Hypnosis will be presented within a system perspective, as a circular and evolving process, while couples and families will be considered as a source of natural healing resources that the therapist should discover and activate. Specific direct and indirect techniques required to induce a deep and meaningful change of the most rigid family patterns will be introduced. The demonstration of a family hypnotic session will give a clear idea of the powerful and subtle resistances families can develop in the course of the hypnotic treatment as well as of how naturalistic systemic hypnosis can transform these resistances in the required solutions.
To describe how symptoms can become solutions under conditions of generative trance.
To describe how a generative trance unfolds from the client’s unique processes and idiosyncratic values.
This demonstration will show how problems/symptoms may be viewed as attempts by the creative unconscious to bring transformation and healing, and how the development of a generative trance can allow that transformation to be realized.
Various trance inductions will be demonstrated with volunteers. Each induction will be discussed with indications for its uses. Differences between formal and conversational trances will be demonstrated with rationales for choosing each. Multiple practice opportunities will be given.
The process of human growth and development occurs through a series of identity cycles. The transition from one identity level to the next is precipitated by extraordinary experiences, positive or negative in nature, that destabilize the ordinary state of consciousness. The result is a naturalistic trance or special learning state. If properly utilized, these trances lead to new, more evolved states of human being; but if not welcomed and received, violence and other forms of destructive pathology result. This address will examine this process in detail, and discuss implications for development at individual, group, and cultural levels.
Ericksonian psychotherapy emphasizes the importance of tailoring. In this workshop, we will learn how to utilize sung trances where the client's own vocabulary, interspersal and future orientation will be used. Brief interventions will be presented while using sung trances and participants will learn how to compose their own interventions using music and hypnotic language. Audience participation will be invited.
In working with students in Study Abroad Programs, I have observed that often students develop natural trance states especially in the first three stages of the adjustment period. These natural trance states can be utilized and deepened using Ericksonian hypnosis to allow the students to experience a trance state within the therapeutic setting and rapport. Utilization of hypnotic resources that occur spontaneously helps the students to minimize or avoid the more negative aspects of Culture Shock or Adjustment Disorder.