BT12 Short Course 37 – The Power of Animal Metaphors and Animal-Assisted Therapy in Brief Psychotherapy – Dale Klein-Kennedy, MA, and Karen Wall, MA
Animal metaphors are used as a part of our everyday vocabulary describing relationships, personal characteristics, etc. Metaphor in the presence of the work with the animal takes on a new and deeper meaning. This presentation will demonstrate the powerful use of animals and animal metaphors in brief psychotherapy. Through examples and discussion of the work, attendees will develop an understanding of ATT (animal-assisted therapy) and will participate in a live demonstration of AAT.
BT12 Short Course 40 – Brief Psychotherapy for Children and Adolescents Facing Serious Situations – Maria Escalante de Smith, MA
When children and teenagers face serious problems they experience a variety of feelings and emotions. Brief Therapy techniques can help them find solutions and explore new alternatives within a short time. Short interventions, such as brief trances and conversational hypnosis will be demonstrated. Utilization of individual’s resources, likes, and favorite activities will also be discussed as brief therapy tools will be used during therapy. Participants will be able to explore how other approaches such as Narrative Therapy can enhance and embellish Ericksonian approaches.
BT12 Short Course 47 – Is it the Talking that Cures? An Exploration of the Role of Silence and Words in the Clinical Encounter – Susan Pinco, PhD
Explore the role that silence plays in the hypnotic and clinical process. Our journey will begin with a discussion of structured and unstructured silence, how both are manifested, and potentially utilized. It continues with an overview of research related to silence in psychotherapy as well as findings in neuroscience that help explain why silence is a key ingredient in effective trance-formational processes. Attendees will engage in exercises that are designed to expand their awareness of the pivotal role that silence plays in healing and in so doing facilitate the conscious development of strategic interventions that utilize silence hypnotically to address a wide range of clinical issues.
BT12 Short Course 49 – Milton Erickson and Patrick Carnes: Comparing and Contrasting the Work of Two Leaders – Roxanna Erickson-Klein, PhD, and Pennie Johnson, MA
This course will look at the work of two charismatic leaders, each of who made a substantial impact to psychotherapy practiced today. Commonalities and differences will be explored, and the relevance of their work will be discussed. Ideology, strategies, and principles of treatment will be compared and contrasted.
BT12 Super Course 03 – Harnessing Mindfulness: Tailoring the Practice to the Problem – Ronald Siegel, PsyD
Mindfulness-based psychotherapy is the most popular new treatment approach in the last decade—and for good reason. Mindfulness practices hold great promise both for our own personal development and as remarkably powerful tools to augment virtually every form of psychotherapy. Mindfulness is not, however, a one-size-fits-all remedy. In this workshop you’ll learn how mindfulness practices work to alleviate psychological distress, and how to creatively tailor them to meet the needs of diverse people and conditions. We’ll examine how to use mindfulness practices to help resolve disorders such as anxiety, depression, and stress-related medical problems, while enriching and enlivening therapeutic work.
BT12 Workshop 02 – Practicing the New Neuroscience of Psychotherapy – Ernest Rossi, PhD
Group and individual demonstrations of Rossi’s new Activity-Dependent Approaches to the 4-stage creative process for optimizing of gene expression, brain plasticity, problem solving and mind-body healing. Practical approaches for all the psychotherapies as presented in Rossi’s 2012 book, Creating Consciousness: How Therapists can Facilitate Wonder, Wisdom, Beauty, and Truth.
BT12 Workshop 07 – Three Positive Connections Needed for Therapy Transformation – Stephen Gilligan, PhD
Psychotherapy is an exploration of how individuals can forge positive, therapeutic responses to life challenges. This workshop focuses on the three core connections that allow clients to do this: (1) Positive intention and goals (“towards a positive future”); (2) Somatic Centering (“embodied presence”); and (3) Field Resources (“positive connections beyond the problem”). We will see how in a repetitive problem, all three of these connections are typically absent. More importantly, we will see how clients may be helped to developed and sustain these positive connections while engaging with challenging material—e.g., a past trauma, a present difficulty, or a future possibility. Participants will be offered multiple techniques and examples, as well as several demonstrations to illustrate this positive orientation to psychotherapy.
BT12 Workshop 10 – Brief Family Therapy – Camillo Loriedo, MD, PhD
The therapeutic relationship appears to be the key element for short-term treatment. The use of rapport in Ericksonian Psychotherapy is an excellent example of the essential use of the therapeutic relationship in Brief Family Therapy. As demonstrated by Carl Whitaker’s position in family therapy, therapist’s emotions, fantasies, and isomorphic behaviors can provide useful suggestions both for diagnosing and effectively utilizing the therapeutic relationship.
BT12 Workshop 14 – Single-Session Psychotherapy: Enhancing One-Meeting Potentials – Michael Hoyt, PhD
Many therapies involve brief lengths of treatment, including a single session. A structure will be presented for organizing the tasks and skills involved in different phases (pre, early, middle, late, and follow-through) of therapy. Numerous case examples, including video, will illustrate brief therapy techniques useful both in initial sessions and in the course of longer treatments.
BT12 Workshop 27 – Creating Consciousness: Facilitating Wonder, Wisdom, Beauty, Truth and Self-Care – Ernest Rossi, PhD
Neuroscience documents how experiences of (1) Novelty, (2) Environmental Enrichment, and (3) Mental & Physical Exercise can optimize gene expression, brain plasticity (brain growth), and mind-body healing. We will practice psychotherapy as discussed in my recent book Creating Consciousness: How Therapists can Facilitate Wonder, Wisdom, Beauty, and Truth.