October 21st, 2014

Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy: Strategies and Interventions in a Christian Context

6 - 8:00 PM ET

Featuring Sharon Morris May, Ph.D.

Sharon May

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Sharon May, Ph.D., is an approved EFT Therapist and Supervisor, and widely recognized as an EFT expert. She is the originator of the Safe Haven Model, a Christian version of EFT, and the founder of the Safe Haven Relationship Center in Carlsbad, California. The Safe Haven Marriage Intensives are based on EFT and provide a three-day, marriage-changing experience for distressed couples. Dr. May can be reached at drsharon@havenofsafety.com or 626-614-4555 for EFT training seminars and marriage intensives.

 

Abstract

Emotionally Focused Therapy is recognized as one of the most impactful marital therapies. Key to the effectiveness of EFT is the focus on moving a disconnected and distressed couple to an emotionally-connected marriage by helping the withdrawn partner engage and the pursuing partner soften. Marital therapy is one of the most difficult therapies, but EFT provides a powerful map, making the process clear. This Webinar will provide an overview of EFT for the beginner, but also challenge the advanced EFT counselor in his/her work with difficult couples.

Participants will:

  1. Understand the key movements that make EFT so effective
  2. Learn the nine main steps of EFT and the key interventions
  3. Recognize withdrawer engagement and pursuer softening
 
 

November 18th, 2014

Making Advances: Treating Female Sex and Love Addicts

6 - 8:00 PM ET

Featuring Marnie Ferree, M.A.

Marnie Ferree

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Marnie C. Ferree, M.A., LMFT, CSAT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Nashville, Tennessee, where she directs Bethesda Workshops, a national outreach ministry. Bethesda provides faith-based clinical workshops for sex addicts, their spouses, and couples affected by sexual addiction. The treatment program for female sex addicts, established in 1997, was the first of its kind in the country. Marnie is frequent speaker at professional and recovery conferences, churches, and schools, as well as the author of, No Stones: Women Redeemed from Sexual Addiction. She is also the volume editor and contributing author of Making Advances: A Comprehensive Guide for Treating Female Sex and Love Addicts, which is the first clinical book on this topic. In addition, Marnie is the author of a workbook for female sex addicts and numerous clinical and inspirational articles. She serves on the editorial board of the Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity Journal, a peer-reviewed journal, and has earned the Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) designation through the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals.

 

Abstract

Women who struggle with sex and love addiction have long been overlooked within the Christian community and by treatment professionals. Like the woman at the well who had an encounter with Jesus, hurting women need Christian helpers to offer them living water. This Webinar explores this issue in women and outlines its biopsychosocial roots, including abuse and attachment injuries. Marnie describes how treating female sex and love addicts is very different from treating men. She emphasizes the importance of the therapeutic relationship and delineates the best practices for arresting women's acting out, addressing attachment injuries, conducting effective group therapy, and working with their male partners. Finally, Marnie outlines how female sex and love addicts can grow into women of grace and integrity through building healthy spirituality, living practices, relationships and sexuality.

Participants will:

  1. Identify the experiences of abuse and attachment injuries that can influence women toward later sexual and love addicted behavior
  2. Name the best practices for treating female sex and love addicts in the five core areas of effective treatment
  3. Describe how women may move from sex and love addiction into women of grace and integrity through developing a spiritual intimacy with God and others
 
 

December 9th, 2014

Playing with Violence: How the Virtual World Impacts Bullying and Aggressive Behaviors

6 - 8:00 PM ET

Featuring Tina Brookes, MSW, Ed.D.

Meg Meeker

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Tina S. Brookes, LCSW, Ed.D., has specialized in critical incident crisis response for more than 20 years. She has offered support, training, and consultation to schools, law enforcement, fire, rescue, EMS, emergency management, hospitals, military, and various community agencies. She has presented at five World Congresses on critical incident crisis response, as well as numerous national, regional, and local conferences. Dr. Brookes was the Staff Development Coordinator on a Department of Education Emergency Response/Crisis Management (ERCM) for school grants and the director of a Readiness Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Department of Education grant. She developed the ASSIST (Assisting Students and Staff in Stressful Times) protocol for schools. Dr. Brookes is a volunteer with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, most recently serving the communities of Aurora, CO and Newtown, CT. She is currently collaborating with Lt. Col. Dave Grossman and Commander Geoffrey Leggett on developing a one-day training on the impact of violent visual imagery on youth. Dr. Brookes attributes her inspiration to do this work to her faith, family and friends.

 

Abstract

Intense violence. Strong sexual content. Blood and gore. Use of drugs. The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) uses such phrases to describe the content of many action/adventure video games. With 97% of adolescents having played some type of video game, researchers are considering the potential negative impact of the virtual world on adolescent brain development. This Webinar will explore the violence marketed as "entertainment" through gaming, movies, and television to today's children and youth. Recent trends in bullying, aggressive behaviors and gun violence will be presented, as well as neurobiological findings on the impact of violent visual imagery. Dr. Brookes will outline practical steps for Christian counselors, educators, parents and youth workers in order to promote real-life relationships, quality family time, community service, physical wellness practices (including sports, exercise, and nutrition), and spiritual values (including respect, honor, kindness and love).

Participants will:

  1. Explore the negative neurobiological impact on today's youth of violent content marketed as "entertainment" through gaming, movies and television
  2. Identify how repeated exposure to violence in the virtual world can manifest itself in bullying, aggressive behaviors and gun violence
  3. Name and describe practical steps for facilitating pro-social behavior in youth and creating a culture of respect, honor and kindness
 
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