Seminar Topics Facilitated by Ron Potter-Efron

NEW SEMINAR!!! I am excited to offer a new six hour seminar. It's called Ethical Concerns and Moral Considerations in Anger Management and Domestic Violence Counseling. This seminar goes beyond simply providing information on how to conform to state ethics codes. Instead, I focus on helping participants understand five different schools of ethical thought and how each relates to the fields of anger management and domestic violence counseling. I also provide up to date information on the neuropsychology of ethical reasoning and emotional involvement in moral thinking.

Here are the main topic areas:

1) Definitions and Initial Concepts.

2) Codes, Confidentiality and Considerations.

3) Schools of Ethical Thought: Deontological and Utilitaraian Reasoning.

4) Personal Biases and Paradigms.

5) Schools of Ethical Thought: Natural Law and Feminist Theory.

6) The Neural Underpinnings of Moral Thought.

7) Emotions and Ethical Judgemenst.

8) Practical ethical Decision Making.

9) Punishment, Psychopathy and Revenge.

10) Virtue Ethics.

11) Anger Styles/Specific Issues.

The other seminars I offer (and love to present) are:

Healing the Angry Brain.
This seminar is based upon my book of the same title. My goal is to help professionals incorporate neuroscience into anger management and domestic violence counseling. I've presented this seminar many times in the U.S. and also in Canada and Australia, with very high feedback scores. Participants report they find this new information very useful. The centerpiece of this seminar is a unit on how to help clients develop and implement a personalized brain change program in the service of being less angry and violent.
Topic Outline:
1) Introduction/review of anger management principles.
2) Introduction/review of core information about the brain.
3) Ten things to know about the angry brain.
4) The social brain and anger.
5) The emotional brain and anger.
6) The angry brain.
7) Principles of neuroplastic change.
8) Implementation of brain change programs with angry and domestically violent individuals.
9) Six phases of an angry brain, their relationship to treatment, and appropriate intervention techniques for each phase.
10) Anger and Addiction.
11) Rage: Qualitatively different and moore dangerous than anger.

Chronic, Toxic and Suppressed Anger: Practical Treatment Approaches to Help Clients with Particularly Difficult Anger Problems.
One of my most useful (and popular) books has been Letting Go of Anger (Co-authored with Pat Potter-Efron), in which we describe 11 different "anger styles" such as sudden anger, passive aggression, and hatred. Here I expand on this theme, adding an initial unit on anger as a survival strategy (as contrasted with the flight and the freeze reactions to threat). I also include a major section on moral anger that includes recent neuroscience findings in that area.

Topic Outline:

1) Central premises of the seminar.

2) Survive or thrive.

3) Basic therapeutic directions for clients stuck in rigid defensive networks.

4) Anger styles.

5) Hidden anger styles: anger avoidance, passive aggresssion, anger turned inward.

6) Explosive anger styles: sudden anger, shame-based anger, deliberate anger, excitatory anger.

7) Chronic anger styles: habitual hostility, resentment/hate, paranoia.

8) Moral anger and moral theory.

9) Rage.

5) Hidden anger styles.