Fundamentals of Guided Imagery Deluxe

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Fundamentals of Interactive Guided Imagery℠
Course ID: FIGI
Instructors: David Bresler, PhD, LAc & Marty Rossman, MD
CE Credit: 13 Hours
Prerequisites: None

This first comprehensive survey course provides a broad overview of the applications and uses of interactive guiding techniques and principles, including the history of imagery, how it works, its relation to hypnosis, and the unique role of the Imagery Guide℠.

It provides training in the essential IGI℠ techniques that are most useful in medicine, nursing, health psychology, psychotherapy, counseling, coaching, and mind/body medicine. These include imagery-based diagnostic and prognostic assessment techniques, relaxation methods, insight, evocative, and grounding techniques.

Special emphasis is given on using IGI℠ to communicate with an "Inner Advisor," to better understand the meaning of illness by dialoguing with symptoms, and to effect positive change in the real world by turning insights into actions. Also addressed are practical considerations such as fees, medical-legal implications, and ethical issues as they relate to the use of IGI℠.

Although you may have extensive training and experience with guided imagery, visualization, hypnosis, biofeedback, meditation, and other mind/body approaches, we have found that working interactively with imagery brings unique insights, opportunities, and challenges that require specific skills and attitudes in order to achieve a successful result.

Given the diverse background that our students bring to the training, we have found that completion of this course is essential to "even the playing field" so that all participants in advanced training speak the same language and understand the critical principles that underlie IGI℠'s effectiveness.

While some of the material may be familiar, many of our students report that the Interactive Guided Imagery℠ techniques they learned in these trainings have completely transformed their practices and are now the main focus of their work.

Once you have mastered the fundamental concepts, techniques, attitudes, and strategies taught in this FIGI program (and have satisfactory completed the multiple choice final exam), you are then eligible to enroll in the other advanced training programs leading to Professional Certification through the Academy.

This program includes a comprehensive workbook and is presented in a downloaded format which includes audio tracks and video files. A self-administered final examination is also included.

To satisfactorily complete this program, you must correctly answer 35 out of 50 true/false or multiple choice questions and submit Evaluation and Need Assessment Forms.


Full Certification

The Academy’s Professional Certification Training Program includes downloadable training materials which contains enrollment in the FIGI Program (Deluxe Version), the 8 advanced home study programs (ATS-1A through ATS-4B), and the 2 Preceptorships. Course materials include audio, video, and text files downloaded as .mp3s, .mp4s, and .pdf files.

The tuition for this option is a one time payment of $3,495. If you enroll with Continuing Education Credits (CE), your payment will be a $3,740 one-time payment.


We also have extended payment plans that allow you to spread your payments over 3, 6, or 9 months:

The 3-Month Payment Plan is $1,165 monthly for 3 months. It includes FIGI, all 8 advanced training programs, and 2 "live" preceptorships.

If you enroll with Continuing Education Credits (CE), your payments will be $1,247 monthly for 3 months.


The 6-Month Payment Plan is $583 monthly for 6 months. It includes FIGI, all 8 advanced training programs, and 2 "live" preceptorships.

If you enroll with Continuing Education Credits (CE), your payments will be $624 monthly for 6 months.


The 9-Month Payment Plan is $388 monthly for 9 months. It includes FIGI, all 8 advanced training programs, and 2 "live" preceptorships.

If you enroll with Continuing Education Credits (CE), your payments will be $416 monthly for 9 months.


ATS - 1A



The Role of the Interactive Imagery Guide℠
Course ID: ATS-1A
Instructors: David Bresler, PhD, LAc & Marty Rossman, MD
CE Credit: 6.5 Hours
Prerequisites: FIGI

After completing the FIGI program, each of the next eight courses is presented in a downloadable format with an accompanying workbook containing lecture notes, exercises, scripts, and reading materials.

ATS-1A focuses on the role of the guide as a facilitator of the imagery process. This program examines the qualities that encourage self-exploration, empowerment and the abilities to attend to one’s own process. It reviews the essential similarities and differences between a "guide" and a "therapist."

The "ideal" imagery guide embodies certain qualities and masters certain skills that facilitate the ability of the client to attend to their inner experiences most easily. The "ideal" imagery guide approaches the work of guiding with a sense of purpose that allows them to guide this process without unnecessary intrusion of their own agenda.

