The Fantasy Bond

What is real intimacy? How do we define a close relationship? When working with couples what are we trying to help achieve? How do we distinguish between a truly close relationship and an illusion of connection or “fantasy bond?” This Webinar presents a model for an ideal relationship that combines emotional closeness and sexual intimacy,…

 

Relationships and the Roots of Resilience

Healthy relationships between children and their parents, students and their teachers, and clients or patients and their therapists each promote resilient functioning. Relationships that honor differences and promote linkages between two people are the integrative heart of health. Learning Objectives: 1. Recognize how early relationships shape the regulatory circuits of the child’s developing brain. 2….

 

Treatment of Individuals with PTSD, Complex PTSD and Comorbid Disorders

Dr. Meichenbaum will begin with an examination of the controversies surrounding the concept of PTSD and consider the “state of the art” in treatment outcome studies. He will discuss what factors contribute to the development of chronic PTSD and related adjustment difficulties versus the development of resilience and post-traumatic growth. He’ll offer a Case Conceptualization…

 

Understanding and Assessing Violence

The prodigious rates of violence in our country establish a need for an understanding and accurate assessment of violence risk. This Webinar will address these concerns by providing participants with a developmental understanding of violence and a method for assessing violence risk. To more effectively deal with the monumental public health problem of violence in…

 

Helping Parents to Raise Emotionally Healthy Children

This Webinar with Lisa Firestone, Ph.D. introduces an approach to parenting that professionals can use to help their clients who are parents understand their own emotions and sensitively handle the emotions of their children. This Webinar teaches professionals a method of encouraging parents to focus on their own developmental experiences to better understand where they…

 

Complex Forms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Complex posttraumatic conditions often develop in the aftermath of chronic cumulative trauma, particularly severe child abuse and neglect. It can also develop over the course of adulthood. The aim of this webinar is to provide clinicians with an increased understanding of the nature, diagnosis, and treatment of these conditions, drawing upon recent clinical writings and…

 

Understanding and Effectively Treating Violence

This Webinar will summarize a theory of the causes and prevention of violent behavior, meaning the infliction of injury, especially lethal or life-threatening injury, on a person by a person. The topics discussed will include the evaluation and treatment of individuals who are actually or potentially violent. It will be organized around the concept that…

 

Secure and Insecure Love: An Attachment Perspective

Both clinicians and researchers have noted the importance of close interpersonal relationships for the development of personality, character, and overall well-being. Attachment theory was originally created by a psychoanalytically oriented psychiatrist, John Bowlby, but unlike many psychoanalytic theories, attachment theory has been vigorously researched during the past 35 years. The earliest research focused on child-parent…

 

Social Media and Marketing for Mental Health Professionals

The Internet has become the go-to source for many individuals seeking psychological information and answers. Each month, over 11,000,000 people search Google for the term “psychology,” and searches for phrases like “suicide prevention,” “relationship advice” and “attachment” are on the rise. As people find themselves looking for more psychological information online, psychologists and mental health…

 
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Understanding and Preventing Violence

This Webinar with Dr. Lisa Firestone explores the many causes of violence. What are some of the psychological roots of violent behavior? How can we understand violence as it occurs in our society? Dr. Firestone will highlight some of the risk factors for violence. She will further illustrate effective treatments and methods to prevent violence….

 

How to Raise Emotionally Healthy Children

As parents, we pay attention to our children’s physical wellness, never missing a symptom or a check-up. However, how attuned are we to the emotional health of  our children? How well do our children deal with stress? How well do we address their tantrums or the turbulence they undergo in adolescence? How can we tell…

 

Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain

Join Dr. Dan Siegel as he helps you crack this code with groundbreaking research in interpersonal neurobiology for this 90- minute lecture based on his newest book, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain. Dr. Siegel explores how brain development affects teenage behavior and relationships and how mastering this knowledge helps promote understanding between…

 

How to Stop Sabotaging Yourself

Presenter:  Dr. Lisa Firestone 60 Minutes Each of us has an “inner critic” judging our every action and instructing us on how to live our lives. But how much are we letting this inner critic control us and sabotage our goals? Are we living the lives we were destined to live or are we living…

 

No-Drama Discipline

Based on the ideas from his book No-Drama Discipline, this Webinar highlights the fascinating link between a child’s neurological development and the way a parent reacts to misbehavior, providing an effective, compassionate roadmap for dealing with tantrums, tensions, and tears—without causing a scene. Defining the true meaning of the “D” word (to instruct, not to shout…

 

The Loss of Pleasure: Attachment Relationship and Loss: A Conversation with Carol Gilligan

We avoid the very thing we want – love – for fear of again experiencing a loss that once felt irreparable. Rather than accepting the loss of relationship as inescapable, a healthier response is to feel the sadness and protest the loss. Otherwise, this leads us to the loss of pleasure, which is the marker of…

