Keynotes & Invited Presenters

World-Class Keynotes

Thursday, May 12, 2022    5:45- 7:15 PM

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William Bengston, PhD

Turning the Unconventional into the Conventional: Some Experiments Capturing Healing Intention

1.5 CE Hours*

Level: All

In many experiments over the course of 40 years, Bill has gathered reliable data that demonstrate beyond reasonable doubt that "healing" can cure a variety of conditions, that dose is a factor, that healing proceeds non-linearly, that it is not fundamentally "energy" but "information," and that it is not correlated to a particular state of mind but functions more as an autonomic response to the need of the healee.

Bill's current research includes the question of whether healing can be "captured" and "reproduced" without the healer. In other words, can we store and independently deliver healing in a practical and scalable fashion?  Selected research on what approaches and materials can function to store healing intention will be presented, along with current work designed to test whether these approaches are more likely to function as "alternative" or "complimentary" therapies.


  • Summarize some experimental data related to healing.

  • Describe the evidence of how healing can be stored in both organic and inorganic materials.

  • List 2 prospects for experimental and clinical applications of the storage of healing intention.


William Bengston, PhD, is a professor of statistics and research methods at St. Joseph's College in New York, and president of the Society for Scientific Exploration, an international group of scientists who study anomalies. Bill has been researching anomalous healing for over forty years, and has numerous academic publications. Author of The Energy Cure, he has lectured widely in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.


Bill's research has produced the first successful full cures of transplanted mammary cancer and methylcholanthrene induced sarcomas in mice by energy healing techniques that he helped to develop. 

Friday, May 13, 2022     8:30 AM - 10:00 AM


Belleruth Naparstek, ACSW, BCD

Bel Guided Imagery for Deep Healing:  Offering Sacred Space, Magician Energy & Ritual in the Imaginal World

1.5 CE Hours*

Level: All

Regardless of culture or geography, we humans develop a universal built-in solution for the separation anxiety that assails us from infancy. Our baby selves come up with ingenious portable substitutes for Mommy: the blankie, the binkie, the teddy, and the thumb, which in turn evolve into magical, internalized images, which are foundational to our ability to self-soothe as adults. This accounts for the extraordinary power of guided imagery. And when we add Jungian themes and archetypal figures, we get the whole human race behind our intention to heal. Learn the key building blocks of creating a healing story in the altered state, so that clients can experience this remarkable, universal intervention, with all its baked-in power.



  • Define a sophisticated description of guided imagery and compare it to the practice of mindfulness.

  • List at least 4 different kinds of guided imagery.

  • Discuss at least 3 optimal conditions that maximize the therapeutic impact of guided imagery.

  • Name at least 3 research-demonstrated indications for using guided imagery.


Clinical social worker, author, and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is founding CEO of and the voice on 63 of its award-winning recordings. Prevention Magazine reports she has quietly created an underground revolution in mainstream healthcare by persuading institutions as diverse as Kaiser Permanente, the NIH, the US Army, Johns Hopkins, Blue Shield of California, Stanford University, and Progressive Insurance to distribute her guided imagery, in many instances free of charge. She has just completed a system-wide guided imagery certificate training course for all V.A. employees and is now building custom streaming pages and clinical apps, in English and Spanish, for organizations to distribute at scale.

Friday, May 13, 2022     5:00 PM - 6:30 PM


Diane Poole Heller, PhD 

The Role of Attachment Style in Treating Trauma

1.5 CE Hours**

Level: All

The effectiveness of body-oriented treatment strategies for PTSD such as somatic experiencing and energy psychology has been demonstrated. However, most practitioners are not well versed in the role of attachment styles in therapy. Explore the importance of attending to insecure attachment issues in psychotherapy in areas such as a predictor of traumatic distress, therapeutic engagement, and a predictor of treatment outcomes. Learn how insecure attachment issues manifest in trauma treatment, no matter what type of approach you use, and how you can customize treatment to the individual needs of your client's attachment style . Discover how to use the self-administered attachment style questionnaire as a psychoeducational tool to help increase your client's self-awareness and motivation. You can take the test at 



  • Describe the 3 insecure attachment styles.

  • Delineate at least 2 emotional and behavioral differences in trauma treatment that can be attributed to attachment style.

  • Describe at least one intervention that helps customize treatment to match a clients insecure attachment style.