This program has been designed to help you become aware of the qualities, perspectives, and skills that can make you a more effective Imagery Guide. Each of these subject areas will be explored through lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and practical exercises designed to enhance self-exploration.

This program is more experiential than our introductory FIGI course, and it goes more deeply into fewer subject areas. This independent study program has been designed so that you can master the material without a study partner, but you will find that doing the experiential practice with a partner can greatly enhance the learning experience. We encourage you to find a friend or colleague willing to be a volunteer subject for you, or even better, to go through Certification training with you.

For this home study course, we have selected some of the best information from live workshops presented by Drs. Bresler and Rossman. Some of the lectures are presented in their entirety, others have been edited. In specific cases, duplicate material that is particularly important or interesting is included from more than one workshop, but our feeling is that it doesn’t hurt to hear this material more than once.




ATS - 1B



Advanced Work with the Inner Advisor
Course ID: ATS-1B
Instructors: David Bresler, PhD, LAc & Marty Rossman, MD
CE Credit: 13 Hours
Prerequisites: ATS-1A

ATS-1B moves more deeply into working with the "Inner Advisor" or "Inner Guide" technique. The program begins by defining what the Inner Advisor is and isn’t, and then surveys the many uses of the Inner Advisor technique in clinical practice.

Through lectures and practice, you will learn the precise steps to follow in meeting the Inner Advisor, and the ways in which communication can be enhanced and facilitated. Through “simulated guiding,” you’ll have a unique opportunity to explore your own abilities in confronting common problems that can arise when working with the Inner Advisor (as well as have a lot of fun).

Using case examples and guiding exercises, the program delves into the common problems that arise with this approach, such as "no Advisor," "multiple Advisors," fear of the technique and "negative" or "hostile Advisors." ATS-1B provides a road map for effectively working through these challenging situations.

This home study program has been designed so that you can master the material without a study partner, but you will find that doing the experiential practice with a partner can greatly enhance the learning experience. We encourage you to find a friend or colleague willing to be a volunteer subject for you, or even better, to go through Certification training with you.

For the audio lectures, we have selected excerpts from live workshops presented by Drs. Bresler and Rossman. Some lectures are included in their entirety, while others have been edited. In specific cases, duplicate material that is particularly important may be included from more than one workshop, for it doesn’t hurt to hear this material more than once.

Some of the recordings from the “live” workshop are a bit noisy and occasionally difficulty to hear, but they have been included so that you can feel like an active participant in the training experience and share some of the fun and excitement of this workshop.




ATS - 2A





Resistance and Parts Work
Course ID: ATS-2A
Instructors: David Bresler, PhD, LAc & Marty Rossman, MD
CE Credit: 6.5 Hours
Prerequisites: Preceptorship 1

Whether you are working toward Professional Certification as an Interactive Imagery Guide℠ or taking this program simply for advanced study, you will discover that resistance and parts work are central to the process of Interactive Guided Imagery℠.

If you are enrolled in the Academy's Certification training program, this course (along with it's companion ATS-2B course Polarities, Conflict Resolution and Parts) is a prerequisite to attending Preceptorship II.

This program focuses on the nature and function of resistance, parts, sub-personalities and ego states. Specifically, we will show you how Interactive Guided Imagery℠ can be used effectively to understand and work with resistance and to help clients identify, understand, and reconcile inner conflicts.

As a part of this program, we will address several of the clinical strategies used for working with resistance and parts, especially as they relate to treating addictions.

You will also have the opportunity to hear a demonstration of the concepts and techniques we use with four volunteers from live workshops. When you listen to these demonstrations, pay special attention to how the specific language used facilitates the client's process.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in several experiential exercises. All home study courses have been designed so that you can learn the material without a study partner, but you will find that doing the practicum with a study partner will greatly enhance the learning experience.

We especially encourage you to find a friend or colleague willing to be a volunteer subject for the practicum in Section III, and in Section V, a special experiential exercise, called “The Circle of Wants”, should ideally be experienced with four others.

So you may want to begin thinking about asking friends, colleagues or other imagery students if they are interested in having this enlightening and fun experience with you.




ATS - 2B





Parts, Polarities, and Conflict Resolution
Course ID: ATS-2B
Instructors: David Bresler, PhD, LAc & Marty Rossman, MD
CE Credit: 6.5 Hours
Prerequisites: ATS-2A

ATS-2B focuses on working with polarities, for when an inner conflict is activated, at least two polar views are involved, each with different aims, perspectives, values and needs.

