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Get a Grip: A Mindful Approach to Cooling Hot Buttons

Oct 26, 2013 09:00am -
Oct 26, 2013 04:30pm

Event Description

Stanley Gross, Ed.D., instructor

Get A Grip introduces a series of skills enabling participants to aid their clients to alter urgent responses to social threat (e.g., rejection, criticism).  Concepts needed to understand the method will be discussed while experientially taking participants through the steps of the program.

Get A Grip includes eight steps designed to reduce reactivity to hot buttons.  It brings together the topics of self-control, mindfulness, core beliefs, affect, and stress. The workshop will review hot button reactions and experientially approach replacing these habitual responses.  Participants will be asked to focus on their contribution to one of their own urgent reactions and maintain self-awareness while negotiating the steps.  Materials include individual worksheets for eight steps and a copy of a six-page article (distributed at the close of the workshop).

This approach evolved over a twelve-year period during which I used various iterations of the program with many of my psychotherapy clients.  I observed the power of core beliefs to drive feeling, thought, and action as well as to resist change.  I came to see that the resistance to change was largely due to the habitual nature of the over-reactive behavior and its hidden value.


Upon completion of the program the student will be able to:

·         Become sensitive to the implications of hot buttons for work with clients.

·         Understand the origin and persistence of hot button reactions.

·         Use self-control skills to reduce the impact of hot buttons.

·         Gain skill in the use of self-control skills.


Program Code: GG66
6 CE Credits
Location: at MSPP, Newton


Stanley J. Gross, Ed. D. recently retired after twenty-five years of clinical practice in Quincy and West Roxbury, MA.  He is Professor Emeritus of Counseling Psychology at Indiana State University, Terre Haute IN.  Dr. Gross is the author of Of Foxes and Hen Houses:  Licensing and the Health Professions (1984) and Pathways to Lasting Self-Esteem (2004).


Event Type:Continuing Education Program
Category:Counseling & Psychotherapy
Early registration ends on Sep 02, 2013.
Regular registration starts on Sep 03, 2013 and ends on Oct 15, 2013.
Late registration starts on Oct 16, 2013.


Registration Fees
Fee TypeEarlyRegularLate
 Get a Grip: A Mindful Approach to Cooling Hot Buttons (GG66)
Member Fee: $135.00$135.00$135.00
Non-Member Fee: $135.00$135.00$135.00

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