Successful brief psychotherapeutic work with gay men includes the use of clinical hypnoses as well as an accepting compassionate stance of the psychotherapist. Ego-state work and positive self-representations create healing from years of internalized shame. Specific psychosocial issues for gay men, core issues common in the gay male community, customized hypnoses scripts, and effective short-term treatment strategies will be discussed.
This workshop focuses on four categories of emotion—fear, anger, sadness, and joy, and illustrates their potential negative impacts. Problems arise when we respond to the impacts ineffectively—typically through some form of avoidance—instead of discovering our potential to transform the emotion. The key to transformation lies in responding with the emotional super strength hidden within each emotion. With anger the strength is self-mastery; with fear/ personal power; with sadness/ acceptance; with joy/ gratefulness. The workshop concludes with the Emotional Plan for Daily Living—a set of four principles that help integrate their super strengths into an overall approach to life.
It is the purpose of this short course to introduce and apply the concepts of both Narrative Therapy (NT) and Solution Focus Brief Therapy (SFBT) simultaneously in a therapeutic setting. The use of imagery and symbolism take the “storied” nature of problems and link them to the tapestry of all stories that a client brings into therapy. The Miracle Question looks at the “preferred view” of the problem and differentiates the singular vista of the problem against the preferred view of the client that has the vistas of the tapestry. EARS is used to give the client control over the preferred view of the problem.
In this workshop we will adopt a positive approach and focus on aspects that are part of the FLOURISH model: Flow, Utilization, Resilience, Imagery to stimulate High levels of pleasure and satisfaction. These aspects can be developed with Self Hypnosis exercises. Impact of the FLOURISH model on development and happiness will be reviewed. In practical exercises you can discover how to work out your own “petals of satisfaction.”
Latinos seeking treatment often do not feel understood in therapy, and many do not return for a second visit. Lack of engagement with Latinos in treatment leads to a failure of Latinos in adhering to treatment recommendations. Participants will learn strategies to promote treatment engagement, alliance, and adherence with Latinos.
If you have ever felt like it would be nice to have a script or metaphor to facilitate the progress of a client in therapy, this course is for you. Participants will learn how to utilize their own interest, skills and abilities to create interventions tailored to their clients.
CBBT focuses on the person’s own resources as the basic component of developing the ability to create lasting changes. We keep insight out of sight and focus on behavioral shifts and updates of beliefs. Unconscious process is a major contributor to lasting solutions and the ability to use hypnotic linguistic patterns of “temporary” (in reference to the present state) and “permanent” (in reference to the solution leading to the desired state) is an essential element of the model. Practice will be provided with demonstrations and casework elicited from the group.
This process identifies and releases transgenerational trauma. This simple process consistently uncovers connections between present day issues and transgenerational traumas. Within a single session, the burden of memory is transformed into an enduring source of strength and healing.
This workshop explores the Native American principles such as harmony, hope and respect as they relate to Ericksonian brief therapy, and introduces exercise for grounding and internal stability that ward off stress, depression and daily conflict and that simplify complex decision-making in life, all of which bring clients to therapy.
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) is a most effective, vigorous and compassionate approach. Many clients experience life-enhancing gains after REBT sessions, and the benefits last when the clients continues to practice the principles they are taught in therapy. In this course, attendees will learn the main principles, techniques and methods of REBT, observe a demonstration of the approach, observe its effectiveness as brief therapy, do exercises and have questions answered.