Topics covered:
 • Stress Management
 • Wellness
 • Weight, Smoking, & Drug Control
 • Staying Young & Living Longer

 • Eliminating School Dropout
 • Learning Skills, Memory, Creativity

 • Self Empowerment

 • Goal Accomplishment

 • Re-Programming Yourself

 • Improving Self-Image

Keynote Seminar  1 - 2 hours   Workshops  ½ - 1 Day 

Dr. Barrios's presentations can vary in length from one to two hours to half day to full day.  In all his presentations, no matter what the specific topic or goal, he will present the essentials of his Self-Programmed Control (SPC) program and then focus in on how to apply the program towards achieving that particular goal.

The first part of the SPC program introduces a set of highly effective techniques (the SPC techniques) for facilitating change or re-programming.  The basic problem with most attempts at self-improvement is that it is very hard to change established behavior patterns.  "You can't teach an old dog new tricks" is a basic truism with most people.  This is why the best-intentioned efforts at losing weight, stopping smoking, turning over a new leaf, developing a more positive attitude, etc., etc., usually fail.  It is just simply not easy for most people to change.  This is why this part of the SPC program can be so helpful no matter what the particular goal happens to be.

The second part of the program is referred to as the positive direction component.  It presents various specific behaviors (attitudes, beliefs and habits) for achieving a wide variety of positive goals leading to greater health, success or happiness.  To have a powerful tool for change is one thing but not having any good idea of what changes to make leaves one "spinning his wheels" so to speak.  Depending on the particular topic or goal, the relevant part of this positive direction component is presented.  For example, if Stress Management is the goal, a multifaceted approach is presented.  This would include specific relaxation techniques reinforced by the Stress Control Biofeedback Card (everyone in the audience would receive a card), a set of positive mental attitudes to help roll with the punches including ways of raising one's self image, and the techniques for self-programming in all this new positive behavior so that it quickly becomes second nature. 

Dr. Barrios can also combine any number of different topics of interest into one presentation.  For instance when addressing audiences interested in stress management, he can also readily intertwine the SPC approach to combating substance abuse, controlling weight, and breaking the cigarette habit.  If requested, he can also include the overall holistic approach to greater health – including the psychoneuroimmunological approach to fighting cancer (one of his many areas of expertise), etc., etc.


Since his area of expertise is The Power of the Word, Dr. Barrios literally mesmerizes his audience.  Thanks to the immediate positive feedback of the SPC techniques, the immediate visible proof of the power of thoughts which he quickly has the audience experience, a heightened state of belief is soon created.  Belief in what?  Belief in the now very real possibility that you will be able to tap into the power of your mind (the power of thoughts) and thus have greater control over your own destiny.

To give you some idea of the power of the SPC techniques to instill this heightened state of belief, think of how effective Anthony Robbins has been when demonstrating the power of the mind with his "walking on hot coals" technique.  People are amazed to find that they have indeed been able to walk on the coals without feeling pain and this definitely opens their eyes to the power of their minds.  The advantage of the SPC techniques is that they accomplish the same goal but in a much faster, less messy and less dangerous way.  They, too, provide immediate proof of the power of the mind, the power of thought to produce immediate effect.

For instance, in the case of the Arms technique, the audience is amazed when they open their eyes to find that one arm is so much higher than the other (Dr. Barrios has them focus on the thought of one arm being lifted by a huge helium filled balloon while the other arm is weighted down by a heavy bucket of water.)  In the case of the Magic Pendulum technique they cannot believe their eyes when the pendulum they are holding (a paper clip on a string) automatically starts to move in the left-right direction when they start thinking left-right, and then immediately changes to a circular movement when they next start thinking circle.  And finally there is the pièce de résistance – the Concentration Spiral.  The audience is literally left gasping in amazement when they see before their very eyes the object they are focusing on become magnified as a result of the concentrating effect of the Concentration Spiral (a plant is usually used for a most dramatic effect – with the plant actually appearing to grow larger.)