 

Working with High-Conflict Couples

In 2004, a national survey revealed that “how couples argue was more related to divorce potential than was what they argue about.” As therapists, many of us observe this reality on countless occasions throughout our career.  While financial strains and practical worries can take their toll on a relationship, the internal defenses individuals bring to the…

 

How to Improve Your Relationships

What prevents most people from being able to sustain romantic, meaningful relationships that satisfy their needs and desires?  What qualities should a person look for when selecting a partner? What are the factors that determine whether partners will end up experiencing love and fulfillment in their relationship or suffering pain and distress? This Webinar helps answer…

 

Changing Attachment Style Through Psychotherapy

Individuals’ attachment styles can heavily influence many aspects of their lives from how they parent to how they love. While attachment style is shaped by early life experiences, it manifests throughout one’s life, impacting the social environment people create for themselves. As therapists, we can help people to identify their early attachment style and, ultimately,…

 

In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness

Trauma is neither a disease nor a disorder but is rather an injury caused by fright, helplessness and loss.  By enlisting the wisdom of the living sensing body and engaging our innate capacity to self-regulate high states of arousal and intense emotions, trauma can be transformed. In this Webinar, Dr. Levine will draw on more than…

 

Break the Chain: How to Live the Life YOU Want

Most people at some point in life are faced with the question: “Am I living the life I truly desire?” “Who am I really?” “What gives my life meaning?” Answering these questions is key to creating one’s own  unique existence. These questions can be a cornerstone of effective therapy and essential to a person’s personal…

 

6 Reasons Most People Are Afraid of Love

New studies in neuroscience tell us that it is possible to stay in love for the long haul. Scientists have found that the brain activity of couples who’d been together for 20-plus years and still experienced romantic love was similar to people who’d just fallen in love. If true and lasting love is possible than…

 

Overcoming the Fear of Intimacy

A CE Webinar with Dr. Lisa Firestone – A 75-year longitudinal study from Harvard recently reported that love and relationships are by far the most important factors to leading a happy and fulfilling life. The study’s lead researcher, Dr. George Vaillant, wrote that there are two essential ingredients for a good life: “One is love. The other is…

 

Real Love Versus Fantasy: How to Keep Romantic Love Alive

Presenter: Lisa Firestone, Ph.D. 60 Minutes New studies in neuroscience have recently shown that lasting romantic love is truly attainable. Yet, so many couples are asking what causes the “spark” to fade? What keeps people from maintaining that excitement, attraction and closeness they once felt for their partner? What are some of the ways couples can…

 

Self-Compassion: A Conversation with Dr. Kristin Neff

A Conversation with Dr. Kristin Neff hosted by Dr. Lisa Firestone – Having compassion for oneself is really no different than having compassion for others. Think about what the experience of compassion feels like. First, to have compassion for others you must notice that they are suffering. If you ignore that homeless person on the street, you can’t…

 

Mindfulness in Everyday Life: Incorporating Mindfulness Techniques into Clinical Practice

Mindfulness is at the cutting edge of psychotherapy practice, recognized as the third wave of cognitive behavioral therapy. It is also a foundational element of humanistic-existential approaches to living a full and meaningful life. With its roots in Eastern wisdom traditions, mindfulness helps patients and clients, and clinicians themselves, implement stress reduction in the service…

 

Helping Clients Stop Self-Sabotaging

Every person has a destructive inner voice that often sabotages our goals. This inner critic judges our every action and instructs us on how to live our lives. It encourages us to act in ways  that are self-destructive, to take actions that undermine us and to hold ourselves back from taking positive risks. Learning to deal…

 

Stop Hating Yourself: A Method to Overcome Your Inner Critic

For many people, the expression “you are your own worst enemy” holds a lot of truth. It’s a painful reality that much of what limits people in their lives are their own feelings of unworthiness and self-hatred. But where do these feelings come from? How do they influence people’s lives? How can people push past…

 

The Origins of Violence in Child Abuse

This Webinar will explore the dynamic links between untreated child abuse and violent behavior in adolescence and adulthood. The role of untreated childhood trauma in producing the “moral damage” and “emotional damage” evident in the lives of killers is substantial. This analysis is based upon the presenter’s 20 years of experience as a psychological expert…

 

Become a Better Parent by Understanding Yourself

When it comes to parenting advice, it can feel like there are just too many cooks in the kitchen. From attachment parents to tiger moms, the parenting roles we are expected to fill are full of contradictions and can lead to a lot of uncertainty. The truth is, there are many healthy ways to raise…

 

