness, and Lefford Fate believes this is unacceptable. After decades of de-institutionalizing mental health and criminalizing minor drug offenses, jails have become a primary locus for mental illness. Fate offers convincing evidence for why we need to be treating mental illness rather than locking away individuals.

The purpose of this session is to provide attendees with an understanding of how Mental Illness

– Increases the risk of incarceration
– Increases risk of negative outcomes with law enforcement and judicial system
– High cost to society in finances and life
– Stigma as a factor in seeking treatment
– Ignorance of the prevalence of Mental Illness
– Lack of services in the community lends to the problem

 

Q & A Session with David Whyte

– David Whyte

Attendees will have an opportunity to explore David Whyte’s concepts and ideas around self-reflection, transformation, and the power of asking the beautiful questions in greater depth and detail. This is an opportunity to engage Mr. Whyte in a deep dive discussion.

 

Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: From Pharmacotherapy to Psychotherapy to Virtual Reality

– Barbara Rothbaum, Ph.D.


The signs and symptoms and associated features of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) will be discussed. The pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy literatures for PTSD will be succinctly reviewed and discussed, focusing on cognitive behavioral treatments (CBT), and the various CBT techniques will be briefly described, including virtual reality exposure therapy. Pharmacotherapy and combination pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy treatments for PTSD will be discussed. Innovations in the treatment of PTSD, including medium of delivery, novel combination treatment, and early interventions will be presented. An intensive outpatient treatment model and pilot data will be presented.

Objectives

  • The audience will become familiar with the signs and symptoms of Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The audience will learn to recognize PTSD in patients and understand its consequences.
  • The audience will become familiar with various treatments for PTSD, including the description and rational for treatment as well as available data on its efficacy. Interventions will include pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Specific CBT techniques to be covered include prolonged exposure and virtual reality exposure therapy.
  • The audience will learn the basics of these interventions and their relative efficacy with PTSD.

 

Raising Human Beings: Bringing Out the Better Side of Human Nature in Our Kids and Ourselves

– Ross Greene, Ph.D.

Dr. Greene — author of the books The Explosive Child, Lost at School, and Raising Human Beings — is known for his non-punitive, non-adversarial approach to helping behaviorally challenging kids (called Collaborative & Proactive Solutions). But the approach is just as applicable to all kids, especially if caregivers want to nurture the qualities on the better side of human nature: empathy, taking another’s perspective, appreciating how one’s behavior is affecting others, and resolving disagreements without conflict. The key is to switch from discipline strategies involving power and control to those emphasizing collaboration.

Objectives

  • Participants will understand that it is the interface between skills and expectations that governs a child’s behavior and outcome.
  • Participants will learn how our over-emphasis on behavior — rather that on the problems that are causing those behaviors — so often causes caregivers to take a wrong turn when it comes to helping kids.
  • Participants will learn the key elements needed to help solve problems collaboratively and proactively. This not only helps solve problems but also teaches kids the skills on the better of human nature.

 

Working with Children & Adolescents: A Q & A Session with Dr. Greene

– Ross Greene, Ph.D.

This session is designed to be a follow-up to Dr. Greene’s keynote talk, “Raising Human Beings: Bringing Out the Better Side of Human Nature in Our Kids and Ourselves” presented earlier in the day. Dr. Greene will use this session to provide more detailed information and analysis to his Collaborative & Proactive Solutions approach for working with children. The key is to switch from discipline strategies involving power and control to those emphasizing collaboration. Participants will have the opportunity to ask more specific questions pertaining to Dr. Greene’s work.

Objectives

  • Participants will understand the detailed elements of the interface between skills and expectations that governs a child’s behavior and outcome.
  • Participants will learn the specifics of how to make the shift from focusing on behaviors to focusing on the root problems.
  • Participants will learn the detailed elements of Dr. Greene’s collaborative and proactive approach to working with children.

 

The Art and Science of Presence: Applications for the Psychotherapy Room (Live Video Feed Presentation)

– Dan Siegel, M.D.

One of the most popular speakers in our field today, Daniel Siegel is celebrated for his contributions over the past two decades in bringing the once exotic subject of brain science to the attention of a generation of therapists. His vast knowledge of the subject is important, of course, but what keeps the audience in the palm of his hand is his crystal-clear explanations of complex material, and his genius for making us laugh even as we’re taking it all in.

In his live video feed presentation, Dr. Siegel will will dive deeply into an exploration of the mind, subjective experience, and presence and ways to help your clients become the author of their own life. Dr. Siegel 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. You’ll explore:

  • Why integration—the process of creating differentiated linkages among different brain system and aspects of personality functioning—is essential to the process of psychological healing
  • Clinical tools to enhance the integration of consciousness, including The Wheel of Awareness, a reflective exercise that opens up pathways to expanding personal identity and moving beyond the limiting sense of a skin-defined self
  • How to increase your own sense of moment-to-moment immediacy and presence in creating healing connections with your clients

 

The Power of Storytelling in Therapy and Everyday Life

– Jeffrey Kottler, Ph.D.

What’s a story that changed your life? It could have been a story told to you by a teacher, a parent, a coach, or a counselor. It could have been a story from a film, television show, play, song lyrics, or novel. It could have been a family story, a fairy tale, fable, myth or legend. Human memory, and all human experiences, are created and remembered as narratives, whether they include dreams, fantasies, crises, or life’s challenges.

In one sense, counselors, therapists, and teachers are professional storytellers, whether the anecdotes are offered in the form of self- disclosures, metaphors, parables, case examples, or illustrative examples. In addition, novels, movies, television shows, biographies, have a profound affect on people. As therapists and counselors, we attempt to influence and persuade people through the power of stories, as well as “hold” the stories of those we help. This program reviews the ways that stories are an integral part of counseling and therapy and how we can be far more effective, skilled, and creative in the ways we approach our efforts to maximize our impact.

Objectives

  • Study how stories hold personal and cultural identities, for better or for worse.
  • Review all the ways that stories have had an impact on people’s lives, and even changed the world!
  • Learn about the neurophysiology of the brain that maximizes coding, memory retention and access, through storied narratives.
  • Explore ways that stories have been a significant within indigenous and multicultural contexts.
  • Understand trauma in terms of disordered or fragmented stories.
  • Discuss ways to be more skilled and effective at creating and sharing stories within helping relationships.

 
(Please note: All of our presenters have signed a conflict of interest form or have given approval through email confirmation to that effect. These forms are on file and can be obtained by any attendee if they choose to see these forms.)

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