Friday Full Day Workshop 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

 1. UNDERSTANDING AND TREATING PERSONALITY DISORDERS

Michael Maniacci, Psy.D., Private Practice Chicago and Naperville, IL

This workshop will examine the DSM-5 personality disorders from an Adlerian perspective.  It will explore the history of diagnosis of them, along with Adler’s original contributions to conceptualizing and treating them.  In addition, the workshop will explore how the upcoming changes in the DSM-6 are actually a significant movement towards Adler’s formulations.

 2. PRESENT, FUTURE, PAST: AN ADLERIAN APPROACH TO HELPING SELF AND OTHERS

Wes Wingett, Ph.D. LMHP, Norfolk, NE

This didactic and experiential workshop will focus on helping individuals, couples, and families seeking solutions to intrapersonal and interpersonal problems.  Emphasis will be on defining a current challenge, creating possible solutions, and clarifying past perceptions that might be interfering with resolution of the current challenge.  Participants will identify strategies to empower and encourage others in the change process.

 3. ADDING MORE CREATIVE AND ENCOURAGING “TOOLS” TO YOUR COUNSELING AND SUPERVISION “TOOLBOX”

Bonny Buckley, MA, Expressive Therapies and Mental Health Counseling, LPCS, NCC, Youth Focus Inc., Greensboro, NC

In this workshop we will explore various ways to incorporate encouragement and creativity within counseling and supervision.  Participants will have the chance to actively participate (by choice and comfort level!) using creative modalities and Adlerian principles.

 4. HELPING PARENTS UNDERSTAND AND ENCOURAGE THEIR CHILDREN EFFECTIVELY

Calvin Armerding, MA, LPC, Child and Adolescent Outpatient Chief, Piedmont Center for Mental Health Services, Greer,  SC

Parent education is an important component of counseling children/families.  Some therapists often lack confidence or knowledge to offer parent education while others are overly didactic and unintentionally demonstrate a lack of respect for family/cultural values.   This workshop will teach and demonstrate an Adlerian model for parent education with information, case studies, role play and discussion.

 

Friday AM Half Day Workshop 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

 5. USING EARLY RECOLLECTIONS WITH DIFFICULT CLIENTS

Mel Markowski, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

Clients who want resolution of their issues often are hesitant to cooperate in the therapeutic process.  Any suspected intrusiveness by the therapist may increase stonewalling and defensiveness.  A useful Adlerian strategy to bypass such issues is to solicit early memories.  This workshop will explore and demonstrate a number of methods to obtain and use recollections to foster client improvement.

6. INTEGRATING EMDR AND ADLERIAN APPROACHES FOR TRAUMA

Carolyn M. Ball, MA, LPC, Counselor, Myrtle Beach, SC

EMDR has become a preferred treatment for PTSD and other trauma, while Adlerian Therapy offers the respect, encouragement, and perspectives of integration, holism and education needed by those whose essential sense of self has been shattered. Through power point and a live demonstration, understand how EMDR works, learn a basic EMDR technique, and see how it fits well with Adlerian approaches.

 

Friday PM Half Day Workshop 1:30 – 5:00 pm

7. ADAPTIVE REORIENTATION THERAPY

Erin Schuyler, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist, WJB Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Columbia, SC

In this workshop, an Adlerian treatment approach will be presented.  Included will be the objectives in counseling and the importance of reorientation.  Topics will include lifestyle assessment and reorientation.  Attendees will be taken through the phases of treatment and provided strategies for prompting psychological change.  Participants will learn a reorientation treatment approach and lifestyle assessment.  Handouts/resources will be provided.

8. ADLER MEETS QIGONG! – LIMITLESS ENCOURAGEMENT AND LIFELONG VITATILITY PRACTICES

Pepper Sarnoff, LPC, LMFT – Private Practice, Integral Qigong Practice leader – Level 1 IIQTC, Charleston, SC

Explore how Adlerian perspectives on holism, creative power, and encouragement resonate with the ancient mind-body healing practices of Qigong (Qi is life force energy and Qigong is the practice of cultivating that energy).  Participants will learn basic gentle movements, postures, and meditations to promote vitality, well-being, and integrative health.  Wear comfortable clothing.

 

Saturday 75 Minute Presentations

AN INTRODUCTION TO ADLERIAN PSYCHOLOGY
John Arnold, Ph.D., Senior Executive Consultant, First Sun EAP, Columbia, SC

For those new to Adlerian Psychology, this presentation will provide an overview of the life, work and psychological theory of Alfred Adler.  Adler was a contemporary of Sigmund Freud, but his psychology would take a different direction than Freud’s psychology.  Goal-oriented behavior, social belonging, private logic, social interest and courage are just some of the important elements of Adler’s theory.

