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Archive for May, 2013

Register Now for II’s Conference

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Hello all you Imagery Lovers Everywhere!

Jann Fredrickson-Ramus

Jann Fredrickson-Ramus

I am so excited to announce that you can now begin to register for our 5th Annual Imagery International conference: “The Magic of Imagery” to be held on October 4-6, 2013 at the beautiful Mercy Retreat Center in Burlingame, California.  This year Natural Standard is our sponsor. Attendees will have access to the Natural Standard database for two weeks.  Details later.

All you need to do to register is go to our website: Click HERE for details on fees and deadlines.

You can get a reduced registration price if you register before August 1.  Become a member and save $10.

I believe that this year will be even better than the previous years.  Our theme of “The Magic of Imagery” has provoked some really great speaker presentations.  We will also have two hours of “free time” on Saturday with mini-workshops and imagery-trades or  to just “do nothing”.

So, come join us!

Jann Fredrickson Ramus
2013 Conference Committee Chair

Susan Ezra Event – Summer Solstice

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Celebrate the Summer Solstice    Saturday June 22, 2013 2:00-5:00 pm, San Anselmo, CA

Susan Ezra

Susan Ezra

Summer is the season of the fire element, bringing the passion of love into our lives,  especially self-love and nurturing. It is about transforming hatred and impatience into love and compassion. Summer evokes the voice of the healer/shaman in us.

We will use Meditation, Guided Integrative Imagery and Chi Gong for individual and collective benefit. Integrative Imagery is a powerful mind-body practice using our own images from the Heart to access Self-Love and Healing. We will practice a variety of Chi Gong forms, all related to the Lotus, the beautiful flower of Summer.

Come join us to bask in the warmth of Summer and reap the benefits of its ENERGY!

Location: Yoga Garden
412 Red Hill Blvd. San Anselmo, CA for directions


Leslie Davenport Calendar for Training and Certification

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

Guided Imagery Training Programs and Classes

Guided Imagery Training Programs

Leslie Davenport, MFT

Leslie Davenport

NEW! Transformational Imagery at California Institute of Integral Studies

This three unit class begins September 9, 2013, and is offered through the Master’s Program in Integrative Health Studies. You do not need to be currently enrolled at CIIS, and could take the course under “special student” status. It is a three hour class that meets weekly for three and a half months.

Through a compelling and extensive body of research connected to the field of psychoneuroimmunology, we have learned that conscious and unconscious images within us have a direct impact on our physiology, offering guided imagery an important role for a range of health-related conditions. Examples include the ability to lower cholesterol and glucose levels in the blood, heighten short-term immune cell activity, lower blood pressure, reduce complications related to surgery, as well as anxiety relief and enhance well-being. An interactive-style of imagery facilitation which navigates the mind-body-emotions-spirit matrix will be taught and practiced, along with an understanding of its applications for a variety of health and lifestyle concerns.

For more information, contact the Integrative Health Studies Department. Course Description. CIIS Syllabus Transformative Imagery.

Certificate in Deep Imagination through John K Kennedy University

All Continuing Education Certificate courses may be taken as either certificate courses or as stand-alone Continuing Education courses. Prerequisites must be observed. Credit for MFT, LCSW, Psychologists and RN’s.

Over the past 30 years, research has demonstrated the effectiveness of guided imagery with mood, happiness, trauma, performance, health, and creativity. The power of imagery lies in its capacity to access unconscious and pre-conscious processes when approaching therapeutic goals. By learning how to tap into a client’s key symbols and metaphors, the capacity for change accelerates, positively influencing the emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and behavioral outcomes.

This certificate program will allow you to build competence with an interactive-style of imagery that is non-scripted. It can be applied toward individuals, couples, groups and with children, to address a range of topics including complex grief, depression, pain, insomnia and other symptoms, end of life issues, and PTSD.

Certificate requirements: A total of 45 hours is required. This includes four core courses and at least seven electives. New electives will be available in each catalog and different core courses are offered throughout the year.

JFKU Deep Imagination Certification

NEW! Certificate in Mind-Body Medicine at Five Branches University

There are a variety of modalities that are included in this curriculum. I will be teaching the guided imagery classes. Classes can be taken independently of the certification program.

Five Branches Mind-Body Medicine Certification


Continuing Education Units from Book

Also five CEU units are available to California MFT’s and LCSW’s for reading Healing and Transformation Through Self Guided Imagery, registering below, and successfully completing the post-test and evaluation. Because the Board of Behavioral Sciences has recently expanded the methods for receiving continuing education credit, this interactive, electronic format is a BBS approved way to personally tailor your professional learning.

