Introduction to Comprehensive Integrative Psychotherapy

Comprehensive Integrative Psychotherapy (CIP) is a psychotherapy model designed to treat the great range of clients who suffer from psychological distress due to negative life experiences in their past. Used in both individual and couples/family treatment, it takes concepts and techniques from psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy and places them atop a foundation derived from evolutionary psychology. Who this series is for: This intensive series presents a model of psychotherapy that can be easily taught and learned. Early career clinicians can benefit by learning a comprehensive and structured model that applies to most patients yet can be taught concisely and that incorporates interventions from different theories. Experienced clinicians can benefit most from the parts of the model that apply to difficult, stuck patients and to those with personality disorders. They can also learn a model that they can use to supervise beginning clinicians to get them up and running in a short period of time. Day 1 - Introduction and Overview of Comprehensive Integrative Psychotherapy Day 1 introduces CIP and its basic elements and teaches participants how to interview new clients thoroughly for both symptoms and underlying past causes of psychological problems. It then explains how to use this information to quickly form a case conceptualization that determines the areas of focus for the treatment. Participants will learn how negative life experiences cause blocked emotions, negative ego states, and maladaptive interpersonal stances, and how to integrate all of these into a coherent narrative that can be used with each client to effect change. Different treatment techniques will be presented to remedy problems in each area. Interpersonal Stance Theory is also introduced in Session 1. Day 2 Integrating Psychodynamic and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy with Evolutionary Psychology The morning session shows how psychodynamic psychotherapy (PP) can be integrated with CBT by accepting that PP and CBT have different conceptualizations of root causes (PP: repression, CBT: maladaptive thoughts and behaviors) which are not mutually exclusive but complementary. It then reconceptualizes the repression model for modern-day society, catalogs the toolboxes of techniques for PP and CBT, and shows how tools from each toolbox can be used to treat both repression and maladaptive thoughts and behaviors. The afternoon session covers basic concepts in evolutionary psychology, and shows how Interpersonal Stances (Dominant, Submissive, Cooperative, Nurturant, Dependent, Romantic, Hate, and Group) are psychological modules programmed into human beings by evolution. It covers how and why these stances become features of personality, and the emotions, thoughts, and behaviors that accompany each one. Day 3 Dominance, Submission, Abuse, Trauma, Hate: The Authoritarian Complex and How to Treat It. Day 3 covers issues of power and control over others, including abuse from the perspectives of both abuser and victim. It begins with the Authoritarian Spiral (Dominant and Submissive stances reinforcing each other) and how Submissive Stance clients can be taught to interrupt it peacefully. Next it covers feelings of excessive entitlement and obligation and how and how to treat them. Then Defensive Dominance and the Hate Stance are explained in evolutionary terms, and participants are taught how to normalize hate and discuss it objectively with clients who experience it, while maintaining reasonable moral judgments. Finally countertransference issues regarding dominance, entitlement, and hate are covered and discussed. Day 4 Neediness, Love, and Despair: Treating Attachment Problems and Attachment-Related Personality Problems in CIP Day 4 covers attachment issues in CIP, and their impacts on emotions, thoughts, and behavior. The emotion of Love is precisely defined and the Attachment Dyad is explained, including both Nurturant and Dependent Stances, along with the blocked emotions and negative ego states typical of attachment-related problems. The Dependent Stance is covered in depth along with its possible developmental pathways, and participants are taught how to recognize overdependence, fixated dependence, and counterdependence, and how to treat them. Dependent Stance entitlement is covered as an aspect of overdependence, and excessive displays of distress are covered as an aspect of fixated dependence. Then treatment of counterdependence is covered using education, suggestion, positive reinforcement, and shaping. Day 5 Romantic Attraction and its Frustrations: Treating Clients Who Have No Game, Way Too Much Game, or Who Keep Playing the Wrong Game. Day 5 covers psychological problems associated with the Romantic Stance, which generates romantic and sexual attraction. Topics include: Stuck in the friend zone, subclinical body-dysmorphic disorder (BDD), bad-boy attraction, and serial infidelity. The Romantic Stance is analyzed along with the emotional blockages, negative ego states, and maladaptive behaviors that accompany the various Romantic Stance problems. The Romantic-Submissive Fusion is explained as the source of both bad-boy attraction and being stuck in the friend zone, and treatment of Romantic-Submissive Fusion is explained and discussed. Identifying and treating subclinical BDD using negative ego state treatment is also covered.

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