The challenge of personal transformation is faced differently in the East and West. Typically, Eastern meditation emphasizes how to cultivate higher states of consciousness that "go beyond" ego identifications, while Western therapy focuses on how to "work through" problematic states. This workshop explores an integrative model that suggests how to use both approaches in a complementary way: sometimes "transcending, sometimes "transforming", and often doing both at the same time. The connection between meditation, generative trance, and selfrelations will be a central focus.
This workshop explores how the Indian belief system contains ingredients to keep the mind and body in harmony and promote wellbeing. We will explore adding into psychotherapy sessions totem strengths, shaman journeys, medicine wheels, time-frames, respect and gratitude; the circle of life, and symbols as reminders of the “right” path. With Jeanne Hernandez.
Brief therapy using narratives to spiritual images utilizes the innate human ability to create stories and to discover the solutions to problems that lie within the self. This approach utilizes principles of psychodynamic theory such as projection, as well as narrative therapy and hypnotherapy principles. With Elisa Gottheil.
BT10 Workshop 19 - Therapeutic Yoga: A New Brief Creative Psychotherapy - Kathryn Rossi, PhD
This workshop is an introductory presentation of a new narrative approach to therapeutic yoga that can be used by everyone in everyday life. We build a neuroscience bridge between the Cartesian mind-body gap with positive therapeutic narratives that accompany classical yoga movements and the four stage creative process for resolving our ongoing life issues.
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.
BT12 Short Course 07 – Blending Science, Spirituality and Beliefs to Enhance the Effect of Psychotherapy – Assen Alladin, PhD
Mindfulness-based psychotherapy provides an evidence-based model for integrating diverse cultural beliefs and wisdoms in therapy. This course will demonstrate how to integrate cultural beliefs and wisdoms in short-term psychotherapies. Non Western societies attach more importance to the heart. The heart is considered central to producing changes in psychotherapy because a person validates reality not by how they think (cognition) but how the person feels (affect). Moreover, societal pressure and the focus on individualism unintentionally create “neurosis” and a tendency towards “narcissism” in our culture.
BT12 Short Course 20 – Transforming Patient’s Vulnerability into Identity Strength – Consuelo Casula
Patients bring to therapy unhappiness caused by personal, social, professional, and moral problems, and therapists need to face them with an approach based on utilizing the hidden strengths in each component of the person. This workshop will present the Identity Strength Focused approach, with its method, techniques and metaphors to empower patients in healing their wounds, following spiritual values, finding the strength coming from mind-body coherence, empathy with others, and engagement in their job.
BT12 Super Course 05 – Mythic Yoga: Creative Transformations Through Body and Mind – Kathryn Rossi, PhD
Is personal enlightenment really possible? Can we creatively experience our own transformational stories via yoga? We propose Erickson’s naturalistic–utilization therapy and Rossi’s 4-stage creative process are consistent with yoga’s ancient science of self-inquiry, mental dexterity and Buddha’s Four Noble truths. In this workshop we will have an opportunity to experience the stories of ancient yoga and self-transformation as presented in our new book, Creating Consciousness: How Therapists can Facilitate Wonder, Wisdom, Beauty, & Truth. We will practice gentle hatha yoga for all fitness levels and volunteers will share their current life transitions. Please bring your yoga mat if you have one.