The program explores how IGI℠ is used to resolve such conflicts and negotiate an improved inner relationship.

Section I focuses on using the model of polarities as the simplest form of inner conflict between the "sub-personalities" or "ego states" which were discussed in detail in the companion program, ATS-2A: Resistance and Parts Work.

In Section II, the concept of "sub-personalities" is further explored as it relates to inner conflicts, especially in the field of addictions.

Section III includes a demonstration of the concepts and techniques described with a volunteers at a live workshop.

When you listen to this demonstration, pay special attention to how the content-free language of interactive guiding can help to facilitate the client's process.

In Section IV, we discuss how IGI℠ techniques can be used to promote learning and change, and in Section V, we focus on using IGI℠ techniques to overcome resistance for issues related to addictions and habit control.

Section VI includes a recording of a full session demonstration using IGI℠ techniques to reconcile polarities that are in conflict, and the debriefing session that followed it with a live audience.




ATS - 3A



Interactive Guided Imagery℠ with Children
Course ID: ATS-3A
Instructors: David Bresler, PhD, LAc, Ramela McKenna, PhD, MD, Richard Berrett, PhD, Charlotte Reznick, PhD
CE Credit: 6.5 Hours
Prerequisites: Preceptorship 2

Using guided imagery in working with children is a rich and natural experience.

Children are instinctively drawn to cartoons, comic books, and story telling. They love to draw and paint, and to role play mother, father, sister and/or brother independent of gender identity.

Childhood is a time of growth, learning, and modeling. It is also a time where the risks of traumatic learning are great.

As children become exposed to the myriad of feelings and issues that accompany the sorrows surrounding the death of a pet or grandparent, the rage of family violence, the embarrassment of being caught in a lie or stealing, and the endless stream of assaults upon their self esteem, powerful images can become imprinted into the mind that continue to effect them throughout their adult life.

All children must deal with pain and stress, but they are rarely trained how to do so. Since they typically have had little prior life experience and thus only a primitive understanding of the processes involved, kids tend to be highly susceptible to feelings of helplessness and insecurity when exposed to the demands of contemporary living.

This is evident when you encounter a child under the age of six with ulcers or irritable bowel disease, and certainly in adolescents who are wrestling with alcoholism or substance dependence.

Imagery can be an excellent interventional tool in working with kids who are attempting to cope with acute or chronic stress, pain, or medical illness, and it can also play an essential role in helping children to deal with developmental crises, accelerate learning, expand creativity, and enhance self-esteem.

For this home study course, we have selected some of the best information from our prior workshops on guided imagery and kids.

Section I begins with an overview of how using imagery with kids is different from working with adults.

Section II discusses the applications of imagery in helping children to deal more effectively with pain, stress, and trauma and demonstrates how to use the Inner Advisor technique with children.

Section III reviews the uses of imagery in a general pediatric medical practice to help kids cope more effectively with developmental and behavioral issues, and to reduce anxiety associated with medical procedures.

Section IV explores the uses of Interactive Guided Imagery℠ with children and adolescents, focusing on the 7 characteristics of developing children.

Ways to utilize imagery techniques to enhance learning, creativity and empowerment in children are reviewed in Section V and Section VI, reviews the applications of Interactive guided Imagery℠ in family therapy.

Finally, you will have the opportunity to either listen to or participate in a practicum designed to help you see and experience the world through the eyes of a child.

Besides being effective with children, the techniques can also be extraordinarily useful with adults when working with the "inner child", "wounded child", "adaptive child", "natural child", or the child within".




ATS - 3B



Imagery with Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma
Course ID: ATS-3B
Instructors: David Bresler, PhD, LAc, Marty Rossman, MD, Roxanne Whitelight, MA
CE Credit: 6.5 Hours
Prerequisites: ATS-3A

There is a rapidly growing awareness of the widespread prevalence of childhood abuse, ranging from neglect, through emotional abuse, to physical violence, molestation, and incest.

The emotional wounds which can arise from these early experiences are deep and produce a wide range of difficulties that emerge in adult life as depression, anxiety disorders, borderline personality structures, somatization disorders, and addictions to both substances and processes.

