305: Young Adults and Adolescents vs. Addiction: Maximizing Success by Retracing the Vine to its Roots Beyond Trauma to Attachment Capacity and Intimacy Connections
Most people are poignantly aware of the surge in addictions, especially since the pandemic—multiple sexual addictions, addictions to drugs, alcohol, food, gambling, video gaming, and social media, and the increase in depression, anxiety, and suicide. Most attempts from psychologists, licensed mental health professionals, and interventionists come from a biomedical perspective, which almost completely focuses on “stopping the behavior.” In this workshop, the presenter will critique the biomedical approach to addiction treatment and describe a new form of therapy that focuses on the urgency of healing trauma, developing attachment capacity, and increasing intimacy connections. The presenter will also help participants design a treatment plan for clients that includes abstinence, repairing core hurts, and developing attachment capacity. This presentation drills down through the double bind of “A person needs attachment to heal trauma, but unhealed trauma is what prevents attachment” to the ultimate defeat of addiction and intimacy connections.
- Discuss the interdependent nature of addiction, unhealed trauma, and attachment incapacity, as well as their interdependent nature in overcoming addiction, healing trauma, and developing attachment capacity
- Critique the approach of focusing primarily or solely on cessation of the addictive behavior
- Design a treatment plan that can be used by psychologists and licensed mental health professionals that gives equal emphasis to abstinence, underlying core hurts, and the development of attachment capacity
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106: Research on Christian Therapies: What You Need to Know to Have a Research-based Practice and Ministry
PRESENTERSCREDENTIALSCE CREDITSLEVELSummary The focus during this workshop will be on: 1) briefly reviewing the research on religion and mental health in Christians, 2) discussing why evidence-based treatments in Christian counseling for psychologists and licensed...
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108: The Role of Emotional and Relational Intelligence in Cultivating a Mentally, Emotionally, and Spiritually Healthy Congregation
PRESENTERSCREDENTIALSCE CREDITSLEVELSummary If God’s purpose for us as church leaders, pastors, pastoral counselors, lay counselors, and coaches is to help our people “become conformed to the Image His Son,” then what might that look like? What does it mean to “grow...
201: The Increase in Covert Teenage Suicide Ideation and Self-injury: Practical Ideas for Changing Dynamics
PRESENTERSCREDENTIALSCE CREDITSLEVELSummary Suicide is now the second leading cause of death among teenagers in the United States. Two decades ago, there were obvious signs pointing to an individual’s suicidal ideation. Today, with the prevalence of social media,...