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September 19, 2005

19 Sep
In a couple of weeks (October 8-9) I’ll be in Portland, Oregon, spreading the word about imagery and posttraumatic stress with my new workshop for The Conferenceworks: Breakthroughs in Healing Trauma: Success Through Guided Imagery and the New Therapies ..
Greetings again, everybody.

In a couple of weeks (October 8-9) I’ll be in Portland, Oregon, spreading the word about imagery and posttraumatic stress with my new workshop for The Conferenceworks: Breakthroughs in Healing Trauma: Success Through Guided Imagery and the New Therapies.

This 9-C.E.U. weekend is at the popular Skamania Lodge, outside of Portland. I talk about what actually helps trauma survivors and what doesn’t, and I demonstrate techniques as well as report on the latest research findings. We actually now know a lot about how to help people with PTSD and acute stress reactions, but the info is so new that a lot of clinicians and lay people just haven’t been able to catch up on it yet. The fact is, traumatic stress serves up a nasty and persistent set of symptoms, that have been fairly impervious to traditional "talk" therapy. This weekend will bring people up to speed, using the findings reported in my new book, Invisible Heroes. These are very exciting times and this information needs to be shared. I’m also offering some additional information about the intensely intuitive states that traumatic events generate - one of the few side-benefits of an extremely distressing cluster of symptoms!

This workshop is for the general public and for clinicians and early responders alike - anyone affected by a traumatic event (which could be anything from Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters, a car wreck, ICU stay, life-threatening diagnosis, fire, traumatic labor & delivery, assault, rape, domestic violence, grievous loss, combat, terror attack, childhood illness, and so on). We welcome all trauma survivors, and the therapists, counselors, docs, nurses, early responders, uniformed officers, EMT workers, teachers, journalists and concerned family members looking for a way to help.

I’ll also be offering this material in Palm Springs (Oct 15-16), Cape Cod, (Oct 29-30) and Albuquerque (Nov 12-13). For more information, call 888-517-7089 or for more contact info on The Conference Works! click on http://www.conferenceworks.com.

We send our good wishes, prayers, hugs and a pile of new, replacement imagery audios to our good friends at the Gulfport V.A. Hospital who pioneered so many wonderful guided imagery programs and research for their vets, and who lost so much during the flooding from Hurricane Katrina. They’ve moved their ruined clinic over to the Biloxi campus, but they’ve lost most of their supplies. If you want to know how you can help, email our plucky friend and colleague, Dr. Kathleen Reyntjiens at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask her what she needs.

Stay tuned on this site and several others for our trauma info and streamed toolkit for Katrina survivors, responders and families. It will be up and running very shortly, and you will be welcome to use the whole kit and kaboodle.

If you have time, you might want to check out our newly posted Back-to-School Pack for teens, to help engender confidence, reduce stress and focus energy and motivation toward success and mastery. BR’s Self-Confidence and Peak Performance imagery can be used for either academic, social or sports success; ditto for Martha Howard’s fabulous Keys to Your Highest Potential hypnosis and imagery CD; and the invigorating aromatherapy candle adds a marvelously scented dimension to the whole immersive process.

OK, take care and be well!

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