You can talk till you are blue in the face about the Power of Positive Thinking, the power of thought to give you greater control over your destiny and you still won't be able to get through to a good percentage of people.  But with one such simple demonstration a light suddenly comes on and they can immediately see and believe that what you are saying is true.

Another advantageous feature of Dr. Barrios's presentation is that he presents everything in a sound, logical and rational way.  There are no mystical, metaphysical types of explanations given for the phenomena of the mind.  Everything is presented so as to also appeal to the logically, scientifically oriented individual.  Concepts which have never been fully understood by most people – the Mind, Free Will, Belief, Faith Healing, Hypnosis, the Power of Thought, the Self-Fullfilling Prophecy, etc. can now be seen and understood in a much clearer light.


Dr. Barrios's presentations have been warmly and enthusiastically received at various well known corporations and groups, including Rockwell International, ARCO, Mead-Johnson, The California Medical Association, Citibank, and Turner Construction, among others.  The following comments from nurses affiliated with Mead-Johnson after completing a one day SPC seminar and those of 10 of the 11 Rockwell employees taking a six week SPC class will give you a good idea of the types of response that can be expected to Dr. Barrios's presentations.

Some comments from nurses affiliated with Mead Johnson after completing a one-day SPC seminar conducted by Dr. Barrios:

"The best thing about this class is that it gave practical and immediate applicable techniques rather than esoteric or theoretical statements."

"Will not be something that you will forget or seldom use once you leave here.   It is something I will use for the rest of my life."

"Best seminar I've ever been to!  Feel the positive feedback and techniques helped me the most."

"Very useful – I can take ideas and use them at home. Instead of describing burnout, you give techniques to deal with it."

"Fast paced; very innovative, fascinating, and useful.  Time flew by – it seemed like only two hours instead of all day."

"No comparison – this is a tremendously valuable seminar. What I liked most were all the different techniques and the calming effect I felt."

"I have been to six seminars in the past month.  I feel I can actually apply today's seminar to everyday life more than any other."

"Much better than any other seminar – interesting, something applicable to my everyday life.  The application of positive attitudes, the feeling that it is possible to achieve your goals.  It left a good positive feeling which I really needed.  I'm leaving here feeling I can cope with the things I am going through right now."

"Very well presented, applicable to both personal and work situations. Seminar was very good in that the audience participated actively in the exercises – we didn't just listen to a lecturer."

"Better by far than most seminars. I especially liked the techniques and opportunity to try them, and Dr. Barrios's willingness to answer questions – and his warm, human presentation. Good balance of theory and activity. Sustained my interest through entire day."


Dr. Barrios has presented many seminars and workshops on SPC to: (1) Corporations to help improve employee wellness and productivity (available is a video tape of a one hour introduction to SPC for ARCO employees); (2) Education to teach instructors the SPC program for helping to decrease student dropout as well as decrease both student and teacher stress; (3) Medicine to introduce the SPC alternative medicine program to health practitioners interested in dealing more effectively with such stress diseases as Heart Disease, Stroke and Type 2 Diabetes as well as such immuno-deficiency diseases as cancer and AIDS.

In addition to all the workshops Dr. Barrios has put on across the nation for medical personnel while working with the Healthcare Management Institute, he has also presented workshops and seminars at various national and international conferences over the years. This includes:

  • The VIth International Congress for Hypnosis (1973), Uppsala, Sweden.

  • 1st European Congress of Hypnosis in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic Medicine (1978), Malmö, Sweden.

  • 8th Annual Holistic Health & Education Conference (1982), Del Mar, California.

  • 9th Annual Mandala Conference (1983) on Health & Education, San Diego, California.

  • The Psychology of Health, Immunity and Disease Conference sponsored by The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (1991), South Carolina.

  • The Annual American Guild of Hypnosis Convention (1999), New Hampshire.

  • Comprehensive Cancer Care: Integrating Complementary & Alternative Therapies sponsored by The Center For Mind-Body Medicine (2000), Massachusets.

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