• 28th Santa Fe Conference Integrating Spirituality, Mindfulness and Compassion in Mental Health and Addictions

    July 24 - 26, 2017
    Santa Fe

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    5:30 - 7:30pm

    Early Conference Registration at Eldorado Hotel

     

    7:45 am  Conference Registration Continued

     

    7:45 am Welcoming Continental Breakfast

     

    8:50 am Opening and Welcome

     Dan Barmettler and Gary Seidler, U.S. Journal Training, Inc. Joan Borysenko, PhD, Honorary Conference Chairperson

     

    9:00–10:30 am Human by Design! The Power of Compassion in a World of Extremes


    Gregg Braden with Joan Borysenko, PhD

     

    A five-time New York Times best-selling author, and is internationally renowned as a pioneer in bridging science, spirituality and the real world. From 1979 to 1990 Gregg worked for Fortune 500 companies such as Cisco Systems, Philips Petroleum and Martin Marietta Defense systems as a problem solver during times of crisis. He continues problem-solving today as he weaves modern science, and the wisdom preserved in remote monasteries and forgotten texts into real world solutions. His discoveries have led to 11 award-winning books now published in over 40 languages. The United Kingdom’s Watkins Journal lists Gregg among the top 100 of “the world’s most spiritually influential living people” for the 5th consecutive year, and in 2017 he received a nomination for the prestigious Templeton Award.  He has shared his presentations and trainings with The United Nations, Fortune 500 companies, the U. S. military and is now featured in media specials airing on major networks throughout North and South America, Mexico and Europe.  

     

    What would it mean to discover that we’re designed to live extraordinary lives that include self-healing, extended lifespans and deep intuition? Is it possible that these advanced states of consciousness, achieved by monks, shamans, yogis and mystics, and considered rare in the past, are actually meant to be a normal part of everyday life? How differently would we live our lives knowing that we’re the result of an intentional design rather than the product of a chance evolutionary process?  We no longer need to ask these questions as “What if?” Recent discoveries ranging from human evolution and genetics to the new science of neuro-cardiology (the bridge between the brain and the heart) have overturned 150 years of scientific beliefs when it comes to the way we think of ourselves: our origin, our capabilities and our potential. From longevity and the way we age, to our ability to tune our intuition deeply to one another and all life, only recently has science confirmed what we commonly sense in our childhood—that we’re not what we’ve been told, and much more than we’ve ever imagined!

     

    10:30–11:00 amRefreshment Breaks will be held each AM and PM in the Exhibit Area


    11:00 –12:30 pm Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors


    Janina Fisher, Ph.D.

     

    Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Instructor at the Trauma Center, an outpatient clinic and research center founded by Bessel van der Kolk. Known for her expertise as both a clinician and consultant, she is also past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, an EMDR International Association Credit Provider, a faculty member of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, and a former Instructor, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fisher lectures and teaches nationally and internationally on topics related to the integration of the neurobiological and attachment research and the newer trauma treatment paradigms into traditional therapeutic modalities.

     

    In the face of trauma, preserving self-esteem, attachment to family, and hope for the future requires that we disown that “bad child” to whom bad things happen and hold some sense of ourselves as “good,” disconnected from how we have been treated. But to ensure that the rejected, abused child is “not me” requires reliance on dissociation, addiction, or self-hatred to keep that child at a distance. In the end, we have survived at the cost of disowning our most wounded selves.   While longing to be loved, safe, and welcome, traumatized clients find themselves in conflict: alternating between clinging to others and pushing them away, hatred for themselves and hostility toward others, yearning to be seen and yet yearning to be invisible. Years later, they present in therapy with addictive disorders and/or symptoms of anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem or diagnoses such as Bipolar and Borderline Personality Disorder. This workshop integrates theoretical material on trauma, dissociation, neurobiology, and attachment with a practical hand’s on approach that utilizes “right brain-to-right brain” treatment methods to help clients connect emotionally and somatically to their disowned selves.  


    2:00–3:30 pm  Two-Eyed Seeing: Integrating Indigenous Knowledge with Brain Science for Psychotherapy


    Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, PhD

     

    Graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine and trained in family medicine, psychiatry, and clinical psychology. He has been studying traditional healing and healers since his early days and has written about their work and the process of healing. His goal is to bring the wisdom of indigenous peoples about healing to transform medicine and psychology. He has been on the faculty of several medical schools. He is the author of Coyote Medicine, Coyote Healing and Coyote Wisdom, a trilogy of books on what Native culture has to offer the modern world. His most recent book, with Barbara Mainguy, is Remapping Your Mind: the Neuroscience of Self-Transformation through Story.

     

    Throughout the world, indigenous people are becoming educated and entering into the modern world. Initially, the only choice available was to accept conventional academic explanations despite their being contradictory with indigenous perspectives. A new idea of explanatory pluralism is emerging which allows the indigenous perspective to coexist with Western scientific ideas. Within psychotherapy, brain science is converging with the indigenous perspective in such areas as speaker-listener neurocoupling, the audience effect, social brain theory and the importance of community, the dialogical self with the Lakota concept of the nagi, the interconnectedness of everything through rhythm with the dendritic gap junction coherence theory of consciousness. We will explore how both sides can further enrich the other for the practice of psychotherapy.


