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The Foundational Set

Length: Six classes

With this bundle you will get access to the first 6 classes in the Fundamentals of Advanced Ericksonian Hypnotherapy 18-class course.

Overview: The goal of this course is to provide psychotherapists with practical methods for the induction of hypnosis, strategies for psychotherapy and the communication skills used by hypnotherapists.

Readings: Greenleaf's "The Problem of Evil: Ancient Dilemmas and Modern Therapy" forms an accompanying text for the course. It contains chapters on therapeutic method and theory, hypnosis, single-session case studies with full transcript and several longer cases with commentary. A supplemental reading list of classic texts in brief therapy, narrative and solution-oriented work and Ericksonian hypnotherapy is also provided, as well as downloads of selected articles germane to each class.

Theory: The hypnosis teaching is keyed to Rossi's "Naturalistic Approach" to hypnosis as a psychophysiological, chronobiological rhythm. Hypnotherapy is taught through Erickson's "Utilization" model. Language use is taught with metaphorical strategies and Epston and White's "Narrative" concerns. This modern hypnotherapeutic and strategic model is contrasted with its dynamic precursors in psychotherapy.

Class Structure: Typically, we begin a session with the discussion of an induction, such as dissociation. The naturally occurring instances of dissociation and dissociation as a presenting problem are noted, and the utilization of dissociation in hypnosis is taught. Case examples and the rationale for this approach to particular difficulties in living are presented. Then, the induction is demonstrated with members of the class and students’ experience during hypnosis is explored. Teaching use is made of the originality of each person's experience to help the student form a use of hypnosis consistent with his therapeutic style and to allow a broad view of patient strengths and skills in therapy.

Approximately one-half hour of each class will be spent in practice of a simplified form of the induction.

Inductions treated in the Natural Model include: Permissive Induction, Dissociation Induction, Interspersal Induction, Confusion Induction, Storytelling Induction, Metaphorical Induction, Dream Induction, Regression Induction, Body-based Induction, Unconscious-Mind Induction. Inductions are applied to the resolution of problems in areas such as performance anxieties, physical pain, stress and trauma, sexual difficulties, self-exploration and growth and other difficulties of interest to the class.

Presenter: Eric Greenleaf, Ph.D., a psychologist in practice in Albany, California, directs the Milton H. Erickson Institute of the Bay Area. He researches trance and healing in Bali, teaches internationally, and trains psychotherapists and Feldenkrais practitioners in hypnotic communication. His book, The Problem of Evil: Ancient Dilemmas and Modern Therapy, appeared in 2000. Milton Erickson, MD, chose Eric to receive the first Milton H. Erickson Award of Scientific Excellence for Writing in Hypnosis.

"In much the way that Robin Williams is the master of improvisation, Eric Greenleaf is the master of Ericksonian utilization." -Richard Landis, PhD, Editor, The Milton H. Erickson Newsletter

“Your own approach to therapy seems to me most attractive and you yourself extremely sensitive, responsive and thoughtful.” -Clifford Geertz PhD, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

"Eric Greenleaf is an outstanding therapist and excellent hypnotist. I would have absolutely no hesitation referring to him -- or going to him, which is the highest recommendation I think possible."-Betty Alice Erickson, PhD, LPC, MFT