This workshop explores the practice of radical self-acceptance and self-forgiveness as an antidote to the suffering that stems from loneliness, loss, alienation, past trauma, physical and emotional pain, and health disorders. Participants will explore the links between self-regulation, self-forgiveness, and radical acceptance. We will also explore the practice of mindfulness and hypnotic self-suggestion as ways to address imbalances while strengthening feelings of well-being and happiness. The model of radical forgiveness as a spiritual practice and as a product of spiritual intelligence will also be discussed.
Positive Psychology suggests a shift in focus to what’s right with people. Mindfulness suggests a shift in focus toward acceptance and being more fully present. As soon as suggestion and focal shifts are employed in treatment, the patterns of hypnosis are inevitably involved. How can hypnosis amplify the merits of Positive Psychology and Mindful Meditation? In this workshop, we will explore the roles of selective attention and unconscious processes in engaging people in experiential learning.
Mindfulness is a deceptively simple way of relating to experience that has been successfully practiced for over 2500 years to alleviate human suffering and to increase awareness. Recently clinicians are discovering that mindfulness holds great promise as an add-on to couples therapy and education leading to greater kindness, love and acceptance. This program will discuss, demonstrate and offer experiential activities on how mindfulness can facilitate brief changes when working with couples.
This Short Course will explore the reciprocal contributions between hypnotherapy and Buddhist/mindfulness meditation. Participants will learn how to incorporate the language of mindfulness (spaciousness, acceptance/ patience, openness, compassion) into the therapeutic/hypnotherapeutic practices, thus helping clients embrace the benefits that both have to offer.
On the surface, CBT and mindfulness can look quite different. Are they? Kornfield and Padesky explore similarities and differences in the purposes, practices and philosophies of CBT and Buddhism/Mindfulness. They also discuss when therapists might employ either approach in therapy or recommend clients pursue one and/or the other for self-improvement or mood management.
Therapy is successful when clients are able to experientially realize positive life changes. While the identification and transformation of symptoms is important in this regard, the activation of the client's creative capacity to change is even more important. This paper outlines 6 steps in this therapeutic process:: (1) opening a mindful field, (2) setting positive intentions, (3) developing and maintaining a creative state, (4) identifying a “storyboard” for achieving goals, (5) transforming negative experiences, and (6) everyday practices Methods and case examples will be given to illuminate this core process.
Many therapists turn to self-help manuals for ideas of how to teach skills that can boost client progress. But how do these ideas get tailored to fit the needs of an individual client? Through case examples and guided participant exercises, Padesky demonstrates how therapists can make therapy more effective by selectively matching skills taught to particular client moods and using mood measures to track progress. She shows therapists how to strategically assign chapters from the 2nd Edition of Mind over Mood (Greenberger & Padesky, 2016) which includes more than 60 worksheets that help clients learn mood-management skills drawn from CBT, mindfulness, positive psychology, acceptance therapies, and happiness research.
This workshop will address the rapid treatment of trauma by utilizing both Mindfulness practice and Ericksonian orientation’s that understand the importance of the symptom as a pathway to inner healing. We will review the clinical skills of tracking, pacing and utilization of the symptom for accessing the un-conscious and inner resources with mindfulness and trance. The workshop will highlight Milton Erickson’s use of storytelling, metaphor and rapid trance induction as well as the use of mindfulness practice for framing, reframing and de-framing for the immediate reorganization of transforming somatic-affective experience into new healing rhythms in the body.