    4:00–5:30 pm CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS


    Healing the Body, Healing the Mind: Working with the Legacy of Neglect and Trauma


    Janina Fisher, PhD 

     

    In surviving trauma and neglect, individuals are left with a host of easily re-activated physiological responses and an inadequate memory record. Uncertain about what happened, they interpret the somatic activation as data about “me:” “I am still not safe,” “I am worthless and unlovable.” This presentation will review recent neuroscience research that explains how traumatic experience becomes embedded in both mind and body, extending the trauma far beyond the original events. Addictive and self-destructive behavior bring temporary relief but quickly progress as it takes increasingly larger ‘doses’ to achieve the same effect. New neurobiologically-informed somatic techniques can directly address the non-verbal memories and physiological responses, offering renewed hope for long-term sobriety and emotional relief to victims of abuse.

     

    Remapping the Mind


    Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, PhD and Barbara Mainguy, MA

     

    Her main interests include doing psychotherapy with people who have been diagnosed as psychotic, working with people who are having chronic pain, and exploring the interface between art and psychotherapy and healing. She has written a book with Lewis Mehl-Madrona, entitled Remapping Your Mind: the Neuroscience of Self-Transformation through Story. 

     

    In the Lakota worldview, our identity is formed by a swarm of all the stories that have influenced us coupled with bits of the tellers of those stories, centered on our bodies, called the nagi. This worldview is similar to the dialogical self-theory of Hubert Hermans. In our approach to psychotherapy, we make maps of the stories and their tellers to help us understand the dialogue occurring within our minds. We identify the stories being told and who is telling them so as to understand our internal conflicts, anxieties, and stresses. We make visual representations of the stories and their tellers. Then we facilitate a change or re-mapping by strengthening some characters, adding new characters and stories, and forming coalitions among characters.


    Hypnotherapy for Healing the Heart


    Mary Faulkner, MA, CHT

     

    A pioneer in the field of mind and body healing as a teacher and psychotherapist in private practice for the last 30 years. Mary is a co-founder of Integrative Life Center in Nashville and the originator of Hypnotherapy for Healing the Heart and she certifies therapists in its use. She has published eight books in the topics of spirituality and recovery and is currently working on the book for Heart Reconnection Therapy.

     

    Holly Cook, LPC

     

    Holly brings 25 years’ experience in the addictions and mental health fields to the Integrative Life Center. She received trainings over the years with several “masters” including Jay Haley, Chloe Madanes, Luigi Boscolo and William Glasser. Holly has managed several programs and received numerous awards for her leadership in the U.S. and Germany, and has provided training on various topics such as trauma and addiction, Motivational Interviewing, adolescent development and treating adolescent substance abuse, developing trauma-informed services and creating effective treatment systems for women on welfare.

     

    Hypnotherapy for Healing the Heart is a rapid, highly effective process for transforming traumatic memories. Triggered memories are still “happening” in the limbic system. Good memories continue creating happiness; traumatic ones continue creating anxiety, depression, and fear. The subconscious doesn’t function on linear time. That’s part of the problem and also part of the solution. State dependent memory activates neural pathways enabling clients to connect with dissociated parts unavailable to ordinary consciousness. A healing conversation begins as lost parts learn it is safe to come “home.” Limbic system reaction is immediate as new memories integrate and are experienced physically and emotionally in the heart. Clients regain personal power and authenticity literally taking back their lives. Learn how spontaneous regression and reintegration, state dependent memory, and what Jung called active imagination transform trauma and heal the heart. 


    Yogic Science as Addiction Medicine: A SuperHealth Perspective


    Mukta Kaur Khalsa, PhD

     

    She directed the first yoga-based specialized hospital for substance abuse and mental health, rated in the top 10 percent in the country by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, an arm of the American Medical Association. She was a special representative to the United Nations Office of Drug Control and Crime in Vienna, Austria, and is a trainer and teacher worldwide. Mukta studied with Yogi Bhajan for 30 years, and is the author of Meditations for Addictive Behavior.

     

    SuperHealth as an approach in addiction treatment is on the cutting edge of recovery protocols. Technology incorporates Kundalini Yoga, meditation, specific breathing, nutrition restoration with therapeutic juice formulas. At the forefront of yogic therapeutic technology, it is precise and proven effective. The system addresses root cause of dependency often found as spiritual disconnection.  It can manifest in the use of alcohol, drugs, smoking, food issues, codependency, stress, depression, anxiety and IT gadgets.  Participants gain ancient wisdom combining innovations of western medicine to move from recovery to self-discovery. This presentation is didactic and experiential. 


    5:45 pm Offsite Evening Program­ (Optional)

    An Evening in the Land of Enchantment

    Join us on Monday, July 24th at Gini Gentry’s Garden of the Goddess for a special evening of community and ceremony. Garden of the Goddess has been a sacred place to the people of New Mexico for a thousand years, now home to author and Toltec teacher Gini Gentry. We are excited to offer the attendees of US Journal’s conference the opportunity to experience a gratitude bonfire ceremony.  Joan Borysenko, Gini Gentry and Lee McCormick (Co-founder of Integrative Life Center and founder of Spirit Recovery Inc.) will lead us in a ceremony of self-reflection and reconnection to our heart, our spirit, and the body of our mother, this Earth. An authentic New Mexican supper will be provided, as well as transportation by chartered bus to and from the Eldorado Hotel.  

    Departure time from Eldorado Hotel at 5:45 pm and return approximately 9:30 pm. Cost per person $45.00.  See Registration (page 19) to sign up. Limited to 50 participants. This session is not offered for CE credit.  

     

    7:30–8:40 am Ancient Yoga Philosophy for Today’s Approach to Addiction(Optional) (This session not offered for CE Credit)

    Tommy Rosen

     

    Yoga teacher and addiction recovery expert who has spent the last two decades immersed in yoga, recovery and wellness. He holds certifications in both Kundalini and Hatha Yoga and has 24 years of continuous recovery from drug addiction. He is one of the pioneers in the field of Yoga and Recovery assisting others to holistically transcend addictions of all kinds. He is author of Recovery 2.0: Move Beyond Addiction and Upgrade Your Life.

