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The Immanuel Approach Conference


  • Church of the Holy Spirit 908 Trailview Blvd. SE, Suite 200 Leesburg, VA 20175 United States (map)
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When

Basic Training
9:00* AM to 6:00 PM, Tuesday, January 22 
9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Wednesday, January 23
9:00 AM to 12:30 PM, Thursday, January 24

Intermediate-Advanced Training
2:00* PM to 6:00 PM, Thursday, January 24
9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Friday, January 25

*Registration begins at 8:30 am for Basic Training and 1:30 pm for Intermediate-Advanced training

Where

Church of the Holy Spirit
908 Trailview Blvd. SE, Suite 200 
Leesburg, VA 20175

Cost

Basic
Intermediate-Advanced
Both1
$250
$180
$380
Late, begins Jan. 8, 2019

Registration includes a workbook, snacks, coffee, tea, and water.2

Lunch3 can be ordered for an additional $10.00 per person, per day on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday or you are welcome to bring your own lunch.

1 Those who register for both the Basic and the Intermediate-Advanced training get a $50 discount.

2 Refund Policy: 100% refund to 1 month prior (through Dec 21), minus $20 administrative fee; 50% refund to 2 weeks prior (Dec 23 through Jan 7); No refund after Jan 7.

3 Gluten-free and vegan options will be available if requested during registration. To get a general idea of what will be served, click here. Please note, lunch is subject to change.

About

Healing Center International is hosting two back-to-back conferences with Dr. Karl Lehman: a two-and-half day Basic training followed by a one-and-a-half day Intermediate-Advanced Immanuel Approach conference.

Dr. Karl Lehman is the psychiatrist who, along with Dr. E. James Wilder, developed the Immanuel approach. Dr. Lehman has been honing his technique in fourteen years of private practice and has written two books, Outsmarting Yourself and The Immanuel Approach: For Emotional Healing and for Life.

Dr. Lehman will only be offering this seminar package one time on the east coast. This is your opportunity!

In the Basic Seminar you will learn:

  • How to deepen intimacy with God

  • How to discern God’s ongoing guidance and resolve past pain

  • Basic principles and tools

  • About relational circuits

  • Why our brains work best in community

  • How our relationships are memory-mapped

  • How to establish interactive connections with the living presence of Jesus

  • About psychological trauma, and how to use the Immanuel approach to facilitate trauma healing

  • Basic troubleshooting

  • How to use of safety nets

  • How to teach the Immanuel Approach to others (observe Dr. Lehman modeling this)

  • How to lead group exercises (observe Dr. Lehman modeling this)

Each day will have a substantial practicum component including:

  • Viewing live and video demonstrations

  • Opportunities to practice what you are learning in small groups. 

The Intermediate-Advanced training will include:

  • Intermediate-advanced principles and tools. 

  • Identifying and resolving blockages when recipients are having difficulty connecting with Jesus

  • Troubleshooting challenges, for identifying and resolving confusion, accidental counterfeits, and deliberate counterfeits that contaminate connections with Jesus

  • Using the Immanuel Approach safety nets in difficult situations

  • Helping recipients who have trouble finding positive memories

  • Caring for dissociative parts who pretend to be Jesus

  • New insights regarding safeguards to protect your ministry.

  • Q&A with Dr. Lehman

  • Live and video demonstrations

Space is limited so register early.

General Questions? Check out our frequently asked questions below.

Still have questions?

Questions about venue or food? Email Bart Murnion at bart@holyspiritleesburg.org

Questions about registration or payment? Email us! HCI@GodHealsToday.org

Registration

Registration for the Basic conference has ended, however, you can sign up to be added to our waiting list. Registration of the Intermediate-Advanced conference is still available.

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Hotel Accommodations

Clarion Inn & Conference Center Leesburg
1500 East Market Street,
Leesburg, VA, US, 20176
703-771-9200

Group Name: Church of the Holy Spirit
Group Code: GL96S9
Check In: Monday, Jan 21, 2019 (3:00 PM)
Check Out: Saturday, Jan 26, 2019 (12:00 PM)
Cutoff Date: Saturday, Dec 22, 2018

Book a room here.

