"As advances are made in better understanding the power of focus in shaping one's subjective perceptions and even one's physiology, the field of clinical hypnosis has played an especially important role in this ongoing process of discovery. Despite too many clinicians' terribly misinformed dismissal of hypnosis as little more than a gimmick, in fact hypnosis has evolved a strong scientific basis arising from its insights into neuroscience, cognition, suggestive language and information processing, placebo and nocebo responses, the therapeutic alliance, and more.
Just as there are many different models of psychotherapy, each with different foundational philosophies and methods, there are many different models of hypnosis, each with a different emphasis and utilizing different approaches. The highly innovative work of Milton Erickson in particular is widely acknowledged by therapists who may or may not use hypnosis but are definitely influenced by his strategic methods.
This workshop will present the rationale and application of play therapy with families. Family play therapy has the potential to be disarming and novel, and can decrease ambivalence to therapy, Using a combination of physical, dynamic, and expressive exercises to engage all family members, family play therapy can strengthen emotional connection, shift rigid perceptions, and utilize metaphor in order to identify and work through complex and difficult problems. Most families come to therapy with high expectations and rigid thinking and feeling patterns. Play therapy promotes laughter, joy, and possibilities.
This presentation will use a Constructive Narrative strengths -based treatment approach for individuals with PTSD and co-occurring disorders such as substance abuse disorders, depression and suicidality.
Stress is ubiquitous these days — it plays a role in the workplace, in the home, and virtually everywhere that people interact. It can take a heavy toll unless it is recognized and managed effectively and insightfully.
Immigrants are achievers though often seen though a deficit lens. Multiple studies point to their dire decisions and persistence based on hope and a collectivistic orientation. If they succeed, others do.
When people face the reality of tragic loss through death, they commonly struggle to process both the "event story" of what has transpired, and to access the "back story" of the relationship with the deceased to negotiate the liminal sense of the loved one's presence within absence. This calls for creative and intuitive therapy that respects the profound assault on the person's world of meaning, but that uses the healing power of imagination, body work and the conjuring of restorative connections to promote resilience.