Explore a new way to discover and work with our unconscious metaphors for our life issues, developed by Andrew T. Austin of the UK. Do you feel “stuck”? Is something “holding you back”? Is it difficult to know what direction to go? Instead of creating metaphors for our clients, we can elicit the metaphor they already have, and explore it in depth. Once this inner landscape is revealed, new directions and possibilities often become blatantly obvious. This introduction will include brief demonstration(s) and group explorations.
It is essential to know something of the deep and complicated background of all gay men, including the myriad consequences of growing up a minority even in one’s own family, in which self-identity takes shape when there is no mirror. In this workshop, you will be introduced to powerful strategies for enhancing and increasing sensory awareness, and for creating resources for restoring connections within. Such connections provide a bridge between the self and body, something that is often disowned by gay men.
There are features that most brief therapies share. Dropping all the theoretical jargon, it becomes very simple. This presentation will provide a simple way to get therapy started on the right foot so it ends well and as quickly as possible.
We will summarize the Rossi 50+ year saga of exploring the theory, research and practice of Mind-Body Psychotherapy with live demonstrations for the entire audience as well as individual volunteers with a focus on 4 Essential keys: 1. Milton Erickson’s Minimal Cues Optimizing Therapeutic Hypnosis, 2. The 90-120 minute 4-Stage Creative Cycle, 3.The Novelty-Numinosum-Neurogenesis Effect , 4.The Basic Rest-Activity Cycle of Everyday Mind-Body Healing. Yoga activity will be experienced as appropriate through-out.
Family Constellations are a treatment method invented by Bert Hellinger and developed by his expositors. This well-grounded and solution-oriented application can change recalcitrant problems in a short time because it addresses core issues and utilizes the power of the family system, revealing hidden gemstones of love. Restoring the natural symmetry of respect and affiliation rids clients of the burdens that make life painful and sad. Constellations can optimize life energy and diffuse problematic scripts that cause redundant dysfunctional patterns.
This first of two workshops will demonstrate the use of informal trance in couple therapy. PACT therapists use rolling chairs (office chairs) as a major therapeutic tool for both the couple and therapist in managing arousal, attention, and for inducing trance states. Attendees will learn the basic tenants of PACT and a common approach to inducing informal trance states in partners using rolling chairs. Partners go into a deeper state whereby the therapist can probe, prod, and investigate more implicit issues that plague the relationship.
Depression is the most common mood disorder in the world and is currently ranked by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the second greatest cause of human suffering and disability. It is growing in prevalence in every demographic group, but especially young people. Depression’s tentacles reach into every aspect of peoples’ lives, including relationships, productivity and physical health. What have we learned about depression?
Attunement can be considered the deepest level of rapport, a foundation of empathy. We will learn how to attune to affect, behavior, cognition, attitude, perception, and relationship patterns —even how to attune to the preconscious associations that drive behavior. A precursor to every intervention, attunement will be described from the perspective of hypnosis, psychotherapy, and social psychology. Clinical applications will be demonstrated and discussed. Includes small-group practice exercises.
The concept of Wounded Self, derived from the work of Alladin (2013, 2014, and 2016) and Wolfe (2005) provides theoretical rationale for utilizing both conscious, and in some clients, unconscious psychotherapies for treating anxiety disorders. The Course will focus on brief unconscious strategies for accessing and healing emotional injuries.
When children and their parents are in the grips of worry and stress, it feels overwhelming and mysterious. Anxiety is a very persistent master; when it moves into families, it takes over daily routines, schoolwork, bedtime and recreation. To make matters worse, the things adults (including many therapist and school systems) do to help and console anxious children actually make the anxiety stronger.