What is there for therapists to learn from a country with a political philosophy of gross national happiness; from ancient, holistic healing tradi- tions; or from religions that practice mindfulness and compassion? Join a slide tour into the stunningly beautiful, remote Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, learn about the continuing educational aspects of the study program, and share the experiences of participants undertaking the journey.
Incorporation of a few simple, easy-to-learn, easy-to-practice hypnotic interventions can be an effective adjunct to other treatment modalities. This workshop will offer participants a side-ranging selection of different hypnotherapeutic tools that can be used to promote affect regulation. Attendees will be introduced to the Affect Regulation Toolbox, a collection of tools with six therapeutic objectives to treat the over-reactive client: mindfulness, sensory awareness and cues, impulse control, co-existing affective states, resource utilization and positive affect development.
The basics about mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral therapy will be explained, along with the re-search 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.
The single reason most people don’t recover from pain is related to unresolved trauma. This workshop will present efficient, effective ways to develop cooperative partnership with somatic experience to create lasting comfort, balance in the nervous system, and healing of past trauma. Techniques are drawn from , neuroscience, Somatic Experiencing,™ Ericksonian principles, mindfulness, and Energy Psychology to provide a cohesive, multi-modal approach.
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.
There are myriad indirect techniques and the addition of only one or two new ones to your toolbox can both motivate clients and alleviate the boredom of professional practice. The presenters have written extensively about the rich panoply of indirect techniques that can be used employed in both hypnosis and standard talk therapy. In this workshop, which will be both experiential and didactic, some of the topics include how to employ interspersal, pause, and subtle vocal shift as unconscious communications, metaphorical and short-burst ego-strengthening for clients debilitated by chronic medical and psychological disorders, story construction and story techniques, how to embed mindfulness principles in group anger management therapy, pattern interruption, and how to employ the clinician’s everyday emanation from the unconscious in creating hypnotic material for professional practice.
Somatic problems seem to have a mind of their own, so why not embrace and utilize this acumen when working with them hypnotically? Learn how to conceptualize trance as a “meeting of minds” and how to respect and engage the mindfulness of body-based symptoms when inviting them to change.
Zen is a venerable tradition, illuminating inner nature. Neuroscience corroborates that Zen enhances mind and brain in extraordinary ways, helpful for therapy, and this workshop describes new findings. Participants are guided into the Zen experience—open and aware. They will enhance their hypnotherapeutic sensitivities and learn Zen methods for working with clients.
Mindfulness has been well researched as an efficacious addition to psychotherapy. Adding a mindful perspective for your client teaches helpful tools which promotes the therapeutic process and enhances your interventions on many levels. This clinical demonstration shows how to work with client suffering to bring about a feeling of presence and wellbeing. The client's problem is viewed through a different lens of the present moment, without judgment, and through acceptance. Transformation is possible here and now as the audience and the client step together with us on the mindful path.
Conflicts of identity most often show up in the form of a struggle between our idealized self (ego) and the shadow it necessarily creates. This struggle shows up as an inner conflict or dilemma of some sort. This demonstration will show how to go beyond conflicts created by bipolar thinking using the Buddhist mindfulness process of the "tetra lemma."