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October 31, 2005

31 Oct
After 2 trips to the West Coast from Martha’s Vineyard this month for, Breakthroughs in Healing Trauma: Success through Guided Imagery and the New Therapies, with the usual airport delays, flight cancellations, travel disinformation, lost luggage
Greetings!

After twice traveling to the West Coast from Martha’s Vineyard this month for my weekend workshops , Breakthroughs in Healing Trauma: Success through Guided Imagery and the New Therapies, with The ConferenceWorks, with all the usual airport delays, flight cancellations, travel disinformation, lost luggage and unique aggravations that only Logan Airport can provide, it was indeed a heady experience to take a 20- minute fishing boat ride across Nantucket Sound to get to my workshop in Falmouth this past weekend! I had a grand time with my compatriots from Massachusetts, and I think we broke our record for the number of mental health professionals in attendance. I’m very happy to be getting this critical information about traumatic stress out to practitioners and clinicians to this extent, because reaching therapists will result in people vulnerable to PTSD getting the right kind of help.

There’s one workshop left this year, on November 12-13 at the truly luxurious & drop-dead gorgeous Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa in Santa Ana Pueblo, outside of Albuquerque. (Yet, in spite of its upscale glamour, you can have an entirely politically correct and guilt-free experience there, as it’s tribally owned and proceeds go back to the pueblo.) So perhaps I’ll see you in the steam room!

Check out our Clinician’s Corner when you have a chance. We’ve posted a new Hot Program and a new Practitioner We Love posted. It’s great to see thriving, cutting edge programs like Durango’s Mercy Medical Center’s TLC initiative.

And my old friend and colleague, Leon Paparella, is doing some beautiful, creative work with Parkinson’s support groups in the Washington DC area. With his dual membership as a staffer and someone with early onset Parkinson’s himself, he’s been able to implement some terrific program ideas.

It was just pure luck that I re-connected with him at the same time that I was working on my Parkinson’s imagery. As a result, he was able to bring me along on his work with The Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area and introduce me to several members, who generously agreed to be ad hoc consultants and feedback givers for my imagery. That imagery is now being tweaked for final changes and corrections, and soon will get recorded and mixed. Sorry it took so long, with all the distractions.

And just a continued reminder: our destined-for-extinction Health Journeys cassettes are flying off the shelves, ever since we announced that we would no longer be making them. (We were practically the last holdouts among audio publishers, because up until very recently, so many of our nurses, social workers and therapists were still using them in clinical settings.) Then the marketing team decided to take $4 off the price of each tape, and sent out a postcard to that effect, and now they’re disappearing fast. So if you’re a tape aficionado, best to stock up on ‘em while you can.

And along those same lines, now that Bantam will be publishing the paperback of Invisible Heroes at the end of December, they’ll stop printing the cloth (hardback) version. I know that some of you prefer the sturdiness of a hardback for your reference libraries, so we’ll order some extras from the publisher, to make sure we still have some for a while. But at some point those will be scarce too.

OK, take care and be well.
All best,

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