This 3.5-hour workshop will provide an overview of hypnotic strategies and suggestions for helping individuals better manage automatic thoughts that contribute to their overall psychological function. It will begin with a brief presentation of research findings demonstrating the beneficial effects of hypnotic cognitive therapy for altering automatic “self-talk” (i.e., self-suggestions). Three hypnotic cognitive therapy techniques will be discussed and modeled, and participants will be encouraged to practice the strategies during the workshop. The workshop will end with a discussion regarding how participants might best incorporate the approaches into their practice.
1. Understand the role that automatic thoughts (also known as “self-suggestions”) play in an individual’s psychological function.
2. Understand the clinical implications of research findings supporting the importance of hypnotic suggestibility as enhancing the effects of self-suggestions.
3. Be able to use three specific techniques to increase the frequency of a patient’s or client’s adaptive automatic self-suggestions, including the use of (a) open questions, (b) reflective listening (of statements reflecting adaptive thoughts), and (c) age progression.
1. Use of open questions to develop and understanding of the self-suggestions which occur most often in a patient or client.
2. Use of reflective listening to identify the hypnotic suggestions that could be most beneficial to a patient or client.
3. Use of age progression to encourage positive movement towards a patient’s or client’s most important goals.