Much of this Workshop will address issues of culture, race, sexual orientation, diversity and social justice and equality, etc. A major premise is the idea that all therapy is multicultural therapy. This means that every client brings to therapy a unique world and therefore the challenge for every therapy is for the therapist to be able to enter the unique world of each client. This therapy method is especially adept at working with cultural differences as it is highly adaptable and therefore able to work within the unique world of the client.
OCD is a rather chronic illness affecting about 2.5% of adults. Its diagnosis is perceived as a demanding and challenging one. Trance phenomena can be described as natural behavioral manifestations of the trance state. They can be observed in individuals as well as in family communication patterns. In OCD families, one of the most powerful and widely present trance phenomena are the posthypnotic suggestions. They are invisible, deeply hidden, mighty and long lasting.
People have holistic, mind-body-brain interactions, an inherent predisposition to grow, individuate and actualize their potential. But sometimes people get stuck due to their concurrent need for human affiliations. A sense of unresolved loss between the two effects their ability to develop a healthy balance of affiliated-individuation which is needed to negotiate the multiple epigenetic developmental tasks from birth to death.
Whether it is a deep state of trance, a phenomenon of awe-ness, a psychedelic induced expansion, and/or a break through or breakdown of perception, therein lays a greater and “deeper” experience of change. From a neuroplastic or biological state there is the activation of the midbrain, such as the amygdale, cingulate gyrus, nucleus accumbens, which then alter the perceptions of the neocortex.
This workshop clarifies the Hypnotic aspects of Bipolar and Borderline Personality Disorder, and demonstrates easy ways to alter the trances that perpetuate the disorder. It begins by destabilizing the beliefs and behaviors that perpetuate the disorders and replaces those behaviors with more effective ones arising from the natural relationship and who the person is.
This workshop presents young Erickson’s transformative voyage of discovery – ostensibly to improve his physical health and muscular strength after poliomyelitis. This experience significantly influenced his outlook on life, paving the way for his future therapeutic strategies. This seventy-four-day canoe journey contains, in my view, the fundamentals of “the hero’s journey” as described by Joseph Campbell.
This lecture presentation will include an overview of biological, nutritional, and herbal approaches in mental health. This will include up-to-date research on these topics, including evidence for dietary and nutraceutical treatments that can be useful to complement psychotherapy for mental illness. In addition the presentation will highlight recent understanding on the gut/brain connection, including protocols for modulating the microbiome to influence mental health. Specific biological insights into various mental health concerns such as anxiety-panic, depression, bipolar, and schizophrenia will be discussed.
Teaching since 12 years in China I also learned techniques from leading Chinese colleagues. In this workshop I will demonstrate an old Chinese technique used originally for preparing mentally for meditation in a way, so it can be used for psychotherapeutic purposes.
In this workshop, East and West blend, intertwine, and approach anxiety symptoms in a creative way. Eva from Germany, with her masterful practice in Satir somatic modeling, combined with Wei Kai from Taiwan, with his mindful practice in Tai Chi and Taoism hypnotherapy, will create a new model in treating anxiety. We both learned Ericksonian approach for years, and utilized various somatic movements to help self regulation, and increase self steering competencies in challenging times.
Recently a set of core competencies was identified and endorsed by a majority of the leading figures in Ericksonian therapy. These key concepts have been subjected to empirical testing and found to be pivotal to the identity of this unique form of therapy. Dan Short, author of the recently released Core Competencies Manual for Ericksonian Therapy, will provide an overview of this wealth of information.