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Archive for April, 2010

The Long Shadow of Trauma

Friday, April 30th, 2010

The Long Shadow of Trauma audio recording
with Bessel van der Kolk

Dr. van der Kolk discussed Complex Trauma and the need for a new diagnostic category – Development Trauma Disorder (DTD) to go into the DSM-V and the obstacles facing recognition of the adoption of the new diagnosis.

Rich Simon, PhD of the Psychotherapy Networker who interviewed Dr. van der Kolk reports:

Over 1600 people registered for this week’s One-on-One web interview, The Long Shadow of Trauma, with Bessel van der Kolk. This record turnout for our Networker LIVE webcast interview is a testimony to the central role that trauma treatment plays in our field.

“The FREE audio MP3 file of the April 14 interview with Bessel van der Kolk is now available on our website. Listen or download now. · To earn your CE credit, click here. Remember, you will have to log into the site to purchase your CE.”


Rich Simon, Editor

Networker Plugged-In Year-Round Learning

Two Techniques for Working with Trauma

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Two Techniques for Working with Trauma

Ruth Buczynski asks:

Are there more trauma-inducing events happening in the world or is it that I’m just tuned-in to them more?

Maybe it’s a little bit of both, and that probably means, too, that we need to know a lot more about its impact and treatment…information that is too new to be part of our previous graduate programs.

Go to my blog to find out about a new approach that blends two techniques that have shown a decrease in PTSD symptoms.

It’s really quite remarkable.

All best,


Ruth M. Buczynski, PhD

President and Licensed Psychologist

The National Institute for the Clinical

Application of Behavioral Medicine

NICABM, PO Box 523, Mansfield Center, CT 06250, USA

Self-Management Tools

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Using Guided Imagery for Creativity, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Problem Solving

By the end of the day we want to use our minds in a proactive, positive way to be the driver of our life and not slaves to inner thoughts/emotions/memory/illusions – the spaghetti mind.

Why spaghetti? Because even though man has made tremendous advancements in science and technology, the mind’s operating system is still a mystery. We don’t really know the algorithm that is behind motivation and attention.

We all experience associative thoughts/emotions/sensations popping into our bodymind which influence our behavior and the quality of our life.

I see imagination as the simulator of the mind for creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and problem solving. It’s an unlimited tool to check possibilities, explore a variety of options and be “open minded” where our logical, rational mind, that is so connected to acquired knowledge, sometimes prevents us from doing.

Imagination is a resource that has an ambivalent connotation: it’s positive when used for art and creativity…it’s negative when it is used as illusionary mind or ill mind.

Our minds like gestalt scenarios.  We like stories that are structured, with beginnings, bodies and ends. When we lack information or when our memories betray us, imagination comes in and fills the holes with information to complete the picture/ the story.

So how do we utilize imagination as a resource for creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and problem solving and at the same time be aware and cautious of its illusionary side that can harm our balance and sanity? The first stage is to cleanup and order the desktop of our consciousness.  The “I” should look at himself in the mirror, observe the whole complexity of the dynamic layers of his being, and let the sane part of the mind take dominance in the whole process of self-management. (more…)

Workshop: Phenomenology, Imagery and Dreams

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Saturday April 10, 9 am to 5 pm through Sunday April 11, 9 am to 1 pm

Weekend Workshop : Phenomenology, Imagery and Dreams

Presented by The  American Institute for Mental Imagery – West

During these two days in La Jolla, California you will learn to:

  • Become the Creator of your own Healing Visualizations

Use Mental Imagery, the “Language of Freedom” to free yourself from the pain of anxiety, self-doubt, illness, difficult relationships

  • Discover the Remarkable Wisdom of your Dreams

Build your confidence in the power you already possess by listening to your dreams

  • Practice the Ancient Art of Face Reading

Lead a balanced life tailored to your specific needs by using the 6000 yr old art and science of facial morphology

Fee includes an organic vegetarian lunch and a copy of Healing Visualizations by Gerald Epstein, MD

* see Workshop Schedule for more details