Upcoming Seminars

DATE(S)LOCATIONPRESENTER(S)
  September 14th -15th, 2018 New York, NY Todd Pressman, Ph.D. 

Course Information

Deconstructing Anxiety:
Mastering the Theory and Techniques

The “Deconstructing Anxiety” model has been gaining significant attention as a powerful new approach to resolving anxiety and finding fulfillment. In this two day intensive, you will develop mastery in the techniques of this model, including “The Alchemist”, “The Witness”, “The Warrior’s Stance”, and more. Using the training paradigm where learning happens best by applying the strategies to one’s own journey, this program will be part didactic and part experiential, so that the techniques can be learned “from the inside”. With the revolutionary understanding that anxiety (fear) is at the root of all suffering, you will gain insight into the five core fears, “universal themes of loss”, including abandonment, identity, meaning, purpose and death. Exercises are given for finding the core fear and chief defense, the architects of personality and the creator of our perceptual world. Then, with new tools that offer fast and dramatic results, you will learn how to pinpoint the precise moment where resistance is created and how to release it. This leads to the ultimate goal of letting go the “resistance to resistance”, a key to transforming our entire view of Self and redefining the limits of the human experience. The way is then paved for the final section on “Vision Questing”, wherein the five core fears are fully resolved, and one may live their lives with a solid sense of identity, meaning, purpose, love and even a true freedom from the fear of death.

This course is for 12 CE

Target Audience

Psychologists, Psychoanalysts (NY #P-0005), Social Workers, Therapists, Nurses, & Others - All levels

Testimonials

“One of the most exciting things I’ve come across in a long time”—G.S., Program Director
“By far the best seminar I’ve attended”—L.P., Ph.D.
“Ingenious…this is worth the world’s attention”—S.K., Ph.D.
“Has breathed new life into the anxiety work I do”—E.G., LPC
“Will be a key piece of future work in my practice”—M.G., LCSW
“One of the best teachers I ever had for a professional training”—I.F., MSSW
“A whole new perspective on anxiety”—J.P. Ph.D.

 

Presenter

Dr. Pressman is a clinical psychologist and international seminar leader. He is widely known for his work with Transpersonal Breathwork and A Course in Miracles. He graduated with degress in psychology from University of Pennsylvania and Saybrook Institute. His books Radical Joy: Awakening Your Potential For True Fulfillment and The Bicycle Repair Shop: A true Story Of Recovery From Multiple Personality Disorder have received high acclaim. In 1982, he traveled the world to study the great wisdom and healing traditions, including with a Zen master, a Jain family, a Zoroasrain high priest and a Sri Lankan firewalker. His education also includes an internship under Stanislav Grof, M.D. at the Esalen Institute.

With a background deeply rooted in tradition (he was groomed by a father whose teachers were taught by Sigmunt Freud), he has integrated this wide-ranging experience into a new program of psychological development. His working model is based on Michelangelo's ideal: to release the statue from the stone, the authentic Self from the overlays of imposed identity, into the discovery of freedom, joy and fulfillment.

 

Main Points:

  • Uncovering the core fear: The first break from Wholeness

  • Understanding the chief defense: Architect of our perceived reality

  • New strategies for working through the chief defense

  • A subtle defense: Letting go of the “resistance to resistance”

  • Vision Questing—the best remedy for anxiety

 

Course Objectives:

•  Identify the ways in which separation gives rise to fear and suffering

•  Explain the interaction between insight (mind), action (body) and a "higher perspective” (spirit) in the role of healing

•  Describe the core fear/chief defense model of how we build our personalities

•  Demonstrate that there is one core fear at the root of all difficulties our clients present

•  Utilize the techniques for finding a client’s core fear and chief defense

•  Practice the techniques for releasing resistance and resolving the core fear

•  Define the technique for “releasing the resistance to resistance”

•  Create a “Vision Quest” for helping clients live a life of fulfillment, meaning and purpose--the best remedy for anxiety

 

Agenda

DAY ONE
8:30 am Registration
9:00 am Introduction and Overview
9:15 am Oneness versus Separation: How Cosmogony Reveals the Origins of Fear
10:00 am Fear as the Architect of Reality
 
