Imagine that there are two bowls on a table in front of you. In one bowl are perfect slices of apple and the other contains segments of an orange: each is a fruit and yes, they are different, yet, each can be delicious in its own way and perhaps, given the choice, you would choose one before the other. This is exactly different from the similarities of these two types of training: firstly, the bowls are equally accessible and secondly, did I mention the bacon?
Note to self: remove tongue from cheek.
Whether you are a medical professional, care giver, or live with a chronic condition, either class will enhance how you relate within the scope of your practice and perhaps shift your perspective of the possibility of relief. Both programs will have impacts beyond your scope of practice and influence how you communicate within yourself and with others.
The core material is the same for both classes: Targeting Pain – A Practitioners Guide to Relief is the main resource as well as additional articles and assignments for the students. Just as each client is unique, each class develops in its own way as we share our experience, learn approaches and explore the relationships of living with chronic conditions.
The two-day intensive class is just that: intense. Clearly, the class comes together at a meeting place and we cover a lot of information in a short time, practicing with each other and discussing new perspectives of how we assist individuals, while experiencing the roles of observer, practitioner and client. Then we part ways and look to apply what we have learned.
Because when we begin working with 'Real People,' there may be questions, I set up a group email with each class and also have a follow-up conference call or two as needed, usually a week or two after the class. In addition, there is homework and practice to be done by each student in their own time. I also remain available for personal email communication as time differences and schedules permit.
If you have attended a two-day intensive and want to join a tele-class, I will offer a major discount with agreement that you attend and participate through the entire program. This is the best of both worlds.
The tele-class is exactly different in that we each call in from wherever we are and cover what we can in the time available. I usually schedule these classes (five classes, usually once a week,) for one and a half hours and allow the discussion to run long if needed, up to two hours. Then participants have a week to go forth and practice what we covered. There is also homework and when possible, I assign 'Study Partners' for keeping each other on track through the week. This also fosters a network among students for continued exchange of ideas and referrals.
The beginning of each class centers on your experience with clients and homework. This feedback loop is always amazing and often amusing. We then discuss new material and share insights. Again, there is homework and working with clients or, in the case of those who live with chronic conditions, self work. For that matter, much of the homework is self work.
The TARGETING PAIN two-day class format is as follows:
In most venues, the two days are Saturday and Sunday. That being said, where possible, I include a Friday evening 'Open House' as a meet and greet for the students and their guests or others genuinely interested in pain relief approaches. There is no format for this evening and it may include demonstrations or discussions as the situation merits.
For the students, this is an opportunity to receive books and instructions for homework assignments. Typically, this is a two hour early evening, as there is homework to be completed for the morning class.
I prefer running the class from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM with a lunch break that allows easy access as there are observation assignments to be done during the break which will be discussed in class.
Because of the nature of intense training, I set up a group email for questions, comments and discussion after the class. When possible, I also offer at least one post-class teleconference to review and clarify any questions and allow feedback as the students begin practical application of what we have covered in class.
CONTENT OF BOTH TARGETING PAIN CLASSES
SOME of what we will cover follows. However, the course of this program is very like the course of your sessions with clients: We will go where we need to go and explore many areas as a group, working together. This is not about learning scripts. I trust that you could read a script without my assistance. This is more about discovering the script of the client and assisting them to notice ways of changing the parts that aren't working.
Core Understandings: What is hypnosis and how do we facilitate change?
Existing Trances: It is often easier to alter an existing trance than to create a new one and replace it. This may seem counter-intuitive at first, yet when a client comes with a ‘BIG PROBLEM’ and discovers that what they have been doing actually works and with minor adjustments, will provide the desired outcome, their ‘problem’ shrinks to a more manageable proportion.
Shifting Beliefs: We all function within our belief systems. We have all had beliefs that have changed. What if... we were to accept that a belief COULD BE mistaken? Not that it IS, merely that it COULD be? How would this allow us to work with a wider range of clients?
Pain Does Not Exist! How our perceptions create reality.
Relief is Realistic: Recapturing a sense of possibility.
Secondary Gains: Throw out the old model that these are 'BAD!' Secondary gains can be good and should be accessed and utilized!
Pain Times Three: How we set up for what comes next.
Ten Percent Solution: Fulfilling, even exceeding expectations.
Habit / Expectation: Changing the cycle.
Chronic Identity: Recognizing the self and accessing skills and abilities.
Silver Linings: People are very often successful at fulfilling poor choices, which means what they are doing works well. How to use perceived failure as templates for success.
Disease: Medical terminology and prognosis are for doctors, don’t buy into them. Even when accurate they are the progress of the disease or trauma rather than the individual.
Inductions: What they are and how to use them.
Trance: Signs and depth of trance and what they mean toward transformation. Recognizing and utilizing trance in 'Normal' conversation. (What's Normal?)
Scripting: Telling the stories of life. Discovering the scripts of the client.
Types of Pain: Recognizing differences and similarities between acute, chronic, sudden onset and other aspects of pain.
WHAT you feel and HOW you feel about it: Using this model to create an enhanced sense of ease and comfort.
This is just the beginning. Frankly, while I have a general concept of topics and areas to discuss, who you are, the training, experience and life you have led up until this moment, is what will guide us through this program. My desire for this program is that we all learn new ways to consider old topics and discover insights and connections that surprise and inspire each of us in ways we hadn't yet considered.
"It isn't the amount of time.
It isn't the theory of psychotherapy.
It's how you reach the personality by saying the
right thing at the right time."
Milton H. Erickson, M.D.
COMMENTS FROM STUDENTS
"This class was a revelation... each session contained ideas that had a immediate impact on the way that I practice. I remember coming away from just the second class saying to myself that it had made the entire price of admission worthwhile. Certainly there were techniques, but this is more about learning what this thing we loosely call hypnosis is all about. Going back over my notes, I find that I'm still learning from the class, and I can recognize that it's likely that the learning process will continue for a long time to come." Robert A.
"Learning from Dan is a hypnotizing experience. He demands practice in real life situations, and moves you quickly past theory into what do you do when the client says “this”. His “wax on”, wax off” teaching style finds you participating to gain understanding. It is experiential, and never, ever, boring. I recommend you take his next class so you can add Pain Relief to your toolbox." Alan B.
"Dear Dan: Thank you for sharing your amazing talent in giving us another hypnosis tool. We will all be more aware when out and about. We will apply the lessons in our everyday observations and communications. To my classmates thanks for sharing your stories with me." Nancy H.
"I can tell you that your last teleclass's were great, really opened up my eyes and heart on how to best help my clients."
"Dan, I loved the classes. Last night I think I spent more time in trance during the call than in a wide awake state. Very interesting. There was actually about 40 minutes of the call that I have no conscious recollection of what was said. I do remember at one point snapping up out of it and realizing "hey I'm in trance." The trance came on quite slowly, so I didn't notice it happen."
"Dan Cleary is one of the clearest and most talented hypnosis instructors that I have studied under. I have attended three seminars on Hypnosis and Pain and Dan's Changing Pain workshop is best in class."
"Damn you’re good! I love your classes.
I came up with a name for your technique of getting people into hypno without them really knowing it. It’s called: The Dan Cleary Slide.
Even if you put out a notice you were teaching knitting by teleconference, I would sign up."
"You inspire me. and I think you can imagine how rare and important that is to me."
"Dan does more than just teaching you how to help your clients deal with symptoms. He shows you how you can help your clients get their lives back."