“There is perhaps nothing more difficult than another person,” says Stan Tatkin, clinician, researcher, teacher, and developer of A Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy®. “People are complex to be sure, and they never come with manuals that automate the process of getting along with them. And even if we did have general manuals, we aren't robots. What works for one person won’t necessarily work for another. But neither does it work to fly blind, as many couples do, and expect relationships to simply fall into place.
Workshops with CE Credits for Psychology
Neuroscience is the new frontier. As more is understood about how the mind is intimately involved with the brain, we now know that you can literally rewire your brain for the better by what you think, feel, and do. You resonate with others through your mirror neurons, and can enhance your relationships by activating these special areas of the brain. Balancing your nervous system lowers stress and allows you to handle your emotions better.
Refresh your technique and review EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) protocols and procedures, consult on your difficult cases, watch demonstrations, and practice EMDR in small, supervised groups. Instruction will focus on using EMDR with complex cases, resource development and installation, target development, and interweaves.
This EMDR course is for participants who have completed either part 2 training or an equivalent EMDRIA-approved course.
Required Reading: Parnell, A Therapist's Guide to EMDR.
Most people are surprised to learn how art, beauty, and truth can turn on gene expression and brain growth during creative experiences. It is profound to realize that our highest and most inspired states of consciousness can facilitate optimal gene expression and brain plasticity while stress and trauma can distort and suppress it. Mind-gene communication engages the transformational alchemy of mind, body, and spirit, which generates health and wellbeing as well as personal illness and the clash of cultures.
Judgments of a reactive and often automatic nature are very strong in most of our lives, and also in the dominant culture. They can distort our perceptions, make relationships with others difficult, and undermine our work in the world. In this workshop, we will explore the nature of such judgments (and their difference from non-reactive discernment) and how to transform them. We will cultivate mindfulness, inquiry, and heart practices such as lovingkindness, forgiveness, gratitude, joy, and compassion.
People can learn to change their thinking and behavior in ways that enhance happiness and well-being. For 2,500 years, the wisdom teachings of the East have utilized what their texts refer to as "skillful methods" for the study and transformation of the mind/body. These meditation and visualization practices help cultivate self-regulation through awareness, concentration, mindfulness, and other attention skills. This leads to clarity of mind, spaciousness of self, and greater compassion.
Based on Dr. Shapiro’s book, The Art and Science of Mindfulness, the workshop offers meditative practices for all those interested in awakening their minds and opening their hearts. Drawing on Buddhist practices of mindfulness as well as revolutionary research in neuroscience, we explore the transformative effects of meditative practices. We will immerse ourselves in the practice of being fully present, re-training our minds and hearts toward pathways of greater joy, ease, and health.
Being fully present through mindful awareness is a crucial factor in giving us resilience to face challenges that arise in our daily lives. –Daniel Siegel
Resilience is a dynamic positive behavioral adaptation process, which individuals can utilize when encountering significant adversity or trauma. It is the capacity to cope with stress and catastrophe.
Where there is love, there is life. – Mahatma Gandhi
The most important thing in any relationship is not what you get, but what you give.
Join us for an uplifting exploration of the benefits of practice, from three distinct yet intertwined perspectives. Mornings will begin with mindfulness and loving kindness meditation led by meditation teacher, psychotherapist, and author Sylvia Boorstein. She will facilitate sitting and walking meditations, and help participants refine the practice and integrate insights. UC Davis neuroscientist Clifford Saron will lead participants through a voyage of scientific discovery, imparting an experiential sense of brain function.
What hunger is in relation to food, zest is in relation to life.—Bertrand Russell
A sense of humor is the only divine quality of the human being.—Arthur Schopenhauer
As perhaps the chief form of contemporary mythology, film can infuse us with zest while we contemplate unique approaches to life. The anticipation, energy, enthusiasm, and excitement we feel as we watch films move us to think in new ways. We are in the flow of life that Joseph Campbell recommends: “Participate in the play, in the play of life… the Great Delight.”
Life at the Edge of Possibility for Transforming Heart, Mind, and Soul: Ericksonian Hypnosis Seminars
By the time we are adults, we live by a set of habitual behaviors, thoughts, beliefs, and emotional reactions. These may have evolved from trauma, fearful experiences, or normal everyday worries. Without inner exploration, these unconscious programs turn on brain circuits and cause us to believe our reality is true. The result is that we hardwire the brain to reflect the problems, personal conditions, and circumstances in our lives.
Intuition is an incredible source of wisdom that everyone can tap into. The magic comes in awakening it and trusting its guidance in our lives. Yet too many of us walk around out of touch with our inner voice. What stops us from listening? How can we listen more?
Much emphasis in couples’ enrichment focuses on verbal communication, especially articulating feelings and mending bridges. This is valuable work, yet nonverbal communications are often ignored. The truth is that being in touch with one’s bodily feelings and attuned to the other’s feelings involve a unique set of skills that can bring a couple to new heights of love and connection.
