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April 26th 2008

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Ernest Rossi, Ph.D.
Psy 2667

Neuroscience, Art, Beauty and Truth
in Psychotherapy



Revolutionary Research in Neuroscience and Functional Genomics documents how the experience of (1) Novelty, (2) Environmental Enrichment, and (3) Physical Exercise can optimize gene expression, brain plasticity (brain growth), and mind-body healing.  We will explore practical approaches to facilitating the 4-stage creative cycle to optimize these experiences in therapeutic hypnosis and psychotherapy. 

We will investigate the possibility of a deeper understanding about the role of mirror neurons and implicit processing heuristics (therapeutic suggestion) in transmuting negative experiences into positive realizations by facilitating the creative reconstruction of the mind-brain at a molecular-genomic level.

This new neuroscience perspective suggests that creative activity in art, science, and psychotherapy can turn on gene expression and facilitate brain plasticity. This new view will be experienced during a 20 minute group process utilizing innovative approaches to therapeutic hypnosis and psychotherapy.



May 17th 2008

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Kathryn Rossi, Ph.D.
Psy 12998

What is Hypnosis?

Kathryn Rossi


What Is Hypnosis? And most importantly... What Does Trance Mean to both You and your clients personally?

Hypnosis is characterized by an altered state of consciousness. That altered state is often interpreted as a continuum between Daydreaming, the General Waking Trance and Somnambulism.

Herein lies much of the confusion about hypnosis: Is the level of trace indicative of the depth of hypnosis and individual healing abilities? Or is the depth of trance a result of the psychobiology of the individual? Or is the depth of trance dependent on the subject matter of the trance? Or is the depth of trance dependent on the operator's ability to elicit it? Or does the depth of trance matter at all?

We will discover new and novel ways to create personalized and individual trance opportunities by working with the psychobiology of the individual.



June 14th 2008

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Margaret Bullock, MA, MFT
MFC 43315

Ideodynamic Approaches to Trauma



When Trauma Strikes, it seems to unravel the best of minds. It can scramble our cognitive abilities, short circuit our emotional stability, and it can even cripple our bodies with mysterious ailments of emotional and physical pain. As therapists, we are given the opportunity to help our clients create the space in which to find a wedge of freedom where they can begin to come alive again. We are afforded the privilege of helping the client create something new in the Phoenix rising from the ashes of their lives.

It was the contention of Milton H. Erickson that the solution to our clients’ problems is within them. Using the research of Ernest Rossi, Ph.D. and Daniel J. Siegel, MD, Ms. Bullock combines Ericksonian methods and Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) to help clients utilize their own natural solutions to the symptoms they are experiencing and helping to facilitate clients into accessing their own resources.


August 9th 2008

10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Ella Soleimany, MA, MFT
MFC 44071

Music and Your Mind
The Answers Lie Within


Mind chatter could obscure the clarity that remains hidden in the core self. Let the power of musical masterpieces spark imagination, insight and inner creative resources. Ms. Soleimany will introduce the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM), and their associations to Ericksonian thinking and training.

The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) is a music-centered experiential therapy and a method for uncovering deep levels of the mind. The GIM experience is much like a waking dream. It not only enables one to connect to the deeper self, it can also illuminate or help to resolve current life issues. Clients may experience emotional releases, new connections and insights. The music is chosen from the great masterworks of composers. This work encourages unresolved issues to surface while allowing the inner resources and creativity to also emerge, encouraging a deep inner connection to what is most meaningful.

Check out the website: Association for Music & Imagery