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Decades of research have concluded that the therapeutic alliance is the most important component of effective therapy. However, few courses teach practical skills for improving the client-therapist alliance. This seminar, which is a deep dive into NDIT Module 1, teaches clinicians ways to strengthen their connection to clients, especially those with personality disorder traits. No previous NDIT training is required for this course, but completion of this course counts toward NDIT certification (which will be offered starting late 2024).



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9:00-9:30am: NDIT Introduction and The Importance of the Alliance

9:30-10:00am: Module 1: Witnessing

10:00-10:30am: Module 1: Mirroring

10:30-10:45am: Break

10:45-11:15am: Module 1: Rupture Repair

11:15-12:00pm: Module 1: Self-Disclosure


This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a). Name at least one mechanism of the therapeutic alliance.

b). Describe at least three techniques for activating mirror neurons.

c). Describe at least two techniques for disarming resistant or defensive clients.


Target Audience:

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


Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructor(s): Jennifer Sweeton, PsyD, MS, MA

Material Author(s): Jennifer Sweeton, PsyD, MS, MA

Originally trained as a neuroscientist, Dr. Jennifer Sweeton is a clinical and forensic psychologist, Amazon #1 best-selling author, and internationally-recognized expert on trauma, anxiety, and the neuroscience of mental health. She is the author of the book, Trauma Treatment Toolbox, published by PESI Publishing & Media. Dr. Sweeton completed her doctoral training at the Stanford University School of Medicine, the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, and the National Center for PTSD. Additionally, she holds a master’s degree in affective neuroscience from Stanford University, and studied behavioral genetics at Harvard University. Dr. Sweeton resides in the greater Kansas City area, where she owns a group private practice, Kansas City Mental Health Associates, and co-owns Mind Works Professional Education, Inc., a continuing education company. She holds an adjunct faculty appointment at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, and is a former President of the Greater Kansas City Psychological Association. Dr. Sweeton offers clinical and forensic psychological services, and is a sought-after trauma and neuroscience expert who has trained more than 15,000 mental health professionals in all 50 US states and over 20 countries.


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