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Do your clients experience repetitive, hostile, controlling verbiage? Do you advise them to speak up for themselves or to just ignore it? In this program you will find out why these approaches can perpetuate attack-defend or pursue-distance cycles. Instead, four verbal strategies will be demonstrated that disarm random attacks and the backlash from being assertive. Diverse threads of hypnotic syntax, martial arts, neuroscience, and scripture will be woven into strategies that prepare people for dominance behavior in any setting.

*Give clients empowering strategies that manage others’ emotions.

*Use survival systems that SEEK, CARE, and PLAY to override biological tendencies to FIGHT, FLEE, and PANIC.

*Apply cell phone technology to create scripts that turn insults inside out.



a). Compose empowering responses that Affirm, Ask questions, Actively listen, and use Hypnotic syntax and Humor.

b). Identify the neurochemicals that drive rage, fear, and panic, vs seeking, caring, and play.

c). Analyze the origin of dominance behavior in intimate relationships, families, peer groups, and the workplace.

d). Explain how empowering strategies help meet ethical standards for behavioral health practitioners.

Target Audience:

The target audience for this event includes psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed counselors, MFT’s, and other clinical mental health professionals.

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructor(s): Kate Cohen-Posey, LMHC, LMFT

Material Author(s): Kate Cohen-Posey, LMHC, LMFT

Kate Cohen-Posey, LMHC, LMFT is the director of Psychiatric & Psychological Services in Lakeland, FL, and has 40 years of clinical experience. She was certified in EMDR in 1999 and has completed brainspotting, level IV. She is the creator of two psychotherapy tools: The Handy Brain Model and Brain Change Cards. Her book, Empowering Dialogues Within, contains an extensive review of ego state therapies, including Internal Family Systems (IFS). She has presented internationally and throughout the US. Her popular workshop, Brain Switch, is offered through PESI. Her Facebook group, “Picture Gazing for your Brain,” is a platform to discuss integrating art with psychotherapy. Check out her YouTube channel here:

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