Milton Erickson (1901–1980) was one of the foremost twentieth-century practitioners of hypnotherapy. He created an original and highly effective hypnotic method to foster the natural mechanisms of mind and brain that we all possess. Erickson’s hypnosis was based in a firm belief that the unconscious is a reservoir of potential and that hypnosis is the way to access that potential. Recent neuroscience research corroborates this belief in finding that the brain has many intelligent, unconscious pathways. These pathways function automatically and can be engaged and used to help accomplish goals that might be difficult to do deliberately. By working indirectly and unconsciously, people can bypass conscious limitations to resolve problems and live a happy, fulfilling life.
This workshop will teach Erickson’s powerful and individualized self-hypnosis approach. All participants will be shown how to experience trance in themselves, use direct and indirect suggestion, experience the ideomotor mind-body link, work with the utilization method, and experiment with varied trance phenomena. Therapists and health professionals will gain hypnotic techniques to use with clients and patients, and everyone can enjoy deep relaxation, fostering creativity, and the experience of natural, effortless change. With stories from case examples, guided trance experiences, handouts, and a clear understanding of the effects in the brain, this workshop will inform, inspire, and uplift.
Recommended reading: Simpkins and Simpkins, Neuro-Hypnosis and The Dao of Neuroscience.
CE credit for clinical hypnosis; please see leader.