Session A1. Ballroom B-C. 1.5 CE hours.  Setting out on the Hero’s Journey: Exploring your Calling with SoulCollage® (Part 1) – Connie Banta, MA, MFA

We are all travelers on what Carl Jung called “The Hero’s Journey.”  Like the story of Bilbo Baggins, the journey starts with a call to step out of the shire and venture into the world to serve something greater than our personal comfort. Answering this call and stepping over the threshold can be a daunting experience.  The visual art process known as SoulCollage® offers a powerful way to recruit our deep intuition and integrate both hemispheres of our brains in the project of answering the call to our personal journey through life. Based on Jungian concepts of archetypes, the SoulCollage® process involves creating collages on 5×8″ matte board cards, using images pulled from magazines and other graphic sources. In this hands-on workshop, participants will experience first-hand the power of making cards depicting important beginning stages of the journey and then exploring what wisdom their cards have to offer through writing and sharing with others. The group will then explore a variety of ways the created cards can be used to deepen this exploration.  The workshop will conclude with a discussion of how this powerful process can be used by therapists for their own self-care and personal growth as well as with their clients.

Learning Objectives: 1. Gain empowering insight into their personal vision for their lives and what might support it. 2. Experience first-hand how the Soul Collage® process can foster personal exploration and growth. 3. Learn about Jung’s model of the Hero’s Journey. 4. Gain some working knowledge of how the SoulCollage® process is structured for maximum effectiveness. 5. Identify some ways this process can be used for self-care and in therapy settings.

Session A2. Ballrooms D-E. 1.5 CE hours.  In the Aftermath: Helping Couples Recover from Affairs and Betrayal (Part 1)– Andrew Counts, MA, LPC, ALPS

Many of our clients seem mystified about what makes relationships work. Based on John and Julie Gottman’s research about couples from the Seattle Love Lab, we can now say there is an actual Science of Love: The good news is that it’s not Rocket Science!  This workshop provides an overview of the Gottman’s research, including an introduction to the basic Couples Method, a description of several of the key Gottman Interventions, along with a roadmap of how a therapist can receive training in the Gottman Method.

Learning Objectives 1. The major symptoms and treatment approaches for PTSD, and why a betrayed spouse can be understood to be suffering from PTSD. 2. How to assess Couples with PTSD. 3.  How to help the betrayed spouse deal with the fractured sense of reality; stopping obsessive and compulsive ‘detective’ patterns.  4. How to provide a ‘fence’ around the betrayed spouses’ necessary questions. 5. The most common reasons for marital betrayal. 6. How to understand the psychology of the Betraying Spouse, the Betrayed, and The Affair Partner: understanding the ‘glacial slide’ towards infidelity. 7. How to implement interventions for each phase of the recovery process. 8. How a Three-Phase model of recovery forms the theoretical basis for therapeutic tasks. 9. How to heal the severe attachment wounds of infidelity, re-establishing supportive bonding using key Gottman intervention techniques.

Session A3. Huntington Room.  1.5 CE hours.  Emotionally Focused Therapy with the Individual – Linda Goad, MA, LPC, ALPS; Rachel Baldrige-Bush, MA, NCC

Demonstrate basic skills using Emotionally Focused Therapy with individuals in the therapeutic process.

Learning Objectives 1. Participants will be able to identify the 3 types of attachment bonds. 2. Participants will be able to identify primary emotions versus secondary emotions. 3. Participants will be able to demonstrate an enactment with an empty chair technique using the skill of Emotionally Focused Therapy

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Oct. 31 (Day 1)