Plenary #9: Guided Imagery: Universal Solution for Separation Anxiety, All-Purpose Recipe for Courage / Belleruth Naparstek, LISW, BCD

Clinical social worker and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of over 80 guided imagery audio programs targeted to address a variety of health and mental health concerns, and founder of Health Journeys Inc, a leading producer, and distributor of mind-body programs that deliver direct healing and wellness experiences, at the screen or on a listening device. Her first book, Staying Well with Guided Imagery is a widely use d primer Her second book, Your Sixth Sense, has been translated into 9 languages. Her book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal, won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award. In their 20th anniversary edition of their seminal book, Courage to Heal, Ellen Bass and Laura Davis call Invisible Heroes, “the most useful book for trauma survivors to be published in the last decade”. As Prevention Magazine has noted, Belleruth has been quietly creating an underground revolution among mainstream health and mental health bureaucracies, by persuading major institutions such as the U.S. Army, the Veteran’s Health Administration, The American Red Cross, Aetna U.S. Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente, Blue Shield of California, nearly 2000 hospitals, mental health centers, recovery clinics and vet centers to distribute her guided imagery recordings, in most instances free of charge to recipients. In addition, her recordings have been involved in over two-dozen clinical trials, with nearly a dozen studies completed to date. Efficacy has been established for several psychological and medical challenges, including surgery outcomes, smoking cessation, pain and posttraumatic stress.