ADLERIAN COUPLES COUNSELING:  SAILING THE SEVEN C’S
Gary Bauman, Ph.D., Graduate Coordinator, Associate Professor, Psychology Dept., Brenau University, Gainesville, Georgia

Adler acknowledged that intimate relationships were one of the most significant tasks of life.  To succeed at such a task requires a great deal of social interest and cooperation.  Unfortunately, couples often feel hopeless and defeated when relationships seem to capsize and they seek out help from clinicians who can guide them through treacherous waters and help them keep the relationship afloat.

LIFE STYLE AND THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC
Jim Holder, MA, LPC-S, MAC, Florence, SC

This presentation will offer an Adlerian look at the Opioid epidemic and how it relates to a person’s life style, family of origin, substance use, and urges.

 MISTAKEN GAMES PARENTS AND TEACHERS PLAY WITH CHILDREN
Mel Markowski, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

Many discipline practices used by parents and teachers are at best ineffective.  Furthermore, adults who want to build more effective adult-child relations do not know what they are doing wrong.  Games presented in this session are examples of some of the mistakes adults make with children, the reasons they are made, and why they lead to ineffective adult-child relationships.

 BROAD STROKE LIFESTYLE ASSESSMENT:  FEARS AND DESIRES
Erin Schuyler, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist, WJB Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Columbia, SC

In this brief presentation, the broad-brush approach to lifestyle assessment will be offered.  This approach allows for a quick lifestyle assessment using family constellation, early recollections and dreams.  Participants will be given the opportunity to use the technique to assess personal lifestyle themes.  This presentation will include demonstration.

UTILIZING A CONTEXTUAL HISTORICAL RELATIONAL LIFESTYLE ASSESSMENT (CHRLA):  A COUNSELING DEMONSTRATION
Thomas Garcia, LMHC, CAP, MAC, ACS, Tampa, FL

This presentation will demonstrate the use of the Contextual Historical Relational Lifestyle Assessment (CHRLA), a specific technique rooted in Adlerian psychology that can assist clinicians and other healthcare providers during the initial client interview.  The counseling demonstration will explore the client’s historical relevance of early relationships. Narratives and personal “fictions” pertaining to the client’s private logic will be explored.

USELESS TO USEFUL
Calvin D. Armerding, MA, LPC; Child & Adolescent Outpatient Chief, Piedmont Center for Mental Health Services, Greer, SC

Alfred Adler wrote that “the really important differences of conduct . . . are those . . .  of useless and useful.”  It can be a challenge to help clients identify how their assets can be useful to their community instead of being expressed on the “useless side of life.”  This presentation will suggest a method for encouragement to help discouraged clients develop greater social interest.

 ADDICTIONS:  MOVING FROM FEAR TO CAUTION TO SOCIAL INTEREST
Wes Wingett, Ph.D., LMHP, Norfolk, NE

This didactic and experiential presentation will focus on clarification of the purposes of addictions, identification of the specific future fears that may have precipitated the addiction, preparation to move forward with caution, and the development of social interest.  Emphasis will be on specific intervention and encouragement strategies in moving from addiction to a sense of connections, contribution, and cooperation.

ADLER AT PLAY:  LIFE, LEISURE AND SOCIAL INTEREST
Frank Quinn, Ph.D., Private Practice, Columbia Psychological Associations, Columbia, SC, David H. Sloan, MA, Columbia, SC

Adler, like Freud, felt that one of life’s great tasks was to find meaningful work.  This presentation will focus on finding meaningful recreation, play and leisure from an Adlerian perspective.  Participants will explore how to integrate Adlerian concepts into their non-work life and reconcile them with their lifestyle.

LIFE BEFORE AND AFTER LEARNING ISSUES; SUPPORTING OUR CHILDREN THROUGH THE CHANGE
Sonia Nicolucci, MA, Parent Educator, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Under the umbrellas of neurobiology and neuroplasticity, our knowledge around the adaptive nature of the human brain has expanded enormously over the past decade.  Mental capacities are no longer considered fixed in nature, but transformable.  Through the lens of Adlerian Psychology, this presentation will explore various means to help children currently having learning issues and subsequent to learning issues.

 YOUR MOTHER DOESN’T WANT YOU TO BE HAPPY
Robert Rebecca, LCDC, ,NCC, Chicago, IL

This presentation will explore the relationship between safety and happiness from an Adlerian perspective.  The presenter proposes clients have often chosen safety over happiness, as they were taught by parents, friends, and teachers.  In therapy, we facilitate movement away from the useless and toward the useful side of life.  However, we and clients are often content with movement away from safety, but neglect movement towards happiness.

