2015 ANNUAL ICA CONFERENCE:
COURAGE: THE CONTAGIOUS SPIRIT OF THE COUNSELOR’S LIFEWORK
November 11,12,13, 14. DoubleTree Hotel. Skokie, IL
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Keynote Address by Ross Rosenberg, M.Ed., LCPC, CADC, CSAT
“The ‘Golden Rule’ of the Helping Professions: Courage in Action”
“Do unto yourself as you would expect others to do unto themselves” is Ross Rosenberg’s “Golden Rule” of the helping professions. This ethical and moral imperative requires psychotherapists to courageously tend to their own mental health, especially if they plan to honestly and effectively provide mental health services to others. When we “talk the talk while walking the walk,” we are providing effective and compassionate psychotherapy treatment. On the flip side, a therapist’s ability to accurately diagnose, create sound treatment plans and provide successful clinical services is fundamentally sabotaged when they have neither recognized nor attempted to solve a problem or challenge that they either have not recognized in themselves or have chosen to ignore.
Seasoned psychotherapist, trainer, and best-selling author, Ross Rosenberg, discusses the “Golden Rule’s” ethical mandate for congruency between a counselor’s mental health and that of their client’s. Rosenberg will explain why effective mental health services absolutely require all therapists to have a handle on their own mental health. His “Golden Rule” promotes the simple idea that courage and vulnerability is a two way street. A therapist who courageously seeks professional services for their own problems or challenges has an exponentially higher probability of successful treatment outcomes compared to the frightened and myopic therapist. Exemplifying a willingness to be vulnerable and work through one’s mental health blind spots is perhaps the number one indicator of positive therapy outcomes.
Ross’s Conference Training #1: Paleopsychotherapy: Unearthing Trauma Fossils
Paleopsychotherapy and Trauma Fossils are powerful psychological metaphors that aptly communicate the complexity of buried childhood attachment trauma and the effective treatment of it. Ross Rosenberg, a trauma, codependency and addictions expert, will explain why many presenting problems are actuality symptoms of deeper underlying psychological problems, which have long been relegated to the dark confines of one’s unconscious.
Codependency, for example, is rooted in childhood attachment trauma, which, over the years, has been covered up with layers of ‘sediment.” With each passing year, inaction and lack of attention to the original trauma results in successive layers of accumulated “sediment,” which, over time, eventually morphs into a harder rock-like boundary protecting the person from their forgotten and unresolved trauma. Because of the powerful natural forces of compaction, the original trauma eventually becomes “fossilized.”
With meticulous care, paleopsychotherapists carefully, cautiously and empathically dig down to the original layer of sediment where the trauma fossil has been ensconced. With the full attention to the trauma fossil, this form of psychotherapy can aims to resolve the underlying problems that have been previously been ignored, invisible or unresponsive to other forms of treatment. In this training Rosenberg will present an outline for paleopsychotherapy, which uses specialized techniques to dig though the layers of one’s life in order to unearth one’s trauma fossils – forgotten identity and unresolved early childhood trauma.
Ross’s Conference Training #2: Codependency Addiction: The Compulsive Attraction to Narcissists
Ross Rosenberg, a codependency and addictions expert, will introduce his codependency addiction model and outline treatment objectives and protocols. His “codependency addiction” concept picks up where his breakthrough book, The Human Magnet Syndrome, left off. Not only are codependents reflexively and irresistibly attracted to pathological narcissists, but they are also driven and controlled by a powerful and insidious addiction.
Codependency addiction manifests as a repetitive and compulsive pattern of relationships with pathologically narcissistic lovers. Short or long-term relationships with narcissists, their drug of choice, create temporary or fleeting moments of euphoria and feelings of relational perfection. Like a drug addiction, codependents seek to replicate the initial blissful experience of connection and emotional fulfillment. Sadly, like any drug or process addiction, the codependent cannot control the “drug” or narcissist who, by their very nature, cannot be controlled. Despite chronic disappointments, broken promises to self and others, and a cascade of negative consequences, codependents continue their cycle of personal and relational self-destruction.
The number one and most excruciatingly painful withdrawal symptom is pathological loneliness. This form of loneliness is reported to be as agonizing as any other chemical addiction withdrawal symptom. Codependency addiction and its unique withdrawal symptoms can also be explained by basic neurophysiology and bio-chemistry.
Ross Rosenberg, M.Ed., LCPC, CADC, CSAT
Clinical Care Consultants Owner & Advanced Clinical Trainers Owner
Psychotherapist & Professional Trainer
Author of The Human Magnet Syndrome: Why We Love People Who Hurt Us
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