Faculty and Schedule

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Keynote Addresses


Opening Remarks

Opening comments by conference organizers and faculty Rob McNeilly and Ryan Nagy

Rob McNeilly and Ryan Nagy started working together in 2010 to use the internet and their mutual passion for Milton Erickson's work to create online "spaces" for psychotherapists and change-agents of all types to connect and learn online. The Online Congress is the latest of their projects together. More

Jeffrey Zeig, PhD

Positioning Ericksonian Therapy: What is the place of Ericksonian Therapy in the history of our field?

Positioning Ericksonian Therapy: What is the place of Ericksonian Therapy in the history of our field. Who are the major contributors? What is Erickson's heritage for the future? More

Stephen Gilligan, PhD

When Buddha, Freud, and Erickson Talk: Different pathways of therapeutic change.

One of the interesting conversations of our time is between Freud and Buddha; that is, the Western emphasis on personal development and therapy as a path for happiness, and the Eastern emphasis on the spiritual and mindbody traditions that allow higher consciousness beyond ego identification. A third approach is the hypnotic healing states pioneered by Milton Erickson, which in many ways are able to do both at the same time. More

Bill O'Hanlon, MS

There Is No Such Thing as a Weed.

Bill shows you how to understand and use the concept of utilization to decrease resistance and increase positive results in clinical work. Full of vivid examples, stories and movie clips... More

Joyce Mills, PhD

The Spirit of Healing with Children: Reawakening Resiliency Pathways Within

In our world often challenged by societal neglect, man-made and natural disasters, and an overall sense of "emotional poverty," Dr. Joyce Mills will discuss how we can help children, families, and communities reconnect to what she calls "that delicate magic of life." More

Michael Yapko, PhD

Ahead of His Time: Key Things Milton Erickson Was Right About.

Michael D. Yapko is a clinical psychologist internationally recognized for his work in clinical hypnosis and the strategic treatment of depression. He is the author and editor of 14 books, including his newest, Mindfulness and Hypnosis. More

Workshops and Presentations


Jeffrey Zeig, PhD

Who was Erickson? What are the central tenets of his approach?

Founder and Director of Milton H. Erickson Foundation and many well-known conferences, Dr. Zeig is a clinical psychologist in private practice, and conducts workshops internationally. He has edited, co-edited, authored or co-authored more than 20 books on psychotherapy that appear in 12 foreign languages. More

Jorge Abia & Rafael Núñez

Help Your Patients to Create Their Own Hypnotherapeutic Tales

Jorge Abia and Rafael Núñez are the co-director of the Milton H. Erickson Institute of Mexico City and author's of several highly-regarded books and training programs.More

Marilia Baker, MSW

Cultivating the Art of Le Petit Bonheur: Facing Depression One Moment at a Time

This presentation introduces the concept of le petit bonheur - little happiness or, "finding happiness in the smallest things of everyday life". Given the habitual negative thoughts and attitudes of the suffering human, Ericksonian strategies are incorporated by focusing moment by moment on the exceptions to one’s sadness, grief, misery or despair. More

Rubin Battino, MS

Pauses, Poetry, and Passion

Clients come to see us because they are stuck. So, our job as therapists is to provide them with choices in how they interpret stimuli in their lives and how they react based on that interpretation. A client typically says "I can't." Our job is to change that to... More

Bob Bertolino, PhD

Fingerprints: Maximizing Your Effectiveness as an Agent of Change

Research has consistently demonstrated that the contribution of the therapist accounts for 4-9 times more to eventual treatment outcome than the specific treatment approach. In this workshop, you will learn the “best practices” of the most successful practitioners to improve baseline rates of effectiveness. More

Lilian Borges Zeig, LPC

Hypnosis For Couples

How can you use hypnosis with couples? In many ways - for emotion regulation, de-escalation, improving communication, working on past issues that are affecting the couple's current relationship, and building a new healthy relationship. More

Goerge Burns, LPC

Healing With Stories: The Art of Communicating Therapy Effectively

We have good science about what works in therapy but how do you effectively communicate that to your clients? In this presentation, you will learn the processes of storytelling as well as how to tell stories that will engage your clients. More

Antonio Bustillo, PhD

Playing With Hypnosis: Hypnotherapy With Children

Playing with Hypnosis is a presentation focused on the practical uses of Ericksonian hypnotherapy with children’s symptoms emphasizing the utilization approach within a context of systems and family dynamics, highlighting the use of capitalizing on the advantages of children’s natural tendencies of fantasy and play (having fun)… More

David Calof, Certified Counselor

Considering Self-harm Syndromes in Survivors of Childhood Abuse and Neglect

With ample clinical examples, this presentation will explore the origins, motivations, logical properties, and clinical management of chronic self-injury in survivors of childhood abuse and neglect. More

