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Archive for June, 2009

II's Guided Imagery Newsletter: ImagiNews

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

A free electronic copy of June 2009 edition of ImagiNews is available here:


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If you want to check out the association, come to our first annual conference, July 17-19, 2009. We are happy to meet new folks interested in this field.

Integrative Medical Doctors: Treating Cancer

Sunday, June 28th, 2009


Martin Rossman, MD, a pioneer in the field of client-centered guided imagery, and co-author Dean Shrock, PHD provide valuable insight about Complementary and Alternative approaches to treating cancer.

May 21, 2009
Oncology NEWS International. Vol. 18 No. 5
Focus on Supportive Care

Mind-body medicine in cancer care: Making patients whole

Martin L. Rossman, MD and Dean Shrock, PHD
Dr. Rossman is director of the Collaborative Medicine Center in Greenbrae, Calif., and a clinical instructor in the department of family and community medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Shrock is a mind-body medicine consultant at Triune Integrative Medicine in Medford, Ore.
A physician with an integrative perspective can be critical in helping patients choose the optimal approach to their management and treatment.

A cancer diagnosis carries with it a unique set of challenges for patients, their family, and healthcare professionals. Patients newly diagnosed with cancer and their support people are frequently in shock, fearful, and emotionally regressed.

During this difficult emotional time, they are called on to make difficult treatment decisions and to evaluate complex information and opinions that often are in conflict, all in an atmosphere of urgency. They can feel pressured to sort through an overwhelming amount of information, and may feel torn between conventional, complementary, and alternative treatment advice.


Relaxation and Guided Imagery: Multiple Sclerosis

Thursday, June 18th, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009 6-9 pm

Complementary Medicine and Multiple Sclerosis

Dr. Alan Bowling and Dr. Miriam Franco
Doubletree Hotel Denver Tech Center
7801 Orchard Road
Greenwood, CO 80111

Guided Imagery Practitioners are Welcome

Practitioners are welcome to come to a Program on Complementary Medicine and Use of Guided Imagery with Demonstration for MS Care in Denver, CO !! Dr. Alan Bowling will first present. He is a leading expert on complementary and alternative medicine interventions for Multiple Sclerosis, including recent research on vitamin D.

Miriam Franco, PhD

Miriam Franco, PhD

Dr. Franco has designed Guided Imagery scripts to lower anxiety and injection anxiety with Multiple Sclerosis as well as Gastro-Intestinal interventions to relieve MRI stress and caregiver stress. She will demo the lowering anxiety and injection anxiety GI intervention. This program is sponsored by the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America.

Any practitioners interested in attending, please contact Dr. Franco:


Relaxation and Guided Imagery for MS: Lowering Anxiety Associated with MS and MS Injections

This Guided Imagery intervention (CD) is effective in reducing anxiety, muscle tension, spasticity, fatigue and headache associated with having Multiple Sclerosis. With practice, it can also help improve sleep,shift pain experience, and decrease anxiety associated with taking medications by injection. Many with MS must take disease modifying therapies and experience stress and anxiety with these injections which can cause major stumbling blocks to adherence. Missed injections can be frequent and can reduce efficacy. Dr. Franco conducted a patient education study (2008) using this GI intervention to lower anxiety, injection anxiety and to help those with MS perceive their medicine as a healing, helpful ally. GI was found to be efficient and effective in lowering general anxiety and for injection anxiety in 97% of MS patients, even after several weeks post-workshop.


This CD is available on Dr. Franco’s website and from

Imagery International Conference 2009

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

July 17-19 Friday evening till Sunday 5:00 PM at Vallombrosa Center in Menlo Park, California Register before June 15th to get the early bird rate.*

Imagery International Conference

Co-sponsored by

Beyond Ordinary Nursing


Riding the Tides of Change:

Using Imagery as a Powerful Tool for Transformation in Good times and Bad

Imagery International’s annual membership meeting Friday evening


The Sacred Space Interchange: An Experiential Template with Terry Reed, RN, MS

Combining Emotional Freedom Therapy and Imagery when Working with Trauma with Jann Fredrickson, LICSW

Aikido and Imagery with Andrew Wagner, MD

Collaborative Compassion Based Imagery Practice to Sustain Relationships in Difficult Times with Judith Rohde-Brown, PhD

The Custom guided Imagery CD: A Cornerstone for the Transformational Process with Glenda Cedarleaf, MSW, LICSW

Applied Meditation: A Healing Modality which Combines Intention, Intuition and Mindfulness with Margo Adair

For more information on presenters and their topics click here

* Register before June 15th for Early Bird Registration rate $150 (members) $190 (non-members). Room & Meals at Vallombrosa single occupancy room: $246 double: $214.  Commuter rates are available.  For more information and to register go to or call (651) 208-6458 CST

**Workshops include continuing education credit. Attendees must attend all workshops to receive 12 contact hours, provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing Provider #13833, and this course meets the qualifications for continuing education credit for MFTs/LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, provider #PCE 3201


Imagery International is a professional association of healing practitioners from many different fields including medicine, psychology, counseling, body work and other disciplines that use Imagery in their practices.  We value and promote the use of Imagery for health, healing and transformation.  We also offer a community that encourages cutting-edge training, skill-building, and professional networking to promote the efficacy of Imagery.  Find out about membership

Beyond Ordinary Nursing provides registered nurses and licensed health care professionals opportunity to incorporate the pwoer and magic of Imagery into personal and professional practice, with the potential to increase career options.  For more information and schedules:


II Conference 2009: Entertainment

Sunday, June 7th, 2009


All work and no fun won’t happen at the Imagery International Annual Conference


What will happen is

FUN Frivolity CreativityEntertainmentParticipationVariety


Think Kitchen Band, Egg Toss, Teddy Bear Picnic, Alleluia Chorus,Horse Race, Flying Monkeys

then mix in

Survivor, Gong Show, American Idol, American Bandstand, Dancing with the Stars, The Westminster Kennel Club

And what do you get?


our entertainment venue for the Imagery International Conference

Bring your 1-10 minute contribution


Allow us to assist you in your participation




Thoughtfully orchestrated for maximum impact

By your MC; Babs Vitale

“Be there or be square.”

