EGO STATE THERAPY FOUNDATIONS II

                  (Tentative) SCHEDULE/COURSE CONTENT

(28 credit hours towards ESTNA and ESTI certification, Level 1 clinical hypnosis training strongly recommended prior to this training, keep in mind 60 hours of clinical hypnosis training are required for EST Therapist certification along with other requirements.) 

This course schedule is just a guideline. It’s likely that changes will be made based on the group needs and/or time. 

I.    Week 1
a.    Welcome, Introductions, & Review
i.    Introductions
ii.    Course Review & Identification of participant needs
iii.    Break-out groups & setting individual course goals
iv.    Overview of the workshop
b.    Review of Principles & Core Skills Related to Ego-State Therapy (SARI model and how you’re applying them.)

II.    Week 2
a.    Challenges with Accessing & Exploration Ego States and Enhancing Skills
i.    Breakout groups related to accessing & exploring
ii.    Dealing with and reframing resistance
iii.    Language and enhancing communication with the Self
b.    Ego State Therapy & Ethics
i.    Your own ego states transference/counter transference
ii.    Perceptions &Therapeutic neutrality
iii.    Problematic Assumptions/Ego States & Memory
iv.    Ego States & Intentional mistruths  
v.    Telehealth/social media etc.

III.    Week 3
a.    Achieving Safety and Increased Ego Strengthening at all Phases of SARI
i.    Strategies for strengthening the whole self
ii.    Utilization of resources 
iii.    Initiating and sustaining conflict free experiences
iv.    Demonstrations and Experiential

b.    The importance of Stabilization & Skills:
i.    Review of Boundaries/ from co-regulation practice inside and outside therapy to self-regulation
ii.    Specific skills for ‘safe and manageable’ trauma processing
iii.    strategies for somatosensory and emotional self-regulation
c.    Demonstration and/or Experiential

IV.    Week 4
a.    Resolution and Resolving Traumatic Experiences (R of SARI)
i.    Implicit memory and the ever-present past
ii.     Identifying the resources that were unavailable at the time of trauma and find ways to add them now internally & externally
iii.    Trauma (Body & the Brain-bottom up versus top down, and polyvagal theory)
iv.    Demonstration and/or Experiential

V.    Week 5
a.    Integrating Ego-State Therapy into Clinical Practice
i.    Sharing specific challenges in your clinical practice: Evaluating progress toward individual goals for this training
ii.    How to make sure there is a ‘specific’ therapy contract and a secure holding environment
b.    Ego States & Pediatrics 
i.    Teens and the Inner Selfie 
ii.    Identifying and working with developmental needs/repair
c.    Demonstrations/Experiential/Practice

VI.    Week 6
a.    Promoting Integrated Functioning & Challenges (I of SARI)
i.    Planting seeds for integration and self-evaluation
ii.    Review of the 4-C model 
iii.    Strategies that foster integrated functioning
iv.    Client barriers to integration: Hidden, unconscious ego states, a sense of “starting over” every session, unmanaged survival responses (anger and rage, fear and avoidance, freeze/dissociation/shut-down).
v.    Demonstrations and Experiential
b.    Case Consultation and Role Plays 

VII.    Week 7  

Ego State Therapy and the Body 
a.    Specific somatic issues
i.    Pain 
ii.    Psychogenic Seizures
iii.    Conversion
iv.    Ego states and psycho-neurology 
b.    Facilitating ‘safe connections’ with the body

VIII.    Week 8

a)    What’s Left and possible options. 
i.    Case Consultations/experiential practice
ii.    Anxiety, depression, health issues, and other problems related to self-division 
iii.    Interpersonal mindfulness approaches: Group practice
iv.    Fostering resilience in ego states and Post-Traumatic Growth
v.    Self-Care of your own Ego states
b)    Questions and answers
c)    What’s Next?