The guided imagery for Traumatic Brain Injury is in the warehouse and weíre shipping out all the pre-orders, even as we speak. Many are going to military and V.A. destinations, rehab departments and sports clinics.
The imagery targets a wide range of symptoms - headache, issues with coordination, balance, memory, concentration, word retrieval, fatigue, and sensitivity to light, noise and touch. It also aims at typical psychological and emotional fallout: mood swings, depression and agitation; and works to generate hope, confidence and self-esteem. Itís useful for stroke, acquired brain injury, Parkinsonís and like conditions.
As is often the case, it comes with affirmations; but on this one, we segmented the narrative with ID markers that define each section of imagery. This for those who donít have the patience or concentration for a full 25 minutes, and just want to go to their favorite part for 5 or 10 minutes. Check it out Ė weíve posted sound samples here.
Iím looking forward to seeing many of you at Hospice of the Western Reserveís annual Katie Dolesh Lecture this Thursday night, September 13th at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. My 6 pm talk - Gifts of the Imagination: The Healing Power of Guided Imagery - is open to the public at no charge, thanks to a generous endowment from the Dolesh Family.
Katie Dolesh was executive director of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of
Northeast Ohio. She kept a magic wand on her desk, which she wielded
when the kids she cared for needed special encouragement. During her
six years at Make-A-Wish, Dolesh granted the wishes of 392 seriously ill
children before dying herself of complications from an inoperable brain
tumor in 1995 at age 37.
In the final stages of her life, she was beautifully cared for by Hospice of the Western Reserve. Now her name lives on in her familyís gift: a free community lecture offered each year by the legendary non-profit agency.
Iíll be talking about the huge source of support and uplift guided imagery can provide for those who are ill, dying, grieving, care-giving and transcending their challenges. In so many ways, this simple but powerful mind-body intervention is ideally suited for individuals and families in palliative care, who want to live well and die well.
Iím told that the doors open at 5 p.m. and there will be appetizers, a cash bar, a raffle, and book signings. Everyone is invited. You donít need to have a family member in hospice care in order to attend. Itís free, but registration is required. You can do that here.
Then, the next day, HWR is sponsoring a pretty amazing professional training day on Mind-Body-Spirit Tools and Techniques, for nurses, social workers, chaplains, docs, psychologists, counselors and health care providers in longterm care, intensive care, hospice and acute care settings.
Other featured speakers are Berklee College of Music's acclaimed music therapist, Suzanne Hauser, Cleveland Clinic acupuncture doc, Daniel Mazanec, gifted art therapist Barbara Trauger-Querry, Gentle Touch Hospice massage therapist, Andrea Schlenkerman, and many more. It's going to be an incredible day. To register, check on CEC's or get more information, click here.
Okay, take care and be well!
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