The utilization of body work and improvisational theater can be employed for different therapeutic purposes. In a therapy group with sexually abused survivors it is a useful tool in the tradition of Ericksonian therapy. Since sensory body work and improvisational theater elements are excellent tools to absorb the patients’ attention in an equally structured and playful way, they become actors and creators of their new body experience. This is an experiential workshop.
Patients bring to therapy unhappiness caused by personal, social, professional, and moral problems, and therapists need to face them with an approach based on utilizing the hidden strengths in each component of the person. This workshop will present the Identity Strength Focused approach, with its method, techniques and metaphors to empower patients in healing their wounds, following spiritual values, finding the strength coming from mind-body coherence, empathy with others, and engagement in their job.
We all want solution and we want them to last. Experience and learning are predictably useful ways of solutions to become permanent. Hypnosis is a wonderful way of generating experiences and after Erickson, of facilitating learning. In this practical workshop we will explore tailoring our hypnotic conversation to fit the unique individuality of each client, they are naturally more willing to connect with more of their innate resources, and learn in their own unique way.
The Interplay is a word for the relationship between the broad complex of processes that collectively create our clients. Our inner world expresses itself in more than just behavior and affect. This presentation will show how this occurs and how body states and even gene expression are explicitly expressed through “9 voices” from our implicit self. A brief therapeutic process will be described that dovetails into whatever therapy you practice to positively affect the Interplay.
Psychotherapy is a blend of art and science. However, the art of using a conceptual framework to co-create solutions is overlooked in favor of medical paradigms. This short course focuses on non-medical understandings of anxiety and depression creation to enable the clinician to be more effective in co-creating solutions. Case discussion and lecture for all skill levels.
Learning to shift from worry to wonder releases conscious struggle and makes more energy available for rapid recovery and healing. Reframing worry as a request from the unconscious mind for a plan to survive an anticipated crisis can reduce stress hormones and muscle tension while enhancing immune system health. Knowing you can access a deep unconscious wisdom and support frees the conscious mind and prepares it to receive a therapeutic surprise.
Participants are invited to explore and experience spiritually uplifting, trance-forming, life-affirming, compassionately bonding and solution rehearsing processes and techniques comprising Transcendence-focused Playfulness. Emphasis will be on how such processes may transform learned helplessness into personal empowerment and contribute to emotion-based neurochemical regulation, well-being, immunoenhancement and gene expression. Examples and group participation will highlight “Metaphorplay”, playful paradox, soothing and energizing imagination activation, musical catharsis and reciprocating the compassionate radiance of “natural highs”.
Humor in the serious realm of psychotherapy? In this lively presentation, filled with anecdotes and clinical illustrations, we will explore the rationale for and practical application of the conscious and purposeful use of humor in psychotherapy. Humor can create change in the central aspects of human experience—cognitions, emotions, behaviors, and physiology. We will explore how humor can be a powerful tool to build the relationship, diagnose, and treat, and we will differentiate between empathic and hostile styles of humor.
Subject, patient, client, therapist, teacher, trainer, supervisor, supervised, all of us are shaped from an essence, the stuff we are made of, the hero within. This workshop will offer then ways to utilize our ever lasting heroes, our models in our therapeutic goals for inner change and help the patient build from the hero within himself/herself.
This is a fast-paced, proven successful workshop on how professionals will help patients and clients utilizing the current adult development research/best practices in meaningful work/self-renewal with practical implementation ideas. This session will focus on the importance of 1) creating a life’s purpose, 2) optimism, 3) a circle of friends, 4) managing loss, and letting go while connecting the dots on some of the most significant medical and longevity research.