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Exceptional Healing Techniques in the Treatment of Post-Traumatic Conditions

From Surviving to Thriving

Presented by Maggie Phillips, Ph.D.

Thursday, November 30, 2017 – Friday, December 1, 2017  |  Vancouver, bc

Date & Location

Thursday, November 30, 2017 – Friday, December 1, 2017

9:00am – 4:00pm

Wosk Auditorium, Jewish Community Centre

950 W. 41st Avenue
Vancouver, BC

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Workshop Description

Among the most challenging problems related to trauma are emotional and physical pain, addiction as an unhealthy attempt at self-regulation, and fragmentation of the self due to dissociation and internalization of outer conflict. This workshop will offer Ego-State Parts Therapy as a method that can help to resolve these issues and promote self-integration and wellbeing. Emphasis is on developing a powerful toolkit that can enrich your current orientation to trauma therapy.

Day one will focus on strategies for stabilization, safety, strengthening, and empowerment that can also bring symptom relief while through work with the conflict-free self. Day two brings an emphasis on finding and working with ego states that can serve as powerful resources as well as those burdened by trauma.

The workshop format includes interactive lecture and discussion, group practice, live demonstrations, dyad skills practice, and clinical case consultation for complex trauma and dissociative clients.


  • Definitions of Ego States and Ego-State Parts Therapy
  • How to find and work with the conflict-free self
  • The importance of secure attachment and developmental repair
  • Working with ego states linked to survival responses
  • Resolution of emotional and physical pain, addiction issues, and internal self-conflicts
  • Moving towards positive engagement with self and others
  • Building bottom-up somatic interventions as well as top-down
  • How to identify and work with the dissociation spectrum
  • Fostering communication, cooperation and integration within the self as well as in relationships with others

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

Why Ego-State Therapy is Essential to Heal Trauma

  • Definitions of ego states and different parts models
  • The neurobiology of ego states
  • 3 kinds of ego states and how to find them
  • How ego states are at the heart of self-division, inner and outer conflict, symptoms, and syndromes
  • How Ego-State Therapy helps achieve successful self-regulation: The SARI model & principles of EST

How Ego States Assist in Survival from Trauma

  • Linking ego states to survival responses: Brief dyad
  • Discovering and working with the resources in the ego state system
  • Group Practice: Finding the Land Beyond Fear
  • Demonstration: Moving Beyond Survival
  • Dyad Practice and Debriefing

Building the Foundation for Thriving

  • Experiencing the conflict-free self: Group demonstration
  • Strengthening the self from a place of safety
  • Strategies to find and work with conflict-free experience: Demonstration & Practice
  • Methods to nurture resilience
  • How to detect conflict free ego states
  • Connecting trauma-burdened states with the center core (conflict free) self and other resources
  • Finding the beginning of symptom


Polyvagal Theory:

Approaching Positive Engagement

  • Regulating survival responses: Trauma, addiction, and pain
  • Ventral vagal engagement: The language of “we”
  • Building internal and external alliances: Mutual connectedness
  • Fostering communication, cooperation and integration

The Importance of Secure Attachment & Developmental Repair

  • Forming secure attachments from the inside out
  • Repairing attachment trauma
  • Somatic interventions with pre-verbal and nonverbal states: Exploring sensory experience

Working with the Dissociative Spectrum & Complex Trauma

  • Fragmentation and dissociation
  • How to diagnose complex PTSD and DD
  • Utilizing fight, flight, freeze ego states as well as states of connection

Case Consultation and Clinical Discussion

  • Diagnostic and theoretical orientation issues
  • How and when to use different parts models
  • Expanding Ego-State Therapy through EMDR, hypnosis, Energy Psychology, and other methods

Learning Objectives

1. Define “ego state”

2. Identify the four-stage model used with Ego-State Therapy that can guide self-regulation

3. Apply conflict-free imagery to strengthen the self and bring symptom relief

4. Describe three important principles of Ego-State Therapy

5. Discuss how the conflict-free self provides a powerful platform for movement into thriving

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
  • Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)
  • Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (CCPCP)
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
  • Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
  • Canadian Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA)
  • Employee Assistance Certification Commission (EACC)
  • Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC)
  • Medical Psychotherapy Association Canada (MDPAC)
  • Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
  • Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA)

† The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved CEUs.

* Participants will receive a certificate of completion after every workshop. Workshops are pre-approved for 5.5 or 6 credits per day unless otherwise specified.

Your Presenter(s)

Maggie Phillips, Ph.D.

Maggie Phillips, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in full-time private practice in Oakland, California. She is director of the California Institute of Clinical Hypnosis and past-president of the Northern California Society of Clinical Hypnosis. She has served on the faculties of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH), American and European Congresses of Ericksonian Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA), the Esalen Institute, the European Society of Hypnosis in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic Medicine, the International Society of Hypnosis (ISH), The Professional School of Psychology, and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH). Dr. Phillips has led workshops on hypnosis, psychotherapy, the effects of childhood trauma, and reversing chronic pain in the U.K., Germany, Scandinavia, France, Japan, China, and Malaysia, and uses of energy therapies in mindbody healing.

Who Should Attend

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Probation Officers, Police Officers, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Recommended Accommodation

Granville Island Hotel

1253 Johnston Street
Vancouver, BC

phone:  604.683.7373

website:  www.granvilleislandhotel.com

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Our rates:

For November 29-30, 2017

Standard Room $149 + Tax

Cut off date is October 29th, 2017


* Please ask for the Jack Hirose & Associates rate.

* Please note that the number of rooms at our corporate rates are limited. 

Holiday Inn Vancouver

phone:  604.879.0511

website:  www.hivancouvercentre.com

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Our rates:

For October 25-26, November 1-2 and November 29-30, 2017

Standard Room – $145 + Tax

Cut off date is 30 days prior to workshop


* Please ask for the Jack Hirose & Associates rate.

* Please note that the number of rooms at our corporate rates are limited. 

When booking hotel rooms, ask for the Jack Hirose and Associates corporate rate. To receive our corporate rate, rooms must be booked one month prior to the workshop date. Please keep in mind hotel rates may fluctuate.

Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual $399 $419
Group 3-7 $379 $399
Group 8-14 $359 $379
Group 15+ $324 $344
Full-Time Student $324 $344

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Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).

Early bird cutoff date: November 16, 2017
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Thursday, November 16, 2017.

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