There are myriad indirect techniques and the addition of only one or two new ones to your toolbox can both motivate clients and alleviate the boredom of professional practice. The presenters have written extensively about the rich panoply of indirect techniques that can be used employed in both hypnosis and standard talk therapy. In this workshop, which will be both experiential and didactic, some of the topics include how to employ interspersal, pause, and subtle vocal shift as unconscious communications, metaphorical and short-burst ego-strengthening for clients debilitated by chronic medical and psychological disorders, story construction and story techniques, how to embed mindfulness principles in group anger management therapy, pattern interruption, and how to employ the clinician’s everyday emanation from the unconscious in creating hypnotic material for professional practice.
*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*
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.
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.