Australian Institute of Clinical Hypnosis and Psychotherapy

EGO STATE THERAPY

 

“life should not merely be valued for its quantity measured in chronological time,

but for its quality measured in experiential time …….”

 

John G. Watkins PhD

ABOUT

The training is presented by internationally recognised ego state therapists, trainers and supervisors.  Completing the training and fulfilling all requirements can contribute to a participant becoming a certified ego state therapist and accredited by Ego State Therapy International (ESTI).

 

The Ego State Therapy approach conceptualize the ego as consisting of parts, or so called ego states.  Different life experiences and trauma causes  “parts” to develop through differentiation and dissociation of the self.  Ego states are different neuro-physiological systems that can get activated in certain situations or contexts. 

The Ego State Therapy training will teach how to access resourceful-, traumatised- and conflicted states to resolve difficulties and promote integration of the self.  This will include techniques for safety and stabilisation, accessing resourceful states, resolving inner conflicts between states and resolving trauma.

 

Learning these skills will enhance a clinician’s therapeutic repertoire in therapy, especially working with conflicted and dissociated individuals.  An increasing number of people are seeking out therapies to heal the divided self, particularly if offered by registered health care professionals.

Intensive Training in Ego State Therapy

An Integration Approach

2023 Ego State Therapy training Program

15 CPD hours per seminar

EST I: Introduction, Safety and Stabilisation (18-20 March 2024) – New date

EST II: Accessing and Utilising Resourceful Ego States  (15-17 May 2024)

EST III: Therapy with Symptom Associated Ego States  (5-7 June 2024)

EST IV: Therapy with Trauma Associated Ego States  (29-31 July 2024)

EST V: Therapy with Destructive Ego States and Introjects  (22-24 August 2024)

EST VI: Establishing Internal Safety, Integration and Coherence  (23-25 October 2024)

EST VII: Masterclass: Advanced Treatment Planning for Flow, Embodiment, Self-actualisation & Post Traumatic Growth  (28 – 30 November 2024)

Register per seminar or for the whole program


Pay 10% less!

Register for the complete EST Training

 

Seminars 1-7

21 Days and 105 CPD Hours

Early Bird till 1 March 2023:  $ 6145

($ 3075 Full-time Students and Unpaid Interns)

Full Registration: 7085 AUD

($ 3545 Full-time Students and Unpaid Interns)


The complete training to become a certified Ego State Therapist is divided into 7 x 3-day trainings. Participants do not have to complete the 20 day training to be able use Ego State Therapy in practice.


Ego State therapy is the creation of Dr John and Helen Watkins from the United States. The Watkins’ did not conceptualize the ego as one monolithic entity, as Freud did, but rather as consisting of parts, or so-called ego states. Their theory was based on the original work of Paul Federn, a close associate and colleague of Freud. Federn conceptualised ego states as shifting energies within the personality. John and Helen Watkins formulated a theory and treatment model for what became known as Ego State Therapy.

 

Probably the most significant difference between ego state therapy and other parts approaches is the fact that this approach conceptualizes the personality of a human being not only as consisting of dissociated ego states, but also of resourceful ego states which help us to self-regulate and to function as an integrated whole. Thus, ego states are neuro-physiological manifestations which may develop as a reaction to certain life experiences both positive and negative.

 

Rather than exorcists casting out demons, trauma and other deficits, ego state therapists nowadays look more like treasure hunters seeking the unrecognized resourceful and useful ego states in their client’s lives and personalities.  Ego State Therapy is a powerful tool for helping clients plumb for the best in their own personalities and assist directly to untap resourceful ego states associated with determination, survival, resiliency, hope, optimism and love that ultimately allow clients to flourish.


Designed for beginners & experienced practitioners


Live clinical demonstrations


Stimulating blend of theoretical, vicarious, and experiential learning.

Lecture-demonstration-practise format.


These seminars are part of  a series of consecutive workshops which lead to internationally recognized certification as an ego state therapist by Ego State Therapy International (ESTI).


