BT10 Workshop 36 - The Art of Impact - Jeffrey Zeig, PhD
The purpose of art is to impact, whether it is painting, theatre, movies, music, dance, poetry, literature. Psychotherapist can take methods from the creative arts and use them to empower the healing arts to empower emotional impact.
BT12 Keynote 02 – Beethoven: Revolution, Reinvention, and Innovation with Attitude! – Robert Greenberg, PhD
Louis (Ludwig) van Beethoven (1770-1827) was product of a violently dysfunctional upbringing. In the fall of 1802, at just the time his name and fame were beginning to spread across Europe, he suffered a suicidal depression. Through equal parts self-delusion and sheer will, Beethoven managed to reinvent himself personally and artistically as a hero battling fate itself. Thus armed, he emerged from his funk in early 1803, and proceeded to create a body of work unlike anything anyone had ever before imagined. Central to Beethoven’s new compositional vision was his conviction that his music be a vehicle for profound self-expression: his therapist’s couch. This program will explore Beethoven’s life and times and will then focus on his Symphony No. 5 as an example of how a piece of instrumental music can become—literally—a highly personalized confessional.
What are the characteristics of an advanced therapist? There was an artistry to the work of Milton Erickson, Virginia Satir, and Carl Whitaker. Brief therapists of all persuasions can learn to advance their artistry. Those who seek counseling often seem to suffer a lack of resilience. Traumatized clients have lost ability to access their resilient foundation. Explaining the need for resilience is not enough; clinicians need proper tools to help. Resilience can be access through experiential methods, not didactic information. Through lecture, demonstration, and practice groups, we will realize methods to promote resilient vitality.
This demonstration will show how problems/symptoms may be viewed as attempts by the creative unconscious to bring transformation and healing, and how the development of a generative trance can allow that transformation to be realized.
BT14 Dialogue 06 - Activating Creativity in Clients - Stephen Gilligan, PhD and Bill O’Hanlon, MS
Given a topic, describe the differing approaches to psychotherapy, and identify the strengths and weaknesses of each approach.
Arbitrary Mental Mapping (AMM) is a practical technique from The Curiosity Approach that stimulates rapid shifts and novel therapeutic opportunities. The Curiosity Approach will be outlined briefly, but this workshop will focus on the teaching and testing of AMM. Those familiar with Sandplay and Art Therapy will find AMM intriguing.
Using sound as an adjunct to psychological and medical intervention is a relatively new concept. This presentation gives a thorough experiential view of how sound, represented visually as well as auditorily, can influence the treatment in a positive way. Sound, and its frequencies, may indeed be a part of the medicine of the future.
This session will cover defining and treating the complexity of Bipolar Affective Spectrum Disorder. Particular attention will be paid to common misconceptions about the psychiatric condition, how clinicians can become stuck in their treatment approaches, and how creative, brief therapy interventions, including the use of Ericksonian hypnosis, can be utilized to assist in obtaining treatment goals. Using the latest findings in neuroscience, this session will present effective and successful methods to manage and resolve treatment challenges in dealing with this highly misunderstood diagnosis/ psychiatric condition.