Imagery with Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma

Working with survivors of childhood traumas is challenging to even the most experienced therapists. In this course, learn the special skills to support these patients through the range of struggles that child traumas produce in adult lives.
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David E. Bresler, PhD, LAc
Martin L. Rossman, MD
Roxanne Whitelight, MA
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6.5 Hours



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Course overview

There is a rapidly growing awareness of the widespread prevalence of childhood abuse, including neglect, emotional abuse, physical violence, molestation, and incest.

The emotional wounds which can arise from these early experiences can produce a wide range of difficulties in adult life like depression, anxiety disorders, borderline personality structures, somatization disorders, and addictions. 

Working with these issues is challenging to even the most experienced therapists. 

In this course, learn the special skills to support these patients with childhood traumas, poor internal organization and vulnerable ego structures.

Learn to help clients  recover lost memories, grieve, connect with and work through feeling states, strengthen inner resources and build new self-identities.

Interactive Guided Imagery℠ explained

Quiet the mind.

Interactive Guided Imagery℠ is based on Jungian psychology and the idea that our reality is largely a manifestation of our mind. This applies to everything from our personal worries to our professional aspirations.

Quieting the mind allows us to open our clients to the inner realms and explore in a way that is rarely experienced.

Listen to the unconscious.

Our unconscious mind is a collection of intuitions, emotions, memories, and beliefs, often expressed more vividly through images than words. Western culture tends to underplay the significance of these images and the feelings they evoke.

As we quiet the mind, the unconscious starts to open up and allow the deeply held intuitions, beliefs, and emotions that it has held onto. Interactive Guided Imagery℠ has the unique ability to  uncover insights more rapidly and directly helpful than conventional diagnostics.

Interact with the inner wisdoms.

Using guided imagery, clients can visualize and interact with an image representing a pain, trauma or challenge. These images are deeply resonant archetypes that clients build relationships with and grow to trust, sometimes more deeply than any relationships in the external world.

Interactive Guided Imagery℠ incorporates techniques from hypnosis, neurolinguistic programming, psychosynthesis, and Jungian active imagination. It gives us access to our innate resources guiding us to deal with challenges and heal from the inside out.

What our students say

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restored my enjoyment

For me the most important part of my Interactive Guided Imagery℠ training was to really develop my skills as a listener. The AGI training program also helped me to be less judgmental and interpretive with regard to what I hear, whether in an imagery session or in other patient communications. Finally, my work with imagery has restored my enjoyment in practicing medicine because it takes me and my patients into unknown, magical places of healing and awareness.
Matthew Zwerling, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon
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a truly invaluable experience

A truly invaluable experience that opened a gate for me to a deepened understanding of innate healing power. I sincerely believe that any physician who practices Integrative Medicine should be well-practiced in the applications of Interactive Guided Imagery℠. . .Its use in pain and symptom management, as well as insight and resource cultivation, has made the path of healing powerful and meaningful. . .What a joy!
Carl Hendel, MD
Integrative Medicine
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a gift that keeps giving

The training itself connected me with my own 'inner healer,' a gift that keeps giving as I do Interactive Guided Imagery℠. I have found it to be very helpful in working with hospice and chemically dependent clients.
Marsha Aliamus, RN
Registered Nurse
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a transforming experience

My clients now leave my office more relaxed, grounded, empowered . . . Certification Training is a transforming experience.
Ron Rehrer, MFCC
Pastoral Counselor
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making a major contribution

Though I have been in practice since 1973, I have seldom seen the depth of understanding, clarity of direction, and motivation toward change through other modalities. Clearly Interactive Guided Imagery℠ is an approach to therapy which is making a major contribution.
Richard D. Berrett, PhD
Professor of Child and Family Science, California State University, Fresno
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the most exciting and useful training

The guided imagery training that I received from the Academy was by far the most exciting and useful training that I have received since finishing my PhD. I still get referrals regularly from the Academy's listing of graduates. I enthusiastically support any professional considering adding Interactive Guided Imagery℠ to their armamentarium.
James M. Holcomb, PhD
Clinical Psychologist
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enhances the effectiveness of other treatments

Guided Imagery and visualization can enhance the effectiveness of other treatments, including allopathic drugs and surgery. Try them for any illness and all autoimmune disorders.
Andrew Weil, MD
Shape, January 1996
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professional & well thought out training

The Academy provides an exceptionally thorough, professional and well thought out training for practicing clinicians. My own Certification Training was extremely valuable to me and I prefer to use AGI graduates whenever possible in our hospital programs.
Leslie Davenport, MS, MFCC
Executive Coordinator, Humanities Program, Marin General Hospital
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so useful

I find Interactive Guided Imagery so useful that I plan to require training in it for students in the Integrative Medicine Program I am creating at the University of Arizona Medical Center.
Andrew Weil, MD
Author, Spontaneous Healing
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an exquisite training program

The Academy for Guided Imagery has created and finely honed an exquisite training program. Years of development and feedback has resulted in a creative program with great integrity and clinical relevance.
Jeanne Achterberg, PhD
Senior Editor, Alternative Therapies in Medicine

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