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October 23 II Conference** – Imagery Trades

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Imagery Trades with Jann Fredrickson Ramus, MSW, LICSW.

Jann Fredrickson Ramus, LICSW

Imagery trades are always popular and this year, it will be no different.  We are even adding an “art” component.  Now before all of you go berserk and say, “Oh, I’m not artistic!!.”……….  Well, gee, you should SEE some of the stuff I produce, er, try to produce.

Remember your Playdough days?  The feel of that doughy stuff and the smell……kind of takes you back a few years, huh?  Well, this year when we do the Imagery Trade you will get a chance to create an actual image via Playdough (or drawing, if you are so inclined) of your inner wisdom figure.  Or, some of you may have learned this being as an “Inner Advisor”.  Best YET: you get to keep your creation!!

Now, come on.  Doesn’t this sound FUN and IMAGINATIVE?? Come join us for this FUN and creative IMAGERY TRADE!!   Jann Fredrickson Ramus

Come and experience an introductory Guided Imagery experience at Imagery International’s Second Conference Co-Sponsored by Beyond Ordinary Nursing Imagery for the Future: Illuminating Lives

October 22-24, 2010 
Vallombrosa Center, Menlo Park, California

**Registration due by October 5.

To see more about this unique imagery conference and register click here to visit the conference page.
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Jann has a master’s degree in social work and one in counseling. One of her great loves in life, besides her daily walking, is teaching. She LOVES to teach. Teaching is like a great adventure for her. She’s given workshops for years. She is on the teaching faculty for both the Academy for Guided Imagery and Beyond Ordinary Nursing. She is also Past President of Imagery International  She is a former high school teacher. She now has a private practice as a psychotherapist with over 25 years of experience with a specialty in trauma.

October 24 II Conference Entertainment** Scott Grace

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

Scott Grace will present Saturday evening.  He creates original songs with his guitar and voice. He spices up his repetoire with songs created spontaneously based on topics suggested by the audience. His intention in his singing and songwriting is to offer both entertainment and education, upliftment and enlightenment.

Scott Grace

When Scott sings you may be prone to laughing uproariously at yourself or at the human condition. You may also be wiping away tears during the very next song. With a luminous, loving and mischievious twinkle in his eyes, Scott makes personal contact with everyone present and does not hide behind a performance facade. With each song he shares an intimate part of himself. No matter how large the audience, you may feel as if you were alone with Scott in your living room, listening with a fire crackling in the fireplace. The warmth will penetrate your skin and touch your heart.

Hear a song created in the moment.

Testimonials

“A cross between Jimmy Buffet and Oprah!”

“What a presentation! Scott brings such love, joy and laughter through his music. His ability to interact with the audience and instantly compose spontaneous songs created in the moment baffled us. I heard several times, “How did he do that?” If you are fortunate enough to hear Scott or have the opportunity to bring him to your event, you will not be disappointed!”

Register  at Imagery International’s Second Conference Co-Sponsored by Beyond Ordinary Nursing Imagery for the Future: Illuminating Lives

October 22-24, 2010 
Vallombrosa Center, Menlo Park, California

To see more about this unique imagery conference and register click here to visit the conference page.

**Registration due by October 5.

October 24 II Conference** – Melissa Jones Cantekin

Friday, September 24th, 2010

“The Transcendant Function of Psychotherapy: How to Use Self-Healing Imagery with the Unconscious as a Tool for Creativity, Change, and Transformation” with Melissa Jones-Cantekin, PhD

Melissa Jones-Cantekin, PhD

My presentation was sparked by a synchronistic event that took place in my life. It relates to The Redbook and a therapy client of mine who happened to have the same name as one of Carl Jung’s patients while he was formulating his theory of the inner Feminine and, subsequently, the Transcendent Function. It renewed my interest in Jungian Psychology and the Transcendent Function and the technique Jung developed of Active Imagination, topics I had been working with and gathering case material for some years.

My presentation is the culmination of my own analysis as well as many years of working with the dreams and symbols of others. Death, ,Rebirth and Transformation are not the everyday experience of therapists and clients but they are the potential inherent in the person and the process which make life worth living. There is a humility in moving the ego out of its central position to make way for the larger self; I have been given the great privilege of accompanying others on their path and witnessing the uniqueness and beauty of their souls.

