The main root cause of mental illness is relationships which are not working effectively. Violence, abuse, injustice, neglect and power struggles lead to most individuals' symptoms. This workshop will teach how to change and heal individuals by using their families, no matter how family is defined, to achieve a successful therapy in a brief time period. Attendees will learn specific Ericksonian strategies and healing rituals to which Dr. Erickson would give a "thumbs-up."
Children's emotional problems are increasing. Ericksonian approaches provide good psychotherapeutical processes and efficient brief therapy for young people. A neuropsychological basis supports a coherent theoretic frame which explains the origin of emotional problems and clarifies why brief Ericksonian solutions are efficient.
The use of Conversational Unconscious Communication give the therapist a greatly enhanced ability to influence the client to generate lasting positive change. This workshop will enable the participant to learn the structure and uses of therapeutic metaphor and the interspersal technique at both the conscious and unconscious levels of the mind.
In working with students in Study Abroad Programs, I have observed that often students develop natural trance states especially in the first three stages of the adjustment period. These natural trance states can be utilized and deepened using Ericksonian hypnosis to allow the students to experience a trance state within the therapeutic setting and rapport. Utilization of hypnotic resources that occur spontaneously helps the students to minimize or avoid the more negative aspects of Culture Shock or Adjustment Disorder.
Many thoughtful and perfectly logical treatment strategies in family therapy fail because the intervention goal is two steps ahead of the client. By looking two steps back from this goal, the therapist can design the appropriate sub-tasks and the primary task can be successfully completed. The most commonly encountered sub-tasks will be discussed.
Improvisational theater is a useful component in brief therapeutic approaches. It can be used for different therapeutic purposes. One important goal to be achieved is the patient's development of a healthier body perception as well as their natural recognition and expression of sensual feelings. In this context, the use of improvisational theater elements helps to connect with forgotten or hidden resources of abused women with multiple trauma symptoms. By absorbing the patient's unconscious mind in a state of creative, sensual energy the patient's potential is utilized and can serve as a powerful catalyst to energize their own healing resources.
Have you worked with the patient who one day idealized you and next devalued your skills? The Borderline, who finds refuge in food addiction. Borderline personality is an underlying character structure, marked by a fragmented sense of identity and maladaptive patterns of perceiving, behaving and relating to others. Food provides a soothing antidote to feeling of shame, betrayal and the longing for a positive mother. Ericksonian hypnosis paves the way to reach the habitually oppositional patient.
The ability to "play" in life and in the mind is a key to both the creative process and to general happiness in life. In this workshop, as in my work, I will use techniques of hypnotherapy to help participants to tap into their creative unconscious minds to enhance their abilities to play and create.
This workshop will describe a new approach to sport psychology, the SSHR model (stance, skill building, hypnosis, resource retrieval). It will focus on the clinical intervention of alert hypnosis, specifically eyes open, walking and talking in hypnosis as invaluable tools for the emerging athlete. Participants will be afforded the opportunity to learn this material via live demonstration, experiential exercise and case study.
Most therapists know the tremendous value of stories as therapy with patients. However, many therapists have difficulty creating and utilizing stories of their own and incorporating them into therapy. In this workshop, participants will learn four basic elements of the story; plot, theme, character, metaphor. Then they will be able to create their own stories or borrow stories from other sources.