Belleruth Naparstek Presents Emerging from the Heart of Darkness: Guided Imagery and Breakthroughs in Healing Post-Traumatic Stress
Grace and Growth Counseling Center presents a continuing education workshop on guided imagery—a powerful technique grounded in best-practice research.
Workshop Date: Friday, April 20, 2012
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Mercer University, Atlanta, GA
Atlanta Administration and Conference Center
ACC 280 Auditorium
3001 Mercer University Drive
Atlanta, GA 30341-4115
(This event is not a program of Mercer University.)
After decades of research, mental health professionals are finally coming to better understand the neurophysiological nature of post-traumatic stress and how to help people and families who suffer from it. One evidence-based tool gaining rapid ground among clinicians is guided imagery—a practical resource that is portable, self-administered, user-friendly, inexpensive, scalable, and highly efficacious. This workshop reviews what mental health professionals have come to know about post-traumatic stress and why guided imagery is a best-practice approach for healing it. In addition to summarizing relevant clinical research, the workshop will:
- Discuss practical ways to introduce guided imagery into your practice to enhance your therapeutic work with individuals, couples, families and groups.
- Demonstrate several kinds of effective imagery.
- Offer practical dos and don’ts when applying this method of treatment.
You will also be introduced to other imagery-based techniques and examine special considerations when treating military-related stress.
Continuing Education Credit
This workshop has been approved for:
*six (6) core hours by:
- The Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work
- The National Association of Social Workers—Georgia Chapter
- The Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia
- The Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
*six (6) continuing education credits by the Georgia Psychological Association (Area IV for Psychologists)
*Certificates of attendance can only be given to registrants who attend the entire workshop. Anyone more than 15 minutes late may stay but may not receive a certificate. Attendees needing other approvals: You are responsible for applying to your professional licensing board or organization for CE approval of this workshop.
This workshop is designed to help participants:
- Define guided imagery.
- Describe the critical shift in the way we think clinically about post-traumatic stress and how we need to address it.
- Identify four reasons why guided imagery is a best practice and treatment of choice for addressing acute and traumatic stress.
- Cite three studies demonstrating the efficacy of guided imagery for treating acute and traumatic stress.
- List three typical patient reactions to using guided imagery for the first time.
- Describe interventions using guided imagery techniques in working with parents and couples.
- Describe three other imagery-based techniques for healing traumatic stress.
|8:15 – 9:00 a.m.||Registration Check-In|
|9:00 – 10:30 a.m.||New Conclusions About Post-Traumatic Stress; Definition and Demonstration of Guided Imagery; Neurophysiology and Biochemistry of Post-Traumatic Stress; Q & A Period|
|10:30 – 10:45 a.m.||Morning Break|
|10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.||Theoretical and Practical Reasons Why Guided Imagery Is a Best Practice for Post-Traumatic Stress; Research Results; Demonstration: Imagery to Target Panic and Post-Traumatic Stress; Q & A Period|
|12:15 – 1:15 p.m.||Lunch (provided)|
|1:15 – 2:45 p.m.||Incorporating Guided Imagery Into Clinical Practice; Typical Client Responses; Conditions That Potentiate Imagery; Questions to Anticipate; Practical Dos and Don’ts|
|2:45 – 3:00 p.m.||Afternoon Break|
|3:00 – 4:30 p.m.||Other Imagery-Based Techniques: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Emotional Freedom Technique, Somatic Experiencing and More; Special Considerations for Use With Active Duty Military and Veterans; Q & A Period|
Belleruth Naparstek, LISW, BCD
Psychotherapist, author, speaker and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek holds a Diplomate in Clinical Social Work and maintained her psychotherapy practice for over 30 years. Her first book, “Staying Well With Guided Imagery,” is a widely used primer on this powerful technique leading to renewal, enhanced performance and healing. She is founder and board co-chair of Health Journeys, Inc., which created and distributes the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series, offering 57 titles. These audio programs have been involved in over two dozen clinical trials, with nearly a dozen studies completed to date validating the effectiveness of guided imagery to address several psychological and medical challenges, most recently for post-traumatic stress at Duke University Medical Center/Durham Veterans Administration Hospital.
Many major institutions, such as the U.S. Veterans Administration and The American Red Cross, as well as nearly 2,000 hospitals, mental health centers and recovery clinics have distributed her guided imagery recordings. Her latest book on imagery and post-traumatic stress, entitled “Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal,” won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award in 2006.
For more information on Belleruth Naparstek and her work, please visit: www.healthjourneys.com.
Cost and Deadline
Registration Fee: $179 (includes continental breakfast, snacks and lunch)
Early Registration Discount: $149 if received by April 6, 2012
Registration Deadline: April 13, 2012
Refunds may be given only upon receipt of a written request. If a request is received prior to April 13, 2012, Grace and Growth Counseling Center will refund a registrant’s paid registration fee minus a $25 administrative fee. No refunds will be given after April 13, 2012. Event Cancellation Policy: Full refunds will be given if the workshop is cancelled.
Any registrant who requires ADA accommodations is asked to contact Grace and Growth by March 26, 2012.
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To have the Emerging from the Heart of Darkness: Guided Imagery and Breakthroughs in Healing Post-Traumatic Stress brochure sent to you via U.S. Mail or to request additional information please call Cecelia Thompson at (678) 235-3910 or e-mail Cthompson@graceandgrowth.org.
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