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IC19 Short Course 24 - Utilization of Ericksonian Techniques in Healing Childhood Trauma: A Case Study of Encopresis - Stefanie Badenhorst, D.Litt

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Short Courses |  Utilization |  Trauma |  Ericksonian Hypnosis and Therapy Techniques
Erickson Congress |  Erickson Congress 2019
Stefanie Badenhorst, D Litt
1 Hour 28 Minutes
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Original Program Date:
Dec 12, 2019
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It has become increasingly documented that the vast majority of patients with adult pathology, reported experiences of severe childhood trauma. Early appropriate therapeutic intervention can relieve symptoms and prevent adjustment difficulties and pathology.

A theoretical overview of the effect of trauma will explain the process of dissociation as a coping mechanism to deal with overwhelming experiences. The child dissociates from feelings and memories associated with trauma in order to survive emotionally. The dissociation is initially helpful and enables the individual to cope, however eventually it can result in pathology and become destructive.

This presentation will focus on Ericksonian techniques; how to utilize the hypnotic phenomena to resolve trauma and allow healing not only for children but also for adults who experienced trauma during their childhood. The process of empowerment within a dysfunctional system where support lacks will be explained.

A case study of a six year old child with enuresis/encopresis will demonstrate the value of this treatment modality. Early intervention can prevent symptoms or pathology in later life.


Educational Objectives:

  1. Explain the theoretical basis of trauma as well as the dissociation process.
  2. Demonstrate skills to access severe trauma.
  3. Describe facilitating the integration process.

*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*