The end of mental illness will begin with a revolution in brain health. Unfortunately, most psychotherapists get limited information on how the brain works, even though it is the organ of loving, learning, behavior, and every decision made. Understanding the brain is critical to mental health clinical practice.
In this preconference workshop Daniel Amen will give therapists a working knowledge of brain function and tools to optimize it, including how to coach their clients to better brain health.
This one-day preconference introductory level workshop will provide a solid conceptual and practical framework for understanding the dynamic and fascinating field of hypnosis. The emphasis will be on starting to develop some of the core skills for designing and delivering hypnotically based interventions in ways that are consistent with your chosen style of practice. Thus, this workshop will include “hands-on” experiences as well as the opportunity to observe and deconstruct a recorded clinical hypnosis demonstration session.
In the aftermath of victimizing and traumatic events, most individuals are impacted, but some 75% will go onto evidence resilience, and in some instances Post-traumatic growth. This workshop will discuss the neurobiological and psycho-social factors that distinguish these two groups and consider the treatment implications. Following a discussion of the controversies and empirical status of various psychotherapeutic interventions, a Case Conceptualization Model that informs both assessment and treatment decision-making will be offered.
Many patients in psychotherapy practices are also taking various psychotropic medications including anti-depressants, mood stabilizers, anti-psychotics, anxiolytics, to name just a few. The psychotherapists of the 21st Century not only need to be masters at their own craft, but they also need a working knowledge of these various medications, their common side-effects, and how these medications can both help and hinder the psychotherapeutic process.
IC11 Pre-Conference 01 - Introduction to Ericksonian Hypnosis - Brent Geary, PhD
Designed for participants with little or no previous exposure to Ericksonian hypnosis and psychotherapy, the course will familiarize attendees with essential tenets, terms, and principles of the approach. Topics covered include a historical perspective of Erickson’s work, important pre-hypnotic treatment considerations, and discussion of the typical course of a hypnotic session.
IC11 Pre-Conference 02 - StoryPlay® An Ericksonian Play Therapy Approach for Re-Awakening the Resilient Child Within - Joyce Mills, PhD, LLC, LMFT, Registered Play Therapy Supervisor
With the healing power of therapeutic metaphors and the neuro-importance of play at its center, Story-Play®, a new Ericksonian, resiliency-based “indirective” model of play therapy provides participants with hands-on, creative tools for working with children and adolescents who experience phobias, medical issues, abuse, and trauma in a variety of settings to include private practice, hospitals, and the classroom. Case examples and experiential exercises will highlight how StoryPlay® can be effectively utilized with specialized populations or situations.
IC11 Pre-Conference 03 - Strategic Treatment of the Anxiety Disorders - Reid Wilson, PhD
We will begin by studying how all anxiety disorders generate an absolute standard for certainty and com-fort, thus manipulating people into worry. You will learn specific skills within the three targets of treatment for both worry and GAD: physiological, cognitive, and behavioral. Then we will explore strategies for panic, social anxiety, phobias and OCD, helping clients find the courage and motivation to challenge their old beliefs and attitudes. Cutting-edge treatment now pushes further into the confrontational. You will learn how to help clients purposely seek out anxiety as their ticket to freedom from crippling fear.
IC11 Pre-Conference 04 - The Erickson Way: Telling Stories Where They Belong - Betty Alice Erickson, MS and Eric Greenleaf, PhD
Therapists often forget how easily stories reach into the hearts of clients, how much they give, teach and heal. This workshop will teach construction of effective therapy stories drawn from each person’s own life experiences and then how to make these stories an active part of client therapy.
IC11 Pre-Conference 05 - Core Dimensions of Generative Change: An Advanced Workshop in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy - Stephen Gilligan, PhD
This workshop presents an integrative model for generative psychotherapy. The first part details how helpful therapeutic conversations traverse three core axes: (1) a time-line in which each significant life experience contributes towards a positive future; (2) a systemic dimension that integrates different “identity parts”; and (3) a hypnotic dimension that flows between conscious and unconscious processes.