Seminars


Seminar I: Introduction to Ego State Therapy

Safety, Stabilisation and Grounding.

     15-17 March 2024

Presented by Dr Woltemade Hartman

Early Bird till 1 March 2023:  $ 975

($ 485 Full-time Students and Unpaid Interns)

Full Registration: $ 1125

($ 565 Full-time Students and Unpaid Interns)

Training Times:

 14h00 – 19h30 AEST (Sydney Time)

In this introductory workshop participants will mainly learn techniques for enhancing experiential activation of resourceful ego states by combining Ericksonian, Somatic and Ego State Therapy techniques. Ego States are usually activated hypnotically to reach those ego states that are implicit and not readily available to conscious awareness. It is therefore a very suitable intervention strategy for posttraumatic stress reactions, dissociation as a result of trauma as well as for a variety of psychosomatic diseases. In this workshop Dr Hartman provides an in-depth overview of the theoretical basis of the ego state model, its epistemology as well as the latest developments in the neuro-biological foundations of trauma and dissociation. Dr Hartman will explain, discuss and demonstrate safety and stabilisation techniques from Trauma Therapeutic Yoga (TTY), Somatic Experiencing (SE) and Energy psychology amongst others. The experiential activation of and communication with resourceful ego states are also explained and demonstrated. Designed for both beginners and the more experienced practitioner, this workshop will also feature live clinical demonstrations. The training utilises a lecture-demonstration-practice format. Hence, the training is a stimulating blend of theoretical, vicarious, and experiential learning. This workshop is the first in a series of consecutive workshops which lead to internationally recognized certification as an ego state therapist by Ego State Therapy International (ESTI).

SEMINAR I: An Introduction to Ego State Therapy: Safety, Stabilisation and Grounding

Educational Objectives:

  1. To learn more about the neuro-physiological basis of trauma, dissociation and ego states, hypnosis and its interconnectedness
  2. How to use ego strengthening techniques, safety, stabilisation and grounding techniques with special attention to body resources
  3. How to integrate Trauma therapeutic Yoga (TTY) exercises, breath work, Somatic Experiencing (SE) techniques as well as techniques from Energy Psychology for the purpose of creating a sense of safety and stabilisation
  4. To demonstrate the dynamics of Ego State Therapy as a parts therapy model in combination with hypno-somatic approaches to stabilise traumatised clients
  5. How to activate resourceful ego states and how to utilise resources for maximum psychological well-being

Seminar II: Resourceful Ego States:

Activation & Work with Resourceful Ego States

15-17 May 2024

Presented by Carl Hattingh

Early Bird extended until 28 April 2024:  $ 975

($ 485 Full-time Students and Unpaid Interns)

Full Registration: $ 1175

($ 565 Full-time Students and Unpaid Interns)

Training Times:

14h00 – 19h30 AEST (Sydney Time)

Probably the most significant difference between Ego State Therapy and other parts approaches is the fact that this approach conceptualizes the personality of a human being not only as consisting of dissociated ego states, but also of resourceful ego states which help us to self-regulate and to function as an integrated whole. Thus, ego states are neuro-physiological manifestations which may develop as a reaction to certain life experiences, both positive and negative.  Ego State Therapy is a powerful tool for helping clients plumb for the best in their own personalities and assist directly to untap resourceful ego states associated with determination, survival, resiliency, hope, optimism and love that ultimately allow clients to flourish.  Participants will mainly learn techniques for enhancing experiential activation of resourceful ego states by combining Ericksonian and Ego State Therapy techniques. Ego States are usually activated hypnotically to reach those ego states that are implicit and not readily available to conscious awareness. In this workshop Carl Hattingh will explain and demonstrate the experiential activation of and communication with resourceful ego states. Designed for both beginners and the more experienced practitioner, this workshop will also feature live clinical demonstrations. The training utilises a lecture-demonstration-practise format. Hence, the training is a stimulating blend of theoretical, vicarious, and experiential learning. This workshop is the second in a series of consecutive workshops which lead to internationally recognised certification as an ego state therapist by Ego State Therapy International (ESTI).

