BT12 Short Course 43 – How to Become Smart Enough to Know When to Stop Thinking: A Brief Ericksonian Approach to Lasting Solutions – Joseph Dowling MS, LPC
Milton H. Erickson, MD, understood that “the conscious (thinking) mind doesn’t do much of anything of much significance…while the unconscious mind is an infinite storehouse of dreams, potentials, and solutions…” This workshop will teach a brief, solution-focused, strategic, and hypnotic approach to anxiety-related disorders. Intellectualizing, analyzing, self-criticizing, WHY-ing and WHAT-IF-ing clients will be targeted as participants learn to employ Ericksonian interventions including solution-focused questions, strategic task assignments, and formal/ conversational hypnosis via live demonstration, experiential exercise, and case studies.
BT12 Short Course 44 – Brief Therapy with Single Mothers: The Transformational Alchemy of Metaphor – Bette Freedson, MSW
Therapists working with single mothers often hear stories of abandonment, disempowerment, loneliness, hopelessness, victimization, rage and unrelenting stress. Disturbing perceptions and emotions such as these, and the distorted interpretations that result, may rigidify into psychic schemas comprised of patterns of dysfunctional reacting and compromised coping. Identifying negative schemas, and harnessing the mind’s powerful potential to transform them, will be the dual focus of this course. Participants will explore the way in which the quiet mind, combined with the evocative and rhythmic language of hypnosis, can fuel a subconscious shift from confusion to clarity.
BT12 Short Course 45 – Ericksonian Principles for Helping Stepfamilies Blend – Dale Bertram, PhD and Michael Rankin, MA, LMFT
By using Ericksonian Methods of utilizing resistance, working with dissociation, and altering its consciousness, we can help a step-family to change its trance and the family can become a true blended family. Step-families can learn to play together, work together, and support one another.
BT12 Short Course 46 – Brief Therapy for the Final Stages of Life – Lindasue Marshall, MSW
Brief therapy principals and methods that assess how the patient sees the problem, their beliefs and values about life and death, then intervene with tasks, reframing, and metaphor can provide rapid lasting transformation for patients with terminal illness. The therapist’s ability to help deal both directly and indirectly with the last stages of life can help terminal patients move from a fear based position to live meaningful final chapters of their lives.
BT12 Short Course 47 – Is it the Talking that Cures? An Exploration of the Role of Silence and Words in the Clinical Encounter – Susan Pinco, PhD
Explore the role that silence plays in the hypnotic and clinical process. Our journey will begin with a discussion of structured and unstructured silence, how both are manifested, and potentially utilized. It continues with an overview of research related to silence in psychotherapy as well as findings in neuroscience that help explain why silence is a key ingredient in effective trance-formational processes. Attendees will engage in exercises that are designed to expand their awareness of the pivotal role that silence plays in healing and in so doing facilitate the conscious development of strategic interventions that utilize silence hypnotically to address a wide range of clinical issues.
BT12 Short Course 48 – Changing Individual Systems in Order to Obtain Lasting Solutions: Three Brief Strategic Techniques – Fabio Leonardi, Psychology, and Gerry Grassi, Psychology
Lasting solutions imply a second order change, which is a change of one’s own identity system. Basing on strategic- constructivist tradition, we developed three techniques. The first one aims to re-frame identity systems characterized by feelings of inadequacy and social inhibition. The second one aims to change identity systems characterized by feelings of victimization. The third one is used with subjects who feels dependent on others.
BT12 Short Course 49 – Milton Erickson and Patrick Carnes: Comparing and Contrasting the Work of Two Leaders – Roxanna Erickson-Klein, PhD, and Pennie Johnson, MA
This course will look at the work of two charismatic leaders, each of who made a substantial impact to psychotherapy practiced today. Commonalities and differences will be explored, and the relevance of their work will be discussed. Ideology, strategies, and principles of treatment will be compared and contrasted.
BT12 Short Course 50 – Pattern Disruption Right Out of the Gate – Cheryl Bell-Gadsby, MA, RCC, and Kathleen Donaghy, PhD, PC
This session will demonstrate the efficient and strategic use of energy and trancework in shifting clients’’ resistance into movement and resolution of conflict. Case examples will be provided to illustrate application of our approach with a couple, a mother and daughter, and with adolescent girls. We will conclude with a demonstration and discussion.
BT12 Short Course 51 – Effective Management of Chronic Anxiety and Depression with Essential Neurobiological Communication – Bart Walsh, MSW
Learn how to access deep levels of mind-body functioning for remission of chronic anxiety and depression. Essential neurobiological communication (ENBC) incorporates a form of body language known as ideomotor signaling. Affected individuals learn to fully manage these chronic conditions. Resolve past emotion using a noninvasive protocol integrating a progressive ratification sequence for grounding emotional adjustments in thought, perception and behavior.
BT12 Short Course 53 – What to Expect When Your Patient is Not Expecting – Helen Adrienne, LCSW
The number of those who are struggling with infertility in the United States is 7.3 million and growing. If you have not yet encountered this in your practice, you are likely to sooner or later. Working effectively with this highly stressed population requires awareness of the unique profile of patients suffering with the unmet longing for a baby. This workshop will be an opportunity for you to gather the understanding you need in order to attune yourself to the challenges these men, women and couples face and to learn brief therapy, mind/body interventions that will make a difference