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IC19 Fundamentals of Hypnosis 05 - Dissociation and Automaticity in Hypnosis as Therapeutic Allies - Michael Yapko, PhD

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Fundamentals of Hypnosis |  Dissociation |  Hypnosis
Erickson Congress |  Erickson Congress 2019
Michael Yapko, PhD
Course Levels:
Master Degree or Higher in Health-Related Field
1 Hour 15 Minutes
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
Dec 15, 2019
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A primary feature of hypnosis is dissociation, defined as the breaking of global experiences into their component parts. Dissociation gives rise to some of the most fascinating practical aspects of hypnosis in clinical contexts, such as pain management and the revivification of memories. Dissociation also paves the way for suggested responses to arise seemingly spontaneously, an enormously advantageous phenomenon called automaticity. In this workshop, we will consider the therapeutic roles of dissociation and automaticity and conduct an exercise in generating an “automatic” response.


Educational Objectives:

  1. Define and discuss the role of dissociation in hypnotic responding.
  2. Describe the experience of therapeutic dissociations to automaticity in clinical responsiveness.
  3. Sequence a hypnosis session to generate an automatic response.

*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.