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JUNE 24 - 26, 2021 / WORLDWIDE




SEGMENT 7: 3.30 - 4.30


Connection to Addiction: Origin and Conceptualization of the Triple Mode Cycle

with Elizabeth Lacy

Includes LIVE Questions and Answers

Addictive Disorders are a mixed bunch. They can contain drugs, alcohol, spending, gambling and sex to name some of the most prevalent substances and processes. These are some of the most challenging behaviors we face as therapists and have many "moving parts". We sometimes feel powerless, hopeless, frustrated and even, at times, judgmental toward these seemingly self-destructive behaviors.

This workshop covers a review of the concepts and techniques of schema theory and therapy (ST) as it relates to the conceptualization of addictive modes. This includes the origins and development of modes specific to addictions, particularly the development of a Triple Mode Cycle present in all addictions. Participants will be shown how to conceptualize addictions in a way which makes working with people who struggle with this issue easier to understand, empathically confront and engage in the treatment room. Once therapists truly understand the complexity of addictive cycles, they can intervene effectively. Schema Therapy is well-suited for this population due to high comorbidity rates (66-78%) of personality disorders and a track record of working with complex issues. Participants will be introduced to the conceptualization of addictive disorders and basic methods of intervention. There will be access to live  Q&A Meetings with Liz.

It is recommended that attendees have an understanding of the schema mode model prior to the workshop.

About the Presenter

Elizabeth Lacy

Liz Lacy, LCSW, provides individual, couples, and group therapy in private practice in New York City. She has an Advanced Certification in Schema Therapy and is a member of the International Society for Schema Therapy, having served on the ISST's Board subcommittee for Supervisor Training. Liz is also an Emotion Focused Couples Therapist, a member of NYCEFT and is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Liz contributes to professional publications and develops and implements training programs for the NY/NJ Schema Institute, private practices throughout the Tristate area, NASW and Orange County Trauma Task Force among others. Throughout her long career in human services, Liz has worked in mental health treatment, intensive alcohol treatment programs, served as clinical director for an HIV service organization and clinical supervisor for a NYC Sex Addiction Treatment Center. Her focus for the past decade has been working with individuals with PTSD, sexual and other addictions, chronic anxiety disorders and personality disorders, especially Borderline and Narcissistic Personality Disorders.  

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Schema therapy has been extensively researched to effectively treat a wide variety of typically treatment resistant conditions, including Borderline Personality Disorder and Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Read our summary of the latest research comparing the dramatic results of schema therapy compared to other standard models of psychotherapy.

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