BT12 Short Course 39 – Nightly Napping is Not Enough – Deborah Beckman, MS
Late night commercials promise to recapture a full night’s sleep. Still, we’re chronically sleep deprived, catching little more than midnight naps. Chasing “whys” distracts and delays reestablishing healthy sleep. Rebuilding the how-to’s of healthy sleep is crucial to reestablishing resilience. This protocol goes beyond good sleep hygiene and gadgets by prioritizing the physiology of sleep with components of clients’ presenting complaint(s). Clinical demonstration, case applications and discussion provide opportunities to develop specific interventions.
BT12 Short Course 40 – Brief Psychotherapy for Children and Adolescents Facing Serious Situations – Maria Escalante de Smith, MA
When children and teenagers face serious problems they experience a variety of feelings and emotions. Brief Therapy techniques can help them find solutions and explore new alternatives within a short time. Short interventions, such as brief trances and conversational hypnosis will be demonstrated. Utilization of individual’s resources, likes, and favorite activities will also be discussed as brief therapy tools will be used during therapy. Participants will be able to explore how other approaches such as Narrative Therapy can enhance and embellish Ericksonian approaches.
BT12 Short Course 41 – How Culture Impacts Communication – Sherri Reynolds, MA, MFT
Participants will identify and analyze culture using 10 dimensions to break through communication barriers. Participants will learn to assess their own and their clients’ cultural styles of communication. Participants will also learn to apply specific techniques to facilitate more effective communication with clients, allowing them to establish lasting trust and develop a deeper relationship with clients from diverse cultures.
BT12 Short Course 42 – Emotion- Focused Hypnotherapy for Coping with Pain – Jeffrey Feldman, PhD
This short course will introduce a treatment approach that targets the affective dimension of pain. The emotion specific wording and elicitation of positive state dependent learning can be used in a brief therapy approach whether or not patients’ feelings of anger, sadness, or anxiety are associated with physical pain.
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.