Lonely and Inadequate: Evidence-Based
Treatment - Psychology /
Therapy / Healthcare Training Seminar
Healing Insecure Attachment for More
Therapy rooms are filled with clients who relate to themselves and others in
ways that leave them feeling essentially flawed or inadequate, and perceiving
that others are not emotionally available to them. These issues interfere with
their abilities to manage their emotions and negatively impact all aspects of
their lives, including friendships, romantic relationships, pursuit of hobbies
and interests, and careers. Unfortunately, these individuals often resist
therapeutic interventions. In recent years, attachment theory has piqued the
interest of an increasing number of mental health professionals. It offers a way
for therapists to understand how insecure attachment is often intertwined with
negative self-perceptions, the experience of others as emotionally unavailable,
and ineffective attempts to regulate affect.
This seminar provides participants with tools to help insecurely attached
clients improve their relationships with themselves and others. Learn how to use
the therapeutic relationship to address attachment issues within sessions, along
with how to help clients increase four fundamental levels of self-awareness and
self-compassion—a combination called compassionate self-awareness. In addition
to psycho-education about attachment issues, these skills enable clients to
improve their ability to regulate affect, empathize with, and gently challenge
old self-perceptions. As a result, clients become open to exploring and
experiencing a more secure attachment style. By infusing the seminar with her
warm, engaging style, clinical examples, and interactive exercises, Dr.
Becker-Phelps creates an atmosphere that supports and encourages you to use this
new, integrative approach to effectively treat insecurely attached clients.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
• Describe how insecure attachment undermines
self-worth, sabotages the ability to develop healthy relationships, and impairs
• Assess three specific ways in which people maintain their attachment style
• Identify the core concepts of compassionate self-awareness
• List four fundamental domains of self-awareness and demonstrate techniques to
• Summarize the elements of self-compassion and apply techniques to increase
• Outline three fundamental elements of an emotionally close, healthy
• Discover techniques to teach clients how to identify components of a healthy
relationship and appropriately manage conflict
ABOUT THE PRESENTER
LESLIE BECKER-PHELPS, PhD, is a licensed
psychologist in New Jersey with over 20 years of experience. She has a private
practice where she treats individuals and couples. She is on the medical staff
at Somerset Medical Center, where she has previously served as clinical director
of Women's Psychological Services and Chief of Psychology. Dr. Becker-Phelps is
the relationships expert on WebMD's Relationships and Coping Community, where
she provides support, encouragement, and feedback about various relationship
issues. In her blog, The Art of Relationships for WebMD, she offers information
and guidance on how to nurture healthy relationships. Dr. Becker-Phelps also
writes a blog called Making Change for the Psychology Today website. This blog
focuses on providing information on how to approach personal change in an
effective manner. She has published the book Insecure in Love: How Anxious
Attachment Can Make You Feel Jealous, Needy, and Worried and What You Can Do
About It (New Harbinger Publications, 2014).
Dr. Becker-Phelps is a warm and engaging speaker, who has presented nationally
on a variety of mental health topics. She has been invited to address physicians
and other health care professionals as well as lay audiences. In addition, Dr.
Becker-Phelps has been sought after for interviews with a number of magazines,
including O, The Oprah Magazine, CNN.com, Women's Health magazine, WomansDay.com,
and New Jersey Family magazine.
Both the content of Dr. Becker-Phelps' talk and
the compassion and intelligence with which she presented it demonstrated her
keen sensitivity to the audience and her mastery of the topic. Dr.
Becker-Phelps' delivery of her talk, as well as her responses during the
subsequent audience Q & A session, were a perfect blend of professional gravitas
and clinical knowledge, with needed dashes of warmth and humor.
Lauren B. Luik
Steering Committee Chair, Healthy Outcomes Partnership
Board of Directors, Somerset Hills YMCA
Dr. Becker-Phelps' delivered a presentation that was warm, engaging, and keenly
perceptive. Her energetic speaking style and humor were a wonderful balance to
this serious topic. Most importantly, the audience was able to embrace her
discussion of self-compassion as an effective strategy in standing up to their
self-bullying, advancing their personal growth on the job and outside the
Employee Assistance, Senior Consultant
Dr. Becker-Phelps brought warmth and insight to issues many of us try to change.
She offered expert advice in how to identify real issues, and then set realistic
goals and expectations. Her presentation included visuals, which made it easier
to more fully absorb her suggestions. She welcomed audience participation,
allowing time for questions and answers.
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WHO SHOULD ATTEND
• Social Workers
• Marriage and Family Therapists
• Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors
• Case Managers
• Clergy/Pastoral Counselors
Cross Country Education is an NBCC Approved
Continuing Education Provider (ACEP?) and may offer NBCC approved clock hours
for events that meet NBCC requirements. (NBCC Provider #5904) The ACEP solely is
responsible for all aspects of the program. Six (6) contact (clock) hours are
being awarded for completion of this program.
This educational offering qualifies for 6 continuing education hours as required
by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional
organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and
contact your own board or organization for specific filing requirements.
Cross Country Education is an approved provider by NAADAC Approved Education
Provider Program (Provider #369). This course is offered for 6 contact hours.
Cross Country Education is approved by the American Psychological Association to
sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Cross Country Education
maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program offers 6
CE credits for psychologists. Full attendance is required to receive credit for
psychologist, variable credit for partial attendance may not be awarded based on
the APA guidelines.
Cross Country Education provider #1005, is approved as a provider for social
work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Licensure Boards (ASWB),
through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program (an approved provider
since 1999, approved through 1-27-15). Cross Country Education maintains
responsibility for the program. Social workers will receive 6 continuing
education clock hours for participating in this course. Licensed social workers
should contact their individual state jurisdiction to review the current
continuing education requirements for licensure renewal. Visit ASWB's website at
www.aswb.org for more information.
This program has been submitted to the Commission for Case Manager Certification
for 6 clock hours of continuing education.
Cross Country Education is an approved provider with the Florida Board of
Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling
Provider #50-466. This program is approved for 6 continuing education credits.
TRAINING SEMINAR CLASS TIME:
Training Seminar Check-in: 7:30 AM
Training Seminar Program 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM