Day 1 :
Clinical Director at Holistic Ed-Venture; Singapore
Keynote: Integrated Wellbeing Model (IWM) for Psychotherapy and Coaching
Time : 09:00-09:40
Sunita has over 22 years of experience in local and regional marketing; corporate training and staff development; psychotherapy and counselling; education; mindfulness; and wellbeing amongst others. She is a skilled facilitator, coach, psychotherapist and lecturer. She has developed Integrated Wellbeing Model (IWM) for psychotherapists and co-developed a unique model of leadership called Positive Performance Leadership (PPL) for leaders. She is currently writing a book on wellbeing and happiness. She is the Clinical Director at Holistic Ed-Venture, Director and Mindfulness Psychologist at Centre for Mindfulness and Director and Wellbeing Strategist at Positive Performance Consulting. She has a Doctor of Psychology, Master of Social Science (Counselling), Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Business in Business Administration with Merit (Marketing Major) amongst others.
Integrated Wellbeing Model (IWM) focuses on Five Selves of wellbeing by catering to all levels of human experience and by redefining the roles of a psychotherapist to focus on holistic wellbeing of clients. The Five Selves are: Eudaimonic, Intellectual, Emotional, Physical and Spatial. Wellbeing can be enhanced by analyzing, redefining and redesigning our lives in each of the Five Selves individually or collectively.
Medical Director Med Diagnostic Inc., DBA Coastal Wellness Centers; USA
Keynote: A Clinical Case Study of a 45 y/o female suffering with PTSD, Bipolar D/O, Depression, Anxiety and Chronic Pain Syndrome taking 42-58 pills per day as weaned off of all medications using Medical Cannabis
Time : 09:40-10:20
After spending several years in central Florida working as an orderly, then an EMT/Paramedic and Heart Cath Lab technician, Dr. Rosado realized his passion for the medical profession. He started chiropractic school at Life College in Marietta, GA where he graduated cum laude with a BS degree in Clinical Nutrition and a doctor of chiropractic degree. After practicing for several years, he went on to Universidad Central del Este, in San Pedro de Macoris where in 2001 he graduated summa cum laude with his medical degree. In 2005 he completed his MBA in Health Care Management from University of Phoenix, and graduated magna cum laude. He has worked as a physician, clinic and hospital director, director of the communicable disease division/epidemiology and immunization departments. Presently, Dr. Rosado is the Medical Director of a medical cannabis clinic and volunteers once a month at a community clinic. He was and is on the bureau of speakers for political campaigns, cannabis advocacy and medical cannabis dispensaries. To date, he has worked with over 2,000 patients, which include infants, toddlers, children, adolescents, adults and geriatrics for the evaluation, recommendation and management of medical cannabis.
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a prevalent, chronic, and disabling anxiety disorder that may develop following exposure to a traumatic event. Although the use of Medical Cannabis for the treatment of physical and psychological disorders is controversial, medical marijuana is currently legal in Canada, 30 states in the United States and a handful of countries in South America. Studies published in Molecular Psychiatry and Science Daily showed that treatment using particular compounds found in marijuana may benefit those with PTSD, and that “plant-derived cannabinoids [psychoactive chemicals] such as marijuana may possess some benefits in individuals with PTSD by helping relieve haunting nightmares and other symptoms of PTSD” and As a result of taking medical marijuana, participants reported a decrease in re-experiencing the trauma, less avoidance of situations that reminded them of the trauma, and a decline in hyper-arousal, respectively. There’s also convincing evidence from multiple studies for reduced endocannabinoid availability in PTSD, i.e., reduced levels of the endocannabinoid anandamide and compensatory increase of CB1 receptor availability in PTSD, and an association between increased CB1 receptor availability in the amygdala and abnormal threat processing, as well as increased severity of hyperarousal, but not dysphoric symptomatology, in trauma survivors. Other studies suggest that Medical Cannabis therapy, as an adjunct to a traditional analgesic therapy, can be an efficacious tool to make more effective the management of chronic pain and its consequences on functional and psychological dimensions. The patient in this case study had been treated for over 20 years with multiple opiates, SSRIs, SNRIs, typical and atypical antipsychotics, antiepileptics, etc. to manage her conditions; I will demonstrate how in less than three months, she was off of all of the pharmacological treatments and solely using Medical Cannabis is having a quality of life she had not experienced since before her adolescence.
- Child and Adolescent Psychology
Islamic Azad University, Iran
Title: Designing and evaluating a questionnaire (knowledge and awareness of children about sexual abuse)
Mohamad Tahan, Clinical Psychologist,,Member of Young Researchers and Elite Club, Islamic Azad University & Social determinants of health research center, Birjand University of Medical Sciences.
Child sexual abuse (CSA) is a public health problem of epidemic proportions worldwide (Barth, 2013). In the United States, approximately 1 in 10 children reports having experienced sexual victimization,2 and approximately 15% to 32% of women and 5% to 16% of men report being sexually abused as children.3–5 Among US children, the incidence rate of sexual abuse was 24% in 2009,6 and in 2012, 62 936 cases of CSA were substantiated nationwide. In addition, authorities suspect that large numbers go unreported (Pulido, 2015). Despite the large number of prevention programs that have been developed in the past ten years to teach children ways in which they might deal with sexual abuse should they be approached or molested, there is only a beginning body of research on their efficacy. Reviews of the available published research (Tutty, 1990; Wurtele, 1987) cite approximately 26-30 studies that have investigated whether children from a wide age-range of three to 13 years can learn and utilize the knowledge and skills taught in prevention programs. This research has been interpreted as providing beginning support for child abuse prevention programs on the part of the reviewers previously cited, but others remain sceptical about their utility (Reppucci & Haugaard, 1989). Continuing investigation of how children respond to such programs is necessary, especially given the complexity of the developmental changes experienced by children (Tutty, in press), and the influence of cultural and family beliefs that may contradict the messages given in prevention programs (Tutty, 1991; Tutty, 1993). However, a recent nationwide survey of American school-based prevention programs (Bolden, 1992), found that, while most programs expressed an interest in evaluation, one of the major constraints was finding appropriate research instruments. This study will examine the main concepts that will be taught in schools for the prevention of child sexual abuse. These concepts, the Children's Abuse Awareness Questionnaire, will be made to measure changes in knowledge and attitudes toward abusive prevention concepts in children aged 6 to 13 years.
Erna Marina Kusuma
M.Psi. C.Ft, Vier Psychology Services; Indonesia
Title: EFFECTIVENESS OF NERVE ACTIVATION TO LANGUAGE ABILITY AND CONCENTRATION ON CHILDREN
Erna Marina Kusuma is a Child psychologist who is experienced in optimizing the development of children, specializing in special needs children. Having expertise in developing communication skills in children who experience speech delays or concentration problems. Together with her husband who is also a psychologist, established a psychology clinic to help the society both individually and organizationally. Completed her psychology education at the University of Surabaya, Master of Psychology at Padjadjaran University and took a short course in Kinesiology. Had also taken short courses and seminars in Adelaide Australia. Since 2007 has been speakers in various media such as magazines, radio and television for the topic of Child Development in Indonesia. Until now still actively providing parenting seminars in various schools in Indonesia and also recently started to develop themselves as a speaker couple with her husband for the topics around Family Problems.
