This On Demand course and will be available immediately after purchase. Participants can watch, pause, and re-watch the sessions at their convenience.
All course content (quiz, certificate, videos) will be available until May 1, 2021. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances.
Registration will close on April 1, 2021.
Recent advances in the fields of neuroscience and cognition provide us with a better understanding of the power of focus in shaping one’s subjective perceptions and even physiology. The field of hypnosis has played an especially important role in this ongoing process of discovery. After all, it’s easy to appreciate how often people’s problems are problems of focus: consider how anxiety can arise from focusing on what can or (presumably) will go wrong, or how depression arises from focusing on what is or has been hurtful. Focusing methods such as mindfulness and especially hypnosis have strong empirical support for their ability to amplify resources and shift perceptions in ways that enhance therapeutic outcomes. The use of hypnosis to grab and re-direct people’s attention offers great therapeutic possibilities. Simply put, what you focus on you amplify. The key question for clinicians, then, is what do we want to focus the client on and how can we best guide that process?
Despite too many clinicians’ terribly misinformed dismissal of hypnosis as little more than a gimmick, in fact hypnosis has evolved a strong scientific basis for its insights into neuroscience, cognition, suggestive language and information processing, placebo and nocebo responses, the therapeutic alliance, and more. When therapists are looking for highly effective tools to enhance treatment efficacy, hypnosis should be at or near the top of the list. After all, don’t clients inevitably learn better when they’re focused, relaxed, and empowered to use more of their own innate resources? Hypnosis isn’t a therapy – it’s a vehicle for delivering therapy in a more focused and experiential way. Regardless of your preferred approach to therapy, integrating hypnosis and related focusing methods like mindfulness will enhance your treatments.
The study of the science and art of clinical hypnosis begins with the recognition that influence is inherent in the therapy process. Far more complex, though, are the deeper questions about how a clinician can offer suggestions to a client in distress that can provide empowering self-regulation skills. This online course will provide a practical introduction to the many facets of applied hypnosis and its merits in treating some of the most common disorders we as clinicians are asked to treat, namely anxiety, depression, and pain.