Sweetser 2012 Summer Institute!

Sweetser 2012
            Summer Institute!


The Summer Institute offers a special 2-day program of Psychotherapy workshops for professionals in mental and behavioral health, substance abuse prevention and treatment, public health, social work and psychologists. The program will be hosted at Sweetser in Brunswick, located at 329 Bath Road. Each day the program will run from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm; breakfast and lunch will be provided.



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Thursday, July 19

8:00 - 8:30 am, Breakfast (provided)


8:30 - 9:00 am,

Address by Keynote Speaker: Cathy Kidman


9:00 - Noon, Morning Sessions


Life Your Way

       Presenter: Amy Wood 

* Full-day workshop (if you select this for the morning, you will need to attend the afternoon session as well)

How can you be happier at home and work? It's hard to know in the information age when incentives to grow personally and professionally entice us in a constant stream from every direction. This workshop cuts through the clutter of quick-fix self-help hype (Reinvent yourself by Friday! Transform your career/relationships/body in three easy steps!) and teaches a realistic program for living and working well amid the clamor. The purpose is to help clinicians update their approach to success so that they can support clients navigating the overwhelm.


Bruce Springsteen's Work as a Catalyst for Professional and Personal Growth of the Psychotherapist 
Presenter: Lorraine Magione

Bruce Springsteen's work explores much of what might be called the existential or human condition as he sings about love, loss, growing up, changing, family, choices, challenges, friendship, relationships, parents, loneliness, death, society, oppression, war, and tragedy. This workshop will look at some of the major themes in Springsteen's work in order to both better understand the depth of meaning and experience that attaches to these issues, and to discuss ways to think about using his ideas, words, and music professionally and clinically.


Writing as Therapy: Memoir to Fiction - Making it Up to Make it Real

       Presenter: Dulcie Witman

The writing process can be a lifelong source of vitality, growth, and healing which is enhanced when shared with fellow travelers. As therapists, we can use writing as a method for our clients to move through barriers that have held them stuck in their old stories. Through the use of in class writing exercises and class discussion, this class will focus on creating an encouraging environment for clients to write the stories they have always wanted to tell, stories whose telling may have been limited by the facts. And in the process, we can practice with our own.


Noon - 1:00 pm, Lunch (provided)


1:00 - 4:00 pm, Afternoon Sessions


Life Your Way (continues)

Ecopsychology and Ecotherapy  

Presenter: Dennis Grannis-Phoenix

Ecopsychology and ecotherapy is a non-clinical approach to helping individuals, families, and groups in recognizing how a disconnection from the natural world creates a dualism or split from who we are as humans. In our modern society it becomes easy to identify ourselves as the 'work' that we do, rather than who we are and why are we here at this time on the planet. Workshop attendees will begin to reconnect with nature, to learn to "hear with our hearts", to understand the power of myth and archetype and to understand we are not alone in our search for wholeness and simplicity.

Friday, July 20

8:00 - 9:00 am, Breakfast (provided) and Networking


9:00 - Noon, Morning Sessions


Pawsitive Therapy Strategies ®
Presenter: Grace Brace

* Full-day workshop


The morning session will provide theory and introduction to the concepts and materials of working with therapy dogs. The afternoon session will be "hands on" work with dogs. Attendees are welcome to attend the morning session only, but those wishing to attend the afternoon session will need the morning segment.


The Use of Film as Metaphor in Psychotherapy Work  

Presenter: Jen Bella

This humorous take on utilizing film (Harold and Maude, When Harry Met Sally) and its metaphorical meanings as a pathway to insight with clients is designed to lend a new dimension to work with clients of all ages. In addition, some time will be spent looking at how to bridge the gap with adolescents using YouTube.


Re-"view", Re-"member", and Re-"story" with TAT (Tapas Acupressure Technique): Exploring the Power of Energy Psychology

        Presenter: Deb Dana

TAT (Tapas Acupressure Technique) is an energy psychology that utilizes energy pathways and specific acupressure points to release the charge related to past experiences and to shift fixed patterns of thought and belief. TAT engages the mind through safe "Re-viewing" (seeing again without the traumatic charge), and the body through "Re-membering" (unlocking neural nets and creating new communities of cells), resulting in "Re-storying" (coming out of the stories that hold us back and into the stories of possibility). In this workshop, participants will experience TAT from the inside out and explore the three "R's" of gentle yet powerful change.


Noon - 1:00 pm, Lunch (provided)


1:00 - 4:00 pm, Afternoon Sessions

Pawsitive Therapy Strategies ® (continues)

The afternoon session will be "hands on" work with dogs. Attendees are welcome to attend the morning session only, but those wishing to attend the afternoon session will need the morning segment.


The Use of Tarot in Psychotherapy  

Presenter: Rick Bouchard

This workshop deals with the use of Tarot in psychotherapy, introducing a unique technique for illuminating and working with dreams through the use of the Tarot, as well as, a variety of other ways in which the Tarot can be integrated into a clinician's work and the client's journey. This workshop will also focus on the ethical and responsible use of this and other alternative tools.


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