 PTSD, MORAL INJURY, SOLDIERS, AND INTEGRATING ADLERIAN PRINCIPLES INTO TREATMENT
MAJ Michell  L. Griffith, Psy.D,, Drill SGT Academy and Leader Training Brigade Consulting Psychologist, Columbia, SC

This brief presentation will explore treatment considerations and basic stumbling blocks when working with the military.  We will address traditional evidence based therapies for PTSD (PE and CPT) and the value of incorporating an Adlerian framework with Service members, and we will explore the concept of Moral Injury and how we can utilize Adlerian techniques to help our clients.

ADAPTIVE REORIENTATION APPROACH – MOVEMENT THROUGH TRAUMA
Erin Schuyler, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist, WJB Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Columba, SC

In the Adaptive Reorientation approach, individuals who experience a traumatic event in their life have the ability to assess and reorient their movement to a healthier perspective.  This presentation will focus on trauma and PTSD, including the use of trauma-focused therapies.  PTSD does not have to be a lifelong diagnosis.  One’s desired state and what recovery from trauma looks like will be addressed.

COACHING IN FAMILY LIFE AND BUSINESS:  CONNECTING ADLERIAN CONCEPTS TO THE GROWING FIELD OF COACHING
Kimberly Allen, Ph.D. BCC, CFLE, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Dept. of Agricultural and Human Sciences, NC State University, Raleigh, NC, and Christopher Allen, Master’s student, Adler University, Raleigh, NC

The field of coaching has experienced tremendous growth over the past decade and the business of coaching has become an industry worth over $2 billion annually.  Coaching has also been identified as an emerging profession for family practitioners as the interest and need for family life coaching is on the increase.  At the heart of both business and family life coaching is Adlerian theory.  In this workshop, we will review the fields of business and family life coaching and highlight latest trends, evidence-based coaching techniques, and will offer a coaching demonstration.

 THE HORNS OF A DILEMMA:  ETHICS IN CLINICAL PRACTICE
John Arnold, Ph.D., LPC, CEAP, Senior Executive Consultant, First Sun EAP, Columbia, SC

Is there always a clear “right way” to behave in clinical practice?  This brief presentation will use hypothetical scenarios and group interaction to explore ethical decision-making in counseling.  Come prepared to take away an alertness as to when well-intended social interest slides into questionable clinical practice.  “What would I do if. . . ?”

 PARENT CONSULTATION – A DEMONSTRATION
Francis X. Walton, Ph.D., Consulting Psychologist, Chapin, SC

The presenter will note theoretical principles he is using while focusing upon a live demonstration with a parent volunteer from among participants.  The session will provide guidance for how a therapist or parent educator may proceed when only one member of a family is available.  Use of the most memorable observation will be demonstrated.

   

Sunday Workshops 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

A. SOBRIETY ENHANCEMENT STRATEGIES TO SOAR LIKE AN EAGLE

Jim Holder, MA, LPC-S MAC, Florence, SC

This workshop will detail the process of substance use disorders.  Participants will learn how substance use disorders reinforce clients’ beliefs and life themes.  Life themes are found within the metaphorical make-up of early recollections and point to the positive reasons for substance use.

 B. THE HEART IN THE STONE: SOCIAL INTEREST, SPIRITUALITY AND ACCELERATED HEALING FOR OURSELVES AND OUR PLANET

David P. Sarnoff, PhD, Licensed Psychologist, ABPP, Capella University, Charleston, SC, Pepper Sarnoff, LPC, LMFT, Private Practice, Integral Qigong Practice Leader – Level 1 IIQTC, Charleston, SC,  Alyssa Millard, Registered Art Therapist – Board Certified, Charleston, SC

This experiential workshop will enhance personal, spiritual and professional growth through the use of drawing, singing, dancing, guided imagery meditations, writing, and storytelling.  As Adler advised, we will aim to increase our social Interest as a means of healing.  This will give us the energy, courage, and inspiration needed to help make this world safe for humans.

 

 C. SOCIAL INFLUENCE GOOD AND MALIGNANT

Dorothy McCoy, Ph.D., LPC, Hillsborough, NC

The workshop will focus on Adler’s belief in having a heightened sense of belonging and a higher level of social interest.  Naturally, this can enhance one’s enjoyment of life and overall wellness. However, not all social influences are positive.  We will be focusing on maintaining one’s core values no matter the social influences.  Both positive and malignant influences will be explored.  Example used:  Sir Winston Churchill and Nazi Germany.  Also, the personality disorders will be mentioned briefly.

 D. COUNSELING INDIVIDUAL ADULTS

Francis X. Walton, Ph.D., Consulting Psychologist, Chapin, SC

The presenter will relate principles of Adlerian psychology to counseling with adults.   Subsequently he will demonstrate the use of six questions that have proven valuable to helping formulate important aspects of the client’s belief system.  The presenter then will relate aspects of the volunteer client’s belief system to his or her presenting problem.  Participants will have the opportunity to use this approach under supervision.