SEMINAR II: The activation and work with resourceful ego states

Educational Objectives:

  1. To learn more about the neuro-physiological basis of resourceful ego states
  2. How to use ego strengthening techniques, safety, stabilization and grounding techniques with special attention to body resources
  3. How to utilise hypno-somatic techniques for ego strengthening
  4. How to activate and communicate with resourceful ego states and how to utilize resources for maximum psychological well-being

Seminar III:  Symptom Associated Ego States

Activation & Work with Symptom-Associated Ego States

5 – 7 June 2024

Presented by Dr Woltemade Hartman

Early Bird till  25 May 2024:  $ 975

($ 485 Full-time Students and Unpaid Interns)

Full Registration: $ 1175

($ 565 Full-time Students and Unpaid Interns)

Training Times:

14h00 – 19h30 AEST (Sydney Time)

It is a known fact that some ego states (parts of the Self) are “split off” in the face of trauma to “help” the individual to survive and cope and then continue to “carry” some of these symptoms on an intrapsychic level. Ego State Therapy addresses these symptoms by providing unique ways to access these states, also referred to as symptom-associated ego states, and to restore self-regulation, physiological and psychological flow and coherence.  In this second workshop Dr Hartman will mainly focus on ways of allowing highly aroused survival energies such as fight and flight responses bound up in traumatized individuals and dissociated ego states, to be discharged and completed, thereby facilitating self-regulation, flow, re-integration and post-traumatic growth. Ways of how to achieve corrective mind-body experiences and how to recreate wholeness, self-regulation and coherence in our clients will be demonstrated through live demonstrations. The training utilises a lecture-demonstration-practise format. Hence, the training is a stimulating blend of theoretical, vicarious, and experiential learning. This workshop is the third in a series of consecutive workshops which lead to internationally recognized certification as an ego state therapist by Ego State Therapy International (ESTI).

SEMINAR III: Activation and Work with Symptom Associated Ego States

Educational Objectives:

  1. To learn how to activate symptom-associated ego states and how to work with them clinically and therapeutically.
  2. To learn more about the dynamics of symptom-associated ego states and how to address flight and fight responses in order to resolve traumatic stress responses. Specific techniques will be demonstrated
  3. How to manage symptom-associated ego states with special attention to body resources
  4. How to recreate self-regulation, re-balance, wholeness and flow in clients presenting with symptom-associated ego states

Seminar IV: Trauma Associated Ego States

Activation & Work with Trauma Associated Ego States 

29-31 July 2023

Presented by Carl Hattingh

Early Bird until 14 July 2024:  $ 975

($ 485 Full-time Students and Unpaid Interns)

Full Registration: $ 1175

($ 565 Full-time Students and Unpaid Interns)

Training Times:

14h00 – 19h30 AEST (Sydney Time)

Ego states can be described as enduring states of mind. Once a state of mind has occurred, it can be recalled frequently depending on the circumstances. Repeated activation of a state of mind over weeks, months and years makes it more likely that it could again be activated in future. Thus: Particular states of mind may develop cohesion and clusters through their repeated activation. They may therefore develop into “self-states” or ego states. When confronted by trauma, some individuals’ nervous system reacts to such an extent that they dissociate into an immobilised freeze state or submit mode. This happens without conscious awareness. Before the individual becomes aware of what happened, the nervous system has already responded. The result could be the formation and processing of specialised “selves” or traumatized ego states in freeze.  In this fourth workshop Carl will mainly focus on ways of accessing dissociated, traumatised ego states, how to interview them and how to work with them therapeutically. Special emphasis will be placed on the role of a trusting therapeutic relationship and its importance in reengaging the ventral vagal system. Traumatised ego states are often beyond the threshold of conscious awareness and often need hypnotic activation. Carl will also demonstrate how immobilised clients and their ego states could be freed from their tonic immobility by using activation-, stimulation-, mobilisation-, breathing- and pendulation techniques, thereby facilitating self-regulation, flow, wholeness and post-traumatic growth. This will be demonstrated through live demonstrations. The training utilises a lecture-demonstration-practise format. Hence, the training is a stimulating blend of theoretical, vicarious, and experiential learning. This workshop is the fourth in a series of consecutive workshops which lead to internationally recognized certification as an ego state therapist by Ego State Therapy International (ESTI).

