I offer the following trainings and workshops:
INTRODUCTION TO HYPNOSIS
Hypnosis is one of the most powerful and misunderstood modalities for altering maladaptive behavior patterns and physical symptoms. Hypnosis has been used in psychotherapy and medicine to treat pain, anxiety, phobias, addiction, trauma and depression, as well as a number of medical conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, skin conditions, insomnia and migraines.
While advanced hypnosis takes extensive training and practice, participants in this workshop will learn the basics of inducing and deepening trance. We will learn and practice using several simple but effective induction techniques, and will discuss treatment planning using hypnosis. Participants will learn about the responsible use of hypnosis, as well as resources for furthering their training in clinical hypnotherapy.
Offered as 90 minute or half-day training.
EFFECTIVE PRACTICE WITH REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS
Many refugees come to this country after suffering devastating trauma and loss, yet their story is often one of remarkable courage and resilience. In this presentation I talk about the importance of understanding the refugee and immigrant experience and the acculturation process. I discuss the prevalence of trauma related symptoms among many newcomer groups, and present some effective strategies for engagement and treatment across cultures. The focus is on newcomers’ strengths and resilience, and working with existing cultural resources and support systems.
Offered as half day or day-long training.
FROM VICTIM TO SURVIVOR: UNDERSTANDING AND TREATING PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAUMA
Over the past decade there has been increasing awareness among clinicians about the significant role psychological trauma has played in the lives of many of our clients. At the same time the popular media and general public have recognized the lingering effects of traumatic events, and clinicians are being increasingly called on to help people cope with the emotional aftermath of violence, victimization and natural disaster. In this workshop we review current thinking about psychological trauma and the effect of trauma on memory, affect regulation and interpersonal relatedness. Topics covered include the neurobiology of trauma, attachment theory, acute and complex trauma, memory and dissociation. Participants learn effective treatment strategies involving phase oriented treatment. Over the last few years a number of new evidence based treatment protocols have been developed. We review and discuss these. We also discuss vicarious traumatization and self-care strategies.
Offered as 1 or 2 day training.
RECOGNIZING AND TREATING DISSOCIATION: CHALLENGES AND PITFALLS
Although the mechanism of dissociation was described by Janet in the late nineteenth century, it is only in the last ten years that the widespread prevalence of the dissociative disorders has been recognized. It remains a controversial diagnostic category, with some clinicians still disputing its validity. This workshop provides an overview of the complex post-traumatic and dissociative conditions including Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly multiple personality disorder), DDNOS, Conversion Disorder and Somatization Disorder.
This workshop addresses the nature of traumatic memory and dissociation. Participants gain skill in differential diagnosis and on recognizing factitious and malingered Dissociative Identity Disorder. Strategies for establishing safety and clarity of the treatment framework are emphasized. The process of establishing co-consciousness, processing traumatic material, and integration is discussed.
The workshop is designed for experienced clinicians who would like specialized training in the treatment of Dissociative Disorders.
Offered as half-day or day-long training.
VICARIOUS TRAUMATIZATION AND THE ART OF SELF-CARE
There is a cost to caring. Working with traumatized people can have a profound impact on our personal lives. As we listen to clients’ stories of fear, pain and suffering we may feel similar fear, pain and suffering. Ironically it can be the most effective therapists who are most vulnerable. Those who have enormous capacity for feeling and empathy are often more at risk.
In this workshop we learn about the signs and symptoms of vicarious traumatization. We discuss resilience, and the elements of an effective self-care plan, both on an individual and institutional level.
Offered as 90 minutes to 3 hours training.
For more information about any of my trainings or workshops, please contact me by telephone at (617)734-5042 or by email at: Lmckp@bu.edu