     

    All clinicians, therapists, counselors and teachers want one thing for their clients—positive transformation. The path of yoga promises a profound transformation from ignorance to knowing, from darkness into light and from addiction into sustainable recovery. Come learn how the philosophy that underlies 5000 year-old practices can be (and must be) applied to modern-day approaches to treating addiction in all its forms.


    9:00–10:00 amThe Art and Science of Resilience: From Surviving to Thriving


    Joan Borysenko, PhD Honorary Conference Chairperson

     

    This distinguished pioneer in integrative medicine is a world-renowned expert in the mind-body connection. Her work has been foundational in an international health-care revolution that recognizes the role of meaning, and the spiritual dimensions of life, as an integral part of health and healing. Harvard Medical School trained cancer cell biologist, a licensed psychologist, and bestselling author of 15 books including New York Times bestselling Minding the Body, Mending the Mind, It’s Not the End of the World: Developing Resilience in Times of Change, and her recent The Plant Plus Diet Solution: Personalized Nutrition for Life.

     

    Resilience is more than the ability to bounce back from adversity. It’s a transformative process that reveals our inherent nobility, a rite of passage from pieces to peace. Mythologist Joseph Campbell called this passage The Hero’s Journey. It consists of three parts.

    • Separation: Change disrupts the status quo and plunges us into the unknown.

    • Liminal Time. This is the Unknown, wherein we can either despair and lose hope or- if we’re resilient discover new strengths.

    • The journey of resilience ends with giving back the wisdom we’ve gained to family, friends, work, community, nation, and the world. Modern psychology and neuroscience have clearly identified the attitudes and practices that support resilience. Both adults and children can learn these skills and help bring one another and our planet through the challenging times we live in.

     

    10:30–11:30 amHarnessing Mindfulness: Tailoring the Practice to the Person


    Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD

     

    Assistant Professor of Psychology, part time, at Harvard Medical School, where he has taught for over 30 years. A long time student of mindfulness meditation and serves on the Board of Directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He teaches internationally about the application of mindfulness practice in psychotherapy and other fields, and maintains a private clinical practice in Lincoln, MA. Co-editor of the critically acclaimed text, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice, with a foreword by the Dalai Lama; author of a book for general audiences, The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems; and co-author of the new volume for clinicians, Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy. He is co-director of the annual Harvard Medical School Conference on Meditation and Psychotherapy.

     

    Mindfulness practices hold great promise not only for our own personal development, but also as remarkably powerful tools to augment virtually every form of psychotherapy. Mindfulness is not, however, a one-size-fits-all remedy. Practices need to be tailored to fit the needs of particular individuals—and this presentation will show you how to creatively adapt them to meet the needs of diverse people and conditions.


    11:30–12:30 pmNarcissism, the Enemy of Compassion


    Pat Love, EdD

     

    Known for her warmth, humor, and practical, research based wisdom. Distinguished professor, licensed marriage and family therapist and long-standing clinical member and approved supervisor in American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and served as President of the International Association for Marriage and Family Counseling. Pat has authored/co-authored six books including Never Be Lonely Again: The Way Out of Emptiness, Isolation and a Life Unfulfilled, and her most recent book You’re Tearing Us Apart: Several Ways to Wreck a Relationship and Strategies to Fix Them, and numerous professional articles.

     

    How do we reconcile the tribal urge to protect me and mine versus thee and thine? If empathy scores are down and narcissism is up, where do we find hope for compassion? We will explore the ultimate cause for optimism even in moments of despair.


    2:00–3:30 pmCONCURRENT WORKSHOPS


    Mindfulness for Anxiety and Depression


    Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD

     

    Mindfulness is being touted lately as the cure of everything that ails us as human beings. How can a simple set of practices possibly help with so many psychological disorders? This presentation will examine the common factors in psychological difficulties, and explore how mindfulness practices can help us with two of the most common: anxiety and depression.

     

    Transforming Shame and Self-Loathing


    Janina Fisher, PhD 

     

    Therapists regularly confront the negative impact of shame on their clients’ ability to find relief and perspective. Feelings of worthlessness and inadequacy interfere with taking in positive experiences, leaving only hopelessness. Despite the therapist’s best efforts, unshakeable feelings of shame and self-hatred often undermine treatment. This workshop will introduce participants to understanding shame from a neurobiological perspective—as a survival strategy driving somatic responses of “total submission,” disconnection and numbing. Using lecture, videotape, and experiential exercises drawn from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, participants will learn to help clients relate to their shame with mindful awareness and curiosity. When traditional psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral techniques are integrated with Sensorimotor Psychotherapy interventions emphasizing posture, movement, and gesture, issues of shame can become an avenue to transformation rather than a source of stuckness in treatment.

     

    A Model for Therapeutic Spirituality


    Pat Love, EdD

     

    How do you help clients (and ourselves) develop a guide for spirituality when it is the most intimate, private, and uniquely personal aspect of our lives? Do we dare address a theme that is sometimes aligned with religion and left to the guidance of clergy? This workshop offers a heuristic model for integrating therapy and spirituality that honors an individual’s personal preferences and beliefs.


    Mindful Compassion: Key to Everyday Freedom & Happiness 


    Carolyn Hobbs, MA, LMFT

     

    Body-Centered Therapist & licensed Marriage & Family Therapist for over 30 years, Hobbs skillfully blends Mindfulness & Heart Wisdom with Body-Centered Therapy to help people be free of depression, anxiety, chronic pain, addictions and mid-life transitions by responding with loving, aware compassion. As author of Free Yourself: 10 Life-Changing Powers of your Wise Heart (Wisdom pub.) and Joy, No Matter What: Make 3 Simple Choices to Access Joy she has been teaching Joy & Compassion Workshops at NY’s Omega Institute, SF’s Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Tara Brach’s Washington DC Center & U.S. Journal Training since 2004.

