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EP17 Clinical Demonstration with Discussant 07 - The Foreground-Background Process - Robert Dilts, BA and Michael Yapko, PhD

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Clinical Demonstrations with Discussant |  Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) |  Psychotherapy |  Relationships |  Therapist Development
Evolution of Psychotherapy |  Evolution of Psychotherapy 2017
Robert Dilts, BA |  Michael Yapko, PhD
Course Levels:
Master Degree or Higher in Health-Related Field
Audio Only
Original Program Date:
Dec 14, 2017
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Based on the meticulous work of Ivan Pavlov, the Foreground-Background process involves using the "foreground" and "background" of perception with respect to a problem situation and a resource experience to create a quick and seemingly “magical” change. Usually, what is foregrounded in the experience of a problem or resource is quite different. The background of the two experiences, however, often shares many features which can be used to create bridge to resourceful experiences, leading to a transformation of the problem experience that is gentle, unconscious and effortless.

Educational Objectives:

  1. Describe the relationship between perceptual foreground and background.
  2. Demonstrate how common background perceptions can be used to transfer needed resources into a problematic experience. 

*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*



Robert Dilts, BA's Profile

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Robert Dilts, has been a developer, author, trainer and consultant in the field of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) - a model of human behavior, learning and communication - since its creation in 1975 by John Grinder and Richard Bandler. A long time student and colleague of both Grinder and Bandler, Robert also studied personally with Milton H. Erickson, M.D., and Gregory Bateson.

Michael Yapko, PhD's Profile

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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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