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The Future of Working with Emotions in Mental Health: A USABP - IBPJ Forum

  • 21 Mar 2024
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom


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About the Event

Are today’s psychotherapy theories doing enough to address the critical role of emotion in therapy?

Cognitive and affective neuroscience research has clearly shown that emotion determines every aspect of cognition and behavior in every moment of our lives:

This implies that every therapy modality—body-oriented or otherwise—would have better outcomes if it gave emotion and its regulation an important, if not central, role in its treatment approaches.

Neuroscientific evidence in the past twenty-five years has also revealed that cognition, emotion, and behavior depend not only on the brain, but also on how we embody, and the environment.

This has clear implications for all psychotherapy modalities—body-oriented or otherwise. To work with cognition, emotion, or behavior without taking the body and the environment into account would be to provide less-than-optimal care to our clients.

Join us for an insightful forum hosted by Liam Blume, Program Director at USABP, where he'll bring together two renowned experts, Dr. Leslie Greenberg and Dr. Raja Selvam, to share their research-backed paradigms for working with emotions and explore the transformative role of emotions in therapy.

This discussion will draw upon cultural trends, scientific discoveries, recent research, somatic psychology, and in-the-field experiences.

This is a unique opportunity to gain practical strategies and engage with our esteemed panelists in a stimulating Q&A session.

Big Picture Insights and Intervention Takeaways

By attending this forum, clinicians, practitioners, bodyworkers, and coaches can gain valuable insights and complementary approaches for practitioners to use with other modalities to help clients self-regulate and enjoy a wider range of emotional experiences.

Key Takeaways:

  • Explore the History and Definitions of Emotions in Mental Health: Gain clarity on the types of emotions (i.e., mood, affect, emotions, and feelings). Address motivations, drives, attitudes, and temperaments. Learn more about how and where emotions are generated.
  • Lessons Learned: Delve into the research highlighting the importance of emotions in client care. Explore significant articles and implications for theoretical approaches and interventions.
  • Treatment & Integration: Learn insights and techniques that complement other theories and aid in improved client goal outcomes. Consider the contributions of emotional embodiment to working with individual, collective, and intergenerational trauma. Get new findings on how working with emotions can impact cognitions (i.e., beliefs, chronic intrusive thoughts) and behaviors.
  • In-practice Insights: Explore practical strategies for expanding a client's emotional capacity, managing arousal levels, and the pros and cons of catharsis.

General Agenda 

  • Opening Announcements
  • Panelist discussion
  • Q & A - during & after event
  • Overtime - more Q&A and case discussion opportunities

This event will include our special Overtime! 

Overtime allows attendees to continue to ask questions and invite conversation on the event material, other related inquiries, or cases after the formal event ends.

his event will be recorded and available for members and non-members who register for this event.

This course will not include CEs. 

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    Special Announcement: International Body Psychotherapy Journal

    This forum precedes the 2024 International Body Psychotherapy Journal Fall/Winter Issue. This issue of the international peer-reviewed journal will feature articles, research, book reviews, and more on the topic of emotions in therapy.

    Call for Papers
    . If you have valuable insights to contribute, submissions for articles are accepted until May 15th. 

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    Meet the Panelists

    Dr. Leslie Greenberg-Created and co-developed Emotion-Focused Therapy

    -Co-authored the major books on emotion-focused approaches to psychotherapy

    -Publications include 102 peer-reviewed papers, 89 book chapters, and 17 books

    -APA Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research and the Carl Rogers Award.

    There is no doubt that Greenberg is both a pioneer and the field’s premier investigator in the important work of applying the basic research on emotions to the process of psychotherapy… a fabulous compendium of strategies for working with emotions.”

    ~ Marsha M. Linehan, Ph.D

    Dr. Leslie Greenberg, a prominent figure in the field of psychotherapy, is a pioneer in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT). His expertise lies in both individual and couple therapy, as evidenced by his significant contributions to the field's literature. His distinguished career has been marked by his roles as a founder and past president of various psychotherapy societies. Notably, he was awarded the Distinguished Research Career Award by the American Psychological Association, the Carl Rogers Award of the APA Society for Humanistic Psychology, and the Professional Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology by the Canadian Psychological Association.

    Dr. Greenberg's influence extends beyond academia, as he serves on  the editorial boards of several prestigious psychotherapy journals. His integrative work has been celebrated by practitioners from diverse theoretical backgrounds, reflecting his dedication to a multifaceted approach to therapy. His vast bibliography includes 102 peer-reviewed papers, 89 book chapters, and 17 books - seminal works that have shaped the field.

    As a clinician, Dr. Greenberg's reputation precedes him, with workshops and lectures recognized for their warmth and authenticity. His teaching methodology emphasizes practical application, providing participants with techniques to incorporate into their everyday practice. Dr. Greenberg's contributions to psychotherapy and his dedication to training and research have left an indelible mark on the field.

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    Dr. Raja Selvam

    - Developer of Integral Somatic Psychology (ISP)

    - Senior trainer, Somatic Experiencing® International.

    - Author of The Practice of Embodying Emotions: A Guide for Improving Cognitive, Emotional, and Behavioral Outcomes 

    - He has taught for twenty-five years in over twenty countries

    "Raja Selvam's book is a revelation..."
    ~ Glen Slater, Co-Chair of the Jungian and Archetypal Studies Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute

    Raja Selvam's book is  “A grand accomplishment...”
    ~ Peter A. Levine, Founder of Somatic Experiencing® and author of In an Unspoken Voice and Waking the Tiger

    Raja Selvam, PhD, a licensed clinical psychologist, is the developer of Integral Somatic Psychology™ (ISP™), a transformative somatic therapy aimed at optimizing mental health by fully embodying emotions. His groundbreaking book, "The Practice of Embodying Emotions: A Guide for Improving Cognitive, Emotional, and Behavioral Outcomes," is being translated into multiple languages. ISP™ integrates cutting-edge research in embodied cognition, emotion, and behavior, drawing from diverse Western and Eastern psychological, somatic, and spiritual traditions.

    Dr. Selvam's work, spanning over two decades and across twenty countries, has demonstrated ISP's ability to significantly shorten therapy treatment times. He is a senior trainer at Dr. Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing® International and an Honorary Member of the Board of Directors of the Bodynamic Institute.

    Dr. Selvam's approach synthesizes various body psychotherapy systems, including Reichian Therapy and Somatic Experiencing, alongside insights from Jungian psychology, affective neuroscience, and Eastern spiritual practices like Advaita Vedanta. His trauma outreach work, notably with survivors of the Indian Ocean tsunami and Sri Lanka's civil war, has been published in leading journals, emphasizing the efficacy of somatic therapy in healing trauma.

    Integral Somatic Psychology equips therapists with tools to address a broad spectrum of emotions, dismantle defense mechanisms, enhance emotional resilience, and expedite healing from traumas and attachment wounds, ultimately leading to shorter treatment times and improved outcomes.

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