This experiential seminar will lead attendees in an exploration of mindful silence and its role in the clinical encounter. Our journey will begin with a taste of both structured and unstructured silence followed by a discussion of how both are manifested, experienced, and potentially utilized in the clinical encounter. Research related to silence in psychotherapy and recent findings in neuroscience will help explain why silence is a key ingredient in effective transformational processes.
When children experience painful emotions and anxiety after going through traumatic events they may not be able to understand what is happening to them and thus get depressed. Other consequences may appear, like lack of concentration or academic problems. Attendants will learn how treat these conditions by using brief Ericksonian techniques, assignments, and toys and by including the family members during therapy.
Family Constellations can be used in therapy as a process for treating sexual trauma. The experiential process accesses the heart as an organ of perception to explore, heal, and release sexual trauma while reclaiming clients’ empowered sexual selves. Employing a light meditation, therapist and client open the doors of awareness to ancestral and archetypal consciousness.
Severe mental illness predominantly strikes the young, derailing normal social, cognitive and emotional development, predisposing to traumatic experience. Brief therapy interventions are particularly apt because they encourage skill acquisition and decontextualization via remedial experiential learning. This presentation will detail the use of strategic, somatic experiencing-influenced and Ericksonian interventions, among them pattern interruption, symptom prescription, ordeals and other Ericksonian elements treating chronically ill clients with attention to the structure and delivery of such interventions.
Curiosity has long been an important element of therapeutic practice, but neuroscience gives us a deeper understanding and allows for curiosity to be more effectively practiced. New techniques that engage curiosity also act to enhance the client-therapist relationship which we now know is the most important element of successful therapy. Being curious about A Curiosity Approach is exactly what is required to seek out and participate in this workshop.
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), the holistic approach considered to be the grandparent of cognitive approaches, created by the renowned and brilliant pioneer Albert Ellis PhD, is most effective as a brief therapy for lessening, transforming, healing and preventing emotional disturbances. This Short Course includes a live clinical demonstration, and present the main aspects, methods and techniques of this vigorous, bold and compassionate approach, and is presented by Debbie Joffe Ellis, wife of Albert Ellis.
This presentation teaches an adaptation of the “empty-chair” that targets trauma. Clients enact a dialogue between the “experiencing” and “self-stifling” parts of the self to discover the true impacts of trauma. Through a structured, step-wise process, clients move from less threatening to more threatening material, eliciting emotions, needs, and desires that have been submerged due to trauma. Supportive neuroscience research explains. Includes demonstration.
The presentation introduces a new, solution-focused model for treating individuals/couples. The model proposes specific and clear steps on how to differentiate types of love and how these impact intimacy. Participants will develop lasting strategies on how to effectively manage personal needs in the context of the intimate relationship.
Hypnotic Scaling is a simple Ericksonian & Solution Focused (self)hypnotic technique, developed by Paul Koeck, MD to help your client self-control and resolve Anxiety and Depression or symptoms of PTSD. You will be able to teach your client to freely choose where (s)he wants to be at a scale from 0 to 10 at any moment or in any context using (Self) Hypnotic Scaling. Your client will be able to choose his emotions, thoughts or feelings when and where (s)he wants!
As challenges to well-being increase, practitioners are called to move beyond interventions to improve functioning to those that help clients flourish. Doing so will help clients to exercise greater resilience and do “better than zero.” This session offers strategies to develop gratitude, meaning, and character strengths that foster greater overall well-being.