Dates: 2023 March 1, 2, & 3
Time: 9am- 5pm
Venue: The Pearl Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Trainer: Professor Emeritus Louis Downs, PhD
Organiser: InPsych Psychological Services & Training
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Frequently, psychiatrist, psychologists and counselors are exposed to “models” for clinical work, set protocols based on singular theories. But empirical evidence strongly suggests that, outside of select disorders such as anxiety or depression, models produce relatively modest outcomes for clients. Part of this poor prognosis from singular approaches may be just a narrowing of both skills and focus on the part of psychological clinicians, but more likely contributing factors may dull the clinical session so that clinicians pay more attention to what they are “supposed” to do rather than seeking deeper insights, working intuitively based on those insights, and in the process losing creativity.
But increasingly, Integrated Therapy has begun to improve outcomes from psychological counselling as it becomes more sophisticated. Research consistently shows evidence of dramatic improvement in prognosis for clients who attend psychotherapy with clinicians who have integrated several theory bases into their session. Integrated Therapy requires a clear understanding of theoretical conceptualizations of client attitudes and issues beyond mere diagnosis, a wealth of skills sets acquired from study and practice of multiple theories and increased intuitive response to the expressions the client offers as clues to attitudes and deeper issues. Research also suggests that client responses to integrated theory deal with deeper problems than those presented, including personality and temperament.
Professor Emeritus Louis Downs, PhD, who has practiced Integrated Therapy since the early 1990s as well as taught and supervised counselling psychology students and clinicians the art of Integrated Therapy since 1995, will bring his extensive experience to the workshop.
This workshop will begin with a philosophical and clinical orientation to the breadth and skills of Integrated Therapy. Subsequently, Dr. Downs will open an extensive, in-depth discussion with participants about the use in practice of the varied skills used as Integrated Therapy.
In this workshop, you will learn:
To apply theoretical conceptualizations of client’s attitudes and issues beyond a diagnostic framework.
A wealth of skills sets acquired from study and practice of multiple theories to increased your intuitive responses & creativity in therapy
The practice of the varied skills used for Integrated Therapy
How to increase your effectiveness in clinical sessions
We want you to have an effective learning experience from this workshop! Therefore, you are required to complete a Learning Style Inventory upon registration. Link to the inventory will be provided upon confirmation of registration.
Do come prepared with memory of sessions with clients that were difficult and be prepared NOT to do case presentations! Instead, we will be discussing the dynamics of those sessions; you should also be prepared to role play your clients whenever it is important to model the intuitive skill sets in action.
You can expect to take a more refined and functional understanding with you at the end of the workshop, with accompanying insights into different ways to focus a therapeutic conversation beyond the initial presentation by your clients.
Professor Emeritus Louis Downs, PhD, began his career in Counselling. After receiving his Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology, he took his place as a psychotherapist in the mental health community specializing in childhood disorders, adult phobia and anxiety, substance abuse, and working within the legal system with prison parolees and probationers.
Realizing the need for skills beyond what academia provided, he studied Cognitive Behavioral Therapy under Dr. Donald Meichenbaum, Gestalt Therapy under Dr. Erving Pollster, Reality Therapy under Dr. William Glaser, Solution Focused therapy under Bill O’Hanlon, Dissociative Disorder Therapy under Dr. Richard Kluft, and received his certificate in hypnosis from the Milton Erickson Institute. He was also certified as a transactional analysis therapist, a play and sand therapist, was certified as an adventure-based counselor, and was certified by the Red Cross as an emergency mental health specialist.
During his studies to obtain a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Counseling Psychology, he was introduced to the new field of Integrated Therapy: an approach that empirical studies was revealing significantly more effective and long-lasting outcomes than single model therapies. For the past 27 years of a 40-year career in counseling and psychotherapy, Prof Downs has applied, taught, and clinically supervised integrated therapeutic techniques. He brings his extensive experience and expertise to professional counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals in Southeast Asia to enhance their own clinical effectiveness.
1. Registration will be closed 2 weeks before the commencement of the program.
2. No cancellations will be accepted. If you are unable to attend, a substitute participant is welcome at no extra charge by informing us in writing 1 week before the program. The substitute participant is required to fill-in the registration form.
3. In the unlikely event of program cancellation by the organizer, we will provide a full refund. The organizer assumes no liability for any incidental costs that a participant might incur as a consequence of a program cancellation.
Yes. MSC was designed for people to explore their own relationship with themselves, and to learn how to treat themselves with more kindness especially when they are suffering. Naturally, mental health professionals saw the potential benefits for their clients, and most programs have a number of mental health professionals attending. However the program is first and foremost for personal development.
Yes you can attend this 8+1 weeks program but please discuss your situation by contacting the MSC teacher directly email@example.com.
There is no prerequisite for MSC program to know how to meditate or to observe silence. Other than the half-day practice after the 5th week, where it is encouraged to have silence-practice with several of the MSC exercises, before discussing/revising with the MSC teacher, there is not a lot of silence in the other weeks of MSC program.
We strongly suggest that you practise these exercises yourself first for a period of 6-12 months and contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your own practice and using the materials/workbook. Later on, you can consider using selected exercises with your individual clients/patients and use your wise discretion in doing this. We also ask that you attribute your work to the MSC program developers, Dr Kristin Neff and Dr Christopher Germer.
However, you are NOT allowed to teach/train a group of people using any of the MSC exercises/materials, as that required a professional to undergo and complete the MSC Teacher’s Teaching pathway
Yes, attending this 8+1 weeks MSC program fully (100% attendance) is one of the pre-requisite that satisfies the application for MSC Teacher’s Training program. The shorter program like a 1-day or 2 half-day Introduction to MSC program or if you did not attend 8+1 weeks MSC program fully, it does not satisfy the criteria. You can replace the session(s) that you missed in the next batch of MSC program (subject to seat availability. View replace criteria), in order to fulfill your attendance to 100% but there will be a small fee to cover the cost of venue and food.
For more information, please visit the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion’s website at https://centerformsc.org/teach-msc/
There are MSC teachers all over the world teaching MSC. You can check out the MSC Teacher and Program Directory on the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion’s website at https://centerformsc.org/course-teachers-list/
Certificate of Attendance will ONLY be awarded for 100% attendance.
Even though 100% attendance is not a compulsory for learning MSC for personal growth and development, you cannot miss the 1st and 2nd week/session as they are foundations for subsequent sessions. Please attend the next batch if based on the current scheduled dates, you will not be available for 1st and 2nd week/session.
On the event of emergency or unexpected absence, please refer to the replacement criteria.
|Time||1st March||2nd March||3rd March|
|0900-1030||Introduction & Foundation of Integrated Therapy||Q&A from Day 1, Attending to presence, Deepening session.||Q&A from Day 2 Added skills from various psychotherapeutic models, applicable to integrated therapy effectiveness|
|1100-1230||Underlying principles, basic skills used||Role Play – practices skills: Attending and deepening Debriefing||Video of session using Integrated Therapy Debriefing and discussion|
|1330-1500||Myths and barriers to effective use of integrated therapy||Blending important theory bases. Gathering awareness and understanding of important session dynamics and client characteristics from the various theorical insights into client problem fortifications (i.e., resistance to change, fear of self-awareness, dearth of motivation)||Practice session – role play: further skills in deepening and various models|
|1530-1700||Attending to flow of session, identifying resistance, client’s presence in therapeutic process||Recording therapy session viewing and debriefing Further skill sets dealing with issues of developing dynamics to deepen sessions||Dealing with resistance. Role-play in dealing with resistance Closing|