Recent knowledge breakthroughs in neuroscience and neurophysiology explain why stress and anxiety are increasing despite enormous developments in psychotherapy. The work of Daniel Siegel, Ernest Rossi, Stephen Porges, Aronson & Steele and Jonathan Haidt act as pieces of a puzzle that explain why therapy can fail; and how this "winner/loser world" mindset is an unseen barrier to our more natural creative, interpersonal processes. A new world view is presented that can act as a lasting, transformational brief therapy.
A model of brief therapy incorporating current developments in psychodynamic, interpersonal, attachment, experiential, and systems approaches will be presented. This approach is designed to be of help with the so-called difficult client who has chronically dysfunctional ways of relating to others. Videotaped segments of actual sessions will illustrate formulation and intervention strategies.
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.
Excessive anxiety in childhood is a significant predictor of eventual comorbid depression and other conditions. This presentation will identify the cognitive processes and coping strategies that help create a cycle of anxiety, psychosocial isolation, and depression in anxious children and families. Attention will be given to the development of specific, empirically supported Ericksonian strategies which can help shift the anxious individual and family toward malleability, creativity and adaptability.
This short course presents brief interventions designed to address and remove common barriers to successful treatment of pain conditions. Topics include: ways to reverse and regulate the emotional and physical impact of traumatic experiences; the necessity of medicine for the mind as well as the body; how to utilize the polyvagal nervous system in planning treatment strategy; how to help pain patients create healing connections with self, other and the divine; and how to teach people in pain to build on success. This session will include live demonstration and experiential practicum. Case consultation is welcome.
Meditation offers useful and varied methods for brief therapy. Important scientific studies on meditation's neuroscience and clinical applications show many meditation methods are effective. Yoga, Buddhism, Daoism and Zen are described, each with its key concepts and unique approaches to mental development. Attendees learn research, theory and useful meditation methods step-by-step, including concentration, breathing, mindfulness, wu-wei, qi gong and zazen. Case examples form links to practice. Therapists will fine lasting solutions to enhance therapeutic work.
Physical and psychological recovery is an important concern for patients having had weight loss surgery or other significant body altering events. This workshop will focus on the physical and emotional experience of body dysmorphia, that is not “seeing” oneself as others do. We will address how brief mind-body approaches can aid in resolving these conditions and enhance lasting recovery. Methods will include counseling, social support, massage, yoga, martial arts, and exercise. With Carolyn Sauer and Marc Oster.
Simulated role-play demonstrations, the focus of this session, illustrate the re-invented use of the WDEP system of reality therapy. A brief explanation of how reality therapy embraces principles of suggestion, reorientation and utilization precedes a brief overview of human motivation and how the WDEP system interfaces with Ericksonian Principles. Participants will gain practical ideas immediately useful on the job. Handouts suitable for photocopying will be provided.
Milton Erickson said, “Change first then insight.” Too often therapists try to produce change by giving clients insight into their problems expecting to produce results. This approach reduces effectiveness as it overestimates the power of the conscious mind while neglecting and underestimating the unconscious mind’s role in the healing process.
The language a therapist uses to conceptualize and treat a problem determines whether or not that problem can be resolved effectively. Plato’s story of the cave, where the inhabitants see only shadows, is a useful metaphor for how the language of therapy can generate either confusion or clarity. The workshop will teach a method of effectively treating severe problems of children and adolescents, using an invariant opening question, strategic dialogue and metaphorical techniques.