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Hypnotic Attachment Repair and Ego-state Therapy
Utilizing the Ideal Parent/Caregiver Protocol


Save the Date: Jan. 30th, 2024, 3 to 6 pm Central Time

Online 3 hour ESTNA approved Course

Hypnotic Attachment Repair and Ego-state Therapy:
Utilizing The Ideal Caregiver Protocol

Ego State Therapy is a treatment of choice when working with a range of dissociative disorders. As disruptions in attachment often underlie developmental trauma and dissociative disorders, repair of these attachment disruptions facilitates modification of early internal working models and facilitates mental organization. However, these internal working attachment models reside in the implicit memory system and are not consciously accessible or modifiable. Consequently, specialized techniques for generating reparative experiences are needed to reach the implicit memory and create new positive associations. 

The Ideal Parent Figure protocol Brown and Elliott (2016) developed is an evidence-based method for adult attachment repair. However, individuals with significant histories of neglect and abuse often have attachment phobias that complicate the application of the Ideal Parent Figure (IPF) protocol. In addition, individuals with traumatized and conflicting self-states often require individualized and paced exposure to secure attachment figures.

This workshop will delineate the application of the Ideal Parent Figure protocol in a hypnotic or non-hypnotic context nuanced to the needs for pacing and introduction to newly emerging and distressed self-states. In this regard, the use of the displacement technique as well as utilizing non-parent experiences that occur in safe-place scenes to facilitate acceptance of unfamiliar states of interpersonal security, will be reviewed. In addition, strategies for preparing clients for the use of the ideal parent figure protocol, along with managing various initial and subsequent reactions to attachment repair, will also be addressed. The workshop will
include didactic presentations, demonstrations, and the provision of specific wording to facilitate appropriate felt-sense experiences capable of modifying implicit memories of internal working models.

Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to:
1. Describe the difference between explicit and implicit memory as it relates to trauma and attachment.
2. Delineate the differences between rational and experiential information processing and how to facilitate experiential information processing necessary for constructive implicit learning.
3. Utilize language and suggestions that create the needed felt sense in clients for the creation of new positive implicit associations.
4. Amplify and appropriately elaborate desired individualized mental/emotional states.
5. Apply the Ideal Parent Figure protocol in a nuanced and paced manner to facilitate client acceptance of secure attachment experiences and effectively manage common reactions to these new positive changes.

About Dr. Louis Damis

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. He is an Assistant Professor at the UCF College of Medicine and an ESTI-accredited Ego State Therapist. Dr. Damis is a licensed psychologist with ASCH Consultant Status and Certification in Clinical Hypnosis. He is a Past President of the Florida and Washington DC Societies of Clinical Hypnosis and is the current President of the ASCH. He 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 maintains a private practice and is an instructor, author, and consultant. Additionally, he holds the following credentials:

  • Diplomate, American Board of Professional Psychology

  • Fellow, American Academy of Clinical Health Psychology

  • Fellow, American Society of Clinical Hypnosis

  • Fellow, Florida Society of Clinical Hypnosis

  • Sr. Fellow, Biofeedback Certification International Alliance

  • Assistant Professor, University of Central Florida, College of Medicine

Louis F. Damis, PhD, ABPP, FASCH


Register by January 12th to get the above early rate of $95, rate then goes up to $125

APA Approved CE's for Purchase

APA CE's available for additional $30 fee for 3 hours through Bridgepoint, an independent company for this webinar. Must attend all day with video on. No partial credit. Must sign-up and pay for this prior to course (Make sure your licensing board accepts APA) You must register for the workshop separately. This link is to register for CE's only:

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