EST WORKSHOP, MARCH 1-3 2020, COURSE OUTLINE

Sunday, March 1

I. Introductions

   A. Review of participants’ needs

   B. Overview of the workshop

II. Foundations of Ego State Theory

   A. Early polypsychism

   B. Evolution of Ego State Theory

       1. Paul Federn & Eric Berne

       2. Paul Janet, Charcot, and others

       2. John & Helen Watkins: A Hypnoanalytical Model

           a. An energy model of the self

           b. Definition of ego state

           c. Purposes and uses of Ego-State Therapy

           d. The dissociative spectrum: Dyad exercise 

       3. Recent contributions

       4. Clinical discussion

III. Ego State Formation

   A. How and why ego states are formed: Adaptation, introjection, and trauma

   B. Ego State Spectrum

       1. Ego states in healthy individuals

       2. Dissociative disorders---how to recognize & assess

       3. Diagnostic considerations

       4. How ego states are linked to resources and strengths

       5. Accessing positive ego states: Hypnotic pathways

            a. Demonstration

            b. Triad practice or dyad practice

            c. Debriefing

IV. Closing

   A. Clinical case discussion

   B. Questions and answers

Monday, March 2

I. How ego states are linked to resources as well as to conflict and symptoms

   A. Pacing issues involved in conducting EST for resourcing

   B. Issues of activating conflicted states: Direct and indirect

   C. How to evaluate dissociation & dissociative orders

   D. Clinical implications

II. Types of Ego States

   A. Conflict free states 

        1. How to find them

        2. Benefits

        3. Group demonstration and debriefing

        4. Dyad practice and debriefing

  B. Ego states associated with benevolent functions

        1. Ways to access these states: Hypnotic and non-hypnotic

        2. Benefits and use with clients

        3. Demonstration and discussion

        4. Dyad practice and debriefing

III. Closing

    A. Case consultation

    B. Questions & answers 

Tuesday, March 3

I. How to Work with Ego States to Unlock Symptoms

   A. How ego states are associated with conflict, symptoms or trauma: Case consultation

   B. Principles of work with negative states: Forming alliances

   C. Demonstration and practicum

   D. Differences between ego states and alters

II. Integrating Ego State Therapy into Clinical Practice

   A. Therapeutic relationship issues

   B. Indications and contraindications for EST

   C. Purposes and goals of EST

   D. Preparing the client for EST

       1. Explain the ego state model

       2. Discuss client indications for EST

       3. Explain the role of hypnosis

       4. Discuss traumatic memory

III. Forming Alliances with Ego States

   A. Provide safe holding environment

   B. Techniques for activating ego states 

       1. Calling out ego states and talking through

       2. Client communicates with ES and reports results

       3. Hypnotic activation

       4. Use of imagery to elicit states

   C. Demonstration and discussion

   D. How to communicate with ego states: Resonance & empathy

   E. Demonstrations and dyad practice

IV. Closing

   A. Course evaluation

   B. Trouble shooting in the use of EST

   C. Case consultation

   D. Questions and Answers