Therapy with these patients is often particularly demanding on therapists as issues of trust, intimacy, and relationship are tested time and again.

Severe regressive crises requiring extreme patience and courage on the part of the therapist often interspersed with moving evidence of growth and development allowed by the therapeutic process of revealing the truth and working through the painful feelings and memories. Working with these issues is challenging to even the most experienced therapist and is not a simple matter of imaging or visualizing any particular magic transformation.

Yet there are many areas in this work where imagery techniques seem to facilitate the healing in important ways. The frequent utilization of dissociation as a survival tool in childhood offers the opportunity to skillfully use dissociation and related trance and suggestion-related abilities to support the healing process.

Imagery can be useful in helping people to recover lost memories, to connect with and work through feeling states that have been split away, to find and strengthen inner resources, to grieve their losses, and to build new self-identities that grow beyond the limits of their wounded-ness.

At the same time, we believe there are special precautions that one must be aware of in using imagery with people who have poor internal organization and vulnerable ego structures, and will focus on these issues as well in this workshop day.

This program discusses special issues and how IGI℠ can facilitate the healing of the "wounded child" and "present adult." It reviews techniques helpful for exploring the needs of the parts involved and explains how to help evoke the "inner healer" to stimulate the healing process.

False memory syndrome, working with strong affect and the issue of forgiveness are also addressed.




ATS - 4A



IGI℠ with Physical, Chronic & Life-Threatening Illness
Course ID: ATS-4A
Instructors: David Bresler, PhD, LAc, Marty Rossman, Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, O. Carl Simonton, MD, Jan Maxwell, RN, Terry Miller, RN
CE Credit: 6.5 Hours
Prerequisites: ATS-3B

ATS-4A examines the many uses of guided imagery in working with people with physical illnesses, with an emphasis on issues accompanying chronic, catastrophic, and life-threatening illness.

Many of the same approaches that are helpful in working on psychological issues with people are also helpful to people coping with or adapting to physical illness, though special precautions and caveats apply.

In addition, imagery can often be helpful in relieving pain or other symptoms, helping people to tolerate difficult medical procedures, and in stimulating healing responses in the body.

The onset of serious or life-threatening illness creates a number of crises that need to be addressed by the patient and helping professional if the patient is to meet the challenge of the illness most resourcefully.

These special needs are examined and worked with in detail, with special attention to the utility of imagery in helping to meet these needs.

Special attention is also given to issues in chronic pain, cancer, and AIDS as models for some of the most demanding and enriching work one can do.




ATS - 4B



>IGI℠ Death, Dying, Loss, and Transformation
Course ID: ATS-4B
Instructors: David Bresler, PhD, LAc, Marty Rossman, O. Carl Simonton, MD, Susan Ezra, RN
CE Credit: 6.5 Hours
Prerequisites: ATS-4A

Like death and taxes, we all experience loss throughout our lives. As we age, our losses increase, and the major price we pay as survivors is having to deal with the losses all around us.

In our society, it’s easy to learn how to accumulate, and there are countless educational institutions and commercial organizations to help us improve our accumulation skills. But how do we learn to let go? Where are we taught the skills to deal effectively with loss?

Imagery is an excellent interventional tool in helping people move through loss and transformation. For this home study course, we have selected some of the best information from our prior workshops on guided imagery and loss.

Section I provides an overview of the nature of loss, and how the imagery skills you’ve learned so far can be helpful.

In Section II, you’ll have an opportunity to experience some of the ways we respond to loss through an imagery practicum in which participants are exposed to a gradual, simulated relinquishment of personal attachments.

This exercise is designed to evoke strong emotions, and if you are uncomfortable about participating, we suggest that you listen only as an observer rather than as a participant.

Section III discusses the importance of belief systems in patients with catastrophic illness, and how imagery is used to help people adopt more positive beliefs and attitudes.

Section IV explores the uses of Interactive Guided Imagery℠ in hospice work with dying patients and their caregivers, emphasizing imagery techniques found to be effective in controlling pain, stress, and anticipatory nausea and vomiting, as well as techniques that caregivers can benefit from using.

In Section V, you will experience a brief imagery exercise designed to help identify sources of support and other resources that were helpful during prior loss experiences.

Section VI explores loss and the transformational process, and how imagery techniques can be used to help people move through the predictable stages of grieving following loss.