     

    Our innate heart powers of Mindful Awareness and Compassion help us shift out of ego’s thoughts, fear stories, anxiety and habits into unlimited joy. As easy as switching TV channels, together we learn to hold ego’s personal reactions in loving compassion, replace judgment and doubt with kind acceptance, and transform fear into feeling happy and peaceful. As we discover how quick and freeing it is to welcome all of life’s ups and downs with loving compassion, we are free to create the life we dream about. 


    4:00–5:30 pmCONCURRENT WORKSHOPS


    The Cutting Edge of Mind-Body Medicine: From  Immunology to Neuroscience


    Joan Borysenko, PhD 

     

    The most important determinant of physical health is mental health. In this research-based practical presentation, participants will learn how adverse childhood experiences set the stage for chronic illness and substance abuse later in life through epigenetic changes, neurochemistry, immune function, and brain wiring. Dr. Borysenko will examine how evidence-based psychological interventions can rewire neuro-hormonal circuitry and help restore both physical and mental balance. Some of the interventions covered include the modification of explanatory style, stress hardiness and resilience training, narrative medicine, meditation and mindfulness techniques, imagery, cognitive approaches, and the all-important gut-brain connection. Since the quality of the provider-client relationship is key to healing, there will be an implicit focus on how to optimize the therapeutic bond.

     

    Trauma-Informed Care in Treating Families Impacted by Substance  Use Disorder: Utilizing Clinical Intervention Essentials in AEDP


    Alana Smith, LCSW, LCDC 

     

    Clinical Director for Vista Taos. She has worked in inpatient, outpatient and private practice settings since 2003 and has developed chemical dependency treatment programming and family treatment programs. She received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Houston under the professorship and tenure of Dr. Brene’ Brown. Alana has a passion for educating families and empowering them to heal from the disease of addiction. She is the founding Vice Chair of the International Association of Family Addiction Professionals and presents at conferences on family recovery.

     

    This presentation will focus on identifying the family response to Substance Use Disorder (SUD) from an attachment and trauma-oriented framework utilizing Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP). The co-occurring symptoms of families impacted by SUD will be examined as well as behavioral vs. trauma-informed clinical interventions.


    Deepening Mindfulness: Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy


    Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD

     

    What do we look for in a psychotherapist? When we are in pain, the answer probably isn’t academic knowledge or training. Rather, we hope that our therapist will be wise—have a deep understanding of how to live life—and compassionate—able to supportively enter into our suffering with us. This presentation will explore how, using mindfulness practices, wisdom and compassion can be cultivated in both the therapist and the client, leading to richer, more fulfilling treatments.

     

    Body-Centered Therapy: The Shortcut to Authentic Joy & Peace


    Carolyn Hobbs, MA, LMFT

     

    Together, through movement, experiential work, exaggeration, and dialog, we reconnect with our deep, wise Authentic Self. By awakening our innate healing powers of Presence, Curiosity, Acceptance and Letting Go, we replace pesky mental habits and outdated beliefs with the unlimited joy and inner peace that we are born with. Bring an open mind, your sense of humor and comfortable attire, and together, with large doses of laughter and playfulness, we melt anxiety, fear and despair while holding all the ups and downs of what it means to be a human being in loving compassion. In the process, we step back into Joy, Inner Peace, and genuine integrity with our Authentic Self.

     

    Breath and Meditation Practices for the Treatment of Trauma and Addiction 


    (This session not offered for CE Credit)


    Tommy Rosen

     

    Addiction is disconnection. Yoga is union. Addiction is characterized by a sense of lack. Yoga brings wholeness. Addiction is a dis-ease. Yoga brings ease. There is an old yogic saying: If you can control the breath, you can control the mind. Come join Tommy Rosen as he shares several powerful, yet accessible practices that will add to your personal toolbox and give you an edge in your work with your clients.


    7:00–9:00 pmEvening Program


    Compassion Fatigue:  When Helping Others  Makes Us Vulnerable


    Terry V. Eagan, MD

     

    He is a prominent Beverly Hills psychiatrist, Senior Fellow of The Meadows, and founder and CEO of Eagan Medical Group, LLC., a thriving mental health practice treating over 2000 patients annually. His private patients have included leaders in industry, politics, and performers from television, music, and film, many of whom have been at the extremes of celebrity. Dr. Eagan is an expert in the complexities of mental health and addiction treatment, and he specializes in effective treatment regimens for all types of emotional distress that often can arise from being in positions of responsibility and public attention.  His range of specialties includes primary psychiatric conditions, eating disorders, substance-abuse disorders, impulse control disorders, trauma & abuse, human sexuality and spiritual therapy. Dr. Eagan’s treatment approach incorporates pharmacologic interventions with evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapies, adjunctive modalities, and traditional spiritual practices. He is the author of Prayer for Compassion: My Journey Through Compassion-Fatigue.

    Compassion Fatigue is a condition characterized by a gradual lessening of compassion over time increasingly experienced by individuals that work directly with those suffering from trauma.  Therapists, nurses, physicians, clergy, police officers, service workers, educators, and family members caring for chronically ill loved ones are just some of those negatively impacted by Compassion Fatigue.  Essentially, ANYONE who helps others is vulnerable.  Symptoms can include hopelessness, constant stress and anxiety, pervasive negative attitude, irritability among others, and can affect not only individuals, but organizations and institutions as well.