Since the digital era began, especially in the 2000s, children began to recognize computers or gadgets in their daily activities. In Indonesia, for the last few years, children of 2-year-old play a lot of gadgets and watching TV in their daily activities. Busy working live and hectic schedules mean parents are often running out of time to spend with their children, so that children often live with babysitter all day and often just watching tv or playing video games to keep the child quiet. Anamnesis results show that on average, babies are played television shows for about 6 to 8 hours a day. This resulted in the interaction of children with the surrounding people to be reduced. Reduced interaction to the surrounding affects children's ability in communication, focus and socialization of children in the future. Over the past 10 years, 80 percent of patients who have speech delay, hyperactivity and other developmental disorders are starting from the use of gadgets and televisions since they were infants. The most common development disorders is the lack of response to the surrounding and delayed 2-way communication. This shows the use of electronics such as gadgets and watching TV excessively since infants will affect the development of the cerebrum where the brain is very useful for language development and response to the surrounding. A natural way that can help the brain become actively re-integrated is by activation of the nerves. Nerve activation is a combination of a variety of simple movements and light massage integrated into the head and inside the mouth. This movement and massage can be done passively or actively. Some of this nerve activation movement is simple and can be done at home. Since 10 years ago it was seen that patients who were given the method of nerve activation had increased 95 percent in speech ability compared with patients who were not given neural activation method. The categories of patients in this case are aged 3 to 5 years, experiencing speech delays and concentration disorders, have never tried any therapy, given the method of nerve activation in therapy for 4 months with a duration of once a week in the mouth activation and every day 3 hours of motion exercises in home, a 95 percent increase in speech and 2-way communication and focus.
- Social Psychology
Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel
Title: Personal and inter-personal sexuality conflicts in newlyweds
Ofra is a certified couple and family therapist and a supervisor with over 20 years of clinical experience. She is working with straight and gay couples as well as families. In parallel, Ofra has developed a rich academic career and she received her PhD from Bar Ilan University at 2010. At the Bar-Ilan university she is leading the family studies and paracticum for MSW students. She has published papers in reputed journals and presenting in leading conferences.
Although sexuality is an integral part of married couples everyday life, little is known about first sexual experience within marriage. Studies investigating first sexual experience focus largely on relationships at a young age and among teenagers, whereas studies of that experience in the context of marriage are extremely sparse and focus mainly on clinical population of unconsummated marriage. The presented study is an initial attempt to fill the gap by exploring the subjective perceptions of first sexual experience among a non-clinical religious population. Thirty six men and women of the Modern Orthodox Jews of Israel were interviewed during their first year of marriage. The interviews revealed unique challenges and difficulties related to everyday sexuality in general and to first sex experience in particular. The findings indicate that for both men and women the first sexual experience was associated with emotional and behavioral difficulties, which appear to be rooted in the traditional nature of their religious background. The findings explore reasoning and justifications for these challenges and detail different coping strategies of the individual and of the couple, embedded in their daily behavioral routines. The findings are relevant for other traditional societies in which couples experience sex only after marriage. The findings might also support professionals and sex therapists in addressing newlywed couples’ needs in similar traditional populations, such as those of Indians couples, traditional Chinese couples and many other traditional communities worldwide.
Newpark Autism Centre; Dublin, Ireland
Title: The lived experiences of autistic adults as novice Aikido martial artists: A thematic analysis
Brian McCann is a doctoral student at University of Dundee. He has M.Phil. in Applied Linguistics (Trinity College, Dublin), an MBA in Educational Management (University of Leicester) and 4th Degree Black Belt (Yon Dan) (Aikido from World Headquarters, Tokyo). He has four post-graduate diplomas in Special Education (University College Dubli; Queen’s University, Belfast and the National University of Ireland, Maynooth) and eighteen licensed certifications in Autism Research and Oriental Studies taught by MIT and the Universities of Amsterdam, Copenhagen, London, Tokyo and Keio. He teaches Samurai weaponry (Jo, Bokken, Shinai) to autistic students at the Newpark Autism Centre, Dublin.
