Law and Ethics Series

A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP

A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP

Surviving a Licensing Board Action (1.5 hrs) This 1.5 hour course addresses complaints, investigations and adjudications made by licensing boards against licensed mental health professionals. Psychologist and attorney A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP , clarifies how administrative law (which governs licensing boards) differs from civil and criminal law, including burdens of proof, rights of the accused and the nature of penalties. He carefully examines the processes and procedures associated with licensing board actions, including how boards process/review/investigate complaints, steps along the way at which cases may be closed or progress to hearings, advantages and disadvantages of having hearings and the role of the administrative attorney in assisting the accused. Finally, Dr. Frankel reviews outcomes of actions against professionals, the impact of these outcomes on the lives and livelihoods of professionals and their clients, options to be considered, and ways to protect against licensing board actions with record-keeping, practice patterns and malpractice insurance.


 
   
A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP

A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP

Law, Ethics and Risk Management (6 hrs) This 6-hour course covers topics most frequently requested by hundreds of clinician participants who completed our previous versions. Nationally recognized psychologist and attorney A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP provides you with tools and resources to more effectively deal with critical legal and ethical issues, and to avoid pitfalls that frequently confront licensed therapists in the current regulatory climate. Topics include Coping With Threats by Patients, Testifying in Court, Suicide Assessment, Terminating Difficult Clients, Supervision, Malpractice Suits, "Side Businesses" and Innovative Ideas, Telehealth and E-Health, and Practicing Across State Lines.


 
   
A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP

A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP

Risk Management (6 hrs) This 6-hour course provides you with tools and resources to more effectively deal with legal/ethical issues and dilemmas that frequently confront licensed therapists. Instructor A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP first uses the doctrine of informed consent to define core issues between ethical, legal, and regulatory forces that create potential challenges and pitfalls for therapists. Next, he discusses legal and ethical standards for maintaining current records including privacy, content, retention and storage, patient access, dealing with subpoenas for records, and current HIPAA regulations. Finally, Dr. Frankel clarifies the concepts of confidentiality and privilege for adults and children, when/how to assert privilege in deposition and/or courtroom, and provides structured guidelines to minimize risk when working with custody-related issues and divorcing families.


 
   
Adam D. Alban, PhD

Adam D. Alban, PhD, JD

Legal and Clinical Issues With Elders (2 hrs) This 2-hour course is designed to provide practitioners with an overview of some legal, ethical and clinical issues that are frequently encountered in work with older adults. Psychologist and attorney, Adam D. Alban, PhD, JD , first guides viewers through a segment on elder abuse. Subtopics within this segment include physical abuse, neglect, self-neglect, and financial abuse. Dr. Alban next reviews reporting mechanisms for mandatory reporters. He next provides an overview of substituted judgment, legal mechanisms whereby adults with diminishing cognitive capacities receive assistance from others. Subtopics in this segment include frequently mentioned, but often misunderstood instruments such as conservatorships, guardianships, powers of attorney, and advance medical directives.


 
   
John L. Fleer, PhD

John L. Fleer, PhD, JD

Surviving a Malpractice Lawsuit (1.5 hrs) This 1.5-hour course is designed to acquaint mental health professionals with the world of malpractice litigation. Instructor and attorney, John L. Fleer, PhD, JD , offers important information to help prepare the clinician for the possibility of a lawsuit, acquaint the clinician with the language and procedures that occur in the context of lawsuits, and suggest ways to cope with the stresses and strains inherent in going through a lawsuit. Topics include ways that clinicians can know that a lawsuit will be filed, what steps to take in preparation for dealing with it, which reactions are to be avoided, what the plaintiff must prove in order to win the suit, the role of malpractice insurance in the process of dealing with the suit, and what the middle- and long-term consequences of being sued might be.

   
A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP

A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP

Law & Ethics Greatest Hits (6 hrs) This workshop reviews the areas of professional functions that have been most associated with legal and regulatory problems for mental health professionals, including sexual and non-sexual boundary violations, law/psych interfaces, competence, moral offenses, licensing board and malpractice actions. The workshop covers these problems and ways of avoiding and/or managing them.
   
A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP

A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP

Western States - Law Ethics and Risk Management (6 hrs) This is a 6-hour course designed to meet state licensure requirements for psychologists, licensed clinical social workers marriage & family counselors and licensed counselors. The material is also relevant for psych nurses & certified alcohol and drug abuse counselors. The intial 3-hours of the program begin with a review of the general issue of threats that come to the attention of clinicians, including threats by patients/clients against others, threats reported to clinicians about patients/clients by others, patient/client reports of threats by others, etc. We continue with issues concerning the interface between the work of clinicians and the legal system, including subpoenas, forms of testimony and locations of testimony.
   
