BT16 Workshop 42 - The Discriminating Therapist - Michael Yapko, PhD
In this workshop, we will explore the patterns of thought involved in how people make important life
choices, especially those that carry the potential to really make a critical difference in their emotional wellbeing
and quality of life. Instead of asking why and then theorizing why someone makes poor choices, our
emphasis will be on how one decides to do this, not that, in especially vulnerable situations, i.e., those that
hold great potential for causing psychological distress. Specifically, we will focus on helping our clients develop
what are called “discrimination criteria,” the key factors that help one determine whether to take one
path or another in some particular situation. The value of asking “how” questions during the client interview
as a means for identifying quickly where the client needs discrimination criteria will be emphasized as the
precursor to effective use of hypnosis in treatment.
1. Describe and discuss the role of global cognition in peoples' problems.
2. Model asking the "how" question to identify therapeutic targets.
3. List and describe the mechanisms for teaching discrimination criteria to enhance client decision making.
Michael D. Yapko, Ph.D. (professional psychology, clinical specialization), is internationally recognized for his innovative work in applied clinical hypnosis, developing brief psychotherapies, and the strategic treatment of depression. He has been invited to present his work in more than 30 countries across six continents. He is the author of 15 books, including his most recent, The Discriminating Therapist. He is a recipient of numerous awards for his many contributions to the field, including the Milton H. Erickson Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award.
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