Diane Poole Heller, PhD, is an internationally recognized speaker, author and expert in the field of attachment theory and trauma resolution. Her signature approach, DARe (Dynamic Attachment Re-patterning experience), provides therapists and individuals with relevant skills and practical exercises that facilitate healing from attachment and trauma wounds.

As senior faculty for SETI, Diane studied with Dr. Peter Levine and taught Somatic Experiencing® trauma work internationally for over 25 years. Diane is also the author of three books including: The Power of Attachment: How to Create Deep and Lasting Intimate Relationships.

Saturday, May 14, 2022     8:30 AM - 10:00 AM


Dawson Church, PhD

Bliss Brain

1.5 CE Hours**

Level: All

Elevated emotional, mental and spiritual states have been described by mystics for millennia. Now, modern research tools like MRIs and EEGs are allowing us to analyze the brain patterns of these adepts and map their neural activity. Science has built up a profile of their most active brain regions and found that they match those of people in peak states of "flow." These states also produce seven of the most pleasurable neurotransmitters and hormones known, from serotonin to anandamide, the "bliss molecule." This presentation reviews the neuroscience behind "Bliss Brain" and includes an experience of the practices that induce it.


  • Name at least 2 of the neurochemicals released in the brain during peak experiences.

  • Identify the characteristic brain wave of "flow" states.

  • Describe the "lock and key" model of synaptic signal transmission.

Dawson Church, PhD, is a best-selling science writer and award-winning researcher. His book The Genie in Your Genes was the first book to demonstrate that emotions drive gene expression. Bliss Brain demonstrates that peak states rapidly remodel the brain. Dawson has conducted dozens of clinical trials, and founded the Veterans Stress Solution, which has offered free treatment to over 20,000 veterans with PTSD. Dawson shares these health and performance breakthroughs through EFT Universe, one of the largest alternative medicine sites on the web.

* Session is approved for CME & other CE boards, but no APA CE is available. 

** Session is approved for CME, APA CE and many other CE boards.

Please see CE Hours page for all CE details.

Sunday, May 15, 2022    2:15 PM - 3:45 PM


Jude Currivan, PhD

An Emergent WholeWorld-View of a Conscious and Evolutionary Universe: How it can guide our conscious evolution

1.5 CE Hours*

Level: All

The mainstream scientific paradigm suggests that a separate and solely material universe exists independently of consciousness. In this keynote you will learn a radically different understanding of the universe.


Across multiple fields of research, leading-edge science is discovering that our universe exists and evolves as a unified entity, with an innate impulse to evolve from simplicity to complexity. You will discover that the universe is being revealed as a holographic manifestation of a meaningfully in-formational cosmic reality, with mind and consciousness not something we have but what we and the whole world are. 


Jude will describe how to integrate this whole-world view with universal wisdom teachings. This integration has the narrative power and evidential truth to help guide our conscious evolution. 



  • Describe 3 key aspects of our universe which enables it to exist and evolve as a unified entity. 

  • Describe 3 examples of supernormal phenomena and how these are naturalized by an emergent whole-world view cosmology.

  • Describe 3 examples in which the same meaningful in-formational patterns. underpin natural systems and human behaviors.

Jude Currivan, PhD, is a cosmologist, planetary healer, futurist, and author. She was previously one of the most senior businesswomen in the UK. Co-founder of WholeWorld-View, Jude integrates leading edge science, consciousness research and universal wisdom teachings into a wholistic world-view that underlies her work serving conscious evolution and empowering transformational resolutions to collective human and planetary issues. A member of the Evolutionary Leaders Circle she is also the international and award-winning author of six books, including The Cosmic Hologram: In-formation at the Center of Creation.

* Session is approved for different CE boards, but no APA CE is available.

** Session is approved for APA CE and many other CE boards.

Please see CE Hours page for all CE details.


Compelling Invited Presenters

Friday, May 13, 2022   3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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Russ Hudson

Nine Enneagram Paths for Growth & Development

1 CE Hour*

Level: All

While many people are now familiar with the Enneagram as a system of nine personality types, it is more fundamentally a dynamic, multi-faceted system that sheds light on the inner relationships between our personality and the deeper resources of our nature. The original Enneagram work was more about finding and cultivating our core capacities while becoming more aware of our potentially harmful tendencies. In this session, we will explore the nine points as possible pathways of growth and development.



  •  Differentiate the fundamental distinctions of the nine Enneagram points and their roots in three forms of human intelligence: cognitive, emotional, and kinesthetic. 

