Much of the effectiveness of hypnotic communication comes from nonverbal processes. This workshop will guide participants in how to develop, sustain and use these nonverbal connections for both induction and utilization purposes. Special attention will be given to using hypnosis as a poetic language that touches, evokes and engages the felt sense of a person's meaning making process.
IC01 Invited Address - Ericksonian Psychotherapy and Shamanic Healing - Carl Hammerschlag, MD
The power to manipulate words and environments is a healing ceremony that moves patients
beyond their limitations. Ericksonian psychotherapists and shamans understand that the
process of change is an inner journey whose only prerequesite is a willingness to look within.
Using words, stories, imaginary beings, rituals and ordeals, healers help patients illuminate
the unconscious allowing them to create new ending to old stories.
Practitioners of hypnosis use a special grammar to elicit a special phenomenology. These linguistic forms can be applied to empower over psychotherapy even without formal trance. There will be lecture, demonstrations and practice.
Therapists sometimes say, "It's the journey that matters, not the destination." But, only therapists say that - not clients. Clients typically want results, and so it is largely up to the clinician to structure an effective intervention. In this workshop, we will consider the fundamentals of designing and delivering goal-oriented hypnosis sessions.
IC01 Keynote 04 - The Therapist as Humanist, Social Activist and Systemic Thinker - Cloe Madanes, PhD
From Freud to Erickson to the current practice of psychotherapy, the nature of human problems
has remained the same. What has changed is which problems we consider are within the realm of
psychotherap-y to elucidate. When Erickson introduced the concept of directive therapy, the field
changed, not only in terms of how to do therapy, but also in terms of what are the issues a
therapist must address. Is there a place for the concept of evil, for the practice of justice, and for
the spiritual realm in therapy? What do we know today that we didn't know a hundred years ago?
How can we preserve the existence of the therapist as humanist, social activist and systemic
IC01 Workshop 27 - The Need For Connection: Building Relationships That Are Therapeutic - Dan Short, PhD
Therapeutic rapport is prerequisite not only to hypnosis but also to most forms of intervention. In
this workshop, participants will learn strategies not commonly taught, such as how to develop a
sincere interest in the well-being of clients whom you initially dislike, how to recognize and respond
to the strength/fragility of the client's ego and when to use confrontation as a method of building
trust and mutual respect.
Participants will learn how to select and use metaphors and/or anecdotes to capture attention and stimulate an inner search for personal therapeutic meaning. Each participant will construct and experience the effects of metaphorical interventions.
IC01 Workshop 31 - Handling OCD: The Four Primary Homework Assignments - R. Reid Wilson, PhD
Those suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder are convinced that great harm will come if
they do not comply with rigidly set rules of safety. The therapist can reframe the nature of the
problem and incorporate all interventions within four simple but provocative guidelines. Then,
utilization and pattern disruption lead to new experiences that challenge the dysfunctional beliefs of