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IC01 Short Course 10 - Standing On Milton's Shoulders: Novel Applications of Metaphor in Hypnosis and Psychotherapy - George Gafner, MSW and Sonja Benson, PhD

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Short Courses |  Metaphors |  Milton Erickson |  Hypnosis |  Psychotherapy
Erickson Congress 2001  |  Erickson Congress
George Gafner, LCSW |  Sonja Benson, PhD
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Original Program Date:
Dec 06, 2001
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This short course addresses the advantages of specific metaphorical techniques in hypnosis and psychotherapy for treating anger, depression, chronic pain, and for boosting self-efficacy. A novel group anger treatment will be presented that combines mindfulness principles within Erickson-type teaching tales. Indirect techniques will be discussed and demonstrated.

Educational Objectives:

  1. To list two hypnotic techniques for boosting self-efficacy.
  2. To describe a clinical application for story.

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



George Gafner, LCSW's Profile

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George Gafner, MSW, LCSW, recently retired as director of family therapy and hypnosis training at the Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs Health Care System in Tucson, Arizona, and continues to work there in a hypnosis study in the gastroenterology department. He is the author of four previous books on clinical hypnosis as well as 35 journal articles.

Sonja Benson, PhD's Profile

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Sonja Benson, PhD, is a psychologist in private practice. She earned her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the U of MN. She has worked as a medical psychologist at the VAMC, in EAP programs for two Fortune 500 companies and in private practice. Sonja is a member of the APA and ASCH. She has published two books on hypnosis with George Gafner.