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When: 10/12/2018
2:00 PM
Where: UT Thompson Conference Center, Room 2.102
2405 Robert Dedman Drive
Austin, Texas  78712
United States
Presenter: Scott Steiner, PhD

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Capital Area Psychological Association Presents:

A Cultural Diversity Workshop

Crossing the Military Border:  Working with Implicit Affective and Relational Adaptations

Presented by: Scott Steiner, PhD

3.0 Cultural Diversity Professional Development Hours Will be Offered 

Friday, October 12, 2018 from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM


UT Thompson Conference Center, Room 2.102


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About the Presentation: 

Indoctrination into military culture and values represents a time of stark transition from more conventional American values. This transition powerfully shapes service members’ internal experience as well as the ways they relate to the people in their lives. With increasing immersion within military culture, these changes move from explicit to implicit memory systems largely outside conscious awareness. Fundamentally, these shifts promote a profound denial of common emotional and survival responses and an adaptation to a heightened need for dominance and submission in interpersonal relations. In this seminar we will unpack these intrapsychic and interpersonal adaptations and take note of the common ways they aid and yet complicate veterans’ transition back to civilian life. This will include an exploration of systemic impacts within veterans’ families which affect the mental health of both veterans and other family members over time. Finally, we will discuss interventions designed to allow for constructive adaptations and the reining in of destructive emotions and behaviors. These interventions can lead to a healthier and more balanced relationship between self and others.

Workshop Learning Objectives:

1. Articulate at least 3 common “heavy braking” relationships soldiers have with their natural “accelerator” emotions/survival responses
2. Describe at least 3 common defensive patterns utilized by veterans to distract from their internal experience.
3. Identify the 3 relational patterns commonly arising from military experience
4. Describe psychoeducational and psychotherapeutic strategies to promote change in veterans’ intrapsychic and interpersonal relationships.

About the Speaker: Scott Steiner, PhD is a clinical psychologist who graduated from the University of Texas in 2002 with a special focus on the study and prevention of alcohol and drug use and other risk-taking behavior. He has worked for the Austin VA treating complex co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders for almost 15 years. In his practice he blends attachment, mindfulness, psychodynamic, somatic, systemic and cognitive-behavioral treatment approaches. He has been teaching and training practicum students, interns, and licensed professionals in areas including military culture, addictions, co-occurring substance and mental health disorders, complex trauma and dissociative disorders, as well as somatic, attachment and short-term psychodynamic treatment approaches.

 Cancellation Policy:  Cancellation requests received by October 1, 2018 will be granted a full refund.  Cancellations after that date will not be refunded.

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