    7:45–8:30 am  Introduction to Meditation


    (Optional) (This session not offered for CE Credit)


    Dave Smith

     

    Buddhist meditation teacher, addiction treatment specialist, experienced speaker and published author. Dave is the Guiding Teacher and Program Director of the Against the Stream Nashville Meditation Center and teaches over 300 meditation classes and workshops a year. He provides direct services for mental health agencies, public libraries, and speaks nationally at Addiction and Behavioral Health conferences. Dave recently relocated to Los Angeles to work full time for Refuge Recovery Center.

     

    An Introduction designed for those new to meditation or those who would like a ‘refresher’ in the practice of insight, or Vipassana Meditation and the basic Buddhist teachings.


    9:00–10:00 amWhat We Have Learned: Four Decades of Addiction, Neurobiology, and Treatment Research


    Mark S. Gold, MD

     

    Mark Gold is a translational researcher, author and inventor best known for his work on the brain systems underlying the effects of opiate drugs, cocaine and food. He has published over 1000 peer reviewed scientific articles, texts, and practice guidelines, including citation classics in cocaine neurobiology, opioid addiction neurobiology and treatment, food and process addictions. Dr. Gold has been called a groundbreaking researcher, father of medication assisted recovery, the first to translate rat experiments into theory and treatments for human addicts. He is currently Chairman of Rivermend Health’s Scientific Advisory Boards. Dr. Gold was a Professor, Eminent Scholar, Distinguished Professor, Distinguished Alumni Professor, Emeritus Eminent Scholar, and Chairman during his 25 years at the University of Florida. He is currently Adjunct professor at Washington University.

     

    This presentation explores the evolution of drug, tobacco, and alcohol addiction research over the past forty years, where we are today with understanding how drugs affect the body and brain, how addictions—once thought untreatable—are successfully treated, and what the future may look like in this changing field.

     

    10:30–11:30 amThe Lincoln Strategy: Lessons from an American President on How to Get through Depression, Loss and Suicidal Impulses  and Build a Life of Meaning


    Bill O’Hanlon, MS, LMFT 

     

    Has authored or co-authored 36 books, including Out of the Blue: Six  Non-Medication Ways to Relieve Depression and an earlier title was Pathways to Spirituality: Connection, Wholeness, and Possibility for Therapist and Client. He has published over 60 articles or book chapters. His books have been translated into 16 languages. He has appeared on Oprah (with his book Do One Thing Different), The Today Show, and a variety of other television and radio programs. Since 1977, He has given over 3500 talks around the world.  Bill is also a Licensed Mental Health Professional and Certified Professional Counselor.

     

    Abraham Lincoln suffered from depression his entire adult life, lapsing into serious suicidal depressions on two occasions. How he came to terms with what he called his “melancholy” offers lessons and hope for any one suffering from depression and dealing with loss and serious thoughts of suicide.  In this inspiring presentation, you will learn four strategies Lincoln used to successfully deal with and use his depressive tendencies and experiences to ultimately function well and accomplish an amazing amount of good in the world. You can then apply these lessons to clinical situations.


    11:30–12:30 pmNeurotoxins, Neurotransmitters, and Consciousness


    Erica Elliott, MD 

     

    Specializes in both family practice and environmental medicine, with a busy practice in Santa Fe. She is often referred to as a “Medical Detective” since she attracts people from all parts of the country and even abroad who have mysterious and puzzling medical problems that have not responded to mainstream medical care. Her approach to restoring health includes a combination of conventional, alternative, environmental, nutritional, and spiritual modalities. She brings to her practice a passion for relieving suffering in others, and a wisdom from having faced her own serious health challenges.  Dr. Elliott is also an author and public speaker. She has given weeklong workshops at both Omega and Esalen Institutes and she is co-author of the book, Prescriptions for a Healthy House, a useful resource guide for transforming one’s home into a sanctuary in order to maintain good health.  Dr. Elliott blogs about controversial and cutting edge topics in medicine.

     

    Too often when we see people with mental illness, we assume that the problem is primarily psychiatric in origin, overlooking the role of environmental factors. The presenter will relate several stories of patients who had exposures to toxic substances that created neuropsychiatric illnesses that were misdiagnosed by therapists and treated with drugs and psychotherapy to no avail. She will tell her story how she became an environmental physician after being seriously affected by toxic chemicals in the workplace and was repeatedly misdiagnosed by one specialist after another.  We will briefly discuss what Environmental Medicine is and explain what neurotoxins are and give examples of toxins commonly found in the home and workplace that can affect one’s mental status. There are also foods that can affect one’s mental status.  We will discuss clues that a therapist can look for that might mean that toxins or food sensitivities are playing a role in mental illness and what can be done about the problem. Take home message: Not all mental disorders are from a dysfunctional childhood. Don’t forget to consider the role of toxic chemicals and food sensitivities. In the mind body equation, the arrows go both ways. We know that the mind can affect the body, but sometimes we overlook the role that the body plays in influencing the mind and the function of the brain.


    1:45–3:15 pmCONCURRENT WORKSHOPS


    Solution-Oriented Approaches to Rapid Change:  Drawing on Positive Psychology and the New Brain Science to Make Your Work More Joyful and Effective


    Bill O’Hanlon, MS, LMFT

     

    Recent years have seen a shift in focus from what is wrong with people (diagnosis of deficits and damage) to what is right with people (strengths, competence and abilities). This approach has been validated by recent research findings about the plasticity of the brain and on what makes us happy and gives our lives meaning. Translating this research into practical interventions isn’t always obvious. This talk, inspiring as well as informative, will help professionals by providing the tools to more rapidly join with clients and help them change. It can make your work easier, more cooperative and more joyful. 