Melissa will be presenting at Imagery International’s Second Conference Co-Sponsored by Beyond Ordinary Nursing – Imagery for the Future: Illuminating Lives

October 22-24, 2010 
Vallombrosa Center, Menlo Park, California

**Registration due by October 5.

To see more about this unique imagery conference and register click here to visit the conference page.
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Dr. Melissa Jones-Cantekin is a psychologist working with individuals and groups. She wrote her doctoral thesis in 1983 on “The Perceptions of Jungian Analysts on the Individuation Process in Group Therapy” and then developed expertise in Jungian Analytic work and symbols over thirty year period. She has a practical, holistic approach to life transitions. To see more about her private practice click here

October 2 Glenda Cedarleaf Speaks on Depression

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

October 2, at the Carondolet Center St. Paul, Minnesota

Glenda Cedarleaf, LICSW will be presenting on the topic:  “Guided Imagery and Depression” as

Glenda Cedarleaf

part of a panel at a meeting of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Holistic Medical Association. To register for the event click here. To learn more about the Minnesota-Midwest Holistic Physicians visit their website here. __________________________________________________

About Glenda Cedarleaf: Glenda’s CD’s “Your Healing Journey” and “Healing Surgery” are now being provided to patients in the Cardiac Catheter Lab, Emergency Room and Surgical Center of an Integrative Hospital.  Glenda makes custom made CDs using your words and ideas.  You can hear samples of her CD recordings here.

October 23 II Conference** – Randy Kasper

Friday, September 17th, 2010

“Imagery: A Technique to Generate New Experiences in Recovery from Addictions” with Randy Kasper, LCSW, BCD

Mental Imagery uses Imagination “The Intelligence of the Heart”
to heal what ails: physical, mental, emotional and/or spiritual

Randy Kasper, LCSW, BCD

This workshop will highlight how to read images using the tools of colors, numbers and directions, how to use imagery to assess clients’ level of commitment and will incorporate the twelve steps in a fresh, imagery-oriented way.

Randy will be presenting at Imagery International’s Second Conference Co-Sponsored by Beyond Ordinary Nursing – Imagery for the Future: Illuminating Lives

October 22-24, 2010 
Vallombrosa Center, Menlo Park, California

To see more about this unique imagery conference and register click here to visit the conference page.

**Registration due by October 5.

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Randy Kasper has been offering work in mental imagery for the last eighteen years and is on the faculty of American Institute for Mental Imagery. Randy is currently running an Employee Assistance Program and has been the director of three comprehensive programs for chemical dependency, eating disorders, and domestic violence.

In addition to teaching and training, Randy’s background includes theater and improvisation.

Relaxation and Wellness in Hebrew

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Fania Chazen, LICSW

Relaxation and Wellness in Hebrew CD

Created by Belleruth Naparstek
Translated & Narrated by Fania Chazen

This first guided imagery program in Hebrew is for facing any stressful situation, to help with general anxiety, or to just promote feelings of peace, balance and optimism. The images heighten feelings of love, protection and safety, pump up serotonin and promote an energized calm.

It is also the first half of a research-proven intervention for posttraumatic stress, which yields dramatic outcomes for trauma survivors. (The second half is our Healing Trauma imagery.)

To see more about this CD in Hebrew go here

Fania Chazen is a clinical social worker, guided imagery specialist and professional translator from Pardes Hanna, Israel, who not only translates with the exquisite sensibility of a poet, but has the most glorious voice for guided imagery you’ll ever hear. The Hebrew seems made for this program. (62 min)

Click here to hear an audio excerpt.

Check her website to find out more about her work in Isreal.

Do Psychotherapists Practice Holistically?

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

Do Psychotherapists Practice Holistically?

An Open Letter to All Psychotherapists from Ruth M. Buczynski, PhD – President and Licensed Psychologist – The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine

Western medicine has gotten very good at the “Golden Hour” – the first few minutes to several hours that follow a traumatic or serious incident. While we are so much better at responding with life-saving treatment – it’s a different story when we look at what happens with chronic disease.

But most practitioners treat chronic diseases…from chronic pain to irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, weight management and I would add, even most cases of depression.

Yet, too often, our treatments for chronic disease fall short. While acute care has improved and become more and more sophisticated, chronic care has lagged behind, and patients continue to suffer.

What’s missing?

In this letter, I will make the case that our in-depth specialization might be holding us back.

“Psychologists, social workers and counselors are just as guilty as physicians when it comes to over-specializing”

Being specialized can be necessary. But maybe we’re over-specialized. And that in-depth specialization could be limiting the efficacy of our treatments and can cause us to overlook contributing factors thereby limiting our perspective for treatment.

This is particularly true for psychotherapists.

Click here to read the letter in it’s entirety and to add your thoughts.