As a BBS Continuing Education Provider (PCE 4431), I am able to offer this book as course work to incorporate self guided imagery as a discipline to enhance the understanding and practice of counseling or social work.

To receive your 5 CEU units, register through PayPal ($45.00, includes a copy of the book), and complete and submit the Post Test and Evaluation.

See Leslie’s website for more information about this very talented master teacher of Guide Imagery.

Belleruth Naparstek – Free Webinar on PTS

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
Belleruth Naparstek

Belleruth Naparstek

The Institute for Defense and Government Advancement is offering two free webinars on posttraumatic stress presented by Belleruth Naparstek and was given to behavioral health providers in the military and for the civilian therapists who treat our service members, veterans, National Guard and their families.  You can register HERE to download the webinars. To learn more visit the events page which further details information on Belleruth Naparstek’s presentations.

Part One covers

• Uploads, Apps and Avatars: Practical, Effective New Approaches
• Benefits of Electronic Self-Help
• Effective, Downloadable Methods for Combat Stress, PTS & MST
• Evidence for the Efficacy of Guided Imagery and Other Immersive Mind-Body Tools
• The latest uses of virtual technology for training and treatment

Part Two covers

• Hard Lessons Learned for BH from Soldiers & Veterans over the Past 10 Years
• Warrior Values, Norms & Language
• Tips for Therapists from Soldiers: What to Do, What Not to Do
• Effective Methods for Combat Stress, MST and PTS
• Evidence for the Efficacy of Guided Imagery and Other Immersive Mind-Body Tools

This presentation was delivered live at the Military Behavioral Healthcare Summit 2013 – and received the highest delegate evaluation. This is a must watch for all military healthcare professionals, industry and independent physicians.


May Podcast – Brief Trauma Therapy Using EFTA

Sunday, May 12th, 2013
Jann Fredrickson, LICSW

Jann Fredrickson-Ramus

Brief Trauma Therapy Using EFTA is for Imagery International members.  Lea Bayles, MA our new Programs chair and  Jann Fredrickson-Ramus discuss how Jann determines if a client needs EFTA and how she introduces it. Log into the members section to hear the podcast.

Jann references three websites

Jann Fredrickson-Ramus is a LISCW, master Guided Imagery practitioner and an experienced first responder in her community.  She has come to appreciate the effectiveness of EFTA as a brief early intervention of choice with trauma symptoms.


Emmett Miller, MD Calendar of Events

Saturday, May 4th, 2013
Dr. Emmett Miller hosts

Dr. Emmett Miller

 Calendar of Events in May

May 5th – 7pm
The Power Of The Soul Warrior

5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, California 92110
Click HERE for complete details


May 15th – 6pm
Healing Cancer – Doing Your Part
For The “Save Ourselves” Breast Cancer Organization
The event will begin with a potluck dinner
Click HERE for full details

Dr. Miller’s talk/guided imagery/Q & A is scheduled for 7 – 8:30 PM.

The event is free and open to the public.  The meeting room for this event is on the second floor of the Nordstrom Department Store in the Arden Fair Mall, Sacramento, CA.

May 17th – 7pm

Palo Alto, CA
Love, Spirit, And Deep Healing 
The Transpersonal Journey
A Graduation Keynote Presentation/Workshop to professional psychology graduates ofSOFIA University. Open to the Public!

Click HERE for details.

May 28th – 6pm

Register Here for this Free Teleseminar
Unbounded Potential
Free TeleSeminar – Season 7
There is no better time than Now to start creating the life of your dreams, to fulfill your unbounded potential and shine your light brightly, proudly and playfully upon the world.Dr.Miller will be joining Karen & Salma as a guest speaker during their live teleseminar.

Free Warrior-Centric Introduction to Guided Imagery

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

First Sergeant (Ret) David Rauls’ intro has been a big hit with military personnel, veterans and first responders

Belleruth Naparstek

Belleruth Naparstek

Dave Rauls’ dynamic, humorous and highly warrior-centric introduction to guided imagery was originally created for the first recording in the Fort Sill Reliency Series, Mind-Body Exercises for Self-Mastery.

It was such a runaway hit on its own and was so persuasive an endorsement for the power of guided imagery to help with combat stress, depression, anger, traumatic grief and insomnia , that we decided to offer it gratis for use with any guided imagery order.

This introduction helps the wired listener understand why it is important to do this work.  Click HERE to see the complete story and obtain a free must listen to copy of the introduction.