SEMINAR IV: Activation and Work with Trauma Associated Ego States

Educational Objectives:

  1. To learn about the importance of co-regulation, safety and stabilisation when working with traumatised ego states in the freeze or submit mode
  2. To learn how to activate immobilised and trauma-associated ego states and how to work with them clinically and therapeutically
  3. To learn more about the dynamics of trauma-associated ego states and how to address freeze and other immobilisation responses with a bottom-up approach in order to resolve traumatic stress responses and to re-establish self-regulation
  4. How to use movement, stimulation and breathing techniques to bring trauma-associated ego states into flow again
  5. How to recreate self-regulation, re-balance, wholeness and flow in clients presenting with immobilisation and trauma-associated ego states

Seminar V: The Devil Wears Prada: Activation and Work with Destructive Ego States and Introjects

22-24 August 2024

Early Bird until 11 August 2024:  $ 975

($ 485 Full-time Students and Unpaid Interns)

Full Registration: $ 1175

($ 565 Full-time Students and Unpaid Interns)

Training Times:

15h00 – 20h30 AEST (Sydney Time)

The handling and therapeutic intervention strategies with destructive ego states and introjects are controversial in many ways and often the centre of intense debate in academic circles. In this seminar Dr Hartman will specifically focus on etiology and clinical intervention strategies with destructive ego states and introjects. Such states pose a real challenge to a therapist in many ways. They are often elusive by nature but could emerge unexpectedly and without warning. This could result in the therapist being unprepared in how to deal with the situation effectively. The aim of this workshop is to prepare the therapist for unexpected appearances of both destructive ego states and introjects and how to activate, communicate and work with them clinically. In order to deal with them effectively they need specific and strategic intervention strategies. They are often very rigid in their demeanor due to their hybrid nature. The latter refers to the fact that they are both symptom-associated, in a defensive, fight mode and, on the other hand closely associated with a specific trauma. Destructive ego states and introjects are created on a neurophysiological level as a defense response to severe trauma. It is a mistake to regard them as so-called “foreign” entities and psychological constructs only. On the contrary, they are in fact, resourceful as they are neurophysiological manifestations of the autonomic nervous system response formed in the face of trauma to allow the individual to survive the traumatic experience. Such states should be dealt with clinically and therapeutically in order to re-establish coherence and self-regulation in the nervous system and then to modulate and reinterpret, re-script and re-contextualize their psychological meaning.  This will be demonstrated through live demonstrations. In this workshop Dr Hartman will also facilitate the learning process through role play exercises in order to gain a better understanding of the internal dynamics of these ego states.

Seminar V: The Devil Wears Prada: Activation and work with Destructive Ego States and Introjects.

Educational Objectives:

  1. To learn more about the dynamics of destructive ego states and introjects and how to work with their hybrid nature in order to resolve their defensive responses and then to re-establish self-regulation
  2. To learn how to activate and communicate with highly charged and mobilised destructive ego states and how to work with them clinically and therapeutically
  3. To decide if, when and how to effectively use demasking and dis-identification techniques with destructive ego states in order to reset the autonomic nervous system response
  4. How to recreate self-regulation, re-balance, wholeness and flow in traumatised clients.