Treating Breast Cancer

Monday, September 6th, 2010

The integration of CAM in the treatment of chronic breast cancer
Prof. Gershom Zajicek M.D.
Faculty of Medicine

Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
http://www.what-is-cancer.com/

Prof. Gershom Zajicek, MD

Recent evidence suggests that, in many cases, tumor cells have already seeded metastatic sites even when the primary tumor is diagnosed at an early stage.  Approximately 30 percent of breast cancer patients diagnosed with early-stage disease have been found to have breast cancer cells in their bone marrow. [1]. Other studies of the SEER database reveal that for many patients breast cancer is a chronic disease which extends over many years [1,2].

In these patients the primary therapeutic objective is to induce prolonged remission which may be achieved either with chemotherapy or with CAM (complementary and alternative medicine). Since with time cancer resists any chemotherapy, patients are left with the second therapeutic option. CAM provides several  means to induce remission, yet  not all are equally effective. These methods exploit three instincts:

1. A self healing instinct, which may be boosted by means e.g. diet, or acupuncture.
2. Imagination: Guided imagery  may induce remission and thus slow down cancer progression.
3. Empathy: Many patients live with cancer in peace for many years. I call them Cancer-Yogis. In the same way as a Hindu Yogi controls his physiology, Cancer-Yogis control their cancer remission and may prolong it.   In cancer support groups patients meet Cancer-Yogis, and learn by empathy their way to induce remission.

These instincts operate directly on physico-chemical processes in the body [3].  I believe that in widespread cancer these methods are more effective than chemotherapy. Currently I advise my patients to master meditation (Vipasana). learn  guided imagery from an expert, and join cancer support groups in order to interact with  Cancer-Yogis.


References
[1} http://www.cancer.gov/newscenter/pressreleases/MetastaticOutreachBarkan
[2] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEf96AYGFsc
[3] http://www.what-is-cancer.com/papers/newmedicine/shamanismandplacebolecture.htm

The September 2010 issue of ImagiNews has more on this report.

Oct 22-24 II Conference Schedule

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

Imagery International’s Second Conference

Co-Sponsored by Beyond Ordinary Nursing

Imagery for the Future: Illuminating Lives

October 22-24, 2010

Vallombrosa Center, Menlo Park, Calfornia

http://www.vallombrosa.org

Conference Schedule

Friday, October 22

3-5pm Registration and Check-in

5pm: Welcome and opening by Bev Hollander, President of Imagery International.

6pm: Dinner

7-9pm Imagery International Membership Meeting and Imagery Person of the Year Award.

Saturday, October 23

8-8:30am: Breakfast

8:30-10:00am: “Unlocking Limiting Money Beliefs through Imagery” with Denise Hughes, RN, MA.

10:am: Break

10:30-12:00: “Imagery: A Technique to Generate New Experiences in Recovery from Addictions” with Randy Kasper, LCSW, BCD.

12:00-1:00pm: Lunch

1:00-2:30pm: ”Creating Hospital Based Imagery Programs” with Leslie Davenport, LMFT

2:30pm Break

3:00-4:30pm: Imagery Trades with Jann Fredrickson Ramus

6:00pm: Dinner

7:00-9:00pm: Entertainment with Scott Grace

Sunday, October 24

8:00-8:30am: Breakfast

8:30-10:00am: ”Music and Imagery: Using Music to Assist with Dreams and End of Life Care” with Jeanne Martin, Ph.D.

10:00am: Break

10:30-12:00: ”The Transcendent Function of Psychotherapy: How to Use Self-Guided Imagery with the Unconscious as a Tool for Creativity, Change, and Transformation” with Melissa Jones Cantekin, Ph.D.

12:00-1:00pm: Lunch

1:00-2:30pm: ”Incorporating Emotional Freedom Therapy and Imagery into the Corporate Speaking Engagement” with Maureen Imperial and Janine Thomson, Certified Hypnotherapists.

2:30pm: Break

2:45-3:30pm: Evaluations and Closing Ceremony with Sue Ezra

Nov 6-7: Dr. Emmett Miller Keynotes

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

Emmett Miller, MD will be a featured presenter at  the LeaderShift 2010 Conference – November 6 and 7, 2010 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, CA

Dr. Emmett Miller

Leadership is a defining characteristic of any generation. Where it is created, innovation and change become real possibilities – and this November 6th & 7th at the Long Beach Convention Center we intend a groundbreaking experience which awakens the leader within.

We’re assembling leaders and visionaries, creating exhilarating panels from technology to social entrepreneurship to spirituality, arranging and hosting seminars and workshops with some of the great teachers of our time and celebrating this experience together with a  Saturday evening conscious music festival.

~ Awaken the Leader within

~ Effective tools for self-empowerment

~ Freedom to think way outside the box

~ Create sustainable solutions worldwide

~ Be a part of LEADERShip2010 NOW ~ raising consciousness

~ Play on many levels. business, social, spiritual, mind, & body

For more information about the conference go to the conference website. (more…)