WHY: Verbal First Aid works because of the “Healing Zone” or the “natural trance.” Not only is trance normal, but it occurs spontaneously, naturally, and regularly in all people. When in these natural trance states, we are more susceptible to whatever is said to us or around us.
What are the basics of trance? What do clinicians need to know when working with any patient?
<ul><li>Clinicians need to know that: </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone is in and out of trance; </li></ul><ul><li>How to trance can keep us sick; </li></ul><ul><li>Trance, when utilized properly, can facilitate healing. </li></ul>
Clinicians need to find out : What (which trance) is keeping the patient sick; What are the patient’s trance-thoughts; What keeps those thoughts alive and active even when they are not true.
DEEP-TRANCE PHENOMENA According to Stephen Wolinsky, A symptom can only remain a symptom pathologically when there are deep trance phenomena that hold the symptom picture together. Without those phenomena, the pattern cannot repeat itself.
Lake water before and after prayer. MASURO EMOTO’S MESSAGES IN WATER AND THE POWER OF THOUGHT OR TRANCE
What Is Trance? Trance is a normal narrowing, shrinking, or fixing of attention (often inward). Trance is experienced as “happening to” the person. It is characterized by the spontaneous emergence of DTP’s (deep trance phenomena).
The Deep Trance Phenomena that keep pathology dynamic: Pseudo-orientation in time post-hypnotic suggestion negative and positive hallucinations time distortions amnesia analgesia/anesthesia fixation of attention
Utilization the trance for healing & Wolinsky’s Witnessing technique: Wolinsky creates a shift in the patient’s trance by creating a witness and including the witness in the trance.
The Benefits From verbal first aid and Clinical Hypnosis: CASE PRESENTATION. the importance of process over content. “pivotal moments.”
Imagination Nothing happens unless first a dream. (Carl Sandburg)
Dynamics of therapeutic trance. Preparation: establish rapport, discover mental sets, isolate openings for change, set the stage (office, style) Trance Induction: fixation of attention on inner reality (dissociation, wavelength modifiers, vocal cues), de-potentiation of habitual mental frameworks (confusion, shock), initiate unconscious search through implications, puns, questions, indirect suggestions Ratification
Hypnotic techniques that form the basis for verbal first aid and Chronic clinical intervention rapport getting an alliance, contracting, the 4-c’s suggestion direct, indirect, compound
Basic Therapeutic suggestion direct “don’t smoke.” “sit down.” “breath deep.” Indirect “everyone knows the feeling of an itchy nose.”
Compound suggestions: Pacing & leading or therapeutic aikido.
Techniques of the hypnotic story-teller appropriate content voice modulation voice pacing talk “with” third-party transitional object delay punch line
Keep language rich with healing Metaphors & symbols Everyday examples of metaphoric language: “ my heart’s not in it.” “that blindsided me.” “She’s got no backbone.” “the sun shines when you smile.”
How Clinical Hypnosis works & With whom addictions medical pathologies ego restoration & ego development transcendent self Dissociative states-- utilize and reintegrate fragmented parts of psyche (e.g., abuse) Healing via direct address of the autonomic system
For more information, please go to: www.verbalfirstaidforchildren.com or - www.wordsaremedicine.com Judith Acosta, LISW, LCSW, Cht Speaker, Author, Psychotherapist