    Eating Disorders & Food Addiction Research: How We Got Here and Where We Are Going


    Mark S. Gold, MD

     

    Can certain foods hijack the brain in ways similar to drugs and alcohol? Terms like “chocoholic” and “food addict” are part of popular lore, some popular diet books discuss the concept of addiction, and there are food addiction programs with names like Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous. Clinicians who work with patients often hear the language of addiction when individuals speak of irresistible cravings, withdrawal symptoms when starting a diet, and increasing intake of palatable foods over time. But what does science show, and how strong is the evidence that food and addiction is a real and important phenomenon? This presentation covers Dr. Gold’s extensive research over the years in understanding eating disorders and food addiction and diagnostic and treatment considerations.


    Recognizing and Healing Early Developmental Trauma:  Beyond Duality and Fear of Death


    Sandra Felt, LCSW, BCD

     

    Sandra is the author of Beyond the Good-Girl Jail: When You Dare to Live from Your True Self, a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work, a Certified Trauma-Informed Practitioner and Trainer, and a former director of a child abuse treatment research program. She draws on her own hard-won life experiences as well as more than 30 years of private practice as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker treating courageous survivors of extreme trauma and neglect. She loves sunrise hikes and playing bluegrass bass.

     

    Duality and a fear of death (and powerlessness) are strong indicators that a “traumatic split” from the true self occurred before a client can remember. Both can be healed by consciously and effectively utilizing the client/therapist relationship to teach “spiritual equality” rather than reinforcing the expected hierarchy of duality. When a client’s true self can then safely emerge from the protective hypervigilance of duality and a false self, powerlessness becomes less of a threat to survival and death becomes less threatening.


    Ethical Mindfulness: The Core Practice of Refuge Recovery


    Dave Smith

     

    New areas of science, such as the field of contemplative neuroscience, are emerging to study the effects of mindfulness meditation on the human brain. Despite the increasing diversity of views among different mindfulness communities, one thing remains clear: mindfulness has positive mental and emotional consequences for those who practice it. As mindfulness enters a world with epidemic anxiety, depression, trauma and addiction the need for practices that hold non-harming as a core value is overwhelmingly obvious and without significant remedy. Ethical mindfulness offers a complete set of tools to end suffering. As our understanding of these skills improves, our willingness to live ethically will grow. We will find that we’re able to move through our lives with much more ease and presence.


    3:30–5:00 pmCONCURRENT WORKSHOPS


    Mindfulness Versus the Mine Field


    Pat Love, EdD

     

    A world filled with chaos and cacophony calls for more room for quiet contemplation, meditation and concentration; no wonder this year we expect more than 27 million US adults will have a recent meditation experience. As practitioners it is wise to recognize not all meditation experiences are guaranteed to bring positive results. We must be aware of potential mine fields and take precautions to offer the best practice methods available.

     

    Thriving Through Crisis: Turning Post-Traumatic Stress intoPost-Traumatic Success


    Bill O’Hanlon, MS, LMFT

     

    In this talk, you’ll discover the three crucial ways, drawn from research and clinical experience, to transform trauma and life crises into positive benefits. This inspiring talk will change the way you think about trauma and PTSD and give hope for those clients who are seriously affected by post-traumatic symptoms.


    Recovering the True Self: An Essential Paradigm Shift for  All Healing and Recovery


    Sandra Felt, LCSW, BCD

     

    Healing from addictions, trauma, and eating disorders all require a shift in the reference point from which we live. Recovering connection with the inner true self is essential to this healing process and a critical step toward genuine addiction recovery, mental health, and mindfulness. What is the early developmental crisis for the true self that set the stage for addiction? Where did the true self go? How do we tap into this essential anchor now to strengthen it and give clients permission to live from this spiritual core? How is living from the true self spiritual rather than merely greedy and selfish? How is it distinguished from narcissism? Why is there so much fear of the true self? Learn the language of the true self and six sure-fire strategies to Recognize, Reconnect, Rebuild, and Return to living from the strength of the true self.

     

    PROGRAM FOCUS
    The 28th Santa Fe Conference—Integrating Spirituality, Mindfulness and Compassion in Mental Health and Addictions offers a unique opportunity to join exceptional speakers and trainers in an intensive study and discussion of those impacted by a range of behaviors and mental health issues.  Pathways to wellness and personal growth will also be explored. We will identify effective and innovative intervention strategies through in-depth analysis of disruptive, compulsive and addictive behaviors. Traditional as well as alternative counseling and therapeutic topics will be addressed.  Woven throughout will be an examination of the quest for personal meaning and various paths of spirituality.

    Topics Include:
    • The Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors
    • Addiction, Neurobiology, and Treatment Research
    • A Model for Therapeutic Spirituality
    • Eating Disorders and Food Addiction
    • Trauma-Informed Care in Treating Families
    • Human by Design! The Power of Compassion in a World of Extremes
    • Healing the Body, Healing the Mind
    • Mindful Compassion and Compassion Fatigue
    • Beyond Duality and Fear of Death
    • The Art and Science of Resilience
    • Harnessing Mindfulness
    • Narcissism: The Enemy of Compassion
    • Mindfulness for Anxiety and Depression
    • Transforming Shame and Self-Loathing
    • Body-Centered Therapy
    • Breath and Meditation Practices
    • Two-Eyed Seeing: Integrating Indigenous Knowledge
    • Remapping the Mind: Brain Science and Psychotherapy
    • Recovering the True Self
    • Ethical Mindfulness

    Program Objectives:
    Participants will be able to:
    1. Identify effective treatment approaches and develop counseling skills for a range of issues in mental health, behavioral health, and the addictions.
    2. Identify and implement key issues and therapeutic implications of various spiritual insights and practices.
    3. Identify symptoms of trauma and PTSD and appropriate therapeutic treatment for these issues.
    4. To identify the key implications of neuroscience research as it applies to addictive disorders, anxiety, trauma and other areas of counseling and psychotherapy.

