One of the great values of the "special learning state" developed in hypnotherapy is that it can hold multiple, contradictory values and states without conflict. This workshop will explore how this capacity is critical to effective psychological functioning and therapeutic change, and will detail a model for the therapist for transforming problems into solutions and resources.
Specific direct and indirect techniques are required to activate family resources and to induce a deep and meaningful change of the most rigid family patterns. A family hypnotic session reveals the powerful and subtle resistances a family may develop in the course of the hypnotic treatment as well as of the many different solutions a therapist may adopt to overcome these resistances. Special focus will be on how to properly combine direct and indirect in the different phases of the therapeutic process.
Eye Movement Integration (EMI) was created by Connirae and Steve Andreas in 1989. It is a powerful and yet very simple tool to effectively help clients who suffer recurrent and negative memories such as PTSD or any other traumatizing experience. This workshop will present the basic principles of that technique, as well as a brief discussion on the possible mechanisms involved.
Meditation is a useful tool for therapy and for life. This experiential workshop describes meditation's roots in the ancient traditions of Yoga, Buddhism, Zen and Taoism. It will develop the mental tools used when meditating with exercises. Participants will be shown how to meditate and apply the result to stress, habits, emotions and learning.
Treating post-traumatic disordered patients requires multi-level communication; overt contracting and informed consent, plus covert suggestion implying greater competency than patients experience. Key issues are role differentiation, establishing safety parameters, neutralizing regressive invitations, working with significant others, and challenging patients to master their trauma through redefining their personal identity.
Eating disorders are rapidly evolving towards a kind of "refined specialization." Young women with bulimic or anorexic tendencies have discovered different ways that enable them to control their weight without giving up the pleasure of eating, thus nowadays we encounter new forms of eating disorders. All these have different persisting patterns and attempted solutions. As a result, each requires a different treatment protocol.
This course offers a practical step-by-step approach to overcoming addictions and other vicious cycles. A multidimensional learning approach utilizing Ericksonian strategies and hypnosis helps one's patients make small changes in each of the areas of their lives: mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, behavioral and social. These six changes ripple out in a positive, interactive fashion to create a new way of life. Sample hypnotic protocols are distributed and explained.
Group and individual demonstrations will illustrate the use of novel ideodynamic hand approaches to therapeutic hypnosis as presented in chapter 10 of Rossi's "The Psychobiology of Gene Expression: Neuroscience and Neurogenesis in Hypnosis and the Healing Arts."
This advanced workshop will center on three stages of therapy in an Ericksonian model, the setup, the intervention and the follow-through. We will learn how hypnosis can be used in assessment and in each stage of therapy. There will be lecture and demonstration.