A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP

A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP

Dancing with the Risks - CAPP (6 hrs) This six-hour workshop in law, ethics and regulation focuses on three of the four most frequent causes for actions against mental health professionals, nationwide. Since the 2010-2011 law/ethics/regulation workshop focused primarily on boundary violations (including sexual contact between professional and patient/client), this 2012-2013 workshop focuses on incompetence, criminal convictions and cases involving high conflict custody problems. There are two versions of the workshop for California mental health professionals – one for private practitioners and one for full-time agency employees, along with the same two versions for non-California mental health professionals. The workshop emphasizes awareness and management of risk factors in the major areas of high risk practice.
A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP

A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP

Dancing with the Risks - For Agencies (6 hrs) This six-hour workshop in law, ethics and regulation focuses on three of the four most frequent causes for actions against mental health professionals, nationwide. Since the 2010-2011 law/ethics/regulation workshop focused primarily on boundary violations (including sexual contact between professional and patient/client), this 2012-2013 workshop focuses on incompetence, criminal convictions and cases involving high conflict custody problems. There are two versions of the workshop for California mental health professionals – one for private practitioners and one for full-time agency employees, along with the same two versions for non-California mental health professionals. The workshop emphasizes awareness and management of risk factors in the major areas of high risk practice.
   
Ann Steiner, Ph.D., LMFT, CGP*, FAGPA*

Ann Steiner, Ph.D., LMFT, CGP*, FAGPA*

The Therapist's Professional Will: If Not Now, When? - CE (6 hrs) Sudden emergencies happen to us all. Now is the time to plan for your minor or serious illnesses, retirement, relocation, and death. Psychotherapist Ann Steiner, Ph.D., LMFT, CGP*, FAGPA* walks participants through the process of protecting their patients, colleagues, families and themselves. Most clinicians aren’t aware that their Ethics Codes require them to have a plan in place for the disposition of their practices in the event of an unplanned absence. Every guild and professional organization for mental health professionals expects its members to have at least the equivalent of a Professional Will. Taking this course will jump-start you on the path to gain peace of mind. Knowing that you have done everything possible to assure continuity of care for your patients/clients is a gift for everyone.
   
Ann Steiner, Ph.D., LMFT, CGP*, FAGPA*

Ann Steiner, Ph.D., LMFT, CGP*, FAGPA*

The Therapist's Professional Will: If Not Now, When? - Non-CE (6 hrs) Sudden emergencies happen to us all. Now is the time to plan for your minor or serious illnesses, retirement, relocation, and death. Psychotherapist Ann Steiner, Ph.D., LMFT, CGP*, FAGPA* walks participants through the process of protecting their patients, colleagues, families and themselves. Most clinicians aren’t aware that their Ethics Codes require them to have a plan in place for the disposition of their practices in the event of an unplanned absence. Every guild and professional organization for mental health professionals expects its members to have at least the equivalent of a Professional Will. Taking this course will jump-start you on the path to gain peace of mind. Knowing that you have done everything possible to assure continuity of care for your patients/clients is a gift for everyone. This course is the same the "The Therapist's Professional Will: If Not Now, When? - CE" Course, but does not include Continuing Education Credit.
   
A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP

A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP

Beyond the Professional Will (2.5 hrs) This course presents the history of the development of the ethico-legal requirement for mental health professionals to prepare for unanticipated disruptions to, and terminations of practice, due to death or disability.  We begin with a review of the growing awareness of the problem, the ways in which each of the major mental health professional societies have introduced ethical standards, requiring appropriate planning by professionals, and ways in which those ethical standards have become incorporated into the law.  From there, we move to a review of the consequences of failures to make the required preparations and the nature of the impediments to successful planning and implementation.  Finally, we review the three major approaches to addressing these problems, with advantages and disadvantages of each.
   
