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IC19 Topical Panel 07 - Secrets of Ancient and Alternative Healing Traditions and What They Can Teach Modern Psychotherapists - Bette Freedson, Paul Leslie, Robert McNeilly, Scott Miller

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Topical Panels |  Meditation, Spirituality and Yoga |  Psychotherapy
Erickson Congress |  Erickson Congress 2019
Bette Freedson, MSW |  Paul Leslie, Ed.D. |  Robert McNeilly, MBBS |  Scott Miller, PhD
55 Minutes
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Original Program Date:
Dec 14, 2019
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Psychotherapy did not start with Freud.  Although largely forgotten, its origins can be directly traced to traditional healing practices (e.g., mesmerism, mind curers, the occult).  In the age of science, healing has been reduced to prescriptions for changing people’s thoughts, feelings, behaviors, emotions, or brain chemistry.  Lost in translation are the many ways clients’ cultural and spiritual beliefs and practices can, according to research, improve engagement and outcomes.  At this (workshop/panel discussion), ways for integrating alternative approaches into your own clinical work will be explored.  Whatever your perspective – whether secular and scientific or esoteric and spiritual – you will discover how the secrets of ancient and alternative healers can make your psychotherapy practice more effective, creative, and fun.


Educational Objectives:

  1. Cite two reasons for broadening their views about what constitutes effective psychotherapy;
  2. List two sources of empirical support for integrating alternative healing traditions into practice;
  3. Utilize at least one ancient healing practice congruent with client beliefs, values, and spiritual orientations.

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



Bette Freedson, MSW's Profile

Bette Freedson, MSW Related Seminars and Products

Bette J. Freedson is a clinical social worker, practicing in Southern Maine. Bette is also the author of many articles. Bette’s first book, “Soul Mothers’ Wisdom: Seven Insights For The Single Mother” is now available. Bette is also a past facilitator for Maine’s “Kids First” Program.
Bette’s essays have appeared in The York County Coast Star and York Weeklies newspapers. Her articles and quotes have been featured in magazines and websites such as “Calgary’s Child Magazine,” “Working Mother Magazine,” and “Women’s Day Magazine."

Robert McNeilly, MBBS's Profile

Robert McNeilly, MBBS Related Seminars and Products

Robert McNeilly, MD, was in a suburban Melbourne general medical practice for 10 years when he was inspired by Milton Erickson’s human approach to therapy. He founded the CET in 1988 to introduce Ericksonian Hypnosis and the Solution Oriented Approach to hypnosis, counseling and coaching in Australia. He is co-author, with Jenny Brown, of Healing With Words, and author of Healing the Whole Person. Crown House published a series of DVD demonstrations of counseling and hypnosis.

Scott Miller, PhD's Profile

Scott Miller, PhD Related Seminars and Products

Scott D. Miller, Ph.D., is the founder of the International Center for Clinical Excellence an international consortium of clinicians, researchers, and educators dedicated to promoting excellence in behavioral health services. Dr. Miller conducts workshops and training in the United States and abroad, helping hundreds of agencies and organizations, both public and private, to achieve superior results.