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Deconstructing Problem Patterns toward Strategically Guided Solutions

June 11, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm CDT

Presented by The Institute for Professional and Continuing Studies and The Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

Presented by The Institute for Professional and Continuing Studies and The Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

From Principle to Practice: Deconstructing Problem Patterns toward Strategically Guided Solutions

Friday, June 11, 2021

9:00AM-10:30AM PDT/ 11:00AM-12:30PM CST/12:00PM-1:30PM EST

Event held online via Zoom, link to access provided upon registration

This program, when attended in its entirety, offers 1.5 CEs for Psychologists, and 1.5 BBS California CEUs for LPCCs, LPSW, and LMFTs

At present, live participation is required for our webinars, with the exception of our special public service webinar, Coping with Covid-19. SCEH and the TCSPP are building a recorded library of our webinars, which when completed, will allow on demand viewing of webinars, 24/7. We hope to roll this out later in 2020. This webinar is part of a series of SCEH Webinars on clinical hypnosis. Learn more at: www.sceh.us/webinars

Workshop Description:

The program/presentation approaches clinical conditions presented by clients from an evolutionary, neurobiological framework. Rather than focusing on the content of presenting concerns (e.g., migraine, digestive distress, depression, or panic), the program participant is invited to explore clinical phenomena as manifestations of evolutionarily based patterns of adjusting and adapting to ever-changing physical and social landscapes. Presenting problem patterns are framed as attempts at solution seeking, goal-oriented (though not necessarily consciously mediated) adaptiveness. Dr. Alter has identified 13-core principles that aid in cultivation of this adaptive view of clinical concerns. The principles are rooted in what we have learned about the physiological, neurological, psychological, and social legacies we have inherited from our evolutionary ancestors. Applying these principles to clinical phenomena supports the clinician in escaping the diagnostic and formulaic treatment reductionism that too often constrains our ability to interact with clients in ways that are tailored to their unique presenting problem patterns, while simultaneously cultivating an approach that imbues clients’ efforts with meaning, mission, and purpose.

Workshop Learning Objectives:

After attending this intermediate level workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Describe how clients’ presenting problems as an evolutionary endowment rooted in efforts to adjust and adapt to an ever-changing world.

2. Compare the role of surprise, momentary confusion, mild disorientation, and light trance as steppingstones to client change efforts.

3. Demonstrate responding to clients’ clinical presentation patterns through a narrative framework that modifies and revises the narrative of their “negative, symptom-maintaining trance” in favor of novel and adaptive response patterns.

Professional Bio of Presenter David S. Alter, PhD, LP, ABPP, ABPH, FACHP

David S. Alter, PhD, is the Founder and Clinical Director of Partners in Healing of Minneapolis, a private, integrative health center. Trained in clinical neuropsychology, clinical health psychology, and psychological hypnosis, Dr. Alter brings a cross-disciplinary and integrative perspective to his clinical, teaching, and writing activities. He is the past-president of the Minnesota Society of Clinical Hypnosis (MSCH). He has held numerous roles with the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH), including currently serving as the Chair of the Ethics Committee and as a member of ASCH’s Executive Committee. He is a much sought-after speaker and presenter, having offered more than 100 national and international workshops for health professionals and presentations to the public. Dr. Alter is the author of multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals and the author of Staying Sharp: 9 Keys to a Youthful Brain through Modern Science and Ageless Wisdom, published by Simon & Schuster in 2015. The winner for multiple awards for teaching and writing excellence, Dr. Alter is an engaging and dynamic presenter committed to providing participants with practical, innovative, and scientifically sound methods and strategies for enriching their professional and personal lives.

Program Standards and Goals

This program meets APA’s continuing education Standard 1.1: Program content focuses on application of psychological assessment and/or intervention methods that have overall consistent and credible empirical support in the contemporary peer reviewed scientific literature beyond those publications and other types of communications devoted primarily to the promotion of the approach.

This program meets APA’s continuing education Goal 1: Program is relevant to psychological practice, education, and/or science.

Workshop Schedule (Shown in CST):

11:00 am – Event Begins

12:30 pm – Event Ends

Registration and Fees:

Community members: $65.00

SCEH Members/Faculty: $55.00

Students: $15.00

Refund Policy:100% of tuition is refundable up to 48 hours before the program.

Within 48 hours of the program, tuition is nonrefundable.


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Target Audience: Healthcare and Mental healthcare professionals, hypnosis practitioners, University faculty and students. Members of SCEH and the TCSPP community.

Psychologists. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 1.5 continuing education credits. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to Danielle Bohrer at 312-467-2364. There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest.

Social Workers. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 1.5 hours of continuing education. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to provide continuing education programming for social workers. License Number: 159.001036

MFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs. Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hour of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. If you are licensed outside of California please check with your local licensing agency to to determine if they will accept these CEUs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to offer continuing education programming for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is an accredited or approved postsecondary institution that meets the requirements set forth in Sections 4980.54(f)(1), 4989.34, 4996.22(d)(1), or 4999.76(d) of the Code.

Participation Certificate. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is able to provide students and other participants who simply wish to have documentation of their attendance at the program a participation certificate.

Non Psychologists. Most licensing boards accept Continuing Education Credits sponsored by the American Psychological Association but non-psychologists are recommended to consult with their specific state-licensing board to ensure that APA-sponsored CE is acceptable.

*Participants must attend 100% of the program in order to obtain a Certificate of Attendance.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


June 11, 2021
11:00 am - 12:30 pm CDT
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