Alan E. Fruzzetti, Ph.D.

Harvard Medical School, Harvard University

Treating Emptiness, Anhedonia, Relationship Chaos and Difficult Problems

Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane: June 2017

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Professor Fruzzetti will focus on how to use mindfulness skills to reduce life-threatening and severely impairing behaviours, along with detailed work on both emotion regulation and relationship techniques.

The workshop will include lectures, demonstrations and practice opportunities for participants. You will be equipped with tools to incorporate into your clinical practice. Open to all therapists.

Alan E. Fruzzetti, Ph.D. in Australia: June 2017

SYDNEY

Wesley Conference Centre

20 & 21 June 2017

  • SUPER SAVER: $650 ends 21 April
  • EARLY: $750 ends 6 June
  • STANDARD: $800 from 7 June
  • $AUD inc GST

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MELBOURNE

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

22 & 23 June 2017

  • SUPER SAVER: $650 ends 21 April
  • EARLY: $750 ends 6 June
  • STANDARD: $800 from 7 June
  • $AUD inc GST

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Training Information

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has been shown, in dozens of studies, to be very effective at reducing self-harm, suicide attempts, aggression, substance use problems, eating disorders, relationship chaos and distress, and other out-of-control behaviors.

Training in DBT typically focuses on how to treat these “Stage 1” primary targets, in part by helping people learn skills to reduce these life-threatening or severely impairing behaviors. In Stage 1, primary targets are relatively clear, and we become proficient in many dialectical and skillful ways to solve these problems.

However, more diffuse problems can be more difficult to identify, assess, and target for improvement. These may include common problems in emotional dysregulation, BPD and related disorders such as feelings of profound emptiness, anhedonia, loneliness and relationship chaos and distress. In Stage 1 or Stage 2, these may be primary or secondary targets, depending on circumstances.

In this workshop, we will focus on identifying and assessing these more diffuse targets, which are common not only in BPD, but in related disorders as well. We will focus on how to use mindfulness skills to treat these sticky problems, and how to follow up mindfulness with detailed work on both emotion regulation and relationship skills. The workshop will include lecture, demonstration, and practice opportunities for participants.

This workshop is open to all therapists. A basic understanding of DBT prior to this workshop would be helpful. Please contact us for guidance on how to broaden your understanding of DBT prior to the workshop.

Byron Clinic is a proud sponsor of NEA.BPDAust’s ‘Family Connections’ programme. Proceeds from this workshop as well as Professor Alan Fruzzetti’s time and expertise are being donated to this valuable and worthwhile program.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

At the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Describe “emptiness” in a practical, behavioral way, in the context of a client’s cultural experience.
  • Use mindfulness to increase the experience of a consistent (non-empty) self.
  • Use mindfulness and emotion regulation skills in the treatment of anhedonia.
  • Use relationship mindfulness skills to help clients improve and stabilize their relationships.

Byron Clinic is a proud sponsor of NEA.BPDAust’s ‘Family Connections’ programme. Proceeds from this workshop as well as Professor Alan Fruzzetti’s time and expertise are being donated to this valuable and worthwhile program.

DAY ONE PROGRAM
Time Day One Topics
08:00am – 09:00am Day One sign-in
09:00am – 09:10am Opening and welcome
09:10am – 10:30am Mindfulness practice; applications of mindfulness; what is a self; wise mind & wise self.
10:30am – 11:00am Morning Break
11:00am – 12:30pm Skills to relearn the consequences of aversive control & conditioning; demonstration and practice
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 3:00pm Emptiness; the multiple functions of “I don’t know” and how to intervene in the session with skills; demonstration and practice
3:00pm – 3:30pm Afternoon Break
3:30pm—4:30pm “Boredom,” stimulus control, and in-session reconditioning; demonstration and practice
4:30pm Day One Close
DAY TWO PROGRAM
Time Day Two Topics
08:00am – 09:00am Day Two sign-in
09:00am – 10:30am Mindfulness practice; helping to build a wise self; demonstration and practice
10:30am – 11:00am Morning Break
11:00am – 12:30pm Treating anhedonia, one second at a time, with DBT skills; demonstration and practice
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 3:00pm Relationship mindfulness instead of relationship chaos: Open your mind before you open your mouth/td>
3:00pm – 3:30pm Afternoon Break
3:30pm—4:30pm Double chains, intimacy, and the “Relationship Two-Step” (accurate expression & validating responses); demonstration and practice
4:30pm Day Two Close
Alan Fruzzetti's Biography

Alan Fruzzetti PhD is Director of the Boys DBT Program and Director of Training in Family Services at McLean Hospital, and a Professor at Harvard Medical School. He received his B.A. from Brown University and M.S. & Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Seattle, where he worked with Dr. Marsha Linehan for four years.  Since that time, Alan has adapted and implemented Dialectical Behavior Therapy for multiple underserved populations and developed many successful DBT programs for people with BPD, other problems with emotion regulation, and programs for couples, parents, and families. His research focuses on the connections between severe psychopathology and interpersonal/family processes, and their interplay with emotion dysregulation.

