This workshop will explore the human-animal bond and its history and will define and describe the use of Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) and Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP in working with domestic violence survivors, child-witnesses, families, children at risk and populations not benefiting from traditional therapies. In addition to the information presented about this brief therapy, participants will have the opportunity to view a video of AAT and EAP sessions.
Communicating and understanding others, beyond the verbal language, are interactional motor experiences: the Mirror Neurons are the biological base of intentional attunement and underpin the ability to perceive the difference between action and mere movement. In this experiential workshop, therapists will learn ways to successfully interweave somatic awareness techniques to facilitate their ability to listen and respond to their embodied emotions. A variety of exercises from acting techniques will be taught that promote body language for communication avoiding cognitive processes to utilize the creative resources and to improve flexibility through self-exploration and self-expression.
Milton Erickson studied Native American healing practices and incorporated some of what he learned into his own approach to hypnosis. In this presentation principles and practices of Native American healing that parallel hypnosis will be described, and contribution to Erickson’s approach will be identified.
Have you worked with a patient who one day idealized you and the other 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 feelings of shame, betrayal and the longing for a positive mother. Brief Ericksonian Solutions paved the way to reach the habitually oppositional patient who is addicted to carbohydrates.
With a plugged-in 24/7 cyberspace that demands instantaneous response of internet and social networking, many young people have difficulty with self-regulation and modulation. This workshop pro-poses a tailored strategic approach toward utilizing the natural creativity and novelty that young people have embedded in their developmental make-up to combat this impulsivity or limited access to inner resources. Experiential and specific ways to elicit responsiveness will be explored.
The presentational will introduce a new and brief cognitive model for treating couples. It is a solution-focused model that proposes specific steps on how to differentiate types of love and how these impact an intimate relationship. The participants will develop strategies on how to effectively manage needs in an intimate relationship.
This workshop presents a theory of emotion and model for therapy, founded on the positive view that emotions offer us opportunities to realign with our inherent wholeness, once disruptions occur. The key lies in resolving the destabilizing effects of emotion with a stabilizing emotional and psychological strength. With fear, the strength is personal power, for example. The workshop includes principles and interventions. A map of emotion illustrates the arc of its occurrence from stimulus and effect to regulation and resolution.
Therapists will learn Subliminal Therapy (ST), a psychodynamic technique used to accomplish consciously desired change. ST is a hypnotically medicated and utilizes the capabilities of a higher level of the patient’s intelligence that exists in the unconscious domain. ST empowers the patient by providing awareness of causal influences, thereby facilitating resolution by the patient. ST is described, its effectiveness is quantified and justified, and typical applications are detailed. Additionally, participants will witness a demonstration of the technique.
Clients in pain yearn for sleep; comfort just out of reach. Focus first on establishing soothing sleep and encouraging nocturnal restorative functions. Treating remaining pain stays in the day’s domain. Hypnosis enlists the mind and body’s natural processes, restoring healthy sleep. Strategic protocols combine physiology of sleep and pain management with the client’s own experience. These are further reinforced by self-hypnosis techniques. Program includes demonstration, application of trance script protocols, and case study discussion.
This workshop will demonstrate an integrative therapeutic model that can aid therapists in rapidly identifying and modifying their own early maladaptive schemas. These schemas operate as selective filters that limit the therapist’s ability to respond compassionately and effectively to certain material presented by their clients.