A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP

A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP

What's the Future and Where to Fit? (4.5 hrs) This 4.5-hour program addresses the profound changes that are taking place in the health system in the United States, the implications for mental health care, and, in turn the implications for mental health care providers.  We begin with a discussion of the role of the insurance industry in health care and how that role has expanded over the past 50-60 years, affecting the licensure and practices of mental health professionals.  From there, we move to the current changes themselves, including the Affordable Health Care Act, Accountable Care Organizations, Current Procedural Terminology, DSM vs. ICD, Electronic Health Care Records, HIPAA changes, insurance panels for independent practitioners, the Parity Law, “Professional Wills,” alternatives to licensed mental health practice, and licensing board action summaries
   
A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP

A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP

What Goes Around... (6 hrs) “What goes around….”  is a 6-hour law/ethics workshop and is focused on recent and emerging developments in law and ethics that will impact clinicians of all disciplines, starting with changes to child abuse reporting obligations,  then moving to cover changes for custody evaluators, record-keeping and maintenance, emerging issues and risks regarding telehealth practice, updates on duties to inform and warn when violent behavior may occur, modifications of laws concerning “retirement” of professionals, receiving subpoenas, testifying in court, risk management for supervisors, suicide risk management, and “selected slippery slopes.
   
   
   

 

Child Custody Evaluator Training Series

Adam D. Alban, PhD

Jacqueline Singer, PhD

Forensic Assessment of Children (3 hrs) This is a 3-hour intermediate-level presentation designed to help experienced child clinicians learn concepts and principles associated with conducting, presenting and defending forensic assessments of minors in the context of special education and dependency court venues. The program covers the interface between clinical work vs. forensic work, the role of the forensic evaluator in each of the two venues, statutory and regulatory issues including who holds the minor’s “privilege,” who is the “client” of the forensic evaluator and the standards of practice for forensic evaluators as applied to formal and interview forms of assessment and collateral evidence. Problems associated with report writing and the provision of deposition, hearing and trial testimony will be addressed, as will particular and unique problems associated with each of the two venues.
   
   
Adam D. Alban, PhD

Philip M. Stahl


2013 Domestic Violence Update (4 hrs) California courts require custody evaluators to have an annual update on legal and psychological issues related to domestic violence. This workshop will address new research and new laws, as required by Rule of Court 5.230. Additionally, Dr. Stahl will focus on the latest research on domestic violence and Ms. Cross will again discuss the latest CA laws and proposed statutes. In addition, along with Dr. Simon, participants will brainstorm various case scenarios to help in the consideration of evaluation strategies and assessment practices.
Adam D. Alban, PhD

Philip M. Stahl


2013 Child Custody Evaluator Update (8 hrs) Drs. Stahl and Simon have just completed their new book, titled, Forensic Psychology Consultation in Child Custody Litigation (ABA Section of Family Law, 2013). Chapters include information on a Forensic vs Clinical Approach, Bias, and Elements and Critique of Child Custody Evaluations.
Adam D. Alban, PhD

Philip M. Stahl


2014 Custody Evaluator Update (8 hrs) Join Dr. Stahl and his three guest speakers,  Emberly Cross, JD, from San Francisco, Mike Kretzmer, JD, from Los Angeles and Robert A. Simon, PhD, from San Diego,  for the Annual CE Training Update for California Custody Evaluators and Family Law Specialists.  This online course of the August 2014 live workshop are eligible for  8 CE credits for psychologists, MFTs LCSWs, Licensed Counselors, and for CLE for attorneys and Family Law Specialists.
Adam D. Alban, PhD

Philip M. Stahl


2014 Domestic Violence Update (4 hrs) This course will be the 4-hour domestic violence update on legal and psychological issues related to domestic violence as required by the California courts. It will address new research and new laws, as required by Rule of Court 5.230. In addition, Dr. Stahl will focus on the latest research on domestic violence and Emberly Cross, JD will discuss the latest CA laws and proposed statutes.  Along with Robert A. Simon, PhD, participants brainstorm various case scenarios to help in the consideration of evaluation strategies and assessment practices.   Students will be able to understand and integrate the following learning principles into their practice:
Adam D. Alban, PhD

Philip M. Stahl


2015 Domestic Violence Update (4 hrs) This workshop will be the 4-hour domestic violence update on legal and psychological issues related to domestic violence as required by the California courts. It will address new research and new laws, as required by Rule of Court 5.230. Additionally, Dr. Stahl will focus on the latest research on domestic violence and Emberly Cross, JD will again discuss the latest CA laws and proposed statutes. Along with Robert A. Simon, PhD, participants will brainstorm various case scenarios to help in the consideration of evaluation strategies and assessment practices.
Adam D. Alban, PhD

Philip M. Stahl


2015 Child Custody Evaluator Update (8 hrs) In this custody evaluation update, Drs. Stahl, Simon and Frankel, along with the Honorable Josanna Berkow will present the latest research and practice tips regarding Domestic Violence.

