This is an experimental session incorporating six demonstration participants and a larger, non-participating observing audience. It will begin with a short introductory presentation on utilization, and proceed to demonstrate the "Tools for Trance" technique. The experience will reinforce abilities of inducing trance and develop skills in utilizing verbal and non-verbal information.
Milton H. Erickson, MD understood that "the conscious (thinking) mind doesn't do much of anything of much significance . . . while the unconscious mind is an infinite storehouse of dreams, potentials and solutions . . ." This short course will teach a brief, solution-focused, strategic, hypnotic approach to anxiety related disorders. Participants will learn to employ Ericksonian interventions including solution-focused questions, strategic task assignments, and formal/conversational hypnosis via live demonstration, experiential exercise and case studies.
Homeopathic remedies can be comfortably and effectively used as an adjunct to Ericksonian hypnosis and psychotherapy. When a correct match is found between the client's emotional and psychological state and the remedy is offered, the client frequently enters an altered state of consciousness or trance which facilitates profound and lasting change. Dr. Wasserman will demonstrate his trance-following technique induced by deeply resonant homeopathic remedies, and will introduce the use of remedies through live demonstrations and clinical examples.
This workshop will give real life examples of Ericksonian brief intervention, leading not only to resolution of community conflict, but to the strengthening of local support networks. School, legal, neighborhood, religious and "new movement" conflicts will be addressed.
This workshop highlights the use of Ericksonian approaches including the use of the therapist as a facilitator of change in working with clients from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Seeding, paradoxical intervention and humor will be used to help participants find ways to join with a multicultural clientele. The presenter will use provocative video clips and activities to invite participants to consider some innovative approaches in working within a diverse and multicultural society.
A key idea in Milton Erickson's work was that a person's problematic experiences and behaviors can be skillfully accepted and utilized as the basis for therapeutic change. Self-Relations psychotherapy develops this idea further, emphasizing symptoms as indicating the death of an old identity and the impending birth of a new identity. Thus, we don't try to "get rid of" depression, anxiety, or other "acting out/acting in" expressions, but instead invite them into a human relationship of "sponsorship", where their healing and helpful nature may be realized. We will see how a therapist can generate a ritual space where symptoms and other disturbing experiences can be "midwifed" into new identities.
PTSD is a clinical problem that may be a covert cause of hypnotherapy failure. Paradoxically, hypnotherapy has been proven useful for treatment, even prior to the formal description of diagnosis. The main features and case results of this program, which has been successfully applied in clinical research and practice, will be presented.
This workshop will provide participants with innovative and supportive strength-based interventions to address the unique impact of violence and trauma on adolescent girls. A model for applying Ericksonian hypnosis and metaphor will be presented and practiced. These techniques can be used to facilitate clients in reconnecting to a healthy mind/body state by applying tools for understanding and working with the expressions of trauma such as disordered eating, suicidal ideation, self-harming, addiction, depression, anxiety and phobias in the daily lives and relationships of young women.
This faculty will discuss and demonstrate two confusional inductions along with a range of story applications for common clinical problems including anxiety and mood disorders, anger management, insomnia, ego-strengthening and unconscious problem-solving. Unconsciously-directed techniques will also be addressed. There will be discussion of the applications of story techniques in both hypnosis and standard psychotherapy.
Waking Hypnosis was first described by Wells in 1924. Dr. Rosen will give examples of Milton Erickson having used it in his seminars. Participants will explore ways of maximizing their response to autosuggestions and then there will be discussion and practice of potential applications in everyday life.