Professional Continuing Education for psychologists

Introduction to Psychotherapy Integration

Posted by on Apr 6, 2012 in Professional Continuing Education for psychologists | 0 comments

Length: 2 hours
Credits: 2.00

Presenter: George Stricker, Ph.D.

The basic definitions of psychotherapy integration are outlined and developed, providing a background in common factors, assimilative integration, and theoretical integration. The history of psychotherapy integration is then related, with each important work explained in terms of the larger concept and some clinical implications.

Goals and Objectives:

Participants will learn:

  1. To define the common factors approach to psychotherapy integration
  2. To define the assimilative integration approach to psychotherapy integration
  3. To define the theoretical integration approach to psychotherapy integration
  4. To relate the milestones in the historical development of psychotherapy integration
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Ethical and Clinical Issues for Therapists Working in the Legal System

Posted by on Apr 5, 2012 in Professional Continuing Education for psychologists | 0 comments

Length: 2 hours 15 minutes
Credits: 2.5

Presenter: William Halikias, Psy.D.

This workshop focuses on ethical and professional demands when mental health professionals interact with the legal system. Psychologists who work effectively with the legal system combine an understanding of the law with pertinent ethical mandates and clinical skills in order to communicate psychological findings appropriately in the adjudicative arena.
Three critical concepts for psychologists involved in the he legal system will be addressed:

  1. The difference between the reconciliation and conflict resolution model of factfinding
  2. Differentiating legal and ethical principles
  3. Managing idiographic and probability models in legal venues.


Goals and Objectives:

  1. Increase the participant’s understanding of legal issues as these pertain to the expertise of psychologists and other mental health professionals.
  2. Clarify the difference between legal and ethical demands.
  3. Identify ways to more effectively manage professional comportment when voluntarily or involuntarily communicating with the legal system.


William Halikias is a clinical psychologist in independent practice whose work includes psychological assessments for courts, schools, and social service agencies. He provides forensic evaluations and consultations to legal professionals and specializes in assessing families experiencing conflict and transition.

Dr. Halikias received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School. A recipient of the Vermont Children and Family Services Award, Dr. Halikias has served on committees and given many presentations on mental health and forensic issues. His articles appear in psychology and law journals including the Journal of Clinical Psychology, Family and Conciliation Courts Review, and Adolescence.

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Collaborative Therapy with Multi-Stressed Families

Posted by on Apr 5, 2012 in Professional Continuing Education for psychologists | 0 comments

Length: 2 hours
Credits: 2.00

Presenter: William Madsen, Ph.D.

Families that experience numerous problems are often treated as having deficits, and therapists tend to try to correct and teach them “better” ways of functioning. However, these families also have strengths, resources and the capacity to grow, learn and change.

This workshop will present a model of thinking and working with multi-stressed families that encourages a position of respect and collaboration. It will offer specific steps to use, and guidelines for professionals to follow utilizing an array of clinical examples. It will conclude with an interview of the presenter about his work and thinking.

Goals and Objectives:

Participants will learn to:

  1. Shift their thinking about families from ideas of multi-problem families to “multi-stressed”;
  2. Develop working partnerships with these families;
  3. Improve skills to help clients envision new futures and preferred lives;
  4. Develop specific attitudes that lead to useful techniques.


William Madsen, Ph.D. is the Training Coordinator at Family Institute of Cambridge and maintains a private practice. He has developed innovative mental health clinics and home-based programs, and provides agency training and organizational consultation.

He has written and presented extensively about the development of strength-based, collaborative partnerships between families and helpers. His book, “Collaborative Therapy with Multi-Stressed Families” was released this fall by Guilford Press.

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Sports Psychology

Posted by on Apr 5, 2012 in Professional Continuing Education for psychologists | 1 comment

Length: 1.5 hrs
Credits: 1.50

Presenter: James Graves, Ph.D.

This workshop will focus on familiarizing participants with the more general field of sport psychology (with a particular emphasis on performance enhancement) and the application of performance enhancement principles to the consultative and therapeutic roles of the clinical psychologist.

Goals and Objectives:

Participants will learn:

  1. A general introduction to the field of Sports Psychology
  2. A more in-depth understanding of performance enhancement techniques used with athletics of all levels
  3. That performance is performance in any context, and principles of psychology apply in all situations


James Graves received his doctorate in Counseling Psychology at the American University in Washington, DC in 1975. He is also a faculty member of the Department of Applied Psychology at Antioch New England. He consults with local schools, companies, and parent groups with regard to management issues, communication concerns and motivation.

