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"Jump Starting Your Life"

     Do you long for greater personal freedom, greater ability to express yourself, or greater clarity that you are living a life that is truly engaging for you? This powerful weekend workshop will help you find the lost parts of yourself and transform them into life-enhancing tools for daily living.

     Feeling out-of-touch, cut off, or alienated from your higher purpose and your place in the world? Many feel unsure of what they stand for, what gives their life meaning, and what is truly fulfilling. This workshop is designed for those who long for a life of greater personal freedom, greater ability to express themselves, and greater clarity that they are living a life that is really engaging for them.

    In our daily lives, we are surrounded by many heartfelt tensions and divisions that are difficult to cope with. Often without our knowing it, the chaos that is out in the world is reflected back toward us, where it resonates with the tension we hold within. To really know our in-depth self, we must become aware of how others in our lives mirror these inner tensions and unknowingly heighten them.    

    Based on their book, A View from the Cosmic Mirror, Gary Gemmill, Ph.D. and George Kraus, Ph.D. designed a peaceful and reflective weekend to help you uncover the beauty within you and welcome it back into your life. It is designed to shift your internal energies and revive your inner passions though a safe but emotionally intensive, transformative educational experience.    

    Blending ancient and modern wisdom with time-honored practices, this Cosmic Mirror workshop is designed to reveal the depth and the scope of your unrevealed self – its self-defeating negativity and its own concealed brilliance and light – and help you make peace with it. Awaken what is truly authentic within you, and begin your journey down a new path.

Special Note:
    The experiential education that will be available at these workshops can be enlightening and stimulating, and it can evoke significant levels of emotion. Therefore, those individuals who are experiencing a period of heightened personal difficulty should postpone their attendance until a later date.

Jump Starting Your Life
Registration - $350.00


Friday 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm; 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm; 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

To register, contact George Kraus, Ph.D. at 925.238.6466

(This workshop has not yet been scheduled for 2017)

"Breaking Through: Coping with Dementia in Someone You Love"

pleasant hill | psychologist, Alzheimer's, psychotherapy, counseling    When a family member has dementia it can be an emotional morass of confusion and often contradictory alternatives. Eventaully, it becomes necessary for family members to learn about this devastating condition, develop new ways to sort through their emotional reaction to their loved one’s transition, and feel the support of others who are going through or have gone through an experience like this before. 

   To help cope with this sweeping developmental milestone of family life, Dr. Kraus has created an important and free family workshop series:  Breaking Through:  Coping with Dementia in Someone You Love.

   Based on his award-winning book now in its Second Edition, At Wit’s End:  Plain Talk on Alzheimer’s for Families and Clinicians, and his extensive experience working with older adults, Dr. Kraus has offerred a powerful and engaging workshop for family members looking to cope better with this uninvited guest.

"Caring for the Alzheimer's Patient"

Topic Outline:

* What is Alzheimer's Dementia?
        * The Natural Aging Process
        * Risk Factors and Your Odds of Getting Alzheimer's
        * Cognitive, Emotional, and Behavioral Symptoms                       
        * Anatomical , Microscopic, and Genetic Evidence                   

What is Sundowner's? How do I Identify It?
What is Delirium?
        * Distinguishing Between Delirium and Alzheimer's

 * How is a Patient Evaluated for Dementia?
  * How to Take a Good History
        * Standardized Physician's Workup for Alzheimer's                  
        * The Mini-Mental State and Full Mental Status Exams
        * Psychological tests for Alzheimer's                                            
        * A Hierarchy of Functional Abilities in Alzheimer's                  
        * Guidelines for Conducting a Competency Evaluation

* How Can I Evaluate for Disturbances in Mood and Perception
        * A Profile of the Depressed Elderly
        * Scales to Measure Depression and Alzheimer's                              
        * Is It Dementia or Pseudodementia?
        * Psychotic Symptoms in Alzheimer's  

* How Does the Physician Treat Dementia, Sundowners, Depression,
      and Anxiety? What Can Caregivers Do to Treat Sundowners?

        * Acetylcholine and Cholinesterase Inhibitors
        * Alternative Medicines
        * The Role of Cholesterol in Alzheimer's
        * The Newest Medicines
        * Medicines Addressing Other Mental Health Symptoms
        * 12 rules for Optimizing the Environment                                      

* How Can I Relate to Someone with Dementia?
         * The Relationship is Everything
         * The Unconscious in the Elderly
         * Listening in Metaphor
         * Reinforcement/Avoidance in the Depressed Alzheimer's Patient
         * Family Dynamics and Alzheimer's
         * Caregiver Burden and Stress
         * Dealing with Agitation in Alzheimer's

* What Activities Can Minimize the Risk and Progression of
      Alzheimer’s Dementia?

