The utilization of hypnosis always involves the hypnotic phenomena. This session will explore the various phenomena and their role in clinical contexts. Participants will practice elicitation of hypnotic phenomena.
One of Erickson’s landmark contributions to hypnosis was his introduction of indirection as a therapeutic approach. This final section of the training explores the ways in which anecdotes, metaphors, and other indirect methods can be utilized.
Group and individual demonstrations of Rossi’s new Activity-Dependent Approaches to the 4-stage creative process for optimizing of gene expression, brain plasticity, problem solving and mind-body healing. Practical approaches for all the psychotherapies as presented in Rossi’s 2012 book, Creating Consciousness: How Therapists can Facilitate Wonder, Wisdom, Beauty, and Truth.
Chronically anxious clients continually scan their world for potential catastrophes that they feel incapable of facing. Participants will learn a set of therapeutic strategies—physiological, cognitive and behavioral—for treating worries, based on the latest research. These will help clients face unneeded worries head-on and dispatch with them rather than being consumed by them or trying to avoid them.
Obscured by the passage of time Don D. Jackson, MD is as important in the development of Interactional theory and effective brief therapy as his two contemporaries Milton Erickson and Gregory Bateson. Rare video/audio recordings will be used to teach practical and learnable techniques of brief therapy Jackson introduced.
What are the characteristics of an advanced therapist? There was an artistry to the work of Milton Erickson, Virginia Satir, and Carl Whitaker. Brief therapists of all persuasions can learn to advance their artistry. Those who seek counseling often seem to suffer a lack of resilience. Traumatized clients have lost ability to access their resilient foundation. Explaining the need for resilience is not enough; clinicians need proper tools to help. Resilience can be access through experiential methods, not didactic information. Through lecture, demonstration, and practice groups, we will realize methods to promote resilient vitality.
Psychotherapy is an exploration of how individuals can forge positive, therapeutic responses to life challenges. This workshop focuses on the three core connections that allow clients to do this: (1) Positive intention and goals (“towards a positive future”); (2) Somatic Centering (“embodied presence”); and (3) Field Resources (“positive connections beyond the problem”). We will see how in a repetitive problem, all three of these connections are typically absent. More importantly, we will see how clients may be helped to developed and sustain these positive connections while engaging with challenging material—e.g., a past trauma, a present difficulty, or a future possibility. Participants will be offered multiple techniques and examples, as well as several demonstrations to illustrate this positive orientation to psychotherapy.
Adlerian psychotherapy is an effective brief therapy model that integrates from many other approaches. Adler’s ideas highlight the importance of not only understanding the individual but the social context. This approach emphasizes working from a multi-cultural orientation and highlights personal responsibility. This approach uses a four-step process: Engagement, Assessment, Insight, and Reorientation. The focus of the treatment is positive as the therapist uses encouragement strategies to help the client identify their assets and strengths. DVD examples of actual sessions will be used to highlight the process and demonstrate how short-term change is possible with this approach.
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