Stop-Breathe-Focus (SBF) diffuses volatile situations, interrupts addictive/compulsive behaviors, resolves conflicts, facilitates healthy decisions and changes problematic behavior. SBF is useful to make changes quickly, to autopsy previous behaviors and to create a plan for behavior change; all in a simple, easy-to-use package.
Adolescent self-harming behavior is on the rise and is one of the most challenging presenting problems school professionals, healthcare providers, and therapists will face in their clinical practice settings. In this "hands-on" practice-oriented workshop, participants will learn several distress management tools and strategies to strengthen the adolescent's self-soothing and coping capacities and family connection building rituals and therapeutic experiments to foster closer and stronger parent-adolescent relationships. Parent management skills for constructively responding to their adolescents' inevitable self-harming slips will be presented.
Mindfulness and acceptance methods are powerful methods in clinical practice that greatly simplify the therapeutic tasks at hand. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) will be described as an example of these methods and specific techniques will be shown. ACT targets common core processes that research are the basis for much psychopathology or restrictions on psychological health.
Change is a three-part rite of passage: separation from the known; wandering in the wilderness; and the return transformed. The second stage is hardest to navigate, often interrupted by the premature need for closure. A specific skill set including inquiry, mindfulness, curiosity and stillness provides essential competencies for moving through change.
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.
The evidence that the relationship matters in psychotherapy is vast, but that knowledge is of limited usefulness until it is known how to create powerful therapeutic relationships. The relevance of the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) model to this issue is described, and specific methods are described and shown that can increase the potency of the therapeutic relationship.
The basics about mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral therapy will be explained, along with the research findings which show that aerobic exercise helps both ADD and depression through improving brain functioning. Participants will become acquainted with ten mindfulness skills, four CBT methods and five types of aerobic exercise which can help their clients. Participants will see how they can be the instruments who help their clients deliver themselves from distraction to distinction. With Joseph Sestito.
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.
BT10 Workshop 32 - Mindfulness and Trance: A Third Generation Approach to Transformational Change - Stephen Gilligan, PhD
This workshop presents a third generation approach to the therapeutic use of trance. The first generation was authoritarian, "knocking out" the conscious mind and programming the unconscious mind. The second generation, developed by Milton Erickson, respected the creative unconscious but not the conscious intelligence of the client. This third generation work emphasizes the complementary intelligences of the conscious and creative unconscious minds, and explores how to shift both to a generative level that allows significant transformational change.
BT10 Workshop 52 - Process Oriented Hypnosis: Blending Positive Psychology, Mindfulness and Hypnotic Treatments - Michael D. Yapko, PhD
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.