"Judging Amy"

Seminar Objectives:

     One of the most stressful events of family life is confronting the question of a parent's or sibling's or spouse's ability to make sound decisions.   By accepting a referral to assess decision-making abilities, you can provide essential answers to the person being assessed as well as to those who are close to them.   This interactive workshop has been designed   to assist all psychologists who are doing or wish to expand their practice by doing "competency evaluations."   Regardless of your specialty - whether it's geropsychology, neuropsychology, forensic psychology, clinical psychology, or if you are a general practice clinician who wishes to learn more about this valuable and rapidly growing area of practice - this workshop can provide you added tools to ply your trade in a more competent and enlightened way.   Conducting capacity evaluations assists the court in its task and almost always calms the family by filling the abyss of uncertainty with valuable information.   Surprisingly, very little is generally known in the legal, medical, psychiatric, and psychological communities about assessing, evaluating, and making judgments regarding the capacities of cognitively impaired older adults.   This workshop is designed to provide benchmark guidelines and protocols in assessing the cognitive, emotional, and functional capacities of this growing segment of our population.

     This interactive workshop will utilize didactic instruction, as well as mock assessments, case studies, and small and large group discussion.

* Workshop participants will learn the variety of conditions leading to
      decisional incapacity.

* Participants will learn standardized approaches in determining decision-
     making abilities.

* Workshop participants will learn about the utility of test instruments
     commonly used in assessing cognitive, emotional, and functional
     impairments in the older adult.

* Participants will learn how to better translate their findings into a form
     that the judicial system needs and appreciates.

Topic Outline:

* The Judge's Perspective
        * Historical Perspectives
        * Pitfalls in Assessing Decision-Making Capacity
        * Today's Standards of Practice
        * The Six Pillars of Assessment
        * The Judicial Analysis of Evidence
        * Problems with Clinician-Based Testimony
        * Limited Guardianships and Other Alternatives

* The Psychologist's Perspective
        * The Process of Engagement
        * The Myth of the "Capac-o-meter"
        * Professional Competence
        * Steps in the Capacity Evaluation
        * Ability Domains in Capacity Assessment
        * Diagnosis
        * Questions for the Clinical Interview
        * The Standard Medical Workup for Delirium and Dementia
        * Cognitive, Behavioral, Emotional Symptoms in Dementia
        * Differential Diagnosis of Depression, Delirium, and Dementia
        * Standardized Tests Used in Capacity Assessments
        * Issues in Test Selection
        * The Importance of Functional Assessments

* The Client's Perspective
        * When is an Evaluation Really Needed?
        * Possible Interventions Prior to an Evaluation
        * The Process of Engagement
        * Mirroring Responses
        * Deflecting Aggression
        * Weighing Probable Gains and Risks

* Applying the Principles
        * 6 Essential Cases
        * Drawing Effective Conclusions
        * Effective Documentation


     "Excellent workshop!  Dr. Kraus was genuine, interesting, and knowledgeable!"

     "Very easy to listen to and follow."

     "I have attended several workshops on Alzheimer's and aging in the past 15 years.  This has been the best.  The depth and presentation of information was excellent."

     "I enjoyed the humor and little exercises to keep us alert."

      "Very personable, enthusiastic, organized, great slides, positive learning techniques."

     "Very informative, especially relating to new developments."

     "Appreciated the addition of fun demonstrations and games interspersed with the materials.  I have attended three other geriatric workshops.  Dr. Kraus's is the best!"

      "Case examples were very helpful.  Very responsive to questions. Dynamic style made it easy to stay engaged."

     "A wonderful down to earth presenter with a lot of knowledge."

     "Dr. Kraus took a difficult subject and kept it interesting. He brought it down to a lay person's understanding."

     "Very, very good!  I recommend this training for new workers as well as veteran workers with the aged.  I'd like to see this workshop available to families and caregivers in our community."

     "I thoroughly enjoyed this -- it applied to both my professional life as a medical social worker and to my personal life because my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's."

     "Absolutely outstanding!!!  Very helpful -- Thank you!"

To hear Dr. Kraus speak from two segments of his Alzheimer's workshops,
just click below!

"The DSM-IV Criteria for Alzheimer's" (MP3 format)   

"The Role of Microtubules
in the Generation of the Tau Protein" (MP3 format)

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