Today, prudent therapists learn not only to influence client's interactions within their natural social context, but also influence their interactions with the helping system. In this workshop, the problematic relations between helping and family systems and strategies to change them will be described. Three areas will be explored: 1) humanistic approach to services; 2) correcting the family hierarchy; 3) boundary building.
"Common factors" or "specific techniques" - what really creates lasting change in brief therapy? This course presents ways of using both components together in a flexible solution-focused approach. Through collaborative conversation, tailored to client preferences, this approach creates positive expectancy, inviting amplification of what works and changing what does not. When more is needed - in the spirit of - "if it doesn't work, do something different" - specific techniques are seamlessly introduced and integrated into solution-focused conversations.
With the increase in weight loss surgery, both physical and psychological recovery is an important concern and struggle for patients. The focus of this short course will be on both body and "emotional dysmorphic disorder," that is not "seeing" oneself as others do. We will address how brief how brief, effective mind-body approaches can aid in resolving these conditions and enhance lasting recovery. Methods will include counseling, social support, massage, yoga, martial arts, acupuncture and exercise.
This presentation poses a substance abuse treatment which acknowledges and accommodates the personal needs being addressed by substance use, bypasses perceived resistance and employs idiosyncratic psycho-biological learning to achieve a body-mind Gestalt complementary to the client's sobriety. Client self-empowerment and relapse prevention are built into the intervention. This method develops a safe framework for addressing any subsequent mental health themes directly or indirectly related to substance misuse. A simple form of bodymind communication, known as ideomotor questioning, is employed in this procedure. Because this is a new strategy, fundamental information applicable to all levels of professional experience, will be provided.
Clinicians are seeing an increase in the number of individuals they treat that are diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome and they struggle to find effective and efficacious ways to effect change in this unique population of individuals. This Short Course focuses on practical, brief and strategic interventions that can be applied in longer term therapies with individuals diagnosed with Asperger's and other high functioning autism spectrum disorders.
Stop-Breathe-Focus (SBF) diffuses volatile situations, interrupts addictive/compulsive behaviors, resolves conflicts, facilitates healthy decisions and changes problematic behavior. SBF is useful to make changes quickly, to autopsy previous behaviors and to create a plan for behavior change; all in a simple, easy-to-use package.
When a patient shows resistance, the therapist should be a model of resiliency to help transform rigidity into flexibility, pessimism into optimism, and being stuck on the problem into enthusiasm for a solution. Resiliency is the ability to get up after a fall, transform difficulties into challenges and become stronger through pain.
This workshop will offer a guide to understanding the inter-personal pattern of violent interactions. whether they may be between couples, parents and children, friends or co-workers. Effective strategies such as using positive questions, reframing comments, tasks, rituals and hypnotic procedures will be discussed.
People who are traumatized, and/or have one of the multitudes of addictive disorders are, in great part, dissociated from their physical reality. There is research which indicates that people who exercise are more likely to suffer from less anxiety, pain and depression. This short course offers a practical approach to overcoming people's reluctance to exercise by using active-alert hypnosis and music. By listening to hypnosis with music while exercising, people can alter their perceptions of pain, time, effort and pleasure. The words of the hypnosis are taken from the works of Milton H. Erickson, Jeffrey Zeig, Michael Yapko and Eva Banyai. Their different contributions will be delineated and explained.
This short course will approach therapist sculpting as an experiential tool based on the idea that dynamic experiences precede dynamic understandings. The presenter will offer an integrative approach to problems that is brief, experiential, phenomenological and effective. Therapist sculpting allows the therapist to empathize with the client; helps the client to disengage from the problem and focus on what is important; and helps the client discover new possibilities.