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We have gathered together experts in experiential methods of trauma treatment and asked them to give you their best strategies for treating trauma using mindfulness approaches, Ericksonian approaches, somatic psychotherapy and brief therapy . They will share with you their tips and strategies and show you how to dramatically improve your performance when working with your clients who have been traumatized.
Attend online at anytime (no fixed dates) and from anywhere…without spending 1000’s of dollars on conference fees, airfares and hotels.
Note: We consider this an intermediate to advanced level conference. Though there is a great deal that a new or student therapist can learn here, many of the presentations assume that you have a substantial level of knowledge of hypnotic and mindfulness strategies.
Setting The Stage: Dr. Michael Yapko
“Mindfulness and Hypnosis: The Power of Suggestion to Transform Experience”
The full presentation will help you get the most from this conference on treating trauma. It is recommended that you listen to it first, before moving onto the presentations on trauma treatment by Ronald Siegel, Dan Short, Maggie Phillips, Bill O’Hanlon and the others. It based on Michael’s book of the same name and is a breathtaking overview of the similarities and differences between mindfulness and hypnosis and how you can (if you chose) use one to amplify these other. Just a sample of what Michael covers in his presentation
1) How mindfulness and hypnosis are related in both form and function
2) The basis of experiential learning that applies to both mindfulness and hypnotic interventions.
3) Some critical considerations of employing guided mindfulness meditations in treatment.
4) The language of mindfulness and hypnosis and how to use that language for maximum impact with your clients and patients.
Michael Yapko is both a visionary and pioneer in the teaching of hypnosis and of its use in many areas. Michael is not only a clinician with over 30 years practice but also an author who has written over a dozen highly-acclaimed books, including his latest, Mindfulness and Hypnosis: The Power of Suggestion to Transform Experience.
Dr. Yapko is a member of the American Psychological Association, a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and has written and edited thirteen books, including Breaking the Patterns of Depression, Treating Depression with Hypnosis, and Hand-Me-Down Blues: How to Stop Depression from Spreading in Families. His newest book, Depression is Contagious, was just released in September (2009) from The Free Press, a division of Simon and Schuster. His works have been published in nine languages.
Dr. Ronald D. Siegel
“Mindfulness and Trauma Treatment: Tailoring the Practice to the Person”
Dr. Ronald D. Siegel
Mindfulness-based psychotherapy is the most popular new treatment approach in the last decadeand for good reason. Mindfulness practices hold great promise not only for our own personal development, but also as remarkably powerful tools to augment virtually every form of psychotherapy.
Mindfulness is not, however, a one-size-fits-all remedy. Practices need to be tailored to fit the needs of particular individualsand this is particularly important when our client or patient has a trauma history. This presentation will explore seven important decisions clinicians should consider when introducing mindfulness practices into the treatment of traumatized individuals, presenting practical guidelines about how to tailor practices to your clients’ or patients particular circumstances.
A small part of what you will learn with Dr. Siegel:
- Learn seven important decisions you should consider when introducing mindfulness practices, including which mindfulness skills to emphasize and in what form.
- Understand how mindfulness practices can and should be tailored to the needs of particular types of clients.
- Understand potentially adverse effects of meditation (such as de-repression).
- Practical guidelines about how to specifically tailor practices to your client particular life circumstances and needs
- The importance of choosing an object of focus that fits for the particular needs of each client (and how to adjust that object as the client progresses.
- Find out why some very popular and common meditations are NOT recommended for traumatized clients (and what to use instead).
- Learn how to choose the right meditation at the right time so that you can be maximally effectives as a therapist.
- Common myths and misconceptions about mindfulness that your clients may have and how to deal with
Dr. Ronald D. Siegel is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, where he has taught for over 30 years. He is a long time student of mindfulness meditation and serves on the Board of Directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.
He teaches internationally about the application of mindfulness practice in psychotherapy and other fields, and maintains a private clinical practice in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Dr. Siegel is coauthor of the self-treatment guide Back Sense: A Revolutionary Approach to Halting the Cycle of Chronic Back Pain, which integrates Western and Eastern approaches for treating chronic back pain; coeditor of the critically acclaimed text, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, author of a book for general audiences, The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems, and coeditor of the recently released Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice, with a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He is also a regular contributor to other professional publications, and is co-director of the annual Harvard Medical School Conference on Meditation and Psychotherapy.
Dr. Dan Short
“Using Ericksonian Hypnosis for Trauma Work and Memory Reconsolidation”
In this presentation, Dan will demonstrate how Ericksonian trauma work is primarily a process of gradually reorienting the client to the goodness of the body, the mind, and all that has been experienced during a lifetime of learning. Memory reconsolidation occurs as memories are physically altered and re-encoded with new emotional elements. During this creative process, a new sense of self is forged within your clients as he or she grows more confident and more emotionally prepared to deal with future challenges.
A small part of what you will learn:
- The mechanisms by which memory reconsolidation occurs (and how to begin working with it.
- The crucial differences between productive recall work and destructive recall work.
- Understand and utilize the various situational factors necessary for creating a safe therapeutic environment
- The utility of hypnosis in trauma treatment and how to use it to be a better therapist.
Dr. Dan Short is internationally recognized for his work in brief therapy, which began with a specialization in domestic violence. As a counselor in a domestic violence intervention program, Dan established new innovative methods of treatment and was recognized early work in trauma treatment for perpetrators of violence. Later, Dan worked with students at the University of Massachusetts with substance abuse issues. Dan has worked in the public schools as a school psychologist for students with behavioral and emotional problems. He now teaches at institutes around the world and maintains a private practice, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Dan is the lead author of Hope and Resiliency, and sole author of Transformational Relationships, books for professional care providers, which have received world-wide attention.
Dr. John Lentz
Healing Trauma Indirectly and With Subtlety
In this presentation you will learn very subtle ways of using sophisticated tools and approaches to deal with trauma. These approaches were developed over decades of working in a prison by the author, and owe much to the work of Milton Erickson and his students.
Hypnosis was simply not something that could be openly used in treating inmates in the 80s and so the author developed methods that work using the knowledge of hypnosis without using it. The result is subtlety. Today these approaches are backed up by neuroscience as well as clinical experience. Participants will learn short, subtle ways of dealing with trauma that work and have worked on folks with such massive traumatized backgrounds that they ended up in prison.
John will teach you many different strategies for treating trauma including:
- A deeper understanding of the pathways through which trauma can be healed (and how to utilize them).
- Learn the essence of how trauma is developed so that you work with it more effectively.
- Why and How “Trances” can be utilized to move into healthy engagement.
- Build on your own strengths and processes by discovering how you already know and utilize effective strategies for trauma treatment.
John Lentz. After teaching for over 18 years the Clinical aspects of Psychotherapy at the Louisville Presbyterian Seminary and providing therapy as the Chief Chaplain at the womens prison in Kentucky, Dr. Lentz now teaches nationally and internationally. His work reflects a unique combination of practical work with incarcerated individuals and the rigors of an academic approach. His books and presentations tend to reflect his work at the prison in ways that make the points memorable and are a way of his respecting the women he learned from. Currently he is the Director of the Ericksonian Institute of Jeffersonville, Indiana where he teaches and practices hypnosis and marriage and family therapy. He is also the part time minister at Radcliff Presbyterian Church where his sermons are as hypnotically helpful as he can make them.