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Hypnosis

What is Clinical or Therapeutic Hypnosis? Hypnosis is an approach used by licensed and trained clinicians for treating psychological or physical problems. This process typically is started through the use of a hypnotic induction, which creates an altered state of consciousness commonly referred to as trance. During the patient's trance state, their conscious mind is relaxed, allowing the subconscious mind to be accessed. This can allow the therapist to cultivate inner resources, skills, or abilities that may otherwise be unavailable to the conscious mind for one reason or another.

Fundamentals of Hypnosis

Not sure where to start? The Fundamentals of Hypnosis series has got you covered. From creating inductions, the importance of language in hypnosis, common phenomena to look for in a hypnotic session, to therapeutic techniques that can be enhanced through hypnotic interventions.

Hypnotic Induction

Hypnotic induction is the process undertaken by a therapist to establish the state or conditions required for hypnosis to occur. The goal is to put the client into an altered consciousness state commonly referred to as trance. There are a variety of ways to use hypnotic inductions. Milton Erickson was known for the handshake induction.

The Language of Hypnosis

Hypnosis has a specific grammar designed to elicit phenomenological realizations. Milton Erickson would often use a variety of techniques, including indirect suggestions, metaphors and anecdotes to guide patients towards their goals.

Metaphors

A metaphor is a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object, person, or action that it does not literally denote (e.g., the journey of life) for the purpose of creating a forceful analogy. The use of metaphor is commonly used in Ericksonian therapy, especially in conjunction with anecdotes and storytelling. Metaphors can provide vivid visualizations and help simplify complex concepts.

Storytelling

Stories have the ability to engage people emotionally and to move them to change, but telling the right story at the right time to the right person is an art and a skill. Erickson’s use of stories in his conversations gave people of diverse views, using metaphors where they discovered their own ideas. Each anecdote was put in such a way that quite different people thought it was designed precisely for them. One of Erickson’s greatest skills was his ability to influence people indirectly. Erickson would tell the same case example in different ways to different people. While the essentials of the case remained the same, what he emphasized in the complex story would vary with the analogy he was communicating to that particular listener. What Erickson said and did had multiple purposes and he taught in complex analogies.

