Creativity, spirituality and hypnosis: transformational tools in therapy – A workshop with Dr David Smith in Stockport on Friday 20th June 2014 – 09:30 to 16:00
In these secular and materialistic times, mental disturbance is widespread. Even for the ‘sane’ and healthy; alienation, disaffection and discontent are the order of the day. The medical world focuses on medication and directive interventions that often provide little more than short term relief. Yet there is strong evidence that approaches based on creativity and spirituality have the potential to deliver durable transformation; and for hypnosis to be used as a potent tool in therapy.
Dr David Smith of the University of Chicago and St. Bernard’s Hospital is a member of the medical establishment. However, he is also a leading advocate of alternative approaches. Dr Smith will be in Europe in June to contribute to the international Society of Psychotherapy Research (SPR) conference in Copenhagen. Mindsite has taken this opportunity to invite him to run a one day workshop on opportunities for generative transformation through creativity, spirituality and hypnosis.
The paper that Dr Smith will deliver in Copenhagen is on shamanic energy work and he will include an overview of this topic in the workshop.
About the event
The day will comprise the following elements:
- A brief overview of concepts of creativity
- An overview of hypnosis and creativity research (experimental and clinical)
- Suggestions for practical, clinical applications
- Experiential learning for participants
The workshop will be particularly suitable for hypnotherapists, counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists who have an interest in the topics of creativity and spirituality; and who wish to understand how these potent resources can be enlisted to engender or facilitate transformation in their clients.
The day will describe the theories and techniques of change that are based on creativity and spirituality. And it will also incorporate experiential learning for the participants. While it is especially suitable for trained hypnotherapists, it will also be of interest and value to therapists of any modality that have an interest in healing, growth and spirituality.
About the workshop leader
Dr David Paul Smith is a clinical psychologist licensed in Illinois and certified in hypnotherapy and neurofeedback. His Masters degree was an anthropological study of traditional Native American healing. His Ph.D. focused on the spirituality and religiosity of psychotherapists. Dr. Smith trained in the dept. of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Chicago and completed post-doctoral training in psychopharmacology through a program sponsored by the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.
He is currently Chief Psychologist and Director of Training at St. Bernard’s Hospital in Chicago. As president and CEO of Integrative Psyche Services, S.C. he advocates a holistic, person-centred approach to mental health. He is a member of the Forge Guild, an organization of academic, religious and health professionals dedicated to the exploration and promotion of sane spirituality and has been involved with meditation since he was trained in TM at the age of 14.
Dr Smith has published numerous journal articles and book chapters related to the spirituality of therapists and traditional healing in the modern world. His research continues to involve the study of psychotherapy, cultural parameters of healing and the psychology of religion.
The cost is £80 per delegate.
The event, which includes lunch, will be held in the comfortable, relaxed environment of the Sapphire Suite, Cheshire Conferences and Events at Edgeley Park Stadium, Stockport. It will start at 09:30 and finish promptly at 16:00.
6 hours CPD. An individually signed certificate of attendance will be provided to all registered delegates. Those who pay on the door, or who wish to obtain a duplicate, can order one from the website.
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Examples of Dr Smith’s published work
Smith, D. P., & Orlinsky, D. E. (2004). Religious and Spiritual Experience Among Psychotherapists. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training. Vol. 41, No. 2, 144–151.
Smith, D.P. (2005). The Psychotherapists, Chapter 3. In D. Orlinsky & H. Ronnestad, Eds., How Psychotherapists Develop: A Study of Therapeutic Work and Professional Growth . Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Press.
Smith, D.P. (2005). The Sweatlodge as psychotherapy: Congruence between traditional and modern healing. In R. Moodley & W. West, Eds., Integrating Traditional and Cultural Healing in Counseling and Psychotherapy . New York, New York: Sage Publications.
Smith, David P. [Review of the book Psychology, Religion and Spirituality.] Journal of Religion, Vol 85, no. 2. April 2005.
Smith, D.P. (2010). “Engaging Spiritual Practice and the Rectification of Scientific Distance: A phenomenological comparison of Native American, Sufi and Hindu spiritual therapeutics.” in “Building Bridges for Wellness Through Counseling and Psychotherapy .”: Toronto, Canada: Center for Diversity in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Smith, D.P. (2011). “Emergent Spirituality”, chapter 13. In Exploring Therapy,Spirituality and Healing, ed. William West. London: Palgrave Macmillan