Who should attend (Basic training):

  • Christian lay people: Mature believers who already have some experience praying with others and who already have a good awareness of their own emotional and spiritual strengths and weaknesses will find that this conference provides teaching and tools for a huge step forward, with respect to both their own healing and growth and their ministry to others. Believers who would like to pray with others, become more self-aware, and begin their own personal healing journey will find teaching and tools that will be tremendously helpful in getting started.

  • People in ministry: The primary objective of the Immanuel approach for life is improving the depth and quality of our connection with God, and the Immanuel approach for emotional healing is the easiest, safest, and most effective method that we are aware of for resolving traumatic memories. The Immanuel approach for life and the Immanuel approach for emotional healing are perfectly suited for those in ministry, and especially for those in Christian emotional healing ministry.

  • Christian mental health professionals: In developing the Immanuel approach, Dr. Lehman and Dr. Wilder have carefully integrated truth from scripture, observations from their combined 60+ years of clinical experience, and brain research regarding trauma, memory, and the neurological pathways for processing painful experiences. The Immanuel approach to emotional healing is also consistent with many of the principles and techniques from the psychotherapies with the most empirical research support, such as cognitive therapy, exposure therapy, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). Furthermore, as mentioned above, in our experience the Immanuel approach to emotional healing has been the easiest, safest, and most effective method for resolving psychological trauma. Putting all of this together, the Immanuel approach principles and tools presented at this conference will provide an ideal foundation for faith-based psychotherapy work.

  • Those who already have some training and experience with the Immanuel Approach: People at intermediate and advanced levels of  training and experience with IA can benefit from getting additional practice with troubleshooting and using the IA safety nets. They can also learn how to teach the Immanuel Approach and how to lead group exercises (as they observe Dr. Lehman modeling these advanced skills).

Note that this conference is not intended to provide intense work with people in crisis. Dr. Lehman will not be able to provide private consultations, individual ministry, or follow-up after the conference.

Who should attend (Intermediate-Advanced training):

  • Christian lay people: For mature believers who already have some training and experience with the Immanuel Approach, and who already have a good awareness of your own emotional and spiritual strengths and weaknesses. The intermediate-advanced principles and tools presented in this conference will help you keep moving forward, with respect to both your own healing and growth and your ministry to others.

  • People in ministry: For people in ministry who already have some training and experience with the Immanuel Approach, the intermediate and advanced principles and tools presented in this conference will help you take the next step in increasing your effectiveness. Note: People in ministry who do not yet have training or experience with the Immanuel approach, but who already have training and experience with facilitating resolution of psychological trauma in other contexts, are welcome to attend the Intermediate-Advanced training if they also participate in the Basic training immediately prior.

  • Christian mental health professionals: For mental health professionals who already have some training and experience with the Immanuel Approach, the intermediate and advanced principles and tools presented in this conference will help you keep moving forward with respect to faith-based psychotherapy work. Note: Mental health professionals who do not yet have training or experience with the Immanuel approach, but who already have training and experience with facilitating resolution of psychological trauma in other contexts, are welcome to attend the Intermediate-Advanced training if they also participate in the Basic training immediately prior.

Note that this conference is not intended to provide psychotherapy or healing ministry for people in crisis. Dr. Lehman will not be able to provide private consultations, individual ministry, or follow-up after the conference.

Speakers

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Karl Lehman, M.D. is a board certified psychiatrist and maintains a private practice that actively integrates medical psychiatry, Christian spirituality and prayer for emotional healing. He graduated with highest distinction from Bethel College (Kansas) with bachelor's degrees in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. He completed his M.D. at the University of Kansas in 1988, and his internship and psychiatry residency at the Oregon Health Sciences University in 1992. He and his wife, Charlotte, began their private practice in Evanston, Illinois in 1994.

I practice Immanuel regularly as a way of connecting to God in joy. Do I need to take the Basic training or can I just take the Intermediate-Advanced training?  