Overcoming Barriers

Matthew Sullivan

Matthew Sullivan Ph.D.

Children Resisting Contact with a Parent

This interdisciplinary training led by Dr. Matthew Sullivan, Hon. Marjorie Slabach, and Dr. Rebecca Bailey will explore the characteristics of high conflict families and legal and mental health interventions where children are resisting contact with a parent.  The program will also explore the spectrum of interventions for these families and best practices for legal and mental health professionals who work on these cases.Special attention will be given to intensive psycho-educational programs such as Overcoming Barriers and Transitioning Families.


SFG's Trauma Series

. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP

A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP

Pyschology of Trauma & PTSD (4 hrs) This course addresses the broad range of phenomena that fall under the rubric of “trauma,” exposing attendees both to the major controversies that have developed around definitions of trauma and to the practical controversies that have emerged around proper treatment of trauma and its sequelae. We will consider types of trauma that range from childhood abuse through here-and-now traumatic experiences such as auto accidents, rape, muggings, terrorist attacks, war veterans, etc. The morning section of the course considers the emerging data on “resilience” (a construct that seeks to account for individual variations in response to traumatic events – do some people function “better” than others after trauma?) and on attachment theory (an area of research that speaks quite directly to issues of resilience). We will also cover the topics of “chronic complex trauma” and the trauma associated with “tonic immobility.” Assessment will also be covered in the morning session. The afternoon session focuses on treatment approaches, ranging from exposure techniques (with a videotaped presentation of one approach to exposure treatment) to cognitive-behavioral and depth psychotherapies, to the “power therapies” like “EMDR,” with information about the relative efficacy of these approaches.

 
 
   
. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP

A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP

Borderline Personality Disorder (4 hrs)The primary goal of this 4-hour course is to provide a frame of reference for clinicians to understand and appreciate the borderline patient/client from a perspective that includes and integrates the etiologic pathways to the disorder, symptoms and their meanings, the roles of resilience (including the sub-category of attachment), helpful/unhelpful treatment assumptions which emerge in the context of clinician countertransference and treatment targets and strategies. The course uses clinical examples and vignettes as a primary teaching tools, along with practical examples of handouts for both patients/clients and clinicians, some of which were developed by the presenter and others of which were developed by Marcia Linehan, Ph.D., and are available through her publications.

 
 
   
. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP

A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP

Risk Management with Trauma Survivors (6 hrs) This is a 6-hour presentation designed to assist clinicians with the identification and management of the risks attendant to the diagnosis and treatment of the posttraumatic and dissociative disorders. The program begins with a review of the symptomatology of Acute Stress Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, the Dissociative Disorders and Borderline Personality Disorder. We then turn to a discussion of the role of shame in the formation, management and treatment of these disorders, followed by a discussion of the attendant risk categories, with recommendations for high quality and safe treatment approaches as well as vulnerability and care for treating clinicians.

 
 
   
A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP

A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP

A Guided Tour Through the Halls of Shame (1 hr) This one-hour course was recorded live in the spring of 2010 at a conference of 500 line clinicians, affiliated with the County of San Mateo, California. It was a plenary presentation designed to define, describe and delimit the critical role of shame in the lives of survivors of child abuse trauma. The course begins with a definition of shame and the distinguishing of shame from other emotions, including embarrassment, humiliation, self-consciousness and guilt. We then turn to a discussion of resilience, how it may be assessed and its role in the response to shame. We follow with shame-based dysfunction, as manifest in emotional, cognitive, self- and behavioral dysregulation. Finally, we address the role of these impact of these dysregulations on interactions with clinicians, including traumatic transference and countertransference.
 
 
   
ASF NEW Photo Steve Frankel

A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP

Trauma and Dissociation: Assessment and Treatment (3 hrs)

This course is designed to fulfill the goal of describing the presentation and course of treatment of dissociative identity disorder in childhood trauma survivors. This course is designed for professionals who have seen between five and 15 cases of some type of dissociative disorder within the past five years, or who have no experience with these disorders and would like an update and overview of where the field is now.

 

 

Practice Development Series

Casey L. Truffo, MFT

Casey L. Truffo, MFT

How to Build a Full and Rewarding Practice (2 hrs) This 2-hour course is designed to help you ethically and effectively market your mental health services. Internationally recognized expert and consultant, Casey L. Truffo, MFT , explores why many therapists in private practice feel uncomfortable about marketing their practice because they they see it as "selling themselves". Casey skillfully explains how an effective and ethical marketing effort can help your community learn how you can help those in pain. Finally, she focuses on import practice related issues including, how your family of origin issues about money can impact your private practice success, the four marketing personality types, community marketing activities, online marketing activities, and five parts to an effective marketing plan.