Importance of Emotion in Therapy: A Conversation with Dr. Leslie Greenberg

A Conversation with Dr. Leslie Greenberg hosted by Dr. Lisa Firestone – Dr. Leslie Greenberg is a co-founder of emotion-focused therapy (EFT), He is also the director for the Emotion-Focused Therapy Clinic housed at York University. Greenberg is a founding member of the Society of the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI) and the Society for Constructivism…

 

Preventing Suicide: Treatments that Work: A Conversation with Dr. David Jobes

A Conversation with Dr. David Jobes hosted by Dr. Lisa Firestone –  Dr. David Jobes is a leading researcher on the forefront of creating a standard of care in treating suicidal patients. Dr. Jobes’ CAMS (Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality) approach is one of few empirically validated methods for treating suicidal individuals. Developed over 25…

 

The Self Under Siege: A New Model of Differentiation

Differentiation refers to the struggle that all people face in striving to develop a sense of themselves as autonomous individuals. When working with clients to fully develop themselves, a fundamental question to have them consider is: are they living based on pursuing the things that really light them up, that matter to them, and that…

 

Is Your Attachment Style Shaping Your Life?

Attachment refers the particular way in which you relate to other people. Your style of attachment was formed in childhood, however, once established, it has a heavy influence on how you relate in everything from your intimate relationships to how you parent your children. Understanding your style of attachment is helpful, because it offers you…

 

Suicide: What Therapists Need to Know

The most common psychiatric emergency we face as clinicians is suicide. Seventy-one percent of psychotherapists report at least one client attempting, while 28 percent report having at least one client die by suicide. Suicide rates keep rising for working age Americans and suicide is now the second leading cause of death for college age youth….

 

Why Am I Still Single? Learn the Barriers That Ward Off Love

Being single can be circumstantial. A lot of people don’t want a relationship or just haven’t found the right person yet. However, there are also many men and women who want to find someone and who are looking for answers to the puzzling question “Why am I still single?” In this Webinar, Dr. Lisa Firestone…

 

Help Save a Life: Understanding and Preventing Suicide

Presenter: Lisa Firestone, Ph.D. and Kevin Hines Free Webinar 60 Minutes How can you know when someone is suicidal? What can you do to reach out and help? This free Webinar will give you the ability to see when someone needs help and will teach you the tools to be able to reach out and take…

 

Overcoming Insecurity

A CE Webinar with Dr. Lisa Firestone – Having a healthy self-perception has been said to predict our health and well-being. Yet, staggering statistics continue to show our struggle with insecurity. A national report revealed that 7 in 10 girls don’t believe they’re good enough. Another study published by the American Psychological Association showed that there is…

 

Free Yourself from the Pain of Your Past

A Webinar with Dr. Lisa Firestone – A trauma can be defined as any significant negative event or incident that shaped us– an impactful instance that made us feel bad, scared or ashamed. We have all experienced trauma. No matter how often we try to tell you ourselves to let go of the past or to…

 

What We Need to Know to Prevent Suicide

A Free Webinar with Dr. Lisa Firestone and Kevin Hines – When he was 19-years-old, Kevin Hines jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge. Like every survivor of this almost always fatal fall, Kevin regretted his decision the instant he jumped. After his miraculous survival, Kevin has gone on to become an advocate for mental health and suicide…

 

Dealing Effectively with Depression

A recent study revealed that one in 10 American adults have experienced depression. Depression is one of the most common complaints that lead people to seek therapy. When someone is in a depressed state, the hopelessness they feel seems to cloud the lens through which they see the world.  In no case is this lens…

 

Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness, Compassion and Play

When most of us think of the word “anti-depressant,” we think of a pill, but Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. shows us how science is now discovering that that’s not the only natural anti-depressants we have. As we intentionally practice tapping into these natural anti-depressants, we begin to form an anti-depressant brain and uncover a more enduring…

 

Effective Ways to Fight Depression

Presenter: Lisa Firestone, Ph.D. 60 Minutes When someone is in a depressed state, the hopelessness they feel seems to cloud the lens through which they see the world, and in no case is this lens as harsh as when it is turned on ourselves. Each of us has an “inner critic” judging our every action…

 

Nurturing Self-Regulation, Mindful Self-Awareness and Resilience in Children, Adolescents and Families

A Conversation with Dr. Bonnie Goldstein hosted by Dr. Lisa Firestone – A child’s developing mind, brain, and body is affected by the difficulties he or she encounters, including attachment and relational difficulties at home and at school, aggression, bullying and anti-social experiences, attention challenges and concentration problems, and chronic trauma. Since a child’s healthy sense of…

 

Empowering Strategies to Fight Depression

A Free Webinar with Dr. Lisa Firestone – One in 10 people in the United States are affected by depression with more people struggling every day. New studies show that depression is affecting people at a younger and younger age. Depression is a real disorder and should be taken as seriously as any medical condition. Yet,…

