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Mindfulness in the Trenches - Exploring Core Material

  • Friday, July 21, 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Michael's at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, CA 94043


  • We extend our member registration rates to members of other local CAMFT chapters.

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SCV-CAMFT Annual Workshop
Presented by Rob Fisher, LMFT

The event includes a hot breakfast buffet, a buffet luncheon, afternoon warm cookies, drinks, and 6 CEUs. Our venue, Michael’s at Shoreline offers a spacious meeting room and outdoor patio for breaks and meals. Please join us and enjoy being a part of the SCV-CAMFT community. We are offering the SCV-CAMFT member price to other CAMFT chapter members!

Mindfulness may seem complicated or mysterious, but workshop presenter Rob Fisher says this ancient practice is like a golden retriever who greets you at the door with warmth and anticipation, joy and curiosity.

Mill Valley-based Fisher teaches internationally in China, Japan, Russia, Ireland, Canada, Israel and Bali and brings his expertise to our annual workshop on July 21 in Mountain View.

From assessment to intervention, the licensed marriage and family therapist will explore how to integrate the power of present moment experience into your sessions in practical ways that help clients explore and unwind the core models of themselves and of life that predict and influence every aspect of their lives.

Working with mindfulness adds significant depth, impact and aliveness for therapist and client alike. In this workshop you will learn the principles and practical interventions that use present moment experience to gently access unconscious characterological organization and to explore and change core inter-actional patterns in couples relationships.

Fisher has been writing about mindfulness since the 1990s and taught at Santa Clara University, John F. Kennedy and the California Institute of Integral Studies. He is a director of the Hakomi Institute of California and author of Experiential Psychotherapy With Couples, A Guide for the Creative Pragmatist and of a number of chapters and articles published internationally on couples therapy and the pyschodynamic use of mindfulness for publications such as the Psychotherapy Networker, The Therapist, The Journal Of Couples Therapy, The USA Body Psychotherapy Journal, Psychotherapy in Australia and others.

Topics covered include:

  • Tracking the many languages of the unconscious
  • Deepening the therapeutic alliance by connecting to present experience beneath the words
  • Allowing the organic impulse towards health to unfold
  • Simple couple’s assessment • how to access unconscious material through the body • working with present time experience with individuals and with couples • how to explore defenses by supporting them •working with gestures, posture and tensions, • couples sculptures

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation participants will be able to:

  1. Describe how you might apply mindfulness in session to explore systemic and intrapsychic issues in couples and individuals.
  2. Provide 2 examples of ways to use present time experience to access implicit beliefs and underlying emotional injuries that govern individuals and couples interactions.
  3. Summarize a simple psychodynamic/systemic method of couples assessment.
  4. Define mindfulness in a way that applies to psychotherapy.
  5. Describe to a colleague a compassion practice that helps clients connect to others and develops the internal capacity of the a therapist.

About the Presenter
Rob Fisher, MFT is a licensed psychotherapist, professor and international presenter in the use of mindfulness in couples therapy. He is the author of Experiential Psychotherapy with Couples – A Guide for the Creative Pragmatist(Zeig/Tucker, 2002) and numerous articles and book chapters on the use of mindfulness in psychodynamic psychotherapy. He is a certified Hakomi Trainer and Co-Developer of the Certificate Program in Mindfulness and Compassion in Psychotherapy at CIIS. He teaches mindfulness in psychotherapy internationally. http://www.robfishermft.com.

Register and pay online with a credit card, PayPal, or check. Checks must be received by June 23 for early bird registration and by July 17 for regular registration. Please allow 10 days to process check payments. Mail checks to: SCV-CAMFT, P.O. Box 60814, Palo Alto, CA 94306. Walk In Registration: If space is available you can register as a walk-in. This can be done online July 18-19, or at the event. The registration price increases by $30 for this option.Continuing Education: SCV-CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs (CAMFT CE Provider #052466). SCV-CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. This course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Science. This presentation is suitable for all clinical levels. Certificates: To obtain your certificate, you must sign-in and sign-out at the event and complete a program evaluation. These are CAMFT requirements. You will be emailed a link to the evaluation within a week after the event. Upon completion of the evaluation, you will have access to the certificate. You must add your name and license number to make it official. This link will be active for 2 weeks after the email is sent. Cancellations: Refunds will be issued, minus a $30 administrative fee, if a request for cancellation is received by the Monday before the event. No refunds will be issued if a request for cancellation is received after the Monday before the event. To cancel, please send an email to mail@scv-camft.org or call the chapter voicemail at 408-235-0210. Refunds will be issued within ten (10) business days. Accommodations for Disability: The Santa Clara Valley Chapter of CAMFT is committed to providing a presentation that is accessible to all who wish to attend. If you have a special need and plan to attend, please notify us at mail@scv-camft.org or 408-235-0210. Requests must be made one week in advance. Grievance Policy: Any concern or grievance can be put in writing and emailed to mail@scv-camft.org.

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