Sessions Live 2021: The Great Adaptation

How we can stay grounded when the ground is moving.

Sessions Live is Esther Perel's annual conference dedicated to therapists, coaches, and other professionals who help people navigate the complexities of modern relationships. We are so excited to present you with this year's topic. Across three Saturdays in November, Esther and her guests will combine didactic and experiential sessions on the following topics:

11.6 - The Adaptive Therapist

During this period of overlapping crises, both therapists and clients are experiencing parallel processes of prolonged uncertainty and collective grief. On day one of Sessions Live 2021, we will explore the evolving goals and limitations—as well as the shifting boundaries—of therapy now.

Guest Speakers: Marcelo Bronstein; Mary Jo Barrett, MSW

Discussant: Jeffrey Lawrence, PsyD

11.13 - Social Connection

Social connection, from supervision groups to virtual retreats, is the key to developing collective resilience. Through case studies, we will examine how therapists can best support each other while straddling anxiety and hopefulness—and how resourcing one another can also enhance the strategies we use to help our clients.

 Guest Speakers: Alexandra Solomon, Ph.D; Judith Gibbons, Ph.D; Christina Curtis, MA, LMFT

Discussant: Malika Bhowmik Ph.D

11.20 - The Next Normal

From politics and the pandemic to racial trauma and climate despair, the world at large is a main character in the therapeutic narrative. On the final day of our conference, we will focus on re-envisioning how our work might evolve in the coming years.

Guest Speakers: Lisa Fortuna, MD, MPH, M.Div; Edith Shiro, PsyD

Discussant: Jordana Jacobs, Ph.D 

How Can We Stay Grounded When The Ground Is Moving?

Eighteen months of prolonged uncertainty has been stressful to therapists and clients alike. Many of us are grappling with how to provide emotional support when we ourselves are feeling depleted. Sessions Live 2021 is an event where therapists, coaches, and mental health professionals come together to counteract the isolation and burnout that has intensified this year.

Across three Saturday sessions, we will address the goals, roles, and limitations of therapy in a time of collective trauma and overlapping large scale crises and explore how to support and resource each other.

"Adaptability is an essential part of resilience. It’s the conversation within you between stability and change. It’s the marriage of your fundamental needs for security and adventure.

Adaptability is the ability to bend and come back to center over and over again, increasing our flexibility each time, whether you're in your daily stretch or the fight for your life. And the more you practice becoming adaptable, the more you can tolerate change and harness its power.

To ensure that we can continue to do our work well, it’s crucial that we cultivate flexibility, nimbleness, and adaptability as key skills for meeting this moment. To remain stable emotional supports for our clients, we need to know how to bend without breaking."

~ Esther Perel

Join Esther Perel and her guests for three special multidisciplinary training sessions taking place November 6, 13, 20 at 12pm Eastern. Each week, we’ll explore how adaptability, mass mutual reliance, and collective resilience are crucial to meeting this moment. Topics will range from politics and the pandemic to racial trauma and climate despair.

Sessions Live is completely virtual this year. It includes intersession exercises and a full archive available to all ticket holders. Whether you attend the event live or watch the videos on your own schedule, you will experience a positive and impactful learning experience.

As always, CE credits are available for an additional fee for qualified US attendees. There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.

Tickets Available Now

Your ticket will unlock access to the full three day workshop, intersession exercises, and the full event archive.

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Tickets are $99 - Join Esther and Her Guests for Three Days of Training, Conversation, and Community

Welcome to your online training homebase.

As we're still distancing, we've taken special care to make this a platform that doesn't merely mimic the in-person conference format, but takes care to use technology to create a more effective educational program. There will be opportunities to network, intersession exercises, and an event platform to house event resources and videos. 

Live, Interactive Video Conference

2+ hours of live presentation, conversation, Q+A, and small group conversations across three Saturdays in November starting on the 6th.

On-Demand Video Archive 

Missed a day? Want to review the conversation? Our video archive is free for all attendees with an individual login and event platform for each member. Videos will be available immediately after livestream is over each day.

CE Credit Eligible

7.5 CE credits are available for an additional fee for US participants through our CE partner, R. Cassidy Seminars. For more information please see our Frequently Asked Questions

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