Keywords: Destructive ego states, introjects, hybrid states, demasking, dis-identification

 


Seminar VI: Becoming Whole Again: Re-establishing Internal Safety & Facilitating Integration, Internal Harmony &  Coherence 

23-25 October 2024

Early Bird until 6 October 2024:  $ 975

($ 485 Full-time Students and Unpaid Interns)

Full Registration: $ 1175

($ 565 Full-time Students and Unpaid Interns)

Training Times:

15h00 – 19h30 AEDT (Sydney Time)

This seminar will explicate how to systematically plan, implement and execute the five steps of the SARIA intervention model of Ego State Therapy in an advanced treatment plan for trauma and dissociative symptoms. Advanced techniques of activating ego states, strategic utilization and facilitating internal transformation as well as integration will be discussed and demonstrated. Specific emphasis will be placed on how to work with ego states hypnotically and through non-hypnotic externalisation methods such as the empty chair technique.  The presenter will also explicate how to analyse and utilize the continuum of symptom phenomena to re-create internal corrective experiences and advance internal transformation of ego state symptoms into solutions and resources.

Lastly, ways how to readjust to everyday life and how to facilitate post-traumatic growth will be elaborated upon. Useful ways of how to effectively integrate techniques from other psychotherapeutic approaches such as cognitive behavioural techniques will be discussed and demonstrated. In this regard special attention will be given to the evidence based WOOP Model of intervention by Gabriele Oettingen (2014) to achieve the aforementioned goals.

Seminar VI: Becoming Whole Again: Re-establishing Internal Safety and Facilitating Integration, Internal Harmony and Coherence

Educational Objectives:

  1. How to resolve internal fragmentation by facilitating inner corrective experiences through strategic utilization
  1. To learn how to effectively distinguish between and implement bottom-up and top-down corrective experiences to facilitate optimal self-regulation, coherence and flow
  1. To learn how to assess and facilitate the eight stages of integration to re-establish self-regulation, emotional stability and flow
  1. How to appropriately combine and integrate various psychotherapeutic intervention techniques from different paradigms with ego state therapy techniques
  2. How to advance wholeness through reciprocal interactive co-regulation

Keywords: reciprocal interactive co-regulation, strategic utilization, Bottom-Up and Top-Down techniques, reciprocal interactive co-regulation


Seminar VII: Masterclass: Advanced Treatment Planning for Flow, Embodiment, Self-actualisation & Post Traumatic Growth 

28-30 Nov 2024

Early Bird until 8 November 2024:  $ 975

($ 485 Full-time Students and Unpaid Interns)

Full Registration: $ 1175

($ 565 Full-time Students and Unpaid Interns)

Training Times:

15h00 – 19h30 AEDT (Sydney Time)

This seminar will explicate how to systematically plan, implement and execute the five steps of the SARIA intervention model of Ego State Therapy in an advanced treatment plan for trauma and dissociative symptoms. Advanced techniques of activating ego states, strategic utilization and facilitating internal transformation as well as integration will be discussed and demonstrated. Specific emphasis will be placed on how to work with ego states hypnotically and through non-hypnotic externalisation methods such as the empty chair technique.  The presenter will also explicate how to analyse and utilize the continuum of symptom phenomena to re-create internal corrective experiences and advance internal transformation of ego state symptoms into solutions and resources.

Lastly, ways how to readjust to everyday life and how to facilitate post-traumatic growth will be elaborated upon. Useful ways of how to effectively integrate techniques from other psychotherapeutic approaches such as cognitive behavioural techniques will be discussed and demonstrated. In this regard special attention will be given to the evidence based WOOP Model of intervention by Gabriele Oettingen (2014) to achieve the aforementioned goals.

Seminar VI: Masterclass: Advanced Treatment Planning for Flow, Embodiment, Self-actualisation & Post Traumatic Growth

Educational Objectives:

  1. To learn how to effectively plan and execute the 5 step SARIA Intervention model of Ego State Therapy within a clinical context
  2. To learn how to activate ego states on an advanced level and how to facilitate internal transformation and integration
  3. To learn how activate and work with ego states hypnotically and through non-hypnotic externalization techniques
  4. How to help clients to readjust to everyday life and how to facilitate post-traumatic
  5. Growth
  6. How to integrate techniques from other psychotherapeutic approaches such as cognitive behavioural techniques including the WOOP model

