Erickson recognized the vital importance of changing the client's relationships within their social contexts. Frequently, he included the client's family, friends and others to make therapy briefer with more permanent positive outcomes. Participants will learn ways to better understand the influence of social contexts, engage the social network and influence relationships to promote change. Case analogies will be given and videotape examples from actual session demonstrate the Strategic Family Therapy approach.
This short course will describe a brief strategic/solution-focused and hypnotic approach to anxiety related disorders. Participants will learn to creatively engage their obsessive thinking, perfectionist, Whying and What Ifing clients via live demonstration, experiential exercise and case studies. The art of What Willing will be introduced conversationally, experientially and energetically. This course will demonstrate how a client can be transported back and forth in time and space, accessing her unique history of success and future memories of her best self.
The anxiety disorders manipulate people by injecting rules into consciousness, then using that set of laws to take over mental territory. The five anxiety disorders (phobias, panic, social anxiety, generalized anxiety and OCD) control people by generating an absolute standard for certainty and comfort. We will look at the common denominators of this game, and isolate its manifestations in each disorder. Then we will explore how the therapist can teach clients to gain ground by engineering their own tactics and strategies, including the second-order change of switching game boards altogether!
The cutting-edge anxiety treatment is now pushing further into the confrontational. You will learn how to help clients purposely to seek out anxiety as their ticket to freedom from crippling fear. Practical methods enable clients to ignore the content of their obsessive worries and to explore the feeling of uncertainty rather than fleeing from it.
Severe mental illness predominantly strikes the young, derailing normal social, cognitive and emotional development, predisposing to traumatic experience. Brief therapy interventions are particularly apt because they encourage skill acquisition and decontextualization via remedial experiential learning. This presentation will detail the use of strategic, somatic experiencing-influenced and Ericksonian interventions, among them pattern interruption, symptom prescription, ordeals and other Ericksonian elements treating chronically ill clients with attention to the structure and delivery of such interventions.
The cutting-edge anxiety treatment is now pushing further into the confrontational. You will learn a persuasive strategy, built out of whole cloth within the first session, which will help clients find the courage and motivation to purposely seek out anxiety as their ticket to freedom from crippling fear. Practical methods enable clients to ignore the content of their worries and to explore the feeling of uncertainty rather than fleeing from it.
Zonefulness is the integration of mindfulness mediation, hypnotic zone exercises, and solution-oriented/strategic therapy. This workshop will enable participants to learn How To Become Smart Enough To Know When To Stop Thinking; How To Dismantle Atomic What-Ifs; and how to seamlessly access their peak performance zone. This workshop will afford participants to experience group hypnotic zone exercises, a live client demonstration, as well as a discussion of case studies. The work and influence of Dr. Milton H. Erickson will be highlighted throughout the entirety of the presentation.
This workshop examines the distinctions among Brief, Solution-Focused, and Strategic interventions, with emphasis given to development of genuinely strategic interventions. The workshop also provides a framework for assessing clients along two important dimensions that impact therapeutic outcome: motivation and sense of agency (one’s perception of their ability to create change in their own lives).