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The therapeutic relationship appears to be the key element for short-term treatment. The use of rapport in Ericksonian Psychotherapy is an excellent example of the essential use of the therapeutic relationship in Brief Family Therapy. As demonstrated by Carl Whitaker’s position in family therapy, therapist’s emotions, fantasies, and isomorphic behaviors can provide useful suggestions both for diagnosing and effectively utilizing the therapeutic relationship.
The field of therapy is undergoing a period of dramatic change: regulatory and documentation requirements, government cutbacks and changing insurance policies, declining incomes and economic uncertainty. Thankfully, a simple, evidence-based alternative exists for maximizing the effectiveness and efficiency of treatment based on using ongoing client feedback to empirically tailor services to the individual client needs and characteristics. Over a dozen randomized clinical trials, involving a wide range of clients and presenting complaints, document that the principles and practices associated with Feedback Informed Treatment (FIT) improve outcomes and client satisfaction by as much as 65%, cuts dropout rates in half, and decreases the risk of deterioration by one third.
Hypnosis is a powerful tool when working with children and families. Participants will learn how to incorporate concrete methods of “being hypnotic” with children (formally and informally) in order to improve focus, emotional management, sleep, and tolerance of medical procedures. Determining a treatment goal and creating interventions will be taught.
Abraham Lincoln suffered from what was known as “melancholy” most of his life. In this presentation, you will learn the effective coping and self-treatment strategies he used to deal with and overcome lifelong depression. An inspirational talk with lessons for modern clinicians and clients.
Many therapies involve brief lengths of treatment, including a single session. A structure will be presented for organizing the tasks and skills involved in different phases (pre, early, middle, late, and follow-through) of therapy. Numerous case examples, including video, will illustrate brief therapy techniques useful both in initial sessions and in the course of longer treatments.
Dr. Polster will flesh out the roles of an attention triad of concentration, fascination and curiosity in evoking amplified interpersonal immersion in the therapeutic process. The resulting involvement leads to a quasi-hypnotic energy opening the client to new experience. Conceptual perspectives will be elaborated, augmented by live demonstrations of therapy sessions.
Communication is composed of nonverbal/paraverbal contextual aspects; the words only convey part of the message. We will study the effective use of prosody, proximity, gesture, expression and context, and how those channels can be woven into the process of communication to create dramatic moments that empower effective clinical outcomes.
Resilience is the capacity of people to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions. When individuals are challenged, they can sometimes rise to the occasion. But if the challenge seems too great, they may “crash and burn.” This is where the skills of self-leadership are an essential resource. Self-leadership is about ensuring that you are personally prepared to be your best, meet challenges, overcome obstacles and reach your goals.
Many problems in living result from a lack of perspective—events are viewed in isolation, rather than in relation to other events that can provide balance. A variety of very simple and very brief interventions to achieve different kinds of perspective will be demonstrated and taught.