Presented by Louis F. Damis, PhD, ABPP, FASCH
Diplomate, American Board of Professional Psychology
Fellow, American Academy of Clinical Health Psychology
Fellow, American Society of Clinical Hypnosis
Sr. Fellow, Biofeedback Certification International Alliance
Research increasingly supports clinical experience that many, if not the majority, of clients treated for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, actually have Complex Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD). CPTSD is associated with histories of prolonged trauma, abuse, and neglect and is considered a form of developmental trauma. Such Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders include disturbances of self-organization that overlap with attachment deficits and pathologies requiring specialized interventions to modify.
This program will review the nature of the unrepressed unconscious, related memory systems, and the use of clinical hypnosis to facilitate relevant change. The presentation will focus on attachment conceptualizations and methods of repair espoused by Albert Peso (1991) and Brown & Elliot (2016). The application of the polyvagal theory will be reviewed to modulate the neurophysiological substrate of the ANS for the promotion of trauma stabilization and attachment repair. Examples of specific interventions and management of potential issues that may emerge as the process unfolds will be reviewed. In addition to modification of attachment issues, the range of strategies covered will also assist with the promotion of positive self-regard, ego-strengthening, and self-efficacy.
Participants will be able to:
1. Distinguish PTSD from CPTSD and describe the three aspects of Disordered Self Organization that characterizes CPTSD.
2. Describe the two major human memory systems and explain how different hypnotic strategies can modify each.
3. List three types of insecure attachment and describe two hypnotic strategies to facilitate repair of each.
4. List the functions of secure attachment and describe how they are incorporated into hypnotic attachment repair interventions.
This webinar is co-sponsored by the New England Society of Clinical Hypnosis, North Shore Medical Center, and the R. Cassidy for 3 Continuing Education Credits. Accredited by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.
This event is free for members and $45 for non-members
Virtual Meeting via Zoom. Log in info will be provided when registration is complete.
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Dr. Damis works extensively with developmental trauma and attachment disorders and was recently a Guest Editor for a special issue of the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis on Hypnosis and Trauma. He is an Advisory Editor for the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis and has conducted research on hypnosis, trauma, persistent pain, neuropsychological functioning in medically ill individuals, aging, and psychotherapy process.
Dr. Damis is a Diplomate with the American Board of Professional Psychology, a Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Health Psychology, the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance, and the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and holds ASCH Certification in Clinical Hypnosis with Consultant Status. Dr. Damis is a Past President of the Florida and Washington DC Societies of Clinical Hypnosis and has taught hypnosis for over 25 years for the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, the Florida Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and the Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. Dr. Damis has served on the Executive Committee of ASCH and is a Prime Reviewer.
Dr. Damis is a Clinical Health Psychologist who established Integrative Health Psychology, PA, in 2003 and specializes in the integration of psychophysiological, mind-body, interpersonal, and experiential therapies to promote physical, emotional, and relational wellness. He maintains a private practice along with his work as an instructor, author, and consultant.