Cloe Madanes will present new conceptual models for understanding the most difficult problems presented to therapy and step-by-step procedures for resolving them. The workshop will include the presentation of videotapes of real therapy sessions with individuals, couples and families. There will be opportunity for discussion.
A "double bind" is a special type of conflict which creates a "no-win" situation. According to anthropologist Gregory Bateson, such conflicts are at the root of both creativity and psychosis. The difference is whether or not one is able to identify and transcend the bind in an appropriate way. The most emotionally intense double binds occur in the context of significant interpersonal relationships. Such a struggle can also occur between the inner parts of a person. These types of unsolvable struggles are often at the root of both mental and physical illness. They can also arise during a person's attempts to heal and thwart progress towards wellness. This workshop will cover ways to identify double binds, the underlying conditions which create them, and some of the ways in which double binds can be resolved or transcended.
A number of useful strategies for working with OCD will be presented in this session, including the combination of hypnosis with cognitive-behavioral strategies in reaction prevention and implosive approaches. Klajs will stress systemic ideas for increasing the effectiveness of therapy. Time will be allowed for participants to discuss the emotional reactions typically experienced while working with OCD patients.
This workshop will review the neurobiology of pain processing, affect and hypnosis. Neuro- imaging studies will be reviewed elucidating individual differences in pain sensitivity and identifying distinct areas of the brain differentially activated depending upon the nature of hypnotic suggestions. A hypnotic approach that develops a dissociation between sensory and affective components of pain through the accessing of prior positive emotional experience will be demonstrated.
Guided Metaphor is a systemic approach using the clients life story as a vehicle to restructure their lives. The client is empowered to create a new life story, and this is told back to them using hypnotic language. The client literally transforms the metaphor of his/her life.
The use of ECEM (eye closure, eye movement) will be demonstrated in this session. ECEM targets negative imagery associated with anxiety and involves the use of the eye movement component of EMDR within a hypnotic context.
Past experiences and future plans are organized in a sequence that marks out a "timeline" in our personal space. The shape and other characteristics of a timeline are a basis for both great skills and troublesome limitations. Learn how to elicit and change a timeline in relation to specific outcomes.
The use of metaphor is a hallmark of Ericksonian work. The varieties of metaphoric work will be presented and discussed briefly. The structures of basic and advanced metaphors will be presented. There will be a group exercise and demonstration of guided metaphor.
Metaphor, energetic bodywork, imagery and hypnotic techniques share a powerful complementary relationship. Our state of mind can dramatically influence our health and creative potential. This workshop will introduce participants to the human energy field and specific energy-based healing techniques which when combined with metaphor and imagery, can help replenish the mind and the body as well as manage a wide variety of symptoms including chronic pain, anxiety, depression and PTSD.
From a masterful storyteller, learn how to assess a client for metaphor therapy, how to tell stories that engage the client, how to make the stories metaphoric, and where to find sources for such tales. You will be guided through the step-by-step processes with illustrative case examples and simple, pragmatic exercises.
In addition to clinical hypnosis, Erickson's work also is characterized by a number of other innovative techniques, which should be in every competent clinician's "toolbox." This introductory level workshop discusses techniques such as anecdotes, implication, paradoxical intervention, task assignments and metaphor. The participant will have the opportunity to learn about these techniques, then practice the skills in small group exercises.