Enjoy an intensive and powerful experience of self-hypnosis that you can take home. Your unconscious is a reservoir of potential, and hypnosis is an expedient way to access that potential. Recent neuroscience research confirms that the brain has many intelligent, unconscious pathways. These pathways function automatically and can be engaged and used to help you accomplish goals that might be difficult to do deliberately. By working indirectly and unconsciously in hypnosis, you can bypass conscious limitations to resolve problems and live a happy, fulfilling life.
Workshops with CE Credits for Psychology
Mystical traditions agree that beneath our protective layers lies a Self, an untarnished essence from which flows healing, spiritual energy, and wisdom. Most of us rarely live from that state because, through life experiences, parts of us have absorbed extreme emotions and beliefs that not only obscure our Self but also govern our daily lives.
Learning to deal effectively with the ‘critical inner voice’ is central to all areas of life: personal development, healthy relationships, self-esteem, and career success. This workshop will provide participants with an introduction to Voice Therapy, a technique that can enhance a therapist’s ability to achieve positive treatment outcomes for their clients, and help individuals who want to develop themselves to achieve their goals in life.
This workshop directly challenges the confusion surrounding the issue of self-love. Self-love is the most altruistic of all practices. When you are free to be kind and loving to yourself, the world and all the people in your life are touched. This workshop is an experience of two trainings taught at Stanford University Medical Center. As director of Stanford's Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program, Dr. Mark Abramson has modeled his work after Jon Kabat-Zinn’s program (featured on Bill Moyers’ PBS series Healing and the Mind).
Twelve-step recovery programs are time-tested, community-level resources designed to help people overcome addictions, problematic behaviors, or relationship codependency. Maybe you are one of many who have tried the twelve-step approach yourself or with your patients but felt that something vital was missing. People in recovery and professionals often give up on twelve-step programming because it fails to fully address the role that unresolved trauma can play in addiction and codependency. In this workshop, you can learn to:
Trauma changes the way the brain processes information and the body engages with the world. This course explores how trauma affects people’s rhythms within themselves and with their surroundings. Because of altered biological systems, traumatized people continue to be trapped by their history and react to current experience in a myriad of ways as a replay of the past.
Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT), developed by Jean Kristeller, addresses the mindless eating so prevalent in our culture — the type of eating that can lead to weight gain, obesity, disordered eating patterns, and stress-related eating.
Psychedelics are among the most interesting and poorly understood of all the psychoactive substances. They produce a variety of complex effects on the brain and mind, including intensification of thoughts and feelings, alterations of sensory perception, and loosening of psychological defenses. Because of these complex effects, psychedelics are powerful probes of the connection between brain physiology and consciousness, one of the most deeply mysterious questions in contemporary science.
Our stress and its symptoms are maintained unconsciously as a distraction from emotional issues and harmful thinking. By addressing these issues, the body can let go, thereby improving physical health and enhancing performance and the ability feel joy.
Self-compassion is the heart of mindfulness. It’s a state of warm-hearted, connected presence during difficult moments in our lives. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, forgive ourselves, motivate ourselves with encouragement, care for others, and be fully human. This program is an intensive form of the eight-session, empirically-supported Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training developed by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer.
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) blends focused questioning with acupressure tapping to balance the human body energy system in relation to thoughts, memories, emotions, and physical tensions. The observable and measurable result of this flexible and powerful therapeutic tool is calmer affect, cognitive restructuring, and more adaptive behavior. EFT thus adds a somatic element to cognitive and behavioral therapies, and has been shown in recent research, published in The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, to be comparable in efficacy to EMDR.
Attachment, Sexuality, Pleasure and the Body: A Full-Spectrum Gestalt Approach to Healing and Thriving
This workshop is intended as a time of replenishment and inspiration for psychotherapists, sex therapists, and other health professionals. It’s a reminder that the methods that spur our own growth, especially in relationships past and present, add to our therapeutic effectiveness with others.
If you love Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and are hungry to build your skill and confidence, then this advanced workshop is designed to open up your creativity and intuition. Gwyneth Moss is known for her EFT innovations and particularly the use of imagery, projection techniques, and distance healing. During this workshop, Gwyneth will teach EFT imagineering, projection tapping, protective distancing, three-step surrogate tapping, moodlines, and more.
Compassion is frequently misunderstood as a sign of weakness. A modern, scientific understanding of compassion demonstrates that it is actually a strength that allows us to bear hardship with dignity and confidence. It’s a frame of mind that can be learned and evoked when we need it the most. This program is designed for men who wish to experience the transformative potential of self-compassion in their lives, including professionals who also want to teach the theory and practice to others.
Do you ever feel like certain issues in your life come around again and again, across different situations and relationships? In Gestalt Relational Constellations (GRC) we take a fresh look at the hidden attachments and systemic dynamics that underlie all of our issues (“stuck” and fluid areas alike). Starting with the personal concerns of participants and using the experience of the whole group, we “drop below” the oft-told story, reaching the level of our fondest dreams and heart’s desires.
Chronic pain is a worldwide affliction that disrupts the lives of the sufferers and their loved ones. This workshop will approach treatment from the neuroplasticity perspective using perception and imagination. A constellation of experiences will permit individuals to "self-prescribe" innovative techniques to transform their pain experience. Engagement of physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual consciousness will be explored using a series of experiential approaches; supportive documentation from the literature will be offered.
Health, well-being, and intimate relationships are profoundly affected by sexual issues, yet most health professionals lack adequate training to help clients. This workshop brings emotional and spiritual consciousness to the practice of sex therapy. It offers an innovative model for exploring a wide range of situations and dynamics, and provides opportunities for case consultation about desire, pleasure, dysfunction, and more. Its structure encourages personal awareness along with clinical questions and networking opportunities.
