The challenge of personal transformation is faced differently in the East and West. Typically, Eastern meditation emphasizes how to cultivate higher states of consciousness that "go beyond" ego identifications, while Western therapy focuses on how to "work through" problematic states. This workshop explores an integrative model that suggests how to use both approaches in a complementary way: sometimes "transcending, sometimes "transforming", and often doing both at the same time. The connection between meditation, generative trance, and selfrelations will be a central focus.
The field of hypnosis has moved to the forefront of objective research in striving to understand the role unconscious processes play in mindbody healing, automatic (reflexive) cognitive and behavioral responses, and the utilization of attentional mechanisms in problem-solving. In this workshop, participants will both learn and experience the merits of integrating hypnosis into goal-directed psychotherapies.
In the literature, music and drama, artists often covertly foreshadow impending events. In social psychology there are myriad studies of priming, an effect by which the accessibility of a future target is increased by the presentation of an earlier cue. Priming effects illuminate important facets of interpersonal responsiveness. Milton Erickson was the first therapist to seed future ideas in the course of strategic therapy and hypnosis. Seeding is an important concept that can increase the effectiveness of interventions regardless of the technique that will be used. We will learn to harness seeding methods through lecture, demonstration and practice.
"If you want truly to understand something, try to change it." - Kurt Lewin. Change is one of the most challenging aspects of life. Yet there are identifiable ways we all change. In this short session, you will learn the seven major ways people change and how to identify and tap into people's natural motivational styles to create change.
This presentation will demonstrate the heuristic value of using a Case Conceptualization Model to inform assessment and treatment decision- making ; the "art of Socratic questioning; a strength-based treatment approach and ways to implement the Core Tasks of psychotherapy. A Constructive Narrative treatment approach that focuses on the nature of the client's "story-telling" features will be highlighted.
A new, easy-to-learn 20 minute protocol for facilitating the ideo-plastic faculty of therapeutic hypnosis and brief psychotherapy. It is neuroscience evidence-based process for facilitating problem solving via (1) Optimized gene expression, (2) Reduced cellular oxidation, & (3) Reduced inflammation.
Following a brief discussion of the nature of expertise, the implications for psychotherapists will be considered. How to formulate collaboratively a Case Conceptualization Model that informs treatment decision -making will be presented. How to implement the Core Tasks of Psychotherapy and evidence-based behavioral change principles will be examined.
Millions of Americans are overweight or obese. Medication and psychotherapy may result in modest weight loss but nearly all regain weight within five years. The missing ingredient for successful treatment is cognition. To make permanent changes in their eating behavior, and thus their weight, individuals must learn how to change their dysfunctional ideas about food, eating, other people, and themselves and learn how to cope with a sense of unfairness, deprivation, disappointment, and discouragement. Cognitive behavioral approaches have been demonstrated to be effective for this problem.