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Trumbull Marriott

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The 2014 CTAMFT Annual Conference: The New Brain Science of Connection

As MFTs, we are taught to consider all aspects of our clients’ lives. Most of our time and abilities are spent looking at the big/macro picture to work with our clients. How much do we know on the micro level of our clients’ internal experience in terms of brain processes?

Over the past decade, with the improvement of technology and understanding of what that technology tells us, information has become accessible. The more we can become familiar with these discoveries, the better this information can be used and applied.

This year’s conference “The New Brain Science of Connection” was designed to bring technical research data and implementation specifically to our field of practice. We are presenting six speakers who will offer this information in a compelling and engaging manner, in which you can use in your own practice. We’ve designed a conference that presents you with a range of opportunity to learn more about this exciting field and how we can use this knowledge as clinicians to treat our clients.

Image_Kelly McGonigalThe Thursday April 24 afternoon keynote speaker is Dr. Kelly McGonigal, who has been named as one of Forbes.com’s “20 Inspiring Women.” Dr. McGonigal is a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University, and a leading expert in the new field of “science-help.” She is passionate about translating cutting-edge research from psychology, neuroscience, and medicine into practical strategies for health, happiness and personal success. Last June, Dr. McGonigal gave her “stress confession” at TEDGlobal in Edinburg, Scotland. At our conference, Dr. McGonigal will feature the latest scientific thinking on compassion, including the psychology, biology and neuroscience of empathy, compassion and altruism.

cozolino_lou2On Friday April 25, we are thrilled to share that Dr. Lou Cozolino, Psychologist and Professor of Psychology at Pepperdine University, will be giving a keynote presentation in the morning titled, “Psychotherapy and Science,” as well as an afternoon workshop featuring “The Social Brain.” Recently Dr. Cozolino authored The Neuroscience of Human Relationships: Attachment and the Developing Social Brain. He will be bringing his expertise in this topic to this year’s conference attendees. Read a review about his latest published work. You will be able to purchase his books at this year’s conference, as well as attend a book signing on Friday.

Furthermore, we have lined up four clinicians in Connecticut who bring a unique perspective to this year’s conference, including Jeff Schutz, LMFT, who will introduce attendees to Neurofeedback (NFB), including a live demonstration. Karl Speirs, LMFT, will highlight the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) Model, on which EMDR therapy is based. Dr. Ingeborg Haug will explore the concept and aspects of mindfulness, aspects of its Buddhist roots and secular variations. Jayne Dean’s workshop guides attendees through a unique mind-body exercise with “Shake Your Soul: The Yoga of Dance.”

To learn more about each of the keynote presentations and workshops available at this year’s conference, please visit our Website.

You can register for Thursday only, Friday only or the entire conference online, or download a copy of the registration to mail in.

If you have any questions, please contact Shannon Eterginio at manager@ctamft.org.

We can’t wait to see you there next month!

2014 Annual Conference Update

We are pleased to announce CTAMFT’s 2014 Annual Conference is scheduled for April 24-25, 2014 at the Trumbull, Connecticut Marriott.

Image_Kelly McGonigalWe have a really exciting and relevant theme this year titled, “The New Brain Science of Connection,” and have lined up two renowned keynote speakers.

On Thursday, April 24, Stanford University’s Dr. Kelly McGonigal will be featuring “The Neuroscience of Compassion.”

On Friday, April 25, Dr. Louis Cozolino of Pepperdine University will highlight “The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy,” as well as present an afternoon workshop.

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Furthermore, we have an exciting lineup of workshops designed to create an all-around growth experience for practitioners, comprised of Connecticut-based experts and educators, including:

  • Dr. Ingeborg Haug of Fairfield University – “Mindfulness in Therapy and Self Care”
  • Jeff Schutz, MA, MFT, BCA of Western CT Center for Neurofeedback and Counseling – “New Horizons in Mental Health Treatment”
  • Karl Speirs, LMFT and EMDR Specialist – “Integrating EMDR into Family Therapy”
  • Jayne Dean, LMFT – “Shake Your Soul Yoga”

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