The StoryPlay® model weaves together the elements of story/metaphors, creativity, expressive arts and play to form a unique and proven method of therapy to effect positive change, healing and problem-solving. Deriving its theoretical foundations from the principles of Milton H. Erickson and indigenous teachings, StoryPlay® emphasizes cultural diversity, natural healing abilities and creative solutions.
Hypnosis is a natural vehicle for use of therapeutically effective metaphors and anecdotes. Participants will be taught to develop effective trances for this. Learning to find themes for and the creation of metaphors and anecdote will be taught and practiced. Using those interventions within the trances will also be taught and practiced.
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. Part I will focus upon the foundations of StoryPlay® Roots, Nine Essential Elements, Therapeutic Metamorphosis - four passages to transformation, and Steps for Creating and Utilizing Storytelling Metaphors both real and made-up. Multi-cultural aspects, Nature as co-storyteller, and relaxation exercises will be integrated. The second part will show how to recognize, retrieve and utilize “blocked sensory resources” to achieve...
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.
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.
With the neuro-healing power of metaphor, creativity and play at its center, this experiential training presents StoryPlay® ; an Ericksonian, resiliency-based, indirective process that interweaves cultural diversity and natural healing abilities, to effect transformational change for children and adolescents who have experienced trauma and adversity.