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               EGO STATE THERAPY FOUNDATIONS COURSE

Timed Agenda/Learning Objectives:   Each session is 3.5 hours with one brief ten-minute break.   Sessions will include lecture, demonstrations, engaging exercises, and time for questions.  Sessions will start at 9 am and end at 12:30 pm Central Time with a ten-minute break at 10:40 am to 10:50 am starting Feb. 3rd and running for a total of six subsequent Wednesdays. 

 

Feb. 3rd, Session 1:  What is it? Where did it come from? & why we use it:

Introduction and Overview

History & Theory of EST

Principles of EST

EST & the Pandemic

Successful Case Examples

 

Objectives:

  • Be able to define ego state theory

  • Be able to describe seven ego state therapy principles and their relevance to clinical practice

  • Be able to recognize at least two ego state pandemic related issues that have been barriers to therapeutic growth

  • Be able to Identify four important contributors to the field of EST

 

Feb. 10th, Session 2:  Setting the Stage for EST

Development of ego states

Phase-oriented treatment

Activating/accessing/ and working with ego states

Therapeutic approach

 

Objectives:

  • Be able to name four processes of ego state development

  • Be able to apply five strategies to access and work with ego states in clinical practice           

  • Be able to list five points to discuss when presenting EST to clients

  • Be able to describe ten steps for formulating an EST approach to treatment

 

Feb. 17, Session 3: Communications with the self and within the self

Clinical hypnosis and use of hypnotic language (speaking with the unconscious)

Internal voices (understanding, normalizing, and effective utilization)

Use of metaphors

Nonverbal communication & the use of ideomotor signaling

 

Objectives:

  • Be able to define three hypnotic strategies for communicating with ego states

  • Be able to describe the development and role of inner voices/private speech for functional use

  • Be able to create a clinically useful metaphor or story relevant to ego states and multiplicity

  • Be able to describe three applications of ideomotor signaling for communicating with ego states

 

Feb 24, Session 4:  The Core of Treatment: Strengthening, Stabilization, & Skills

 Symptoms as solutions

 Ego strengthening

 Strategies for affect regulation

 Keeping skills accessible (They only work if you can access them!)

 

Objectives:

  •  Be able to list three ego state strategies for changing symptoms into solutions

  • Be able to describe three ego state therapy applications for ego-strengthening

  • Be able to describe three ego state therapy applications for affect regulation

  • Be able to describe three hypnotic strategies to stay within the ‘window of tolerance’.

 

Mar 3rd, Session 5:  Corrective Experiences & Therapeutic Applications

Developmental Repair

Attachment: Relational aspects

Strategies for self-harm and trauma reenactment

 

Objectives:

  • Be able to explain the role of attachment on ego state behavior and reactivity

  • Be able to describe three relational components to help address insecure/disorganized attachment patterns between therapist/ego states

  • Be able to describe how to use transitional objects hypnotically when dealing with attachment related repair.

  • Be able apply three ego state therapy principles when addressing safety concerns such as self-harm

 

Mar. 10th, Session 6:  EST and Challenging Concerns

Working with destructive states

Stuck/dormant/missing states

Caveats related to dissociation and dissociative disorders

Case Presentation/Consultation

Wrap up: ASCH Certification & ESTI Certification

 

Objectives:

  • Be able to Identify two ego state therapy caveats when working with dissociative disorders

  • Be able to list three ego state therapy strategies when dealing with malevolent or destructive ego states

  • Be able to list three ego state therapy strategies for dealing with ‘missing, stuck, or dormant’ ego states

  • Be able to discuss a case and formulate an EST plan for treatment

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