American Mental Health Counselors Association
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AMHCA Opens Registration for "Creative Therapy, Creating Change" 02/26/10

Alexandria, VA – February 22, 2010 – AMHCA has opened registation for its 2010 Annual Conference, "Creative Therapy, Creating Change." The conference takes place July 15-17, 2010, at the Westin Boston Waterfront in Boston, Massachusetts. Access online registration

The program will emphasize finding creative ways to encourage positive and healthy change in clients and students. Conference attendees can explore therapy discoveries and techniques on the cutting edge and learn new ways to look at both traditional and non-traditional therapies.


DR. BARBARA FREDRICKSON: Positive Emotions Create Positive Changes
In this keynote address, Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, author of Positivity (Three Rivers Press, 2009), presents her pathbreaking research on the momentary and long-range effects of positive emotions alongside creative ways that therapists can teach clients how to self-generate positive emotions to overcome adversity and negativity and learn to thrive. Following the keynote, Dr. Fredrickson will present a workshop as well.

Barbara Fredrickson is Kenan Distinguished Professor and Director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory (a.k.a. PEPlab) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has received numerous honors for her research on positive emotions. Learn more about Fredrickson’s work.

Friday Day-Track
DR. BOB BERTOLINO: Strengths-Based Therapy: Collaborative Strategies
for Improving Effectiveness and Outcomes

Strengths-Based strategies have been applied successfully in a wide range of contexts and settings with clients experiencing a continuum of concerns such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, trauma, and relational and behavioral problems. Participants in this workshop will learn about key strategies and processes to strengthen the therapeutic relationship and alliance, identify and maximize client contributions to change, select methods of intervention, elicit, monitor, and respond efficiently to client progress, and negotiate impasses.

Bertolin is an Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling at Maryville University in St. Louis and Senior Clinical Advisor at Youth In Need, Inc. Bob is licensed as a marital and family therapist, professional counselor, and clinical social worker in the state of Missouri, is a National Certified Counselor, a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, a National Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, and a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Saturday Day-Track
DR. JOAN HOFFMAN: An Introduction to Gottman Method Therapy
Gottman Method Therapy is based on the Sound Relationship House Theory. It is an inclusive therapy in which the research results can be incorporated into a therapy practice with individuals, couples, or families. This approach focuses on the importance of friendship, connection, and conflict management skills. It emphasizes the necessity for couples to learn how to talk directly with each other as opposed to the couple dialoguing directly with the  therapist.

Hoffman, of MasterCouples Workshops northwest of Baltimore, specializes in individual, couples and family therapy with an expertise in child development and family relations. As a Gottman Institute Consultant, a Training Specialist for the Bringing Baby Home program, and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, she considers the enrichment workshop process to be a powerful tool for growth and change. She is dedicated to helping couples and families enrich their relationships and create meaningful connections.

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