Milton H. Erickson, M.D., lived and worked in an era that preceded the sophisticated tools of modern research. Yet, Erickson's legendary powers of observation and his formidable intellect made it possible for him to formulate therapeutic principles and interventions that were well ahead of his time. In this short presentation, I will describe just a few of the key areas relevant to sound clinical practice where modern research has proven Erickson correct.
Hypnosis has made significant contributions to a variety of fields; helping to advance neuroscience and enhance therapeutic efficacy are just two of the impressive ways hypnosis has made a meaningfuldifference. When hypnosis has so much to offer clinicians in the domains of psychotherapy and behavioral medicine, why is it so often treated as the unwelcome relative at a family gathering? In this address, I will describe some of the contributions hypnosis could and should be making to widespread clinical practice, how it relates to the emerging fields of positive psychology and mindfulness, and how hypnosis as a field could better attain the respect it richly deserves as a vital component of effective treatments.
Michael D. Yapko, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and marriage and family therapist residing in Fallbrook, California. He is internationally recognized for his work in clinical applications of hypnosis, treating depression, and developing strategic, outcome-focused psychotherapies. He routinely teaches to professional audiences all over the world. To date, he has been invited to present his ideas and methods to colleagues in 29 countries.
Dr. Yapko is the author of many books, book chapters, and articles on the subjects of hypnosis, depression, and the use of strategic psychotherapies. These include the popular Breaking the Patterns of Depression, Trancework: An Introduction to the Practice of Clinical Hypnosis(3rd edition),Treating Depression With Hypnosis: Integrating Cognitive-Behavioral and Strategic Approaches, Hand-Me-Down Blues: How to Stop Depression from Spreading in Families, Essentials of Hypnosis, and Hypnosis and the Treatment of Depressions.
Michael is a member of the American Psychological Association, a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a past Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine's Division of Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine (in England), a member of the International Society of Hypnosis, and a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. He is a recipient of The Milton H. Erickson Lifetime Achievement Award (2007), twice a recipient of the Arthur Shapiro Award for the "best book of the year on hypnosis" from the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis for Treating Depression with Hypnosis (2001) and Hypnosis and Treating Depression (2006), and the 2003 Pierre Janet Award for Clinical Excellence from the International Society of Hypnosis, a lifetime achievement award honoring his many contributions to the field.