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In part one of Seeding a Theme - A Teaching Seminar with Milton Erickson, you will witness Erickson seamlessly planting a seed, connecting the dots, developing a theme, and closing the loop in one class period. You will learn how Erickson conducted dissociation through the tempo, content and tone of his words.
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Jeffrey Zeig, PhD |  Milton H. Erickson, MD
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Join Milton Erickson at his teaching seminar in the late 1970s. You will encounter his innovative teaching methods prompting students to activate their utilization skills. Learn Erickson's process for creating memorable interventions with clients overly concerned about body image. Encounter his method of using nonverbal methods to evoke adaptive responses. Introduction and annotations by Jeff Zeig, Erickson Foundation Director.
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Original Program Date:
Dec 31, 1977
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This training tool contains segments of hypnotherapy conducted by Erickson, with the same subject, on two consecutive days in 1978. Erickson demonstrates how symbols may be used as metaphoric forms of communication to foster new ideas and understandings. Zeig discusses Erickson’s technique.
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Dec 31, 1963
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The Process of Hypnotic Induction features Erickson in 1964, working with several different subjects. He demonstrates how to individualize the method of induction to fit the unique characteristics of the individual. Jeffrey Zeig discusses the microdynamics of technique that Erickson used in his 1964 inductions. Comments are aimed at clinicians experienced in hypnosis looking to refine their skills.
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This hypnotherapeutic session took place in 1978, and decades later, it’s just as powerful and engaging. Enhancing the viewer’s learning experience is Dr. Zeig’s discussion of the underlying elements of Erickson’s methods: the ARE model of instruction; the art of parallel communication; targeted utilization; and the use of implication. Erickson’s fluid repertoire, drawn from systematic thinking, includes the use of anecdotes, symbolic communication, and strategic seeding. The elicitation of solutions, based on promoting constructive associations and flexible thoughts and feelings, is an area of particular interest and one in which Erickson was especially elegant.
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El Dr. Zeig introduce original de 1979 metraje y revela patrones del Dr. Erickson con entendimientos limpiados de discusión con el propio Dr. Erickson
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Dec 31, 1978
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In 1979, Milton Erickson and Jeffrey Zeig spent five hours reviewing a demonstration that Erickson conducted at a teaching seminar. That demonstration is now available as a training video for Ericksonian practitioners. Erickson’s experiential methods include the symbolic use of hypnotic phenomena, encouraging resistance, naturalistic confusion technique, seeding, and using isomorphic anecdotes. Jeffrey Zeig discusses the mechanics of Erickson’s unique approach to psychotherapy. Working with Resistance provides an opportunity to watch a master hypnotherapist demonstrate his technique.
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Ernest Rossi, PhD
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Original Program Date:
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Educational Objectives: 1) To describe the group induction of therapeutic hypnosis with ideodynamic methods. 2) To list the four stages of the creative process in therapeutic hypnosis.
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Duration:
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Dec 12, 2002
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Cognitive-Behavioral therapies enjoy considerable empirical support as effective treatments for depression. Actively teaching cognitive and behavioral skills is essential to these therapies . Hypnosis has been shown to enhance client skill acquisition and to manage common depressive symptoms. In this workshop, we will explore ways hypnosis can assist in treating depressed clients.
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Educational Objectives: 1) To describe how hypnosis may enhance problem solving. 2) To describe how hypnosis may serve as a vehicle for building expectations of success.
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Dec 08, 2006
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BT06 Clinical Demonstration 07 - Multi-Dimensional Problem-Solving with Hypnosis - Michael Yapko, PhD
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BT06 Clinical Demonstration 10 - Introducing Hypnosis into Psychotherapy - Stephen Lankton, MSW, DAHB
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Betty Alice Erickson, MS, LPC, LMFT |  Michael Yapko, PhD
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1:19:30
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The expectation of the therapist that therapy can be both very brief and effective is the essence of working in the very brief mode, i.e., the therapist rarely sees the client more than one or two times. Typical methods used are: the miracle question, changing personal history, guided metaphor, conversational reframing, Rossi's "moving hands," and hypnosis. Case examples will be given, and the group will be invited to participate in a brief hypnotic change experience.
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Dec 07, 2006
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Dreaming is a vital, nightly function of the brain. Disturbing dreams or recurrent nightmares are frequent symptoms of an acute focus on unresolved conflicts and events. Clients can learn to reclaim comforting sleep even before the overt reasons for seeking therapy are directly addressed. The potential of individualized metaphors structured within lucid dreaming empowers clients to "seize" the night." Hypnotic techniques offer an intriguing path that bypasses a client's ingrained fear of "falling to sleep."
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Michael Yapko, PhD
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2:39:09
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Dec 10, 2006
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Hypnosis has been shown to enhance the effects of treatment in general, and CBT in particular, making treatment more effective and with more enduring results. Hypnosis as a field is supported by a body of scientific literature that is broad, deep and fascinating, addressing issues such as information processing, the relationship between the brain and the mind, the dynamics of interpersonal influence, and how suggestions become realities. As practicing clinicians, we have a great deal to learn from studying hypnosis whether we ever intend to become "hypnotists" or not. The role of suggestion - influential communication - is so basic to any healing technique that to ignore, avoid, or underestimate its impact in the therapy process weakens our ability to practice therapy effectively.
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Dec 10, 2006
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Research shows that treatment paired with hypnosis is more effective than treatment alone for many types of problems. The science and art of hypnosis is now widely recognized as a component tool for psychotherapy and has been employed successfully as a comfortable part of private practice and agency practice for years. As hypnosis spreads into the mainstream of psychotherapy, it is important to get competent information regarding its use. Lacking that, many practitioners do not make use of the advantages it provides as an adjunct to a well-rounded set of clinical skills. This workshop is intended to correct that lack of understanding and training in this important area. The rationale, indications and basic use will be explained and demonstrated with practical exercises to help convey the key language skills that are requisite.
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1:58:24
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Dec 10, 2006
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An experiential orientation empowers therapeutic change. Dramatic experiential methods can be used by any clinician in every stage of the therapeutic process including assessment, in session treatment and homework assignments. Techniques to be demonstrated and practiced include therapist sculpting, symbolic assignments and analogical tasks.
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Workshop 48 - Building Expectancy with Hypnosis - Michael Yapko, PhD
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56:41
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BT08 Clinical Demonstration 05 - Hypnosis as a Context for Problem-Solving - Michael Yapko, PhD
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Faculty:
Jeffrey Zeig, PhD
Duration:
2:23:04
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Dec 11, 2008
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Hypnosis is not a thing, but a way that things happen. To make hypnosis happen a clinician needs to understand the underlying architecture of trance. Eliciting systemic components elicits trance. The grammar, context and relational elements of eliciting these components will be explained. We will develop an induction model based on three steps. This workshop will consist of lecture, demonstration and small group practice.
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2:09:12
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Dec 12, 2008
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The rationale for the use of indirection will be presented. In this session you will learn and practice the construction of fundamental forms of indirection language. Participants will practice five forms of indirect suggestions and three forms of binds. A demonstration using these forms will illustrate the implementation of this set of language techniques for the induction and treatment process. The use of indirect suggestions in further treatment will be outlined.
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