This workshop will provide participants with an introduction to the key concepts and techniques of practice in Ericksonian hypnosis. A brief biography of Erickson’s professional life will provide perspective on the extensive contributions he made to the fields of hypnosis and psychotherapy. Terminology of hypnosis will be explained and various approaches to induction will be described and demonstrated. The process of a typical hypnotic session will be outlined. Considerable attention will be afforded the hypnotic phenomena, the essential mechanisms in hypnotic therapy. Erickson’s landmark concepts of utilization and indirection will be explored with particular focus on the use of therapeutic anecdotes and metaphors.
James Foley will present Storytelling from a Film Director’s Perspective. Mr. Foley will be interviewed by Dr. Zeig. Therapists of all persuasions can learn about impact from studying the methods that filmmakers use. After all, directors are experts at eliciting alterations in mood and perspective. We will view and discuss clips from some of Mr. Foley’s films to learn some of the methods that make movies work, methods that can empower psychotherapy.
A Conversation with Erving Polster and Lynne Jacobs. In this wide-ranging conversation about their lives and their gestalt therapy passions, they also discuss a video session together. The conversations include a look at points of disagreement as well as points of agreement between them. The entire conversation consists of 8 chapters, so that viewers can easily skip through the video to the segments that interest them the most.
So many horrible things are parading around in fancy clothes and our profession is remarkably silent. Things on this planet are at a level of a medical emergency, threatening extinction, and the medical profession is too low key. Patch wants to spark a role for our profession to sense and change. Mental illness may be a normal response to this disaster - not requiring medication, rather calling for action to create healthy contexts.
State of the Art Address 01:
In 1978 Laura Huxley founded Children: Our Ultimate Investment, an organization for the nurturing of the possible human. Mrs. Huxley will speak about the foundation's ongoing projects and elucidate the message of the unconceived to the men and women who will be their creators.
Introduced by Bernhard Trenkle, Dipl. Psych.