    Join us in Sante Fe!

    Santa Fe, New Mexico is a magical, exuberant journey at any time of year. A place of incredible natural beauty and a colorful, multi-cultural heritage. Nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, it is truly a place of spirituality and magic. It is the “Land of Enchantment.” Santa Fe’s galleries, museums, historic architecture, shopping, and world class cuisine make it the premier visitor destination of the Southwest. Take a walking tour through historic areas, attend the world-renown Santa Fe Opera or come a little early and take in the Spanish Market. For more information go to the Santa Fe Visitors Bureau at www.santafe.org.

    Conference Site
    Eldorado Hotel
    309 W. San Francisco St.
    Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
    Phone (505) 988-4455 or (800) 955-4455

    Eldorado Hotel & Spa is located footsteps from Santa Fe’s historic Plaza, famous for its pueblo style Spanish architecture, handcrafted furnishings and original art.  For guests, Eldorado means a memorable visit graced by the art of hospitality.  Eldorado is home to Nidah Spa, a Native American word for “your life” with treatments that blend time-honored traditions of harmony, growth and balance. This hotel is a favorite of visitors and locals alike, directly across the street from the Georgia O’Keefe Museum and just steps from many other museums, galleries, shops and restaurants.   

    US Journal has reserved a block of rooms for registrants until June 23, 2017. There is a strong possibility that the room block will fill prior to that date. Eldorado room rates are $155 single/double plus tax. To receive the conference rate mention group name US Journal Training, Inc. and mention group code 170718USJO. A deposit equal to one night’s stay, including tax, is required to hold each individual’s reservation. Please be aware of hotel cancellation policy.    

    Alternate Lodging Santa Fe has a wide selection of lodging choices from hotels to quaint Bed & Breakfasts.  For some options visit the Santa Fe Visitors Bureau at www.santafe.org.

    Getting to Santa Fe


    Santa Fe is easily accessible from the Albuquerque International Airport. Most of the major airlines fly into this airport which is approximately an hour away from Santa Fe. There are a limited number of direct flights available into Santa Fe Municipal Airport from Dallas and Los Angeles via American Airlines and from Denver via United. Please check with your airline for more information. Sandia Shuttle Express runs to and from the Albuquerque airport and Santa Fe hotels including Eldorado Hotel. Reservations are required. Current fare is $30 per person each way or $55 round trip if prepaid. Prices are subject to change. Visit www.sandiashuttle.com or call (888) 775-5696 or (505) 474-5696 for more information.
    Faculty
    Joan Borysenko, PhD
    Harvard Medical School trained cancer cell biologist, a licensed psychologist, and New York Times bestselling author. A pioneer in psychoneuroimmunology, mind-body medicine, and stress management, Joan is known for her tender exploration of the human spirit—what kindles it and what snuffs it out. Fo
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    Greg Braden
    A five-time New York Times best-selling author, and is internationally renowned as a pioneer in bridging science, spirituality and the real world. From 1979 to 1990 Gregg worked for Fortune 500 companies such as Cisco Systems, Philips Petroleum and Martin Marietta Defense systems as a problem so
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    Holly Cook, LPC
    Holly brings 25 years experience in the addictions and mental health fields to the Integrative Life Center. She received trainings over the years with several “masters” including Jay Haley, Chloe Madanes, Luigi Boscolo and William Glasser. Holly has managed several programs and received numerous awa
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    Terry Eagan, MD
    He is a prominent Beverly Hills psychiatrist, Senior Fellow of The Meadows, and founder and CEO of Eagan Medical Group, LLC., a thriving mental health practice treating over 2000 patients annually. His private patients have included leaders in industry, politics, and performers from television,
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    Erica Elliott, MD
    Specializes in both family practice and environmental medicine, with a busy practice in Santa Fe. She is often referred to as a “Medical Detective” since she attracts people from all parts of the country and even abroad who have mysterious and puzzling medical problems that have not responded to
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    Mary Faulkner, MA
    Mary Faulkner, M.A., holds a master’s degree in Religious Education with a focus in Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Direction. She is a pioneer in the field of mind and body healing as a teacher and psychotherapist in private practice for the last 30 years. Mary is a co-founder of Integrative Li
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    Sandra Felt, LCSW
    Author of the newly released Beyond the Good-Girl Jail: When You Dare to Live from Your True Self. A grateful recovering good-girl, she draws on her own hard-won life experiences as well as more than 30 years of private practice as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker treating courageous survivors of e
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    Janina Fisher, PhD
    Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Instructor at the Trauma Center, an outpatient clinic and research center founded by Bessel van der Kolk. Known for her expertise as both a clinician and consultant, she is also past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation,
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    Mark Gold, MD
    Mark Gold is a translational researcher, author and inventor best known for his work on the brain systems underlying the effects of opiate drugs, cocaine and food. He has published over 1000 peer reviewed scientific articles, texts, and practice guidelines, including citation classics in cocaine
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    Carolyn Hobbs, MA
    Body-centered therapist; licensed marriage & family therapist helping people struggling with depression, chronic pain, addictions & mid-life transitions to access joy for over 30 years. Author of Joy, No Matter What and the upcoming Free Yourself.
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    Mukta Kaur Khalsa, PhD
    She directed the first yoga-based specialized hospital for substance abuse and mental health, rated in the top 10 percent in the country by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, an arm of the American Medical Association. She was a special representative to the Unite
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    Pat Love, EdD
    Distinguished professor, licensed marriage and family therapist and long-standing clinical member and approved supervisor in AAMFT. Pat has authored/co-authored six books and numerous professional articles including the recent book Never Be Lonely Again: The Way Out of Emptiness, Isolation, and a Li
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    Barbara Mainguy, MA
    Her main interests include doing psychotherapy with people who have been diagnosed as psychotic, working with people who are having chronic pain, and exploring the interface between art and psychotherapy and healing.  She has written a book with Lewis Mehl-Madrona, entitled Remapping Your Mind:
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    Lee McCormick
    Lee McCormick is co-founder of Integrative Life Center, and founder of Spirit Recovery Inc., which produces recovery conferences, Sacred Journeys, workshops and other personal growth experiences. Author of Spirit Recovery Medicine Journal and Spirit Recovery Medicine Bag (with Mary Faulkner). He is
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    Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, PhD
    Graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine and trained in family medicine, psychiatry, and clinical psychology.  He has been studying traditional healing and healers since his early days and has written about their work and the process of healing.  His goal is to bring the wisdom of i
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    Bill O'Hanlon, MS, LMFT
    Author or coauthor of over thirty books that have been translated into fifteen languages, Bill has appeared on a variety of radio and television programs including Oprah and Today. A top-rated presenter at many national conferences since 1977, Bill has given more than 2,500 talks around the world, a
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    Tommy Rosen
    Yoga teacher and addiction recovery expert who has spent the last two decades immersed in yoga, recovery and wellness. He holds certifications in both Kundalini and Hatha Yoga and has 24 years of continuous recovery from drug addiction. He is one of the pioneers in the field of Yoga & Recovery a
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    Ronald Siegel, PsyD
    Assistant Professor of Psychology, Part Time, at Harvard Medical School, where he has taught for over 30 years. He is a long time student of mindfulness meditation and serves on the Board of Directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He teaches internationally about the
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    Alana Smith , LCSW, LCDC
    Clinical Director for Vista Taos. She has worked in inpatient, outpatient and private practice settings for 12 years and has developed chemical dependency treatment programming and family treatment programs. She received her Master’s in Social Work in 2004 from the University of Houston under the pr
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    Dave Smith
    Dave Smith is a Buddhist meditation teacher, addiction treatment specialist, speaker, and author. He is empowered to teach by Noah Levine of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society and received training in Buddhist psychology from the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. As a long-time Budd
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    Board Approvals

