With the healing power of therapeutic metaphors and the neuro-importance of play at its center, Story-Play®, a new Ericksonian, resiliency-based “indirective” model of play therapy provides participants with hands-on, creative tools for working with children and adolescents who experience phobias, medical issues, abuse, and trauma in a variety of settings to include private practice, hospitals, and the classroom. Case examples and experiential exercises will highlight how StoryPlay® can be effectively utilized with specialized populations or situations.
We will begin by studying how all anxiety disorders generate an absolute standard for certainty and com-fort, thus manipulating people into worry. You will learn specific skills within the three targets of treatment for both worry and GAD: physiological, cognitive, and behavioral. Then we will explore strategies for panic, social anxiety, phobias and OCD, helping clients find the courage and motivation to challenge their old beliefs and attitudes. Cutting-edge treatment now pushes further into the confrontational. You will learn how to help clients purposely seek out anxiety as their ticket to freedom from crippling fear.
Therapists often forget how easily stories reach into the hearts of clients, how much they give, teach and heal. This workshop will teach construction of effective therapy stories drawn from each person’s own life experiences and then how to make these stories an active part of client therapy.
This workshop presents an integrative model for generative psychotherapy. The first part details how helpful therapeutic conversations traverse three core axes: (1) a time-line in which each significant life experience contributes towards a positive future; (2) a systemic dimension that integrates different “identity parts”; and (3) a hypnotic dimension that flows between conscious and unconscious processes.
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 ways to utilize our hidden heroes, our hidden models in our therapeutic goals for inner change and help the patient build from the hero within himself/herself.
Breakthroughs in neuroscience explain how the brain, mind and body function. The work of Siegel, Rossi, Panksepp, Shore Iacoboni, Seligman and others provide a knowledge base that can be synthesized into a deeper understanding of these processes and suggest a new theory of the neuroscience of utilization. As a fundamental element of Ericksonian practice, it can only be helpful. Like pieces of a puzzle, we can connect disparate knowledge into a new and expanding picture.
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. Neurobiological aspects will be reviewed and impact of the flourish model on development. In practical exercises you can discover how to work out your own “petals of satisfaction.”
Movies are complex multi-sensory stories reflecting a specific world, transporting messages and solutions in order to provide the viewer with the possibility of identifying with the movie characters. Viewers get absorbed in movies and empathize, recognize consciously or subconsciously one’s own central topics in life. They provide the possibility of being catalysts for developmental processes that can be used in psycho-therapy. In this presentation participants will learn about the processes of watching movies and the trans-fer into therapy.
Experience video and didactic presentations comparing strikingly similar methods between eastern spirituality and Ericksonian approaches. Advaita teaches self-inquiry for recognition of that which is al-ready present as Ericksonian thinkers teach unconscious exploration for resources already attained. Learn the core concepts of each and how their integration can enhance therapist effectiveness, and create the space needed for personal development, wellness, and enrichment. Demonstration.
Milton Erickson’s notions of utilization and the development of expectations are the foundation of Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). This therapeutic approach assists clients in utilizing their own re-sources and developing hope and expectancy of change to achieve their goals. This workshop will provide participants with an in-depth explanation of how SFBT helps clients by instilling hope and infusing an expectation of change in its core philosophy and therapeutic interventions.