The expectation of the therapist that therapy can be both very brief and effective is the essence of working in the very brief mode, i.e., the therapist rarely sees the client more than one or two times. Typical methods used are: the miracle question, changing personal history, guided metaphor, conversational reframing, Rossi's "moving hands," and hypnosis. Case examples will be given, and the group will be invited to participate in a brief hypnotic change experience.
The process of teaching the patient life skills is the most critical component of therapy. Effective therapists teach patients skills in order to successfully navigate through life. Everything that a therapist does is "education" in some form, and patients need practical skills in order their quality of life.
Participants in this workshop will explore ways to apply the understanding of attachment, trauma, brain and mind in diagnosing and treating relationship problems. A goal of the treatment is to accelerate the access to emotions in the more withdrawn partner, leading to more open communication between partners. Lecture, discussion and videotape demonstration will clarify how traumas of early disturbed bonding experiences can be seen and treated in a conjoint session.
Dealing with narcissistic and borderline defenses that block healthy relating can be quite challenging when dealing with couples. This short course will address ways to creatively apply core aspects of Rossi's mind-body approach to develop treatment plans and interventions that can facilitate the containment of these defenses and help reorganize the dynamics of the couple system. The integration of the psychodynamic system and cognitive behavioral perspectives will be addresses throughout the course.
The daunting task of leading clients from a disempowering sense of external control to an actualizing sense of inner control becomes doable by helping them reframe their behavior from actions to language, i.e., seeing actions as an attempt to send a message or a signal to the world around them. This practical idea will be illustrated in role-play demonstrations of the WDEP system: Wants, Doing (or behavior as language), self-Evaluation, and action Planning.
This workshop will demonstrate how to guide patients in having intra-body conversations. Recognizing the essential purpose of pain as an attention-getting signal, we can sponsor pain patients' compassionate listening to their pain sig- nals as opposed to trying to avoid them, and guide them to respond in ways that are self supportive and soothing. The process also allays anxiety and generalizes to effect management.
"Physician heal thyself" aptly describes this presentation for graduate supervisors/instructors who understand the need for increased diversity-mindedness amongst therapists. This presentation will focus on using proven pedagogical and therapeutic skills that will challenge graduate supervisors and instructors 1) to be self-relexive and diversity-minded and 2) to use themselves as the primary conduits of a new multicultural consciousness in teaching and supervision arenas.
This workshop provides mental health professionals with an introduction of Voice Therapy, an innovative cognitive/affective/behavioral technique that facilitates change in psychotherapy. Through lecture, discussion and video tapes, participants will learn how to use voice therapy techniques and exercises to help patients overcome destructive thoughts and behavior in order to make meaningful changes in their lives.
In 1990, the presenters Heinz Von Forester, Gianfranco Cecchin, and Humberto Maturana created the Systemic Constructions human interaction model. This model has evolved into six overlapping domains that affect the social, spiritual and biological influences of human functioning and interactions. This course will teach how to use these six domains to help to ask the right questions that can lead to the break-up of clinical log-jams and increase the lasting effectiveness of the briefer therapies.
This short course will describe a brief strategic/solution-focused and hypnotic approach to anxiety related disorders. Participants will learn to creatively engage their obsessive thinking, perfectionist, Whying and What Ifing clients via live demonstration, experiential exercise and case studies. The art of What Willing will be introduced conversationally, experientially and energetically. This course will demonstrate how a client can be transported back and forth in time and space, accessing her unique history of success and future memories of her best self.