What is there for therapists to learn from a country with a political philosophy of gross national happiness; from ancient, holistic healing tradi- tions; or from religions that practice mindfulness and compassion? Join a slide tour into the stunningly beautiful, remote Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, learn about the continuing educational aspects of the study program, and share the experiences of participants undertaking the journey.
Based on two models developed and implemented by Dr. Mills, this experiential workshop provides restorative approaches for expanding individual therapy to community healing after disaster. Cultural diversity, natural healing, spirituality, storytelling and “story crafts” will be utilized to demonstrate how to reawaken innate resiliency. Inherent in the models being addressed are the philosophies of Milton Erickson, Native Americans, Hawaiians and other transcultural teachings, along with the principles of play therapy.
Hypnotherapists risk frustration and failure when they strive to make something happen with clients – to induce them into trance and insti- gate change. A far more effective alternative is to invite clients into trance and co-discover possibilities of change. Participants will have opportunities to practice this collaborative approach to hypnotherapy.
Survival strategies (fight, flight, freeze) are deep patterns often learned at an early age. If not updated and enriched, they can become limitations. Bateson’s Levels of Learning provide a powerful roadmap for transforming survival strategies to more effective forms of protection and safety.
This experiential workshop will offer practical and respectful solution-focused techniques for working compassionately and effectively with angry, traumatized and involuntary clients who have been beaten up by life, illness, or addictions.
Therapists who perform marital and sex therapy often become “vanilla-ized” by conservative and moralistic values espoused by the psy- chotherapy industry. Through a series of permissive group inductions attendees will reconnect with their erotic self. They will also engage in future foreplay regarding potential erotic selves. By more fully experiencing the erotic self, therapists will be more effective in working with sexually diverse clients who desire consensual BDSM, kink, fetish, and multi-partner experiences.