Fundamental methods of Ericksonian hypnosis and psychotherapy will be presented and demonstrated. Experiential exercises will help attendees master essential concepts, that can be applied by clinicians of any persuasion to empower treatment goals.
Science measures, art impacts. We will study methods of impact used in various arts, including painting, music, writing, movies and dance. These methods can be applied in therapy where they can provide impact, making clinical work more experiential, more effective. A model will be offered and explained.
EP09 Topical Panel 17 – Psychotherapy: Art or Science? – Steven Hayes, James Hillman, and Erving Polster
Educational Objective: To compare and contrast clinical and philosophical perspectives of experts.
Experiential methods enliven therapy through dynamic experiences that promote dynamic realizations. We will explore methods that make therapy a visual art, recognizing the visual realizations are neurologically encoded more robustly than words, hence more easily accessed when needed. We will explore the use of gestures, objects, and even sounds to empower change. We will learn the latest advances in therapist sculpting. Lecture, demonstration, and small group exercises will be used
James Foley will present Storytelling from a Film Director’s Perspective. Mr. Foley will be interviewed by Dr. Zeig. Therapists of all persuasions can learn about impact from studying the methods that filmmakers use. After all, directors are experts at eliciting alterations in mood and perspective. We will view and discuss clips from some of Mr. Foley’s films to learn some of the methods that make movies work, methods that can empower psychotherapy.
EP13 Dialogue 06 – Creativity – Robert Dilts and Ernest Rossi, PhD
Moderator: Richard Landis, PhD
Given a topic, describe the differing approaches to psychotherapy, and identify the strengths and weaknesses of each approach.
Building on the contributions of Milton Erickson, MD, therapists can advance their work through the introduction of evocative techniques gleaned from studying codes of influence in the arts. The artist and the therapist share similar domains: a striving to alter perception; to modify and expand perspectives; and to stir the human heart. Therapists can explore how to use untapped aspects of their medium through teasing out the connections between the palette of the artist and the traditional toolbox of the clinician.
What is Life? What is Consciousness? Theory, research and practice of Psychosocial Genomics are outlined as the next step in the Evolution of Psychotherapy. A live group demonstration of how to facilitate gene expression and brain plasticity by optimizing the 4-stage creative process for 20 minutes will be experienced by everyone.
An approach to working with children and adolescents that involves a variety of projective, creative and expressive techniques with Gestalt Therapy theory, philosophy and practice as the underlying framework. Included will be an overview of the Oaklander model of the therapeutic process, case material, a direct experience, and discussion.
Language is both informative and expressive. It is the expressive component that elicits changes in emotion, sensation, “state,” and physiology; the words only convey part of the message. We will study the effective use of prosody, proximity, gesture, expression and context, and how those channels can be woven into the process of communication to create dramatic moments that empower effective clinical outcomes. Lecture, demonstration, small group practice.