Week 112 - How to Build a Solid Foundation in a First Session

July 02 – July 07, 2018 . . . . .

WEEK 112

July 09 – July 14, 2018


Monday, July 09, 2018

How to Engage the Client in the Path to Healing

Pat Ogden, PhD shares the one essential attitude that she brings to a first session.
Running time: 06:26

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

How to Build a Relationship that Respects Cultural Dynamics

Shelly Harrell, PhD talks about how she avoids perpetuating societal imbalance in the therapeutic relationship.
Running time: 08:59

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

How to Work with the Vulnerability of the First Session

Dan Siegel, MD shares a four-part process that can help clients feel safe and connected.
Running time: 10:16

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

How to Address Common Warning Signs in the First Session

Ron Siegel, PsyD and Zindel Segal, PhD discuss common red flags – and how to approach them skillfully.
Running time: 06:28

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Critical Insights

Ron Siegel, PsyD and Kelly McGonigal, PhD highlight the key concepts in this week’s videos.
Running time: 23:35

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Placebo Effects and Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities:
An Unjust and Underexplored Connection


Saturday, July 14, 2018

Focus on Application

Joan Borysenko, PhD, and Rick Hanson, PhD connect exercises and techniques with this week’s discussion so you can begin using these ideas right away with your clients.
Running time: 20:25

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  1. I was just reflecting on the differences in the needs of clients in first sessions. When I review past clients I’ve had, I see a pattern of for whom it is important to know about me or any stories outside of themselves. The pattern is that the more borderline a client, the less they have any interest in anything outside of their own story. For those who fit this diagnosis, my showing up, listening, witnessing with my full attention for an hour seems to be what helps them most. Tho it in no way seems “collaborative” to me, I see my role as being a positive attachment figure who can give them positive regard where that has been missing. These clients come back again and again, and while I personally question what I am doing for them, they believe they get great benefit. I just listen, maybe make one comment or critique at the end.