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EP20 Pre-Conference 03 - Fundamentals of Hypnosis - Michael Yapko, PhD

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Hypnosis |  Pre-Conference Sessions |  Fundamentals of Hypnosis
Evolution of Psychotherapy |  Evolution of Psychotherapy 2020
Michael Yapko, PhD
Course Levels:
Master Degree or Higher in Health-Related Field
6 hours
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
Dec 08, 2020
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This one-day preconference introductory level workshop will provide a solid conceptual and practical framework for understanding the dynamic and fascinating field of hypnosis. The emphasis will be on starting to develop some of the core skills for designing and delivering hypnotically based interventions in ways that are consistent with your chosen style of practice. Thus, this workshop will include “hands-on” experiences as well as the opportunity to observe and deconstruct a recorded clinical hypnosis demonstration session.

People learn best through experience, and hypnosis is a vehicle of focused, experiential learning. Research on the effectiveness of hypnosis highlights the fact that hypnosis enhances treatment outcomes. It is a domain of professional practice that encompasses effective and empowering approaches to psychotherapy (such as skill building, resource accessing and reframing) and behavioral medicine (such as pain management and promoting health and healing). What a privilege to work with people in this way!


Educational Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to identify the suggestions inherent in conducting psychotherapy regardless of which specific model of (verbal) psychotherapy under consideration.
  2. Participants will be able to identify and offer multiple examples of specific forms (structures) of suggestion.
  3. Participants will be able to list and describe at least three different models or conceptual frameworks for understanding hypnosis.
  4. Participants will be able to list and define the so-called “classical hypnotic phenomena” that can be elicited in hypnosis (such as analgesia, time distortion, etc.).
  5. Participants will learn about and be able to describe the potential applications of hypnosis in a variety of contexts, including psychotherapy and behavioral medicine.
  6. Participants will be able to list and describe specific ways people respond differently to suggestions given in hypnosis to those given outside of hypnosis

*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.