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“Are you getting the results that you
want with your traumatized clients?”
Achieve a higher success rate and create powerful and respectful solutions for even your most traumatized clients.
Mindfulness and Hypnosis in the Treatment of Trauma
In the book Mindfulness and Hypnosis: The Power of Suggestion to Transform Experience clinical psychologist Michael Yapko noted that mindfulness approaches and hypnotic approaches share some experiential process in common. For example, both involve using attentional and focusing abilities, both involve dissociation (be here and not there), both involve full participation in the moment, and both emphasize acceptance as a precursor to greater well being. These processes are also crucial in helping our clients get over trauma and to integrate their psychological, emotional and physical well being.
You can use this knowledge to reach even the most traumatized of clients, work more confidently and develop a much larger repertoire of strategies. Why and how? Very often, perhaps most often, our clients process and encode traumatic memories in non-conscious, non-rational ways. In Mindfulness approaches, being in the “here and now” is a way of strengthening the self and personality so that these non-conscious memories can be safely integrated. Hypnosis is, of course, a non-conscious way of reaching and processing traumatic memories. It also lends itself beautifully to trauma treatment. Whether one focuses on mindfulness or hypnosis, as you will see in the conference you can help a client heal from trauma in respectful, subtle and unobtrusive ways that do not re-traumatize or make the trauma worse, thus making your results more effective and longer lasting.
For this small but potent conference on healing from trauma, we have gathered together some of the top names in experiential methods of trauma treatment, with an emphasis on people who have been “in the trenches” working with clients every day. Some have been seeing clients for decades and in some difficult situations such as in prisons.
We have asked them to give you their best strategies for treating trauma using experiential techniques, including Ericksoninan hypnosis and mindfulness approaches. In this conference, 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.
“Join us for this online conference and instantly begin learning how you can create breakthrough change with your clients who are dealing with trauma.”
Attend at anytime (no fixed dates) and from anywhere…
without spending 1000′s of dollars on conference fees, airfares and hotels.
What You Will Learn:
- Be much more confident in your ability to treat even the most traumatized client.
- How you can integrate effective trauma treatments into your practice and life.
- Critical decision factors for how and when to use mindfulness for trauma.
- The three core mindfulness practice skills (and how to adapt them to the unique needs of each client.
- How you can integrate effective hypnotic trauma treatments into your practice (and have a MUCH bigger toolbox to use when treating traumatized clients).
- Understand and use hypnotic memory reconsolidation.
- The difference between productive recall work and destructive recall work and how to create safe contexts and environments. (So your client can learn new positive emotional meanings).
- How to help create a new sense of self so that the clients grows more confident and more emotionally prepared to deal with future challenges.
- Work with people and problems that you had never been able to work with before (and diversify your practice)
- Short and subtle ways of dealing with trauma that work respectfully with a wide variety of clients (even with those who have been repeatedly traumatized).
- How to stop a person from becoming a “victim” of the treatment itself.
- How to view trauma and even PTSD as a process rather than a condition (so that you can be create more effective interventions).
- Flexible and unique ways of working with patients that respect their individuality and beliefs.
- A great deal more…
Your Presenters for Solutions For Trauma
Dr. Ronald D. Siegel
“Mindfulness and Trauma Treatment: Tailoring the Practice to the Person”
Mindfulness-based psychotherapy is the most popular new treatment approach in the last decade—and 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 individuals—and 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 patient’s particular circumstances.
A small part of what you will learn:
- 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 80’s 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 women’s 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.
Drs. Carol Kershaw and Bill Wade
From Trauma to Thriving: Neuroscience and Hypnosis for Successful Living
By using hypnosis based in neuroscience research, the continuum of trauma can be resolved through Hypnotic Bilateral Stimulation™ and Deep State hypnosis. The presenters offer strategies for amygdala calming and a 4 stage Realignment Process to reset the brain/mind/body and move into thriving. You can begin using nearly all of these interventions in your practice quickly and easily.
- Learn to resolve trauma through “Deep State Hypnosis” and hypnotic bilateral stimulation.
- Learn the implications of the latest neuroscience discoveries in treating trauma.
- Discover how to provide an often forgotten crucial step in recovery: training in resilience.
- Learn specific integration techniques and strategies that are easy to learn and simple to put into practice with nearly any client.
Dr. Enayatollah Shahidi
Hypnotherapy of the Traumatized Patient
In this presentation Dr. Shahidi clarifies the relationship between trauma, dissociation and the dissociative symptoms and demonstrates how hypnotherapeutic techniques such as Imaginary Protective Gear, Inner Safe Place, Containment of Traumatic Memories, Hypno-projection, Dissociation Round-table, Ego Strengthening, Affect Bridge, Inner Child Journey, Reparenting, and The Holy Figuren can be used to heal trauma.
Dissociation is the key concept to understanding traumatization. Dissociation is an effective and adaptive defense against trauma as it is occurring, but can become a vehicle for the development of trauma-related Dissociative Disorders (DD’s).
Following exposure to traumatizing event(s), some individuals fail to integrate the experience in their personality. They may have limited awareness of their traumatization, e.g. low level or retracted field of consciousness, partial to complete dissociative amnesia, bodily anesthesia, and emotional numbness. The survivors may also have flashbacks or dreams of the traumatizing events or re-experience these events as if they are taking place right here and now. As a matter of fact they live in “Trauma Time”.