 
 
   
Casey L. Truffo, MFT

Casey L. Truffo, MFT

Integrating the Internet Into Your Practice (2 hrs) 2-hour course is designed to help you learn how to use Internet technology to ethically expand your community outreach and practice development. Internationally recognized expert and consultant, Casey L. Truffo, MFT , explores how increased consumer use of the Internet gives therapists new ways to reach potential clients. Casey skillfully explains how to ethically bring an Internet component to your community outreach strategies. She focuses on a wide variety of useful Internet technologies including websites, blogs, online therapist locator services, pay-per-click advertising, credit card services, online assessments, and appointment schedulers. Finally in a bonus section, she discusses a growing trend of creating and selling specialty information products (e.g., workbooks, e-books, CDs, audio recordings) on the Internet, allowing clinicians to reach more people than in one-to-one sessions.

 
 
   

 

 

High Risk Professional Relationships

Lawrence H. Hedges, PhD, ABPP

Lawrence H. Hedges, PhD, ABPP

Managing High Risk Professional Relationships (2 hrs) In this unique 2-hour course, master clinician, teacher, and author, Lawrence H. Hedges, PhD, ABPP examines psychodynamic factors that constitute risks for both clients and therapists in today's litigious atmosphere. After reviewing how intrapsychic modes of relating affect professional relationships, Dr. Hedges offers practical suggestions how to avoid and manage transference- or resistance-based accusations.

 
 
Lawrence H. Hedges, PhD, ABPP

Lawrence H. Hedges, PhD, ABPP

Sex In Psychotherapy (5 hrs) Issues surrounding sex, sexuality, gender, and gender identity are ubiquitous in the practice of psychotherapy. Most therapists have little access to the burgeoning research and expanding theories regarding these topics. This course defines eight (8) contemporary perspectives for illuminating sexualities as they appear in various kinds of erotic and eroticized encounters in life and in psychotherapy. Published case vignettes provide models for handling a variety of sexual issues as they arise in practice while the three (3) in-depth case studies focus on the development of erotic transference, resistance, and countertransference with various possibilities for clinical understanding and response.

   
Lawrence H. Hedges, PhD, ABPP

Lawrence H. Hedges, PhD, ABPP

Making Love Last (4 hrs) Every therapist and every client is somehow concerned with the questions: “Why does romance fade over time, and what can we do about it? Relationship psychologists, neuropsychologists, and anthropologists have devoted the last decade to the study of these questions with never before available research tools. The data suggests that we are essentially a serially monogamous special with an extraordinary capacity for carving out new destinies for ourselves. How can we come to grips with our genetic and neurological heritage while simultaneously transcending our basic natures in order to create and sustain exciting romance and nurture love in long-term relationships? This course surveys research and theory suggesting that indeed we have promising possibilities.

   
Lawrence H. Hedges, PhD, ABPP

Lawrence H. Hedges, PhD, ABPP

Cross Cultural Encounters (5 hrs) Multiculturalism is rapidly becoming recognized as the fourth major force in psychology alongside the traditional psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and humanistic psychologies (Petersen, 1999). Central to this course is the idea that we can never know the fullness of a person’s cultural identification and orientations. In this sense, all relationships are cross-cultural encounters. How can we, as professionals, learn to open ourselves to differences, to diversity, to ethnicity, to ethnosexuality, to our own prejudices and to prejudices and hatreds aimed at us? Ten (10) perspectives for listening to multicultural and diversity issues in life and psychotherapy are explored.

   
   
   
   
   

 

Webinars/Private Conferences

A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP

A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP

Law/Ethics Webinar - 1E (1 hrs) Steve Frankel conducted this 1-hr, live-recorded private conference on February 26th, 2011. Each topic was discussed with an eye toward managing risk while providing services at or above the standards of care for mental health professionals. Attendees posted questions.

 
 
   
A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP

A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP

Law/Ethics Webinar - 2E (1 hrs) Steve Frankel conducted this 1-hr, live-recorded private conference on March 18th, 2011 at 9:00 AM PST.This one-hour webinar addressed two issues of fundamental importance to practicing clinicians: coping with patient/client threats of lawsuits and/or licensing board actions, and understanding/implementing boundaries and boundary management.

