A key idea in Milton Erickson's work was that a person's problematic experiences and behaviors can be skillfully accepted and utilized as the basis for therapeutic change. Self-relations psychotherapy develops this idea further, emphasizing symptoms as indicating the death of an old identity and the impending birth of a new identity. Thus, we don't try to "get rid of" depression, anxiety, or other "acting out/acting in" expressions, but instead invite them into a human relationship of "sponsorship", where their healing and helpful nature may be realized. In this workshop, we will see how a therapist can generate a ritual space where symptoms and other disturbing experiences can be "midwifed" into new identities.
Many therapies involve brief lengths of treatment. 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 both in initial sessions and in the course of longer treatments.
The challenge of personal transformation is faced differently in the East and West. Typically, Eastern meditation emphasizes how to cultivate higher states of consciousness that "go beyond" ego identifications, while Western therapy focuses on how to "work through" problematic states. This workshop explores an integrative model that suggests how to use both approaches in a complementary way: sometimes "transcending, sometimes "transforming", and often doing both at the same time. The connection between meditation, generative trance, and selfrelations will be a central focus.
The field of hypnosis has moved to the forefront of objective research in striving to understand the role unconscious processes play in mindbody healing, automatic (reflexive) cognitive and behavioral responses, and the utilization of attentional mechanisms in problem-solving. In this workshop, participants will both learn and experience the merits of integrating hypnosis into goal-directed psychotherapies.
The evidence that the relationship matters in psychotherapy is vast, but that knowledge is of limited usefulness until it is known how to create powerful therapeutic relationships. The relevance of the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) model to this issue is described, and specific methods are described and shown that can increase the potency of the therapeutic relationship.
In the literature, music and drama, artists often covertly foreshadow impending events. In social psychology there are myriad studies of priming, an effect by which the accessibility of a future target is increased by the presentation of an earlier cue. Priming effects illuminate important facets of interpersonal responsiveness. Milton Erickson was the first therapist to seed future ideas in the course of strategic therapy and hypnosis. Seeding is an important concept that can increase the effectiveness of interventions regardless of the technique that will be used. We will learn to harness seeding methods through lecture, demonstration and practice.
There is an old saying that "knowledge is only a rumor until it is in the muscle." This is nowhere more true than in Brief Therapy. This workshop will explore how physical and somatically oriented techniques, such as spatial sorting, centering and "Somatic Syntax" can be used to help clients discover and internalize lasting solutions to a variety of problem situations.
This workshop will describe the main techniques and benefits of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), as well as discuss its efficiency and effectiveness as a brief therapy. Participants will learn important and helpful self-work to do after therapy. There will be live demonstrations with audience volunteers, and time for questions from participants.
"If you want truly to understand something, try to change it." - Kurt Lewin. Change is one of the most challenging aspects of life. Yet there are identifiable ways we all change. In this short session, you will learn the seven major ways people change and how to identify and tap into people's natural motivational styles to create change.