Working at the Department of Speech Pathology, University Clinic, Heidelberg Germany in the 80's, most patients with voice disorders came with expectations getting medical treatment. But resistance to psychological approaches were com-mon. Being confronted with this resistance many times cre-ated a very indirect approach of self-hypnosis training (which actually is a trance induction). Tailoring the standard approach to different patients and symptoms will be discussed, as well as how to use this in group therapy.
Hypnosis itself cures nothing. Rather, it's what happens during hypnosis that has therapeutic potential. In this demonstration, the focus will be on helping the volunteer client evolve an awareness for and willingness to take "the next step" in ad-dressing some issue.
Solution-oriented hypnosis derives from Erickson’s work and is concerned not with the origins of problems, but with accessing past, present and future resources to resolve problems. This session will demonstrate the assessment and treatment process involved in solution-oriented hypnosis.
Specific direct and indirect techniques are required to activate family resources and to induce a deep and meaningful change of the most rigid family patterns. A family hypnotic session tends to overcome the powerful and subtle resistances a family may develop in the course of the treatment as well as to offer many different solutions a therapist may adopt to overcome these resistances. Special focus will be how to combine properly direct and indirect in the different phases of the therapeutic process.
This demonstration and discussion will focus on the ways in which dissociation is utilized in all phases of a hypnotic session. A structured model of dissociation will be presented then illustrated in the hour.
Fundamental in Ericksonian work is expansion of perspectives rather than removing problems. Learning to hear underlying meanings in clients’ stories, enlarging those and then presenting new perspectives in direct and indirect ways clients are willing to hear will be demonstrated with a volunteer. There will be discussion and audience questions.
Ericksonian hypnotherapy and strategic approaches promote experiential methods of change. In combination they can be synergistic. Psychotherapy is best when clients have the experience of an alive, goal-oriented therapeutic process. Such dynamic empowering experiences pave the way for new understandings and growth-oriented possibilities.