Special Subjects/Advanced Topics

The Immanuel Lifestyle and Sustaining Joy For a Life Time (Lecture From 2015 Annual Gathering) 

(New 4/11/15 2015, revised 4/21/15) This is the manuscript for the presentation we gave at the THRIVE annual gathering, April 11 2015. As mentioned, it includes a lot of true story examples from the Lehman’s personal experience of deliberately pursuing an Immanuel lifestyle. Unfortunately, it does not include the relational circuit demonstration component that I spontaneously incorporated into the live presentation. (At several points in the live presentation, when the combination of sleep deprivation, stress from time pressure, and various triggers pushed my relational circuits off, I paused, described my internal experience, and pointed out the indicators that my relational circuits were off. And then I would use one of the tools for getting relational circuits back on, and again describe my internal thoughts and emotions, pointing out the clues that now indicated that I was back in relational mode.) Hopefully this material will still be helpful, even without the relational circuit demonstration component. And, sadly, the manuscript is also missing the humor that spontaneously found it’s way into the live presentation. (View PDF 48 pages)

Let Jesus Drive (with Respect to Non-process Aspects of the Session)

(New 12/08/2012) I frequently receive questions along the lines of, “When should I take responsibility for leading the session?” or “How much direction should I provide?,” and I am constantly asking myself these same questions. This essay provides a careful discussion (with some really cool true story examples) of the following key points: 1) It’s important to differentiate between direction with respect to the Immanuel approach process and direction with respect to non-process aspects of the session (timing, pacing/intensity, specific content, and the details of the pain processing pathway). 2) With respect to the process: it’s important for the facilitator to provide the structure for the Immanuel approach by providing lots of direction. 3) With respect to all non-process aspects: let Jesus drive as much as possible. (View PDF)

Informed Consent: General Comments and Sample Form for Immanuel Approach Emotional Healing

(New 12/13/2002, revised 1/25/2015) Going through a careful informed consent process with the Immanuel approach recipient is one of the simplest and easiest things one can do to decrease the risk of misunderstandings, relationship breakdowns, and lawsuits. This essay briefly discusses the concepts and practice of
informed consent, and includes a sample informed consent form for Immanuel approach emotional healing work. (View PDF 12 pages)


The Immanuel Approach with Children

(New 6/5/2002, Last revised 3/19/2015) We have had only very limited opportunity to work directly with children ourselves, since we don’t have any specialty training with children and we live in a large city where there are many child specialists. (So if we worked with a child and made any mistakes, we could just skip the court process and go straight to giving all of our money to the lawyers.) However, we have worked with a number of parents, grandparents, emotional healing ministers, mission teams, and child therapists, coaching them as they work with children. And we have also received stories from a wide variety of people who have been using the Immanuel approach with children. In this essay we offer thoughts from our own experience, and have also tried to collect useful material from parents, grandparents, ministers, mission teams, and therapists who are using the Immanuel approach with children. (View PDF 8 pages)

The Immanuel Approach and Attachment Trauma

(New 5/25/2012) Many people have asked whether the Immanuel approach is effective in working with attachment trauma. In short, our perception is that the Immanuel approach is the most effective intervention we are aware of for every form of attachment trauma we are aware of. Beginning sessions with appreciation and a positive connection with Jesus provides a very gentle start, and also gives the person a safe place to come back to. Allowing Jesus to lead the process takes care of many difficult judgment calls with respect to timing. Jesus can help the person build capacity at the points they don’t initial have enough. And, finally, in the context of a person’s childhood memories, the living presence of Jesus can actually fill the “holes” left by type A, or absence wound trauma. These points are illustrated through stories and didactic teaching in this essay. (View PDF)

The Immanuel Approach Revisited

(New 01/06/2008, revised: 02/04/2011) summary: The full title of this essay is “Brain Science, Psychological Trauma, and the God Who Is with Us ~ Part V: The Immanuel Approach Revisited”. It provides a much more thorough discussion of what we have learned so far with respect to the Immanuel approach. In this document I present the evidence supporting positive memory recall, deliberate appreciation, and “describe everything that comes into your awareness” as parts of the Immanuel approach. I also present much more detailed descriptions of the Immanuel approach process, including a careful discussion of trouble shooting and a discussion of special considerations for group exercises. This document is currently (August 2011) undergoing massive revisions. The new version will be posted on both www.kclehman.com and www.outsmartingyourself.com as soon as it is finished. (View PDF 48pgs)

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