Title: A hypnotic first aid kit for treating panic and anxiety disorders
Presenters: Matthias Mende
Didactic centre of the Faculty of Law and Administration (Krupnicza 33A)     
Wydział Prawa i Administracji Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego (Krupnicza 33A)  

Blue Hall / Aula Niebieska
Time: 14.06.2024 -10:30-12:00

Language: EN


In this workshop I will combine practical teaching and demonstrations to familiarize participants with a hypnotic intervention to be utilized as a first aid intervention to help panic and anxiety patients regaining mastery over their alarming psychophysiological anxiety symptoms. The resulting symptom relief helps patients feeling confident enough to confront avoided activities and situations (again). The approach covers psychoeducation, cognitive restructuring and hypnotic learning processes involving the autonomous nervous system. In the workshop, I will give a step-by-step tutorial how to define the elements of the first aid kit, how to utilize them from a dissociated and associated perspective and how to empower patients to utilize it for themselves with the help of easy self-hypnotic techniques. The hypnotic first aid kit can be applied at the very beginning of the therapy. The resulting experience of mastery facilitates confidence that something can be done about the panic/anxiety disorder and builds up motivation to engage in further hypnotherapeutic treatment Participants will learn how to establish this hypnotic first aid kit, how to install it and how to teach the patient different ways to utilize it to overcome the anxiety of becoming afraid and to reduce panic and anxiety symptoms on scene.

Matthias Mende, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist, Emergency Psychologist and Hypnosis-Psychotherapist, sharing a private practice with his wife Eva-Maria Mende, Ph.D., in Salzburg, Austria. He is a government licensed trainer for Hypnosis-Psychotherapy, implemented in the national healthcare-system of Austria as a complete psychotherapeutic modality, integrating behavioral, systemic and psychodynamic approaches. He served as a long-term Board Member of the International Society of Hypnosis (ISH) and of the European Society of Hypnosis (ESH), including one term as President of ESH. Recipient of the Pierre Janet Award for Clinical Excellence in Hypnosis granted by ISH.