Joni Lavick, LMFT maintains a private practice in Santa Monica treating individuals and couples. She has consistently provided clinical supervision for 30 years.
She is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles with a Master’s in Counseling Psychology and has a Bachelors degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
Joni’s philosophy and clinical practice is asset-based, integrates body and mind, and holds that it is the therapeutic relationship that heals. Her Universal Treatment Plan is the distillation of 35 years of training and experience to help clients grow through identifying strengths and enhancing resources. Make strong points stronger and the weak ones fall away.
Joni has been working with HIV positive individuals since 1988. In 2005 she received a National HIV Leadership Award from thebody.com. The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Psychotherapists Association’s honored her expertise and advocacy in 2000, with their Annual Community Service Award. She is a former Director of Mental Health Services at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center. Joni is a member of the teaching faculty at the Insight Center in Los Angeles.
She has over 35 years of experience treating couples and individuals with sexual compulsivity, methamphetamine addiction, alcoholism and other substances, depression and anxiety.
In addition to her expertise with HIV, addiction, and LGBT issues, she has special training in the scoring and administration of Mary Main’s Adult Attachment Interview, studied Intersubjective Systems Theory with Robert Stolorow, and is certified as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner by Peter Levine’s Foundation for Human Enrichment.
Her publications include “Trauma and HIV: Frozen Moments, Frozen Lives” BETA, Spring 2008 and “Conquering Anxiety; Living with HIV” BETA, Winter 2007.
An experienced public speaker she has presented at many national conferences, university classrooms, and community based organizations.
Joni Lavick, LMFT
A Toolbox for Your Practice
1:00 - 5:00 PM PST via Zoom
This workshop is based on the conviction that what is healing about psychotherapy is first and foremost the relationship between you and your client. Whatever your theoretical orientation or the techniques you utilize in your practice, it is the relationship that heals. This webinar also underscores the connection between body and mind in psychotherapy.
The first section of this workshop is my idea of a Swiss Army Knife for your practice. It is based on my 35 years of experience as a psychotherapist. I call it my Universal Treatment Plan. It describes overarching goals and objectives for all your clients irrespective of their DSM diagnosis compete with a hand-curated reading list! This section also includes a discussion of how we as therapists describe the work we do and how that understanding is critical to our own effectiveness.
The second section will be an explanation of somatic practice. It’s what you need to know to incorporate somatic interventions with clients in your sessions. The integration of body sensations is imperative to the healing of our clients. You will learn the basic techniques to help your clients create new neural pathways for healing.
Section three is a healthy relationship assessment. This tool presents a direct approach to couple assessment and leads to a treatment plan for relationship repair.
In the fourth section I will discuss working relationally with “Trust Me They’re Going to Say It.” This is a list of common phrases frequently used by clients and demonstrates how to use them for relational interventions that deepen the therapeutic connection in the intersubjective frame.
My goal is to give you many PRACTICAL ideas to bring back to your practice.
Participants will be able to:
Write a practical treatment plan for your clients;
Identify and describe 3 somatic interventions;
Address clients' attachment strategies;
Assess couple disruptions and their repair;
Develop practical ideas for working intersubjectively with your clients.
Continuing Education credits are available for this training.
Psychologists: The Insight Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Insight Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course provides 4 CE.
MFTs / LCSWs / LPCCs: The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts APA authorized continuing education. This course provides 4 CE.