With the increase in weight loss surgery, both physical and psychological recovery is an important concern and struggle for patients. The focus of this short course will be on both body and "emotional dysmorphic disorder," that is not "seeing" oneself as others do. We will address how brief how brief, effective mind-body approaches can aid in resolving these conditions and enhance lasting recovery. Methods will include counseling, social support, massage, yoga, martial arts, acupuncture and exercise.
The suggestibility of children provides an opportunity to build the strengths for lifelong mental resiliency. We will explore clinical practices based on research from brief strategic approaches, positive psychology, and the study of resiliency which suggest that long term mental health can be promoted through specific therapeutic approaches in treating children.
Changing mood and perspective is central in brief therapy. Experiential methods can be more immediately effective than traditional didactic approaches. All art is, by definition, "experiential." Altering mood and perspective is the point of it - whether drama, painting, literature, dance or music. Movies use multilayered methods for change. The viewer is often unaware of the intricate dramatic, experiential techniques that filmmakers use to exert influence. Social psychology studies the way in which people are influenced outside of awareness.
BT10 Workshop 22 - Empowering the Self Through the Heart of Healing - Maggie Phillips, PhD
Heart-based intelligence is an effective tool for expanding and empowering the self. Theory and techniques will center on mindfulness, HeartMath,™ hypnotic self-suggestion, Somatic Experiencing,™ and Energy Psychology to teach heart-opening expansion and strengthening of the whole self. Techniques will focus on ways of lowering emotional stress and reducing inner conflict, while increasing heart coherence, emotional maturity, and resonance. Participants will explore research on the brain-heart dialogue, the impact of positive emotions, and experiences that create heart-centered resonance with self and others.
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.
BT12 Short Course 48 – Changing Individual Systems in Order to Obtain Lasting Solutions: Three Brief Strategic Techniques – Fabio Leonardi, Psychology, and Gerry Grassi, Psychology
Lasting solutions imply a second order change, which is a change of one’s own identity system. Basing on strategic- constructivist tradition, we developed three techniques. The first one aims to re-frame identity systems characterized by feelings of inadequacy and social inhibition. The second one aims to change identity systems characterized by feelings of victimization. The third one is used with subjects who feels dependent on others.
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.
This one-hour presentation will demonstrate cross-dialogic and other strategic techniques for shepherding couples to- ward “secure functioning,” an attitudinal and behavioral expectation that couples operate as a two-person psychological system. Because the concept of secure-functioning is principle based and not personality based, the success of secure-functioning relationships does not depend upon attachment orientation. The presentation will endeavor to help the clinician utilize psychobiological strategies to help clarify partner attachment strategies, true desires, and unspoken agendas in couple therapy.
BT16 Dialogue 3 - Mindfulness, Buddhist Psychology, Neuroscience, and Attachment - Ron Siegel, PsyD, and Stan Tatkin PsyD, MSW
Dialogue on Mindfulness, Buddhist Psychology, Neuroscience, and Attachment