Unique Mindfulness Tools to Help Clients Manage Overwhelming Affect

By: Shelly Young, M.A., L.P.C., CAC III
Date: Friday, May 9th 2008 8:30AM-4:30PM
Location: Boulder Baptist Church, NW corner, Pine & 13th Streets

One challenge that many therapists face is helping clients manage overwhelming feelings of anxiety, panic, anger, and depression. In this clinical practice-focused presentation, Shelly Young will first discuss the essentials of the highly-regarded “Basic States” mindfulness method, developed by Shinzen Young. This will provide a framework for the remainder of the workshop which emphasizes applications of the specific “Basic States” techniques designed to be used in psychotherapy settings. This approach to mindfulness involves several unique features which combine to create a powerful tool that helps re-train brain patterns associated with pain, anxiety and emotional distress. Participants will gain the ability to use specific techniques to provide relief of suffering for their clients

For more information about this lecture, please view the announcement: Shelly Young.pdf


Central State: What is it and why does it matter?

By:Jim Grigsby, Ph.D. and Mary Sue Moore, Ph.D.
Date:Friday – September 26, 2008 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: NITA Education Center, 363 Centennial Pkwy, Louisville


Central state is the basic physiological and psychological background for everything we do. Changes in central state may produce transient, or even permanent, changes in mood, motivation, and behavior, and therapeutic interventions may only be as effective as our understanding of a person’s state, and its stability and variability across time. Yet its importance for understanding, assessing, and treating people is grossly underestimated.

For more information about this lecture, please view the announcement: Grigsby-Moore.pdf


Attachment Trauma and Neurobiology: Clinical Paradigms & Interventions

By: Jane D. Conron, Ph.D.
Date: Friday March 13, 2009 8:30am – 4:30pm
Location: NITA Education Center, Louisville (map)

The emerging role of neurobiology in attachment and trauma has led to a greater knowledge of the physiological changes surrounding normal and deviant attachment processes and the neurobiological changes that occur in response to trauma.  The impact of traumatic experiences during early attachment and later in life creates a challenge for the therapeutic relationship.  Rather than relating to the client, the therapist is often relegated to relating to the dysregulated neurobiology of the patient.

For more information about this lecture, please view the Lecture Announcement

Dissociative Indicators in Children’s Human Figure Drawings: Post-Trauma Brain Neurobiology & Projective Processes

By: Mary Sue Moore, Ph.D.
Date: Friday, June 26, 2009 from 9:30AM to 12:30PM
Location: Boulder Baptist Church which is located on the Northwest corner of Pine and 13th streets (map)

This presentation integrates new data from empirical neuroscience studies of the impact of traumatic experience on normal brain function, with research analyzing the projective drawings of children and adults with a documented trauma history. Particular drawing processes, as well as specific characteristics of human figure drawings (HFD’s) and family drawings (KFD’s), will be discussed in relation to complex neurobiological  processes such as implicit/procedural memory, “traumatic enactments,” and dissociative states. Application of these findings to on-going psychotherapeutic treatment, as well as to assessment, will be a focus.  Therapist or evaluator counter-transference response to projective material from traumatized patients will also be discussed.

For more information and to register for this seminar, please view the seminar announcement