AGI’s 20th Annual Conference Was An Historic Event
The Academy for Guided Imagery’s 20th Annual Conference was first webcast on May 15-18, 2008, and continued online until August 31, 2008.
Our conference theme this year was “Imagery, Suggestion, and Mind/Body Medicine: 2008” and we werer delighted to have a large number of co-sponsoring organizations joining us for this historic event. The conference featured a distinguished international faculty who shared their most recent theories, thoughts, research, techniques, strategies, and clinical findings about imagery, visualization, suggestion, mind/body medicine, and related topics.
Given our current national health care crisis, it is critically important for health care clinicians, researchers, educators, administrators, and consumers to familiarize themselves with the latest evidence and information about innovative treatment approaches that are safer, more effective, and less costly for patients, providers, and society. Preventive medicine and wellness have also come of age, and there is now increasing interest in techniques for gaining and maintaining optimal health and longevity, especially if they emphasize greater self-management and self-care.
While hardly new, one of the most creative and innovative approaches that is emerging to meet these needs is guided imagery. Imagery and suggestion have a long and varied history in the healing traditions of humankind. When we consider the vital roles played by placebos, religious rituals, and positive expectant faith, it is clear that imagery has long been a central and omnipresent component of most healing experiences.
Imagery and suggestion are unconscious elements in most health care communications that can affect the outcome of many medical interventions and therapies in either helpful or deleterious ways. Current scientific research findings clearly demonstrate that imagery can directly influence the body's immune, endocrine, and autonomic nervous systems, and that the power of imagination can stimulate a variety of physiologic processes that accelerate and support healing.
In short, there is probably no human problem that is not affected to some degree in positive or negative ways by suggestion, the mind, and its imagination. Thus, it's important for all in the health care arena to learn how the conscious uses of imagery can aid diagnosis and prognosis, stimulate positive therapeutic change, enhance healing, and empower patients to take better care of themselves.
Fortunately, with proper instruction, therapeutic guided imagery and related techniques are easy to learn, inexpensive to employ, and carry few, if any, negative side effects or risks when properly utilized. They are therefore an ideal adjunct to any other type of therapy.
During the Academy's 20th Annual Conference Webcast, many of the originators and long-time researchers, teachers, and practitioners of these modern-day approaches shared their unique and extensive expertise, wisdom, and experience.
Although the webcast has ended, we are considering bringing it back online one last time in November/December if there is sufficient interest to justify the additional costs. Please click here if you are interested in attending and would like to be notified if and when the webcast is re-broadcast.
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