Psychology Seminar Series

Cottage Hospital Grand Rounds Seminar Series

Practices for Self-Forgiveness
Wednesday, February 13     12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Presenters: Radhule Weininger, PhD, MD & Juliet Rohde-Brown, PhD
Drawing upon the Buddhist practices of Mindfulness and compassion (Karuna), this presentation alerts psychotherapists to the importance of fostering self-forgiveness in their clients, and offers applications involving meditation and imagery-work illustrated through case studies that can be integrated into evidence-based psychotherapy constructs.
The Longing Within: What We Really Want Past Midlife
Wednesday, March 13     12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Presenter: Elizabeth Wolfson, PhD, LCSW
The concept of longing in psychological literature generally refers to thoughts and feelings about the past, present and future that are incomplete or unsatisfied, coupled with a desire for an alternative state or experience. This presentation will focus on states of longing typically experienced in midlife and late adulthood.  The presenter will offer a clinical framework for psychotherapists to support clients’ exploration of longing as a vehicle for increased life satisfaction in late adulthood.

Mythological Stories as Metaphors for the Individuation Process
Wednesday, April 10     12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Presenter: Lee Weiser, PhD
Myths derive from humankind’s quest to answer the big questions, but they also touch the personal, psychological aspects of life and provide guidance and encouragement for the growth and individuation process.  This presentation will discuss the use of myth as metaphor in these processes, analyze psychological significance in a chosen myth, and discover what significance ancient myths can hold for contemporary life.

Creativity, Psychology, and Opportunities in the Conceptual Age
Wednesday, May 8     12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Presenter: Sharleen O’Brien, PsyD
The work of psychotherapists involves stimulation of imagination and reflection to open pathways of thought and feeling so that new options, possibilities or connections are visible.  This presentation will demonstrate the relationship between the skills the psychotherapist uses to facilitate change and the creative process.  Included is a discussion of current literature on creativity, mind, and the conceptual age.  Finally, opportunities for healing professionals will be presented.

Cyberbullying and Parental Responsibility
Wednesday, June 12     12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Presenter: Albert Munoz-Flores, PsyD
This presentation will provide useful information for the clinician about the history and prevalence of Cyberbullying, and the degree that it impacts a young person’s ability to communicate with peers appropriately and develop healthy social contacts at school and in the community. The impact that Cyberbullying has on parents and victims will also be discussed as well as useful information to help parents identify children who are being victimized.

Managing the Crisis of Infidelity
Wednesday, July 10    12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Presenter: Steve Kadin, PhD, ABPP
This talk will focus on strategies for helping couples manage the painful, confusing, emotionally intense crisis of infidelity, and will discuss various typologies and current research on the causes of infidelity across different cultural populations.