Dr. Fruzzetti is on the Board of Directors of the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder, the International Society for DBT, and the Linehan Institute. He has authored more than 100 research and clinical papers and book chapters, and has lectured and trained professionals in more than a dozen countries on BPD, DBT, and on family interventions. Alan is the co-creator, with Perry Hoffman, of the NEA-BPD Family Connections program, for parents, partners, and other loved ones of people with BPD and related problems. He has received many honors for research and for community service, and is married with four children.

Byron Clinic is a proud sponsor of NEA.BPDAust’s ‘Family Connections’ programme. Proceeds from this workshop as well as Professor Alan Fruzzetti’s time and expertise are being donated to this valuable and worthwhile program.

How is the training delivered?

The workshop will include lecture, demonstration, and practice opportunities for participants.

WHO IS THIS TRAINING SUITABLE FOR?

These workshops are suitable for (but not limited to) mental health professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, counsellors and social workers.

These workshops build on DBT skills and are open to all therapists. A basic understanding of DBT is an advantage.

Are morning and afternoon tea included? What about lunch?

Morning/afternoon tea and/or lunch can be ordered separately from the actual workshop registration.

These optional refreshments are provided by the event venue in each city and by allowing participants to order them separately allows Byron Clinic to keep the cost of the workshop as affordable as possible.

Each venue is centrally located within easy walking distance of a number of food outlets and choices.

You can order morning/afternoon teas and/or lunch either simultaneously with your workshop registration or as a separate order at a later point in time.

For those who order them, morning/afternoon teas include tea, freshly-brewed coffee and juices, along with a selection of pastries.

Lunch will include the Chef’s daily selection of sandwiches, wraps and/or rolls, cake and/or biscuits, a selection of fruit, served buffet style along with tea and coffee.

Please note that vegetarian and gluten free options will be available. Other specialty dietary needs can not be catered for.

Tea and coffee will only be available at lunch to those participants at lunch time who have ordered lunch in advance.

Do I get a Certificate of Attendance? What about CPD hours/points?

Byron Clinic Pty Ltd provides a Certificate of Attendance to each workshop attendee. Certificates will be completed using the given name at the point of initial online registration and payment. These will be distributed as a hard copy to participants prior to the conclusion of the workshop. It is the attendee’s responsibility to ensure that they have their Certificate of Attendance at the time of distribution.

This workshop should accrue a maximum of 11 hours of learning. Certificates of attendance at this Professional Development activity will be distributed at the workshop. For CPD points for specific organisations, please see: APS, AASW, RANZCP, ANZCMHN.

Please ensure that you have received your certificate prior to the end of the workshop. Requests for duplicate certificates after this period will incur an administration fee.

What are the training terms & conditions?

Please refer to our event terms and conditions here.

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Does Byron Clinic offer Group or Student Discounts?
No, the only discounts available are our time-based booking windows: ‘keen’, ‘early’, ‘standard’ etc. The earlier you book, the lower the registration fee.

Any Further Questions?

Please contact us via our contact form here, selecting the “Workshop” => “Janina Fisher 2017” option and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Alan E. Fruzzetti, Ph.D. in Australia: June 2017

SYDNEY

Wesley Conference Centre

20 & 21 June 2017

  • SUPER SAVER: $650 ends 21 April
  • EARLY: $750 ends 6 June
  • STANDARD: $800 from 7 June
  • $AUD inc GST

Book Now

MELBOURNE

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

22 & 23 June 2017

  • SUPER SAVER: $650 ends 21 April
  • EARLY: $750 ends 6 June
  • STANDARD: $800 from 7 June
  • $AUD inc GST

Book Now

Big reactions (high reactivity) can communicate more clearly what a person is feeling, but also can result in the person sometimes reacting too quickly, getting upset or even dysregulated before all the information has become available.

This can sometimes be counterproductive, of course: if reactivity had been lower, the person’s response might have been quite different and more productive.

Conversely, small reactions — often quieter, slower, and less intensely expressed — allow time to understand the whole picture but may not effectively communicate how important something is or what someone is feeling, easily resulting in misunderstanding.

Alan E. Fruzzetti, Ph.D.

The High-Conflict Couple: A Dialectical Behavior Therapy Guide To Finding Peace, Intimacy, And Validation

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