Yes! You definitely still need to participate in the Basic training conference before taking the Intermediate-Advanced training. In addition to teaching principles and skills for connecting with God in joy, the Basic training also includes teaching, demonstration, and practice regarding how to process pain and heal trauma in the context of the Immanuel Approach. If you do not already have training and experience with respect to processing pain and healing trauma from some other setting, then the Basic training is definitely a prerequisite for the Intermediate-Advanced conference

What will be covered during the Intermediate-Advanced training?

If you are planning to attend the Intermediate-Advanced Immanuel Approach training, you already know that the foundation for the Immanuel Approach is helping the recipient to establish an interactive connection with the living presence of Jesus. You already know that the Immanuel Approach is unusually safe, gentle, effective, and transferrable. You also already know that one can learn the basic Immanuel Approach principles and tools in a matter of hours, but that it takes a lifetime to master the intermediate and advanced principles and tools. In this conference, Dr. Lehman will provide teaching and modeling regarding intermediate-advanced principles and tools for identifying and resolving blockages when recipients are having difficulty connecting with Jesus, for other troubleshooting challenges, for identifying and resolving confusion, accidental counterfeits, and deliberate counterfeits that contaminate connections with Jesus, and for using the Immanuel Approach safety nets in difficult situations. Dr. Lehman will also talk about recipients who have trouble finding positive memories, he will describe how to care for dissociative parts who are pretending to be Jesus, and he will share new insights regarding how to avoid destroying your ministry or causing other harm due to inappropriate relationships. There will be some time for Q&A (as much as we can possibly squeeze in).

Will the Intermediate-Advanced training include a practicum component?

Unfortunately, the Intermediate-Advanced conference will not include a practicum component because we have not found any way to address the HUGE logistical and safety challenges for practicing intermediate-advance tools on intermediate-advance content in a large group setting. The good news is that detailed case study examples, video clips from live sessions, and live demonstrations will provide experiential components for the right hemisphere. 

Are there scholarships available?

We are sorry but none of the organization that are partnering to bring this event to northern Virginia are able to provide scholarships, included Dr. Lehman, Church of the Holy Spirit or Healing Center International.  

Dr. Lehman’s suggestion is this:. If you really, really, really want to participate in these excellent, valuable conferences but don’t have the funds, I would encourage you to pursue a “Do-It-Yourself” scholarship. For example, check with your church or other organizations that you are volunteering with regarding the possibility that they might help. Also, if you are providing inexpensive or free ministry to family, friends, fellow-parishioners or clients, I would encourage you to invite them to help you with the cost of the training that enables you to provide the ministry you offer.

Will CEUs be available? 

Dr. Lehman is pursuing options for providing CEUs. Unfortunately, nothing has worked out yet. He will certainly send out an announcement in his e-newsletter if this changes.

Will we obtain Immanuel Approach certification from attending these conferences?

Dr. Lehman says that a number of people have asked him if they will be certified as Basic and/or Intermediate-Advanced Immanuel Approach facilitators as a result of participating in these conferences. The answer is no. In order to certify a person’s ability to facilitate IA sessions he would need to evaluate their emotional capacity and right-hemisphere skill issues, in addition to evaluating their cognitive understanding of the material, and this would require hours of careful observation for each participant.

Will live streaming and/or recordings be available?

We will not be live-streaming or recording this conference however, much of the teaching content is covered in the book, The Immanuel Approach: For Emotional Healing and for Life, and at Dr. Lehman’s IA website, www.immanuelapproach.com.  And you can purchase video recordings for a wide variety of live session demonstrations in both full length and condensed versions (see the training videos page of the website).

Can I go out to lunch?

In order to maximize time for training, we’ve only allowed one hour a day for lunch. There probably isn’t time to go out to eat but you might be able to grab something. There are restaurants and grocery stores between 5-10 minutes away, but it may be difficult to be back within an hour. We recommend that you either bring your lunch or buy the lunch that our host church is providing at an additional cost of $10 a day.

Where can I find a hotel?

Please refer to Hotel Accommodations above.

What about traffic?

In general, traffic is moving east and south in the morning hours and north and west in the evening hours. Traffic in the DC metro area can be daunting. Plan accordingly.

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