This workshop will explore the human-animal bond and its history and will define and describe the use of Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) and Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP in working with domestic violence survivors, child-witnesses, families, children at risk and populations not benefiting from traditional therapies. In addition to the information presented about this brief therapy, participants will have the opportunity to view a video of AAT and EAP sessions. With Dale Klein-Kennedy.
This workshop will introduce a holistic-motivational approach toward brief therapy, inspired by the work of Abraham Maslow. It will use lecture and demonstrations to show how hypnotherapy can aid in the utilization and encouragement of what Maslow would call Being Motivation and Metavalues in order to create lasting solutions. Participants will also learn specific forms of Ericksonian communication that may enhance Being Motivation and Metavalues.
Prochaska’s six-stages of change model (i.e. Precontemplation, Contempation, Preparation, Action, Maintenance, & Termination) serves as a framework for understanding how brief therapists can therapeutically employ clothing and appearance as framework for understanding how brief therapists can therapeutically employ clothing and appearance as a vehicle for more lasting client solutions. Drawing upon brief therapy cases using Ericksonian, MRI, and SFT approaches, the program illustrates how therapists can help clients make small changes in clothing and appearance to move through Prochaska’s stages of change. With John Littrell.
This workshop includes Systemic Family Constellation therapy. Redefined by Bert Hellinger and others, it has gained acceptance in Europe as a groundbreaking advancement in brief form therapy. The process explores how transgenerational traumas remain active. In a single session, the imaginal family system is transformed. The burden of memory becomes an enduring source of strength and healing.
This workshop will define a social interaction model of resistance and present techniques for managing resistance within the therapeutic interaction. Techniques offered include: methods for disrupting patterns, seeking solutions within the details of client’s problems, the importance of determining emotionally compelling reasons for change, maintain an attitude of naïve puzzlement, the proper labeling of issues, and establishing mutually agreed upon goals. The ideas and methods presented are readily integrated into all theoretical approaches and client problems. A detailed handout will be provided. With Clifton Mitchell and Linda Mitchell.
This workshop will introduce a new cognitive model for brief, solution-focused psychotherapy for couples. This cognitive paradigm is unique in several ways. It points to the fact that no one knows the client better than his/her intimate partner. The client’s partner pushes, pulls, and teases every imperfection of out their partner’s personality. Specifically, intimacy reveals what is incomplete about the client’s emotional development. It also reveals how effectively the client manages the needs he or she brings to the relationship. This is precisely what clients need to study themselves and points to what we as therapists can do to help our clients. With Robert Johansen, Ian Johansen and Todd Gaffnet.
Therapists will learn Subliminal Therapy (ST), a psychodynamic technique used to accomplish consciously desired change. ST is a hypnotically medicated and utilizes the capabilities of a higher level of the patient’s intelligence that exists in the unconscious domain. ST empowers the patient by providing awareness of causal influences, thereby facilitating resolution by the patient. ST is described, its effectiveness is quantified and justified, and typical applications are detailed. Additionally, participants will witness a demonstration of the technique.
This workshop presents a theory of emotion and model for therapy, founded on the positive view that emotions offer us opportunities to realign with our inherent wholeness, once disruptions occur. The key lies in resolving the destabilizing effects of emotion with a stabilizing emotional and psychological strength. With fear, the strength is personal power, for example. The workshop includes principles and interventions. A map of emotion illustrates the arc of its occurrence from stimulus and effect to regulation and resolution.
What is a modern definition or a contemporary conceptualization of caregiving and counseling? How are the events and trends of our world today shaping the nature and function of the helping professions? Presently, globalism, secularism, extremism, and radicalism constitute a major challenge to individuals, communities, and nations alike and to both the care-giver/therapist and the care receiver/client! Trans-national, trans-theoretical, and trans-cultural implications will be discussed.
The basics about mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral therapy will be explained, along with the research findings which show that aerobic exercise helps both ADD and depression through improving brain functioning. Participants will become acquainted with ten mindfulness skills, four CBT methods and five types of aerobic exercise which can help their clients. Participants will see how they can be the instruments who help their clients deliver themselves from distraction to distinction. With Joseph Sestito.