Good Lives, Self-Regulation, and Explanatory Depth: A Conversation with Tony Ward

In this webinar conversation, the developer of the Good Lives and Self-Regulation Models discusses their origins, development, implementation, and underlying theories. He will also address several areas of his more recent research, including the importance of deepening our understanding of risk and protective factors.

This is a rare opportunity to hear from someone who has influenced our field as much as anyone in history.

The Lucifer Effect – How Good People Become Bad: Implications in the Mental Health/Forensic Setting

The Lucifer Effect is the process by which regular, otherwise good people do bad things within the context of a dominating social situation facilitating this transformation.  Social psychology giants such as Phillip Zimbardo and Roy Baumeister have provided insight into this unsettling process and enlightening guidance on restoring goodness.  This presentation will explore the Lucifer Effect within the mental health setting, arguing for and highlighting the marked importance of ethical leadership at every step in the organizational structure.

Native American Youth and Cultural Adversity: A Conversation with Tatewin Means and Christopher Lobanov-Rostovsky

Native American youth are disproportionately experiencing mental health challenges in tribal communities where there is often a lack of prevention and treatment resources. Teen suicide, substance abuse, interpersonal violence, and other trauma are common within this underserved population. This conversation will look at the historical antecedents and current climate, and discuss the challenges for service provision to Native American youth, including federal, state, and local efforts and limitations to serving this population.

The Ethics of Labeling: A conversation with Gwenda Willis, PhD, PGDipClinPsyc

In a 2017 paper, Gwenda Willis, with the assistance of others along the way, asked the question that resulted in massive changes in practice and policy in several countries around the world. Why do we call people by what we don’t want them to be?

As she explains it in in the journal Psychology, Crime, and Law, labelling a person by their past behavior or a criminal conviction is commonplace throughout forensic and correctional psychology. These labels (including “offender” and “sex offender”) infiltrate academic writing and conference presentations, names of professional organizations and treatment programs and, at times, traverse therapeutic work.

Surviving Sexual Violence in the Current Era

This conversation focuses on how people can survive and thrive in the current environment. It explores what we can learn from restorative justice to help people recover their lives in the wake of sexual abuse.

A basic tenet of Restorative Justice is that those affected by abuse should be able to participate in its resolution. Through the approaches Dr. Ackerman embodies, people who have been abused can experience connection and hope.

Ending Racialized Violence: A Webinar Conversation with Dr. Apryl Alexander

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of violence is how preventable it actually is. In the wake of recent events, this webinar conversation will focus on what we know about the prevention of violence and abuse, and how we can use education to end sexual, racialized, and other forms of social violence. It will outline how participants can explore their own biases and challenge their attitudes, beliefs, and actions in order to help reduce racism.

Webinar: Trauma-Sensitive Yoga and Embodied Therapy

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TSY) has garnered worldwide attention in the past decade. Much of this attention has stemmed a handful of high-quality studies by a community of scientist-practitioners showing that TSY can be an effective adjunctive treatment for trauma-related conditions. Fundamental aspects of TSY include interoception (observing one’s internal physical sensations) and taking effective action based on what one notices within a relational context.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Using Workbooks In Work with Young People in Treatment Webinar

This brief workshop will consider and discuss the use of workbooks in treatment with young people, in any form of treatment, residential or outpatient, and some of the dos and don’ts. We’ll discuss the role of workbooks as an addendum to and part of treatment, rather than the entirety of the treatment, and the value of workbooks in helping to shape, implement, and measure treatment, as well as framing the basic concepts of treatment. Finally, we’ll provide guidelines for the effective use of workbooks in treatment – and when not to use them.

Solution-Focused Strategies: Police Work, Suicide Prevention, and Beyond – Webinar

This webinar conversation will explore Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT) as applied in the presenter’s work in suicide prevention, as well as in individual and family therapy more generally. It will describe the successes of a project she has piloted with the New Zealand Police. As always, this webinar conversation will be interactive, discussing how the presenter’s experiences could be applied elsewhere.

Trauma-Informed Resilience Skills in the COVID Crisis – Webinar

This presentation will describe how professional helpers can help others build resilience in these uncertain times. This session will offer practical skills for helping others cope, using principles of trauma-informed care (TIC).  Participants will learn to understand and respond to COVID-related anxieties through the lens of trauma.