 

Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human with Dr. Daniel Siegel

A Conversation with Dr. Daniel Siegel hosted by Dr. Lisa Firestone – Imagine waking up to the realization that the fields that focus on the mind—from mental health and education to psychiatry and psychology—do not actually define what the mind actually is. Without knowing what mind is, how can we then say what a healthy mind…

 

The Power of Forgiveness: A Conversation with Dr. Frederic Luskin

A Conversation with Dr. Frederic Luskin hosted by Dr. Lisa Firestone – The importance of practicing forgiveness has always been extolled in both religious and psychological traditions.  Dr. Luskin’s research has confirmed its virtues in the promotion of psychological, relationship and physical health.  Forgiveness has been shown to reduce anger, hurt, depression and stress and lead to greater…

 

Beating Addiction: The Sneaky Role of the Critical Inner Voice

A CE Webinar with Dr. Lisa Firestone – “All the suffering, stress, and addiction comes from not realizing you already are what you are looking for.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn To understand addiction, one must understand the destructive thought process every person possesses known as the “critical inner voice.” The role of this “voice” in addiction is…

 

Learn the CPR of Suicide Prevention

Presenter:  Dr. Lisa Firestone FREE WEBINAR In this Webinar on  understanding and preventing suicide, Dr. Lisa Firestone will educate participants about the warning signs, risk factors and helper tasks that can save a life. Like CPR training, learning the warning signs and what to do when someone is suicidal will help save lives. Worldwide, more people die…

 

Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice: An Adjunct to Clinical Practice

We often hear the expression, “listen to your inner voice” as a positive affirmation. However, every individual is divided and has two ways of regarding themselves. We all possess a life-affirming “voice” that represents our real self (our true wants, desires and goals) and a critical, coaxing and destructive inner voice that can sabotage, diminish,…

 

Overcoming the Inner Enemy that Causes Depression

Presenter:  Dr. Lisa Firestone FREE WEBINAR When someone is in a depressed state, the hopelessness they feel seems to cloud the lens through which they see the world, and in no case is this lens as harsh as when it is turned on ourselves. Each of us has an “inner critic” judging our every action and instructing…

 

Understanding and Overcoming Relationship Anxiety

While the notion of falling in love can sound blissful, interpersonal relationships almost always challenge us in ways we don’t expect. Relationship anxiety can arise at various points in a relationship from the moment we first start dating to when we decide to make a symbolic commitment, like moving in together or getting married. In…

 

A Way Out of Loneliness: How to Feel Less Isolated and Alone

If you feel lonely, you’re truly not alone. A recent U.K. study of millions of people found that one in 10 people do not feel they have close friend, while one in five never or rarely felt loved. Loneliness affects all kinds of people from all walks of life. It can hit us at any moment,…

 

A Short Course in Mindful Living With Elisha Goldstein

For more than 30 years mindfulness has been growing in our culture and is now integrating deeply into medicine, psychotherapy, education and business. However, while typical programs have shown great outcomes in stress reduction, well-being and even neuroplastic change, most research also shows the practices that have created this change, tend to fall away after…

 

Live Your Life to the Fullest

Studies show that the happiest people are those who seek meaning as opposed to just pleasure. Yet, are we really asking ourselves the right questions about what would make our lives meaningful? Despite what we may think, much of the time we are not really seeking our own happiness at all. Many of us don’t know ourselves…

 

Real Love and How to Manifest It: A Conversation with Sharon Salzberg

Fundamentally, there is only one kind of love– real love – trying to come more fully alive in us despite our limiting assumptions, the distortions of our culture, our sense of unworthiness, and the habits of fear, self-condemnation and isolation we tend to acquire just by living a life. Real love can manifest towards ourselves,…

 

Changeology: Tailoring Therapy to the Stages of Change

In this Webinar, Dr. John Norcross will present Changeology, a proven science of self-change. The evolution of psychotherapy and the science of behavior change call for integrative, evidence-based treatments tailored to the individual client and couple. Backed by 30 years of research, this workshop provides effective methods for adapting the treatment method and the therapy relationship…

 

Narcissism: From Healthy to Pathological

How can we distinguish healthy self-confidence from narcissism? Is there an epidemic of narcissism in our society? How can we deal with narcissists in our lives, whether they are our parents, our partners our friends or our patients?  This Webinar will address these questions and provide answers that will help you understand and relate more effectively…

 

Creating Meaning: On the Role of Death in Life

This Webinar will introduce an overview of Terror Management Theory (TMT). TMT posits that the juxtaposition of an inclination toward self-preservation with the highly developed intellectual abilities that make humans aware of their vulnerabilities and inevitable death creates the potential for paralyzing terror. One of the most important functions of cultural worldviews is to manage…