For this fascinating topic, Dr. Dan Short will demonstrate the benefits of being able to meet the client at his or her point of need. For some people, they need help with the past, such as after having a traumatic childhood. But for others their point of concern is the future, such as finding a healthy mate or starting a family. And of course, many others need help across all dimensions of time. In order to always feel relevant, a therapist must know how to work in the temporal context that drives the motivation for change.
Practicing as an Ericksonian therapist for nearly thirty years, Dr. Short has a great deal of experience of working with the client’s unconscious resources as well as conscious resources. After seeing that some clients (and some therapists) are uncomfortable with hypnosis, Dr. Short began teaching others how to engage people’s unconscious intelligence in problem solving endeavors without requiring altered states of consciousness or dependency on suggestion. The research-based methods Dr. Short teaches rely mostly on creative imagination and symbolic imagery. These techniques, which include: mental contrasting, implementation intentions, prediction, reimagining, and incubated cognition; are transtheoretical, meaning that they can be incorporated into any school of thought. But even more important than these techniques are the foundational principles that frame this growth-oriented approach to psychotherapy.
As will quickly become apparent, Dr. Short has transformed unconscious process work into a natural activity that clients can enjoy. With these new skills, participants will learn how to empower their clients with unexpected possibilities. This seminar will be an impressive mix of history, live demonstrations, inspiring clinical examples, and opportunities for hands-on practice. It is a learning opportunity that will be highly interactive, with everyone encouraged to join in the discussion.