They traumatized individual may lack adequate integrative capacity and mental skills required to fully defuse and integrate their experiences. As a matter of fact patients suffering from truama and post-traumatic dissociative disorders are usually in trance state. The Patients behave exactly like hypnotized subjects and their involuntary reactions are in complete accordance with the disturbing imaginations. Hence, hypnotherapeutic strategies can play an important role in the treatment of traumatized patients.
- Learn to utilize 10 potent and efficient hypnotherapeutic techniques and how to apply them in the treatment of traumatized patients.
- Show you how to break the patterns of trauma down in to largely predictable components (making trauma MUCH easier to treat.)
- Teach your clients how to use hypnotherapeutic techniques via self-hypnosis to enhance the therapeutic effect.
- Learn how hypnotizability is considered as a double-edged sword and why patients suffering from trauma-related Dissociative Disorders are likely to be highly hypnotizable.
Enayatollah Shahidi, MD, PhD, is a licensed Medical Doctor and a Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapist residing in Tehran, Iran. He is a well-recognized author, translator, lecturer, and therapist in the fields of CBT, EMDR, and medical and psychological hypnosis. He has been a BOD member and Treasurer of Iranian Scientific Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ISSCH) and has recently been elected as the Vice-president, Treasurer, and Chairman of the International Affairs Committee. He is the author of four Persian books and has translated 9 books into Persian language, four of which from Italian and the other five books from English.
Breaking the Patterns of Trauma: Creating Effective Treatments for Trauma
Trauma, like any issue is treated according to how you define it. Many trauma treatments make a clear connection between external events and trauma, as if certain events will almost automatically create trauma. This implies that certain events are intrinsically damaging. Whilst I don’t disagree with this totally, it begs the question why some people can be traumatised by an event, whilst others move on quickly. It also doesn’t really explain vicarious trauma.
This presentation explores why people differ in their responses claiming that certain people are more prone to trauma because of their cognitive style, and claims that trauma and PTSD are processes- that is to say, there are a series of steps required…a “how to” if you will. It shows you briefly how to break down trauma into its component parts and heal it.
The process is a type of guided visualization that is designed to “run interference” on the client’s visual recall of the event thereby creating a level of dissociation from it. Gordon also discusses some of the key aspects of memories and how you can help your client work with them, including:
- Learn to conceptualize trauma and PTSD as a process or pattern rather than a “condition.”
- Show you how to break the patterns of trauma down in to largely predictable components (making it MUCH easier to treat.
- Trauma healing as a process, not an event
- Explore a theoretical perspective that explains the range of responses we see to crisis, and that can assist in helping those likely to have trauma.
Gordon Young runs the highly regarded Mondo Clinic (named after his late father) in Sydney, Australia. And spreads his time between training therapists and coaches, and working with corporations to highlight the benefits of supporting the “human professional” in the workplace. Gordon was the President of the Australian Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists, Chair of the Australian Board of Neuro Linguistic Programming, Editor of the Australian Journal of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis, an appointed supervisor for the ACA, ASCH, AHA, Member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF), Member of the British Institute of Hypnotherapy (BIH), Founder of Intra-Personal Relationship Therapy, and a published author in the field.
Rob McNeilly, MD (MBBS)
“Trauma to Healing: From a Bad Trance, Dance to Enhance”
Whenever someone experiences trauma, there is a natural experience of focused, absorbed attention. After the trauma is over, memories of that trauma, which can be images, body sensations or emotions can continue to haunt some people. Much of the post traumatic problem shares similarities with a hypnotic trance – the dissociation from present time, a regression to the time of the trauma, alterations of experience [sensations, memories, expectancy] – so hypnosis offers a fitting opportunity to transform the problematic experience of the past trauma into a preferred present experience and a future anticipation.
In this presentation we will explore these similarities between hypnotic states and trauma and offer approaches that that will help you use hypnosis to heal trauma, including:
- Learning the connection between trauma and hypnosis.
- Utilizing your client’s ability to keep the trauma active through focus and absorption as a means of healing the trauma.
- Explore ways of utilizing focus and absorption to create a solution unique to each individual person.
- Help your clients reconnect with their resources.
- Anecdotes and stories that will help you to integrate trauma techniques into your practice and life.
Rob McNeilly is widely known throughout Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia and Scandinavia. He is a regular invited presenter to the Milton H Erickson Foundation’s International Conferences. He is the author and co-author of several books and DVD’s series on empirically based methods for learning effectiveness in therapy. A former medical doctor, Rob McNeilly retired from medical practice nearly 30 years ago after meeting and working with Milton Erickson. He did so to focus exclusively on engaging in brief therapy and hypnosis. Rob is known for presentations that are practical, relevant and down to earth. He has the ability to teach you immediately useful skills that you can put to use in your practice at once.
Supporting Materials and Bonuses
Each presentation can be attended online and you also get a copy of each presentation to download so that you can watch or listen later on your computer, iPod or other device. 200 pages of professionally formatted transcripts of each interview have been created for you to refer to and review. Do not miss a single word!
Interactive conference pages where you can leave questions and comments. Get your questions answered!
We will have several bonus presentations in the form of follow-up phone calls with several of the presenters. Stay tuned!
How Does This Online Conference Work?
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