Keywords: SARIA-model, symptom-phenomena, empty chair technique, posttraumatic growth, WOOP model

Presenter


Woltemade Hartman PhD

Woltemade Hartman (Ph.D) is a Clinical and Educational Psychologist, and psychotherapist in private practice in Pretoria, South Africa.  He received his training as an Ericksonian psychotherapist at the Ericksonian Foundation in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.  Dr Hartman also trained as an Ego State therapist with Prof J.G. Watkins and Mrs H. Watkins in Missoula, Montana, USA.  He is the author of “Ego state therapy with sexually traumatized children” and “Einführung in die Ego-State Therapie”, as well as various scientific articles on the topic of hypnosis and psychotherapy. Dr Hartman is the Founding Director of the Milton H. Erickson Institutes of South Africa (MEISA). He currently serves as Secretary and Treasurer of Ego State Therapy International (ESTI). Woltemade is an executive board member of the International Society of Hypnosis (ISH) and also serves as Chairperson of the Council of Representatives on this board. Dr Hartman is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Psychology at the University of Johannesburg and lectures in South Africa, Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Iran, Singapore, South Korea and Japan. He has been a Keynote Speaker at various international congresses. Dr Hartman is the recipient of the 2009 Early Career Award for Innovative Contributions to Hypnosis from the International Society of Hypnosis. He is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Eye Movement Integration (EMI), EdxTM (Energy Psychology), Impact Therapy, Mindfulness Techniques, Soma and Somatic Experiencing (SE).

Presenter


Carl Hattingh (MA Clin Psych)

Carl Hattingh (Callie) is an AHPRA registered Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Sydney.  He is the President of AICHP and the Founding Director of the Milton H. Erickson Institute of Sydney Australia (EISA).  He is on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Hypnosis and is President-Elect of Ego State Therapy International.  Carl received the Fuma award for his contribution to Promoting Clinical Hypnosis and Psychotherapy in South Africa.  He is one of the past founding Directors of the Milton H. Erickson Institutes of South Africa (MEISA), past President Elect of the Milton H. Erickson Society of South Africa and founding Director of the Milton H. Erickson Institute of Cape Town South Africa (MECSA).  He has been a trainer in Ericksonian Hypnosis and Ego State Therapy since 2000 and has organised various congresses on clinical hypnosis, trauma and psychotherapy.  He is a registered supervisor and trainer with Ego State Therapy International (ESTI) and a registered Somatic Experiencing Pracitioner (SEP).  Carl has been a keynote speaker and faculty member at various international congresses.

Teaching Assistant


Doris Wehrli

Doris Wehrli is a licensed psychologist and psychotherapist.  She has been in private practice in Zurich, Switzerland for 33 years.

Doris is an internationally accredited supervisor for Ego State Therapy, Ericksonian hypnosis and therapy, EMDR, Somatic Experiencing (SE), Integral Somatic Psychology (ISP) and systemic psychotherapy.

She has been a supervisor to numerous international trainings in these modalities.  She brings her experience to the Ego State Therapy training to assist and support participants in developing there skills in the practise sessions.

Ego State Therapy International


Requirements for accreditation as an Ego State Therapist with ESTI

Want to become a certified Ego State Therapist?

 

To become accredited with Ego State Therapy International, participants need to complete:

 

  • 7 x 15 hour seminars (or 6 seminars previously)
  • 2 days of group supervision (or 4×3 hour group supervision sessions)
  • 4 hours of personal Ego State Therapy
  • 4 hours of individual supervision
  • Hypnosis training

 

Please download the full certification requirements and log sheet below.

Frequently asked Questions?

 

Is hypnosis a requirement to start the training?

 

No, participants can do the training without hypnosis training, but training in hypnosis is a requirement to become a certified Ego State Therapist with ESTI.

 

Do I need to become certified to practice Ego State Therapy?

 

No, you can start integrating Ego State Therapy after the first part of the training with or without hypnosis.