Hypnosis: Evidence Based Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 2018-01-08T08:59:52+00:00


Richard Dama Sr., LPC
Hypnosis: Evidence Based Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Title: Hypnosis: Evidence Based Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Key concept: Post-Traumatic Stress disorder has been a highly misunderstood and misdiagnosed condition for millennia; accounts of which can be found as far in the past as Homer’s Iliad. However, recent peer-reviewed, empirical research has shown hypnosis to be a highly effective therapeutic intervention in the treatment of this insidious and often debilitating disorder. This presentation will introduce and define the concepts of PTSD and Hypnosis, review a meta-analysis of the empirical, peer-reviewed research regarding hypnosis as a first-line treatment for PTSD, and present ‘live’ demonstrations of the techniques research indicates to be most efficacious.

Additionally, Richard Dama is a combat veteran of 5 combat zones, He has a unique insight into this disorder, both as a former sufferer and as a Licensed Mental Health Therapist dealing with PTSD on a daily basis in his private practice and as the Director of a large juvenile detention and treatment facility.

Application: At the end of the presentation, the participant will be able to:
1. Define and describe Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.
2. Define and describe the phenomenon and process of Hypnosis.
3. Discuss the recent empirical, peer-reviewed data regarding Hypnosis a treatment for PTSD.
4. Describe/demonstrate hypnotherapeutic interventions with PTSD.

Biography: Richard D. Dama, MA, LPC, NCC, CCPH/A/T, CCJTS

Richard Dama, in addition to his other clinical credentials, is a Board Certified Clinically Certified Advanced Professional Hypnotherapist and Trainer, and has practiced hypnosis for over 45 years. He currently serves as Director of the Berrien County, Michigan, Juvenile Center and conducts a private practice in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA. Before his appointment as Director in February 2007, he served as the Center’s Clinical and Treatment Services Manager. He is also the senior mental health services provider for the facility. He came to the Juvenile Center from a successful practice providing community outreach therapy in Wayne County, Michigan, and has lectured at colleges, universities, community and professional forums on Cognitive Behavioral theory and practice, hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming and juvenile justice reform issues. He has a Master’s degree in Counselor Education/Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University, a Master’s degree in Management and Supervision from Central Michigan University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (Michigan), National Board Certified Counselor, Clinically Certified Advanced Professional Hypnotherapist/Trainer and a Clinically Certified Juvenile Treatment Specialist. In addition to his clinical credentials, Mr. Dama is a retired US Air Force Major who served as a nuclear command officer and who led large organizations on three continents. He is an internationally recognized authority on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Juvenile Mental Health Treatment, Juvenile Justice Reform, and Clinical Hypnotherapy.

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