Consuelo Casula, LicP

Healing Women Following Erickson’s Model

Erickson helped women change what was important to them at specific life phases, cultivating roles such as mother or wife and working on body shape and image. Dr. Casula presents Erickson’s cases to underline what is still valid in this century with today’s women. More

Carolyn Daitch, PhD

The Dog Ate My Homework: Overcoming Noncompliance to Self-hypnosis Practice Sessions

In this workshop, you will learn a framework that includes homework contracts, hypnotic visualization, and disciplines of daily practice that'll motivate even your stubbornly noncompliant clients and help keep them committed. More

Helen Erickson, PhD

A Kaleidoscopic View of Utilization

Most Ericksonian practitioners have adopted the concept of Utilization as the foundation for their practice. Yet many still discuss it from the perspective of what the practitioner does with the client. An alternative perspective is that utilization is a way of thinking about the client. More

Roxanna Erickson RN PhD

Ericksonian Approaches to Recovery from Substance Abuse

This workshop offers the opportunity to explore ways in which Ericksonian strategies can be overlaid upon existent more traditional treatment of substance abuse utilizing self-awareness exercises and experiential techniques designed to complement the cognitive behavioral class work in a residential facility serving adult women. More

Annette Fisher

The Spirit of the Time: Milton H Erickson meets Jacob Levy Moreno

This conference session will construct a meeting between two men whose contribution is a foundation and under pins much of the therapeutic theory and practice in 2012. More

David Fitelson, Ph.D.

Whole brain Engagement in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy.

In this workshop you will learn to invite the conscious mind to stick around for the trance--if it agrees to behave itself and not try to push anyone else around, for a change. More

Douglas Flemons, PhD

The Tao of Hypnotherapy

Learn the secrets of Taoist philosophers and Zen teachers for transforming suffering and changing people's minds and alter how you approach trance work to invite the freedom (emancipation) afforded by therapeutic change. More

Andrew Fuller, PhD

Dealing With Tricky People

This talk discusses the main types of despots, dodos and dills that inflict themselves upon your like and what you can do to survive them and to defuse them. More

Ben Furman, MD

Kids’ Skills in Action: Solution-finding with children”

Dr. Furman, Director of Helsinki Brief Therapy Institute, has decades of brief therapy and teaching experience and is the author of many books including “Never too late to have a happy childhood” and “Kids’ Skills: Practical and playful solution-finding with children. More

Brent Geary, PhD

Dimensions of Dissociation

This presentation will explore the essential underpinnings of hypnosis found in dissociation. Eight types of dissociation will be identified and discussed. Consistent with the Ericksonian view, it will be shown that dissociation occurs not only in hypnosis but in psychological disorders and everyday experience as well. More

Stephen Gilligan, PhD

The Three Positive Connections for Generative Change

Psychotherapy is an exploration of how to forge positive responses to life challenges. This talk focuses on the three core connections that allow clients to do this: (1) Positive intention and goals; (2) Somatic Centering; and (3) Field Resources. This talk will address how in repetitive problems, all three connections are typically absent. More importantly, you will see how clients may be helped to developed and sustain these positive connections. More

Eric Greenleaf, PhD

Captured by the Nervous Systems of Others

Erickson's notion of an unconscious mind reservoir of resources has gradually replaced the Freudian view common in most psychotherapy and among most modern patients. Dr. Greenleaf connects Erickson's clinical notions with brain function to develop an enlarged experience of The Self. More

Ralph Hadden, GCFP

Sitting Feldenkrais Session: A Prayer for Grace and Power

This half hour Feldenkrais lesson can be done sitting in a chair and will utilize movements of the hands and arms, along with the head, eyes and whole body, sometimes in unusual and unexpected combinations. More

Michael Hoyt, PhD

Doing Single Session Therapy

Many therapies involve brief lengths of treatment, including a single session. In this presentation, you will learn how from a number of case examples and illustrating techniques that can be useful both in initial sessions and in the course of longer treatments. More

Hillary & Bradford Keeney

Giving Therapy A Healing Heart: A Musical

An evocative invitation for you to awaken your healing heart. Using metaphor, transformative case stories, rhythm, music, poetics, and rhapsodic expression, this presentation enacts its own teaching. More

Carol Kershaw & Bill Wade

Hypnosis & The Brain: The Neuroscience of Change

This workshop presents the practical application of neuroscience to hypnosis and psychotherapy. Interventions based on the latest brain science discoveries are more effective in helping clients create lasting change. More

John Lentz, DMin

Dealing with Manipulation, Avoiding Miscommunication

Manipulation and Miscommunication will give you tools for dealing with manipulation and avoiding miscommunication in practical ways. While the workshop concepts were developed from Dr. Lentz's understanding of hypnosis and people it doesn't require any knowledge of hypnosis to receive a significant benefit from the material. More

