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Which conference would BR recommend attending for therapist interested in PTSD?

11 Oct
A counselor and spiritual director asks: I would like to attend the Healing Trauma conference in NJ or DC, but cannot get back East. Meantime, I would like to attend either the Faces conference in San Diego or the Academy for Guided Imagery conference in Asilomar. Which do you recommend?
Dear BR,

I am an MFT [Note: Marriage & Family Therapist] and Spiritual Director. Since offering spiritual direction, I am struck by the extent of trauma people are coming with. I too experienced trauma when I was held up at gunpoint last year. I am reading your new book - bravo! It is fantastic - hard to put down.

I would like to attend the Healing Trauma conference in NJ or DC, but cannot get back East. Are you planning on bringing that conference to the West Coast? In the meantime, I would like to attend either the Faces conference in San Diego or the Academy for Guided Imagery conference in Asilomar. Which do you recommend? Which venue will give me the greatest in-depth expsoure to your teaching, as well as application to my professional and personal concerns?

With great appreciation,

Valerie F.



Dear Valerie,
Thanks so much for the kind words. I’m delighted you’re finding Invisible Heroes helpful, and gratified that this book is reaching the exactly right audience, and providing relief and practical help to survivors and the people who help them.

I''ll have more time to cover more material at AGI in Asilomor. In addition, AGI has the advantage of bringing together many experts in guided imagery and allied techniques, which are so important to the treatment of posttraumatic stress. So the networking opportunities on the intervention side of things would also be greater there.

On the other hand, you''d have an opportunity to get more substantive information on different aspects of PTSD, from a wide variety of heavy hitters at FACES, each one emphasizing a different aspect. So I suppose it depends on which is more important to you - the practical applications and networking opportunities, or the wider range of substantive knowledge.

I''ll look forward to meeting you at one of these places, and thanks for asking.



Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award