The route to sexual pleasure and intimacy is like the route to any other of life’s mysteries. It means exploring new emotional landscapes. It means opening your wild, precious, vulnerable self to nature, divine presence, and the profound wisdom of your body. It means daring to know what you want.
The quality of life in a relationship depends on our ability to recover from the inevitable periods of fighting or withdrawing; that is, from turning each other into adversaries or strangers. At a minimum, we want to keep such fighting and withdrawing from destroying the relationship. But it is possible to turn these hazards into means for deepening the relationship by conducting a recovery conversation. In such a conversation, we go over the fight or withdrawal we were just in, but with an appreciation for each partner’s struggle and a recognition that each partner’s position made sense.
This program is designed to integrate the practice of mindful awareness with directed heartfulness to facilitate growth, healing, and change. It is based on Mark Abramson's work as the director of Stanford's Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program which he founded 20 years ago. The workshop introduces the practical application of techniques of mindfulness and heartfulness to transform emotional states and unleash the great potential for deep healing of the body.
Hanna Somatics is a mind-body technique developed by Thomas Hanna that enables us to move toward greater mind-body integration, ease of movement, and freedom. This workshop introduces the somatic self, somatic theory, and exercises for assessing and somatically transforming ourselves. As we transform, we move toward freeing the wisdom of our somatic selves.
Hanna Somatics is a mind-body technique developed by Thomas Hanna that enables us to move toward greater mind-body integration, ease of movement, and freedom. This workshop introduces the somatic self, somatic theory, and exercises for assessing and somatically transforming ourselves.
Does meditation have power to heal the body? In their research together at The Integrative Medicine Program at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, Lorenzo Cohen and Alejandro Chaoul examine the biobehavioral effects of mind-body interventions such as meditation, yoga, and t'ai chi. They are interested in quality of life as well as the clinical outcomes of those undergoing cancer treatments, and they work to get the population as a whole engaged in mind-body practices to improve health and well-being.
Often, men are driven by the pursuit of money and measure their self-worth by money made and spent. Money affects almost all facets of a man’s life. Fears of not being a good enough breadwinner are part of a man’s subjective experience. The inner lives of men and their relationship to money are often unexamined and play out in some inauthentic ways.
People thrive when they create and sustain rewarding experiences from not only happy moments, but also from personally fulfilling moments in work, satisfying relationships, and from a sense that, “I make a difference in my world.” This workshop, designed for both healing professionals and laypeople, will offer the rationale, tools, and relevant practices that can lead to a transformation of how you and your clients live your emotional lives.
“There is perhaps nothing more difficult than another person,” says Stan Tatkin, clinician, researcher, teacher, and developer of A Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy®. “People are complex to be sure, and they never come with manuals that automate the process of getting along with them. And even if we did have general manuals, we aren't robots. What works for one person won’t necessarily work for another. But neither does it work to fly blind, as many couples do, and expect relationships to simply fall into place.
Neuroscience is the new frontier. As more is understood about how the mind is intimately involved with the brain, we now know that you can literally rewire your brain for the better by what you think, feel, and do. You resonate with others through your mirror neurons, and can enhance your relationships by activating these special areas of the brain. Balancing your nervous system lowers stress and allows you to handle your emotions better.
Refresh your technique and review EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) protocols and procedures, consult on your difficult cases, watch demonstrations, and practice EMDR in small, supervised groups. Instruction will focus on using EMDR with complex cases, resource development and installation, target development, and interweaves.
This EMDR course is for participants who have completed either part 2 training or an equivalent EMDRIA-approved course.
Required Reading: Parnell, A Therapist's Guide to EMDR.
Most people are surprised to learn how art, beauty, and truth can turn on gene expression and brain growth during creative experiences. It is profound to realize that our highest and most inspired states of consciousness can facilitate optimal gene expression and brain plasticity while stress and trauma can distort and suppress it. Mind-gene communication engages the transformational alchemy of mind, body, and spirit, which generates health and wellbeing as well as personal illness and the clash of cultures.
Judgments of a reactive and often automatic nature are very strong in most of our lives, and also in the dominant culture. They can distort our perceptions, make relationships with others difficult, and undermine our work in the world. In this workshop, we will explore the nature of such judgments (and their difference from non-reactive discernment) and how to transform them. We will cultivate mindfulness, inquiry, and heart practices such as lovingkindness, forgiveness, gratitude, joy, and compassion.
People can learn to change their thinking and behavior in ways that enhance happiness and well-being. For 2,500 years, the wisdom teachings of the East have utilized what their texts refer to as "skillful methods" for the study and transformation of the mind/body. These meditation and visualization practices help cultivate self-regulation through awareness, concentration, mindfulness, and other attention skills. This leads to clarity of mind, spaciousness of self, and greater compassion.
Based on Dr. Shapiro’s book, The Art and Science of Mindfulness, the workshop offers meditative practices for all those interested in awakening their minds and opening their hearts. Drawing on Buddhist practices of mindfulness as well as revolutionary research in neuroscience, we explore the transformative effects of meditative practices. We will immerse ourselves in the practice of being fully present, re-training our minds and hearts toward pathways of greater joy, ease, and health.
Being fully present through mindful awareness is a crucial factor in giving us resilience to face challenges that arise in our daily lives. –Daniel Siegel
Resilience is a dynamic positive behavioral adaptation process, which individuals can utilize when encountering significant adversity or trauma. It is the capacity to cope with stress and catastrophe.