The research questions what it is to be an autistic adult as a novice martial artist in the practice of Aikido. This responds to a gap in the literature on martial arts as an intervention in autism and investigates the impact of martial practice on life-worlds and levels of happiness.. Four participants met with two inclusion criteria: firstly, aged between eighteen and sixty-five; secondly, hold a clinical diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The research was conducted using Thematic Analysis (TA). The sample engaged in an adapted Aikido course taught by officially registered black belt instructors within a formal dojo setting. Video and photo elicitation were used in the semi-structured interviews. The participants logged their experiences. Two phases of semi-structured interviews followed the course. Phase Two followed between four and six months after Phase One to register any longitudinal changes. The researcher personally transcribed over sixty-six thousand words of interview data. TA was selected because it focused on semantics and also combined the latency of hermeneutics, idiography and phenomenology. Phase One revealed superordinate themes across the four transcripts, revealing issues of fear, bullying, threat, protection, anxiety, comfort and safety. Phase Two revealed a significant longitudinal impact on the life-worlds of participants, ranging from a newly acquired life-world structure to an augmented peace of mind. The study contributes to the current wave of advocacy for the autistic nation and may inspire further research. On a pragmatic level, it may offer guidance to martial art instructors teaching autistic adults in their classes.
- Clinical Psychology
Irene Lee Lines
Keys 2 UR Success, LLC. NE 68130 USA
Title: Integrated Calm Assertive Response (ICAR)
Irene Lines completed her Masters’ of Clinical Social Work at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA. She is known for developing the Respite Care Program for families with children who have severe emotional disturbances. When working at a Residential Treatment Center for aggressive adolescents, she created ICAR. She is passionate about supporting and assisting clients to be resilient. Currently, she is an International Traveling Social Worker on military bases in America, Japan and Korea.
Integrated Calm Assertive Response ICAR is an innovative protocol of various methods for resolving anxiety weaved together in a unique formula which has proven to result in clients choosing mindful deliberate action instead of the fight/flight/freeze reactions under stress. ICAR was created to help clients struggling with aggressive behaviors, thoughts to harm self or others to behave in a calm assertive respectful manner. Based on theories of childhood development, trauma informed psychotherapy and Erickson’s Hypnosis and Brief therapy model, ICAR incorporates techniques of traditional and alternative therapies to calm anxiety in the body and to rewire the brain to pathways of positive resources thus eliminating thoughts and behaviors of aggression. ICAR assists clients to rewrite their story of childhood deficiencies from caretakers, is unique to the individual by reprograming into their subconscious mind positive resources for their wholeness and well-being. Thus, clients then come to each situation from a vantage point of wholeness instead of unresolved past traumas. ICAR recognizes that the human condition can improve, and self-healing can take place in brief therapy. ICAR innovative method of weaving in traditional therapy and energy psychology in a new treatment strategy for overcoming anxiety, depression and anger issues. ICAR leads to redirecting and deepening pathways of new thinking in the brain and changes the course of the river of consciousness. It provides access to new wisdom and resources instead of the old ways of thinking which have been deactivated and so new streams of thoughts flow automatically.
Professor, Southern Federal University ; Russia
Title: Dissociation and Confabulation in Narcissistic Disorders
Sam Vaknin is the author of "Malignant Self-love: Narcissism Revisited" and other books about personality disorders. His work is cited in hundreds of books and dozens of academic papers: He spent the past 6 years developing a treatment modality for Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). Over the years, with volunteers, it was found to be effective with clients suffering from a major depressive episode as well.
Narcissists and psychopaths dissociate (erase memories) a lot (are amnesiac) because their contact with the world and with others is via a fictitious construct: the False Self. Narcissists never experience reality directly but through a distorting lens darkly. They get rid of any information that challenges their grandiose self-perception and the narrative they had constructed to explicate, excuse, and legitimize their antisocial, self-centred, and exploitative behaviors, choices, and idiosyncrasies. In an attempt to compensate for the yawning gaps in memory, narcissists and psychopaths confabulate: they invent plausible "plug ins" and scenarios of how things might, could, or should have plausibly occurred. To outsiders, these fictional stopgaps appear as lies. But the narcissist fervently believes in their reality: he may not actually remember what had happened - but surely it could not have happened any other way! These tenuous concocted fillers are subject to frequent revision as the narcissist's inner world and external circumstances evolve. This is why narcissists and psychopaths often contradict themselves. Tomorrow's confabulation often negates yesterday's. The narcissist and psychopath do not remember their previous tales because they are not invested with the emotions and cognitions that are integral parts of real memories.