  • How Fear Projects Out into Perception
10:45 am Break
11:00 am Qualities of Fear
 
  • The Hypnosis of Fear
  • The Lie of Fear
11:30 am Laying Out the Deconstructing Anxiety model:
 
  • Understanding the origins of fear in the individual
  • The work of Stanislav Grof
  • Three phases in the development of the core fear: Birth, early childhood and adolescence.
  • Description of the 5 core fears, universal themes of loss
12:30 pm Lunch
2:00 pm Continuing with the Model:
 
  • Our early contact with fear is intolerable...we must restore our original innocence
  • We find our chief defense as a way of protecting ourselves from the core fear
  • We develop secondary defenses, adaptations of the chief defense to the various circumstances we encounter in life
  • The core fear/chief defense dynamic becomes the foundation of our personality; we interpret and respond to all circumstances through their lens
  • All defenses backfire, actually creating the anxiety they are designed to protect us from
3:00 pm The secret to resolving the core fear
 
  • “Doing the opposite” of the chief defense
  • Three ways to “do the opposite”
3:15 pm Break
3:30 pm Finding the core fear and chief defense
 
  • Exercise: “Digging for gold”
  • Exercise: “Who are you really?
  • Analyzing secondary defense
5:00 pm End of first day
                      
DAY TWO
9:00 am Review of Day One
9:15 am Performing a Life Review
10:00 am New strategies for releasing fear
 
  • “The Alchemist: Asking ‘What happens next?’”—Didactic
10:45 am Break
11:00 am New strategies for releasing fear (continued)
 
  • “The Alchemist”—Experiential
12:30 pm Lunch
2:00 pm New strategies for releasing fear (continued)
 
  • “The Observer”: Enhanced Vipassana (Mindfulness) technique—Didactic
  • “The Observer”--Experiential
  • “The Warrior’s Stance: Active ‘Not Doing’”—Didactic
3:15 pm Break
3:30 pm New strategies for releasing fear (continued)
 
  • “The Warrior’s Stance”—Experiential
  • Letting go the resistance to resistance
4:30 pm Vision Questing: The Final Step to Fulfillment
5:00 pm Finish
                      
 
 

Continuing Education

Satisfactory Completion
Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates available after satisfactory course completion at www.ceuregistration.com

Psychologists
R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program. 12 CE hours

Psychoanalysts
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts. #P-0005. (12) clock hours.

Social Workers
R. Cassidy Seminars, ACE provider #1082, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for the program. Approval Period: April 15, 2018-April 15, 2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 12 continuing education clock hours.
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers
NJ Social Workers: This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards - ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #31 Course #1929 from 06/28/2018 to 06/28/2020. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credits(s): Clinical Social Work Practice 12 Clinical.
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0006. This program is approved for 12 contact hours live.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (12) clock hours, #RCST110701

Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.
Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure. The Ohio Board includes Counselors and MFTs.
IL: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141. (12) hours.
NY-LMHCs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0015. (12) contact hours.
NY-LMFTs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0011. (12) contact hours.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (12) clock hours, #RCST110701

Creative Arts Therapists
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists. #CAT-0005. (12) contact hours.

Chemical Dependency Counselors
This course has been approved by R. Cassidy Seminars, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #96924, R. Cassidy Seminars is responsible for all aspects of their programming. 12 CEHs
CA: Provider approved by CCAPP Provider #4N-00-434-0220 for (12) CEHs. CCAPP is an IC&RC member which has reciprocity with most ICRC member states.
TX: Provider approved by the TCBAP Standards Committee, Provider No. 1749-06, (12) hours general hours). Expires 3/31/2019. Complaints about provider or workshop content may be directed to the TCBAP Standards Committee, 1005 Congress Avenue, Ste. 460, Austin, Texas 78701, Fax Number (512) 476-7297.

Nurses
CA: Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CeP12224, for (12) contact hours. Some state nursing boards are reciprocal. Check with your licensing board to be sure.

For questions or concerns, please call 866-992-9399 ext. 105

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Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often And while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions Or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.