Mourning the loss of a loved one is a normal and natural progress. Unfinished business often exists which holds the individual back from healthy resolution of the loss. Lack of closure may result from a sudden death with no opportunity to say goodbye or unresolved issues. Using hypnosis, we can revisit the deceased and address unfinished business, thus facilitating a resolution and healing of the relationship and allowing the mourner to move on to recovery.
Hypnotherapy has been an under-used tool in social work. However, the principles of Ericksonian hypnotherapy are quite congruent with social work especially in serving at risk populations. Examples of how to use Ericksonian hypnotherapy and evaluate outcomes with at risk populations will be presented.
Few cases are as difficult for therapists as those involving the intentional harm of one family member against another. This course provides participants the fundamentals of the model for treating family injustice developed by The Family Therapist Institute Midwest and presented in the new book, Treating Families and Children in the Child Protective System: Strategies for Systemic Advocacy and Family Healing. Didactic, participant discussion and videotape examples explain the model and its application.
Utilization of the child's own frame of reference in creating change can allow the child, through an experiential learning process, to acquire more adaptive responses to situations. This interaction facilitates the re-synthesis process. A case study will explain ways to tailor treatment to individual needs.
Traditional hypnosis is defined as a state of 1) heightened suggestibility, 2) changed relationship with the hypnotist, and 3) altered state of awareness. Hypnotic susceptibility is supposed to be a personality trait. The traditional approach will be demonstrated and its contribution for understanding hypnosis will be discussed and compared to the Ericksonian one.
In addition to clinical hypnosis, Erickson's work also is characterized by a number of other innovative techniques, which should be in every competent clinician's "toolbox." This introductory level workshop discusses techniques such as anecdotes, implication, paradoxical intervention, task assignments and metaphor. The participant will have the opportunity to learn about these techniques, then practice the skills in small group exercises.
Hypnotic conversation was a main contribution of Milton H. Erickson, M.D. Metaphor is a unique resource that allows patients to totalize visions of their problems and orient themselves to solutions. A theoretical review and fifteen question technique to elicit metaphors and utilize them in therapy, will be presented.
Dr. Erickson had the creative ability to utilize what clients brought to therapy. In essence, he created a brand new therapy for each client he saw. He was a master at improvisation, yet his brilliance adhered to certain rules and structure. This workshop will provide opportunities for therapists to learn improvisational skills, to learn assessment, and to choose an intervention strategy to match the client's needs. The format will encourage audience participation in improvising.
Explore Ericksonian and other strategies within a framework of positive internalized habit and addiction control. Many metaphors, inductions, images, suggestions, reframings, tasks and understandings will be shared and experienced through every step of the therapeutic process in weight control, smoking cessation, and treating other unwanted habit and addictive problems.