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Working with Children with Emotional Disorders - a Hypnotherapy Approach
Sat. 21 January 2017, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm AEDT
Hypnotherapy HQ is excited to present "Working with Children with Emotional Disorders" facilitated by child therapy expert Barbara Boyle. Hypnotherapy for Adolescents and Young Adults with Asperger’s and ADHD high functioning syndrome’s is one of Barbara's specialties.
There are many children in the world that suffer from some type of behavioral or emotional issues that result in bad behavior.
These children could suffer from ADHD , Aspergers, or any type of childhood behavior, but the bottom line is to realise that they are not purposely doing it and geting them help through cognitive behavior therapy, applied behavior therapy or play therapy.
Children with behavioral issues need to have some type of therapy that allows them to express themselves without consequences and then slowly build up their level of trust with the counsellor. Once this is done the child can begin to learn the reasons for their behavior and what the trigger points are and how to deal with those issues once they arise.
There are many children’s problems that hypnotherapy can help with. And, the great thing is that children are usually excellent hypnotic subjects. They have such wonderful imaginations that you can induce the hypnotic state easily and rapidly by getting them, for example, to imagine taking off in a space craft or taking part in their favorite television program or movie.
Nail biting, stuttering, various kinds of habitual spasms, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), can all be addressed by hypnosis. Perhaps the one factor that is great is giving a child an effective therapy that does not rely on synthetic drugs.
In this workshop you will learn -
- Understanding ADHD and high functioning Asperger’s syndrome for 10 – 23 yr olds
- The difference between diagnosed and un-diagnosed people and how they approach life
- Traits of ADHD & Asperger’s
- Carers support networks
- Referrals – start with GP and get a referral for full diagnosis with psychologist / psychiatrist / behavioural therapist
- Using hypnotherapy and various modalities to treat aspects of these mental disorders
- How to relate to people who live in a very black and white world especially understanding our blind spots as therapists (VAKD)
- What is in it for this person to learn something – self-interest and benefits to them, add a value that they can understand
- How being diagnosed given more understanding to their lives
- Understanding their body language and ability to articulate
- Resources – Dan Jones – Hypnotherapist diagnosed with High Functioning Asperger’s
- How parents manage their self-care and care of children on these spectrums
- 3 scripts - anxiety, social skills, depression
- Therapy techniques – CBT, play therapy, questioning techniques, control room
- You tube links
- Online quiz to understand if a client / person is on one of these spectrums
About Barbara Boyle:
I am a Clinical Hypnotherapist, Resource Therapist and Trainer, Reiki Practitioner and Crisis Counsellor.
I have experience in emergency evacuation support, First Aid through Red Cross. Public speaking on Emergency Preparedness and mental wellness. Crisis counselling with a 24/7 support line. Volunteering at a soup kitchen where everyone was welcome to receive a meal and attend the church if they wished. This entailed meeting and greeting, serving meals, cleaning up and generally to be there for people who are experiencing times of great need in their lives on many levels, including looking for emotional, mental and spiritual support.
Having raised a child with ADHD and working through the system between another country and Australia, I found that the professional services made a substantial difference in improving life for the whole family. Especially being able to reduce and eventually eliminate medication which had quite a numbing effect on the recipient.
Realising that it was vital to explain how we have different views of how the world works and what to expect from others especially understanding their own triggers, how to manage them and not get out of control. This aided in everyday life even though there were still many challenges. Diet is a critical part of keeping balance in the brain as they are not able to cope with certain additives, colourants or high levels of sugar. Eating the right levels of nutrients and limiting junk food.
When someone views the world from a black and white perspective it is essential to set very clear boundaries and stick to them, grey does not work and can cause a high level of anxiety, confusion and often anger.
In recent years I found myself living with a young adult with a learning disability and on the high functioning Asperger’s syndrome spectrum, who finds the world once again quite challenging without quite understanding why. The working world is tough as expectations from employers are once again very different to that of the person who is unable to articulate that they are doing the best they can and do not understand why their manager places ‘high’ demands on them.
Interestingly this young adult loves receiving Reiki healing and often requests it and when hypnotherapy sessions are conducted, they become calmer, settled and tend to be able to view life as manageable even feeling quite happy.
Hypno consists of understanding their language and where they go mentally for relaxation (their own private place). Induction is a PMR and then confusion technique, otherwise the conscious holds on very tight and therapy has a low level of impact. Sometimes they know that they want to change something however are unable to articulate what it is. It takes gentle exploring and only addressing one issue at a time. There is a big shift within him and his behaviour after each session. He is calmer, open to discussions and ideas as long as they are kept simple, straight forward and appeal to his sense of self-importance and speak about his approach to certain situations which can otherwise be confrontational leading to lack of effective communication.
Guided visualisation is used to take him to his ‘control room’. This is important as he needs to feel that the choices are all his and he makes the final decision. ‘Homework/exercise’ is a challenge for him to remember and he will not write a reminder or use his calendar so it is about instilling positive reinforcement in somewhat covert ways.
When he is open to suggestion and learning, we ‘strike while the iron is hot’. One suggestion at a time or they become overwhelmed.
When you are living / working with a person who has not being professionally diagnosed, a sensitive approach is to be taken with the parent/s and individual as it may be something they are not ready to confront.
Working with clients on both these spectrums is rewarding as there is a certain level of change that we can bring into their lives for all parties involved – child, parents, family, friends and carers.
One goal of mine is to set up support networks for the carers as they are very often forgotten, the main focus is on the person with the disorder. It is also important to encourage parents/carers to have a formal assessment as behaviours alone do not constitute a diagnosis.
I believe that we as therapists have to be aware of our skills in these areas and also realistic about the expectations of therapy. There will be changes in some areas and maintenance in others. We certainly are able to make a difference in their world!!