 
 
   
A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP

A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP

Law/Ethics Webinar - 3E (1 hrs) This 1-hr, live-broadcast private conference was recorded on April 16th 2011 at 9:00 AM PST. This one-hour webinar addresses an issue of fundamental importance to practicing clinicians: sexual boundary violations. We begin with a discussion of ways that our professions became aware of sexual boundary violations, leading to ethical standards proscribing such behavior.

 
 
   
A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP

A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP

Webinar - NGPHP1 (1 hrs) This one-hour webinar is a private conference devoted to three topics:

  1. How risky is it to be a practicing licensed mental health professional? (statistics on what we get hurt for the most, especially as compared to other learned professions);
  2. Utilizing the internet in clinical practice: risk management considerations;
  3. Record-keeping hints: write a lot? write a little? how to decide.
 
 
A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP

A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP


Webinar - NGPHP2 (1 hrs) This one-hour webinar addresses two issues of fundamental importance to practicing clinicians: coping with patient/client threats of lawsuits and/or licensing board actions, and understanding/implementing boundaries and boundary management.
   
A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP

A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP

Webinar - NGPHP3 (1 hrs) This one-hour webinar addresses an issue of fundamental importance to practicing clinicians: sexual boundary violations. We begin with a discussion of ways that our professions became aware of sexual boundary violations, leading to ethical standards proscribing such behavior. We continue with a review of the research on harms to patients/client as well as to clinicians resulting from such violations, the roles of expert witnesses and mental health malpractice insurance in defending against such claims and a discussion of which patients/clients and clinicians are at risk. Finally, we discuss ways to identify and manage risk, including a self-administered assessment instrument that has been used to research risk factors.

Advanced EMDR Training

Sandra Paulsen 400px

Sandra Paulsen, PhD

Looking Through The Eyes (12.5 EMDRIA Credits)

Dr. Paulsen will review key assessment issues in which EMDR practitioners should be alert.  Additionally, the workshop will elaborate on the key phase of stabilization, before ever conducting EMDR for a dissociative client.  It will describe ways to increase affect tolerance, (employ somatic resourcing, and other somatic methods, for the second workshop), reconfigure ego states.   A key focus is on working directly perpetrator introjects or other “monstrous” disowned or shameful parts, to minimize resistance and internal conflict.  Leading Edge methods for resetting affective circuits and clearing very early attachment trauma will be touched upon.

 
 
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Sandra Paulsen, PhD


 Toward An Embodied Self (9 EMDRIA Credits)

The neurobiology of attachment and trauma has resulted in the recent emergence of somatic interventions for treating trauma.  This workshop will frame Porges’ polyvagal theory, Schore’s right hemisphere and developmental postulates with in the neural network understand of the Adaptive Information Process theory that underlies EMDR; introduce several key somatic interventions including: somatic resources, tracking, discharging, pendulation, micro-movements, and boundaries, with a framework of somatic empathy (Stanley, 2006), and 3) identify where the eight step process of EMDRIA specific somatic elements can be utilized while maintaining the integrity of EMDR.

   
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Sandra Paulsen, PhD

When There Are No Words (6.5 EMDRIA CREDITS)

This course addresses some of the most difficult challenges of using EMDR with individuals with affect dysregulation, somatic distress and attachment injuries from early trauma and neglect.  The methods efficiently empower clients with resources for containment, safety, and increased affect tolerance; and systematically target and reprocess early disturbance for which there may be no explicit memories. Although the workshop primarily addresses adolescents and adults, it also describes its use with infants and children.  

   
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Sandra Paulsen, PhD

31 Secrets of the Embodied Self: Hearing Baby’s Story in EMDR for Trauma in Implicit Implicit (2.5 EMDRIA CREDITS)

This course synthesizes neurobiology, EMDR, and elements from ego state, somatic, and attachment therapies. 1) Prior to EMDR: a) somatic interventions for affect and soma tolerance, b) hypnotic containment, c) ego state maneuvers to decrease resistance (Paulsen, 2009), d) resetting affective circuits (O’Shea & Paulsen, 2007, Panksepp, 1998), and e) planning fractionation. 2) During EMDR: a) temporal integrationism (Paulsen, 2009b) or fractionating by time segments from conception to repair attachment (O’Shea & Paulsen, 2007; O’Shea 2009), b) accelerating processing with somatic, ego state, imaginal (O’Shea in press), and information channel interweaves, and c) decelerating processing by further fractionating by channel.


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