Friday, June 24, 2016
, 10 am - 1 pm
Prof. Dr. George Kohlrieser (USA)
How to Stop Being a Hostage to your own Fears

The chance of being taken hostage is relatively small. However, anyone can be become a ‘metaphorical hostage’ to conscious and unconscious fears. George Kohlrieser-- bestselling author of “Hostage at the Table: How Leaders Can Overcome Conflict, Influence Others, and Raise Performance”— will explore how the proven techniques and psychological insights used in hostage negotiation can help change a mindset focused on danger and pain towards the positive and self-affirming. Using a powerful framework learn how to lead yourself in any fearful situation where the goal is to regain and live with full personal power and a hostage-free state of mind.

Friday, June 24, 2016, 2.30 pm - 5 pm
Prof. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk (USA)
Impact of Trauma, Fear and Neglect

on Development Mind, Brain and Identiy throughout the Life Cycle

Friday, June 24, 2016, 5 pm - 5.30 pm
with both speakers and Dr. Peter A. Levine 


Saturday, June 25, 2016, 10 am - 1 pm
Dr. Peter A. Levine (USA) 
Fear as Chance

Because of its potential negative repercussions, fear is often viewed as something undesirable. What is often overlooked is that it can definitely also have its positive sides, thus offering an opportunity of one kind or the other. If we can, rather than being caught up in fear, recognize based on the particular moment in question that fear is a valuable biological response to danger or threat, fear will not be tinged with negative associations alone. Instead, we can pick our strategy—sometimes consciously, at other times unconsciously—around how to move towards optimizing our safety: whether by molding, fleeing, fighting or playing dead (freezing). Becoming aware what fear feels like to us physically enables us to relate to it in a healthy way. This way, fear will be able to serve us rather than enslaving us.


Saturday, June 25, 2016, 2.30 pm - 5.00 pm
Prof. Dr. George Kohlrieser (USA)
Turning Loss into Inspiration

Everybody goes through losses, big and small - the loss of a job, a home, a failure, or the loss of a loved one. Will you allow a loss to hold you “hostage” and limit you in your future endeavors by focusing on regret, guilt or unresolved grief? Or will the experience of loss enable you to find a new identity or goal, re-connect with people, and enjoy life again?  In his presentation, George Kohlrieser – an an internationally recognized expert on leadership and a veteran hostage negotiator - will explore how you can not only get over each loss but how to draw from those losses new inspiration by rewiring your brain to “play to win”.  The seed of a new calling can be found in even the most difficult of life’s losses; learn how through the techniques and insights of hostage negotiation you can begin to uncover them. 


Saturday, June 25, 2016, 5 pm - 5.30 pm
with both speakers and Prof. Bessel van der Kolk


Sunday, June 26, 2016
, 10 am - 1 pm
Prof. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk (USA) 
Trauma Treatment: Processing Memories of Fear,
Focusing on Embodiment, Self-regulation and Identiy


Sunday, June 26, 2016, 2.30 pm - 5.00 pm
Dr.  Peter A. Levine (USA)
Fear as a Nuanced Feeling versus Fear as an Existential Threat

In recent times, 'fear' and 'terror' have suddenly come to be widely treated like two closely linked concepts, almost like synonyms. This way, fear has become associated with existential threat, ignoring the fact that it also involves aspects of a completely different nature. If we succeed in becoming aware of what precedes and lead up to the creation of fear, it will prevent us from merely perceiving fear as linked to an existential threat. Instead, we will then be able to experience the many nuances of the emotion of fear, thus opening the door to a differentiated assessment of the types of fear we are dealing with. From this vantage point, we will be able to decide whether a situation is posing an actual threat or not. In this context, the vagal break plays an essential role. It helps us not to be pulled into a swirling upsurge of adrenaline or into dorsal vagal shutdown whenever we begin to experience fear. In his presentations, the founder of SOMATIC EXPERIENCING (SE) will primarily focus on the physiological side of fear. 


Sunday, June 26, 2016, 5 pm - 5.30 pm
and open space with all speakers


Place: Ref. Kirchengemeinde Oerlikon, Baumackerstrasse 19,  CH-8050 Zürich
Times: Each day 10am – 1pm  and 2.30 – 5.30pm    Cost 820.-
Language: English and German

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