OCD affects an estimated 2-3% of the adult population and is recognized by therapists as a difficult and long-lasting disorder. A number of useful strategies for working with OCD will be presented in this workshop. The presenter will discuss B.B.Geary’s continua of the trance phenomena concept in the OCD treatment.
This workshop will present an elaborated perspective of dissociation that is designed to assist in therapeutic assessment and treatment planning. Dissociation in everyday life, in psychopathology, and in hypnotic phenomena will be explored.
Erickson commented that, for most clinical work, a light to medium trance is sufficient. But there are instances when it is helpful to elicit deep trance phenomena, such as hypnotic amnesia, immobility, analgesia, dissociation, and positive hallucinations. The elicitation of these abilities will be demonstrated as well as utilization of failure to produce certain deep trance phenomena.
Erickson resisted standardized hypnotic protocols because he found that everyone responded to hypnosis uniquely. Rather than seeking to force his preferred hypnotic phenomena, he cultivated whatever came naturally. Fortunately, clinical objectives, such as pain relief, can be achieved using a variety of hypnotic phenomena. This session will identify three broad classes of hypnotic experiencing and provide guidance on how to identify natural predispositions.