    A maximum of 20 contact hours are available for this conference. 18 core credit hours (6 hours for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday) and 2 optional evening hours for Tuesday Evening.

    American Psychological Association (APA)
    Psychologists: U.S. Journal Training, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor Continuing Education for psychologists. U.S. Journal Training, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its content. APA meets requirements for MCEP/CA psychologists.

    Association of Social Work Boards Approved Continuing Education (ACE)
    US Journal Training, Inc., #1143 is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. US Journal Training, Inc., maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB approval period: 12/5/16-12/5/18. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.

    California Board of Behavioral Sciences (CBBS)
    California Board of Behavioral Sciences Provider #PCE 78—Course meets the qualifications for 21 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences.(not exceeding maximum credit hours for the conference).

    California Board of Registered Nursing (CBRN)
    California Board of Registered Nursing (CBRN). Provider #10512.  

    California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP-E1)
    California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals, Provider approved by CCAPP-E1. Provider number OS-86-057-0518 FOR 21CEHs.

    Canadian Addiction Counselors Certification Federation (CACCF)
    Canadian Addiction Counselors Certification Federation (CACCF).

    CEPA Pending
    Continuing Education Provider Approval (CEPA) Application Pending

    Florida Board of Nursing
     Florida Board of Nursing. Provider #50-2076

    Florida Certification Board
     Florida Certification Board, Inc. Provider #17A.

    Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage/Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling
    State of Florida Agency for Health Care Administration for Mental Health Counselors, Clinical Social Workers and Marriage/Family Therapists. Provider #50-2076.

    National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC)
    National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC). Approved Education Provider Program #10069.

    National Board for Certified Counselors (N0. 5130)
    U.S. Journal Training, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5130. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. US Journal Training Inc. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

    A maximum of 20 contact hours are available for this conference. 18 core credit hours (6 hours for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday) and 2 optional evening hours for Tuesday Evening.
    ADA accommodations will be made in accordance with the law. If you require ADA accommodations, please indicate your needs by June 20, 2017. We cannot ensure the availability of appropriate accommodations without prior notification.


    Full-Time Registration (July 24-26, 2017)
    up to 18 hours
    Tuition: $465.00 Register by midnight (EST) June 20, 2017 for: $415.00
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    6 core CEs
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    Offsite Event, Mon., July 24, 2017
    No core CEs
    Tuition: $65.00 Register by midnight (EST) June 20,2017 for: $45.00
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    EARLY REGISTRATION RATE
    Registrations received or processed by midnight(EST) June 20, 2017 will qualify for the early bird rate.

    GROUP DISCOUNTS
    Groups of TWO OR MORE Registrations, entered on one order, receive a 10% Discount  per registration! This offer applies to conference registrations only and cannot be combined  with other discounts/coupon offers. Student Rates are available – for pricing please contact us at (800)441-5569.

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    Check, credit card information or agency purchase order must be attached to this registration form. All registration fees are refundable, less a $50.00 processing fee, when requests for cancellation are submitted in writing and postmarked by July 5. No refunds are available after July 5.
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