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The Heat of the Moment in Treatment: Mindful Management of Difficult Clients

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Length: 3 hours

Clinicians working with challenging populations and those whose work challenges their coping capacities, need help beyond admonitions of "self-care" and seeking supervision. This workshop is an intensive training in acceptance and mindfulness-based strategies for developing skills in managing one's countertransference reactivity to clients. This workshop seeks to provide a venue for clinicians to develop and hone specific skills derived from the fast-growing social neuroscience, acceptance/commitment and mindfulness empirical literatures in order to stave off negative outcomes in clinical work. Using minimal jargon, and relying on engaging discussion, case examples, well-developed training activities and exercises, and an interactive format, this workshop aims to fill a gap in continuing education for psychologists.

Learning Objective 1
Recognize the difficult patterns in past and current therapeutic interactions that impede treatment progress.

Learning Objective 2
Demonstrate skill in managing difficult client interactions by conducting in-the-moment assessment.

Learning Objective 3
Develop a personal intervention plan using straight-forward, research-supported interventions.

Presenter: Mitch Abblett, PhD

Dr. Mitch Abblett completed his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Florida State University, and his predoctoral internship at the Boston Consortium for Clinical Psychology.  He is the Clinical Director of the Manville School, a Harvard-affiliated private therapeutic day school program in Boston, serving children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral and learning difficulties.  Dr. Abblett maintains a psychotherapy and consulting practice and recently published a book regarding mindfulness skills for clinicians (“The Heat of the Moment in Treatment: Mindful Management of Difficult Clients” by Norton).  He has trained nationally and internationally regarding mindfulness and its applications in clinical work.


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