Mindfulness and Hypnosis: The Art and Science of Treating Depression Experientially

Presented by Michael D. Yapko, PhD on 03-30-2012 at 9 a.m. Pacific to 10:30 a.m. Pacific (1:30 p.m. Eastern)

The cutting edge of rapidly expanding scientific evidence highlights that the more we learn about the biology of depression, the more important psychology and social life experiences become in understanding and treating it. Furthermore, the more we learn about the neuroscience of depression, especially neuroplasticity and neurogenesis, the more important well-designed experiential learning processes become in treatment. Dr. Yapko’s latest book, Mindfulness and Hypnosis: The Power of Suggestion to Transform Experience, as well as his recent books, Depression is Contagious and Hypnosis and Treating Depression, break new ground and challenge much of the conventional wisdom therapists typically hold about depression and its treatment. Providing experiential learning opportunities in therapy has been shown to improve both the rate and quality of recovery from depression.

In recent years, forms of meditation that have their origins in eastern Buddhist traditions that have collectively come to be called “mindfulness” have been applied to a variety of clinical problems, especially depression, where they have successfully demonstrated the therapeutic value of teaching people ways to direct and intensify their quality of focus. Clinical hypnosis has also paid a great deal of attention to the merits of focusing as well as to the ways unconscious resources can be accessed and mobilized in order to empower people. Neither mindfulness or hypnosis are therapies in their own right, of course, but their capacity for improving the quality of people’s lives has received substantial empirical support as a class of meaningful interventions, particularly when embedded in a substantive therapeutic framework.

This web conference describes principles of clinical hypnosis and mindfulness as they apply to a goal-oriented treatment process which emphasizes experiential learning. This is NOT a presentation about spiritual exploration or using standard (i.e. scripted) mindful meditations or hypnosis sessions for personal growth. The focus is entirely on clinical applications of key aspects of these overlapping approaches by deconstructing them, identifying their therapeutically relevant components, and constructing meaningful interventions by incorporating them in novel ways. Dr. Yapko’s perspective and course content is shaped by his expertise in suggestion, information processing, and therapeutic applications of dissociation and association in treatment.

Mindfulness and hypnosis have much to offer a person in therapy who is depressed and anxious and in need of a means to build a life-enhancing focus. During this presentation, mindful and hypnotic interventions aimed at easing different facets of personal and clinical difficulties will be considered and described in short case examples. A primary goal of the presentation is to encourage a greater awareness of and sensitivity to the personal and interpersonal dynamics that make such interventions meaningful to people.

This Web Conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Recognize the power of focus and the role of suggestion inherent in any type of experiential therapy;
  2. Identify core components of mindfulness and hypnosis to increase client responsiveness and enhance treatment efficacy;
  3. Identify specific cognitive patterns influencing treatment, especially expectancy responsiveness to experiential processes such as mindfulness and hypnosis;
  4. Identify the role of dissociation in experiential processes;
  5. List ways hypnosis and mindfulness can be used as a means of enhancing emotional self-regulation and self-efficacy.

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Meet the Presenter

Michael D. Yapko, PhD

Michael D. Yapko, PhD

A marriage and family therapist and clinical psychologist residing in Fallbrook, CA (near San Diego), Michael D. Yapko is recognized internationally for his work in clinical hypnosis and outcome-focused psychotherapy, routinely teaching to professional audiences all over the world. Dr. Yapko has been invited to present his innovative ideas and methods throughout the United States and in 30 countries across six continents.

For more than three decades, Dr. Yapko has had a special interest in the intricacies of brief therapy, the clinical applications of hypnosis, and the treatment of major depression. He is the author of twelve books and editor of three others, as well as numerous articles and book chapters on the subjects of the brief therapy of depression and the use of clinical hypnosis in strategic psychotherapies.

Books written by Dr. Yapko include:

  • Mindfulness and Hypnosis: The Power of Suggestion to Transform Experience
  • Depression is Contagious: How the Most Common Mood Disorder is Spreading Around the World and How to Stop It
  • Treating Depression with Hypnosis: Integrating Cognitive-Behavioral and Strategic Approaches
  • Breaking the Patterns of Depression
  • Trancework: An Introduction to the Practice of Clinical Hypnosis (4th ed., in press)

Dr. Yapko is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a member of the American Psychological Association and the International Society of Hypnosis, and a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. He has received The Pierre Janet Award of Clinical Excellence as well as a lifetime achievement award from the International Society of Hypnosis. He is also a recipient of The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Psychotherapy and a twice recipient of The Milton H. Erickson Award of Scientific Excellence for Writing in Hypnosis from the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis.

Together with his wife, Diane, a pediatric speech-language pathologist, Dr. Yapko enjoys hiking in the Great Outdoors during free time.

To learn more about Dr. Yapko and his work, please visit his website.

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