Saturday, February 10, 2018
9:00 am – 12 Noon
Dr. Steven Vensel
Affect is the most fundamental element of the human experience. It is what gives meaning to our lives and makes life worth living. It is also where pain resides, defenses are born, personal worth is defined, and maladaptive processes begin. In recent years mental health professionals have been increasingly pressured to utilize cognitive approaches that focus on rapid behavioral change in order to receive third party reimbursements. As a result, mental health professionals have limited opportunities to deepen their understanding of affective experiential approaches in their clinical work. This workshop will provide a foundation to understanding affect and the rapid transformational power of experiential interventions. Clinicians will also be provided with a deeper understanding of the therapist as an attachment agent and how to maximize positive client transformation through therapeutic behaviors and techniques.
Objective one: Affect and Transformation
The first part of this presentation will focus on deepening the clinicians’ understanding of affect in clinical work; core emotional experiences and how they lead to psychopathology; the therapeutic, healing and transformative process of affective therapeutic experiences; and the power of the therapeutic relationship in experiential healing.
Objective two: Affective Strategies and Interventions
The second part of this presentation will focus on strategies and interventions to harness the adaptational and transformative power of affect. Clinicians will learn how to track affects; use everyday language to overcome defensive barriers to healing; deepen emotional experiences and expression; assist clients in tolerating and processing core emotional experiences; and, using the therapeutic relationship as an attached and holding force in client healing.
Presenter: Dr. Steven Vensel, Ph.D., LCSW
About the Presenter:
Dr. Vensel is the Director of the Counselor Education Program at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He has worked in the Christian counseling field for more than 30 years and has a Ph.D. in Counseling from FAU. He is the Associate Editor and Co-Author of “Mental Health and Mental Disorders: An Encyclopedia of Conditions, Treatments, and Well-Being.”
When: Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Where: Gregory Hall, Room 115, Palm Beach Atlantic University. Gregory Hall is located at 1314 S. Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach. There is free parking on Dixie Highway and Acacia Road. (For a map of the University, go to www.pba.edu and click on Maps. Gregory Hall is Building 12 on the map.)
All participants will receive a certificate of attendance. Additionally, those who are 491 licensees will receive three Continuing Education Units with the state of Florida.
Event cost (includes 3 CEUs): $25.00 for non-SFACC members, $20.00 for SFACC clinical and affiliate members (Affiliate membership is free for students, pastors, ministry leaders, lay counselors, and non-licensed counselors working in exempt agencies). Counseling students, with ID, pay $10.
There will be handouts covering the above topic which are included in the registration cost. There will be a late registration fee of $5.00 for payments made the day of the event, so please register now to help us in planning for handouts and refreshments.
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Sponsored by the Graduate Counseling Program at Palm Beach Atlantic University and the South Florida Association of Christian Counselors (SFACC)
The Graduate Counseling Program of Palm Beach Atlantic University is authorized to offer CE credits by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Provider Number BAP #820-Exp. 3/2019. This seminar is sponsored by the South Florida Association of Christian Counselors, a group created to provide Christian continuing education opportunities for pastors and Christian mental health professionals.