Into the Magic Shop: Treating Trauma through Curiosity and Mystical Wisdom

Jul 15, 2024 Open Mental Health

Into the Magic Shop: Treating Trauma through Curiosity and Mystical Wisdom


Into the Magic Shop: Treating Trauma though Curiosity and Mystical Wisdom
Inspired by the work of neurosurgeon James Doty, ally of the Dalai Lama, this presentation increases knowledge and competence in the use of the mystical, magical, and spiritual pathways, to engage clients and instill curiosity from the first session forward. Studies show that between 20% and 57% of clients never return after the first session. This presentation offers evidence to support a growing body of work that suggests that instilling curiosity, encouraging the mystical, the magical, and the spiritual to manifest in a therapeutic session, is one path forward toward increasing commitment to the therapeutic process.

Opening this seminar, Carol Juul, LCSW sketches the life story of James Doty, a famous neurosurgeon, who was once a child with a mentally ill mother and alcoholic father living in a desert town in California. Doty attributes his transformation to four magic tricks he learned from a woman in a magic shop in a rundown strip mall, three of which limn the tenets of hypnosis. "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious," (Albert Einstein). This seminar weaves Erickson's "power of curiosity as a change agent," with the compelling truth about the influence of a healing relationship, offering a magical and metaphysical template for treating trauma.

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Group Rate Available: $65 per person
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Target Audience

Mental health professionals including psychologists, substance use counselors, clinical social workers, licensed counselors, marriage and family therapists, school counselors, and other professionals interested in this topic


Upon completion of this seminar, participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate how wonderment actively engages clients in the therapeutic process from the first session forward
  • Explain how to establish curiosity as a change agent in the first session
  • Articulate how therapists may design treatment plans which integrate curiosity about stories, to positively impact client's health and healing
  • Describe how to foster a client's natural intrigue with recommendations of movies/books/reading material


  • Carol Juul, LCSW, ACSW


Into the Magic Shop: Treating Trauma through Curiosity and Mystical Wisdom

7/15 12:00 PM – 3:15 PM


.300 CEU

The Mountain Area Health Education Center designates this entire live continuing education activity as meeting the criteria for 0.30 CEUs as established by the National Task Force on the Continuing Education Unit.

3.000 Contact Hours

MAHEC designates this live continuing education activity as meeting the criteria for 3.00 Contact Hours.

3.000 NBCC Hours

Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5514. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. MAHEC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 3.0 hours

3.000 Contact Hours (category A) CE for NC Psychologists

MAHEC is recognized by the North Carolina Psychology Board as an approved Provider of Category A Continuing Education for North Carolina Licensed Psychologists. Approved for 3.0 hours Category A.


$75.00 Early Registration Fee

Applies 1/26/24–7/8/24

$90.00 Registration Fee

Applies 7/9/24–7/15/24

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