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JUNE 24 - 26, 2021 / WORLDWIDE




SEGMENT 1: 9.00 - 10.00


From Addiction to Connection

with Elizabeth Lacy

Addictive Disorders are a mixed bunch. They can contain drugs, alcohol, spending, gambling and sex to name some of the most prevalent substances and processes. These are some of the most challenging behaviors we face as therapists and have many "moving parts". We sometimes feel powerless, hopeless, frustrated and even, at times, judgmental toward these seemingly self-destructive behaviors.

This workshop covers a review of the concepts and techniques of schema theory and therapy (ST) as it relates to the conceptualization of addictive modes. This includes the origins and development of modes specific to addictions, particularly the development of a Triple Mode Cycle present in all addictions. Participants will be shown how to conceptualize addictions in a way which makes working with people who struggle with this issue easier to understand, empathically confront and engage in the treatment room. Once therapists truly understand the complexity of addictive cycles, they can intervene effectively. Schema Therapy is well-suited for this population due to high comorbidity rates (66-78%) of personality disorders and a track record of working with complex issues. Participants will be introduced to the conceptualization of addictive disorders and basic methods of intervention. There will be access to live  Q&A Meetings with Liz.

It is recommended that attendees have an understanding of the schema mode model prior to the workshop.

About the Presenters

Elizabeth Lacy

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Why Schema Therapy?

Schema therapy has been extensively researched to effectively treat a wide variety of typically treatment resistant conditions, including Borderline Personality Disorder and Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Read our summary of the latest research comparing the dramatic results of schema therapy compared to other standard models of psychotherapy.

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