2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month from 11:00 am-12:30 pm
3000 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 327, Washington, DC 20008

This study group will focus upon the convergence of selected components of theory and practice that serve to enhance and intensify the therapeutic encounter. The central role of the integration of contemporary psychodynamic approaches, affective and social neural science and mind/body principles will be explored. A didactic and experiential format will be employed to facilitate the application of this model to clinical practice.

Members who attend this study group will be able to:

  1. Define and describe mind/body procedures, hypnosis, induction, affect bridge, revivification and age regression.
  2. Describe how mind/body approaches enhance neural integration, bi-hemispheric thinking and limbic revision.
  3. Discuss how mind/body approaches deepen our internal awareness and create a new healing narrative.
  4. Explain how to employ mind/body approaches within the clinical encounter.
  5. Discuss the effects of mind/body approaches upon the transference/ countertransference matrix.
  6. Discuss the clinical application of mind/body approaches in the treatment of anxiety, depression, phobias and PTSD.
  7. Discuss the ethical considerations in the utilization of this modality.
  8. Discuss the role of inductions in treatment.
  9. Describe inductions and deepening techniques in hypnosis.
  10. Discuss the principles and techniques that enhance inductions and the deepening process.
  11. Discuss the structure and different styles of hypnosis.
  12. Discuss treatment planning and the clinical efficacy of mind/body approaches.
  13. Discuss the impact of post hypnotic suggestions and ego strengthening procedures on psychological well-being.
  14. Discuss the psycho-biological transformation that occurs in altered and heightened states of consciousness within mind/body states.
  15. Describe the neurobiological changes when mind/body approaches are employed (including: The limbic and neo-cortical structures of the brain; The sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems; Neural integration, limbic revision and neuroplasticity).
  16. Discuss the relationship of contemplative science to clinical practice.
  17. Describe the three levels of meditation practice, which include beginners, long-term and yogis.
  18. Discuss the benefits and different kinds of meditations related to the three different levels of practice.
  19. Discuss the effect of compassionate meditation upon enhanced neural attunement, empathic resonance, and clinical responsiveness in treatment.
  20. Discuss the research finding suggesting that meditation helps preserve the brain by slowing atrophy.
  21. Discuss the neural and biological findings among yogis (including: Heightened levels of gamma waves, oscillating in synchrony across the brain, independent of any particular mental acts; Amped up circuitry for empathic concerns; A more relaxed amygdala; A decreased volume of brain circuits associated with attachment).
  22. Discuss how brain changes that underlie heightened states of consciousness in meditative states may give rise to special abilities and become enduring altered traits.