SISP Atlanta

Upcoming Workshops

Creating Post-traumatic Growth and Resilience

Friday, November 1, 2019

9:30am - 4:00pm

Courtney Armstrong, LPC

While traumatic events can be devastating, research demonstrates that more than half of trauma survivors report positive growth after the trauma too. But, how do you help clients realize their resilience without minimizing their pain? In this workshop, you’ll learn how to recognize the five characteristics of post-traumatic growth. Moreover, you’ll learn how to facilitate growth by utilizing techniques that include imagery, music, movement, and humor, and why these experiential interventions can have more impact than cognitive-behavioral therapy alone. In addition, you’ll learn how to harness the process of memory reconsolidation in the brain to eliminate emotional triggers, reverse negative beliefs, and rescript traumatic memories so your clients can move forward. Through film clips, engaging stories, and live demonstrations, you’ll leave with a host of resilience-boosting ideas and techniques you can use right away.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the five characteristics of post-traumatic growth.

  • Explain how trauma impacts the brain.

  • Demonstrate a five-step process to reconsolidate traumatic memories.

  • Describe how imagery can be used to facilitate post-traumatic growth.

  • Describe how music can be used to facilitate post-traumatic growth.

  • Demonstrate how to use movement, play, and humor to bolster resilience.

Courtney Armstrong, LPC, is a licensed professional counselor in private practice in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Author of Rethinking Trauma Treatment, The Therapeutic “Aha!,” and Transforming Traumatic Grief, she has trained over 1,000 mental health professionals internationally and is known for her ability to translate scientific discoveries into engaging therapeutic techniques that uplift clients and foster resilience.

5 CEs Applied for LPCA, GSCSW, and GMFT

Workshop Location

Trinity Presbyterian Church,  3003 Howell Mill Road NW , Atlanta, GA 30327. Registration fee includes a continental breakfast, a buffet lunch, materials, and parking. Sign-in begins at 9:00am.  

Registration and Fee Payment

Step 1 -  Complete the following registration form.
Step 2 -  Submit payment via the PayPal button found below the registration form. EARLY REGISTRATION ENDS OCTOBER 18, 2019.

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Post-traumatic Growth Workshop (with CEUs)
 

High-Impact Couples Therapy:  How to Produce Deep Change Quickly in Troubled Clients    

Terry Real

April 17, 2020 

9:30am - 5:00pm 

The secret to helping couples have a powerful, transformative experience in therapy is to get them to deeply explore, while in each other’s presence, their own character structure and family-of-origin trauma. For the therapist, this process involves six steps: arriving at the couple’s relational diagnosis, helping them articulate their repeating loops, getting the backstory of their childhood adaptation, imaginatively reparenting each inner child, loving confrontation, and helping each partner master new skills. In this workshop, you’ll discover how to:

Learning Objectives

  • Quickly arrive at a clear map of the repeating loop the couple is mired in;

  • Use the couple’s relational diagnosis to wake them up to their patterns of dysfunction and wish to connect;

  • Smoothly transition from the dysfunctional family of origin backstory to a reparenting dialogue;

  • Introduce relational skills like having good boundaries, speaking up for oneself with love, and responding to criticism nondefensively with a generous heart.

Terry Real is an internationally recognized family therapist, speaker and author. A family therapist and teacher for more than twenty five years, Terry is the best-selling author of I Don’t Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression, the straight-talking How Can I Get Through to You? Reconnecting Men and Women, and most recently The New Rules of Marriage: What You Need to Make Love Work. A senior faculty member of the Family Institute of Cambridge in Massachusetts and a retired Clinical Fellow of the Meadows Institute in Arizona, Terry has worked with thousands of individuals, couples, and fellow therapists. Terry founded the Relational Life Institute (RLI), offering workshops for couples, individuals and parents around the country, along with a professional training program for clinicians wanting to learn his RLT (Relational Life Therapy) methodology. Terry helps women and men, parents and non-parents, to help them create the connection they desire in their relationships.

6 CEs Applied for LPCA, GSCSW, and GMFT

Workshop Location

Trinity Presbyterian Church,  3003 Howell Mill Road NW , Atlanta, GA 30327. Registration fee includes a continental breakfast, a buffet lunch, materials, and parking. Sign-in begins at 9:00am.

Registration and Fee Payment

Step 1 - Complete the following registration form.
Step 2 - Submit payment via the PayPal button found below the registration form. EARLY REGISTRATION ENDS MARCH 20, 2020.

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High-Impact Couples Therapy (With CEUs)

Recent Workshops

Working with Men in Therapy: Ethics and Practice

Friday,May 3, 2019

9:30am - 4:00pm

Franklin Abbott, LCSW

More focus is being made on the particular issues of working with men in therapy. For example, the APA has recently published new guidelines for working with males in therapy, which also highlight the ethical considerations for this work.  In this workshop, we will explore the social, cultural and contextual basis of male identity formation.  We will discuss ethical considerations including psychological impact of stereotypes and biases upon males; specific therapeutic needs of males; and cultural factors impacting male access to therapy and other positive coping resources.  We will also explore our own struggles with gender identity as clinicians as part of developing the tools for improving work with men.  And we will talk about how we can find healing for ourselves and our clients around painful experiences that result from gender role toxicity.  The workshop will offer an experiential component, drawing from the experiences of the participants.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:  

  • Identify psychological, social, cognitive, biological, and spiritual factors that contribute to male identity development and life experience.

  • Describe how men experience their identities relative to evolving norms and cultural expectations and the ethical consideration in exploring this in therapy. 

  • Understand what brings men to therapy and some belief systems held by men that may create treatment barriers

  • Differentiate how men are likely to experience certain mental health conditions in comparison to women.

  • Understand the ethical issues in addressing the conflicts men may experience and what treatment approaches are the most effective and why.

  • Increase an ethical awareness of the personal assumptions and values related to gender, and explore how these may impact clinical work with male clients.

Franklin Abbott, LCSW, has been in private practice in Atlanta for almost 40 years.  He is author of three anthologies on men and masculinity, New Men, New Minds: Breaking Male Tradition, Men and Intimacy, and Boyhood:  Growing Up Male.  All three anthologies are available free online along with two collections of Franklin’s poems and stories through the digital archives at Georgia State University, which also houses a collection of his papers. In addition to his therapy practice, Abbott is a writer and musician.  His latest project is a double CD of original songs and poems, Don't Go Back To Sleep