Throughout their lives, men are encouraged to play by the “rules of masculinity.” These rules about what is acceptable for men often involve inhibiting the spontaneous, creative, vulnerable, authentic, and care-free aspects of the self. This five-day experience is intended to help men re-discover the pure joy of feeling alive. As a group, we will explore what it means to be a fully present and authentic man. By sharing our stories of challenges, relationships, hardships, dreams, and desires, we will build a community of trust, permission, and healing.
Enjoy an intensive and powerful experience of self-hypnosis that you can take home. Your unconscious is a reservoir of potential, and hypnosis is an expedient way to access that potential. Recent neuroscience research confirms that the brain has many intelligent, unconscious pathways. These pathways function automatically and can be engaged and used to help you accomplish goals that might be difficult to do deliberately. By working indirectly and unconsciously in hypnosis, you can bypass conscious limitations to resolve problems.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful therapeutic method for healing trauma-based problems. Shedding new light on trauma survival—including sexual and physical abuse, accident and surgical trauma, and grief—EMDR is opening doors of the heart to genuine spiritual transformation.
This course is limited to mental-health professionals who are licensed to provide treatment, and mental-health interns who are currently being supervised by an EMDR-trained supervisor. Through lecture, hands-on practice, and demonstrations, participants will be shown:
This transformative workshop is a deep dive into the terrain of our so-called “negative” beliefs and fears (also known as introjects), and the embodied process of repatterning, or shifting, the body's energy around these beliefs and fears. This process enables our innate health and wholeness to emerge. Through the co-creation of a powerful group field, you will be working with your own introjects and their physical, emotional, and cognitive patterns — particularly how and where they resonate in your body.
Over a century ago, Sigmund Freud postulated that the primary motivation of the individual was the pursuit of pleasure: sucking, reaching, gazing, and eventual curiosity about the world. Seeking pleasure can certainly enrich our lives, but also can lead to trouble. Compulsive habits, including addictions, become a way of coping in our increasingly complex, information overloaded lives.
Our inability to handle personal criticism from loved ones is a common Achilles’ heel. The more deeply we are in love, the harder it is to handle. Soon, couples feel they are walking on eggshells, unable to express themselves honestly, and the love fades. Raising children and dealing with money during an economic recession magnifies the problems even as those problems become the reason couples stay together. The result? Couples often remain legally married but psychologically divorced—in a minimum-security-prison marriage.
Using the power of modern neuroscience, informed by ancient contemplative wisdom, you can use your mind alone to change your brain for the better. Mental activity changes neural structure in a process called neuroplasticity, which gives you a great opportunity to redirect the brain, and thus your whole being. During this workshop, you will explore “self-directed neuroplasticity” for steadying the mind (a key to both worldly success and spiritual practice), cooling the fires of stress reactivity, and weaving positive experiences into the fabric of your brain and self.
The impact of stress on health is well recognized. Now the efficacy of stress reduction as an adjunct to medical treatment is being recognized in more and more health care settings. In 1996 Dr. Mark Abramson founded a program at Stanford University Medical Center using the 2,500-year-old technique of Mindfulness Meditation to train patients as an adjunct treatment for many different medical conditions.
The human brain is the most complex object in the known universe, and the study of its structure and function is one of the most rapidly developing fields in contemporary science. Yet many great mysteries remain, including understanding the brain processes involved in memory, perception, mental illness, and arguably the greatest unanswered question in all of science: How are consciousness and mind related to the physical processes within the brain?
Fear, anger, and anxiety that go on for too long can lead to a list of debilitating ailments that are so common we assume they are unavoidable: insomnia, heart disease, arthritis, gastrointestinal problems, and more. The key to reversing the negative impacts of stress and reclaiming our health is simple: love. Love sets off a series of physiological events in the body that help us adapt to life's challenges, stop and reverse disease, maintain health, and make it easier for our bodies to improve rather than deteriorate with age.
The journey of 10,000 miles begins with one step. -Ancient Taoist proverb
The Secret Path is a participatory workshop grounded in the relationship between individual and social consciousness. It presents historically documented accounts of the way that individuals and small groups have actually changed history in socially positive ways, without the destructive fallout of social breakdown and violence. It teaches a pragmatic approach to individual and social transformation grounded in the peer-reviewed science of social outcome measures and individual neuroscience, without either religious or ideological bias.
Do you ever feel like certain issues in your life come around again and again, across different situations and relationships? In Gestalt Relational Constellations (GRC) we take a fresh look at the hidden attachments and systemic dynamics that underlie all of our issues (“stuck” and fluid areas alike). Starting with the personal concerns of participants and using the experience of the whole group, we “drop below” the oft-told story, reaching the level of our fondest dreams and heart’s desires.
Esalen co-founders Richard Price and Michael Murphy envisioned Dick Price's experiences of madness to be of great potential value in helping others, and as a way to expand the human potential movement. As a result, Esalen became a hub in the exploration of alternative models of madness and the development of new ways to help people in extreme states. Michael Cornwall and David Lukoff have been involved in continuing this exploration for more than thirty years.