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Podcast Interview: Image as Healer

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

October 2013 Conference Speaker Kate Sculti: Image as Healer

Click HERE to listen.

Kate Sculti

Kate Sculti

Kate Sculti,RNP, MPH,FAMSF Docent, talks with Lea Bayles, Program Director for Imagery International, about her passion for the healing power of imagery and about her experiences combining imagery with art in the innovative Art and Healing Program she has designed for veterans. This program, currently in the pilot stage at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, brings the healing power of the image, via artistic engagement, to ill, injured and grieving individuals. Kate, a health professional for over 20 years and an Imagery International board member, will be a featured presenter at the 5th Annual Imagery International Conference in Burlingame California, October 4-6, 2013, offering the workshop: Image as Messenger of Meaning – Image as Healer.

You can contact Kate by email HERE.

Anorexia and Bulimia

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Anorexia and Bulimia – What’s the Difference Emotionally
by Maureen Minnehan Jones
September 19, 2012

Maureen Minnehan Jones

Anorexia and bulimia are opposite eating disorders. Anorexia refers to starving oneself while bulimia means eating excessively and compulsively, then purging food by vomiting or using laxatives.

These two disorders differ in their belief-based emotional origins, too. Anorexic individuals may believe that self-empowerment leads to abandonment while those with bulimia may believe that “disguised love”—rejection and punishment—are the same as love.

Let me explain. A belief about oneself is a self-judgment that has become a permanent truth. When viewed altogether, our beliefs create patterns that define us and that can also confine us. How each of us operates in the world is our MO (modus operandi) based on how we’re programmed and the beliefs that make us who we are. However, the common core belief anorexics and bulimics may have is an extreme fear of being abandoned if they show up as their true selves. Sadly, this deep fear results in self-abandonment, thus magnifying their emotional pain. Each of these disorders has its distinctions.

Core emotional belief of anorexics (more…)

Best book in the Self-Help Category

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

Congratulations Maureen Minnehan Jones.  Her book, Wisdom to Wellness: Healing Your Emotional Sufferings so the Physical Healing Can Follow, is the winner of the 2012 International Book Awards. It has been awarded best book in the Self-Help Category!

Maureen Minnehan Jones

Maureen says, “It is a thrill to be honored! My vision for Wisdom to Wellness is to give people the tools to embody the gift of health worldwide. Through my passionate commitment and life work devoted to healing, I envision inspiring and bringing hope with this new breakthrough view and method universally.”

Maureen is a speaker, author, Registered Nurse, Guided Imagery Practitioner.  Find out more about her private practice on her website Maureen Minnehan Jones.  She is also a staff nurse at Doctors Home HealthCare and a staff nurse/supervisor at American Home Care Education.

About Guided Imagery

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Guided Imagery defined

Dr. Jeanne Achterberg, a leader in imagery exploration and application, refers to imagery as “the thought process that invokes and uses the senses: vision, audition, smell, taste, the senses of movement, position and touch. It is the communication between perception, emotion, and bodily change.” Guided Imagery can evoke change through the senses both physical and imagined by skillful guidance.

Guided Imagery Experienced

A definition does not capture the experience of working with a trained Guided Imagery practitioner.  And most people who have not had experience with this approach want to know about research on efficacy of Guided Imagery for changing symptoms, behavior before deciding to try it out.  Imagery International’s professionals have written about their work over the years and through articles in Imagery International’s newsletter – ImagiNews –  discuss how they have incorporated their Guided Imagery training into their practices.

Our membership is comprised of diverse licensed and certified professionals who show how this work is useful to virtually all types of work.

To see these articles that range from relevant research citations to treatment of symptoms and behavioral problems visit our About Guided Imagery page.

All types of professionals are not represented here.  We will be adding information as articles are submitted.

Jan. 22, AHNA Regional Conference

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Saturday January 22, 2011, 10-4 PM at the Beautiful New UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine – 1545 Divisadero Street (at Post), San Francisco

2011: A Year of Transformation & Renewal

(Co-Sponsored by Beyond Ordinary Nursing and the Healing Touch Program)

Our 1st American Holistic Nursing Association Regional Meeting of the Year

Lunch and 4 contact hours provided for $40. Space is limited.
Presentations will be experiential and applicable to practice.

Click here to download the flyer.

Free Talk – The Magic of Imagery (with Cancer) Greenbrae, CA

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

Wednesday, December 8, 5:30-7pm Marin Cancer Institute, 1350 South Eliseo, Greenbrae, California 94904

The Magic of Imagery
with Kathleen Colloton, RN and Susan Ezra, RN

Susan Ezra, RN

This is the last in a series of talks offered by Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae, California in the Integrative Oncology Speakers Series. The theme is The Power of the Imagination for Health and Healing.

The series covers integrative modalities. The talks help the patient choose an integrative therapy and practitioner for support during treatment and beyond into Survivorship.

To reserve your place, please call 925-7787

Everyone is welcome. Please pass the word on to any of your patients or clients. Click to download the information on The Magic of Imagery with Cancer.

Best regards,

Susan Ezra
(415) 925-6327

Register Now! – II’s October 22 Conference

Friday, July 2nd, 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, California

Visit Imagery International’s Annual Conference webpage to see our featured speakers and topics.  Their pictures and biographies are also posted here.  On the conference page you can conveniently register online or download, print the registration form and mail it in with your check.

Attendees who attend all workshops receive 11 contact hours, provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider #13833,. This course meets the qualifications for continuing education credit for MFTs/LCSWs as required by the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences, provider #PCE 3201.

We have designed the conference to meet practitioners needs for an economical conference.  This is an exciting, educational and inspiring event for imagery practitioners no matter what your training. Your participation will help us mainstream guided imagery, so do plan to come.

Guided Imagery Stress Management at Work

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009


October 13 or November 19 or December 8, (9 AM to 4 PM)

for 6 contact hours at Peninsula hospital in Burlingame, California

Terry Reed

Terry Reed, RN, MS, HN-BC

Learn about: stress management, brief imagery techniques for coping with illness and treatment, pain control, reducing anxiety, burnout and more.

Healthcare professionals providing direct patient care are invited to attend this workshop on relaxation and guided imagery techniques for self care and use at the bedside.

When: Oct 13 or Nov 19 or Dec 8 (9am-4pm) includes am snack and lunch.

Where: Nursing Education Classroom – Ground Floor

Peninsula Medical Center

1783 El Camino Real, Burlingame, CA

Cost: $85 (Includes 6 CEU’s)

To Register: call 650-570-6157

NOTE: Please apply for tuition aid and educational leave prior to registering for the class.

To see more about Terry check here.

Terry is also co-author of Guided Imagery and Beyond:  Stories of Healing & Transformation.