Camillo Loriedo, MD

Using Hypnosis With Couples And Families

The natural family tendency to induce trance is one of best ways to learn how to utilize hypnosis with couples and families. Specific direct and indirect techniques are required to activate family resources and to induce a deep and meaningful change of the most rigid family patterns. More

Rob McNeilly, MD

Creating Connections in Hypnosis

In this practical presentation, you will explore ways of connecting individual clients with their own unique resources by exploring activities they like, connecting with these hypnotically, and transferring these resources to the problem experience so a unique solution can emerge respectfully and effectively. More

Scott Miller, PhD

Reach: Pushing your Clinical Effectiveness to the Next Level

Founder of the International Center for Clinical Excellence, an international consortium of clinicians, researchers, and educators dedicated to promoting excellence in behavioral health services. Dr. Miller conducts workshops and training in the United States and abroad. More

Joyce Mills, PhD

The Cultural Magic of StoryPlay®: Restorative Steppingstones for Working W/ Challenging Clients

Since "Play is the language of children, and Creativity is the language of Play", this talk will focus upon the Foundations of StoryPlay®, a new Ericksonian indirective model of play therapy founded by Dr. Joyce Mills. More

Michael Munion, LPC

Love and Intention

Two dimensions that dramatically impact therapeutic outcome are the nature of motivation for change, and the perception of personal power (agency). Therapeutic effectiveness can be enhanced if clients are assessed on these dimensions and steps are taken to improve motivation and agency. More

Ryan Nagy, MA

The Internet For Ericksonians: Pitfalls and Promise

The internet is often promoted as an unequivocal good that will unleash "the wisdom of crowds" and give voice to more and more people who will use the net to create the lifestyles that they dream about. But is that really the case? Where are the edges of this "new world" we are creating? More

Bill O'Hanlon, MS

Possibility Therapy: An Ericksonian-influenced, solution-based approach to change.

In this one-hour talk, Bill O'Hanlon details his journey from his early influences of Milton Erickson, Carl Rogers and brief, interactional, constructivist approaches to ultimately arriving at what he calls Possibility Therapy. You learn a simple but powerful, compassionate approach to co-creating change in clinical work. More

Gabrielle Peacock, MD

Working on the wild side: Depathologising dissociation and...

In this presentation I share my experience of working with human beings with various levels of mastery at dissociation and what the medical model might call psychosis, bipolar, or dissociative disorder, and how an approach that honors these individuals abilities can bring clarity, enlightenment and peace. More

Maggie Philips, PhD

Through the Eye of the Needle: Entry Points to Change

Learn Ericksonian strategies to help your clients widen their "windows of tolerance" to "windows of possibility" and discover ways to create openings in therapeutic dialogues that contribute to the change process. Perspectives drawn from the area of Posttraumatic Growth will be used to discuss several clinical examples. More

Michelle Ritterman, PhD

Trance and Deliver: Recognizing and Utilizing Your Subjective Sense of Time

This presentation will demonstrate some of the powers of subjective time. You will learn to shift mental focus and "stop the clock" so that you can utilize your trances to attain a useful stance for whatever it is that you need to do. More

Teresa Robles, PhD

Ericksonian Hypnosis and Spirituality

The theoretical framework of this presentation comes from Quantum Physics and its Holographic Paradigm. Ericksonian techniques with its natural trance, focus our attention to our Interior, where remains all the information of Universe. So, going inside us, we get immersed in the Whole Universe. More

Annellen & Alex Simpkins, PhD/PhD

Neuro-Hypnosis: Activating the Brain for Change

Drawing from innovative studies of neurological effects, this workshop offers a new look at hypnosis as an exciting way to travel effortlessly across the bridge between human physiology and human experience to facilitate lasting change. More

Dan Short, PhD

The Seventh Strategy of Ericksonian Psychotherapy: How To...

The Seventh Strategy of Ericksonian Psychotherapy: How to increase your knowledge of what to do, clinical accuracy, and therapeutic bond with the client.More

Peter Thorneycorft, PhD

Legacy of Milton H. Erickson - Observe, Accept and Utilize

This presentation offers an exploration into Milton H. Erickson's statement that "the three most important things in therapy are to observe, observe, and observe." What does it mean to observe? What kinds of things do we look for when we are observing? More

Michael Yapko, PhD

Why is Hypnosis Still the Crazy Cousin Nobody Wants at the Family Picnic?

Reflections on the State of Hypnosis. More

Gordon Young, Dip CH

The Resistance Trap: The Bind of Secondary Gain

Runs the highly regarded Mondo Clinic (named after his late father) in Sydney, Australia. And spreads his time between training therapists and coaches, and working with corporations. Gordon is a former President of the Australian Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists, former Chair of the Australian Board of Neuro Linguistic Programming, Editor of the Australian Journal of Clinical Hypnotherapy. More

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