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Thursday, October 21 • 1:00pm - 4:15pm
Meditation and Hypnosis in the Treatment of Trauma

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Experiential techniques can be of great benefit alone and in combination with cognitive-behavioral and exposure approaches to trauma treatment. Meditation can be helpful in reducing reactivity to everyday triggers, improve sleep, and recover a sense of calm and comfort in the life of the traumatized patient. Hypnosis can be helpful in reassociating a comfortable emotional state with past trauma memories, breaking the conditioned negative response formed with the original trauma, as well as forming new cognitive schema to replace the old conditioned imagery. Together, meditation and hypnosis are powerful tools to assist the patient to overcome past traumas and formulate new pathways to move forward in more productive ways. Research, theory, and specific techniques useful for single and complex trauma will be taught and practiced so that these skills will be able to be employed in your practice following the workshop.

Learning Objectives:
Attendees will learn to:
  • conceptualize acute and chronic trauma as a learned conditioned response that can be reconditioned through experiential self-help training methods.
  • employ specific experiential techniques, including hypnosis and meditation, that can be effective on their own and in combination with other evidence-based trauma treatments in helping their patients overcome trauma symptoms.
  • apply techniques that not only assist with helping patients who have experienced trauma, but that can be applied to a wide range of distress.

Research Citations:
Rotaru TȘ, Rusu A. A Meta-Analysis for the Efficacy of Hypnotherapy in Alleviating PTSD Symptoms. Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2016;64(1):116-36. doi: 10.1080/00207144.2015.1099406. PMID: 26599995.
Cardenia et al (2009). Hypnosis (Ch. 17). In Effective Treatments for PTSD: Practice Guidelines from the International Society for the Studies of Traumatic Stress. E. Foa, T. Keane, M. Friedman, J. Cohen (Eds). Guilford Press: NY.
Gallegos, A. M., Crean, H. F., Pigeon, W. R., & Heffner, K. L. (2017). Meditation and yoga for posttraumatic stress disorder: A meta-analytic review of randomized controlled trials. Clinical psychology review, 58, 115–124. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpr.2017.10.004
Hilton, Lara, Alicia Ruelaz Maher, Benjamin Colaiaco, Eric Apaydin, Melony E. Sorbero, Marika Booth, Roberta M. Shanman, and Susanne Hempel, Meditation for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Systematic Review. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2017. https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR1356.html.

The evaluation/CE request form for this program can be found HERE.

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James Spira, PhD, MPH, ABPP

Director, Pacific Behavioral Health
Dr. Spira is a Licensed Psychologist (HI, CA), in private practice (Pacific Behavioral Health), and 2017 President of the Hawaii Psychological Association. He obtained his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley with a specialty in Health Psychology, and completed postdoctoral... Read More →

Thursday October 21, 2021 1:00pm - 4:15pm HST
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