  • Identify the connection between specific patterns of ego/personality and more core states of consciousness. 

Russ Hudson is widely regarded as one of the top teachers and developers of the Enneagram system in the world today. He has been teaching full-time since 1991 and co-authored with Don Richard Riso five best-selling books on the subject, including The Wisdom of the Enneagram, Personality Types, and a scientifically-validated test instrument, the Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator (RHETI). Russ recently released an audiobook The Enneagram: Nine Gateways to Presence. He holds a degree in East Asian Studies from Columbia University. 


Grace Alvarez Sesma

Respecting Indigenous Healing Traditions: From Colonizer to Ally       1 CE Hour*

Level: All

The Indigenous worldview of interconnection has often led to non-Natives mistaking the generous sharing of knowledge with implied approval to take and (mis)use culture-specific customs. The willingness to accept Indigenous protocols is a critical first step to healing and transforming our communities, as is having the courage to learn to unlearn unconscious colonial behaviors that harm Native Peoples. Becoming a solid ally, you enter into a respectful relationship with the Original Peoples of Turtle Island.


  • Describe how colonial laws, manifest destiny, and religious persecution affected, and continues to affect Native communities.

  • Identify 2 methods and practices that non-Native healers are using that originate within Native and Indigenous tribal communities.

  • List 3 different ways that non-Native persons and organizations can begin to decolonize their policies and/or clinical, healing, shamanic practice.

Grace Alvarez Sesma, Mexican/Yaqui, is a practitioner of Mexican Traditional Healing (Curanderismo). In addition to her cultural healing practice, she is a facilitator for San Diego State University's Academy for Professional Excellence School of Social Work Tribal Star program. As a cultural educator, she works with healthcare providers to promote understanding of Mexican and Indigenous culture-specific healing interventions, Indigenous protocols, and to encourage mutually respectful collaboration.

Saturday, May 14, 2022     5:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Asha Clinton, MSW, PhD

The Energy Psychology of Disease

1 CE Hour*

Level: All

Our growing understanding of the body, the interconnectedness of body, psyche, intellect and spirit, and energetic treatment is producing new ways to treat disease. We will examine four experimental energy psychology approaches: Treating the Molecules of Emotion, Symbolic Analysis Treatment, 3-Step Transformation and Messages from the Center, with case examples.


  • Explain how the "molecules of emotion" bring disease into particular areas of the body, and how that can produce illness. 

  • Delineate how the ego's inaction can cause disease.

  • Explain the three steps of 3-Step Transformation, and why that can help cure illness.

Asha Clinton, MSW, PhD - A former Princeton professor, Dr. Clinton began to develop Advanced Integrative Therapy in 1999, and has created 15 AIT seminars. She is internationally known as an excellent presenter, for her skill in treating trauma, psychogenic illness, and spiritual impasse, and for her humanitarian aid work.


Roger Jahnke, OMD

The Energetics (Qi) of Cultivating an Inner Residence for our Transcendental Essence Within

1 CE Hour*

Level: All

We can help clients energetically create a profound inner sanctuary with energy cultivation methods. The ancients developed an energy-centered paradigm for human function based on the Three Treasures, body-mind-spirit. When these treasures are in coherence, the qi, the prana, and function of these three treasured aspects of being operate more effectively, with the least friction (body - inflammation), the least stress (mind - distraction, worry) and the least doubt (spirit - misalignment with essence). When in coherence, we call this whole-person integrity. These ideas about qi from ancient times are the original insights for what science has now named: homeostatic capacity, vagal tone, mitochondrial fitness, interoception, neurotransmitter management and telomere sustainability.


  • Perform simple breath practices and movements that enhance resiliency and wellbeing.

  • Describe the contemporary scientific evince supporting the effectiveness of energy-oriented practices.

Roger Jahnke, OMD, is chief of staff at the Health Action Integrative Medicine Clinic in Santa Barbara California. He is director of the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi (IIQTC), a mind-body research and training institute that has trained 2000 teachers and practice leaders and has contributed to research in numerous respected medical journals. With 10 research trips to Asia's universities, hospitals, temples and sacred mountain sites, Roger has distilled the essence of qi/prana cultivation in his widely revered books The Healer Within and The Healing Promise of Qi.

* Session is approved for CME and other CE boards, but no APA CE is available.

** Session is approved for CME, APA CE and many other CE boards.

Please visit the CE Hours page for detailed information.

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