Explore the empirical analysis of the life stories of Marilyn Monroe, Carl Jung, Virginia Woolf, DH Lawrence, Oprah Winfrey and others to identify components of healthy life narratives about sexual abuse. Hear intriguing life stories while learning new narrative techniques for helping adult victims of childhood sexual ·abuse to integrate traumatic memories into functional life stories.
The assessment and treatment implications of patient victimization will be critically examined from a constructive narrative perspective. A phase-oriented cognitivebehavioral treatment model will be presented for adults with PTSD, Complex PTSD, and related co-morbid disorders. A critical analysis will be offered of various forms of so-called "memory work" interventions.
The possibility of utilizing memory plasticity for therapeutic purposes has not been widely recognized, although a number of theoretical and clinical venues during the past century have shown its potential application. This short course is aimed at shedding light on this broad field of hypnotherapeutic interventions and to present a primary map for the clinician interested in the psychotherapeutic implementation of MFI.
Someone with a flashback experiences an intense traumatic memory as if it were happening to them again. Learning how to view the same memory as if it were happening to someone else on a small, distant movie screen eliminates the intense unpleasant feeling, while preserving important learning. There will be a live demonstration.
Stories have the ability to engage people emotionally and to move them to change, but telling the right story at the right time to the right person is an art and a skill. This demonstration will show a gentle, artful and respectful way of doing brief therapy that uses stories to invite change.
The phobic core of PTSD is a conditioned response to a terrifying event, easily treated with a process demonstrated in an 8-minute video. Learn the key components that combine to make this method so effective. Other co-occurring problems—grief, rage, anxiety, guilt, shame, drugs, etc.—require different processes for resolution.
Ericksonian trauma work utilizes the experience of the present to redefine the past, while remaining future oriented. Memory reconsolidation occurs as memories are physically altered and re-encoded with new emotional elements. More than symptom relief, the intentional use of imagination and creative problem solving ensures greater resiliency for future challenges.
Few couple interventions are as elegant and beautiful as the lovers pose. It is like a surgical table for therapists to extract and repair deep, implicit memory issues between partners and, by proxy, original childhood caregivers. The therapist “casts” each partner into roles appropriate for the therapeutic direction as decided by the therapist. Though the lovers pose is as it sounds, for lovers holding one another, it is also the caregiver-infant pose, the Pietà pose (holding a dead loved one), and inner child pose. This demonstration will also provide instructions for getting into and out of the pose which involves a three-step process.
Neuroscience research has established why it is that trauma results in a fragmented narrative along with a ‘living legacy’ of enduring effects. The survival responses that preserve life and integrity under threat do not diminish once safety is obtained. Meant to warn us of impending danger, these easily re-activated survival responses continue to re-evoke the events of long ago decades after they are over. Once baffling and frustrating to treat, the evolution of new neurobiologically-informed treatments offers new, hopeful answers to the aftermath of trauma: the chronic fear of danger, dread of impending doom, loss of hope or energy, the longing for human connection, and self-destructive and addictive behavior.
EP05 Point/Counterpoint 09 - Ending the Cycle of Violence - Francine Shapiro, Ph.D.
The Adaptive Information Processing model, which guides EMDR, posits that dysfunctional beliefs, emotions and behaviors are often a direct manifestation of etiological events that have been improperly stored in memory. Implications of the model underscore the obligation of our profession to treat both victims and perpetrators of abuse and violence worldwide.