Title: Body Trance: Advancing flow, embodiment and self-regulation in your traumatized clients: A Combined Clinical Hypnosis and Somatic Experiencing Approach with Live Demonstrations
Presenters: Woltemade Hartman
Venue: Audytorium Maximum - Exhibition Room A / Sala Wystawowa A
Time: 13.06.2024 10:30-12:00
Language: EN/PL


My personal experience with hypnotic psychotherapy for traumatized patients spans over a period more than 30 years. However, as my career progressed I grew more critical of my own hypnotic intervention strategies. I became aware of the fact that in executing my hypnotic interventions, I was only addressing the traditional conceptualization of the mind in a “skull-based” cognitive manner, rather than viewing the mind as imbedded within the self and embedded within the world around me. This made me realize that hypnotic treatment should not only be viewed as an intrapsychic cognitive intervention strategy but rather as a strategy embedded within the therapeutic relationship with the main purpose to create and communicate a sense of safety to me patients. I realized that for decades the therapeutic and hypnotic fraternity have turned a blind eye to the body and the role of the nervous system in their quest for therapeutic excellence. This was a huge mistake. I changed that and increasingly started to incorporate bodywork and somatic approaches in my clinical work. To my surprise I discovered that combining the Polyvagal Theory of Stephan Porges, clinical hypnosis and bodywork allows me to re-set the incoherent autonomic nervous system response in traumatized patients in order to assist them to self-regulate adequately again. This combined approach re-establishes a sense of wholeness and advance flow, internal coherence, a sense of safety and self-regulation. In this workshop Dr Hartman will address ways how to use body interventions such as the “pendulation technique” with traumatized individuals in a safe manner by combining Polyvagal Theory, the techniques of the Somatic Experiencing Approach developed by Peter Levine and modern clinical hypnosis strategies in a live demonstration.

Educational Objectives:
At the end of the workshop participants will be able to:
1. Understand the neuro-physiological basis of trauma, dissociation, self-regulation, and its interconnectedness.
2. Understand the Polyvagal Theory of Stephan Porges and its relevance in the treatment of trauma
3. Understand the dynamics of a hypno-somatic approach to stabilize traumatized clients and how to elicit body-orientated resources.
4. Understand how the combination of hypno-somatic techniques could facilitate flow, embodiment, coherence and self-regulation allowing clients to experience wholeness again.
5. Understand the use and application of the pendulation technique to self-regulate and to re-create internal balance within the nervous system of traumatized individuals.
6. To apply specific somatic techniques with and without hypnosis and how to integrate it into your practice