Many problems in living result from a lack of perspective—events are viewed in isolation, rather than in relation to other events that can provide balance. A variety of very simple and very brief interventions to achieve different kinds of perspective will be demonstrated and taught.
This workshop offers medical and psychotherapy professionals an approach for the management of chronic pain conditions. Specifically intended for work with patients at risk for medication dependence techniques are taught that involve self-assessment and active participation, both integral to the healing process. The use of creative imagination and hypnotic strategies offer opportunities for the subjective perceptual alterations, which can be used in the adaptation to chronic discomfort.
John Weakland’s MRI Brief Therapy is among the most effective & influential models in use today. Video recordings of Weakland working successfully with a husband suspected of infidelity will be reviewed and discussed to demonstrate the MRI Brief Therapy conceptual framework and clinical techniques for competency based brief therapy.
Therapists frequently work with the wrong person in treatment and as a result they are unlikely to be helpful. Research supports that working with the person that brings the problem to you (ie parent or teacher) and not the identified patient (child or student). By working around the child or adolescent’s problem and focusing on how they are a problem for the teacher or parent will yield positive gains. This workshop will show how to use the consultation process to help all parties involved. DVD examples of actual sessions will be used to highlight the process and demonstrate how short-term is possible with this approach.
This workshop will provide a Socio-cultural view of trauma, highlighting the dynamics of the intersection of oppression and trauma. Strategies for effectively engaging and treating individuals and families with ‘oppression trauma’ will be discussed. Relevant Self of the Therapist issues will be explored.
Our beliefs about ourselves and what is possible in the world around us greatly impacts our day-to-day effectiveness. As our lives and the world around us changes, we also need to adapt and update our beliefs and stories about ourselves. Beliefs which have once served us can become limiting if they are too rigid. This seminar will explore the structure and dynamics of our belief systems, as well as how to identify and update key beliefs and facilitate change in our clients.
Detecting changes in a client’s posture, tone of voice, direction of gaze, lateral gestures, etc. provides rich instantaneous feedback about how a session is going, and often indicates what kind of intervention will be useful. Simple exercises will be demonstrated and taught that are useful irrespective of your theoretical orientation.
Neuroscience documents how experiences of (1) Novelty, (2) Environmental Enrichment, and (3) Mental & Physical Exercise can optimize gene expression, brain plasticity (brain growth), and mind-body healing. We will practice psychotherapy as discussed in my recent book Creating Consciousness: How Therapists can Facilitate Wonder, Wisdom, Beauty, and Truth.
Clinicians are very likely to encounter patients in their clinical practice that experience both anxiety and medical illness. Sometimes differentiating the symptoms of each can become extremely difficult and can serve to exacerbate either condition. This workshop will introduce some of the cognitive-behavioral techniques that are used in helping clinicians differentiate symptoms and also intervene, providing patients with skills for managing their anxiety, as well as their medical illness.
After making a connection with and establishing a relationship with the client, I contend that all brief therapy relies on some variation or combination of three interventions: Changing the doing (actions/interactions), changing the viewing (focus of attention and meaning attribution/interpretation) and changing the context (the social or physical environment) involved in or around the problem. The session will give details about how to conceptualize and implement these shifts in brief clinical work.