National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Banaglore, India
Title: Diagnostic and treatment implications in adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Ms. Sneha Goyal has completed her graduation from Lady Shri Ram college, Delhi University, and post graduation studies from Delhi University (north campus), New Delhi, in 2014. She has completed M. Phil. in Clincial Psychology (2017) from National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Banaglore. She is currently persuing Ph. D. at the department of Clincila Psychology, NIMHANS, under guidance of Dr. Paulomi M. Sudhir, Professor, Department of Clincial Psychology, and Consultant at Behavioural Medicine Unit, NIMHANS, Banaglore. She harbours interest in adult CBT and psychotherapy, common mental disorders, and help seeking in clicnial and non-clicnical popultion.
ADHD is a common, chronic psychiatric/neuro-behavioural disorder impacting multiple domains of functioning and quality of life, yet underdiagnosed. Among cliniccians, there is lack of consensus over age of criteria, and symtom cut off needed. There is high overalap noted with other disorders which colours the ADHD picture. Many have a long period of psychiatric treatment as adults before the ADHD diagnosis is made. Individuals receive treatments for comorbidities, but not ADHD which has implications for treatment implications. In adults with ADHD co-morbidity is more often a rule than exception. Furthre, subclincial ADHD is far less recognized. Literature suggests that ADHD is a heterogeneous condition and subtypes are important but likely to share core features. A widely studied variable is, executive functions. Barkley’s (1997) model of ADHD comprehensively explains phenomemnon underlying ADHD. It further validates Wender Utah’s inclusion of emotion regulation (another important variable) as diagnositic, than associated feature of adult ADHD. Social cognition in adult ADHD has recently gained importance but is only in its infancy. There is a need to understand common preocesses in heterogenous cluster of adult ADHD symptoms, executive functions, emotion regulatoin, social cogniton and their implication on day to day functioning. It has implications for making comprehensive treatment guidelines for adult ADHD. The present study reviews the diagnostic challenges, regulation as a transdiagnostis thread across variables such as executive functions, emotion regulation, and social cognition) in adults with ADHD. It also critiques current treatments available for adult ADHD and future directions for comprehensive therapeutic care.
National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Banaglore, India
Title: Executive Functions, Affect Regulation, Social Cognition, and functioning in adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Ms. Sneha Goyal has completed her graduation from Lady Shri Ram college, Delhi University, and post graduation studies from Delhi University (north campus), New Delhi, in 2014. She has completed her M. Phil. in Clincial Psychology (2017) from National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Banaglore. She is currently persuing Ph. D. at the Department of Clinical Psychology, NIMHANS, under guidance of Dr. Paulomi M. Sudhir, Professor, Department of Clincial Psychology, and Consultant at Behavioural Medicine Unit, NIMHANS, Banaglore. She harbours interest in adult CBT and psychotherapy, common mental disorders, and help seeking/ health behaviours in clinical and non-clinical population.
