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Annual Conference Friday - 6 CEs Member Special Bill O'Hanlon

  • March 08, 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Hyatt Regency Lisle, 1400 Corporetum Dr, Lisle, IL 60532


  • Attend all three days of the IMHCA Annual Conference at a discounted rate for members!
  • Attend all three days of the IMHCA Annual Conference at a discounted rate!

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IMHCA Annual Conference - Friday
March 8, 2019

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Bill O'Hanlon

Resolving Trauma Without Drama:

New, Brief, Respectful and Effective Approaches to Treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Presenter Bio

Bill O'Hanlon, MS, LMFT, has authored or co-authored 29 books, the latest being A Guide to Trance Land (W.W. Norton, 2009), Write is a Verb (Writer’s Digest Books, July 2007) Pathways to Spirituality (W.W. Norton), Change 101: A Practical Guide to Creating Change  (W.W. Norton, Fall 2006), and Thriving Through Crisis (Penguin/Perigee; winner of the Books for a Better Life Award). He has published 54 articles or book chapters. His books have been translated into 15 languages: French, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Finnish, German, Chinese, Bulgarian, Turkish, Korean, Indonesian, Italian, Croatian, Arabic and Japanese. He has appeared on Oprah (with his book Do One Thing Different), The Today Show, and a variety of other television and radio programs. Since 1977, Bill has given over 2000 talks around the world. He has been a top-rated presenter at many national conferences and was awarded the Outstanding Mental Health Educator of the Year in 2001 by the New England Educational Institute. Bill is a Licensed Mental Health Professional, Certified Professional Counselor, and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Bill is clinical member of AAMFT (and winner of the 2003 New Mexico AMFT Distinguished Service Award), certified by the National Board of Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists and a Fellow and a Board Member of the American Psychotherapy Association. He is known for his storytelling, irreverent humor, clear and accessible style and his boundless enthusiasm for whatever he is doing. His seminars are as entertaining as they are educational.

Workshop Description

People with post-traumatic stress often suffer for years and develop a variety of troubling and often crippling problems. This workshop will detail a philosophy and methods of working briefly and effectively with people who have been traumatized. An array of new methods have shown that previous conceptions and methods of working with trauma are unnecessarily long-term and re-traumatizing. These new approaches, rather than being based on the past and deterministic models, are oriented towards the present and future and a sense of possibilities. You will leave equipped with a different understanding of how to treat trauma and four specific methods you can use right away in your work. Through lecture, videotaped examples and handouts, participants will be equipped with new tools and ideas to work briefly, effectively and respectfully with even severe and long-standing traumas. Learn how some people turn post-traumatic stress into post-traumatic stress and the research that shows how they accomplish that. In addition to learning new models and methods, come prepared to be entertained. Bill is a lively speaker whose humor and engagement with the audience makes his presentations fun and enlivening.

Workshop Schedule


1. Inclusive therapy: Reclaiming Devalued Experience

  • The Inclusive Self as a means to melting the frozen, repetitive trauma
  • Permission, validation and inclusion

 2. Future Pull: Did you know that the future can cause the present?

  • The Viktor Frankl Strategy
  •  Future pull methods


3. In the shape of a bottle: Changing patterns that were shaped by the trauma

  • Neurology: The fast track out of trauma
  • Neurological and perceptual methods for rapidly and painlessly resolving trauma
  • Pattern intervention: Patterns vs. set realities
  • The doing of traumatic patterns
  • De-patterning:  Challenging repetitive patterns
  • Solution-oriented methods

 4. Re-connection: Challenging dissociation and disconnection in the wake of trauma

  • Seven pathways to connection
  • Connective and stability rituals
  • The writing cure
  • Transition and dis-connective rituals

Summary: Thriving Through Crisis: Turning Post-traumatic Stress Into Post-Traumatic Success

  • The three crucial elements for turning tragedy and trauma into positive growth
Learning Objectives

  • Learn four rapid methods for resolving trauma.
  • Learn three methods of creating hopeful futures for trauma survivors.
  • Learn to design therapeutic rituals.

On your own



Workshop will be 6.0 CEs for LPC/LCPC; LSW/LCSW; LMFT; Psychologists


Mention you are attending the Illinois Mental Health Counselors Annual Conference and receive a special room rate of $89.00 (Standard King or Double Room). Special room rates are available until February 21, 2019. Call 888-421-1442
to make reservations.

 Cancellation Policy:

Registrations, cancelled before seven days prior to the workshop, can be refunded minus for the NCMHCE training a $70 ($20 administration fee, and $50 e-book purchase). The e-book component of the workshop cannot be returned. Upon cancellation, registrants will retain the e-book. For all webinars and audio trainings there is no cancellation. Once you are sent the link to access the training there is NO refund. For all other trainings there is a $20 cancellation fee. No refunds can be made seven days prior to the workshop. Workshops may be cancelled or rescheduled due to  circumstances beyond our control. IMHCA is not responsible for any loss or damage as a result of substitution, alteration, or cancellation of an event. IMHCA shall assume no liability whatsoever in the event that a workshop is cancelled, rescheduled or postponed due to a fortuitous event, Act of God, unforeseen occurrences or any other event that renders performance of this conference impracticable, illegal or impossible. For purposes of this clause, a fortuitous event shall include, but not be limited to: war, fire, labor strike, extreme weather or other emergency. IMHCA will make every effort to offer a substitution event in the case IMHCA cancels because of a fortuitous event or Act of God.

Proof of IMHCA Membership: To receive the member discount you need to be a current member of ICA and the IMHCA division. If you are unsure, please call and we can verify your membership status.

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