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EP17 Workshop 12 - The Discriminating Therapist: Teaching Discrimination Strategies Through Hypnosis as a Foundation for Good Decision Making - Michael Yapko, PhD

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Dec 13, 2017
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Therapy has typically focused on explaining why people have their problems and why they sometimes make the poor choices they make. This workshop focuses on HOW, not why, people unintentionally make choices that negatively impact their emotional well-being and quality of life. We will identify obstacles to making the key discriminations that can give rise to better decision making, especially global cognitive style and a past orientation. We will explore the role hypnosis can play in encouraging the development of effective discrimination strategies that can lead clients to choose “this,” not “that.”

Educational Objectives:

  1. Assess cognitive style's effect on symptomatic experience.
  2. Describe the role of global cognitions in client problems.
  3. Explain how a therapist’s cognitive style may hinder treatment results.

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



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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.