Adult ADHD in the population, is often underdiagnosed, misdiagnosed, have high comorbidity and significant impairments across domains. Sub clincial ADHD is far less recognized. Many have a long period of psychiatric treatment as adults before the ADHD diagnosis is made. Literature suggests that ADHD is a heterogeneous condition and subtypes are important- but likely to share core features. Further, individuals receive treatments for comorbidities, but not ADHD which has implications for treatment implications. In adults with ADHD co-morbidity is more often a rule than exception. Current treatment for adult ADHD are largely based on CBT and cognitive remediation. Meta cognitive therapy, mindfulness, and emotion regulation based therapy are only few and not guided by theory. Despite many studies documenting neuropsychological deficits in adult ADHD and its biological link to emotion regulation or social cognition, few have linked the variables together comprehensively. Barkley’s (1997) model of ADHD addresses the concern partly. Thus, understanding the variables that impact clinical manifestations and functioning, using a transdiagnostic approach is likely to result in a more unified approach to interventions. The presesnt data is a pilot study aimed at examining the core deficits in the population of adult ADHD (executive functions, affect regulation, and social cognition) in relation to functioning in various domains like biological, personal, interpersonal, financial, and work. It employs single group, cross sectional design, sample consists of 18- 45 year old adults, seeking services at NIMHANS, Bangalore. Results and implications for treatment will be discussed.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Malaika Pamela Fernandes
University of Machester, United Kingdom
Title: The Application of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Individuals with Autism Spectrum Conditions: A Critical Reflection
Malaika Fernandes is pursuing her Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (2nd year) at University of Manchester, United Kingdom. She is 25 years of age. She is currently working as a trainee counselling psychologist with Elysium Healthcare Services (Gateway Recovery Centre) on a autism specialist ward . Her primary interests are neuropsychology, accessibility to counselling in developing countries and psycho-oncology. Most of her work has been with individuls with autism.
Psychologists working within the field of autism spectrum conditions (ASC) were slow to adopt psychotherapeutic approaches that are widely used in able populations. Individuals with an ASC are at risk for developing comorbid mental health disorders. Although anxiety is not listed as a criterion for those on the spectrum, it has been found to be as one of the common comorbidities with anxiety being the most common and and it has been difficult to tease apart anxiety from ASC symptoms. Current literature suggests that though there are psychological interventions available for ASC, they are only being modified and implemented with children or at-least they are the only ones that are being researched and articulated about. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has been increasingly used for with high functioning children and adults on the autism spectrum. Over the past 17 years, there has been an increase in empirical evidence of CBT as an approach working with anxiety in individuals with ASC. The goal of this paper is to critically reflect on the application of CBT for individuals with ASC and also trying to understand ASC at a deeper reflexive level. This paper proposes the implementation of therapeutic practice with ASC from a pluralistic framework and presents some implications for future development.
- Mental Health
Samantha I. Gerson
Psychologist; Psychoanalyst; USA
Title: Protecting Our Youth: Conversion Therapy & Institutional Abuse
Samantha Gerson is a Clinical Social Worker living in Los Angeles, CA. Her studies all had an emphasis on trauma and reparative educational environments. She is currently working full time as an outpatient therapist, as well as launching her own Non-Profit- UnBroken. UnBroken serves survivors of Institutional Abuse and Conversion Therapy, providing them psychological, legal and vocational resources at no cost. The crux of Samantha’s life work is to abolish conversion therapy entirely.
Institutional Abuse is a national epidemic that our country has chosen to ignore. Many parents send their children to Residential Treatment Facilities when the child's behavior becomes too much for the parent to handle. Other parents send their children to these facilities when the child comes out to them and they want a quick fix to what they view as a problem. While treatment facilities and educational reparative environments can be a great resource and beneficial to those they offer treatment to, many abuse their power and physically, emotionally, and sexually abuse the children they are there to care for. This epidemic is ongoing, and many lawsuits have been filed, but the abuse has not stopped. Advocates have worked with legislation to change laws, but this work has not been enough. This is true of Conversion Therapy as well, as it has not been outlawed federally. In fact, it is a common practice in many of these facilities. The truth about conversion therapy is frightening and this workshop will touch on the facts, details and all other information to what occurs behind Residential Facility’s closed doors. Television and other forms of media often make these types of environments look fun, friendly, and safe; but the truth is they often result in youth leaving with PTSD, physical disorders, and sometimes, death (by suicide). This workshop will help attendees become familiar with institutional abuse and how they can advocate against it; in addition to connecting survivors to resources. This workshop will be from a Social Work lens, and very interactive.
- Positive Psychology
- e-Therapy and e-Counselling
- Advanced Therapeutic Approaches
- Computational Approaches in Psychology