ISCSW Fall Seminars: Mind-Body Connections in Clinical Work

  • Oct 1 - Nov 19, 2023
  • Central Standard Time

Ticket Price $25.00-$140.00 Register Now

See below for pricing and description of seminars. 

Mind-Body Connections in Clinical Work 

ISCSW is excited to announce another installment of our acclaimed Sunday Morning Seminar continuing education programming, bringing you a new series of two engaging and relevant live, interactive online presentations.

A discounted bundle price is available for those who wish to attend both seminars! 

We sincerely hope you can join us to learn more about these important topics, and look forward to seeing you online!

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October 1st    9:30AM–12:30PM     3.0 CEUs

Presented by Amanda C Rhodes, PsyD

ACT for Chronic Pain: 

An Experiential Introduction to Theory and Practice

Over the past decade, scores of articles have been written on the benefits of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for individuals with chronic pain. Individuals with chronic pain sometimes invest much of their energy towards controlling their symptoms and, consequently, avoiding meaningful activities. 

This interactive workshop combines didactic (60%) and experiential (40%) methods and is designed for practitioners interested in combining the basic tenets of ACT with chronic pain. Attendees will learn functional behavioral analysis, case conceptualization, watch the presenter role-play, and engage in plenty of small group practice.

Through participating in this workshop, attendees will take away new contextual-behavioral perspectives on acute and chronic pain plaguing many clients, a host of handouts and materials to use in their continued work, and the ability to conceptualize and intervene in real time. Specific modules in this workshop will focus on tailoring this work for people from diverse and under-represented backgrounds, including cultural adaptations of ACT metaphors, modifying interventions to fit the specific developmental needs of children and adolescents, and shaping crucial experiential exercises for individuals with physical disabilities. 


About Our Speaker:

Amanda C. Rhodes, PsyD, is a clinical health psychologist in Bethesda, MD specializing in chronic illness and pain. She is Founder of the ACT Academy, an international consulting firm dedicated to the research, training, and dissemination of contextual behavioral sciences including ACT, RFT, and Processed-Based Therapy. She is the Owner and Director of Bethesda-Chevy Chase Psychological Services, a group practice providing evidence-based therapy to the Washington DC area. Amanda also holds academic appointments at the National Institutes of Health and George Washington University.




November 19th    9:30AM–12:30PM     3.0 CEUs

Presented by Christina Peters, PhD

Complexity and the Body: 

How Neurodevelopmental Differences Shape our 'Experience Of' 

and How Understanding Them Can Deepen Clinical Work


The impact of our individual, neurodevelopmental differences is an often-overlooked factor that influences our experiences of self, other, and the world around us. In our job, it’s helpful to understand how sensory, motor, language, and other cognitive factors shape the clinical process.  This presentation will use both an adult case (presenting ADHD challenges) and a child case (presenting language processing and sensorimotor challenges) to explore how the addition of neurodevelopmental perspectives expands our understanding of patients' experiences. The seminar will also help attendees consider when additional supports are needed, and opens up new ways of understanding interpersonal and intrapsychic dynamics.


  • Demonstrate an understanding that neurodevelopmental differences impact interpersonal and intrapsychic dynamics.
  • Assess one’s own understanding of neurodevelopmental differences and when to look for consultation from multi-disciplinary professionals to better-understand the role of neurodevelopmental factors.
  • Consider the role that neurodevelopmental factors have on a therapist’s formulations and ability to fully empathize with patients’ experiences.


About Our Speaker:


Christina Peters, PhD, has worked as a psychoanalytic clinician for over 30 years in the Chicago area with children, adults, families, and couples. She teaches psychoanalytic theory and methodology at the Institute for Clinical Social Work and the Chinese American Psychoanalytic Alliance, and has presented at national and international conferences. 


Date & Time

Oct 1 - Nov 19, 2023

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