To join in the fun come to our conference:


Death and Grief Examiner: End of Life Coaching

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Marie Hoagland sent us a notice on this article.  She says,

“As individuals experience the end stages of life, guided imagery can be an effective therapeutic modality for decreasing fear, anxiety, and pain. Truly beautiful guided imagery CDs are available that address the needs of those in this last adventure of life. These guided imagery meditations offer relaxation and facilitate an inner journey, taking a person from a place of fear to a place of love, while allowing for emotions of sadness, loss, and grief.”

See her article Death and Grief Examiner:  The Healing Power of Guided Imagery (Part 1) by Marie Hoagland.

Rev. Maria “Dancing Heart” Hoaglund, author of  The Last Adventure of Life, is an end-of-life and grief coach. Maria was a hospice counselor for many years and is passionate about bringing the subject of death back to life.

We appreciate member Jayne Peterson’s, RN assistance on the topic.

Unleash Your Sales Potential

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Classes are offered June 16, 23 and 30;  July 8, 15 and 22;  August 6, 13 and 20  in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Sales Enthusiasm Seminars


Would you like help with prospecting, focus and concentration? Would you love to be even more successful in business?

Our Sales Enthusiasm Presentation and CD are helping business owners and sales professionals align their beliefs and goals to get  results. Realtors, financial advisors and entrepreneurs are reporting amazing results.

Check out our expanded Sales Enthusiasm Presentation.  Each meeting includes Networking, group Hypnotherapy Session and CD to continue the process at home.

Class 1:    Change Limiting Beliefs, Feel Enthusiastic
Class 2:    Optimism and Attaining Your Goals
Class 3:    Sales Presentations and Public Speaking

Sales Enthusiasm

Tuesdays                June 16, 23 and 30           9 to 10:15AM
Wednesdays            July 8, 15 and 22              9 to 10:15AM
Thursdays               August 6, 13 and 20          9 to 10:15AM

Presenter:  Sharon M. O’Connor, RN, Certified Hypnotherapist
Atlantic Complementary, Hampton, NH

Seminar will be held at
International Office Suites (IOS)
1 New Hampshire Ave, Suite #125
Pease International Tradeport
Portsmouth, NH

Price for 3 part seminar is $69.99 (Includes CD’s)

For Information or to Register Contact
Atlantic Complementary
Hampton, NH 03842

Build Personal and Community Resilience

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Workshop June 26th & 27th, 2009             Seattle, Washington


Margo Adair

Riding the Tides of Change:

Build Personal and Community Resilience

a Tools for Change workshop in Seattle, Washington with

Bill Aal
Margo  Adair
Lupita Patterson

Friday evening & Saturday all day
Working with deep reflection through Applied Meditation, dialogue through
The Work that Reconnects and Theater of Liberation
we will find ways to unleash our best capacities to address the challenges of the times.

Increase your capacity to:

Maintain balance amidst change

Inspire mutual support and creativity

Transform socialized patterns of privilege and oppression

Build alliances

Be proactive


Heal yourself and the world

Transition into a just & sustainable future

Sliding scale $45 to $245
SPACE LIMITED    must pre-register

Register now !

Place: Life Enrichment Bookstore/L.E.M.S. —

5023 Rainier Ave. S. -Seattle  98118
For more information come to or call  206 329-2201
The facilitators have many years of experience in empowerment training,
anti-racism work, mediation, meditation practices, alliance building,
critical thinking, opening the imagination and activism in multicultural settings.

Release Stress Through Creativity: Interview

Thursday, June 4th, 2009



Dear Community,

It’s almost summer and we want our kids to be happy and free. But so many I see in my office are exhausted and super stressed from the pressures of this past school year. How can we transform their lives from stress and anxiety to joy and success?

I was interviewed on Master Your Energy, Master Your Life’s radio show Friday June 5th . radio show hosted by Sheevaun Moran June 5th. You can catch the archived interview at

Scroll down to Episode Directory, click on June and the show will pop up. Click on Listen Now.

It’s an hour show and Dr. Charlotte comes on around 15 minutes into the show. There’s a wonderful first guest speaking on the power of hugs and her global hugging initiative.

The interview is also posted on my website, http://www.ImageryForKids.

I’d love you to give me your thoughts, concerns, and questions.


Dr. Charlotte

Charlotte Reznick Ph.D.

Healing children through the

power of their imagination.

http:// or

(310) 889-7859

The Power of Your Child's Imagination:   How to Transform Stress and Anxiety  into Joy and Success

The Power of Your Child’s Imagination: How to Transform Stress and Anxiety into Joy and Success (Perigee/Penguin NY) August 4th 2009!

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