Uncovering and Changing the Hidden Self: An Integration of...

Uncovering and Changing the Hidden Self: An Integration of...

Uncovering and Changing the Hidden Self: An Integration of Affect, Neuropsychology of the Unconscious, and Memory Reconsolidation

Presented By: John Omaha, PhD, LMFT  | Saturday, October 29, 2016 | 9 am – 1 pm

Location: CIP, 1330 Lincoln Avenue, Suite 201, San Rafael, CA 94901

Cost: $75 early registration fee up to 10 days prior to seminar, $85 after. 

CIP Member Discounts: $50 early registration, $60 after 

CEs: 4 CEs for LMFTs & LCSWs and 4 CEs for Psychologists

John Omaha Bio:

John Omaha, PhD, LMFT, has provided drug and alcohol counseling in an IOP. During this time he received Level I and Level II training in EMDR and developed the AMST protocol to prepare clients for EMDR. He also adapted EMDR to treatment of addictions, alcoholism, and eating disorders. After earning his MFT license, he opened a private practice where he treats these disorders as well as sexual compulsivity disorders, depression, anxiety, and couples’ challenges.

Course Description:

From birth onward, the human brain makes maps about the world, its exigencies, and how to survive physically, mentally, and emotionally. Experience conditions the structure of the brain and mind. Maps that reduce suffering and optimize pleasure are formed at this time in the unconscious. They persist as self-systems (Ginot, 2015) or schemas (Ecker, et al., 2012) that are enacted continually throughout life, often as the client’s psychopathology. These self-systems (the Hidden Self) are implicit, automatic, rigid, rapid, and emotion-driven. They affect perception, cognition, emotion, physiology, and behavior. They are stored in hyperdurable synapses. Misfortune, adversity, and trauma are bundled into these self-systems, which are often fear conditioned. 

The goal of Affect Centered Therapy (ACT) is to raise these self-systems to awareness and to overwrite them in order for the client to achieve a new autonomy. ACT begins by teaching the client skills to recognize, tolerate, and regulate a range of affects, thus raising emotion responding to awareness. ACT next employs the client’s presenting problem to uncover and resolve the childhood experiences that set him or her on a path to the current challenges. Finally ACT uses the skills of Coherence Therapy to uncover and overwrite–using memory reconsolidation–the self-systems the client is expressing through the presenting problem.

Source Material: 

This program is derived from the following works:

Ecker, B., Ticic, R., & Hulley, L. (2012). “Unlocking the emotional brain: Eliminating symptoms at their roots using memory reconsolidation.” New York: Rutledge

Ginot, E. (2015). “The neuropsychology of the unconscious: Integrating brain and mind in psychotherapy.” New York: W.W. Norton

Omaha, J. (2004). “Psychotherapeutic interventions for emotion regulation: EMDR and bilateral stimulation for affect management.” New York: W.W. Norton

Learning Objectives:  

Upon completion of this workshop participants should be able to:

1. Describe the formation of self-systems and their enactment in the form of the presenting problem.

2. Identify the steps of Affect Management Skills Training (AMST) protocol and describe the integration of Coherence Therapy to overwrite dysfunctional-emotion regulation scripts.

3. Analyze and demonstrate the Affect Centered Therapy (ACT) approach to uncovering and resolving the childhood traumas that set the client on a trajectory to the presenting problem.

4. Apply the integration of Coherence Therapy into ACT to overwrite the self-systems expressed through the presenting problem.

Course Schedule/Outline:  

8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration 

9:00 am – 10:00 am Neuropsychology of the unconscious

10:00 am – 10:15 am Break

10:15 am – 11:00 am Affect Management Skills Training: Raising emotion responding  to awareness

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Integrating memory reconsolidation into treatment of anxiety

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Affect Centered Therapy: Using the client’s presenting problem to access and resolve childhood trauma and adversity

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Using Coherence Therapy and memory reconsolidation to uncover and resolve the underlying self-system


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