Main Conference Day 3 – May 29 (Sun)

Sunday 29 May, 2016
2/F., 5 Sassoon Rd, Pokfulam, Hong Kong

Practicing Existential-Hermeneutical-Phenomenological Therapy: Skill Building Demonstration
Demonstrator: Todd Dubose, Ph.D.
(The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)

Demonstrator's Bios
This live demonstration and skill building presentation will focus on the particular ways in which the therapeutic relationship is the intervention. We will explore the process of descriptive clarification, finding and validating “lived meaning,” discern the implied limitations, possibilities, and choices in how one is living out what matters, discuss how to sharing one’s own human journey in companionship with those seeking therapy, and how to maintain relative, horizontal, multiple partiality while being authentically engaged in understanding. This presentation will show how change and therapeutic care can be based on a “collaborative-understanding” model as an alternative to the more typical deficit-correction model.
Existential-Humanistic Therapy Demonstration
Demonstrator: Louis Hoffman, Ph.D.
(Saybrook University)

Demonstrator's Bios
This demonstration will focus on core existential-humanistic practices, including relationship skills, working with emotion, and meaning. The therapist will illustrate what is meant by therapeutic presence, including how this serves as a basis for working with meaning. An existential-humanistic approach to working with emotion will also be explored, including how emotion can help facilitate and track shifts in meaning for the client. The presentation concludes with time for questions and discussions to better clarify aspects of the demonstration and existential-humanistic practice.
The Warrior Heart of a Child: Working with Complex Trauma in Fostering Posttraumatic Growth
Demonstrator: Theopia Jackson, Ph.D.
(Saybrook University)

Demonstrator's Bios
The complexity of violence and injury, because of the multiple determinants, behaviors, and outcomes, makes scientific study and professional intervention more difficult, but ever more important. Traditionally, child abuse and partner abuse have been researched, conceptualized, and treated in isolation of one another yet child clients are presenting with a greater prevalence of the interplay among diverse forms of intimate violence (e.g., child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, extended-family violence, and cultural trauma). There is a significant need for more integrative approaches that are humanistically-informed and culturally-attuned. In this workshop, the presenter will demonstrate the integrative use of humanistic principles, trauma-informed practice, and African-centered psychology from a strengths-based approach in the treatment of a courageous young girl whose developmental niche consists of multigeneralizational trauma, child maltreatment, poverty, and chronic illness. Her story will be illuminated through video-tape, cultural genograms, play therapy, and family systems interventions. Participants will be invited to benefit from the clinician’s reflections on what worked, what did not, and lessons learned from this on-going journey with a fiercely resilient little girl who is embedded in a complex family system.
Kinaesthetic Imagining
Demonstrator: Ilene Serlin, Ph.D.
(Private Practice, San Francisco, USA)

Demonstrator's Bios
This demonstration will explore nonverbal dimensions of the therapeutic process through cultivation of kinesthetic intelligence. These dimensions include: attunement; mirroring; kinesthetic empathy, kinesthetic transference and countertransference; amplification of the images; action hermeneutics (finding meaning). They are explored through a process of KinAesthetic Imagining (KI). KinAesthetic Imagining, as a form of nonverbal communication, is both transcultural but also culture-specific. As a method of dance movement therapy, KinAesthetic Imagining has roots in archetypal forms of sacred dance and folk dance, and takes specific forms in Western versus Eastern cultures. Implications of learning how to read movement and observe existential qualities of time, weight, flow, and space in a cultural context within the therapeutic relationship will be discussed.
Death and Authenticity: How the Confrontation with Death Enhances AuthenticityFacilitators: Mark Yang, PsyD (Saybrook University) and Bruce Lee, M.A. (Alliant International University)
Mark Yang's Bios
Bruce Lee's Bios
Philosophers remind us that “death is the condition that makes it possible for us to live life in an authentic fashion.” With death being the ultimate limitation, this workshop will take participants through several exercises designed to increase our awareness of the limitation and fragility of life in order to help us to live more authentically, count our blessings, and cherish the amazing gift of life that we have been given.
Using Your Dreams At Night as a Spark for Your CreativityFacilitator: Rich Bardgill, Ph.D.
(Virginia Commonwealth University)

Facilitator's Bios
Many adults claim to ‘not be creative’. This is a result of acculturation rather than the state of nature. All children exhibit natural creativity. They love to draw, sing, dance, make believe and, in general, play. Most educational systems begin to curb these natural desires. Children are told that art is not as important as Math or Science. If they do have an art class they might be instructed in how to “draw properly” suggesting that their prior artwork is wrong. Very little of that childhood artist survives, for most people, into adulthood. Fortunately for us, our dreams at night never let our creativity perish completely—even in those who see themselves as “not being creative.” This workshop will get folks to use their own dreams (or you can use one the instructor provides) to make a piece of actual artwork. We will talk about how dreams can be used to create poems, songs, short stories and visual artwork.