Dr. Graves is interested in quantitative research and the application of psychology principles to enhance athletic performance and also specializes in psychological assessment and working with patients with panic disorder and agoraphobia. He is an active member of the Massachusetts Psychological Association, where he is currently serving on the Ethics Committee. He is a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts and maintains a general psychology practice in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

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A Dialectical Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration: Three Models

Posted by on Apr 5, 2012 in Professional Continuing Education for psychologists | 0 comments

Length: 3 hours
Credits: 3.00
Presenter: David Arbeitman, Ph.D.

In recent years, developments in cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic psychotherapies have seen a convergence of distinct and seemingly antithetical traditions. This allows for the possibility of integration of these two models as well as with humanistic and interpersonal approaches. After identifying the historical obstacles and philosophical differences which have precluded psychotherapy integration, we will review developments that represent a more favorable climate for possible integration. We will consider the possible advantages of integration on the theoretical, conceptual, and technical levels. The focus will then shift to a close examination of three models that have attempted to integrate two or more of these traditions: Wachtel’s Cyclical Psychodynamic Theory, Linehan’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Safran’s Cognitive-Interpersonal approach.

Goals and Objectives:

Participants will learn:

  1. Recent developments which have created a climate for psychotherapy integration.
  2. Cyclical Psychodynamic Theory as a model which integrated psychodynamic and behavioral approaches to psychotherapy.
  3. How Safran’s concepts of interpersonal schema and therapeutic alliance integrate cognitive and interpersonal approaches to psychotherapy.
  4. Dialectical Behavior Therapy as a model which integrates humanistic and behavioral approaches to psychotherapy.

Dr. David Arbeitman received his doctorate from Cornell University in 1984, after completing his internship at the Counseling Center of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has taught courses in psychopathology, group theory and practice, diversity, geropsychology, psychodynamic theory and practice, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Dr. Arbeitman has been a psychologist and clinical supervisor at the Center for Adults and Families, a program of the Westfield Area Mental Health Clinic (Massachusetts). He is Director of their predoctoral internship in Clinical/Counseling Psychology (APA-accredited), which specializes in providing training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), as well as other empirically supported and integrative treatments.

Dr. Arbeitman has received advanced training in Panic Control Treatment (PCT) and intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). He is currently a trainer-in-training with the Behavioral Technology Transfer Group (BTTG). He has also made numerous professional presentations on the topic of psychotherapy integration, and is a member of the society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI). Dr. Arbeitman is licensed as a psychologist in Massachusetts, where he is also certified as an independent provider of mental health services.

This Workshop is featured as part of our Integrative Therapy Program [5 APA CEU credits]

The Program contains two workshops :

Taken individually, the combined cost of these workshops is $60, but our our intensive Integrative Therapy Programcost only $45

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A Self-relations Approach

Posted by on Apr 5, 2012 in Professional Continuing Education for psychologists | 0 comments

Length: 5 1/2 hours
Credits: 5.50

Presenter: Stephen Gilligan, Ph.D.

This workshop focuses on two seemingly contradictory challenges in contemporary therapy:

  1. How to make therapy briefer and more effective;
  2. How to make therapeutic work more soulful and connective with life-affirming energies.


Based on Dr. Gilligan’s book The Courage to Love: Principles and Practices of Self-relations Psychotherapy, the presentation will emphasize the self-relations approach to psychotherapy. Symptoms are seen as an awakening of a person’s soul or center, and the therapeutic conversations are seen as mediums for midwifing these awakenings to full realization.

This deep life affirming approach describes methods and techniques for transforming a problem complaint into a solution outcome, in ways that clients learn to recognize the “non-rational” and unexpected events in their lives as gifts to be opened and enjoyed. It is based in part on the revolutionary work of Milton Erickson, the last psychiatrist who developed many ways to utilize even the most negative parts of a person’s life as resources.

Goals and Objectives:

Participants will learn:

  1. six principles for bringing “soul” into brief therapy;
  2. three exercises for accessing inner wisdom (in yourself and clients);
  3. how to develop and maintain mindfulness and bodymind centering;
  4. the generative principle and methods of sponsorship;
  5. a six-step brief therapy method for transforming a symptom into a solution.

Stephen Gilligan, Ph.D. is a psychologist practicing in Encinitas, CA. In addition to his private practice, he travels around the world presenting his work in self-relations psychotherapy to both professional and general audiences. His books include The courage to love, Therapeutic trances, Brief therapy (with J. Zeig, Therapeutic conversations (with R. Price), and The legacy of Erickson. His website address is

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