Chaos in Therapy

Steve Hoskinson, M.A. (Psychology), M.A.T. (Theology) in a USABP Spotlight Series Event, presents how to navigate chaos for personal healing, coaching, and therapy.

"To have hope as a species, we need this certainty: compassion is our nature. This does not happen by domination — controlling our thoughts and behavior. Instead, let’s learn to speak the language of our nature. And by ‘speaking’ I mean mostly listening.”

Steve Hoskinson, Founder of Organic Intelligence


Chaos Theory has been around for a long time, but in this special USABP webinar Organic Intelligence® Founder, Steve Hoskinson will share the essentials to know about chaos for personal healing, coaching and therapy. We’ll learn what chaos is, and what it is not — and how to help yourself and clients navigate the inner and outer terrains of chaos.

When is Chaos at the cusp of a new phase of organization?

When should we encourage “waiting it out” versus trying to change chaotic states?
These crucial understandings will bring new light and liveliness to your work with this paradigm-shifting perspective from Organic Intelligence and USABP.
Main Points of Workshop
▪ State-trait definition
▪ Traits are even more difficult to change than “habits”
▪ Key distinctions: chaos as a state, versus chaos as a trait
▪ Biological description of chaos as state: intensity thresholds
▪ The relationship of intensity to the formation of chaos as a trait
▪ The negativity bias and maintenance of systemic status quo
▪ Responding to chaos: the default mode network
▪ 3 Coping based on intensity level
▪ What if the world is in chaos?

Participants will learn to:
—Use specific criteria for assessing chaos as a biological trait
—Implement coping strategies (for self & clients) for reducing chaotic distress
—Use mindfulness exercises, in session and at home, for stabilizing states
—Recognize how attunement to biological traits can improve outcomes and the therapeutic container and contract
—Use Organic Intelligence® maps to detect state and trait stabilization and growth
—Learn the language and facilitation of Post-Trauma Growth (PTG)

- Introduce Topic and Speaker (Welcome presenter to the screen)
- Short Interview with Presenter - talking about their inspirations and visions for our field,
- The Presentation – can include taking questions, moderated by Liam
- Q&A,
- Wrap up (promote your upcoming events, resources etc.)
- USABP Closing


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Hoskinson, S. (2021). The Job is Enjoyment: The End of Trauma Course Workbook. (In Press)

Reddy, S., & Sharma, S. (2018). Physiology, Circadian Rhythm. In StatPearls [Internet]. StatPearls Publishing.
Rozin, P., & Royzman, E. B. (2001). Negativity bias, negativity dominance, and contagion. Personality and social psychology review, 5(4), 296–320.

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Your Instructor

Steve Hoskinson, M.A., M.A.T.
Steve Hoskinson, M.A., M.A.T.

Steve Hoskinson, M.A., M.A.T., is an internationally recognized trauma teacher and mentor. He has trained thousands in his approach over the past 20 years, teaches in Somatic Psychology at JFK University, and gives invited addresses at professional conferences worldwide. Steven founded Organic Intelligence® to support healing and harm reduction with OI Trauma Safe™ programs. Steve’s teachings have been sought out by Somatic Psychology department heads, Dr. Mark Hyman’s Broken Brain docu-series, for meditation teacher training at Spirit Rock, and as guest for the 2019 Plum Village Neuroscience Retreat in France. To empower healing communities, Steve created the OI Coaching Certification Course, the Clinical Mindfulness Series, The End of Trauma Course, and the End of Trauma™ Podcast.

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