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Treating Addiction: Applying NLP to Substance Use Disorders
Richard M Gray, Ph.D.
Beginning with an overview of the nature of addictions and Substance Use Disorders (SUDs), this workshop will review essential and surprising data about the nature, prevalence and levels of addiction spectrum disorders. We will discuss the Stages of Change Model, Motivational Interviewing, well-formed outcomes, and the importance of criteria hierarchies as they relate to the neurophysiology of SUDs. The workshop will continue with techniques for creating
motivation to change, and the creation of life-changing outcomes. Practical and experiential elements will focus on multiple levels of intervention, creating content-free states with archetypal intensities, and using those states to create and experience transformational outcomes as paths to change.
This year’s workshop will include new insights from neuroscience including empowering latent habit structures, the need for time, the principle of reconsolidation and the behavioral off-switch.
The presentation has the following outcomes: Participants can expect to understand the nature of addiction and substance abuse beyond the drugs. They will understand the root physiology of addiction and motivation, the Stages of Change Model and its relationship to well formed outcomes. They will understand the difference between transformative change and non- transformative change. They will understand how to generate transformative outcomes as paths of personal development. They will learn the necessity of non-directive intervention.
Participants will experience multiple methods for transforming perspectives. They will learn the power of asking, using timeline strategies, end-state energies and how to create and enhance content free anchors. They will learn to use those anchors to create a behavioral off-switch, perceptions of self-efficacy and self esteem in their clients. They will experience and learn how to derive transformative futures from felt states. They will have a personal experience of the
archetypal dynamic of transformative change.
Richard M Gray, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is the creator of the Brooklyn Program, an NLP-based substance abuse program which operated for seven years in the Federal Probation System. In recognition of that work he was named co-recipent of the 2004 NLP World Community Award. Dr. Gray is the author of Archetypal Explorations (Routledge, 1996), Transforming Futures: The Brooklyn Program Facilitators Manual-2nd edition (Lulu, 2011) and About Addictions: Notes from Psychology, Neuroscience and NLP (Lulu, 2008). More recently he has contributed a chapter to S. Charvet & L.M. Hall (Eds.), Innovations in NLP Volume 1 (Crown
House, 2011), multiple articles in Acuity, the ANLP organ and arecent article in the Journal Traumatology. He is a regularpresenter at national and international addictions conferences. Dr. Gray served for more than 20 years in the US Probation Department, Brooklyn, NY. He received his BA in Psychology from Central College, Pella, IA; MA in Sociology from Fordham University, Bronx, NY; and Ph.D. in Psychology from the Union Institute, Cincinnati, OH. Dr. Gray is a Certified Master Practitioner of Neuro-linguistic Programming and a Certified Ericksonian Hypnotist.